The Otto Man and the Sea - Part One

Pandering to Google searches with a tale about the life of one Otto Octavius. Written by Meaghan.

Once upon a time, there was a man named Otto. When Otto was a young boy, his mother Marie would tell him strange tales about the adventures of Otto's absent father Cal, who worked as a deep sea fisherman.

"There are all kinds of interesting creatures down there, Otto," she told him once. "Your father has seen things we can't even imagine."

Otto's young mind marvelled as he tried to imagine the fascinating and bizarre aquatic life forms his father might encounter. "Like sharks and jellyfish and flat fish with one eye and giant squids!"

"Yes, like that," said Marie, and she smiled to see the excitement on her small son's face. She knew, as only a mother can know, that her Otto would do great things.

Later in life, Otto became quite a famous scientist. His mother's stories had inspired him with a curiosity about the unseen things in life that he developed into a skill for building wonderful machines, the likes of which no one on Earth had ever thought of before. His most famous invention was a set of four artifically intelligent mechanical arms. The arms could be worn by anyone and used to touch things that ordinary human hands could never withstand coming in contact with, like hot metal, toxic waste, or the components of a nuclear reactor. One of Otto's proudest moments was showing his mother these arms.

"You see, mother, the arms will be of great use to people who work with dangerous materials. And also," he said with a laugh, "they're handy if you need to carry groceries upstairs."

"How exciting!" exclaimed Marie. "But I wonder ... if the arms can think for themselves, then mightn't they be able to control the person who wears them?"

Otto laughed again. "Oh no, mother. I've developed this special inhibitor chip that will protect the higher brain function of the person wearing the arms and ensure that it's always the human, not the machines, who's in control."

His mother sighed with relief. "Oh my! I don't know how you think of these things, Otto." She smiled, and looked at Otto with great pride.

"Well actually, mother, the idea came from you," he said, and explained that it was her stories of the deep sea creatures -- specifically, a tale about a kindly octopus with an undersea garden -- that had brought the idea for the arms to his mind. Marie was thrilled to hear about the part she had played in helping her son with his creations, and mother and son passed much of the rest of their visit happily wandering the grounds of the New York Aquarium, looking at the creatures they had spent so much time imagining, and reminiscing about times past. Otto had never felt more at peace.

Sadly, a few months later Marie was dead, and Otto was left with no family (the film version of his tale would have you believe that he was married, but alas, this was not the case) and nothing to live for but his work. He decided to put his intelligence to one of the most difficult tests in history, and try to solve a problem that had long perplexed scientists: how was it possible to generate energy through nuclear fission? Through hours of long thought and work, and with a little help from his robotic arms, he finally came up with what he thought was a solution to the problem.

"Eureka!" he shouted. That is a Greek word meaning "I have found it."

He tested his solution a few more times, and when he finally felt that it was ready to be unveiled, he scheduled a public demonstration of his machine.

To Be Continued

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