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The Cyborg and the Sorcerers (War Surplus #1)

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The cyborg code-named "Slant" was sent out as an Independent Reconnaissance Unit during an interstellar war between Earth and its colonies. The fighting ended three hundred years ago, but Slant's computer does not admit this -- he is compelled to carry on as if the war were still raging.

Then he comes across a planet where his sensors register "gravitational anomalies." Th
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Mass Market Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 12th 1982 by Del Rey (first published 1982)
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Peter
Apr 17, 2008 Peter rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: science fiction fans
Lawrence Watt-Evans is the best light fantasy writer of the past twenty years. He's put out some serious, massive fantasy tomes lately, too - as if P.G. Wodehouse were forced to write Wagnerian operas. Not that his serious stuff is bad, mind you! It's just not as good as his light fantasy.

But once in a while he steps out of the fantasy field altogether, and the results are usually impressive. The Cyborg and the Sorcerers is a relatively early science fiction novel from Watt-Evans; I think it mig
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Joel Flank
May 19, 2015 Joel Flank rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, it contains an interesting premise of a computer "assisted" cyborg, Slant, sent on espionage missions, but due to relativistic travel speeds, still operating 300 years after the war he was commissions for is over. With his command structure destroyed, there's no one to end his mission, and his only companion, the computer that controls his ship is set on continuing giving him missions of sabotage and destruction until properly released from it's last orders. ...more
Lee
Dec 29, 2014 Lee rated it it was amazing
I wanted a sci-fi book to read and finish in one day. At 248 pages this book was it. It is a story which combines elements of Science Fiction and Fantasy creating a very enjoyable short story. I recommend it all who want to have a nice afternoon of reading.

This is another great Lawrence Watt-Evans book, and I look forward to reading the other book in the series (OK, it’s a series of two). Lawrence Watt-Evans is a great author, and this book is another shining example of his abilities. I highly
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Daniel
Jul 27, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it
A short take:

Watt-Evans concocts a convincing class between interstellar technology and magical talent. The story reads like an extended Outer Limits episode--you know the type: one man faces the unknown with only his wits and a few gadgets to see him through. The story took some surprising violent turns and kept me interested throughout.
Kevin Driskill
Feb 07, 2014 Kevin Driskill rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Excellent book of tech meets fantasy. I like that the two different perspectives render different interpretations. How true it is today from superstition to religious belief or hard science skepticism. Thought provoking and just a blast to read.
Johanna
May 26, 2015 Johanna rated it liked it
The beginning was very slow. It almost never takes me over a month to read a book. This book was not as good as some of the others by this author. However the ending was very satisfying and interesting.
Jim
Aug 27, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2fiction, fantasy, 1paper
Probably my favorite book by him.
JT Neville
Nov 16, 2016 JT Neville rated it liked it
A bit brutal but an interesting take on the reluctant hero/fish out of water stories. Moves on quickly enough, easy read, great travel fodder.
Chris
Jan 24, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit dated (though not bad for a 28-year-old SF novel) and slight, but definitely fun.
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