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What is there to do, when you have the power to do anything? John can fly, he can see through solid objects, he can take over the world and give it back again, but what he's looking for is something else…
ebook, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published January 22nd 2011)
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TL
Mar 29, 2015 TL rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: Randomly surfing Tor.com
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John was born with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, and he often wondered why. But as a boy, it was simply wonderful to have those abilities. He could lift his father’s tractor overhead before he learned to read. He could outrace a galloping horse. He couldn’t be cut or bruised or burned. He could fly..

Read the story here

An intriguing take on the Superman myth/story. The author does a good job of writing what would happen
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Lata
Dec 28, 2016 Lata rated it it was ok
2.5 to 3-ish stars.
#28 short story read in personal challenge.

Feels like a retelling of Clark Kent's story; there are some almost poetic sections (e.g., John exploring space) though I found the ending a little confusing.
Shane Moore
Apr 24, 2012 Shane Moore rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
An interesting variation of the Superman story, told with spare detail and the seriousness which sometimes keeps Superman from being totally absurd. It's only a couple hundred words and you can read it in a couple minutes.
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
The premise of this short story is essentially "What is the long term outcome of Superman?" where long-term starts at hundreds to thousands of years (and beyond). It's a very quick read, quite enjoyable and well thought out, with a few references to other famous SF ideas, such as Solyent Green.
Dustin
Mar 30, 2015 Dustin marked it as to-read
Recommended to Dustin by: TL
Shelves: science-fiction

Read the full story here:

http://www.tor.com/stories/2009/05/la...
Chompa
Feb 27, 2015 Chompa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, very-short
Last Son of Tomorrow is interesting take on "Superman". His nemesis (A nod toward Lex Luthor) Teeter-Totter and his reasoning was probably the highlight of the story for me.

This is a very short story. You can read it here. http://www.tor.com/stories/2009/05/la...
Lisa Chaddock
Jan 19, 2016 Lisa Chaddock rated it it was amazing
This story made me cry, it was so beautiful. Can I give it 10 stars?
Kimikimi
Sep 12, 2012 Kimikimi rated it liked it
Shelves: tor-com
I just read this yesterday and have forgotten much of it already but I do remember that I enjoyed reading it. I liked the twist on Superman's background
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Greg van Eekhout writes books for kids and adults. He enjoys eating little tacos, walking along the beach, and practicing kung fu. About the kung fu: He's let himself get a bit slovenly, quite frankly, so please do not challenge him to a fight. He cries easily. He's a weeper. He lives in San Diego.
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