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I’m not a criminal. I didn’t steal a car. I didn’t sell heroin, or steal an old lady’s purse. I built a quantum fusion reactor in 1978, and an orbital plasma gun in 1979, and a giant laser-eyed robot in 1984. I tried to conquer the world and almost succeeded, twelve times and counting.

When they take me away, it goes to World Court-technically I’m a sovereign power. You’ve seen these trials- The Elemental, Rocking Horse, Dr. Stonehenge. They put you in a glass and steel box. People stare at you; they can’t believe what you look like. They read out the long list of charges, like a tribute. There isn’t really a trial- it’s not like you’re innocent. But if you’re polite, then at the end they’ll let you say a few words.

They’ll ask questions. They’ll want to know why. “Why did you…hypnotize the president? “ “Why did you…take over Chemical Bank?”

I’m the smartest man in the world. I once wore a cape in public, and fought battles against men who could fly, who had metal skin, who could kill you with their eyes. I fought Corefire to a standstill, and the Super Squadron, and the Champions. Now I have to shuffle through a cafeteria line with men who tried to pass bad checks. Now I have to wonder if there will be chocolate milk in the dispenser. And whether the smartest man in the world has done the smartest thing he could with his life.


Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Tags: genre: fiction, genre: science fiction, xxx author last name: a-h
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