A future crime. A 24-hour deadline and so many questions. A design fiction web comic continues.


Last week we saw Toei’s reaction to being called a “Stupid synth”. This week we see, perhaps, a more human response to Col. Chen’s insults. Then Kristin Broulliard, handling things a bit more professionally, moves the group back to business. Of course, when you think of it, she was spared anything overtly insulting.

There is blog fodder here as I could spend a few hundred words discussing the humanness of our society when our bodies are less and less made up of completely human parts. In this future world, that which we might see as normal body chemistry is (or can be) modulated, and emotions tempered. There is no need to be tired and irritable or hormonally bitchy. Are these things, however, signatures of what it is to be human? Maybe they should be done away with, but what of love, and compassion, and forgiveness and the sometime pain that goes with them. Will these go by the wayside, too? And who decides what should be enhanced and what should be suppressed? <Something for another blog.>


This scene, in many ways, though with a bit of levity, sets the plot in motion. The three officers of the HK2 Police have 24 hours to find out who beat, raped and left Sean Colbert for dead in a rain-soaked alley in DownTown. It being the 22nd century technology, you would think so many advanced technologies would make solving a crime of this nature relatively simple. If they could get Sean out of the regen pod, they could just ask him, but of course, with a head-jacking and a skull fracture, maybe he won’t remember who or what attacked him. If you listen to Col. Chen, Sean might not even remember his own name.

There are a lot of of questions swirling about this investigation. We know, for example, that there have been a number of these, rape-jack cases and that Detective Guren has been investigating them for almost 10 months, and DownTown is loaded with malefactors, but 24 hours isn’t much time to question the usual suspects. Then there is the matter of the mesh. Normally the police could watch it all go down in 3D detail, and possibly even prevent it, but there was a rather convenient, and suspiciously isolated mesh outage during the crime.

Sounds like it couldn’t hurt to ask the Governor a few questions, and it looks as though that’s what Kristin has in mind.

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