Max Barry

Machine Man
  • Machine Man

  • A wickedly observed, disturbing, darkly funny and surprisingly moving parable for a new tech-obsessed age by the acclaimed author of Jennifer Government.

    Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It’s not a tragedy. It’s an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts.

    Prostheticist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on his way to becoming artificial everything. But others see a madman.Or a product.Or a weapon . . .

    A story for this age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a darkly funny unravelling of one man’s quest for ultimate self-improvement.

Max Barry was born in 1973 and lives in Melbourne, Australia. He worked for tech giant HP before he began writing fiction and developed the online nation simulation game NationStates as well as contributing to various open source software projects. He has written 4 acclaimed novels - Syrup, Company, Jennifer Government and now Machine Man - which brilliantly satirize various states of the current western human condition. His new novel, Lexicon, is published this summer.

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