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"Poised between intransigent scepticism and uncritical credulity, it [science fiction] is par excellence the literature of the open mind."
- John Brunner

Refurbished Nervous System  
  Your nerves are rewired for 5-10 times the speed of a normal person.  

In the novel, the main character seeks revenge over a ship and crew that abandoned him in space. To ensure his dominance over his foes, he goes in for complete overhaul.

Every nerve plexus had been rewired, microscopic transistors and transformers had been buried in muscle and bone, a minute platinum outlet showed at the base of his spine...

Foyle touched his tongue to the switchboard wired into the nerve endings of his teeth. He accelerated. He arose without haste, stepped to the slow-motion figure "Bloo-hwoo-fwaa-mawwing" behind the desk, took out a heavy sap, and scientifically smote Orel across the brow, concussing the frontal lobes and stunning the jaunte center. He picked the quack up and strapped him into the electric chair. All this took approximately five seconds. To Robin Wednesbury it was a blur of motion.

From The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester.
Published by Berkley in 1956
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This is a surgically realized version of the sort of feats possible for The Six Million Dollar Man; Bester gives it to us about twenty years earlier.

See also dental switchboard for the ultimate in a "hands-free" interface.

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