Part 1, Chapters 1 – 4
- In Chapter 1, titled "Advanced Studies in Cranial Reanimation," protagonist Travis narrates the process of his waking up in hospital, referring to having received a diagnosis of terminal cancer (lymphoma); to having agreed to an experimental procedure for having his head removed and transplanted on another body; and to waking up after the operation to do just that.
- Chapter 2, titled "Welcome Back, Travis Coates," begins with a flashback to the first time that the possibility of Travis living beyond the death sentence of his cancer came up: during a visit to Travis’ home by Dr. Lloyd Saranson, who gives Travis and his reluctant parents the news that it’s possible to cryogenically freeze someone’s head and, eventually, find a way to connect it to some other body.
- Back in the present, Travis learns that it’s been five years since he “died”; that...
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