The Ups and Downs of Being Dead

Fifty-seven year old Robert Malone is the CEO of a successful clothing store chain and married to a former model. When his doctor tells him he is dying of cancer, he refuses to go quietly.  Instead of death, Robert choses cryonics. He knows it’s a long shot. His frozen body will be stored in liquid nitrogen for the next seventy-five years, and then he’ll wake up in the future. Maybe. If technology figures out a way to bring him back.

He’s willing to take that gamble.

What he doesn’t realize is that he won’t lie in some dreamless state all that time. His soul is very much awake, just like the others who were frozen before him.

He discovers that he can ride in the cockpit with the pilots, but he can’t turn the page of a magazine. He can sit in the oval office with the president, but he can’t prevent a child from dashing in front of a car. He doesn’t work, or eat, or sleep. These obstacles make it difficult to fall in love, and virtually impossible to reconcile with the living.

Over the next several decades, Robert Malone will have plenty of time to learn The Ups and Downs of Being Dead.

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6 Comment

  1. Nice premise! It combines the logic of cryonics with popular beliefs and fiction tropes about the soul. Hope it has a happy ending.

  2. Sharon Horton says: Reply

    A second book by M.R. Cornelius is happy news to me, and goes to the top of my book-buying wish list!

  3. A must post for my book blog when it is released. I remember you talking about this one in the screenwriting class. Sounds great!

  4. […] The Ups and Downs of Being Dead was also released in June on Kindle. […]

  5. I couldn’t put the book down! Descriptive words made me feel like I was participating in the adventure right there with Robert. I wouldn’t call it a ‘cliff-hanger’ but it certainly peaked my curiosity at what might be happening next! Really enjoyed it! Thank you!

    1. So glad you liked it, Jody. Have you read H10 N1? It has lots of action and adventures, too.

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