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mk b
mk b
Apr 03

Suit of Theseus. Awesome

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Zerglord Ghi
Zerglord Ghi
Apr 01

If the cosmonaut did make it home, I imagine the people who can make skin-chewing nanobots can make replacement eyes, at the very least.

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mk b
mk b
Apr 05
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can I write that? I'd feel better.

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Carl Davidson
Carl Davidson
Feb 21

The suit keeps the man alive. But the suit cannot do so unless it has energy to function. That energy comes from the man. So in a way, the man keeps the suit alive. The suit consumes the very thing it is supposed to save, until there is nothing left. But if that's the case, was it ever really saving anything to begin with, or was it merely acting out of self interest? Is it predator? Parasite? Symbiote? Tool? Are we merely projecting ourselves on the inanimate? The line is blurred in times of crisis.

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Gavin Mansour
Gavin Mansour
Nov 08, 2023

I just did the math. Assuming the man is perfectly average and requires 2400 calories per day baseline, burns 100 calories per mile walked, and walks at a speed of 4mph (and the suit consumes the same energy per mile walked and walks the same speed), he's walking 96 miles per day (and burning around 12000 calories). The human body is about 125,000 calories. This guy walked, day in, day out, nonstop, for about 10 1/2 days. During his walk, he walked over 1000 miles.

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imscottbase
imscottbase
Feb 24
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🤣 Did he fall down at your door?

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Joe Salmon
Joe Salmon
Sep 03, 2023

This is Iain M Banks right? One of the short stories from 'State of the Art'

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imscottbase
imscottbase
Sep 03, 2023
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No actually! I just went and tracked the story down, as you’re not the first to mention it to me, and had a read! It’s called The Descendant. It is very similar and I wonder if I read it many years ago and drew inspiration from it? It certainly wasn’t intentional however, and this story does go off in rather a different direction than Iain’s, though from a similar conceit.


Thanks for the heads up though. Iain Banks is a stone cold genius so I’m not surprised he got there first.

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