Marion G. Harmon Quotes
“Whenever somebody asks me to define what a hero is, I remember Latane and Darley’s experiment, staging epileptic fits in front of one, two, or three observers. A solitary observer will help immediately if he’s going to help at all, but the larger the crowd the longer the delay. It’s the Bystander Effect: the wider the diffusion of responsibility, the greater the impulse to let someone else go first. The hero goes first.”
“Hollywood makes it look like every week’s a new supervillain battle, every day you step out for a Starbuck’s something will happen. So not true; most superhero work is patrol and rescue, and nothing you don’t expect ever happens on your days off. But when you spend most of your time out in the thunderstorms, lightning is more likely to find you.”
“Rules of Engagement in a Civilian Environment: avoid an encounter-with-force if at all possible, use only powers that can be applied without collateral damage, use all powers that can be applied without collateral damage, do not escalate, stop any escalation, and neutralize civilian risks as quickly as possible.”
“Principle of Temporal Superposition. The future is a tangle of infinite possibilities existing simultaneously, which collapse to a single actuality as the present, the moment we’re in now, advances second by second into the future. Free will exists here, at the point of collapse where each decision is actually made. Trailing the present, the past is fixed; it can be visited but not changed. The future can be visited and interacted with but is unfixed and indeterminate. When I visit the future, I am only visiting the most likely future that would unfold from my moment of departure from the present.”
“Atlas and Ajax had drilled it into me from day one—superhumans were powerful and scary to everyone else. Beyond the profitability of playing to the whole superhero image, the reason for the colorful costumes and silly codenames was simple; we could only be trusted if our deeds were done in the daylight, if we could be seen and held accountable. And we had to keep that trust, with both governments and the public, or none of it would work. Which meant acting inside the law, being seen to act lawfully at all times—otherwise people started asking questions like “Who watches the watchers?” We watched ourselves and each other, it was the only way it could work.”
Marion G. Harmon
- Born: Salt Lake City, The United States.
- Description: Marion G. Harmon picked up a Masters of History degree because he likes stories. He resides in Las Vegas, where he dabbles in various aspects of financial planning while trying to get the people in his head onto the page so they’ll stop pestering him.
Addendum: M.G.Harmon still lives in Las Vegas, but has ceased telling other people how to invest their money to become a "professional author," whatever that is. He has written nine books, all about Astra and Company. They still won't leave him alone.