I remember something that was both creepy and funny from the film Intolerable Cruelty. In that film, George Clooney met the senior partner of his law firm, who was a creepy, decrepit old man who was hooked up to life support at his desk. This gave me the idea for a creepy cyborg character in my new superhero series. This guy will become a decrepit cyborg as a result of a failed assassination attempt. Unlike the guy in this video, my character will have more than a few pieces of his body missing.
I have always been a fan of the Terminator franchise and I am looking forward to the new film Dark Fate. In this film, we are introduced to a new villainous Terminator known as the REV-9. Based on the trailer, the REV-9 is essentially a fusion between the robotic endoskeleton of the T-800 and the liquid metal coating of the T-1000. This makes it similar to the TX from Rise of the Machines, but unlike the TX, the endoskeleton and the liquid metal can operate independently from one another. This way, you get two Terminator units in one, which makes it twice as deadly as previous models and will mean double the trouble the heroes will go through. I look forward to seeing what other nasty surprises this new Terminator unit has up its metallic sleeves. One thing is certain; I don’t want to be terminated by this thing.
As for the main villain of my superhuman series, I am thinking of making them a decrepit old cyborg who is the fascist dictator of the government in the story. They became a cyborg as a result of a failed assassination attempt. The way I will depict them will be creepy because there will be little of their old self left. Also, they will be an individual who is seeking a way to cheat death and rule humanity forever. Overall, this is going to be one of the most complex supervillains I ever created.
Two concepts of science fiction I have been interested in are nanotechnology and cyborgs. Individually, they are fascinating examples of technology and robotics, but I have been thinking of a way to combine the two together. I am familiar with cyborgs that have machine parts grafted to them, but I think the use of nanotechnology would be even more radical and advanced than normal prosthetics. A cyborg by definition is either an organism with machine parts or a machine with organic parts. With a nanite cyborg, I am envisioning organic cells being interlinked with the nanites or whole organs being in the mass of nanites in order to provide a form of bioelectricity and heat to power the nanites. When such a cyborg eats, the food would not only be used to replenish its organic cells and organs, but the waste could be used by the nanites to make even more nanites. Such a composition would create a symbiotic relationship with both the nanites and the organic cells. However, because nanotechnology is such a difficult form of technology to counter, I will be placing a special weakness that could kill or deactivate the cyborg. One of the main characters of my superhuman series will be a nanites cyborg and there will be others as the series progresses.
I had a VERY dark and grotesque science fiction scenario that I intend to include in my superhuman series. Imagine that there were no more funerals and the corpses of everyone who dies, including children, are recycled and mass-produced into cyborg soldiers. On the outside, these soldiers would conspicuously look like robots, but when you crack open their shell you see a horrifying mixture of flesh, bone, metal, and circuits. To the government in the story, this will be seen as a civic duty that every citizen must fulfill. However, the reality would be that this would be a nightmarishly horrendous form of slavery that none of the government’s citizens can escape.
There are new innovations in development known as powered exoskeletons. These suits can be used for either medicinal or military purposes. With the medicinal applications, exoskeletons can be used to help patients who are physically impaired and have difficulty moving on their own. For military applications, exoskeletons can be used to augment a soldier’s durability and strength to the point in which they can lift about 700 pounds. There are rumors that machine guns, grenade launchers, or retractable blades can be fastened to them as well as body armor. With these factors, this kind of exoskeleton can turn one soldier into a one-man-army. Still, the current exoskeletons can only be controlled through the wearer’s muscle power, but if there was a neural interface that connects the suit to the wearer’s nervous system. That way the wearer’s movements would be so easy and seamless that it would be like the suit was a part of them. I will toy with this idea for my superhuman series. There will be a powered exoskeleton that will be homemade and created from salvaged or stolen technology.
While I do have experience when it comes to writing about a cyborg character, I am thinking of creating a new one that will be based on a sense of realism and believable level. Due to the physical frailties and limitations of the human body, the number of cybernetic components a person can realistically acquire are limited. This can be overcome by augmenting the organic components with nanomachines, which will allow more extreme cybernetic enhancements. With prosthetic arms, a proper cyborg could lift about three tons or five when combined with nanomachine enhancements. In addition, these arms would have enough gripping strength to crush every bone in a person’s hand. With prosthetic legs, a proper cyborg could run about fifty miles per hour and jump fifteen feet in the air. If you apply implants in the eyes and ears or replace them completely, you can augment the cyborg’s senses such as being able to hear sounds at varying volumes and distances or see in night vision, infared, and so on. I also did research and discovered that the only internal organs in the torso that can be replaced with transplants include the heart, lungs, liver, intestines, kidneys, pancreas, and thymus. If you can replace all of these organs with cybernetic implants, you can greatly boost the cyborg’s stamina, vitality, and longevity. With the brain, with carefully applied implants, you can boost the cyborg’s intellect and overall mental processing. In general, I am looking forward to tinkering with this character idea when I start working on my superhuman series.
As a science fiction fan, I often wondered what kind of technologies would be required to make the ideal cyborg. In my opinion, their arms and legs would be replaced with cybernetic ones in order to enhance their upper body strength and running capabilities. Their internal organs would be replaced by synthetic ones that provide more stamina than organic organs. Their living eyes and eardrums would be replaced by lifelike replicas to enhance their senses. Finally, I envision them having nanobots in their blood to make their muscles stronger and reinforce their bones. I do not agree with the idea of cyborgs having weapons built into their limbs because there would not be enough room for the moving parts of the limbs. However, this can be an exception for more specialized cyborgs.
In one of my future superhero I am thinking of including a cyborg of this kind. I am thinking of them being a type of police force, but nothing like Robocop. Instead, I am envisioning them to be more like the military police for fascist regimes. What do you think of this incarnation of cyborgs?
I have just finished writing the new short story that talks about the supervillain Cyber Shadow. It has been a gritty experience and I have elaborated his return with nightmarish details. I promise that there will be some sections that will haunt you. Still, even though it is done, I might tinker with it here and there before making it public.