Discursive Anomalies on The Cyborg Handbook

The Cyborg Handbook is a strange collection of documents, as strange as the subject it introduces. It remarks in its introduction that there can hardly be a handbook for cyborgs, seeing as the discursive conditions that enable handbooks of any given topic to exist are not present when it comes to cyborgs. While there are many kinds of cyborgs around, alive and kicking, they are not the kind you purchase and whose functionality is outlined in technical documentation. Quite the opposite: many of the practices related to actually existing cyborgs have been left undocumented and unexamined. Which necessitates a handbook – if only to underscore why a handbook does not and can not exist.