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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Cryosleep  
  Use of extreme cold to cause suspended animation.  

This is an interesting use of the "cold sleep" idea, mentioning its medical uses rather than just the use of cryogenic techniques to ease the passage of humans to the stars via normal space.

Very early use of this word.

"They're putting Dan into cryosleep today. Dr. Tomaso says he can work on Dan's neural patterns much more easily when the nerve impulses are slowed down by low temperature..."

"He might be under cryosleep for years and years," she said.

Technovelgy from Flight of Exiles, by Ben Bova.
Published by Dutton in 1972
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As far as I know, the first use of the word "cryosleep" occurs in Man: The Next Thirty Years, a 1968 book by Henry Still:

"There's still a third alternative which you might wish to consider." The doctor paused thoughtfully. "Perhaps you've heard of cryosleep?"

"You mean that thing where they quick-freeze you..."

Compare to Suspended Animation (Frigorific Process) from The Senator's Daughter (1879) by Edward Page Mitchell, cold-sleep from Robert Heinlein's Methuselah's Children (1941), stasis from Heinlein's Door Into Summer (1951), corpsicle from Pohl's The Age of the Pussyfoot (1965) and the EverRest Cryotorium from Roger Zelazny's Flare (1992).

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