“$ir is reestablished," continued the voice. “utrients are supplied. -ighting up. +our preservation gel has been siphoned a%ay. +our brain and heart are functioning normally. The estoration Handbook states that everyone must remain on board for three hours to allo% the ship(s o/ygen to fully purge your body of the gel residue."He fought the angry vibration to bring a hand up to clear his eyelids of the film that smelled faintly of charcoal and %hich he could tell still thinly enveloped him from head to toe. His gummy eyes finally opened. #n the dim red light, he sa% his preservation cylinder(s translucent canopy less than ten inches from his nose and under %hich he lay naked.He reali'ed that the rattling, %hich sounded no% like a series of rapid e/plosions, had a%akened the ship(s computer, %hich in turn had processed him from his preserved state 0 had “restored" him, as the scientists %ould(ve said 0 and begun speaking to him. So far, he thought, everything miraculously appeared to be operating as designed.1ost important, the preservation gel, %hich enveloped his body inside and out, had kept him alive.He(d been briefed on ho% the gel functioned but he had little more than a broad)brush memory of it. The gel contained a protectorant that, once the gel %as driven deep into his body(s cells by his cylinder(s moderate pressuri'ation, %as supposed to suspend gro%th of all cells and preserve them intact – miraculously %ith no loss to bone mass – until the gel %as purged.2hat he more vividly recalled %as that the gel %as e/perimental and had been rushed to a completion after being tested only a short time in monkeysand lemurs. +et it had succeeded, preserving him for %hat his senses %ere telling him %as a very long time. $ mind)%arping accomplishment, given that in those last %eeks most of the scientists connected to !roject Survivalhad fled to be %ith their loved ones, and those seeing the project through had been over)ta/ed and desperately hurried.The final instruction concerning the gel had been given to Captain !earce by the hefty, balding project manager, 3ictor !o%ell, as the man sat behind his computer)screen)littered desk4“The estoration Handbook %ill be provided, but you(ll have little need for it. ust direct your 5uestions 0 about the gel and everything else 0 to the $#. #t %ill handle the %hole shebang. +our role is minimal, a backup if the$# fails."The $#, speaking to him no%, had the name 67#S, the acronym for 6estiny 7rgani'ation(s estoration and #nvigoration System. 67#S( data and computational8analysis capability had been rated by 6estiny(s engineers as 99 percent reliable and error free.