Friday, April 22, 2011
More Than the Sum of His Parts, by Joe Haldeman
The rebuilt, augmented human has been done and done and done in SF literature and film--Frederik Pohl's Man Plus, Robocop, the Six Million Dollar Man, etc. etc. Though Robocop was a late add. So why the Nebula nomination for More Than the Sum of His Parts? Well, it is a pretty good tale, a story of a man letting his augmentation go to his head. It's got hard SF elements that get underplayed in some of these stories. But really, I just don't know. While it is a good story, it would have felt overdone even at the time. I liked Robocop better, go rent that. 2 stars.