- Mass Market Paperback
- Publisher: Del Rey (July 12, 1984)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345316207
- ISBN-13: 978-0345316202
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 3.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,811,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cyborg Mass Market Paperback – July 12, 1984
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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.
This book was powerful for its day in that it tried to use hard science, not fantasy science for most of its technology. This was a time when other authors (Michael Crichton comes to mind, with the Terminal Man), were talking about advanced (but plausible) science. The author knew what he was doing when he described "Steve" as an brilliant engineer, remember the astronauts of this time really were brilliant engineers and real pilots (not simply mission specialists). Would they have sent him out to play secret agent, probably not. However, for this time period this was about as realistic as it got. Nuclear power supplies, myoelectric prosthetics, all that was missing was the microprocessors of this era and this book could sell as well today as it did in the 70s.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it because it was the Steve Austin 6 Million Dollar Man precursor. Terrible book but cute, so...keeping it.Published 3 months ago by I dont care what you think
An iconic book. There's a reason they turned this into a TV show. A fun read, even today, decades after it was published. Most of his books are.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you grew up a fan of the '70's show, The Six Million Dollar Man, than this is must reading!Published on October 26, 2013 by Dave Steinberg
This book is classic Caidin. This was the book that was the inspiration for The Six Million Dollar Man, the television show.
This is an American classic. Read more
A novel I first read as a 6th grader, as good as every. THE book that inspired TV's Six Million Dollar Man TV show... a classic from a great american storyteller.Published on January 27, 2013 by Drew C. Barnum
This book was written the early seventies but is still an excellent sci-fi adventure story. Caidin was ahead of his time in describing the bionic devices used to recreate Steve... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by T. Felton
After receiving a cochlear implant, my brother got me a book called Rebuilt-My Journey Back to the Hearing World by Michael Chorost. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Carl Lintner