By Neal Stephenson
Frozen Dead Guy updated! In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast directed that his body be given to a cryonics company. Now in his middle years, something goes wrong with a routine medical procedure, and updated techniques mean that his brain is scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived. In later years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might at first seem . . .