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Being Bionic


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Chapter 1: Introduction: Troubled Boundaries and Transformative Cyborgs Chapter 2: Exterminate, Upgrade: Doctor Who Chapter 3: Resistance, Assimilation and the Collective: Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager Chapter 4: Toasters and Replicas: Battlestar Galactica Chapter 5: Cyborg Embodiment and Virtuality, 'Between Life and Death': Caprica Chapter 6: The Cyborg As Action Hero: Bionic Woman Chapter 7: Us and Them: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Chapter 8: Hacking the System: Dollhouse Chapter 9: Complete Control: Fringe Conclusion: Cyborg Futures

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Technologically-enhanced human bodies can be the stuff of dreams, but also of nightmares.

About the Author

Bronwen Calvert is Associate Lecturer at the Open University in the North of England.


Bronwen Calvert's Being Bionic is an insightful and comprehensive exploration of a fascinating subject: a treatise that is both instructive and accessible to the general reader. Highly recommended." - Eric Brown, author of Helix and science fiction reviewer for The Guardian #
"Being Bionic considers these bizarre, fascinating and often conflicted amalgams of flesh and machine as presented across fifty years of television, paying special attention to the humanity that may or may not lurk within their cybernetic shells. Author Bronwen Calvert guides our attention, in particular, to the oft-overlooked yet ever-expanding representations of the female cyborg such as Seven of Nine and the Bionic Woman alongside other unforgettable portrayals of cyborgs in popular entertainment.--Dayton Ward, best-selling author of the Star Trek: The Original Series books
Bronwen Calvert's Being Bionic: The World of TV Cyborgs is an important exploration of an important subject. From Doctor Who to Dollhouse, from Battlestar Galactica to Bionic Woman, Calvert's scholarly erudition and probing interpretations illuminate the nature of our cyborgs, of ourselves.--Rhonda Wilcox, Gordon State College, USA; author of Why Buffy Matters
Calvert's Being Bionic offers a much needed critique of the cyborg in contemporary science fiction television. Using both new and classic examples - from series such as Star Trek and Doctor Who, to Dollhouse and Fringe - Calvert convincingly argues that television allows for important and unique commentaries on the cyborg as cultural metaphor. More than film now, the television cyborg is omnipresent, and routinely questions what it means to be human and our relationship with technology. Assimilate this book and enjoy!--Lincoln Geraghty, University of Portsmouth

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