Acclaimed science fiction author and First Tuesday Bookclub regular Max Barry will be reading from his book at Embiggen Books at 3.00pm Saturday October 29th. Please RSVP: (03) 9662 2062 or on events (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com or even better walk in to the store and let us know in person.
‘Max Barry writes satire so sharp and prescient that sometimes I fear that he is only giving the bad guys more ideas.’ Wil Anderson
‘Just read Machine Man. Too much awesome. Mind. Officially. Blown.’ John Birmingham
‘Max Barry is an outstanding satirical comedy writer, reliably smart and funny. That’s why I hate him.’ Julian Morrow
When 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. His employer, military contractor Better Future, has the resources he needs to explore a few ideas. So he begins to build parts. Better parts. Charlie’s prosthetist, Lola, is impressed by his artificial limbs. But some see him as a madman. Others, a product. Or even a weapon. Existing at the intersection between mind and body, in the dawn of the age of pervasive technology, Machine Man is a gruesomely funny tale about one man’s quest for the ultimate in self-improvement.
Max Barry began removing parts at an early age. In 1999, he successfully excised a steady job at tech giant HP in order to upgrade to the more compatible alternative of manufacturing fiction. While producing three novels, he developed the online nation simulation game NationStates, as well as contributing to various open source software projects and developing religious views on operating systems. He did not leave the house much. For Machine Man, Max wrote a website to deliver pages of fiction to readers via e-mail and RSS. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters, and is thirty-eight years old. He uses vi.