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I think the show went off the air years ago but they are on Netflix. It's the show with the Detective who helps people with "Troubles" which can give them unusual powers and also make them sick.
I'm currently reading through the Murderbot Diaries series of novellas because Tor's ebook club is giving them away for free right now. They are sweet little examinations of what it means to be human or sub-human,
"Martha Wells’ series chronicles the life of a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.”
Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone to watch TV and figure out who it is."
Reading the first one, Murderbot's experience interacting with people reminded me of nothing more than being an autist in middle school trying to figure out what the fuck other people were doing when they tried to talk with me. It was pretty amusing.
I recommend this book for anyone who liked the idea of Starship Troopers but found something about it rubbed them the wrong way.
Armor starts off much the same, but is really a book about combat-related PTSD. It's action-packed as hell, but really shines in how it explores the tangential effects of PTSD on people around the afflicted, by showing rather than telling. Indeed, the term is never used.
Where Starship Troopers is heavy-handed and ultimately pretty dumb, Armor is subtle and surprisingly intelligent.