The Randi Prize

Peter could make coins disappear by snapping his fingers.

It seemed to follow some rules. One snap of the fingers made one coin vanish. The first test he'd done, after discovering this ability, was to set coins out in front of him and repeatedly snap his fingers to watch what order they were vanished in. Higher denomination coins went first. Coins that were

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The Last Christmas

The mantle of Santa Claus has been passed down once again, this time to an industrial engineer who starts to get some dangerous ideas in his head about the true meaning of Christmas. This fic is still being worked on. I finished it with Christmas (2013) as my deadline, but the story suffered for it, so even though it's complete there will probably be a reworking of it later.

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Chapter 1: Literally Incredible

Author’s Note: This story is rated M for adult language and themes, includingdiscussion of sexual violence.


Lex Luthor had been lounging in the Skylight Club when he’d first heard ofSuperman.

“He’s a fellow that flies through the sky!” declared one of the patrons, whosename Lex couldn’t recall, a good sign that the man was someone

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Chapter 13: Finale, Part 2

Dear Lois,

_I’ve been a longtime reader of your articles, and I have to say that I’mquite the fan. I’ve been happy to note from the few photographs I’ve seen ofyou that we seem to share a similar taste in fashion, and I just wanted toshare a tip with you. There’s a jewelry store up on 18th and 22nd calledMarxhausen’s, and they have just the m

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End

North Mountain was completely uninhabited. At the peak, the air was too thinfor trees to grow, and aside from the occasional fool who wanted the challengeof a climb, it was completely deserted. It had been the perfect place to buildher ice palace. It was solitude incarnate. If she had been thinking clearly,she would have sealed the ice palace off from any intrude

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Chapter 5

Charles sat in his private viewing room, with Matilda right beside him.

“We’re outside of time, right?” asked Charles. “The viewer shows us everythingthat happened this year, but it’s not actually the end of the year yet. Howdoes that work?”

“We extrapolate forward,” said Matilda. “We take the world as it was andsimulate the whole thing forward from the moment

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Chapter 12: Finale, Part 1

“And he’s just gone forever?” asked Jimmy. His girlfriend Eleanor sat besidehim, opposite Lois and Clark. It was somewhat emphatically not a double date.Lois was trying her best to shift her position on Clark in a way that he wouldactually believe. Eventually she would pretend to see the light, or give him achance, and they would presumably have

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Chapter 11: Actions and Consequences

“He what?” asked Lex. He gripped the phone closer to his ear, though thatwouldn’t help with the poor connection. It was moments like this that made himwant to revolutionize the entire telecommunications industry. An investment ofa million dollars would surely be enough to get clear audio between Metropolisand Hub City. Of course, the w

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Chapter 9: Dust to Dust

Lex needed to know what was in the storm cellar. It was a matter of practicalnecessity, but there was an emotional component as well. He’d spent nearly ayear of his life in pursuit of what lay there, slowly working his waybackwards from Superman to Clark Kent and Clark Kent to Smallville. He hadthree agents in Smallville, one of whom was living on

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Chapter 8: Peeling Back the Veil

Jimmy Olsen sat at the bar, gulping back his fourth beer. It was possible toforget, for brief moments.

Lois Lane had come over to him, shaking slightly, and said that they needed totake a trip out into the country. He’d grabbed his camera and plenty of film,then raced downstairs where he’d had to wait in the car for nearly ten minuteswhil

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Chapter 7: Choices

From Preethi v New York 293 U.S. 367 (1934):

The State of New York has provided such significant encouragement, both overtand covert, that the actions of Superman must be judged to be that of theState. […] It is this Court’s considered opinion that there would not be muchuse to Constitutional protections if the State could do an end run aroundthose p

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Chapter 5: A Stopped Clock

Lois Lane had been walking down 15th Avenue looking for a place to eatbreakfast when she’d heard the bang from the next block over. She’d startedrunning towards it seconds after she’d heard it, while everyone else on thestreet was looking around like they’d missed something. If they’d read thepaper, they’d know that Superman had predicted that t

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Chapter 4: Like Clockwork

Harry Kramer loved explosives. He loved the danger of working with them andthe thrill of watching them go off. A properly made bomb was an amazing pieceof engineering, a compact device of wires, springs, and explosives all set upin a very precisely and ordered way. When the bomb went off, all that hardwork evaporated in a single transformative mo

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