Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Karen Heuler's "The Completely Rechargeable Man" (short story, energy, bkp): When a man's body generated enough energy to threaten electric monopoly!

Premise of the story is crazy. But sf thrives on stories with crazy premises. I had fun. But don't look for logic.

Story summary.

Johnny Volts is fitted with a portable battery powered pacemaker. But he has a "mad scientist" tweak the system so his heart can charge the battery - so he can drive small electrical appliances from his body!

He uses this ability to do sort of magic shows at private parties. At such a party, he will meet his sweetheart Cheree who also seems to have an affinity to electricity.

Couple will improvise this ability to save energy bills at home, but there are evil private & government interests out to spoil the peaceful life of the couple...

See also.

  1. Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Los Amigos Fiasco": Excessive electrical exposure has turned a mere man into a superman!
  2. Hugo Gernsback's "The Killing Flash": Tinkering power circuits of telephone lines to commit remote murder. Note the Hugo Awards are named after the author.

Fact sheet.

First published: Clarkesworld, December 2008.
Rating: B.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Related: Fiction about energy issues.