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Great Minds


Steven D. Bennett

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Copyright 2017 by Steven D. Bennett

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"Have you considered your place in eternity?"

Sebastian Sage had never envisioned being asked that question once, let alone twice, and yet the proof stood before him.

The first instance was courtesy of Kenneth Cross, who would appear at inopportune times to blather on about the eternal carpenter. Being a trained physicist (PhD at 23, IQ 185) Sage was above superstition, and though he considered Cross a colleague, he wondered how much he could trust the disposition of one whose reasoning led him to believe in people rising from the dead and a universe born by the imaginings of an invisible being. Frankenstein was fiction and random chance the creator.

No, eternity held no interest; his challenge was the immediate. He had been immersed in the study of climate change for some time, working on the idea that the disintegration of the polar ice caps could be reversed by seeding them with chemicals, binding the ice while increasing its width. The solution was simple but would require a great deal of money. Seed money, he had called it, a joke for which he was very proud as it was his first. Though the cost would be daunting, a worldwide effort--led by the UN, possibly--would see immediate benefit.

He had named his project The Bi-Polar Solution, his second joke, and he smiled at his new found wit. But the realization that the man who had asked the question the second time, Quentin Dodd, was still waiting for a response made him close his computer with a sigh. Great success, he noted, was never achieved without great distraction.

"Eternity?" Sage asked, disdainfully. Dodd was a man whose reputation elicited a greater expectation than inquiries into the supernatural, if that's what it was. It didn't help that he was being shadowed by Joe Slaughter, Dodd's assistant, noteworthy for that and nothing else.

"Yes, eternity," Dodd said. "Or history, if you will. Have you considered your place in history?"

"I've considered my work in that regard. Ego has no place in science. Whether I am remembered is something I give no credence."

"A commendable attitude," Slaughter said, "because we're not here to talk about your place in history. We're here to talk about your brain's place in history."

Sebastian was both repelled and intrigued by the crude allusion.

"Have you heard of Great Minds?"

He hesitated. "In regards to what?"

"Cryogenics."

"I don't believe so."

"Though there are many facets to cryogenics," Dodd said, "we're concerned with the longevity aspect, the theory that a person could be resuscitated at a time when a cure for whatever killed them is found."

"I know the concept," Sage said, "though death can occur without disease."

"The most important thing is that the brain is intact, as it could be attached to some type of Cyborg or other. There is no doubt that robotics will play a large part in the future. But Great minds seeks to do something unique," he continued. "Anyone with means can be cryogenically frozen. The mission of Great Minds is to preserve the world's most intelligent people."

"An elite brain bank."


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