Wednesday, 16 October 2013
"Close To Being A Superman"
"...close to being a superman." (The Psychotechnic League, New York, 1981, p. 114)
balanced and sane despite his childhood in World War II and young adulthood in World War III;
poor and uprooted but self-educated;
gentle except when violence was necessary;
but then as violent as necessary;
still strong when he died aged nearly sixty.
appreciated the literatures of a dozen languages;
composed songs that are still sung after his death;
painted murals of the Martian landscape;
invented the Rostomily valve.
The UN utilizes this "'...happy genetic accident...'" (p. 115) with an army of Rostomily clones, "'...a brotherhood of supermen...'" (p. 128) - although the word "clone" had not been coined yet. They are produced by "'Exogenesis...'" (p. 127). The widow of one Brother quotes Shakespeare, "'...we band of brothers -'"
Her husband, like all the Brothers, had loved Shakespeare. But could a love of Shakespeare be genetic?