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  1. steve gallacci commented on Endtown about 12 hours ago

    Aren’t they a bit short for stormtroopers?

  2. steve gallacci commented on Endtown about 20 hours ago

    My total WAG is that the figures are immunes who wear the robes to keep their status ambiguous (or there is an, as yet unknown, something going on needing robes)

  3. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 7 days ago

    The virus seems to all about morphology rather than a literal change in species. That the mutants are described as cartoon characters, they may actually be characatures of animal/human crosses rather than literal re-combinations.

  4. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 7 days ago

    A though on a mutant economy- With the technology already demonstrated, something like 3-D print-on-demand can take care of a lot of the issues of differing morphology. With populations of any real size, “species” specific specialty producers would be viable as well.

  5. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 8 days ago

    Ya know, their bringing Clive along might be a very good thing, demonstrating their humanity to the as yet unseen others. One of the great unknown to all of this how well Clive is going to take it? He might not appreciate being “saved”. Or it can all horribly backfire on our Heroes in some new and oblique way as only Arron might choose. And that is the great risk in all out speculations, Arron is doing his own thing here, and much of what he’s doing is, to my mind, somewhat “soft” SF, somewhat in the French style of BD SF. Its a little bit fantasy, a bit artistic license, perhaps even a bit illogical, but it IS a fun ride.
    I say that as a fan of the wide range of variations of the genera and as a rather clanky and very hard SF style writer.

  6. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 9 days ago

    DarwinsK- In retrospect, one wonders, especially as if the guns really did have brains of some sort in them, they would clearly be too small for life support. For that matter, they may have had only sliced and diced enough brain to function. While the “using only 10% of your brain” isn’t quite true. A lot of memory and processing is , in effect, holographic and uses a lot more than one might suspect at first. But a plastic brain might get paired down to just enough to be functional, without the redundencies and nuances of a full system. But at least one canned brain was a full-on wet-ware with life support.

  7. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 11 days ago

    The plastizied brain is clearly a step up from the earlier canned brain with life support. I wonder if it represents advancement or different levels of resource between TS groups? If so, then, perhaps it represents that it might not be APEX running things, but the various survivors using APEX tech? Or, APEX doesn’t have complete control and allows some level of autonomy, or can’t enforce more direct/intense control of far-flung survivor groups?

  8. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 12 days ago

    DarwinK- I suspect, regardless of the nature of the TSers’s character going in, after all these years under extreme circumstance, they’ve become awfully ruthless, perhaps sociopathic at some levels. Not a surprise.

  9. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 13 days ago

    I’d assume that the chips in question are Clive’s interface processor rather than Clive himself. But if he is a ’puter instead of canned brain, it does change the game a bit.

  10. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 13 days ago

    I don’t know the whats or hows of the canned brain interface, so can only hope that Clive isn’t in some sensory-deprived hell as his life-support resources dwindle away. In any case, unless they find some help that includes technology, poor Clive is SOL.