meat puppet n.
the human body; a physical human being, esp. in contrast to virtual reality or artificial intelligence
[coined by William Gibson, suggested by a (written) reference to the rock band Meat Puppets]
‘Were the Scarecrow and I alone,’ said the Tin Woodman, ‘we would travel by night as well as by day; but with a meat person in our party, we must halt at night to permit him to rest.’]
Tin Woodman of Oz iii. 43
Where’s the meat puppet?
All those amazing chemical reactions going on inside your body right now to protect you aren’t going to mean a thing when this lumbering, gas-guzzling pile of metal plows into a Kansas cornfield at 600 mph with you strapped inside like the meat puppet you are.
Cyberpunk 101 in L. McCaffery Storming the Reality Studio (1992) 25
Our friend here’s got a problem, no suitable downloadable body. We meat puppets are all too closely tied to our neuronal ultrastructure.
Curator in Asimov’s Science Fiction Dec. 116
We like to view ourselves as ambulatory brains, plugged into meat-puppets that lug our precious grey matter from place to place.
When the Singularity is No Longer a Literary Device in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 12/2
You must remain a meat puppet for the duration of this mission.
From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled in Asimov’s Science Fiction Feb. 14
Research HistoryBill Mullins submitted a 1918 (bracketed) example for "meat person", from one of L. Frank Baum's "Oz" books.
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