Machine Man

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Scribe Publications Pty Limited, Aug 1, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages

When scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident, it’s not a tragedy. It’s an opportunity.

Charlie always thought his body could be better. His employer, military contractor Better Future, has the resources he needs to explore a few ideas. So he begins to build parts. Better parts. Charlie’s prosthetist, Lola, is impressed by his artificial limbs. But some see him as a madman. Others, a product. Or even a weapon.

Existing at the intersection between mind and body, in the dawn of the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny tale about one man’s quest for the ultimate in self-improvement.

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User Review  - KateSherrod - LibraryThing

"You couldn't ever truly own anything you couldn't modify. I had always thought that." I think that, too. Just never quite thought about my body that way. A Tin Woodman story for trans-humanists... Read full review

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User Review  - howifeelaboutbooks - LibraryThing

Hilarious, as Barry's books always are, but with a darker undertone. Charles Neumann is a scientist who loses his leg in a lab accident. While recovering in the hospital, he meets Lola Shanks, a ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Max Barry began removing parts at an early age. In 1999, he successfully excised a steady job at tech giant HP in order to upgrade to the more compatible alternative of manufacturing fiction. While producing three novels, he developed the online nation simulation game NationStates, as well as contributing to various open source software projects and developing religious views on operating systems. He did not leave the house much. For Machine Man, Max wrote a website to deliver pages of fiction to readers via e-mail and RSS. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters, and is thirty-eight years old. He uses vi.

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