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Frozen: My Journey into the World of Cryonics, Deception, and Death Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 6, 2009
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About the Author
Larry Johnson has over thirty years experience as a street paramedic and clinical director for major city 911 services. He was chief flight paramedic at the Waco, Texas, siege, has served as keynote speaker at national medical conferences, and was a contributing author for Prentice Hall’s 2005 Critical Care Paramedic, the most widely used textbook of its kind. After blowing the whistle on Alcor in late 2003 and receiving multiple death threats, Larry went into hiding.
Scott Baldyga grew up in West Springfield, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College, then spent four years as a volunteer, teacher, and professional musician in Kingston, Jamaica. Living in Los Angeles since 1996, Scott has written screenplays for hire and has worked as a writer, script supervisor, editor, and composer for film and TV. Frozen is his first book.
Top Customer Reviews
What was frustrating to me was that I was looking for a book that talks about the scientific process of cryonics and cryogenics, and maybe some brainstorming into the future of how it might be successful. I've read they were able to completely freeze a frog and pig and bring them back to life, but not so with a human. And they are freezing a deceased human. Both the pig and frog were alive when frozen. They do briefly go over some things, but it could be all narrowed down to less than 50 pages. If you don't care as much about the politics you are probably better getting Prospect of Immortality by Robert Ettinger (1962), which can be downloaded from the Alcor website.
I am not affiliated with any cryonics organization or Larry Johnson, just someone who is interested in Alcor and the world of cryonics. So far, I have been able to fact check many of the statements in Larry's book and the only people I have been able to catch in a lie is alcor. For example, on 7/19/10 Charles Platt posted a denial of information contained in the book on Cryonet, he denies the existence of a patient named Randall Robertson who is a musician. Alcor's own website has information in regards to this patient. Charles also denies knowledge of drugs found in Dora Kent's bone marrow- which is not possible if they were given after her death. There are several newspaper articles from the time which directly contradict his statement. For someone who is so devoted to cryonics and Alcor, he sure doesn't pay attention to what's going on.
I have no doubt that the majority of Larry's book is true. The only things I do question are the timeline and the actual conversations that took place. Charles may not have given him some of the information he is credited to have, but the facts still remain the same. I am looking forward to finishing this book and continuing to fact check.
Right now the one question I am left with is: Why is Alcor so upset about this book if according to them "none of it is true"? Doesnt make sense to me, that an organization would go so far to ruin someones life over something they view as fiction. Right there it should be enough to tell you that Alcor is hiding some dark secrets, many of which may not even be a part of Larry's book.
I find it hard to believe Mr. Johnson. Why? Because the man doesn't have a single good thing to say about anyone or anything associated with Alcor at any point in his association with the organization (save for one engineer.) Normally in a whistle blower memoir we're introduced to someone who goes through stages. First they are a stalwart member of their organization (maybe a little naive but a believer nonetheless.) Then a hint of trouble arises. Then the trouble gets larger. Finally, near the apex of the story, we discover that all is definitely not well and the whistle blower wrestles with the moral obligation to bring down their associates.
From the beginning of this book, even before Mr. Johnson accepts Alcor's offer of employment, he makes the organization out to be a gaggle of physical freaks and comical caricatures. The office is filthy. The employees all look sickly and behave neurotically. There's dangerous, possibly illegal stuff in the supply cabinet that shouldn't be there. Red flags abound. Yet Mr Johnson signs on anyway. Why? So he can get away from his burn-out gig as a Vegas paramedic and live closer to his dad. Really?
Mr. Johnson is clearly a man with a long resume who would be sought after for his medical experience in a wide variety of fields. Why does he go to work for Alcor even after an interview he seems to equate with a visit to a mental ward? Why go to work for this gaggle of freaks who appear to have skeletons in their closet and red flags around every corner just so he can move to be near his dad?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Frozen: My Journey Into The World of Cyronics, Deception, and Death is an interesting read, but not as much about the world of cryonics itself, as it is about the dirty secrets... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Minh
I love this book. I re-read it almost every other year. It's a fascinating look inside the world of cryonics from an outsiders perspective. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Emily Lanier
It could definitely have been written much better. The beginning was OK, but then it became very convoluted and hard to follow. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. KANE
Alcor has not adequately addressed these accusations--cancel your contract, or better yet, don't start one. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Morgan
This guy Larry Johnson is a creep who lied about his experience at Alcor!!!!Published 18 months ago by maitreya one
I read this book a few years ago and still wondering if the story is true or not. Why else would Alcor get a restraining order against them from publishing information unless they... Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by Mischa Conley
It was a piece of crap written by an even bigger piece of crap!This individual is a snitch not a 'whistleblower'. I have no opinion of Alcor one way or the other. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Jerrie Akin
Found this boring. Not quite what I expected. However, other family members did enjoy it. Was a lot of money for not being the entire family entertainment.Published on April 27, 2013 by Misty
While I can only relate the details of the purchase in terms of the condition of the book, as the seller is not the writer or otherwise connected with the publishing, I felt great... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Roger Curry