The Terminal Man was about theneuropsychiatric section of a hospital doing a breakthroughsurgery to help reverse the effects of psychomotor epilepsy.The patient’s name was Harry Benson. Harry hadpsychomotor epilepsy because he hit his head in a caraccident and it resulted in brain damage. Harry was a goodsubject for the operation because he was brilliant, being acomputer programmer with top level government securityclearance.
The type of epilepsy that he had caused him toblack out for periods of time and during his blackouts hewould become extremely violent and when he woke up heremembered nothing. The operation would envolve theinserting of two electrodes into the brain along with amicrocomputer in his neck and a plutonium power packlocated under his shoulder near his armpit. Harry had hisoperation soon after he was admitted to the hospital. Theoperation took roughly three hours and in that time theydrilled into his head and inserted the electrodes. They alsoput in the microcomputer and the power pack at this time.After the operation was over Harry was heavily sedated andput in a room. After the sedatives wore off Harry snuck intoa closet and stole an orderly’s gown and left the hospital.
Hewas picked up by a lady named Angela Black, who Harrykilled when they got to her apartment. After the investigationof the murder of Angela Black Dr. Ross went home to takea shower. When Dr. Ross got out of the shower she foundHarry standing in her living room.
The computer in Harry’sneck was somehow malfunctioning and shocking him everyfew minuites. When the computer shocked him enough timesit would cause a siezure. After a few minuites of talking toDr. Ross, Harry had a siezure and attacked her. WhileHarry was choking her she reached and turned on themircowave, which messed up the atomic power pack in hisshoulder and caused him to pass out.
When all of thedoctors got back to the hospital they got a phone call fromHarry that came from inside the hospital. They soon figuredout that he was in the basement near the main computer. Thecops and Dr. Ross went down to the basement to findBenson.
When they found Harry he took off running so thecop went after him. Dr. Ross went into the computer sectionand found the main computer smashed. Suddenly Bensoncame into the room and saw that Dr. Ross had his gun whichshe had found near the computer. Harry asked for the gunand Dr. Ross said no.
Harry came up to her and tried totake it and she shot him in the chest and he died. 3. Onepersonality trait in Harry is that he is smart and knows a lotabout computers. This effects the story line because he feltthat computers were taking over the world so he went andsmashed up the main computer at the hospital.
4. “I’m afallen man,” Benson said. “I’ve succumbed.” “To what?” “Tothe process of being turned into a machine. Or a timebomb.” Harry is telling Dr. Ellis about how he thinksmachines are taking over the world.
5. I feel I am most likeHarry. I am like him in that we are both somewhat intriguedby computers. I don’t, however, share in his idea thatcomputers are concious and are trying to take over theworld. 6. The biggest surprise and dissappointment of thisbook is when Harry died. I thought that he would live andthe doctors could fix the computer and Harry would be finebut Dr. Ross shot him and he died.
7. One thing I wouldchange is harry dying. I would have had Harry live and getthe computer fixed so he would be alright. 8. My onesentance moral would be not to take computers for granted.I say this because they can easily have glitches and thosemistakes can be costly and even fatal. 9.
Yes, because itwasn’t boring and it has a good story line that was exciting.Book Reports