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I'm thinking long term here. Wouldn't it be better if there was a doggy daddy in the house?

Not really.

There are only fourteen of us. My kids are going to grow up with humans. It will be more important for them to understand human expression and reactions than those of their own kind.

You are being psychotically reasonable. I would be screaming and yelling if I were in your shoes.

Well, my feet are much smaller.

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What is this?

Arrival Day. Also known as the day of the dead.

It's the anniversary of when our colony ship arrived here.

Mom, can I have a candy skull?

Not before dinner.

What's not to love about a celebration where you get to gnaw on bones?

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Day of the Dead. In reference to cold sleep not being one hundred percent reliable?

Yes. This is also a day of remembrance.

And by encouraging visits from the souls of the departed, it's a beacon home for those who passed away between the stars.

I thought spirits could follow helium trails through interstellar space.

Believe it or not, that's not explicitly listed in any major religious text.

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Niomi. Hazel. Florence. Happy Arrival Day!

Hello, Tangent. What do you have there?

It's a paper replica of me. If people can burn paper money and paper cars to send to dead humans, why not paper robots?

He thinks he found a loophole in the entry rules to the afterlife.

Soul or no soul, I've got eternity covered.

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I'm going to hate sending Tangent to the scrap yard. This last year, he's really started to show initiative.

He doesn't have to be scrapped.

He can buy himself for his scrap value. Have him bring money and talk to the scrap yard robot. Afterwards, he'll belong to himself.

You stinker! You HAVE been altering social structures on a planetary scale without me!

I'm just an observer on this one. I swear.

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Ah, look at that tail go. You must see this Winston person.

Caught his scent. He's this way.

How good is that nose of yours?

Ever hear about people trying to train dogs to detect the onset of epileptic seizures?

You can smell my BRAIN?

Well, it's not like you guys wash it regularly.

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Winston, I'd like you to meet my friend Niomi and her daughter Hazel. Hazel, Niomi, Winston.

Hello.

Mom! He doesn't have any hair! Not even nose hair like you and daddy.

He has spacer genes, Honey.

This is the fuzziest case of opposites attract that I've ever seen.

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So, you two make an… interesting pair.

If you marry Ms. Doggy, can I have one of the puppies?

And that's my cue to exit before further embarrassment. You two have a good evening.

Puppies?

Aww. Kids are so cute when they're still young enough to believe all mammals have the same number of chromosomes.

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Puppies?

Oh, no. Not for some time.

As a proof of concept, Ecosystems Unlimited didn't want a lot of Bowman's Wolves around. We're designed to reproduce very slowly.

Ghosts. Skeletons. Ghouls. Amateurs. If you really want to scare a man, bring up babies on the second date.

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This used to be a monster! He shouldn't be portrayed like this!

Just like Vlad the Impaler. He was also a monster.

Then given distance and hundreds of years, look what happened to him.

I don't care. Hitler shouldn't be cute. And he DEFINITELY shouldn't sparkle!

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