If you could have any super-power, what would it be?
My novel-in-progress, The Power Club™, is built on the premise that people who have powers do not get to choose them. You work with what you’ve got. You either develop your abilities, or you bury them.
But a member of one of my critique groups recently suggested that I ask readers of my blog what power they would choose. So, here it is:
If you could have any one super-power, what would it be and why?
For our purposes, a super-power can be defined as any ability that is physically or mentally impossible for a human being to do without the aid of devices, weapons, or machinery of some kind. Thus, flying in an airplane is not a super-power, but flying on your own (a la Superman) is.
And, just to make it harder, you can pick only one power. So, no fair saying "Superman's powers." You can pick only one (flying, x-ray vision, super-strength, invulnerability, etc.).
In fact, the ability to fly like Superman was my first choice. The idea of soaring over houses and trees, feeling the wind brush my face, and being able to exercise my body with the currents of the air was enormously appealing to me as a kid (and still is). And Christopher Reeve made it look so easy!
When this question has come up in more recent years, I’ve said I’d choose super-intelligence so I could figure out how to have all the other super-powers. But even intelligence has its drawbacks. (In comics, brainy heroes are the ones most likely to go insane!)
Even more recently, I’ve coveted the ability to radiate heat and light, a la Sun Boy of the Legion of Super-Heroes. This versatile power can be used offensively, but it’s also very practical. I’d never go cold in the winter. I could light up any area to change a flat. And the power of sun just radiates positive energy!
Ironically, this is the exact opposite of the power my main character has. Damon creates darkness, not light. But darkness itself is not evil. It’s what you do with it that counts.
What about you? Leave a comment describing what super-power you'd give yourself and why.