The Modular Man

By: Allen, Roger Macbride; Asimov, Isaac

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pp306; Mass Market Paperback in very good condition; clean pages-some are darkened from shelf wear; creased spine; light edgewearWhere science and science fiction meet. The author takes a look at new developments in cybernetics and robotics, and tries to define what makes something, or someone, human. Isaac Asimov probes the latest achievements in robotics and artificial intelligence. The novel concerns the issue of personhood and what it takes to be considered a member of the moral universe. There are three main characters: Herbert the vacuum cleaner, who is modified by his owner, David Bailey, a scientist who specializes in figuring out how to "mindload". Mindloading is the act of a human downloading his mind into a machine. A successful mindload entails the death of the human. It is a way for humans to become immortal, if only in the form of vacuum cleaner. The book begins with the arrest of Herbert, the vacuum cleaner, for David's murder. David's wife, Suzanne Jantille, is a trial attorney who is a quadriplegic as a result of a car crash that also paralyzed her husband. She lives through a "Remote person" who has all human senses except for the ability to feel by touch. She can guide the remote person through a helmet attached to her "bio body" and retrieves all "video and audio" signals through the remote. She can function as a whole human being, but the outside world notices that she is a remote, and does not approve. Suzanne defends Herbie, with the help of an astute journalist and a police officer who has access to documents that she wouldn't otherwise. The book ends with a recognition of David?s humanity due to the ultimate confusion in the courtroom. It also ends with the death of Suzanne?s bio-body, and in turn, her ultimate death.

Title: The Modular Man

Author Name: Allen, Roger Macbride; Asimov, Isaac

Edition: First Edition

ISBN Number: 0553295594

ISBN-13: 9780553295597

Location Published: Bantam Spectra Books: 1992-06-01

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition: Used-Very Good

Size: 4.25 x 1 x 6.875 inches

Type: Mass Market Paperback

Categories: Science Fiction

Seller ID: PGB0002310

Keywords: the next wave