cyborg v.

to make into a cyborg

  • 1976 J. Varley Bagatelle in Galaxy, Incorporating Worlds of If Oct. 16/2 John Varley

    Something always distracted me. So when I heard of this place where they would cyborg me and get rid of all that, I jumped at the chance.

  • 1978 R. Lupoff Lupoff's Book Week in Algol Nov. 51/1

    Man Plus is a heavily researched, painstakingly worked out hard science novel of the finest sort. It deals with the modification of a human being, through surgery, biological conditioning and cyborging techniques, to "become" a "Martian".

  • 1983 N. Spinrad Void Captain's Tale (1984) 8 Norman Spinrad

    In functional terms, the Pilot is the human component of the Jump Circuit, the organic element of our star drive, who, cyborged to the Jump Drive by the Harmonizer, and activated by the Primer Circuit, navigates the ship through the space-time discontinuity of the Jump and out the other side the requisite number of light-years in the right direction.

  • 1985 F. Herbert Chapterhouse: Dune 238 Frank Herbert

    Where did mechanical additions to human flesh become dominant? When was the Cyborg no longer human? Temptations intensified—‘Just this one little adjustment.’ And so easy to adjust until the potpourri-human became unquestioningly obedient. But…Clairby? Conditions of extremis said, ‘Cyborg him!’

  • 1987 N. Spinrad Little Heroes (1989) 20 Norman Spinrad

    You just do the best you can and our wizards will cyborg you into a superstar.

  • 1988 Locus Apr. 27/2

    Richard Paul Russo’s ‘Listen to My Heartbeat’ involves a woman who has cyborged herself for spaceflight, and her boyfriend who couldn’t bring himself to do the same.

  • 1989 L. Watt-Evans Nightside City x. 103 Lawrence Watt-Evans

    She made some joke about how, if that was what we were going to do, then she wouldn’t let the sun come up, and I said something about in that case I'd need to be cyborged so I wouldn’t wear out, and…you know the sort of talk.

  • 1991 T. Maddox Halo ii. viii. 65

    However, when cyborged to an existing I, even one as damaged as Jerry Chapman, Aleph can create a virtual person.

  • 1994 Interzone Apr. 61/1

    Lesser characters may be the result of matings between humans and genetically engineered dogs and/or vurt entities; telepathic mutants; partially cyborged; any combination thereof.

  • 1994 Interzone Sept. 24/1

    Large fantasy movies in the 1990s are cyborged into an expensive suit of merchandising spin-offs; the film is merely the expendable fragment of live tissue that animates the whole apparatus and keeps it moving.

  • 1995 Interzone Jan. 57/2

    It is set forty years after Roger Torraway was unwillingly cyborged to enable him to explore Mars without needing external life support systems.

  • 2006 N. Spinrad On Books in Asimov’s Science Fiction 227/2 Norman Spinrad

    One of the humans cyborged to the FTL ships that colonized the planet long ago.

Research requirements

antedating 1976

Earliest cite

John Varley, Bagatelle

Research History
Sue Surova found a citation in the April 1988 Locus.
Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of John Varley's "Bagatelle"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1976 first magazine appearance.
Douglas Winston submitted a 1989 cite from Lawrence Watt-Evans' "Nightside City".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1978 cite from a book review by Richard Lupoff.
Dan Efran submitted a 1985 cite from Frank Herbert's "Chapterhouse Dune".

We would like cites of any date from other sources.

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