a (hypothetical) descendant of humans who is sufficiently different from present-day humans in form or capabilities to be regarded as a new species or otherwise fundamentally different from present-day humans; (also) a human who has been genetically or bionically augmented; cf. earlier posthuman adj.
Vella was normal! The realization was a horror in Berek’s mind. He and Alarn, besides Osad, were the only two post-humans. She had not completed the natural metamorphosis and could still die!
I've met many borderline posthumans in my day, but never one of you.
He smiled at Mim and squeezed the hand clasping his. Methuselah pressed against his leg. Humans and posthumans drew closer together to share an ancient tribal comfort.
The posthuman becomes, to use the title from Anthony Burgess’s 1963 protocyberpunk novel, a clockwork orange.
Manfred is a core team member; losing him at this point could be more than embarrassing. Besides, he’s a friend—as such things go for posthumans.
But he’s no android. Anchee is a post-human.
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.
The reality, he felt sure, was that the AIs were the genuine post-humans.
D. F. Galouye, in Imagination
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