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The Mind of Mr. Soames

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Paperback, NEL SF Master Series, 223 pages
Published August 1977 by New English Library (first published 1961)
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Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Mr Soames is thirty years old, but has been in a coma since birth; the scientists who are the viewpoint characters bring him to life, and we're then suddenly in a sexually repressed late 1950's version of Frankenstein, as the created man wreaks havoc on his environment and his creators.[return][return]Some of it reminded me of the Rocky Horror Picture Show ("Oh, Rocky! That's no way to behave on your first day out!"). Some of it reminded me o ...more
Oct 20, 2015 Ryan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Educators, psycholigists
A good thought experiment but not a good book. Starts off interesting enough about a 30 year old man who was born unconscious and has been so ever since. He has been kept alive and various techniques have kept him from having too much muscle entropy. When a chinese doctor who has had success with studying and altering the conscious of dogs through brain surgery discovers the case suddenly a plan starts to develop. The plan is to alter his brain, unlock neural pathways to finally wake Mr. Somes ...more
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Charles Eric Maine (pseudonym of David McIlwain; 21 January 1921 – 30 November 1981) was an English science fiction writer whose most prominent works were published in the 1950s and 1960s. His stories were thrillers that dealt with new scientific technology


McIlwain was born in Liverpool.

He published three issues of a science fiction magazine called The Satellite which he co-edited along w
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