cyborg n.

a living organism whose body has been modified to include both biological and mechanical components

[< cybernetic organism]

  • 1960 N.Y. Times 22 May 31/1

    A cyborg is essentially a man-machine system in which the control mechanisms of the human portion are modified externally by drugs or regulatory devices so that the being can live in an environment different from the normal one.

  • 1966 F. Herbert Eyes of Heisenberg in Galaxy Mag. Aug. 143/1 Frank Herbert

    From the shoulders down, where Glisson’s arms had been, now dangled only the empty linkages for Cyborg prosthetic attachments.

  • 1966 R. A. Heinlein in If Mar. 134/2 Robert A. Heinlein

    Good ship Lark had been stripped—total crew was skipper and a Cyborg pilot.

  • 1970 A. McCaffrey Ship who Sang (1991) iv. 116 Anne McCaffrey

    ‘Honor among cyborgs, huh?’ he asked, his eyes dancing as he added a subtle thrust of his own.

  • 1971 ‘J. Tiptree, Jr.’ in Galaxy Mag. Mar. 148/1 James Tiptree, Jr.

    Before he could signal, his audio cut loose with curses from the cyborg chief.

  • 1971 ‘J. Tiptree, Jr.’ in Galaxy Mag. Mar. 148/1 James Tiptree, Jr.

    The old cyborg op couldn’t care less. He had electrode jacks all over his skull and his knuckles sprouting wires.

  • 1973 R. Goulart Tin Angel 72

    Everyone grows and matures…even a cyborg dog.

  • 1974 R. Goulart Stungun Slim in T. Carr Universe 4 101

    I understand, Joshua. I hung around with a cyborg hooker on Barafunda who was the same way.

  • 1983 R. Sheckley Dramocles (1984) 113 Robert Sheckley

    Church would join the fleet with his own troops, a squadron of killer cyborgs recently purchased at a clearance sale on Atigone.

  • 1985 J. Shirley & B. Sterling Unfolding in J. Clute et al. Interzone: 2nd Anthology (1987) 161 Bruce Sterling John Shirley bibliography

    He rarely made whirring or clicking noises, and few people knew he was a cyborg.

  • 1986 D. Brin River of Time (1987) 247 David Brin

    Despite genetic and cyborg improvements to the human animal, machines still seemed fated to surpass biological men.

  • 1991 M. Weiss King's Test i. viii. 70 Margaret Weis bibliography

    A hulking cyborg encased in a protective suit, he twiddled a robotic arm at what was left of the space plane.

  • 2001 A. Reynolds Chasm City 56 Alastair Reynolds

    The person had been the cyborg crewperson of a starship.

  • 2003 A. M. Steele The Madwoman of Shuttlefield in Asimov’s Science Fiction May 70

    A Savant: a posthuman who had once been flesh and blood until he'd relinquished his humanity to have his mind downloaded into cyborg form, becoming an immortal intellect.

  • 2005 Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest Autumn 109

    Delgado inherits the stereotypical aura of invincibility that allows nearly every shot he fires to hit its mark, yet his opponents, regardless of their pedigrees as trained killers and unstoppable cyborgs, never seem to hit much of anything.


Research requirements

antedating 1960

Earliest cite

NY Times

Research History
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of George R.R. Martin's "Manna From Heaven"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1985 first appearance.
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2001 cite from Alastair Reynolds' "Chasm City".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1998 cite from E. Davis' "TechGnosis".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1992 cite from Bradley Denton's "Buddy Holly is Alive and Well and Living on Ganymede".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1988 reprint of Walter Jon Williams' 1986 "Hardwired".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of Ron Goulart's 1974 story "Stungun Slim".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1975 cite from a competition entry by Alice Simmons in F&SF.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1972 cite from Ron Goulart's "The Tin Angel".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1987 cite from David Brin's "Lungfish".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of James Tiptree's "Mother in the Sky with Diamonds"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1971 first magazine appearance.
Dave Langford submitted a cite from Frank Herbert's "The Eyes of Heisenberg"; Mike Christie verified it in the August 1966 issue of Galaxy where it first appeared.
Dave Langford submitted a cite from Robert Heinlein's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress"; Mike Christie verified it in its frst appearance in the March 1966 issue of If.

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