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The Terminal Man: Crichton, Michael

The Terminal Man

Crichton, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0394447689 / ISBN 13: 9780394447681
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1972
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
From C. Dickens Rare & Collect. Books & Maps (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)

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This is the 1st edition/1st printing of Crichton's novel concerning scientific modification of the human brain and the problems that could ensue in a worst-case scenario of "computerized guinea pig gone wrong". The book is in near fine condition with just a bit of bumping to the spine ends and the dust jacket is very good (plus) with a light discoloration/line about 1" from the bottom of the rear panel, otherwise it would also be near fine. Bookseller Inventory # PG-10-CP

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Title: The Terminal Man

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, NY

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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A team of surgeons perform an operation on a violent paranoid in an attempt to electronically control his behavior


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 centers 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. --Paul Hughes

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