A while back, I posted here on how author Michael Crichton used an immersion tank to jump-start his idea factory.
That post on immersion tanks drew a lot of clicks, so I thought I’d offer you a long sample from my science technothriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH –particularly, the section in which Dr. Doug Dalby, a brain researcher, tries out sensory deprivation at a shadowy clinic hidden away in the spooky mountains of central Europe.
How do the immersion tanks and hyperbaric oxygen treatments relate to what’s going on at the Hauenfelder Clinic and why it’s being supported by a cabal of really, really rich old guys? Well, if you really want to know, then I hope you’ll read the book.
(And, by the way, while this clinic is fictional, I suspect the reality may not be so far away–rich old (and not so old) folks have it good this time ’round, and are not eager to leave it all behind. See the archive of my posts on this blog.)
Here’s the link to that free sample, and how to order the book via Amazon: To buy A REMEDY FOR DEATH via Amazon as pbook or ebook
Also, here’s the link to my post “Michael Crichton and how he used an immersion tank to jump-start his ideas: __________
The article raises this question: “Are myths about the rejuvenating powers of young blood true?”
The answer, as I discern it from this and other literature: Definitely yes and no.
Not long ago here we posted about some research in Lund, Sweden attempting to rejuvenate blood (of mice) by reprogramming stem cells. Link to that post and the article on rejuvenating blood The broader topic there, of course, is the search for methods of achieving radical life extension.
My point is that the idea of recapturing youth by somehow rejuvenating via young blood is very new– witness the Swedish research. But it is also very old, as recounted in this article in the Briish AEON, which begins way back in the myths of ancient times and carries through to what’s happening now. Oh yes, vampires are covered in it, as well. Here’s the link to that AEON article
(This post originally appeared on another of my sites: www.A-Remedy-for-Death.com That site was my author’s research blog for the medical science techno-thriller A REMEDY FOR DEATH
(It is still active, though I am gradually moving the posts over to this new site, MichaelMcGaulley.net, which includes background information for Remedy and all of my other technothrillers.
Here’s your free sample drawn from my science technothriller, A REMEDY FOR DEATH. Note: this special sample does not pick up at the beginning of the story, but rather focuses specifically on how sensory deprivation immersion tanks work in the plot.
Click to enter that special world: A REMEDY FOR DEATH— how sensory deprivation immersion tanks fit into the story