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The Legendary Lady

written by: Tom Ball


There was no doubt that she was the greatest genius of the early 22nd century. More than anyone else she made eternal youth possible and also was the prime mover on curing most cancers.
After these accomplishments, she set up an Edison-like lab factory that came up with all sorts of useful inventions. Among their inventions were a cure for Alzheimer’s and a cure for all other diseases including heart attacks. And organ replacement including brain replacement. And they succeeded in faster than light travel.
But despite immortality, many grew sick of life and killed themselves (2% per year). This prevented the population from expanding, and few wanted children.
In addition to science, which she was #1 in, she was also known for her love-making skills. And she had 40 clones, each one had a different scientific specialty.
And she got other great scientists to send her a clone of themselves to help out.
The rules for clones were, you had to pay $1 billion dollars each and the cloned parent had to have an IQ of at least 160.
Imaginative gifts were exchanged on all social occasions.
And in this world, she saw to it that they loved kindness.
People listened to her and she was made Secretary General of the UN. She disarmed all countries while the UN maintained powerful weapons.
And she made sure all had a job. The average workweek was 18 h. With 2 months holidays.
Robots were used sparingly.
But then she was elected US President and remained as UN Secretary-General, and in an about-face, proceeded to freeze new science. It was all too dangerous she said. She feared she had created a Frankenstein.
She forced all scientists to change careers and delve into the Arts.
But her last scientific act was to create 20 clones of herself to make sure her policies were the future. People said she was vain and egotistical. Ten of her new clones were male and ten females. But the males were masculine and the women tough.
Some figured she had the secret of brain improvement, but no one said so in public. And she had power in the UN also and so controlled science to every country.
She wiped out poverty worldwide. Everyone had access to a nice free suite and the food was free, abundant and automatic, so to the drugs. She suggested it was a time for communism, but few agreed to say she was not “infallible.”
She made movies with the help of her clones and in the years A.D 2110-2130, won 21 Academy Awards for best picture. Many of her movies were about the dangers of science. But over that time period, she had made 80 films.
Her Academy Award-winning films were:
“Midas, the Hypnotist.” This film was about a world leader who hypnotized and brainwashed all the people.
“Spring Years.” It was about eternal youth in 1,000 years into the future.
“Misery in Space.” It dealt with space as being an empty, lonely place in which astronauts were bored and zombies on drugs.
“Monster Freak Show.” This film dramatized genetic engineering as a negative thing.
“The Secret Agents.” This movie was about how the best people are conscripted to work as spies and stop illicit science.
“The Denizens of the Abyss.” It was about how some scientists were driven by knowledge to try to improve life on Earth but ultimately were in Hell.
“Infernal Heads.” This was about the dangers of mind reading technology, that in the wrong hands could destroy the whole human race.
“The Archetypical Pirate.” This was about the black market which was alive and well in the UN and how it had to be stopped.
“Called to the Bar.” This film was about a drunken lawyer who defended hopeless criminals often exonerating the guilty.
“Sisters of Mercy.” This was about a new order of nuns who were not celibate, but who dedicated their lives to spreading human kindness.
“Future Tyrant.” This movie dealt with the possibility of a bad person taking control of the world.
“Dynamite Robots.” Clever robots of the future who are miners turn to politics instead and terrorize people with dynamite.
“Roots of Disaster.” This flick was about bombing the sea floor to heat up the Earth, but it goes awry, and the planet becomes an unbearably hot and dry place.
“Sexual Oblivion.” This is about a prostitute who loved sex, but finally realizes she can attain love.
“The Drugs.” This is about a future world in which everyone takes heroin and spends their time lying around dreaming. Don’t legalize the drugs was the message.
“The God Paradigm.” In this, she portrays herself as a Goddess, who helps everyone to live their life.
“Ghosts.” This flick is about holograms and going to Heaven.
“Super Heroine.” This is about a woman with special powers such as the ability to fly, use telekinesis, become invisible, have great strength and so on. She fights for good and what’s right in a complicated future world.
“Bi-clones.” This was a documentary about Bi-clones. They were clones with two parents of the same sex. Half a brain each. Two heads are better than one.
“Animal Men.” About preserving the spirit of animals on Earth and elsewhere.
“Magnate, 2141 A.D.” 1 woman controlled everything, but she was evil.
And she starred in all her movies and had a large popular following.
Other writers wrote love stories, action movies, documentaries, biopic, crime stories, high drama and so on. But many couldn’t see the point of writing about the future.
But then she got into music and stopped making movies. The music was dreamy and had great lyrics. Her albums included “On the Edge,” “Silky Roads,” “Dream of Aristophanes,” and the “Devil’s World.
Some referred to her as, “A philosopher of the future.”
She told us, “Females were kinder, gentler and pacifist on the whole compared to men.”
She said off the record, “That all men should be slaves of women. Men were too dangerous.”
“Let’s have peace at any cost,” she said. “Modern weapons could easily destroy civilization and everyone in it.”
Draconian punishment for crimes of violence was the new norm with her, as Leader.
But people said, “She was mellowing out with age. Too much soft living was causing her to lose her edge.”
But she had 25% follow her latest news every day, 50% once a week and 25% once a month. They were free to posit ideas to her. It was free speech.
And she continued to search the world for a perfect lover. She found many good ones. Enough to keep her satiated. The problem was most lovers she attracted wanted her to give them some power which she wasn’t ready to give and so a lot of her relationships ended badly.
And she created 20% of the land area for wildlife only.
And she improved food and drink for everyone. It was a simple science and therefore plausible.
And she controlled the news, no tabloids. The news was all about her.
Then one day a large bomb went off, leveling the White House and killing her and the Congress and the Senate.
The new leader was pro-science he said, but he was just a clone of the Legendary Lady, only male.
Arrests were made regarding the assassination, and there was a hunt for dissidents. And science languished.
I loved her once and it was an unforgettable mind-blowing experience. She had seemed to me to be always tense and on edge and very serious. And oh so clever. Her parents were a physicist and a brain surgeon, but she was cleverer than both. Unfortunately, she was an only child.
Historians debated the legacy of the Legendary Lady. Many were kind to her, but many said we were on the cusp of space and amazing new technologies and it was a shame she curtailed them.

Tom Ball

Tom Ball

“Down in the Dirt magazine” published 12 short stories and 130 flash fictions and one novella. “PBW Magazine”: 820 flash fictions and 10 short stories. “Conceit Magazine,” and its imprints: dozens and dozens of short pieces. “Gargoyle Magazine,” several pieces and “Spillwords,” also several pieces. I have also appeared in “Poetry Pacific”, "Postcard Shorts", “Lone Star Magazine” and others. Currently Senior Editor at FLEAS ON THE DOG.
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