[LMB] Thoughts on cryo-tubes, low berths, and other such gadgets

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Tue Sep 29 17:06:29 BST 2015

On Mon, 28 Sep 2015 18:35:11 -0600, Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org> wrote:

>On 09/28/2015 06:20 PM, Eric Oppen wrote:
>> I was paging through my _GURPS Traveller_ game material, and it occurred to
>> me that the way that "low berths" (basically, devices to keep people in
>> suspended animation until they're at their destinations or safe) are drawn
>> is probably not much like what they'd look like in real life.
>> Just for starters, they'd almost certainly have to be bigger, not about the
>> size of a coffin.  This is because when someone's unconscious for any
>> length of time, it is a good idea to do "range of motion' exercises on that
>> person's joints, to keep them from freezing up.
>For "suspended animation" in science fiction I had always thought of it
>as freezing at cryogenic temperatures.
>There would be no need to move joints 

In fact, it could be a Very Bad Idea. :)

>or worry about bed sores because there would be almost no molecular motion happening at all. >Certainly no biological activity.

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