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  • Audio Cassette: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; abridged edition edition (Oct. 8 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679448969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679448969
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 23 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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Harry has a problem. Ever since getting in a car accident, he's suffered from "thought seizures," violent fits in which he attacks other people. He used to be an artificial intelligence researcher, which may explain why he targets anyone who either works on machines or who acts like a machine--mechanics, gas-station attendants, prostitutes, exotic dancers. But there's hope: he can become part machine himself, undergoing "Stage 3," an experimental procedure implanting 40 electrodes deep in the pleasure centers of his brain. The surgery is successful, and blissful pulses of electricity short-circuit Harry's seizures. That is, until Harry figures out how to overload himself with the satisfying jolts and escapes on a murderous rampage. One of Crichton's earliest, playing ably on '70s fears of computers and mind control. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A fascinating, splendidly documented thriller" The New Yorker "A brilliantly achieved and all-too-believable modern Frankenstein" Book-of-the-Month Club News --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Anakina on July 14 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is surprising that this book was written over forty years ago. In the beginning I had not realised it at all. Of course, I saw that the story was set in the 70s, but I had not noticed it was actually written in that decade. This is significant because if you read such a dated technological thriller you expect, however, to perceive a certain naivety and a very different atmosphere from recent novels, because time changes in both the writing and the audience. The readers are now much better prepared and savvy than those of 1972, so the fact that a book of this type is able to astonish them is no doubt a sign that this is a great book.
However you can notice this is one of the first works of Crichton. Over time he has definitely improved in style, but even then, as I have seen in "Andromeda", you could see his genius.
The plot has to do with the treatment of mental illnesses through advanced techniques of manipulation of the brain by means of its connection to a computer, making precisely the man nothing more than a terminal. As usual in books of this author the science becomes the main protagonist. The characters take a back seat, but no matter, because the reader is captivated by everything else, although in fact it is a decades-old science fiction. The wonder of reading, however, is intact, as well as the feeling at the end of the novel that it is able to teach us something and it was not just a pastime.
The ending is perhaps not unexpected, as well as the general development of the plot, but proves to be a match for other great novels of the same genre written much more recently.
As always, before Crichton, I can only bow.

Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return
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By Eric on July 8 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Terminal Man is a pretty old novel, but it stills stands the test of time. This novel came out in the 70's, and some of the events in this novel seem a little far-fetched in those times, and kind of understandable in these current times.
Harry Benson has violent blackouts where he attacks people and does not remember what happens. So when Dr. Pherson decides to operate on Harry Benson to stop the blackouts, he plants a soft of pacemaker for the brain to stop it. The operation goes successful, but Harry Benson is soft of a paranoid individual who thinks that computers are taking over the world. Harry is a programmer, so he has that kind of thought running through his head. The operation has proven successful with chimps, except that they snatch out the wires, so this is their first time doing it on a human. The sort of pacemaker is about as big as a pack of cigarette's and is implanted in his shoulder. The thing works as sending shocks to the brain where it gives off sort of like a good signal. Then something goes wrong. Harry now knows how to get the good shocks by himself, and escapes from the hospital. Now they are on the lookout for him, it is then that he tries to kill one of the female doctors who worked on him, and kills a stripper who brought him earlier a black wig and a couple of other things. He kills her also. While on the lookout for him, he sneaks back into the hospital and hides in the basement to destroy the huge computer they have there. Eventually he is found and killed.
Though the novel is pretty old, some of the things discussed in this novel are actually real. There is a sort of device that is to help people with depression like the same things discussed in this novel. This is a good novel, short, but it still worth reading.
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By JLind555 on April 3 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In a tightly written novel, Michael Crichton explores the world of psychosurgery and how a pioneering experiment on a badly chosen subject goes disastrously wrong.
Harry Benson is a computer scientist living a quiet, uneventful life until he was involved in a devastating car accident on the freeway which left him brain-damaged and psychotic. Now he suffers from increasingly frequent episodes of psychomotor epilepsy during which he explodes in violence. A hospital team has developed a treatment that they think may help him: by implanting electrodes in his brain, they can short-circuit a seizure before it starts and prevent the violent episodes. But Dr. Janet Ross, Benson's psychiatrist, and her mentor, Dr. Manon, have serious reservations. Benson's psychosis has caused him have a morbid dread that machines are taking over the world. Having a micro-computer implanted into his brain may cause him to feel that the doctors have turned him into a machine. Harry isn't going to like that. And when Harry is upset, all kinds of unpleasant things can happen.
In "The Terminal Man", Crichton explores a theme was the focus of his later best-seller "Jurassic Park": just because a scientific experiment can be done doesn't mean it should be. The doctors at Benson's hospital are gung-ho over this experiment; they've been looking for a subject to test it out on and Benson seems perfect. But Benson isn't a laboratory rat; he's highly intelligent and learns how to control the micro-computer implanted in his brain cells until soon he's having almost continuous stimulations. At this point, he tips over, and the ensuing mayhem proves that Ross's worst fears were more than justified.
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