Man Plus is a thrilling race against time - to land on Mars on schedule, to insure that Roger's system will withstand the stress that killed the previous candidate. And meanwhile, somewhere, somehow, there has been a breakdown in the computer network....
With the edge-of-the-chair excitement and suspense, four-time Hugo Award winner Frederik Pohl tells the story of the remaking of man into Man Plus, creating in Roger an unforgettable character, grotesque in appearance but totally human in feeling - capable of yearning, depression, love, jealousy, terror.
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©1976 Frederik Pohl; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
A character, who it would be very easy to dislike, has horrible things done to him by an even more horrible group of characters. I can’t say that listening to this book was an entirely pleasurable experience but, having done so, I can’t stop thinking about it. Unpleasant and disturbing, yes. But in a good way, I think.
"More timely now than ever"
There is nothing "dated" about this classic sci-fi despite it being written decades ago. Pohl had so much vision that what must have originally sounded impossible now seems perhaps just "a little" in the future. A very, very entertaining book and very good science fiction from a master.
"What does a cyborg feel?"
Man Plus broke ground that was subsequently covered back up by Hollywood cyborg action movies (like Robocop). The focus is on how a human male feels about being cyborged, how it affects his relationships. Unfortunately the sexism of the time when this was written came through strongly enough to be somewhat irritating to this female reader. Nevertheless, well worth the time listening; clearly a pioneering work of sf. With a surprise ending!
"Dated and poorly narrated"
After listening to Frederik Pohl's Gateway I was really looking forward to Man Plus. It was sadly disappointing and found myself skipping chapters to finish this book. The narration is very monotone, added with extremely technical jargon making it felt like a lecture about technology-unlike the brilliant character development of Gateway. This may have been groundbreaking for its time but nowhere near the character development of Gateway.
If you're a fan of Frederik Pohl, pass this one.
"Too much thought not enough action"
more of a psychological drama than an plot driven vehicle. not saying that is necessarily bad but not for me.
Yes- considered a master of Sci-fi and was well written.
"Good story, with a suprise at the end."
Near the top 85%, for quality, writing, original story, and masterful execution!
Oh! of course Gateway, which the images of the mushroom shaped,space ships that will take you to places of great wonder, and possible death, still haunt my memories.
The main character
Yes especially towards the end where it got tense!
Good book by a Great Author.
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