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on: April 17, 2018, 01:38:24 AM
PseudoPod 590: Emperor All

by Evan Marcroft
Narrated by Kris Straub
Hosted by Alasdair Stuart

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PseudoPod 590: Emperor All is a PseudoPod original.



It is like X-ray vision. Like in the comic books from when he was ten. John blinks the rain out of his eyes, and suddenly he can see through the mugger, through his shellacking of wet muscle and scaffolding of bone to the chassis beneath, to the gears and flywheels that make him move and point the knife at him. John reaches through a yielding mist of sinew and makes key refurbishments, so that the knife is aimed at the mugger’s own throat. He unscrews the man’s skull and with an easy tinkering makes him the saddest he’s ever been, plugs bright blaring red thoughts into his head.




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Reply #1 on: May 02, 2018, 03:45:28 AM
I loved this. Absolute power, corrupts absolutely. I listened with a sick fascination.

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Reply #2 on: May 08, 2018, 12:31:14 AM
This episode got weirder and weirder. And his final form was well described (yick).

"What can do that to a man?  Lightning... napalm? No, some people just explode [sic]. Natural causes".  Source: Repo Man.


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Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 08:07:51 AM
Now that's what Melania Trump must feel like nowadays...



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Reply #4 on: June 08, 2018, 09:52:17 PM
Cool piece. I found myself very immersed.



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Reply #5 on: June 29, 2018, 01:14:41 AM
Now that's what Melania Trump must feel like nowadays...

"What can do that to a man?  Lightning... napalm? No, some people just explode [sic]. Natural causes".  Source: Repo Man.


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Reply #6 on: August 07, 2018, 07:22:48 AM
This was well written and I followed it with morbid interest.

I loved this. Absolute power, corrupts absolutely. I listened with a sick fascination.

I don’t actually think that is the theme, because the guy was already pretty awful from moment one. The first thing he did with his powers was murder a mugger and walk away without a tether thought. The second thing was steal a car. There isn’t a single moment, not even at the beginning, when he considers helping anyone else with his powers - not even his wife. This isn’t “a decent guy gets corrupted by power” story, it’s a “sociopath gets ultimate power” story.