Today's book teaser is from a science fiction novel that won the 1976 Nebula Award and is featured among the SF Masterworks series.
Title: Man Plus
Author: Frederik Pohl
It is not an easy thing for a flesh-and-blood human being to come to terms with the knowledge that some of his flesh is going to be ripped from him and replaced with steel, copper, silver, plastic, alumium and glass. We could see that Torraway was not behaving very rationally.
When I first started reading this novel I was taken aback by the style - it reads as though you, the reader, are receiving a lecture on the events of the MC's life and Man Plus mission. Presumably the clinical way in which the story is told is because the POV belongs to a scientist, though I'm half way through and still have no idea to whom the viewpoint belongs.
What I can tell you is this is a horrifying vision of the future - a future where having an American living on Mars may be the only way to stop the world descending into another world war and the President will go to any lengths to achieve it. This is a science fiction novel that is just as much at home in the horror genre. Be warned - it is not for the faint-hearted.
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There is no WIP teaser today, as I am taking part in Hart Johnson's Delusional Doom Blogfest.
The purpose of this blogfest is to do any of the following:
Predict your own death.
Predict someone ELSES death.
Write your own obituary.
Write someone ELSES obituary.
Plot a murder of someone sorely asking for it, step by step.
I must admit that it feels somehow wrong to be taking part in this blogfest after the tragic events in Japan, but this blogfest was planned way before it and I'd already signed up. Here is my entry, which takes the form of a rather over-optimistic obituary:
Ellie Garratt (1972 - 2073) passed away on the 29th June, just one day shy of her 101st birthday. Best known for her series of ground-breaking science fiction novels, two of which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards in 2019/2021. She was a tireless supporter of literacy for all and campaigned for the eventual successful removal of student tuition fees. Much loved by her family and friends, she leaves behind her beloved dog, Tiberius.
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