Post by Nyrath
This was in a short story I read in the 70s to 80s.
All I remember is a man who had some of his internal organs succumb to
cancer or some other disease. Prosthetic replacement organs were
However the new organs were larger than the original. To accommodate
them, the mechanical organs were placed in a large box with mechanical
legs. The box was connected to the man with a cable (containing organic
plumbing for blood and other bodily fluids), and was programmed to
follow the man around.
IIRC eventually other organs fell, requiring a second box. So the man
was like a locomotive, with two boxes following him in tandem.
Since one of the boxes contained the artificial lungs, the man could go
swimming and dive underwater for unlimited times. The box with lungs
would float on the surface, and the man would receive oxygenated blood
through the umbilical cable.
Does this sound familiar?
Thank you for your time.
It's not a short story, and the guy isn't exactly a man, but could it be
Michael Chester _The mystery of the lost moon_ ?
I quite liked this as a kid, especially the antlered, absent-minded, teleporter
Lost Moon? Missing Satellite? 1965. I am seeking a Young
Adult novel published in the 1960's or late '50s, illustrated
by Charles Geer. I don''t recall the name of the author
this might also be Geer. The title is something like "The
Secret of the Lost Moon" or "The Mystery of the Missing
Satellite". The novel is set in the near future -- there's
a space colony on the Moon, and so forth -- but most of the
action takes place on a future Earth that could pass for
1950s Mayberry U.S.A. if you don't mind the extraterrestrials.
Early one morning, a boy hears a disturbance outside his
family's house: he gets dressed and goes to investigate.
His younger sister follows him, but she doesn't get dressed:
she wears pajamas throughout the book. The kids meet an
alien who looks something like a talking moose: he has huge
antlers and is always honing them with a pumice stone. Years
ago, the alien visited this region of space and he encountered
a very interesting moon: now he's back, but he can't
recall the precise location or name of the moon he visited.
(I know the feeling.)The alien has offered a reward for
anyone who can help him find the missing moon, so now various
adult humans and aliens show up to join the search. One is
a big burly scientist named Phillider (correct spelling?)
who is always causing explosions. Another is an interplanetary
salesman who looks like Snidely Whiplash: thin, black
clothes, tall black hat, long black mustache. Another
contestant is a frog-faced alien who keeps eating sugar
wafers and who owns a creature called a Gibbous: an enormous
grey blob which can somehow fit itself entirely into the
shell of a hardboiled egg. (One chapter of this novel is
titled "The Gibbous".) There is also an alien detective
from a weird species: his body consists of a very tall pole
with a single wheel at the base (like a unicycle) and his
head at the top: his head wears a deerstalker cap and smokes
a pipe. Meanwhile, all of his "internal" organs are attached
to a separate pole, on a unicycle wheel of its own, which
rolls along beside him. Each of the contestants has a
different theory as to the identity of the lost moon: one
of them makes the obvious guess that it's Earth's moon.
When the moose-like alien flexes his antlers, he is able
to teleport himself and all the contestants (plus the boy
and girl) to whichever moon or satellite a contestant
chooses. Teleporting long distances is easier for him than
short distances. At the end of the novel, when all the
official contestants have failed, the boy and girl correctly
deduce that the missing "moon" is actually the Earth, which
is technically a moon of the Sun. Can anyone identify this
novel by title or author? I'm 90% certain that the illustrator
is Charles Geer -- the pictures are certainly in Geer's
style -- but I don't find this book listed in any reference
to Geer's work.
What's not in Columbia anymore..