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SOURCE P15 V1/7.
Machine Man (serial)

Final →V2

Date: Thu Feb 26 04:07:29 2009 +0000

Page 15.

“One of the problems with legs,” I said, “is they can’t survive on their own. They need to be attached to a body to function. They’re not—”

Lola Banks looked up from fiddling with her access badge, her eyes wide. “Standalone?

“Right.” I realized this was a quip. “Right.”

She studied my face. “I like your thinking, Charlie. I’m just not sure what benefit you get, in a practical sense, from a self-powered leg.”

The elevator doors slid open. My chair-leg rollers clickety-clacked over the uneven exit. “Well, you’re no longer limited by the body’s energy supply.”

“How far down are we?” Lola Banks said, looking at the walls.

“About a hundred feet. So obviously if you can install a small reactor in the leg, raising that energy limit from a kilojoule or so per second to, say, 4.2 megajoules per second, you greatly increase the functional possibilities.”

“Why are we down a hundred feet?”

“In case something goes wrong, I guess.” I swiped my card. The first pressurised door to the Glass Room began to open.

“Wait,” said Lola Banks. “Back up. Did you say you reactor?”

“Small,” I said. “Small reactor. We build those here.”

“What are you doing with a small reactor?”


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