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Author Topic: EP011: Herd Mentality  (Read 1688 times)
Russell Nash
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« on: September 17, 2009, 02:15:50 AM »

EP011: Herd Mentality

By Jay Caselberg.
Read by Stephen Eley.

Einstein was getting old now. All of them. Not so old that he was past it, but you had to wonder. When our troops liberated the Spemann Lab complex in 1945, the Einsteins had been just five years old. The Government had done the humanitarian thing and brought them back home. Eventually, someone had leaked the information and slowly, slowly, public pressure and outrage had grown. The big hush-hush operation our government had mounted was shut down and the Einsteins were released – or rather, they were integrated into society in a humanitarian manner. That was the wording the government press releases used. Two hundred and fifty is a lot of Einsteins.

Rated G. Suitable for world-dominating clone armies of all ages.



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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009, 11:25:59 PM »

I really liked this story.  It's probably my favorite of the early Escape Pods.  I liked the visual image of the gathering of Einsteins, and the fact that the author did not go the cliched route of making the Einsteins an obviously malevolent force bent on controlling the world.

Having the character of Bill in there was a nice touch, although I have my doubts that that's what he'd end up doing in that universe.  But hey, who am I to say differently?
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2009, 05:52:29 AM »

I couldn't remember which one this was at first but I do now.  It was a pretty good one, I liked the idea of all those Einsteins being cloned and not knowing what our Einstein did in our reality.  What would the world be like if we had a couple hundred Einsteins...?  Well maybe we would have a unified theory.  Does this story show one of the benefits of cloning? Perhaps
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2010, 01:04:06 PM »

Arg!  I wrote up a post for this one but the hamster poltergeists who dwell in the spaces between nodes have eaten it!

Um, so a cliff notes version of what I think I'd written:
1.  I liked it overall!
2.  The idea would've been more original if I hadn't already listened to the many Marilyn Monroes story.
3.  I also liked that the Einsteins weren't clearly malevolent.
4.  I wish the protagonist had shown some growth.  He learns all this new stuff about the Einsteins, seems to be very upset about it, and considering telling the world.  And then at the end he says "Meh, I guess the Einsteins know what they're doing.  I won't worry my pretty little head about it."  Which seemed like he was pulling a 180 for no reason.
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