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Less Than Human

Charles Platt

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Science fiction

An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

Burt is a trillion dollars' worth of robot - with a ten minute gap in his programming that renders him virtually useless to his creators. Still, since coming to Earth he has managed to find a snappy new set of clothes, a cure for cancer and a sixteen year old girlfriend.

Now he's made some really amazing discoveries about himself and his adopted home. Discoveries ranging from the amazing Presidential robot, to deviant mechanized sex, to mutant wildlife in Lake Michigan, to the truth behind kill-crazed New York City cops. Discoveries that are going to make life a lot harder for the chief programmer and the powers that be . . . and a lot more lethal for Burt and his newfound friends.

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Charles Platt

Charles Platt (1945 - )
Charles Platt was a science-fiction writer, editor, journalist, critic, and graphic designer from the 1960s through to the 1990s. He created a unique look for New Worlds magazine at the same time that it was publishing his stories, including the grimly predictive "Lone Zone" and the comedic "Garbage World." After emigrating to the United States in 1970, Platt was a science-fiction editor for three American publishers and founded The Patchin Review, a notoriously polemical lit-crit quarterly.

Platt's fiction has ranged from humorous novels, such as Less Than Human and Free Zone, to a meticulously researched techno-thriller, The Silicon Man, which was nominated for a Campbell award. His columns appeared in Interzone, Science Fiction Eye, and Fantasy and Science Fiction before he moved into tech journalism as a senior writer at Wired magazine. His science fiction remains a memorably unusual mix of humor, suspense, prediction, and social comment.

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