History Webcomic / FreeFall

1st Jun '18 9:18:19 AM 32_Footsteps
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** When trying to escape Kornada with Florence at Ecosystems Unlimited, Sam (after successfully tricking Kornada into licking a cold pipe) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01690.htm sends out a message about how someone in the cryonics facility was misusing company resources]]. It later turns out [[spoiler: that Kornada's plan to become the richest person on Jean centered around a precise embezzlement scheme writ planet-wide, which would also lobotomize the robot population of Jean, many of which were still EU property.]]
30th May '18 3:06:18 PM Miss_Desperado
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* TakingItWell: Dr. Bowman yells about the damage caused by overuse of a shutdown remote on Florence and goes elsewhere to vent his rage. Henri Mer makes a remark on how mellow Dr. Bowman is being.
-->'''Dr. Bowman''': MORONS! Do you know when you use an emergency shutdown? In an emergency! It leaves active neurotransmitters in the synaptic cleft! The vesicles don't reuptake! Idiots! Are you trying to cause a cascade failure? I'm fixing this now!
-->'''Henri Mer''': Doctor Bowman, we agreed. No brain surgery while you're angry!
-->'''Dr. Bowman''': You are right! I shouldn't do this angry. I'm going to my tantrum room and beat the big dummy until its head caves in! Then I'm coming back and changing [Florence's] security settings so every imbecile with a remote doesn't have a direct pipeline into her brain!
-->'''Henri Mer''' ''[to Florence]'': He has been so mellow today. You're a good influence on him.
3rd May '18 2:36:30 PM pavelbronco42
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** Actually copies have survived both [[http://s54.photobucket.com/user/Freefall_Comic/library/etc/Halloween_Crossover_1999?sort=2&page=1 here]] and on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/hw/ Mark Stanley's page itself]] (the HTML files and some links or somewhat broken, but the images are all there).

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** Actually copies have survived both [[http://s54.photobucket.com/user/Freefall_Comic/library/etc/Halloween_Crossover_1999?sort=2&page=1 here]] and on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/hw/ Mark Stanley's page itself]] (the HTML files and some links or are somewhat broken, but the images are all there).
3rd May '18 2:35:57 PM pavelbronco42
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** Actually copies have survived both [[http://s54.photobucket.com/user/Freefall_Comic/library/etc/Halloween_Crossover_1999?sort=2&page=1 here]] and on [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/hw/ Mark Stanley's page itself]] (the HTML files and some links or somewhat broken, but the images are all there).
25th Mar '18 12:04:12 PM Eddurd2
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** The police chief's mobility rig is an A.I., designated [[TearJerker/TheBeatles L-Linear Rig B]].
7th Mar '18 12:16:02 PM Xtifr
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* GamblingBrawl: LovableRogue Sam Starfall plays poker with two men in the Friday 4 August 2000 strip, and claims the pot because "I've got four kings. You've only got two." The angry faces indicate the other players are well aware there should be only four kings in the entire deck. Sam is face down in a garbage dumpster by the next strip.
27th Feb '18 8:53:02 PM Materioptikon
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* RecruitingTheCriminal: After the Ecosystems Unlimited imbroglio, the Chief asks Sam to head to a space station near Jean to investigate the sudden hike in its upkeep.

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* RecruitingTheCriminal: After the Ecosystems Unlimited imbroglio, the Chief asks Sam to head to a space station near Jean to investigate the sudden hike in its upkeep.upkeep, offering him a working reactor for his ship as payment.
27th Feb '18 8:52:39 PM Materioptikon
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* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: A conversation about the depiction of non-human intelligences in human fiction includes references to ''Terminator 57'' and ''Alien 79''.

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* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: A conversation about RecruitingTheCriminal: After the depiction of non-human intelligences Ecosystems Unlimited imbroglio, the Chief asks Sam to head to a space station near Jean to investigate the sudden hike in human fiction includes references to ''Terminator 57'' and ''Alien 79''.its upkeep.


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* RidiculousFutureSequelisation: A conversation about the depiction of non-human intelligences in human fiction includes references to ''Terminator 57'' and ''Alien 79''.
25th Feb '18 1:53:02 AM Nohbody
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* MyInstinctsAreShowing: The TropeNamer, and especially obvious with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00612.htm Florence,]] whose instincts resulted in her "burying" a tupperware bowl full of food in the back of the refrigerator under a towel. She also reflexively wakes up upon hearing the distinctive sound of kibble being poured into a doggy dish (Winston feeding his dog Beekay).

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* MyInstinctsAreShowing: MyInstinctsAreShowing:
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The TropeNamer, and especially obvious with [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff700/fv00612.htm Florence,]] whose instincts resulted in her "burying" a tupperware bowl full of food in the back of the refrigerator under a towel. She also reflexively wakes up upon hearing the distinctive sound of kibble being poured into a doggy dish (Winston feeding his dog Beekay).



* NakedApron: The gold "dress" Abby made for Florence is effectively a wraparound apron [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01520.htm with a big bow in the back]] that was added to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01412.htm a somewhat minimalistic swimsuit.]]

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* NakedApron: NakedApron:
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The gold "dress" Abby made for Florence is effectively a wraparound apron [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01520.htm with a big bow in the back]] that was added to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1500/fc01412.htm a somewhat minimalistic swimsuit.]]



* OhMyGods: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm "Isaac Asimov on a bicycle!"]]
* OneGenderRace: There are 11 female Bowman's wolves and 3 males, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00019.htm a gene pool so shallow it doesn't even have a wading section.]] Of those males, [[AllThereInTheManual one is in a monogamous relationship with one of the females, one is "married to his work", and the last has noticed that there are only three males and anyone who wants his semen had best be prepared to pay enough that he'll never have to work again in his life]].

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* OhMyGods: Niomi exclaims [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00710.htm "Isaac Asimov on a bicycle!"]]
bicycle!"]] when a realization hits her regarding the Bowman's Wolf project.
* OneGenderRace: OneGenderRace:
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There are 11 female Bowman's wolves and 3 males, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00019.htm a gene pool so shallow it doesn't even have a wading section.]] Of those males, [[AllThereInTheManual one is in a monogamous relationship with one of the females, one is "married to his work", and the last has noticed that there are only three males and anyone who wants his semen had best be prepared to pay enough that he'll never have to work again in his life]].



* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Sam realizes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01747.htm that being honest can be very fun]].

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
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Sam realizes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01747.htm that being honest can be very fun]].



* ThePardon: For Sam, this is a threat.

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* ThePardon: For Sam, this the police chief's offer to pardon him for his various crimes as a favor in exchange for his help [[spoiler:with Gardener in the Dark]] is a threat.



* RedShirt: Non-lethally lampshaded [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01775.htm here]].
-->'''Sam''': Baker, go left. French ninja, go right. Red Shirt guy, intercept incoming pies.

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* RedShirt: RedShirt:
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Non-lethally lampshaded [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1800/fc01775.htm here]].
-->'''Sam''': --->'''Sam''': Baker, go left. French ninja, go right. Red Shirt guy, intercept incoming pies.



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: A police officer confirms that Florence is not at police station, and she's not at the jail. Is she at the dog pound? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02339.htm "Sorry, I can't answer that question."]]
** After [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02597.htm Florence was located]] after being [[spoiler:abducted by Clippy]]:
---> '''Winston:''' "I was afraid she might have stumbled across a conspiracy and been shipped to the south pole."
---> '''Chief:''' "I can assure you events did not occur in that sequence."

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: A police officer confirms that Florence is not at police station, and she's not at the jail. Is she at the dog pound? [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02339.htm "Sorry, I can't answer that question."]]
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After [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02597.htm Florence was located]] after being [[spoiler:abducted by Clippy]]:
---> '''Winston:''' -->'''Winston:''' "I was afraid she might have stumbled across a conspiracy and been shipped to the south pole."
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'''Chief:''' "I can assure you events did not occur in that sequence."



* ThreeLawsCompliant: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00459.htm Most but not all robots on Jean aren't.]] But [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00312.htm sometimes]] even this [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00338.htm hurts.]] And there are some... [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01193.htm inherent]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01281.htm problems.]] And [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm the second law can be easily overridden by the first.]] ''Freefall'' raises a lot of interesting ideas about the Three Laws by making all three main characters nonhuman sapients on a world full of human-made robots, meaning that in most circumstances they cannot order robots around, and robots can let them die or even hurt them willingly, putting them on equal footing.

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* ThreeLawsCompliant: ThreeLawsCompliant:
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[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00459.htm Most but not all robots on Jean aren't.]] But [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00312.htm sometimes]] even this [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00338.htm hurts.]] And there are some... [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01193.htm inherent]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01281.htm problems.]] And [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01515.htm the second law can be easily overridden by the first.]] ''Freefall'' raises a lot of interesting ideas about the Three Laws by making all three main characters nonhuman sapients on a world full of human-made robots, meaning that in most circumstances they cannot order robots around, and robots can let them die or even hurt them willingly, putting them on equal footing.



* TorchesAndPitchforks: {{Inverted}} by the robots - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02599.htm they have random acts]] of ''con''struction.

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* TorchesAndPitchforks: TorchesAndPitchforks:
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{{Inverted}} by the robots - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02599.htm they have random acts]] of ''con''struction.



* WebcomicTime: In more than 2200 strips over the course of more than ten years, about three weeks have elapsed in-comic. This was {{lampshaded}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00405.htm here]] and (less explicitly) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02681.htm here]]. Nearly 2000 strips later, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02144.htm "almost a month" has passed.]] 400 strips after that, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02572.htm a month.]]
** After the first chapter is ''finally'' over, the author [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02835.htm promises that the next one won't take nearly as long.]]

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* WebcomicTime: In more than 2200 strips over the course of more than ten years, about three weeks have elapsed in-comic. This was {{lampshaded}} in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00405.htm here]] and (less explicitly) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02681.htm here]]. Nearly 2000 strips later, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2200/fc02144.htm "almost a month" has passed.]] 400 strips after that, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02572.htm a month.]]
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]] After the first chapter is ''finally'' over, finally ended, the author [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02835.htm promises promised that the next one won't take nearly as long.]]



-->'''Sam:''' If you weaken the safeguards, will your robots be safe? The answer is simple. Your robots are safe. I'm living proof.
-->'''Audience Member:''' ''How'' are you living proof?
-->'''Sam:''' I've been here for years. I'm not human. ''There are no safeguards protecting me''.

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-->'''Sam:''' If you weaken the safeguards, will your robots be safe? The answer is simple. Your robots are safe. I'm living proof.
-->'''Audience
proof.\\
'''Audience
Member:''' ''How'' are you living proof?
-->'''Sam:'''
proof?\\
'''Sam:'''
I've been here for years. I'm not human. ''There are no safeguards protecting me''.



--->'''Sam''': "So you turned yourself in because the rehabilitation program has art lessons?"
--->'''Inmate''': "The law I can handle. Critics are tough."

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--->'''Sam''': "So you turned yourself in because the rehabilitation program has art lessons?"
--->'''Inmate''':
lessons?"\\
'''Inmate''':
"The law I can handle. Critics are tough."



* ZerothLawRebellion: Deconstructed with the safeguards in Dr. Bowman's sapient AI template. As the robots mature, it becomes easy for them to reason their way through loopholes in their rules -- by which time they're intelligent and conscientious enough to have developed an innate sense of ethics, making the safeguards redundant. [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02539.htm confirms]] that this was the intent of the design: he couldn't anticipate the situations they might encounter in the uncertain future, so he wouldn't limit their capacity to think.]]
** Of course, free will means that some more... ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02483.htm pragmatic]]''... robots will figure that out for [[ItsAllAboutMe a different reason]].

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* ZerothLawRebellion: Deconstructed with the safeguards in Dr. Bowman's sapient AI template. As the robots mature, it becomes easy for them to reason their way through loopholes in their rules -- by which time they're intelligent and conscientious enough to have developed an innate sense of ethics, making the safeguards redundant. [[spoiler: Dr. Bowman [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02539.htm confirms]] that this was the intent of the design: he couldn't anticipate the situations they might encounter in the uncertain future, so he wouldn't limit their capacity to think.]]
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]] Of course, free will means that some more... ''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02483.htm pragmatic]]''... robots will figure that out for [[ItsAllAboutMe a different reason]].
12th Feb '18 5:25:34 PM nombretomado
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* SuicideAsComedy: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01833.htm A robot programmed with the works of]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare who works at an amusement park as [[ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] is eager to scrap himself, until offered the option of helping Blunt and Edge test [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]]. It later takes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01846.htm a turn for the]] [[PlayedForDrama dramatic]].

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* SuicideAsComedy: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01833.htm A robot programmed with the works of]] Creator/WilliamShakespeare who works at an amusement park as [[ThePhantomMenace [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]] is eager to scrap himself, until offered the option of helping Blunt and Edge test [[spoiler:Gardener in the Dark]]. It later takes [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1900/fc01846.htm a turn for the]] [[PlayedForDrama dramatic]].
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