Although Encore is futuristic fiction, there are some rather intriguing FACTS about Cryonics
Cryogenics...it's no longer a Science-Fiction philosophy!
Based on readily available statistics, current Cryonic technology enables the science to effectively preserve the bodies or body parts at liquid nitrogen temperatures (-320° F). ALCOR and other corporations presently provide Cryonic long-term storage for the bodies or heads of approximately 200 people and at least 600 more individuals have arranged to be placed in suspension upon expiration. And the number is growing each year.
With the rapid advancements in Nano-technology and cell rejuvenation techniques, it's merely a matter of time before scientists develop the technology to enable the successful rejuvenation of a human being. The projections vary, but many in the field predict that the technology could feasibly be attained within the next twenty-five years.
Though there are many legal, moral and ethical issues still to be addressed, many states are in the process of recognizing the science as a viable means of life extension. These facts set the stage for an inevitable scenario, one that ENCORE explores extensively. Though the future will always remain uncertain, there is distinct certainty in the future!