Machine Man

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Vintage Contemporaries, 2011 - Fiction - 277 pages
"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. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts. Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman. Or a product. Or a weapon. A story for the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny unraveling of one man's quest for ultimate self-improvement."--Publisher's description
 

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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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Contents

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II
10
III
33
IV
57
V
77
VI
105
VII
119
VIII
139
IX
171
X
191
XI
212
XII
227
XIII
245
XIV
265
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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 email and RSS. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters, and is 38 years old. He uses vi.

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