Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Terminal Man: Michael Crichton (Number 5)



The Terminal Man: Michael Crichton: Books

Great book!

Blurb from the back: Harry has a problem. Ever since getting in a car accident, he's suffered from "thought seizures", violent fits in which he attacks other people. He used to be an artificial intelligence researcher, which may explain why he targets anyone who either works on machines or who acts like a machine--mechanics, gas-station attendants, prostitutes, exotic dancers. But there's hope: He can become part machine himself, undergoing "Stage 3", an experimental procedure implanting 40 electrodes deep in the pleasure centres of his brain. The surgery is successful and blissful pulses of electricity short- circuit Harry's seizures. That is, until Harry figures out how to overload himself with the satisfying jolts and escapes on a murderous rampage. One of Crichton's earliest, playing ably on 70s' fears of computers and mind-control...

My thoughts: I just love Michael Crichton's work, it's intelligent, well researched and always gripping. I couldn't put it down. It was written in the Seventies but with the advances in research this is even more relevant today. I saw something on telly recently where a scientist implanted himself with 'chips' so that he could send information back to his house, he was excited about cyborg technology and being the first to try it. I guess for a lot of people, this sort of thing would be the answers to their prayers, but there will always be the opportunity for abuse by the minority. Crichton's always a winner though. Loved it!

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