I vaguely remember an SF novel from the 1980's or early 90's about a poor, maybe homeless, Black woman who gets uploaded into a computer as an experiment. I think the title was the woman's name (?). Kind of an early take on the "Lawnmower Man" idea. That's about all I can recall, unfortunately; it was one of those "great-idea-that-deserved-a-better-writer" books. Anyone know it?

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It's Lady El, by Jim Starlin and Daina Graziunas. First published June, 1992.

From the GoodReads site:

A poor woman killed in subway accident is given a second chance at "life" when her brain is harvested by a government operation in an attempt to link human minds with computers.

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    That's the one. Thank-you!
    – Joe L.
    Apr 17, 2015 at 17:34

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