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    by Routledge

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    Building off the highly successful The Cyborg Handbook, this new collection of essays, interviews, and creative pieces brings together a set of compelling personal accounts about what it means to live as a cyborg in the twenty-first century.

    Human integration with complex technologies goes back to clothes, cooking, and language, but has accelerated incredibly in the last few centuries, with interest spreading among scientists, coders, people with sophisticated implants, theorists, and artists. This collection includes some of the most articulate of these voices from over 25 countries, including Donna Haraway, Stelarc, Natasha Vita-More, Steve Mann, Amber Case, Michael Chorost, Moon Ribas, Kevin Warwick, Sandy Stone, Dion Farquhar, Angeliki Malakasioti, Elif Ayiter, Heesang Lee, Angel Gordo, and others. Addressing topics including race, gender, sexuality, class, conflict, capitalism, climate change, disability and beyond, this collection also explores the differences between robots, androids, cyborgs, hybrids, post-, trans-, and techno-humans, offering readers a critical vocabulary for understanding and discussing the cyborgification of culture and everyday life.

    Compelling, interdisciplinary, and international, the book is a perfect primer for students, researchers, and teachers of cyberculture, media and cultural theory, and science fiction studies, as well as anyone interested in the intersections between human and machine.


    "You Are a Cyborg; Deal With It!" The Overdetermination of Modification

    Chris Hables Gray, Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera, Steven Mentor


    Part 1: Being a Cyborg Is My Job

    1 Modifeyed: Why Privellance Is More Important to Our Cyborg Future Than Privacy

    Steve Mann

    2 The Avatars of alpha.tribe

    Elif Ayiter

    3 Tanks, the Shield of Achilles, and Social Cyborgs


    4 Experiments with Cyborg Technology

    Kevin Warwick

    5 The Body Vehicle: An Argument for Transhuman Bodies

    Natasha Vita More

    6 When I First Met Jesus, He Was Cyborg

    Gill Haddow


    Part 2: Being a Cyborg for My Health

    7 Pers. ex.

    Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone

    8 Infusions/Infusiones: Itinerant Portraits in My Cancer Treatment 

    Heidi Figueroa-Sarriera

    9 To See With Eyes Unshielded: Perceiving Life as a Partible Cyborg

    Miranda Loughry

    10 "Don’t Mess With My Heart Device, I'll Do It Myself." In Which Karen and Marie Interview Each Other

    Marie Moe and Karen Sandler

    11 Becoming an Accidental Cyborg Feminist Socialist

    Michael Chorost

    12 Ghost in the Biome

    Steve Guile

    13 "Cyborg" "Mom"

    Dion Farquhar


    Part 3: Imagining Myself Cyborg

    14 Cyborgian Episteme as Queer Art-science

    Clarissa Ai Ling Lee

    15 Computer Kid

    Amber Case

    16 Seven Ghosts: Critical Confessions of a Psyborg Mind

    Angeliki Malakasioti

    17 A Mundane Cyborg: My Smartphone, My Body, and My City

    Heesang Lee

    18 To Be Transhumanist, Or Not To Be

    Nikola Danaylov

    19 On Cultural Cyborgs

    Audrey Bennett and Ron Eglash


    Part 4: Performing my cyborgness

    20 Waiting for Earthquakes

    Moon Ribas

    21 My Cyborg Performance as a Techno-Cerebral Subject

    Melike Şahinol

    22 A Song for the Universe in the Dialect of Terran Cyborg Companions

    Lissette Olivaries

    23 Modulating

    Lucian O’Connor

    24 Zombies, Cyborgs & Chimeras: Alternative Anatomical Architectures



    Part 5: Thinking myself a cyborg

    25 I, Cyborgologist

    Chris Hables Gray and Bob Thawley

    26 Cyborg Empathy for the Age of (In)difference

    Sandra P. González Santos

    27 Being a Cyborg in a Connected World Increasingly Mediated by Algorithms: From the Perspective of Two Brazilian Journalists

    Silvia DalBen and Amanda Chevtchouk Jurno

    28 Social Challenges: The Serious Game of Digitalization

    Angel Gordo

    29 Disc/erning the Crisis: A Mundane Cyborg Throws Hope to the Wind

    Steven Mentor

    30 The Best Possible Now

    Donna Haraway, with Nada Miljkovic


    Artist’s Comment

    Julia C R Gray


    Chris Hables Gray is the author of Postmodern War, Cyborg Citizen and Peace, War and Computers. He is a Continuing Lecturer and Fellow at Crown College, University of California at Santa Cruz.

    Heidi J. Figueroa-Sarriera is a community social psychologist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. Her research area is focused on digital technology and the transformations of everyday life, subjectivity, and embodiment.

    Steven Mentor is a Professor of Critical Thinking, English and American Literature, and writing at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California. His current research includes cyborgs and climate justice, climate fiction, and new models of online and hybrid learning.