ANCHORSome Australians are spending this lifetimehoping to have another one later. Tim Elliottmeets those planning to put their bodies onice.
Historians and the compulsively curious havefor millennium pondered the whereabouts ofthe Fountain of Youth.Herodotus thought it was in Ethiopia.
 cont.The Spanish put their money on theCaribbean. The Bethesda Pool, in Jerusalem,has also been a solid contender.
 cont.What Herodotus and the conquistadors didntknow, however, is that the Fountain of Youth isactually in Bankstown, just around the cornerfrom the train station, in Sydneys westernsuburbs, in the tiny, third-floor rental apartmentof Mark Milton and his wife, Yan.
 cont.Milton is 47 years old, with short sandy hair,small ears and a pot belly. He has been apoliceman, elevator operator, theologystudent, carer for the intellectually disabled,landscape gardener, house painter, plasterer,factory foreman and IT consultant.
 cont.He gets bored fairly quickly. Right now,however, he is the co-founder and director ofStasis Systems Australia, a not-for-profitcompany that aims to build Australias firstcryonics storage facility. Umm.
For those of you who dont subscribe toStrange Horizons magazine, cryonics is thelow-temperature preservation of human bodiesin the hope of future resuscitation.
 cont.When Milton dies, or "de-animates", as hecalls it, he will be packed in ice ("just normalparty ice"), and cooled down. His blood will bedrained and replaced with anti-freeze, and hisbody stored in a vat of liquid nitrogen at minus196°C.
 cont.If all goes to plan, he will be defrosted sometime in the future - "100 to 200 years from nowis my best guess" - when science will be ableto restore him to peak physical fitness.
COMMENTS  Its not just highly speculative, its fantasy.Vitrification is just more jargon. You are stillfreezing the body after you use the cryo-protectant, which means that the fine structureof the tissue would be blown to bits.
COMMENTS Im not really interested in being frozen thenrevived in the future, but I am cranky aboutspending 80 years accumulating lots ofmemories and experience and expertise andthen having it all disappear when I die. So justfreeze my brains.