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12 novembro 2008 

Breviário de leituras: Soon I will be invincible

Soon I will be invincible, Austin Grossman

«This morning on planet Earth there are one thousand, six hundred, and eighty-six enhanced, gifted, or otherwise super-powered persons. Of these, one hundred and twenty-six are civilians leading normal lives. Thirty-eight are kept in research facilities funded by the Department of Defense, or foreign equivalents. Two hundred and twenty-six are aquatic, confined to the oceans. Twenty-nine are strictly localized — powerful trees and genii loci, the Sphinx and the Pyramid of Ramses II. Twenty-five are microscopic (including the Infinitesimal Seven). Three are dogs; four are cats; one is a bird. Six are made of gas. One is a mobile electrical effect, more of a weather-pattern than a person. Seventy-seven are alien visitors. Thirty-eight are missing. Forty-one are off-continuity, permanent émigrés to Earth’s alternate realities and branching time-streams.

Six hundred and seventy-eight use their powers to fight crimes, while four hundred and forty-one use their powers to commit them. Forty-four are currently confined in Special Containment Facilities for enhanced criminals. Of these last, it is interesting to note that an unusually high proportion have IQ’s of three hundred or more. Eighteen to be exact. Including me.»


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