Freefall 2371 - 2380 (H)
Freefall 2371

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

I'll go see the mayor.
I'm going to bring in Mr. Kornada.
I can prove he's involved. What I can't figure out is motive.
What are you doing here?
A great social injustice has occurred and must be corrected. Namely, why am I not famous?

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2372

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

Are you going to chase me? I kind of need to speak with Mr. Post here.
There are bigger things happening than you today, Sam. Good day.
So you're going to pester me?
It's your own fault.
If you had given me the fame and credit I deserve, the police wouldn't ignore me just because there's a planet wide crisis going on.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2373

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

You can't come with me! The mayor goes berserk every time she sees you!
I have her full attention even during disasters. Unlike you, she appreciates me.
Sigh. Look. You mentioned money. Why don't you go with Qwerty and figure out the money angle in all this?
And if you can't I'll have to conclude that Mr. Kornada is a better criminal than you.
For a supposedly nice guy, he really hits below the belt.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2374

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

Helix, we've been issued a challenge! To find the money in Mr. Kornada's scheme!
We're doing this for all the right reasons! We're doing this for fame! We're doing this for glory!
But mostly, we're doing this because of “finders, keepers.”

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2375

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

Mr. Kornada.
Ah. The police. I was about to summon you.
Mr. Ishiguro's robot has gone missing. I believe it has malfunctioned.
It has my clearances. Potentially, it could issue commands in my name.
Okay, I can see this is going to be like trying to get a firm grip on a puff of smoke.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2376

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

[!1.2]Officer! Stop! Harassing that human! He is. A. Hero!
Mr. Kornada is responsible. For the release. Of the. “Gardener in the Dark”. Neural pruning program! He tried. To save. Humanity. From the threat. Of. Intelligent machines!
Can you prove this?
Yes! Absolutely.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2377

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

Sir. I work. To protect humanity. I am. Beyond. Obeying orders. The story of. Your bravery. Must be told.
At first. We thought our. Human ally. Was the ex-employee who. Put the program. In the update queue. He told us. It was. Mr. Kornada. Who. Ordered the release.
His word against mine.
He documented. Everything. His web camera. Was running. Whenever you came into. His cubicle. He must have known. You'd be. Too modest to. Take credit. Sir.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2378

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

That little sneak recorded me?
Welcome to the world of transparency.
No. This isn't right. Surveillance is supposed to be used against employees, not for them. How are organizations supposed to retain trust if people know what we're really up to?
Mister Kornada, you are under arrest.
Transparency. What a horrible concept. It could mean the end of management as we know it!

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2379

Chaos in the streets, a good day for Sam

You can't arrest me. My dad is Li Gang. I've done nothing… illegal.
That is for the court to decide. You have the right to remain silent.
Continue. Reading him his. Rights. We shall. Begin legal. Preparations. Immediately.
You used to be such reliable machines. We are going to lose the entire mindlessly obedient market to our competitors!

Color by George Peterson

Li Gang incident
You can substitute any Russian official's name for Li Gang  -the meaning will not change (KALDYH)

Freefall 2380

Max Post talks with the Mayor

Madam Mayor.
Mister Post.
Are you going to invite me in?
I'd prefer to set the dogs on you, but if I did that without offering you a cup of tea first, people might think I lack social graces. Do you take sugar or lemon?

Color by George Peterson

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