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Man Plus Ill luck made Roger Torraway the subject of the Man Plus Programme but it was deliberate biological engineering which turned him into a monster a machine perfectly adapted to survive on Mars For acco

  • Title: Man Plus
  • Author: Frederik Pohl
  • ISBN: 9781857989465
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ill luck made Roger Torraway the subject of the Man Plus Programme, but it was deliberate biological engineering which turned him into a monster a machine perfectly adapted to survive on Mars For according to computer predictions, Mars is humankind s only alternative to extinction But beneath his monstrous exterior, Torraway still carries a man s capacity for sufferinIll luck made Roger Torraway the subject of the Man Plus Programme, but it was deliberate biological engineering which turned him into a monster a machine perfectly adapted to survive on Mars For according to computer predictions, Mars is humankind s only alternative to extinction But beneath his monstrous exterior, Torraway still carries a man s capacity for suffering.

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    About "Frederik Pohl"

    1. Frederik Pohl

      Frederik George Pohl, Jr was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.

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    1. Just as Frederik Pohl s 1977 novel Gateway was about greed, Man Plus, his 1976 offering, is about ambition, and may be seen as an almost Kafkaesque allegory Pohl brings an approachability to his very competent hard science fiction a pleasing meld of technically believable sci fi with humanistic and psychological elements He tells a good story especially with an interesting, and ongoing though ultimately not very satisfying theatrical irony theme crafted with a mysterious narration technique With [...]


    2. At NASA, people often quoted what were claimed to be the Three Things Astronauts Fear Most In descending order, these were 1 Not getting selected for the mission 2 Screwing up 3 Dying.In this 70s SF story, an astronaut, apparently with the normal set of priorities, has been fortunate enough to find himself selected for a daring bioengineering experiment they are going to turn him into a creature capable of surviving, without a suit or other equipment, on the surface of Mars Given that the averag [...]


    3. Jedan stari, izvrstan i kultni SF.Nemam to drugo re i osim da je obvezno tivo ozbiljnog SF ljupca.edit ma hajde, ipak u ne to dodati Kako ja vidim glavni dio djela je pitanje koliko bi se mi promijenili ukoliko bi nas netko stalno pobolj avao fizi ki sve smo ja i, sve otporniji, mo niji, beskona niji Istovremeno nemamo ba nikakvu dopunsku psiholo ku podr ku svim tim novitetima to bi se na koncu dogodilo, bi li nas konzumirao nadmo ni bogosindrom ili bi zadr ali ljudskost, bi li se prebacili u sa [...]


    4. Originally published on my blog here in June 2009.Man Plus won the Nebula award the year before his next novel, Gateway, swept the board of science fiction awards It could be argued that Gateway is the perfect science fiction novel, because in it Pohl does many of the things which the genre is famous for superlatively big ideas, interesting if off stage aliens, journeys of personal discovery in intriguing environments, extrapolation of current trends and ideas into the future in a rather dystopi [...]


    5. Meh As far as SF masterpieces go, this one was pretty bad I read it as the literary equivalent of a 50 s B movie and found a modicum of enjoyment this way, but it was not a particularly interesting or fascinating read.Man Plus concerns itself with manly astronauts yearning to conquer space, and the women orbiting their lives If this book had been published in 1956 I would have rolled my eyes and moved on, but for a 1976 book, it s pretty darn backwards Women are literally there to be lusted over [...]


    6. In an effort to finish Grand Masters and Masterworks, and relating to other Mars books read this year, I dove into this pool of Pohl The water is lukewarm at best.This story is about establishing a long term presence on Mars, by altering a Man to fit the environment instead of vice versa The added cyborg equipment leads to the title, Man Plus There is some suspense and a few plot twists, but really this is a novel of relationships Man to his body, and to his soul a Catholic Priest is along on t [...]


    7. Timing is everything Not long ago, I posted a book review about Theodore Sturgeon s More Than Human, and was talking about 1970s era consideration of what human beings are, and here we have Man Plus as a handy juxtaposition And it comes to quite a different conclusion, thus ending my attempt to put too neat a chronological classification on this debate Look at the two broad categories would be an interesting topic for discussion, and I may make a note of it in my list of themes for future scienc [...]


    8. In 1953, Frederick Pohl teamed with C.M Kornbluth and wrote The Space Merchants, one of the greatest American SF novels of the 20th century And since 19th century precursors would be few and far between and it is too early to start making such calls about the 21st century, I guess I could go ahead and say that Pohl and Kornbluth wrote one of the greatest American SF novels of all time.Perhaps because Space Merchants is my only other contact with Frederick Pohl, I find myself overly disappointed [...]


    9. 3.0 stars Classic SF story by Pohl Just re read this story for the second time and it does feel a little dated However, it is still an excellent read and, like much of Pohl s science ficiton, deals with emotional and psychological issues of its characters In this case, the increasing sense of disconnect between the main character and the rest of humanity as a result of being modified to go to Mars Winner Nebula Award Best NovelNominee Hugo Award Best NovelNominee Campbell AwardNominee Locus Awar [...]


    10. Delaying on my rating only becauseI have to think about how I actually felt about this book for a little bit.


    11. Me ha gustado Gira en torno a una idea que a mi parecer es original El personaje y sus vivencias una vez transformado en Homo Plus son geniales as como el contexto global que rodea la historia y como se plantea la resoluci n al conflicto Se nota mucho que es un libro escrito hace mucho tiempo y es que bebe de los clich s de la poca Los chinos y los comunistas, el temor a la guerra nuclear, la carrera espacial, personajes arraigados en una cultura machista, toques de psicolog a psicoanal tica jun [...]


    12. Man Plus includes the dark sense of humour is included in everything I have read of Pohl so far His portrayal of the US president in particular borders on the satirical at times The satirical tone of some parts of the novel combined with the grotesque changes to Torraway s physique keep the reader right on the edge of how serious all this should be taken Over the course of the novel he asks the readers to examine some quite difficult questions and keeps on asking them right up to the end of the [...]


    13. The premise of this book is that, in the face of his impending self destruction, Man must colonize Mars both as it will give him a way to survive when things go sideways on Earth, and because it will somehow reduce the odds of him destroying himself This premise goes back to the Golden Age of Science Fiction, of course, when the luminaries of the day felt that to be their mission as writers To give people dreams of a future beyond the petty problems of Earth Ray Bradbury literalizes this about a [...]


    14. This is my first Frederik Pohl novel, and it was pretty interesting The idea of enhancing man to make him capable of surviving on Mars as is i.e without a protective suit, the necessity of oxygen, food, water and such trivialities and the gruelling task of realizing that idea is the main premise of the book But I liked that the topic was much broader and that is what makes a human, well, human What to do when you are being stripped of all your external human features, how to cope with new abilit [...]


    15. ovjek plusPohl je sukobio dvije perspektive transformacije ovjeka jednu kao horor gubitka vlastite prirode, ovje nosti i unaka enja ovjekovog fizi kog tijela spoj ovjeka i robota gdje se ovjek gotovo u potpunosti gubi, postaje udovi te, te drugu kao sinergiju ovjeka i stroja gdje osoba postaje ne to mnogo vi e a zadr ava ovje nost duboko u sebi.Pohl je cini an, ne tedi politiku i dru tveno prihva ena pona anja modernog dru tva tad su bile 70 e Sama pri a ote e na po etku i ita se uz napor dok ka [...]


    16. An interesting story about transforming a man into a cyborg in order for him to be able to survive on a pre terraformed Mars There are things to think about However, thinking about it, such extensively transformed bodies to allow colonization doesn t seem believable both the cost and the human distaste at the idea of such violence to one s body.Pohl craftily sneaks in another element which only becomes clear at the end.The book is short It s not one to portray space colonization as easy or idyll [...]


    17. Excellent premise and story, unfortunately tarnished by Yellow Peril, a straw feminist, American exceptionalism, compulsory heterosexuality but a complete lack of knowledge of population bottleneck , and a woman whose lovesickness is important than her qualifications as a top psychologist.


    18. Read for the 12 Awards in 12 Months Challenge and the SF Masterworks Reading Challenge and Science Fiction Masterworks Reading Club here on.This novel won the 1976 Nebula Award.Some books stand up to the vicissitudes of time better than others I m a big believer in taking vintage SF on its face, and reading it as alternate history in some cases as opposed to a vision of the future, but in this particular case, that was really challenging for me, and I don t recommend it to anyone younger than I [...]


    19. Some interesting ideas, some unnecessary sexism, and a big reveal at the end which is unrelated to the other issues brought up by the story.


    20. A classic of hard Science Fiction that although it is a good read is somewhat problematic today It follows the story a manned it s only men, really mission to mars, where they are Mars forming a human astronaut to be able to live with no assistance in Mars conditions.The book is great in what comes to describing the experience of becoming something other than human and it isn t so great at portraying women Women are here just sex objects Dorrie , on a honeypot mission where they pretend to be se [...]


    21. The near future Earth is heading for a nuclear war, and the only thing that seems to be able to save mankind, is relocating to Mars Roger Thorraway is the first man to go there, and he is made into a cyborg in order to be able to live on Mars Solid ideas, but a lot of attention is given to Thorraway s thoughts and emotions.An excellent science fiction novel, with some great ideas and interesting characters, albeit not really exciting.


    22. Man Plus Man Plus 1 by Frederik Pohl This story was published 17 years ago, but is still relevant today Yes, the technology to transform a human into a cyborg that can live on the surface of Mars is nonexistent And probably always will be But look past the parts where they rebuild the Six Billion Dollar Man, and the story holds up The characters are a bit one dimensional, but for this tale it works And our hero does undergo many transformative events in his journey.So it s a quick read, but a fu [...]


    23. Pentru a mi face curaj sa abordez un alt numar din Asimov s s a facut simtita nevoia de a ma relaxa cu o lectura in limba romana si care sa dispuna de un subiect care sa valorifice aceeasi idee Mi a facut cu ochiul din biblioteca romanul Man Plus si, avand in vedere ca dupa colectia Nautilus a celor de la Nemira, seria celor de la Pygmalion mi a oferit si ea sansa de a descoperi o suita de lucrari memorabile, nu am mai stat pe ginduri.Subiectul romanului, despre care credeam ca a fost castigator [...]


    24. Frederik Pohl is a science fiction great who published work between 1937 and 2011 before he passed away in 2013 Pohl won multiple awards, including the Nebula Award for Man Plus He followed that up with a Hugo and a Nebula in 1977 for Gateway Man Plus features a brilliant premise in which a human, Roger Torraway, is biologically engineered to live on Mars unaided by a suit or breathing equipment Such a premise enabled Pohl to explore the outer limits of technology and the future of space travel [...]


    25. Beware of spoilers in this review I am surprised that I have ended up giving this book three stars, as I was so enjoying the majority of the book, which is only let down by the ending I would have liked to see the different sections of the book woven together in a cohesive way and given an equal treatment, as all three as I see them are fascinating and worthy of exploration the breakdown of civilisation, the man plus project, the gradual takeover by hidden forces The last section felt like it w [...]


    26. This book is a trip down memory lane, I realised after a few chapters I had read this book many years before in a much battered and less loved edition Now in its full masterworks glory I picked it up again and read it once Many of the scenes were so familiar but at the same time there were subtle under currents and descriptions i had over looked or forgotten There is something appealing about older or however you wish to tag it science fiction this book was written after all in 1976 I can neve [...]


    27. El Transhumanismo antes del Transhumanismo G nero Ciencia Ficci n.Lo que nos cuenta Roger Torraway es un astronauta agradable, de xito, conocido, con una esposa encantadora y bella, que vive en un centro de Oklahoma aislado del resto del mundo, lleno de guerras, carest as y protestas que no auguran nada bueno para la Humanidad Roger es destinado a un proyecto m s secreto de lo habitual en los viajes espaciales, el Proyecto Homo Plus, que tratar de llevar a Marte a representantes del Mundo Libre, [...]


    28. First paragraph It is necessary to tell you about Roger Torraway One human being does not seem particularly important, when there are eight billion alive Not important than, for example, a single microchip in a memory store But a single chip can be decisive when it carries an essential bit, and Torraway was important in just that way He was a good looking man, as people go Famous, too Or had been.I enjoyed this science fiction winner, although it did feel dated to me since it was written than [...]


    29. In this science fiction novel by Frederick Pohl, a man is turned into a monster and sent to survive in Mars, the only way to avoid extinction of the human race This novel has the ability to give readers a relatable feel despite the drastic circumstances of the plot Pohl gives readers a novel that stretches the average thoughts of the mind, and formulates an out of the ordinary, yet interesting, story.


    30. Man Plus is a clever take on the colonisation of Mars with our character of Roger Torroway taking the part of the person to retro engineered to be able to survive natively on Mars which is a different spin on the terraforming theme of Mars D Along the way we follow the development of the program and what he goes through both personally and professionally with the help of Sulie Carpenter and his colleagues Don Kayman, Alexander Bradley and Hesburgh as they trek off to Mars DThe story rock along a [...]


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