Super Man and the Bug Out

Super Man and the Bug Out

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Super Man and the Bug Out by Cory Doctorow

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2001

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ederation, promising to end war, crime, and corruption, he'd found himself at loose ends. His adoptive Earth-mother, who'd named him Hershie Abromowicz, had talked him into meeting her at her favorite restaurant in the heart of Toronto's Gaza Strip.

"Not a super-villain, he says. Listen to him: mister big-stuff. Well, smartypants, if you're not a super-villain, what was that mess on the television last night then?"

A busboy refilled their water, and Hershie took a long sip, staring off into the middle distance. Lately, he'd taken to avoiding looking at his mother: her infra-red signature was like a landing-strip for a coronary, and she wouldn't let him take her to one of the bugout clinics for nanosurgery.

Mrs. Abromowicz leaned across the table and whacked him upside the head with one hand, her big rings clicking against the temple of his half-rim specs. Had it been anyone else, he would have caught her hand mid-slap, or at least dodged in a superfast blur, quicker than any human eye. Bu

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I love it! A Jewish super man with the requisite hovering Jewish mother. Poor Super Man, caught between his desire to protect his mother and the bureaucracy that won't give him his pension check without the Canadian equivalent of a Social Security number or bank account--which of course his secret identity has but he won't reveal. What's a good Jewish boy to do?