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Re: starship-design: Suspended animation.

In a message dated 1/6/00 6:17:23 PM, bfranchuk@jetnet.ab.ca writes:

>"L. Parker" wrote:
>> I can't resist...too many science fiction books!
>> You have been found guilty of [BAD SI-FI WRITING], the court sentences
>you to
>> life without parole (or death), however you may elect to become a 
>> on ... 
>The Zombie type dugs are only 1/2 the problem, the aging of the cells 
>have to slow down. You don't want to go to sleep age 20 and wake up age
>The fact that you have no weight might permit unusal methods of slowing
>down the cells, as drugs would diffuse better.  Some cold water fish  
>have a natural anti-frezze so it you develop that for humans and keep 
>the body at say 10 F, you may slow down the chemical aging of the cells.

You'ld have to keep the flights shorter then that or the ship would burn out. 
 But yes unless you can slow down aging (and shield against radiatin damage) 
the crews lifespan becomes a limiting factor.