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    I have a Superman novel that was written in the '70s by Elliot S Maggin, who was writing the comic book at the time.  In one chapter, Superman flies in to contain a fire at a railyard where there are several tanker cars of liquified natural gas.  One explodes, but using his super-speed, he is able to create a vortex of air containing the blast and diverting it up into the atmosphere.  Or something like that.  I forget the particulars.

    But what I remember, and this is because this is a theme Maggin liked to come back to in his Superman tales, is that as he is saving the day Supes wonders to himself if his very presence on Earth might be part of the problem; that people wouldn't do insanely risky things like transport highly-explosive natural gas by rail through densely-populated urban centers if he wasn't around to save them.

    As we can see from our own experience, Superman needn't have worried.  Ignorance is bliss, and people are perfectly capable of ignoring and of mis-assessing risks, even without a guy with a cape we can depend on to clean up our messes.

    Hm.  This is growing into a diary.  I'll have to think about this some more.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:26:14 PM PDT

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