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YASID: Galactic Emperor has immortality, but at a price
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Nyrath
2017-02-05 23:54:11 UTC
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This was in a short story read back in the 1980-90s, perhaps by Ben Bova.

The galactic emperor rules justly and with due concern for all those affected by his decisions. Because if not, the emperor dies.

You see every few decades, the emperor undergoes immortality treatments. These prevent the emperor from dying from old age. But there is a side effect. During the treatment, the emperor sees every single thing they have done in their life. With intense recall.

If the emperor has made too many decisions which were without empathy, which were cruel to those under the emperor's rule, the replay of those memories will kill him.

Does this sound familiar?
Robert Carnegie
2017-02-06 00:36:11 UTC
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Post by Nyrath
This was in a short story read back in the 1980-90s, perhaps by Ben Bova.
The galactic emperor rules justly and with due concern for all those affected by his decisions. Because if not, the emperor dies.
You see every few decades, the emperor undergoes immortality treatments. These prevent the emperor from dying from old age. But there is a side effect. During the treatment, the emperor sees every single thing they have done in their life. With intense recall.
If the emperor has made too many decisions which were without empathy, which were cruel to those under the emperor's rule, the replay of those memories will kill him.
Does this sound familiar?
James White. I forget which collection / title.
It may pop out from ISFDB.
b***@dontspam.silent.com
2017-02-06 19:25:57 UTC
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On Sun, 5 Feb 2017 15:54:11 -0800 (PST), Nyrath
Post by Nyrath
This was in a short story read back in the 1980-90s, perhaps by Ben Bova.
The galactic emperor rules justly and with due concern for all those affected by his decisions. Because if not, the emperor dies.
You see every few decades, the emperor undergoes immortality treatments. These prevent the emperor from dying from old age. But there is a side effect. During the treatment, the emperor sees every single thing they have done in their life. With intense recall.
If the emperor has made too many decisions which were without empathy, which were cruel to those under the emperor's rule, the replay of those memories will kill him.
Does this sound familiar?
Sounds like "Dynasty of One" by James White. In the collection Futures
Past.
Nyrath
2017-02-07 01:06:00 UTC
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Sounds like "Dynasty of One" by James White. In the collection Futures
Past.
If that is not the story, it is very close to it (according to the reviews I've found). Thanks!
Nyrath
2017-02-19 20:53:43 UTC
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Sounds like "Dynasty of One" by James White. In the collection Futures
Past.
I managed to get a copy of the story. That's the one! Thank you so much!
l***@dimnakorr.com
2017-02-06 21:18:37 UTC
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If the emperor has made too many decisions which were without empathy,
which were cruel to those under the emperor's rule, the replay of those
memories will kill him.
Yegads. Whoever designed that system couldn't have been overburdened with
empathy themselves. Imagine having to rule an empire and make life or death
decisions for millions and not being able to employ emotional detachment
to help you get through the day, and then being "rewarded" by having to do
it again, forever.
--
Leif Roar Moldskred
Nyrath
2017-02-07 01:07:53 UTC
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Yegads. Whoever designed that system couldn't have been overburdened with
empathy themselves.
IIRC the idea was the system was a safeguard. Otherwise there was a danger of being ruled eternally by a sociopath emperor.
Gene Wirchenko
2017-02-07 20:59:44 UTC
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On Mon, 6 Feb 2017 17:07:53 -0800 (PST), Nyrath
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Post by l***@dimnakorr.com
Yegads. Whoever designed that system couldn't have been overburdened with
empathy themselves.
IIRC the idea was the system was a safeguard. Otherwise there was a danger of being ruled eternally by a sociopath emperor.
Would you take the job? I would not.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko
Robert Carnegie
2017-02-07 21:28:04 UTC
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Post by l***@dimnakorr.com
Yegads. Whoever designed that system couldn't have been overburdened with
empathy themselves.
IIRC the idea was the system was a safeguard. Otherwise there was a danger of being ruled eternally by a sociopath emperor.
Nope, it's just how "The Immortality Treatment"
works - and usually kills you. Marketing, eh?
And, like Perry Rhodan, it needs a repeat
treatment, every twenty years.
Quadibloc
2017-02-10 23:21:07 UTC
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Post by Robert Carnegie
Nope, it's just how "The Immortality Treatment"
works - and usually kills you. Marketing, eh?
This reminds me a bit of "Microcosmic God", being a somewhat related story
premise.

John Savard
Robert Carnegie
2017-02-11 02:46:10 UTC
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Post by Robert Carnegie
Nope, it's just how "The Immortality Treatment"
works - and usually kills you. Marketing, eh?
This reminds me a bit of "Microcosmic God", being a somewhat related story
premise.
John Savard
In fact I thought of this beneficiary of an unlikely
and incompletely described immortality event, in
_The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy_.

<http://www.hhgproject.org/entries/wowbagger.html>

...which hasn't worked for anyone else.
Dan Swartzendruber
2017-02-10 03:47:49 UTC
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Post by Nyrath
This was in a short story read back in the 1980-90s, perhaps by Ben Bova.
The galactic emperor rules justly and with due concern for all those affected by his decisions. Because if not, the emperor dies.
You see every few decades, the emperor undergoes immortality treatments. These prevent the emperor from dying from old age. But there is a side effect. During the treatment, the emperor sees every single thing they have done in their life. With intense recall.
If the emperor has made too many decisions which were without empathy, which were cruel to those under the emperor's rule, the replay of those memories will kill him.
Does this sound familiar?
Yep. Damned if I can remember the title either :(
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