Jennifer Pelland / Apr 02, 2020

Machine Celia s body is not her own but even her conscious mind can barely tell the difference Living on the cutting edge of bio mechanical science was supposed to allow her to lead a normal life in a near p

  • Title: Machine
  • Author: Jennifer Pelland
  • ISBN: 9781937009137
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Celia s body is not her own, but even her conscious mind can barely tell the difference Living on the cutting edge of bio mechanical science was supposed to allow her to lead a normal life in a near perfect copy of her physical self while awaiting a cure for a rare and deadly genetic disorder But a bio android isn t a real person Not according to the protesters outsideCelia s body is not her own, but even her conscious mind can barely tell the difference Living on the cutting edge of bio mechanical science was supposed to allow her to lead a normal life in a near perfect copy of her physical self while awaiting a cure for a rare and deadly genetic disorder But a bio android isn t a real person Not according to the protesters outside Celia s house, her coworkers, or even her wife Not according to her own evolving view of herself As she begins to strip away the human affectations and inhibitions programmed into her new body, the chasm between the warm pains of flesh and blood life and the chilly comfort of the machine begins to deepen Love, passion, reality, and memory war within Celia s body until she must decide whether to betray old friends or new ones in the choice between human and machine.

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      • Jennifer Pelland

        Jennifer Pelland lives just outside Boston, sharing her home with an Andy and three cats She s been a published short fiction author since 2002, with stories appearing in such venues as Strange Horizons, Abyss and Apex, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Tales of the Unanticipated, and Apex Digest Photo by Andrew Benson.


    1. Good science fiction makes you think. Pulp science fiction entertains you. Great science fiction, on the other hand, makes you think while entertaining you. Such is the case with Machine by Jennifer Pelland.The concept at the heart of the story is an interesting one, and even though it's been done before, it's never been done quite like this. In the not-too-distant future, science has managed to create entirely human-looking android bodies into which human thoughts and emotions can be copied. It [...]

    2. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I’m still not quite sure what to say. Machine is a powerful exploration of body dysphoria, set in a world where your consciousness can be downloaded into a medical android body replacement, while your human body is cryo-frozen to prevent the progression of disease. It reflects on body dysphoria in general, of course, and it’s pretty inconclusive about the answer — should you modify, should you learn to live with it, how will people around yo [...]

    3. Celia Krajewski is unsure of how long she has to live. None of us do, really, but for Celia the matter is a bit more pressing, as she's recently discovered she carries a gene for a rare mutation that will eventually destroy her mind. She has an out, though; she can place her body in statis, transferring her mind and personhood to a bioandroid body so that she can continue living until a cure is found.Death always demands payment, though, and Celia's attempt to cheat it comes with the cost of her [...]

    4. If I had to describe this book in one word that word would be disturbing, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.I won't go into much detail so I don't ruin it for you, but Machine is the thought provoking story of a woman, Celia, who takes on an android body while her biological body is held in stasis until a cure can be found for her rare form of Alzheimer's. The woman has few friends to support her during her greatest time of need. She faces many unforeseen struggles in her new life as a bioa [...]

    5. The premise: ganked from BN: Celia's body is not her own, but even her conscious mind can barely tell the difference. Living on the cutting edge of biomechanical science was supposed to allow her to lead a normal life in a near-perfect copy of her physical self while awaiting a cure for a rare and deadly genetic disorder.But a bioandroid isn't a real person. Not according to the protesters outside Celia's house, her coworkers, or even her wife. Not according to her own evolving view of herself. [...]

    6. _Machine_ is an engaging exploration of somataphobia, mostly that of main character Celia's hatred of her temporary "body" which she endeavors to variously "control," "punish," and annihilate when she learns that her wife rejects it. (Another, more generalized version of somataphobia, in which certain characters desire to permanently replace their bodies with immortal machinery that they consider "perfect" in comparison with the weakness and imperfection of their somatic bodies, is simply noted [...]

    7. Whether you call it science fiction, or speculative fiction, or sociological fiction, or any other term, the genre field is about technological advances, but more importantly, what those changes in technology mean to us as humans. The best examples show us how people's lives are altered with this new leap in the sciences-- what about us changes, and what remains essentially the same. The humanity of the story is what truly matters. In Machine, the humanity of the story is all, as it should be. J [...]

    8. It has been a week since I finished it and cannot get it out of my mind. This is such a fantastic book.I've always been a huge sci-fi fan. Not so much the "Hark, an alien" type but more the "what if XYZ happens a hundred years from now." Realistic sci-fi for the lack of a better term (or is that an oxymoron?)The book centers around the idea that the human thoughts and memories of a terminally ill patient can be transferred into a bio-android body. The body of the patient is then put into stasis [...]

    9. If the author had set aside her ideology and just focused on story, this would be a five star book, but unfortunately, despite being hard to put down, the story suffers under the weight of the preachy tone. Questions could have been asked and left up to readers to decide how they come down on the issue. But that doesn't happen here enough. And that's too bad, because there's a rollicking good Science Fiction tale underneath, one I found it hard to tear my eyes away from. But just when I was gett [...]

    10. I've known Jennifer Pelland for something like 14 years and have watched her carve out a niche as a top-notch small/indie press science fiction writer exploring how people relate to technology and to their own bodies. Machine feels like the culmination of her exploration of those themes, bringing them all together in one dark, kinky, twisted, screwed-up ride about a woman learning to live in an android body. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who likes their science fiction to kick over hu [...]

    11. WOW At this point I think I need to breathe and blink a coupe hundred times to stop the tears. What an amazing story. Cilia has a problem, well a few problems. one her body is in stasis because of a genetic disorder. two, her bioandroid body isn't good enough for her wife and three, she doesn't feel human anymore. This book is an intense ride through the rough and gritty reality of not fitting into your body. Now the book is all about bioandroids but the premise is one that runs through many peo [...]

    12. Machine focuses completely on impact on the individual. Pelland doesn't spend time on exploring the implications of developments in the novel to wider society beyond what is necessary for the development of her character, which some readers may find a weakness. Personally, I think Machine is a very good character study. Celia is a troubled individual and her story does not make for happy reading. It's at times disturbing, at time heartbreaking and always keeps the reader on their toes. The novel [...]

    13. This is a very gritty, very creepy, extremely insightful book.Is the self in the mind, in the soul, in the body, or in all of the above? Is a constructed body that is virtually identical to the original a place where the human psyche can feel at home?Celia is inhabiting an android body that is virtually indistinguishable from the one in medical stasis, but while this seems like a perfect solution to the problem of deadly or debilitating diseases, as Celia discovers there are parts of society and [...]

    14. I'm conflicted about this book. It was entertaining, and I finished it, but it wasn't satisfying. It attempts to explore an interesting issue, and does a good job with parts of it, but overall it feels like a thin excuse to write about robot sex. Some of the wording and "tech" talk feels childish, and some of the flat behavior of the characters enforces this. I wanted to like this book more than I did, but it's just not quite there. There's a way to meld your sex scenes and behavior together wit [...]

    15. Just got it on the basis of the ebook sample. Seems nicely creepy and depressing à la Octavia Butler. The author was just on sfsignal's podcast, but the interview mostly covered belly dancing.Lesbian woman gets a new body, wife leaves, she starts taking herself apart.28% - (kindle book has no page numbers) Io9 is going to rave about this. 56% - Oboy. (She doesn't shy away from the sex.)90% - Ok, let's finish it. I think I can do 600 'units' an hour and there's 800 left. All done. Very different [...]

    16. Review of Jennifer Pelland’s MachineI picked up Machine by Jennifer Pelland at the Broad Universe table in the Arisia 2014 dealer’s room. They obviously had a lot of books by female authors on display (which was very nice to see), so in order to choose what to buy I asked them for a book that a) had a female protagonist, and b) had no romance/romantic plot arc.At a table with dozens of sci-fi and fantasy books by female authors… this was one of two that they pointed out to me which seemed [...]

    17. If you’re looking for a deeply probing investigation of transhumanist social and technological issues, then Machine is not for you.On the other hand, this is a well-written, character-driven story. Jennifer Pelland has done a good job integrating recognizable trends into her future setting, while paralleling those advances with an American society still in the grips of Christian fundamentalism, particularly with regard to “the soul” and “life choices”.A brief(ish) outline, (I don't thi [...]

    18. Jennifer Pelland's Captive Girl is a slightly disturbing love story between a woman so integrated with machinery that she is effectively disabled and the scientist who needs her to be that way. Machine echoes that, the story motivated by a woman becoming a machine, and her wife's refusal to accept her as one. The novel's protagonist, Celia, copes with the pain of this rejection by trying to become more of a machine, in a quest to transform away all remnants of her humanity.The core of the story [...]

    19. After reading her collection of short stories, ‘Unwelcome Bodies’, I just knew I had to get my hands on everything Jennifer Pelland has written, and ‘Machine’ did not disappoint. It was spectacular. Celia is a human who opts to have a copy of her mind and memories placed into a bioandroid while her body remains in stasis until a cure for her disease can be found. At the beginning of the novel, Celia awakens from her procedure in her new bioandroid body with some unexpected news, her wife [...]

    20. I entered the world of Machine with trepidation. I have enjoyed every short story I've ever read by Ms. Pelland, though "enjoy" is a subjective term when it come to one's reaction to a Jennifer Pelland tale. I only hoped it would be as good as the least of her shorter works. This book was better than them all! It was longer, the plot was multi-level, there was more development of the characters, it was an engaging tale of a woman trying to decide who and what she really is. But still, through it [...]

    21. Excellent. I read this book about two months ago, and have been digesting it before reviewing it.This story has stayed with me. Often, I will read (and enjoy) a book, but a month or two later it will have "faded"--vital parts of the story have just dropped out of my memory. I will REMEMBER liking it, but find that I cannot hold onto the details.Machine is sticky.Pelland's writing style is very straightforward, and she creates visceral images that have staying power. These are a few of the reason [...]

    22. This was strange enough to tempt me, despite the garish cover art. I should have judged "Machine" by its cover because while it presents some interesting questions, I was disappointed with ALL the answers. It's particularly annoying because the tone implies that the main character, Celia, is a liberal, open minded person. SHE certainly believes others are conservative. She is nothing but a sack of neurosis and guilt, so dependent on the wife that abandons her while she's being transfer to a bioa [...]

    23. I really really hated the end of this book. More passionately than I hated the epilogue of the Harry Potter books, and that's saying something. But then it occurred to me that the reason I was so angry about it was because I was so invested in Cecilia's personality and story.I was curious along with her about her new body, and angry about her wife's abandonment, and I could see why she was disenchanted with trying to pretend to be human when she had an option.Cecilia gets an android replacement [...]

    24. This is a highly recommended psychological ride with plenty of intelligent commentary on the world. It is an intense character study of a protagonist who must struggle through the raging political battleground of the body after choosing to put her mind inside an android body until a cure is found for her original body's rare disease, rather than waiting it out in stasis inside.The author pays careful attention to all the threads of the narrative from start to end, and provides emotional weight, [...]

    25. Sometime in the future, anyone suffering from an incurable illness can be frozen until a cure is found. To enable them to carry on living in the meantime, a clone is created which looks, acts and feels just like the person it is emulating. Machine is a study of what happens when Celia undergoes this procedure and how she copes with the resulting issues.I found the basic plot of Machine very interesting and it was a new idea to me, so credit to Pelland for imagining something that could technical [...]

    26. I first met Jennifer Pelland two years ago. Her collection of short stories, Unwelcome Bodies, had recently come out and her brilliant and depressing stories were just what I needed to read at that time. So when I saw her first novel was coming out, I knew I had to get it. Machine is a breathtaking achievement. One sits in awe at the imagination and psychological detail that has gone into the creation of the world of this story. It's nearly a century in the future and those with currently incura [...]

    27. Jennifer Pelland's first novel follows Celia, a woman recently diagnosed with a virulent early-onset form of Alzheimer's Disease. In a procedure evidently established, yet still highly controversial, Celia has her consciousness transferred into a bioandroid - an exact copy of her human body, so that she can continue to live and create memories while her biological body is put in stasis to await a cure.What happens from there is the meat of this book. Celia's wife divorces her, unable to fathom c [...]

    28. The good:I was really hooked by an excerpt I saw from the opening of this. I loved the concept of it, the whole idea of if you put your mind and memories into another body, is it still you? There were lovely touches of technology and a good use of psychology. It questions the whole idea of identity, of soul and self, of sexual identity, and how much influence our body has on our mental state. A stark reflection of current society where so many people attempt to conform to the advertised 'ideal', [...]

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