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Homem Mais (Man Plus #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  5,765 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
In the not-too-distant future, a desperate war for natural resources threatens to bring civilization to a halt. Nuclear warships from around the globe begin positioning themselves as the American government works feverishly to complete a massive project to colonize Mars. Former astronaut Roger Torraway has agreed to be transformed by the latest advances in biological & ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 186 pages
Published 1987 by Publicações Europa-América (first published July 1st 1976)
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At NASA, people often quoted what were claimed to be the Three Things Astronauts Fear Most. In descending order, these were:

1. Not getting selected for the mission;

2. Screwing up;

3. Dying.

In this 70s SF story, an astronaut, apparently with the normal set of priorities, has been fortunate enough to find himself selected for a daring bioengineering experiment; they are going to turn him into a creature capable of surviving, without a suit or other equipment, on the surface of Mars. Given that the
Jun 11, 2015 Krbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jedan stari, izvrstan i kultni SF.

Nemam što drugo reći osim da je obvezno štivo ozbiljnog SF-ljupca.

edit: ma hajde, ipak ću nešto dodati. Kako ja vidim glavni dio djela je pitanje koliko bi se mi promijenili ukoliko bi nas netko stalno poboljšavao fizički - sve smo jači, sve otporniji, moćniji, beskonačniji. Istovremeno nemamo baš nikakvu dopunsku psihološku podršku svim tim novitetima.

Što bi se na koncu dogodilo, bi li nas konzumirao nadmoćni bogosindrom ili bi zadržali ljudskost, bi li se preb
Feb 21, 2015 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as Frederik Pohl’s 1977 novel Gateway was about greed, Man Plus, his 1976 offering, is about ambition, and may be seen as an almost Kafkaesque allegory.

Pohl brings an approachability to his very competent hard science fiction; a pleasing meld of technically believable sci-fi with humanistic and psychological elements. He tells a good story – especially with an interesting, and ongoing (though ultimately not very satisfying) theatrical irony theme crafted with a mysterious narration techniq
Simon Mcleish
Mar 11, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in June 2009.

Man Plus won the Nebula award the year before his next novel, Gateway, swept the board of science fiction awards. It could be argued that Gateway is the perfect science fiction novel, because in it Pohl does many of the things which the genre is famous for superlatively: big ideas, interesting (if off-stage) aliens, journeys of personal discovery in intriguing environments, extrapolation of current trends and ideas into the future (in a rather dy
Daniel Roy
Oct 21, 2012 Daniel Roy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. As far as SF masterpieces go, this one was pretty bad. I read it as the literary equivalent of a 50's B movie and found a modicum of enjoyment this way, but it was not a particularly interesting or fascinating read.

Man Plus concerns itself with manly astronauts yearning to conquer space, and the women orbiting their lives. If this book had been published in 1956 I would have rolled my eyes and moved on, but for a 1976 book, it's pretty darn backwards. Women are literally there to be lusted
Charles Dee Mitchell
In 1953, Frederick Pohl teamed with C.M. Kornbluth and wrote The Space Merchants, one of the greatest American SF novels of the 20th century. And since 19th century precursors would be few and far between and it is too early to start making such calls about the 21st century, I guess I could go ahead and say that Pohl and Kornbluth wrote one of the greatest American SF novels of all time.

Perhaps because Space Merchants is my only other contact with Frederick Pohl, I find myself overly disappointe
3.0 stars. Classic SF story by Pohl. Just re-read this story for the second time and it does feel a little dated. However, it is still an excellent read and, like much of Pohl's science ficiton, deals with emotional and psychological issues of its characters. In this case, the increasing sense of "disconnect" between the main character and the rest of humanity as a result of being modified to go to Mars.

Winner - Nebula Award Best Novel
Nominee -Hugo Award Best Novel
Nominee - Campbell Award
Me ha gustado. Gira en torno a una idea que a mi parecer es original. El personaje y sus vivencias una vez transformado en Homo Plus son geniales así como el contexto global que rodea la historia y como se plantea la resolución al conflicto.

Se nota mucho que es un libro escrito hace mucho tiempo y es que bebe de los clichés de la época: Los chinos y los comunistas, el temor a la guerra nuclear, la carrera espacial, personajes arraigados en una cultura machista, toques de psicología psicoanalíti
Jul 26, 2014 Thom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
In an effort to finish more Grand Masters and Masterworks, and relating to other Mars books read this year, I dove into this pool of Pohl. The water is lukewarm at best.

This story is about establishing a long-term presence on Mars, by altering a Man to fit the environment instead of vice-versa. The added cyborg equipment leads to the title, Man Plus. There is some suspense and a few plot twists, but really this is a novel of relationships. Man to his body, and to his soul (a Catholic Priest is a
Jul 18, 2012 Charis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beware of spoilers in this review!

I am surprised that I have ended up giving this book three stars, as I was so enjoying the majority of the book, which is only let down by the ending.

I would have liked to see the different sections of the book woven together in a more cohesive way and given an equal treatment, as all three as I see them are fascinating and worthy of exploration (the breakdown of civilisation, the man plus project, the gradual takeover by hidden forces). The last section felt l
Nov 12, 2015 Martina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This is my first Frederik Pohl novel, and it was pretty interesting. The idea of "enhancing" man to make him capable of surviving on Mars as is (i.e. without a protective suit, the necessity of oxygen, food, water and such trivialities) and the gruelling task of realizing that idea is the main premise of the book. But I liked that the topic was much broader - and that is what makes a human, well, human? What to do when you are being stripped of all your external human features, how to cope with ...more
The premise of this book is that, in the face of his impending self-destruction, Man must colonize Mars both as it will give him a way to survive when things go sideways on Earth, and because it will (somehow) reduce the odds of him destroying himself. This premise goes back to the Golden Age of Science Fiction, of course, when the luminaries of the day felt that to be their mission as writers: To give people dreams of a future beyond the petty problems of Earth. (Ray Bradbury literalizes this a ...more
Apr 22, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Man Plus includes the dark sense of humour is included in everything I have read of Pohl so far. His portrayal of the US president in particular borders on the satirical at times. The satirical tone of some parts of the novel combined with the grotesque changes to Torraway's physique keep the reader right on the edge of how serious all this should be taken. Over the course of the novel he asks the readers to examine some quite difficult questions and keeps on asking them right up to the end o ...more
Jurica Ranj
Jul 23, 2015 Jurica Ranj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
Čovjek plus...Pohl je sukobio dvije perspektive transformacije čovjeka: jednu kao horor gubitka vlastite prirode, čovječnosti i unakaženja čovjekovog fizičkog tijela - spoj čovjeka i robota gdje se čovjek gotovo u potpunosti gubi, postaje čudovište, te drugu kao sinergiju čovjeka i stroja - gdje osoba postaje nešto mnogo više a zadržava čovječnost duboko u sebi.
Pohl je ciničan, ne štedi politiku i društveno prihvaćena ponašanja modernog društva (tad su bile 70-e). Sama priča oteže na početku i č
Jun 01, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story about transforming a man into a cyborg in order for him to be able to survive on a pre-terraformed Mars. There are things to think about. However, thinking about it, such extensively transformed bodies to allow colonization doesn't seem believable (both the cost and the human distaste at the idea of such "violence" to one's body).

Pohl craftily sneaks in another element which only becomes clear at the end.

The book is short. It's not one to portray space colonization as easy o
Jul 10, 2013 Carolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nebula-award
Excellent premise and story, unfortunately tarnished by Yellow Peril, a straw feminist, American exceptionalism, compulsory heterosexuality (but a complete lack of knowledge of population bottleneck), and a woman whose lovesickness is more important than her qualifications as a top psychologist.
Nov 20, 2014 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frederik Pohl is a science fiction great who published work between 1937 and 2011 before he passed away in 2013. Pohl won multiple awards, including the Nebula Award for Man Plus. He followed that up with a Hugo and a Nebula in 1977 for Gateway. Man Plus features a brilliant premise in which a human, Roger Torraway, is biologically engineered to live on Mars unaided by a suit or breathing equipment. Such a premise enabled Pohl to explore the outer limits of technology and the future of space tra ...more
Oct 08, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-masterworks
This book is a trip down memory lane, I realised after a few chapters I had read this book many years before in a much more battered and less loved edition. Now in its full masterworks glory I picked it up again and read it once more. Many of the scenes were so familiar but at the same time there were subtle under currents and descriptions i had over looked or forgotten. There is something appealing about older (or however you wish to tag it) science fiction - this book was written after all in ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Olethros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-¿El Transhumanismo antes del Transhumanismo?.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Roger Torraway es un astronauta agradable, de éxito, conocido, con una esposa encantadora y bella, que vive en un centro de Oklahoma aislado del resto del mundo, lleno de guerras, carestías y protestas que no auguran nada bueno para la Humanidad. Roger es destinado a un proyecto más secreto de lo habitual en los viajes espaciales, el Proyecto Homo Plus, que tratará de llevar a Marte a representantes del Mu
John Loyd
Man Plus (1976) 183 pages by Frederik Pohl

The world is on the brink of war that could destroy the human race. The computer simulations say the best chance for survival is to put a man on Mars. Thus the birth of the Man Plus project. In Tonka Oklahoma a group bioengineers a man so that he can survive unaided on the surface of Mars. When Willy Hartnett can no longer complete the mission it's up to Roger Torraway to become the monster.

There is not much talk of the mechanics of the space flight. Tha
Kirk Macleod
Jun 01, 2015 Kirk Macleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, Man Plus in a nutshell.

Earth is dying, everything is going terrible, and the concept of terraforming our nearest option (Mars) is too pricey to attempt... but what if we could modify a man to live on the Red Planet unassisted?

What could go wrong?

Frederik Pohl's 1976 novel Man Plus not only attempts to show what could possibly go wrong, but also what exactly would go in (and have to come out) of a person to make living on Mars a viable options.

The novel focuses on Roger Torraway, an astrona
Apr 22, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this felt a little like reading an after action report. A step by step, almost academic review of the Man Plus Program. This style made it a little dry and a little hard to get into the book. It's also very 50's/60's pop sifi sexist male dominated space program stuff. At least at first. I found myself plugging along, trying to get through a full chapter each time I picked it up. It's a pretty short book so I knew I could get through it. Then with out noticing, the writing and the plot se ...more
Leandro Ribeiro
Jun 02, 2013 Leandro Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this science fiction novel by Frederick Pohl, a man is turned into a monster and sent to survive in Mars, the only way to avoid extinction of the human race. This novel has the ability to give readers a relatable feel despite the drastic circumstances of the plot. Pohl gives readers a novel that stretches the average thoughts of the mind, and formulates an out of the ordinary, yet interesting, story.
Aug 15, 2014 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A part-humorous/part-sci-fiction short book. If you are looking for a Dune kind of novels, or something like the Mars trilogy, you will be disappointed.

To really enjoy this book, one must remember that this was written in the 70s, and so some of the knowledge is different from what we know of space exploration today. But Pohl manages to write scientific things in simple statements, allowing the readers to understand easily, and not to get bored. He also brought human emotions into the story, the
Paco García
Feb 23, 2014 Paco García rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es mas duro tratar de imaginar las tecnologías que ocurrirán en poco tiempo, todo el mundo sabe que en algún momento dominaremos la fusión nuclear, que le encontraremos un uso a la antimateria, pero quien podría decir quien le quitará el dominio a facebook?

La historia es increíble habla de una tierra que tal vez nunca exista donde el mundo está totalmente fragmentado y la guerra fría llega a lo que parece será el encuentro definitivo.

Manipulación simulacro y engaño todas esas cosas que hemos a
The book is following the story of a man who is gradually shedding his human body in order to colonise Mars.

The opportunity is there for the main character to reflect on the human nature, to ponder what is it that makes us human (a limb? Four limbs? Are we still human if we have no blood or skin or bones?) but instead 90% of his thoughts are about his wife and another lass that seems to fancy him. Harldy anything to give any background, assist in character building or let us know that the protag
Lance Schonberg
Early on, Man Plus is more than a little bit info-dumpy. We get brief bits of history on how the human race perceived Mars, a little bit of planetology on what that world is really like (to the state of understanding in the mid-1970s), and even a little bit of orbital mechanics. But at least this all came after the introduction of the main character, the current state of earth, both politically and economically, and the idea that, whatever year this happens to be, crewed solar system exploration ...more
Althea Ann
Some interesting ideas, some unnecessary sexism, and a "big reveal" at the end which is unrelated to the other issues brought up by the story.
Josh Meares
Man Plus is more of an idea story than a character story, but the ideas are interesting. Implicitly, Pohl seems to be asking what is it exactly that makes us human. Though his predictions of how much humans can improve ourselves mechanically is profoundly exaggerated as of now. The human machine is perhaps a bit more complex than Pohl imagined. Explicitly, Pohl is dealing with the old philosophical question: "What can we trust if we know our senses aren't trustworthy?" That is a difficult questi ...more
Henri Moreaux
Sep 18, 2016 Henri Moreaux rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americas, space
A dated but technically proficient novel on the United States aspirations to colonise Mars.

Set in a future where the world is on a knife edge of global conflict & destruction the United States forges ahead with a plan to augment a human with various cybernetic systems to be able to survive on the surface of Mars unassisted.

Whilst set in the 'future' it had an air of 1950s visionary future (despite being written in the 1970s) which gave it a dated feel, however that didn't take away from the
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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