Download e-book Last Son of Tomorrow: A Tor.Com Original

Free download. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. You can download and read online Last Son of Tomorrow: A Tor.Com Original file PDF Book only if you are registered here. And also you can download or read online all Book PDF file that related with Last Son of Tomorrow: A Tor.Com Original book. Happy reading Last Son of Tomorrow: A Tor.Com Original Bookeveryone. Download file Free Book PDF Last Son of Tomorrow: A Tor.Com Original at Complete PDF Library. This Book have some digital formats such us :paperbook, ebook, kindle, epub, fb2 and another formats. Here is The CompletePDF Book Library. It's free to register here to get Book file PDF Last Son of Tomorrow: A Tor.Com Original Pocket Guide.
Search Search. Log In; Register · Original you do, when you can do anything? [Read “Last Son of Tomorrow” by Greg van Eekhout].
Table of contents

He could outrace a galloping horse. But his life was not a trading card with a heroic-looking photograph on one side and a convenient list of his abilities on the other. He had to discover himself for himself. It took him years to realize he could fire laser beams from his eyes. That he could force his lungs to expel nearly frozen carbon dioxide.

His mother drank, and when she did, she got mean. His father had affairs. They taught themselves to be better people, and then they conveyed those hard-won lessons to their son. They were as good as they could be. When they died while John was away at college, he decided if he could be half as wise, as kind, as generous as they were, then he could be proud of himself. There was a commuter train derailment, a bad one, with a fully occupied car dangling off the Utopia Street Bridge, sixty feet above the Tomorrow River.

John got out of his car and left it behind on the clogged highway. Fully visible in bright daylight, he leaped into the sky, and moments later, he had the train car resting safely on the bridge. He freed passengers from twisted metal. He flew those who needed immediate emergency care to the hospital, and then he returned to the scene of the accident. He thought it might be necessary to file a report of some kind with the police.

Join Kobo & start eReading today

He wished he could turn and walk back to his car and drive to his dorm, maybe go out for beers with his friends. Actually, he had many enemies, from the flamboyant nuts who were simply desperate for his attention, to the well-funded organizations who felt John threatened their political, financial, or ideological interests. But there was one man who devoted his entire life to vexing John. He called himself Teeter-Totter, of all the goofy things, and he wore an outfit not dissimilar to the jumpsuit John wore, made of a flexible composite material that could withstand the wear and tear of everyday battles and rescues and adventures.

Teeter-Totter had no powers. Their relationship, such as it was, got worse. Teeter-Totter graduated beyond bank jobs and jewelry heists and began committing acts that were downright heinous. He brought down skyscrapers. He drove a robot-controlled truck into Hoover Dam. And he made John feel responsible for all of it. There would be a catastrophic crop failure that year, and not even John would be able to prevent starvation. What did I ever do to you? Is any of this getting through?

Forty years later, John felt he was proven right when Teeter-Totter died of old age. But then he realized something. If his every act of heroism was countered by an act of evil, then how were the two any different? John gave Teeter-Totter a respectful burial. After that, John still helped people whenever things happened right in front of him, but he stopped seeking trouble out.

He reasoned that he might be an alien. Without a doubt the orphan would rule Earth before he reached puberty, and then go on to conquer the surrounding space sector, the quadrant, and at least half the Milky Way galaxy. After Teeter-Totter died, John began flirting with space. He was merely lonely. He hoped he might find someone like himself out there. It was like being a small child again. Everything was vast and scary, and he exulted in it. He climbed Olympus Mons.

The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on by Gregory Benford

He showered in the sulfur geysers of Io. He let himself go limp and be battered about inside the Great Red Spot of Jupiter. It was an amazing ride. No amount of gravity or kind of radiation or absence of it could harm him. He learned to fly faster than the speed of light, and he explored.

For a while he named every new planet he discovered.

He named one for each of the astronauts. He named a pair of moons for his parents, and he named a spectacular ringed gas giant for Teeter-Totter. In all the places he traveled to he found no one like himself. The closest he came to encountering intelligent life was on a small, rocky world where he came upon what someone had left behind. They—whoever they were—had worked out the mathematics to predict the position of every particle coming from Earth out to sixty-two light years.

They had made a copy of each and every one of those particles and reassembled them into coherent signals, which they filtered out to leave only television broadcasts from to When the children decided everything. The Life and Times of Mr Grimez. Mama Joy's Rap Songs. Memories of the Skin. The World Beneath The Waves. The Little Book of More Abuse.


Haruki the Knife Maker. It's the little things that can kill you! Teeny Time Travel Tales. A short story set in Tokyo.

Reward Yourself

The First Galactic Princess: A Stretch of Time. Two in a Flash. Illustrated Collection of Dreams. Finding Words for Love. The Work Of The Oracle. How Politics Destroyed the World. A Hong Kong Story.

  • What is Kobo Super Points?.
  • After Virtue (Bloomsbury Revelations);
  • Moral Purity and Persecution in History!
  • Ocos Ecos (Portuguese Edition)!

Rocky to the Rescue. Poetry From the Heart. Jobi and the Magic Collar. The Nose on the Back of my Head.

See a Problem?

Creation to the Fall. The Trail to Giant's Watch. A Man Lies Dreaming. Clarkesworld Magazine Issue Future Science Fiction Digest Issue 0. Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God. An Occupation of Angels. Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 78 November Apex Magazine Issue Forever Magazine Issue