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Fleshgiver by jflaxman Fleshgiver by jflaxman
The first bionic implants were only available to wealthy individuals, but as the technology matured it grew more affordable. It was initially used to counter the effects of age or disability, helping its recipients lead longer, more productive lives. The next generation of implants could be considered augmentations, not only replacing but in many ways outclassing normal human body parts. Sharper senses, stronger limbs, and more efficient hearts and lungs created a cybernetic elite – the precursor to contemporary augmented and transhuman castes.

On the other end of the spectrum are the simplest bionic systems. These are usually inferior to their natural equivalents but are easily affordable, and extend the useful lives of all but the most destitute. Due to their simplicity they are surprisingly durable, and having outlived several owners, many now show signs of damage and inventive, if clumsy, attempts at repair.

In the poorest city sectors obsolete bionic systems are more easily obtainable than healthy human body parts. Some people voluntarily trade the latter for the former to pay debts and avoid imprisonment. Those who lose their liberty can do the same for smaller benefits, though they have less say in the extent of their donations and the quality of their replacements. This fleshgiver retains enough of his old body to keep working, but leads a much reduced existence. Among the free, such cases speak of extreme financial desperation; among slaves and prisoners, they say more for their captors’ greed.
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CanRay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Until, eventually, even the soul can no longer remember where the flesh ends and the steel begins...
CanRay Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
Also, Transhumanism is how technologies and advances are going to help humanity and solve problems.  Cyberpunk is how they're just going to make more problems.
JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really interesting concept, man.
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm curious as to what this guy has left to give up.
astridbjork Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
So strange, but so enjoyable to watch.
queenmotherbug Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Spectacular. I love the details in both the art and the description. It brings a whole different universe to life.
murderous-kittycat Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Just brilliant
hypotheticalman Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
you are like Da Vinchi !!!! :D
xxzoya-kisaxx Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student
This is pretty ridiculously cool. In a morbid, but awesomely ingenious way :)
WannaBSheldonC Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
You're just so creative and I love it!
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