Having multiple bodies is one of the most underrated superpowers ever invented, I think. Right now, I find myself wondering how beneficial it would be if I had more than one body at my disposal. I am not talking about a clone-body with spare parts if I have an accident or to work against the effects of aging but plain simply have more than one body I can controle and do stuff with.
At the moment I have the following things to take care of:
- My family and friends
- The job (being a teacher, which I love)
- This blog and its podcast
- The German sister-blog of this one
- The blog connected to my novel
- several short stories connected to the world the novel is set in
- Two other short-story projects (one is almost finished, phew!)
And I do not have the time to fit it all in, but:
If I had an additional body I could controle alongside this one, very much like Miss Level in Terry Pratchett’s “A Hat Full of Sky”. The reason is simple: I could so much more things done in a day, twice as much or three times as much depending on the amount of bodies at my disposal.
So basically, while having multiple bodies is not a particularly powerful superpower, it is an exceptionally useful one for daily life, simply because it doubles, triples etc.the stuff you can get done and I mean not simply at your job but also getting more of the things done you love and enjoy the most.
Oh yes, and of course, you can use one of your bodies for the sole purpose of binge-watching all the stuff you never have time for and then read all the books, ebooks etc. you got at one time or another and never really got around to reading them (and then you bought another book anyway).
In my case, the books on my “want to read” list that are either on my kindle (or in the cloud) or actually on one of my shelves have already passed the 100 mark. One of my other bodies would or could do nothing for a year or more but reading books.
As you can see, having multiple bodies really is a great advantage for everyday life. Now I have to go and find a suitably mad scientist…