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Author Bruce E. Spitzer says he is not surprised that talk show host Larry King is the latest celebrity to announce a desire to be cryonically preserved after death.Â ”If you have the money, and the vision, why not?” says Spitzer. “Just look at the medical advances we’ve seen in our own lifetime and it’s not hard to imagine that future science will be able to reanimate a human being.”
In a novel called “Extra Innings” to be released in March, Spitzer imagines a new life for baseball legend Ted Williams, whose remains were frozen in liquid nitrogen in 2002: www.ExtraInningsTheNovel.com
“‘Extra Innings’ explores the universal question, if any of us had a chance to do it all over again, what would we do differently?” says Spitzer. “That’s the real question Larry King’s dinner guests should have asked him when they learned about his quest on the recent CNN Larry King Special.”
In the novel “Extra Innings” Ted Williams is reanimated in the year 2092 and the world, including baseball, is vastly changed. Flawed in his first life Williams must decide in the second, what’s more important, a chance to win his first World Series or a chance to be a better man?
“The greatest comeback of all time is more than just a game,” says Spitzer. “That would include Ted Williams, Larry King or anyone else. The challenge: how to cope in a future world? Then there is this: The first person brought back to life after death is going to know the answer to the question:Â Does God exist, or an afterlife?
That would present its own challenges, having nothing at all to do with the science of cryonics.”Â Bruce E. Spitzer’s writing has won awards from the New England Press Association, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Publicity Club of Boston.Â His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines and online, and he is a columnist for the MetroWest Daily News.Â ”Extra Innings” is his first novel.