Cyborg Paperback – 23 Jan 1975
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Austin is ulitmately rebuilt by the grace of the science of Bionics and transformed into a human cyborg; half man, half machine. And in a much more realistic way than he ever was on TV.
Austin's crushed legs are replaced with twin engines that can carry his body at a reasonable speed for 36 hours straight running. His left arm is replaced with a battering ram that can smash through masonary, fingers that can crush human bone with the ease of an egg shell. His skull is reinforced to withstand incredible pressure as are his ribs and other improvements to numerous to list here. The replacement parts match his original parts in every way bar the left arm which is modeled on his right arm thus rendering it slightly dimensionally incorrect.
This Austin, unlike his TV counterpart, has been transformed into a killing machine. When he hits something it usually breaks, be it a human skull or a brick wall. He is a man who resents what has been done to him and sees himself as more of a Frankenstein like freak than a super human.
Rudy Wells is the support for this man. Oscar Goldman and his boss Jackson Mackay are shadowy figures with questionable agendas, rather than the cuddly versions of the TV series.Read more ›
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This book was, of course, the basis for the popular cheesy '70s show "The Six Million Dollar Man". But this book is anything but cheesy. Steve Austin is an astronaut/pilot involved in the very real, very dangerous and exciting NASA "lifting body" program of the late '60s and early '70s, a program devoted to finding an acceptable design for the Space Shuttle. Martin Caidin, the author of this book, was a doctor who actually participated in this program, and he was actually at Rogers Dry Lake bed when Bruce Peterson plowed his M2-F2 into the turf in a terrible accident--the very same wreck that we saw at the beginning of every "Six Million Dollar Man" episode.
Steve Austin, who similarly crashes and is seriously injured, gets "enhanced" artificial limbs and an eye (although the eye really only functions as a camera; when this book was written, an actual "seeing" eye was WAY too farfetched), and he is enlisted by the government to perform special missions, including stealing a Russian MIG from a base in the Middle East.
Austin's problems with his new "freakish" nature and with his being used as a pawn of the government are quite realistically portrayed. Caidin delves much farther into the psychology of a "bionic" (which is actually a misnomer) man than the TV series ever did.
A very fun, fascinating, exciting read, if you can find it. One of my favorite books of all time.