cyborging n.

the process of converting a biological organism into a cyborg

  • 1989 O. S. Card Books To Look For in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Aug. 32/2 page image Orson Scott Card

    Do you want to read a serious extrapolative novel, in which the future of Earth is driven by the rivalry between fading Japan and rising China for cultural domination; in which cyborging, brain transplants, and genetically-altered chimeras bring new wonders and new horrors to humanity; in which new machines and artificial intelligences blur the boundary between tool and user?

  • 1997 J. A. Gardner Expendable xiv. 227 James Alan Gardner

    ‘Another who dwells in this place appears to have the proper bloodline, yet has knitted himself to unliving metal and is therefore discounted.’ That had to be Tobit, ‘knitted’ to his prosthetic arm; the League disapproved of cyborging, and had obviously programmed the AI to disqualify anyone equipped with any augmentation.

  • 1997 D. Weber & S. White In Death Ground iv. 57 David Weber Steve White bibliography

    His Orglons represented the obscene end-product of the unrestricted cyborging on which humankind had turned its back after some bad experiences in the twenty-first century: flesh and metal, neurons and silicon, blended into a soulless amalgam created long ago by a race that no longer knew or cared what its own original organic form might have been—if, indeed, that race could still be said to exist at all, after having merged its identity into that of its machines.

  • 2008 J. Kessel Last American in Asimov’s Science Fiction Feb. 81 page image John Kessel bibliography

    Longevity breakthroughs, new medicine, genetic engineering, cyborging, and AI.

  • 2020 L. Workman et al. Cambridge Handbook Evolutionary Perspectives on Human Behavior 511

    Life on a planet other than the one on which it evolved, or simply living in space, would reasonably require cyborging (or else major changes in physiology and perhaps morphology).

Research requirements

antedating 1989

Earliest cite

Orson Scott Card, book review

Research History
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 2001 reprint of James Alan Gardner's "Expendable"; Irene Grumman verified the cite in the 1997 first edition.
Andrew Hatchell submitted a 1989 cite from a book review column by Orson Scott Card (F&SF, August 1989).
Jeff Prucher submitted a cite from a 2000 reprint of David Weber and Steve White's 1997 "In Death Ground".
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 2008 cite from John Kessel.
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 2020 cite from a psychology book.
We would like cites of any date from other sources.

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