Three Decades of Cryonics History

In the course of noticing the shiny new design recently applied to the Alcor News blog, it occurred to me that I've never mentioned the archive of Cryonics Magazine issues that is maintained at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation website. There is a lot of material there, with quarterly or monthly issues dating all the way back to 1981.

The present day interest communities whose members advocate transhumanism, engineered longevity, cryonics, strong artificial intelligence, and advanced nanotechnology (in the sense of molecular manufacturing) didn't spring forth from nothing. They are an ongoing evolution that started with much smaller groups in the 70s and 80s, their growth and changing form spurred by the advent of the internet, web, and other advances in communication and distributed organization.

Anyone with an interest in the formative history of our community would do well to browse the Cryonics Magazine archive. After all, many of the more interesting and pivotal folk involved in advocacy or research and development for transhumanist technologies - such as greatly extending the healthy human life span - have in some way touched upon the cryonics community.

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