Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cryogenics and The Insecure Writer’s Support Group


Seeing as the A to Z challenge and The Insecure Writer’s Support Group are today, I came up with this semi-genius idea to combine these themes in one post.

Years ago I had an idea for a science fiction short story, and I wrote it and submitted it, but it was never accepted anywhere. Then I began to wonder why. We always wonder why. Then one day I read that a character waking up after being cryogenically preserved was considered to be an overused idea in science fiction and would never sell. So being insecure, I thought perhaps that was it, and I gave up on the story. 

This is the general idea of the story…


What if a person was cryogenically preserved and over the years, perhaps hundreds? Then his body was moved around…bought and sold to different companies that came and went. The person preserved in my story had a broken spine and was paralyzed. He was young and hating his life in a wheelchair. So he gets cryogenically preserved. Then one day hundreds of year later, he wakes up in a hospital. The room has no windows and he is confined to the room. The doctor says he has to stay in the room because his immune system is too weak and he needs all these shots. The door is always locked.

So….one day the patient gets so bored that he sneaks out of the room. He breaks out somehow and wanders around the hospital still finding no windows. As he avoids people, etc, he eventually comes to a door that says do not open. Of course, he opens it and finds out there is no atmosphere on the other side. An alarm goes off. People rush over and shut the door. Then he finds out…he’s at a base on an asteroid, and must accept his new life away from Earth.

To this day I still like this story, and now that I’m less insecure I may try it again. How about you? Have you ever given up on a story because it was rejected? Or for other reasons where you just didn’t think it was good enough?

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7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Who says it won't sell now? Everything I read while writing my first book said science fiction was dead, especial space operas. I wrote it anyway. Glad I did. You should revisit that story!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I never throw anything away. I have lots of stories that I pull out every so often, mostly for competitions, just to see... You never know, do you?

Summer Ross said...

I can't say I've given up on a story- though there is a novel that is three or four chapters away from being finished and I will never finish it. Not because I'm insecure- it's because my mother died while I was writing it and she said she'd read it when it was finished....
~Summer
My A-Z

Michael Offutt, S.F.A. said...

You are such an amazing writer, if you are getting rejected by publishers it is because they don't know you. I think that anyone that takes the time to actually read your work will be like, "I need to put this in print today."

Grover said...

All I can say is that I would definitely read your book :)

(Grover at Inane Ramblings)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

When I wrote my very first book years ago, it was a futuristic romance, out of fashion at the time. Now that genre is all the rage and I found a publisher. Don't ever give up.

Vicki Paulus said...

I really like your story line and could even imagine a movie. If you knock on enough doors eventually one will open.