I’ve always loved cyborg heroes. They’re half man, half machine, and all sexy. But I waited to write a cyborg series until I figured out how cyborgs are created.
The first cyborgs were human warriors who had been hurt in battle and were melded with machine parts. These cyborgs had computers installed within them but they were primarily human. They didn’t have model numbers. They had names.
Building a huge army of cyborgs by converting human warriors wasn’t feasible. The process took too long. It was too manual. Scientists had to figure out a way to mass produce cyborgs.
They already knew how to create robots. Scientists knew how to clone beings, how to grow organs. The missing piece was nanocybotics (which I’ve already talked about here – http://tasteofcyn.com/2015/07/24/why-cyborgs-live-forever-nanocybotics/ ).
The goal was that once the first batch of male and female cyborgs were manufactured, they would then breed and create baby cyborgs, providing a steady supply of warriors to send into battle.
The cyborgs were created as hyper potent and programmed to breed. The males would cycle through a variety of females, forced to breed with them, punished or killed if they refused (Rage from Releasing Rage was one of these males). The males and the females were separated. They didn’t bond, didn’t spend much time at all with their breeding partner for that planet rotation.
The breeding programs were unsuccessful. The nanocybotics viewed a fertilized egg as a damaged egg and would repair it, returning it to its non-fertilized state. Scientists could apply a nanocybotics suppresser in the laboratory but coding it into the cyborg’s DNA was too complex.
Since this fertilization process had to be done in a laboratory, it made sense to also eliminate the breeding and childbearing process. Sperm and eggs could be harvested from male cyborgs and human females respectively. The units (babies) could be grown in vats, their growth accelerated to provide the humans with warriors faster.
Not having a breeding program meant that it was unnecessary to manufacture and store female cyborgs. Cyborgs going forward were all male. Many of the modern warriors have never seen a female of any species. However, they still have the driving need to breed. Some cyborgs view this as yet another way humans torment them.
So, yes, cyborgs can have babies (offspring) but the breeding programs showed scientists that this couldn’t be done naturally. But, to paraphrase Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park, life always finds a way.
When a cyborg finds a female who, by a fluke of genetics, can host his nanocybotics, his nanocybotics become a part of her, changing her, merging them in a genetic sense. His sperm is no longer seen as foreign, as being an invader to her body. There’s no need to eliminate it.
Bam! Cyborg babies. (grins)
Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?