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So, you want to be frozen in liquid nitrogen in cryonic suspension (cryostasis) until future technology can revive you? Then have a look here at the list of companies or organizations who will do it for you (at a price, or course.) To pay for the costs of cryosuspension, most companies will allow you to use a life insurance plan where you name them as the beneficiary; thereby being cheaper. Visit their websites for more information.

  • Cryonics Institute

    Pricing: $28,000 for whole-body suspension.

    Location: Clinton Township, Michigan

    24355 Sorrentino Court
    Clinton Township, MI 48035

    Phone: 1-810-791-5961
    Fax: 1-810-792-7062
    Website: http://www.cryonics.org
    Email: cryonics@cryonics.org

  • Alcor Life Extension Foundation

    Pricing: $150 application fee. $50,000 for neurosuspension for members in the U.S. ($60,000 for residents in other countries.) $120,000 for whole-body suspension for members in the U.S. ($130,000 for residents in other countries.)

    Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

    Address: not specified

    Phone: 1-480-905-1906 extension 100
    Website: http://www.alcor.org
    Email: fred@alcor.org

  • Trans Time, Inc.

    Pricing: $150,000 for whole-body suspension.

    Location: San Leandro, California

    Trans Time, Inc. 3029 Teagarden St.
    San Leandro, CA 94577

    Phone: 510-297-5577
    Fax: 510-297-5579
    Website: http://www.transtime.com

First, you missed a couple there:

  • CryoSpan

    Price: This is a for-profit company, which subcontracts for member driven organizations. They offer cooldown and encapsulation ($500 for neuro patients, $2000 for whole-body patients) and long term storage ($250/year for neuro patients and $1500/year for whole-body patients).

    Location: Los Angeles, California

    CryoSpan, Inc.
    1313 N Market St.
    Suite 3410
    NE Hercules Plaza
    Wilmington, DE 19801-1151

    Telephone/FAX: 909-481-4433
    Pager: 800-805-2870

    Website: http://www.jps.net/cryonics/cryospan.htm

  • The American Cryonics Society

    Price: The American Cryonics Society does not perform actual freezing, they subcontract both the preparation / initial freezing and the long term storage, and serve as a watchdog organization to make sure you're not thawed out. Regular yearly fees are about $300 ($55 a years for students), with higher costs initially to cover paperwork expenses, plus payment of the actual costs of the procedures from whomever you tell ACS you want to be processed by.

    Location: Cupertino, California

    American Cryonics Society
    P.O. Box 1509.
    Cupertino, CA 95015

    Telephone: (650)254-2001
    FAX: (408)253-0444
    Toll-Free: 1-800-523-2001
    Quote from web page: "Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day, either by office staff or an answering service. In an emergency, the answering service can page critical personnel. Office hours are irregular, but weekday afternoons (Pacific time) are usually best."

    Website: http://www.jps.net/cryonics/
    Email: Cryonics@JPS.net

    Version: PGP for Personal Privacy 5.0

  • The Cryonics Society Of Canada

    Price: This organization does not involve itself formally in actual cryostasis, focusing on information, community, research, and support, but members have been involved in several permafrost burials. There is a $20/year membership fee if you want postal updats and $15/year for email updates.

    Location: Toronto, Ontario

    The Cryonics Society Of Canada
    P.O. BOX 788 Station "A"
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5W 1G3 CANADA

    Telephone: (416) 935-0557

    Website: http://www.benbest.com/cryocdn.html

    Email: wakfer@gte.net

Secondly, seeing as the immortalist perspective tends to encourage lots of caution and learning from other people's mistakes before you waste the opportunity to see what video games look like 1000 years from now, just because you didn't do some basic research. Anyway, here are some cryonics organizations that failed:

  • The Cryonics Society of California (CSC) was a "freeze first, pay later" operation that fell through when people stopped paying the bills on their frozen relatives. The person running the business hid the fact that there were bodies rotting in the dewars and lawsuits ensued when it was finally discovered. This is sometimes called the Chatsworth Debacle because of the name of the place where it occurred. Only about 1 in 30 people suspended before 1978 are still suspended because of these sorts of shenanigans. Since then (except with one possible private case that is poorly documented) no one has been thawed after suspension. The lessons learned: (1) payment must include enough money to set up a really conservative investment portfolio that will pay liquid nitrogen costs for at least the next 200 years, (2) don't set up a cryo-policy with groups that won't let you see their facilities, (3) ensure the financial stability of your cryo-organization to the best of your abilities.

  • CryoCare was set up in 1993 by some people from Alcor (the organization is named after the star, if you're wondering), who thought they could do a better job, as a for profit member driven organization that would subcontract the freezing and storage. In 1999 they informed their members that (due to lack of profits) they would need to make plans with someone else. The two people they had suspended were transferred, long term funding intact, to other organizations. Lesson: make sure the people you sign on with are ethical enough to admit defeat before they let entropy get the better of you.
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