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Man Plus | [Frederik Pohl]

Man Plus

Roger Torraway watched in horror as the monster lurched, toppled over and died. Project Man Plus had gone suddenly and drastically wrong. The race to colonize Mars was too important, too costly, and America was already too committed, for plans to be scrapped. They would have to make a new Martian. And Roger Torraway was it, candidate for the endless surgery, operation after painful operation, that would enable him to survive on that faraway planet.
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Roger Torraway watched in horror as the monster lurched, toppled over and died. Project Man Plus had gone suddenly and drastically wrong. The race to colonize Mars was too important, too costly, and America was already too committed, for plans to be scrapped. They would have to make a new Martian. And Roger Torraway was it, candidate for the endless surgery, operation after painful operation, that would enable him to survive on that faraway planet.

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.

BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Man Plus is one of science fiction's all-time greatest novels.

©1976 Frederik Pohl; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1977

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    Sanford Rosenberg Richmond, VA 06-28-10
    Sanford Rosenberg Richmond, VA 06-28-10

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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 03-18-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Good story, with a suprise at the end."
    Where does Man Plus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top 85%, for quality, writing, original story, and masterful execution!


    What other book might you compare Man Plus to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris and Robert J. Sawyer – was your favorite?

    The main character


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes especially towards the end where it got tense!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book by a Great Author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karl 10-20-09
    Karl 10-20-09
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    "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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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