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CryoBurn by Lois McMaster Bujold
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May 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Read in May, 2011

I have long been a fan of this series. What fascinates me is that each volume addresses an entirely different genre of fiction, or so it seems when you're reading them. This one involves financial forensics, as Miles attempts to figure out the motivation for a seemingly illogical business plan that affects his own empire. It leads to political intrigue and other aspects of crime fiction, all in a science fictional setting.
That setting is a planet where postponing death has become the major industry, as the societal norm for anyone who can afford it is to be frozen at or before the time of death, in the hopes of better medical care at some later date. Think of it as a form of Social Security with even less hope of permanent funding. What will you do when you're thawed out? What happens if something goes wrong? And will the generations down the road even want you to come back? The social and cultural aspects of this are major points within the book.
In addition, though, this volume nudges the reader into thinking about the philosophy of death. What would you do for an extra 20 years of life? What would you pay? What about being frozen until you could be healed of what currently ails you? And would God care about you showing up for the afterlife a little late?
Like the other books in this series, it is very entertaining and very thought-provoking, all mixed up in one adventure tale.

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