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A man builds a suspended animation machine to visit the future

Sounds like "The Man Who Awoke" by Laurence Manning, a story serialized by Wonder Stories in 1933. The main character just sleeps for ages in a bunker he built; when he awakes he lives an adventure ...
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Ship's captain wakes colonist, turns out to be a convict working his sentence as a brain in a jar

This would be The Fiend by Frederik Pohl. The plot is more or less exactly as you describe it. Dandish, the captain and sole crewmember of a nameless starship carrying 700 frozen colonists, has spent ...
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Science fiction story about a man who time travels in a space capsule and crash lands in the future, discovers insects have replaced humans

This is likely The Awakening by Arthur C. Clarke. The protagonist is the Master who is suffering from heart failure and given less than a year to live. The Master opts to be frozen artificially for a ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

This sounds like The Sleeping God, a story by Jesco von Puttkamer. It was published in Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath's Star Trek: The New Voyages 2, in 1978. (Yes, it's a Star Trek short story.)...
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Novel, or series of novels, where people take turns living

You may be thinking of Philip José Farmer's Dayworld trilogy, first published in 1985. From the Goodreads link: Dayworld leads a sf trilogy by Philip José Farmer set in a dystopian future in ...
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60s/70s story about English people (Chris et al?) going to Mars and hibernating on the way

I'm pretty sure you are thinking of the Chris Godfrey of UNEXA series of childrens sci-fi books by Hugh Walters. These follow the adventures of Chris Godfrey, an English astronaut, to various places ...
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Captain becomes sleeping pod

This is Supernova with James Spader, made in 2000. Supernova chronicles the search and rescue patrol of a medical ship in deep space in the early 22nd century and its six-member crew, which ...
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Very old post-apocalyptic Science Fiction novel - suspended animation, 2nd moon, and a chasm

Darkness and Dawn, published in 1914 and written by George Allan England. You can find a short summary here, but it concerns Beatrice Kendrick and Allan Stern, released from suspended animation after ...
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What story involved a man awakened from a long suspended animation with a new body, and a brain implant with eye interface?

It's the novel A King of Infinite Space by Allen Steele. The scene you describe is when the protagonist, William Alec Tucker III, is being interviewed by a customs lady: The customs lady looks ...
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can you identify a show about a man thawed from cryosleep to help future survivors of mankind?

This sounds suspiciously similar to the short story "Sleepover" by Alastair Reynolds. Maybe it was an adaptation? The back story was a near future that had perfected cryosleep but it was ...
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Novel featuring a group of regular people who wake up from pods administered by aliens and start pairing off

I found what I was looking for buy searching for 'science fiction books where aliens save humans' on Google. The result I looked at 8 Books About First Contacts and Alien Encounters had "Lilith's ...
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Post-nuclear war book where a boy ends up going into suspended animation until the Earth renews itself

This is probably Frank Bonham's The Missing Person's League, first published in 1976 as per What novel was set in a dystopian future and featured a boy searching for his missing father? The oddly-...
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Cryonics Short Story in three parts?

This is "Good Morning! This is the Future" by Henry Slesar. I read it in the anthology Microcosmic Tales. It is published as one story, with three parts. The three parts of the story are just as ...
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Novel featuring a group of regular people who wake up from pods administered by aliens and start pairing off

It is possible that you are describing the story "Think Blue, Count Two" by Cordwainer Smith. A ship-load of especially good-looking people are sent to the colony Wereld Schemering to improve their ...
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Sci fi story about suspended animation, military, memory upload, memory download into new bodies after death in combat

Possibly The Eternity Brigade by Stephen Goldin. Hundreds of human bodies have been placed in coffins in a military warehouse. But they are not dead, merely frozen in a cryogenic process meant to ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

This is a long shot as a few of the details differ, but could it be C.M. Kornbluth's The Marching Morons? The main character wakes from suspended animation to find The ending and other details ...
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Cryonics Short Story in three parts?

I can't recall the name of these three stories, sadly. I wish I could. But I remember them, and the third story you are looking for had a plot where an escaped convict has himself suspended in ...
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What 80s SF novel had survivors on starship cannibalize frozen colonists?

I haven't read a novel of this, but it sounds very much like a movie I've seen, Pandorum, except for the reverence part ... On the other hand, after reading about Pandorum, this question reminds me ...
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How does suspended animation work in “Earth 2”?

I don't remember much in-depth discussion of the hibernation technology on this show, but there are a few details that I do remember. Cold sleep was a form of suspended animation. In particular, no ...
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Looking for a movie I saw as a child: boy went back in time, friend died, later born again

I'm surprised I found this. Is the movie "The Boy and the Pirates" made in 1960? Several synopsis links to look at: here (scroll down 14 entries), here, and here I never saw this movie myself. ...
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Science fiction story about an intelligent man put in suspended animation to solve future problems

This is a bit of a long shot, but the idea of an intelligent man who is consulted when a problem arises, sounds a bit like the character Hari Seldon in Asimov's Foundation series. However, he is not ...
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How does suspended animation work in “Earth 2”?

The novelisation for the pilot episode indicated that the form of suspended animation used is cryogenics, freezing the body inside the tube and then unfreezing it when it arrives at the destination. ...
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Book about a man who's cut in half & placed in suspended animation

This is either "Godwhale" by T.J Bass or the prequel, "Half Past Human" also by T.J Bass. The character with the bifricated body is definitely from "Godwhale"; he is attempting to drink from a cask of ...
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