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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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Military space short story, 1960s to early 1980s, that appeared in an anthology pre-1984

"City of Yesterday", a short story by Terry Carr which was also the answer to the old question Short story about a pilot who is integral to a space ship that attacks planets; first published ...
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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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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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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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1970s novel. Spaceman in suspended animation wakes up in underground city/bunker

I found a copy in a book store, and yes, the book is The Alien Earth (1971) by Michael Elder While doing a hull survey of the main ship, in a small scout ship, (both are traveling near the speed of ...
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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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Short story with suspended animation dude woken every year for a day, seeing previous crew live, die

This sounds like "Birthdays" by Fred Saberhagen (Galaxy, March 1976). The protagonist, Bart, is shown 24 cribs by the computer, observes the machines taking care of them, and allowed to pick ...
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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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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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Short story - Prophetic science fiction author reawakened on the moon

I lucked into finding this one: It's "All Your Dreams Come True" by Jerry Oltion A science fiction writer is woken up from cold sleep, and greeted by government officials who tell him that ...
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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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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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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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