Note: Automaton

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

That the "author of Frankenstein" would employ images of the body as a machine should come as no surprise. But in The Last Man, the cyborg body is just part of a larger theme: the question of the impersonal "mechanisms" of society and of nature, the limits of technology (in the largest sense), which are ultimately reflections of nineteenth-century debates over population, food supply, disease, and balance.

Published @ RC

October 1997