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144 EXPLORING THE A Home in Space 210 STATE MILITARIES AND PRISEC
SOLAR SYSTEM Interplanetary Shipping
210 NATIONAL I The U.S. Armed Forces
146 LUNA Lunar Uprising ARMED FORCES
Rebuilding, Resentment, and Hope
214 PRIVATE MILITARY Argus Security Inc.
CONCERNS Globalsec
153 HEINLEIN Saga of the Silver City Smaller Outfits
Lunacent Bounty Hunters
Tranquility Home
Starport Kaguya
Angel Arena 218 ANDROID I A Brave New Labor Market
Docklands LABOR The Anti-Simulant Movement
A1:mstrong Base
Beyond Heinlein 222 You MusT ACCEPT TO PROCEED

161 CoNTROLLING Haas- Bioroid 223 THE 0PTICON FOUNDATION
INTERESTS )inteki
Weyland Consortium
NBN 225 SEEKING MEANING
Melange Mining
226 THE STARLIGHT Origins
163 LUNA, MARS, AND BEYOND CRUSADE Beliefs and Practices
Outreach

164 MARS A Brief History of Colonial Mars
227 THE ORDER OF SoL Political Influence
Martian Terraforming

166 LIVING ON THE Cities 228 OTHER TI1e Albertian Order
RED PLANET Nodes MOVEMENTS Incipiata Marte Vita
Settlements
229 CLONES AND Clones and Souls
SPIRITUALITY Clone Cu lts
171 BRADBURY The "Center of the Universe"
Walking on Two Planets
History 232 THENAPD I History
Life and Transport
235 ORGANIZATION I Career Progression
176 BUILDING A COLONY TI1e Strength of Industry AND STRUCTURE Notable Bureaus, Divisions, and Units
Daily Patrols

177 DISTRICTS AND Districts
GOVERNMENT Government
240 PROCEDURES Crime Scene Procedures
Making an Arrest
Confirming Identity
181 CLANS AND TI1e Clans Network Identity
CONFLICT Keeping Peace, Making War

242 TECHNOLOGY Standard Police Issue
PART 3: PEOPLE Dl D NOT
243 NOTABLE The Franks Case
188 THE WORLDS The Lunar Insurrection CASE FILES The Skylane Fiasco
WAR . The Martian Colony Wars "Myers Testimony"
Earth on Edge
Waging War in the Modern Era
The Battle of the Beanstalk 248 ORGANIZED TI1e Mafia
The Treaty of Heinlein CRIME Los Scorpiones
Scars of the War l4K
The Yakuza

198 THE MARTIAN I Earth Government on Mars 252 NETCRIMES I "Scum of the Net"
CIVIL WAR Separatists and Terrorists

262 SYSTEM DEFENSES
202 THE BusiNEss OF WARFARE
268 GLOSSARY
202 OUTFITTED FOR I Weapons
KILLER EFFICIENCY Cyberware
Vehicles

The Android universe first started as a conversation in a van on the At the idea's core were two competing corporations, both ped-
way home from a game convention with my friend and colleague dling a different form of artificial labor. On the one hand was
Dan Clark. I had some rough ideas about a setting I wanted to Jinteki, a genetics company in the Eastern tradition selling cloned
pitch to Christian for a board game, but it was that conversation workers. Their logo was a bonsai, a tiny tree that's had its growth
that crystalized those thoughts into what would later become the purposefully stunted for aesthetic reasons via careful pruning.
kernel of the setting. I wanted to do hard sci-fi-or at least use That bit of quiet symbolism still pleases me today. On the other
plausible science in the game. Ambitiously, Dan and I discussed hand, Haas-Bioroid was a stolidly Western corporation, manufac-
a near future in the tradition of cyberpunk, where we could also turing robotic workers and keeping an eye firmly on the bottom
address some of the current issues of our time such as the margin- line. They were cold steel and numbers as a foil to Jinteki's deep
alization of the labor force and rising wealth inequality. I wanted traditions and artistic perfectionism.
to tackle some real, serious topics in the game in a way that I'd Caught between these two behemoths were the displaced work-
never attempted before. ers. An angry, powerless mob of ordinary people forced out of their
jobs by a series of technological breakthroughs. They had formed
a group called Human First and used sledgehammers to attack the
androids, both because the robotic workers were extremely durable,
and because I wanted to create parallels to the tale of John Henry
and the steam engine. The story of the man who would rather die
than let a machine replace him is one of my long-time favorites,
and if you look, you'll see that we ultimately named a line of mining
clones in the setting after him. One of the murder suspects in the
original board game, Mark Henry,_is from that line of clones.
These three groups and the friction between them were the seed
that everything else ultimately sj:>rarig-from. Before I had thought
of the Beanstalk or decided to put a colony on the Moon named
after one of my favorite science fiction writers, there was this triad,
with each group opposed to the other two. ' This appealed to me
because although it was reminiscent of Blade Runner, an obvious
influence on the setting, it went ii1a··t~IT;lpietely different direction
with the same technology and ail9wed us to tell very different sto-
ries. Android was, at its core, a St;!tting about" vast economic forces
filtered down to the level of a single individual.
For the rest of the trip, Dan and I invented and fleshed out the
first of those individuals. Louis Blaine, the corrupt cop on the outs
with his wife, was the original ANDROID character. Next was Ray-
mond Flint, the private eye unlucky in love and still haunted by
ghosts from the War. Many, many other characters have followed
since, coming to life through the cards in ANDROID: NETRUNNER
or within the pages of the Android novels. This universe has grown
far beyond my original rough ideas, and I'm amazed and proud to
watch it keep growing from that first tiny seed.

KEVIN WILSON, JuLY 2015

rom the highest peak on the New Angeles, officially home to half a bil- afford it. But beneath the cracks in the
equator, at the heart of the great- lion people (and perhaps as many more veneer there's still poverty, crime, and war,
est and worst city Earth has ever unofficially), and the headquarters for the and dozens of societal scapegoats.
known, a nanolattice weave of carbon megacorporations that created the Net- Androids-intelligent synthetic life-
fibers stretches to the heavens: the Bean- work, the arcologies, and the androids. forms-walk the streets and work the jobs
stalk. The giant space elevator transformed Humans have come a long way ~ince the too dangerous or onerous for humans.
the solar system into a new frontier of dark ages. Cybernetic implants, They're taking away jobs from flesh-and-
opportunity. A city was built on the gene therapy, and AI in every blood workers, redefining what it means
Moon, and Mars was colonized. pocket ensure that life is to be rich and poor-even challenging the
Around the base of the Bean- pleasant, convenient, and definition of what it means to be human.
stalk grew the megapolis of long-for those who can And there's more of them every year.

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and massive production turing concern based in Europe. bleeding-edge tech. cybernetics. all while product. Haas-Eioroid can nology that allowed for the creation of the mass-produce or custom-tailor bioroids to first androids. but Haas-Eioroid never stopped irmovating. acquisition. itself as Haas-Eioroid. a city government. Haas Industrie was a risen exponentially. ion for a lonely billionaire. With the launch of its flagship suit any need or budget. Following this secretary for an international head of state. demand for high-quality and engineering and design that seamlessly blends affordable labor solutions has skyrocketed- man and machine. When the infrastructure allows it to negotiate the most Rossum Group made its first breakthroughs lucrative contracts. garbage collection and disposal models for nology for neural channeling.ENGINEERING THE FUTURE A world leader in android design and man. braintapir1g and neural channeling techniques ufacture. the company re-branded turning a profit. Its bioroids are a modern feat of of androids. and heavy manufac. bioroids. HE's economic and political clout have also In its early days. the company achieved amazing or simply a loyal housekeeper and compan- leaps in computational neuroscience tech. powerful and well-la10wn corporations in As businesses capitalize on the efficiency the world. No firm has managed to replicate HE's proprietary . Whether it is a legion of on what would one day become the tech. Haas-Eioroid is one of the most to produce a competing bioroid product. The first bioroids to step off the produc- tion line were primitive compared to those manufactured today. Haas Indus. a sophisticated personal trie was quick to snap it up. Its patented designs. robotics.

Under the ruthless leadership of Director Cynthia Haas. . Tales of corporate sabotage. espionage. Jinteki directly competes with HB as the provider of the other half of the labor solutions market.Bioroid will let its rivals hold tl1e upper hand for long. HB aggressively competes with rival corps by purchasing controlling shares in smaller businesses and directing their research in HE's favor. The fight over new technolo- gies has inflamed tensions. and few believe Haas. Rumors circulate of kidnapped CEOs who are "rescued" by prisec teams once certain business negotia- tions are complete Haas-Bioroid's success has been seen by many corporations as a threat. and wet- work run in the screamsheets with regularity despite the efforts of both corporations' PR departments.

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Over the years the corp has been produces the best in threedee and simsensie rithms help consumers make the choices known as the Network Broadcast News. has become known as Broadcast Square ers. With studios like Haarpsi. Old Hollywood continues giant that handles huge trict of SanSan. The company was buster filmies year after year. NBN quickly relocated to of the film industry. Despite her nominal status as an inde- news from around the worlds. The media megacorp how and targeted psychographic algo- Kane. breaking in the Rutherford District. with its endless folio. Strong AI allows NBN to custom-tailor NBN looks very similar to its prede. New Angeles to establish itself as the sole the venerable newsrag Blue Sun. Harmony . having slowly Angeles itself. but the megacorp is reality programming and block. the voice and face of NBN for its subscrib- on the Network. pendent journalist. translating in real- cessor megacorp. they need to streamline their lives and Net Broadcast Network. NBN's new headquarters added to NBN's massive news media port- deals on your favorite brands. time and micro-targeting content to per- but steadily remerged with or acquired its More than half of the top-rated content tain directly to its users' lives. competitors and cousin companies under streams across the Earth. or Near-Earth chord producing critically acclaimed get the most for their credits. Moon. the latest mediafeeds scrolling across jumbo virt dis. and Mars NBN's unsurpassed marketing know- President of the Board Keith Randolph are produced by NBN.THE WORLD IS YOURS NBN puts the world at your fingertips no Net provider for the Beanstalk and the company the New Angeles Sol was recently matter whether you're looking for the best megacity at large. Vertex. or the limitless content plays and a continuous stream of tourists. Armitage. Even YucaBean. but after the construction to serve as the epicenter media campaigns for of the Beanstalk. and is considered the beating heart of New its news for the viewer. Broadcast Network. the Sol's Lily Lockwell is sensie star gossip. entertainment. The megacorp's own Spark now simply called NBN. Agency is an advertising long headquartered in the Los Angeles Dis.

found in most New Angelino homes. ubiquity and NBN's analytics. NBN is dedicated to serving all of your information needs. another NBN subsidiary. image-the maven of the glam and glitz of Its satellite networks are the largest in the Under the savvy leadership of model- the world of promotion-and the success world and are supplemented with millions turned-media mogul and CEO Victoria or failure oflesser corporations has ridden of miles of fiber-optic cable to grant cus. . NBN uses its extensive market on the effectiveness of its marketing cam. from PADs applications only possible thanks to SYNC's large and small. Some critics claim NBN col. hav. Spark is the master of to products to infrastructure and beyond. But most people would gramming-its lovable characters can be ing created the secure universal never trade the customization and personal. of modern life. its disposal to spy on its customers and even universe Sunshine Junction is pioneering SYNC.Medtech. sells personal information and activity to the future of edutainment and youth pro- onymous with the Network itself. day to interact with and learn from their favorite members of the Champions of the the planet to com- Challenge Zone cast in their virtual world.. Jenkins. is syn. reaching billions lects and uses the massive amounts of data at timedia empire. From the frontiers of space to the edges of the Network. repressive regimes. paigns. Mil- gateway protocols used by ization of media content and lions of children log into its servers every productivity almost every device on . Even the Moon has become a mas. tomers access to the easy and convenience knowledge to forecast into the future. The mega-hit multimedia from halfway around the globe. and the prospects are bright for the mul- sive advertising platform. and many other corporations municate with the Network.

f~ JlllllrJIIIII/T . Not to mention. it was entertaining. and the occasional runner looking drop carrier and turn into the invisible man for a few days. Recon reports-expensive recon reports-indicated wouldn't let go of his hand in an amusement park. He was earning his credits for a change and that was worth taking a risk this big. a lithe humanoid shape of dubious gender with long hair. their executives. The majority of these servers housed lit- Noise knew what he was doing. he'd gotten this far. Whatever HB had locked up in this remote dustbin had better be worth it. that rarely got much traffic. 24 September. Images of a hallway. It was black. ofthe worlds deadliest ice to keep people awayfrom secondary employee The fourth layer of ice dropped away. If it got any worse. but it was too late. moving faster than any human had a right to move. up records of an embarrassing PIP in one or two exec files that his HB was one of the Big Four. "Fragf" Noise cursed as the vidscreen dissolved along with the grainy image of the body-laden hallway. " he said. melting solder-and his heart rate soared. to squirrel something away in a node no one would bother cracking. It was an entrancing. he'd need to ymous subsids. It should've been easy to Fatale wasn't a whiny broad lookingfor a cheap thrill. This was a Haas. and simultaneously demote having fun. It was time to clear out and go to ground before Haas- Bioroids wetwork team arrived and jlatlined him for good.. . almost euphoric experience. Noise knew. He'd peeled it away and moved He thought it was strange that good ol' HB would bother with further in. His guts twisted sickeningly for an instant before his filter programs kicked in and began organizing the information. and his copy of Femme a backup of HBs human resources data. · . sure. He was back in the loft.. and Noise was one of the best jocks on the circuit.:. but they didn't stack up four layers news-nosie contacts could turn into an expose.. and Noise grew frustrated. and Femme was a bleeding-hot piece remote update of HQs centra/files. promote the lowliest employees to executive He pressed on-after all. "Deal with it. Seconds ticked into minutes without his searchers finding any- thing useful or interesting. he was positions. Noise gave a sigh of relief break in. and she fixed him with an irritated glance before she vanished in a whiff ofperfume. shattering like glass and records.. He was about to ditch everything when one of his subroutines returned a vidfile. and she sighed unhappily. Noise figured he might even dig of illicit code with just enough AI to have her own attitude. He put Femme on standby in order to devote more cycles to his search bats. Back in his loft. dammit. Something passed over them. A quick secscan revealed nothing dangerous. He thumbed his carrier stud. nestled amid innocuous stacks in an industrial sector case of beer and getting ripped to shreds by a pack of hellion-bats. and you were chum for killer ice. His only reason for making the run in the first place was to scattering in all directions. their faces hidden by armored visors. change some data around. and then schedule a Bioroid server. his icebreaker tugging at his brain like an insistent child that such a ruse. . this wasn't the server was little more than a secondary storage bin containing the carousel outside the Vendigo Arcology. his signa/likely traced to within three meters of his present location. slick with defenses. It was the virtual equivalent of walking to the bodega for a out of the way. little more than piss boys. A virus hid- den in the vidfile that had evaded his initial secscan had already done its work. strewn with bodies. Runs for scrubs were boring and tedious in HBs most venomous executives to their simplicity. Spend too much time gawking. a 152. but even if it wasn't.New Rngeles time No Human Resources stack had four layers of ice this thick or this Noise had paid good cred for the latest recon on this server. The first layer of ice had been easy. which also made it dangerous. siste1. so he opened it. and that knowledge was the tle to nothing of value: datastashes used only sporadically by anon- only thing that had saved him so far. Of course. Then Noise smelled smoke-burning insulation. . Time appeared to slow as the data methodically coalesced around him. his console smol- dering. then ner- vous. though. bust through the ice. The server burst open and raw data rushed at Noise like a tsu- nami of light. .

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Director Haas had discovered that the strong artificial intelligence. working models of a brain based on brain. Despite vocal placed it at the forefront of design. to the top. high-spec cybernetic bodies coupled with When Ji.§. Cynthia Haas.irgen Haas died. Rumors abound that niques allowed Haas Industrie to realize its as a robotics and heavy manufacturing Director Haas is the illegitimate child of the dream of true AI-or come as close to it as business supplying numerous EU nations late Dieter Haas and she murdered her way ethics would allow.. of a small computational neuroscience artificial intelligence. The Mark-2 was a resound- Research into communication and con. tive fallout. development of opposition from a number of The success of Haas Industrie's cyber.. .. this tech. The "Mark:' as it was commonly called. control of the company passed to the indomitable . .. fertilized in debuted in the last years of the War as a ery that required little human oversight or vitro from a frozen sample of his DNA.irgen Haas. . of the original Ji.-. and Industrie's own research. All too her "son:' Of course. of biological contamination or radioac- the field of automatic control systems. • . tales that Director Haas is actually a child 2. one that could learn but Haas's involvement caused a marked company called the Rossum Group and and improve with time. for "labor solutions:' which would replace was rapidly advancing the complexity and nology was integrated into Haas an inefficient and w1reliable human work- sophistication of replacement limbs. an opportunity in expanding the compa. Dieter saw advanced technology capable of producing changed its name to Haas-Bioroid... one of the most activist groups. of cybernetics. The company quickly secured that she was built in a lab and was the most Hailed as "both a step and a leap for man- lucrative contracts with several of the EU's advanced bioroid model constructed until kind:' it wasn't long before it was also largest and most successful firms. force with the superior engineer- Haas Industrie's background in robotics The result was the ing of bioroids. the bioroid netics initiative led to an explosion in the significant represents one of the most market. Although the exact details about when and how this happened remain frustratingly vague. How. f~ ·. Haas Industrie became aware ing success and ushered in a new age of trol theory was already well underway. Either way. is Director Haas is simply the daughter of in war-torn areas with dangerous levels ity. . . labor solution market has was highly sophisticated neuroprosthetic kept it ahead (barely) of devices capable of adapting the behavior arch-rival Jinteki.. creating the persona of Director through. Technology at the time and detail. of a cybernetic limb to its owner's neural impulses. Haas of recent speed with which HB Industrie responded by pouring resources years: neural achieved its grip on the into researching these goal. The control over its artificial implants. featuring unprecedented accuracy and with it the company paved the way ture of prosthetics. or general purpose space exploration model. Research into brain imaging was begun. Eager Rossum Group was working on a highly as we know it was born. The company spike in progress for the burgeoning field acquired them. The bioroid the company passed to his son Dieter. Following this break- with heavy-duty construction equipment. better known as Director The advent of neural channeling tech- Bioroid began over a hundred years ago Haas at her insistence. Customers began to demand more technological significant technological precise limb replacements and greater breakthrough advances of the era. vate life confidential. The result channeling. tapes. and the company to build on his father's legacy. this was seen swiftly created a host of these machines. the Mark- Haas Industrie to specialize in the manu. . Haas made great strides in the field but swiftly came to the conclusion that further advances would require a greater understanding of the human brain. facture of robotic and automated machin. .: HRRS-BIDRDID The company that would become Haas. . as just another corporate merger. ny's portfolio into design and manufac. the company began development Jiirgen Haas and his brothers founded Haas along the way.. The invention was a rw1away success. Stranger still are the on its first commercial android. At the time. The final keystone to Haas Industrie's success fell into place about thirty years ago. Haas Industrie eventually moved into Dieter and likes to keep details of her pri. interaction.. After the acquisition. which proved to be a lengthy process. the more likely truth deployed for disaster relief and cleanup eager to cut costs and boost productiv. leadership of ever.

Haas-Bioroid's continued investment in the persona. and even Earth. CYBERNETICS RND BMIS Haas-Bioroid's cybernetics division works tirelessly to produce artificial limbs for our veterans and medical implants to help those with serious illness. for example. RRMS SRLES As the War began to heat up on Lw1a. or a disaster vic- tim rescued from certain death by emergency personnel augmented with internal air supplies or strength-enhancing exosuits. allowing for an integrated defense system that reassigns resources to the attacked server. both wearable and available as implants. Haas-Bioroid is also heavily involved in the fields of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) and neural recognition. and one would be hard-pressed to find a hopper that wasn't built using some aspect of HB technology. Aside from these benchmark technologies. whether it was a soldier saved from a lethal bullet thanks to his sub-dermal armor. nearly all megacor- porations branched into the defense industry. ranging from barrier suites to large-scale network solutions capable of launching aggressive cyber attacks at any unwanted intruders. This sets it apart from all other competitors. Haas-Bioroid continues to expand into cutting-edge fields in cybernetics. necessitating the development of new intrusion cow1termeasures technology to protect its designs. demonstrates unparalleled networking capability. Moreover. as HB's security sys- tems are capable of self-improvement. HB is the only provider of dedicated intrusions countermeasures bioroids. NEXT developed the first personal- scale applications of energy weapon technology. cybersecurity. and defense. brain-machine interfacing. or "bioroid ice:' Bioroid ice utilizes the same neural channeling software fOLmd in the optical brains of other bioroids. Haas-Bioroid is also an industry leader in more traditional forms of ice. Its BMI units. Mars. HB's automated assembly lines can be found in corporations from Earth to Mars. These suites are able to analyze the specific setup of a local network and adapt the behavior of any installed programs to better protect it. The designs for the laser pistols and rifles had to be protected from rival corporations as well as a new breed of Netcriminal.CURRENT PROJECTS Haas-Bioroid remains the market leader in industrial robotics and heavy manufacture. Clients can choose from a selection of security packages. . including cutting-edge IFF protocols. are bleeding-edge tech revolutionizing military training. They can also learn from intrusion attempts and implement new strat- egies to better defend against such tactics in the future. In peacetime. In the race to com- pete for lucrative government contracts. CYBERSECURITY HB's security division is making the Network a safer place to do business. Networked Emergent and eXper- imental Technology Design (NEXT) was a natural extension of Haas Industrie's advanced assembly lines as applied to weapons manufacturing. the latest synthskin-covered cyberlimbs has allowed more than five hLmdred million people to take back their dignity without the stigma of prosthetics or the danger of under-tested genetic modification. which saw extensive use on both sides of the War. The division's first products were smartguns that used advanced AI technology for targeting and trigger security.! cybernetics field has led to many more lives being saved. NEXT continues to focus on creating increasingly sophisticated network defenses and encryption protocols to secure intellectual property and trade secrets. 1be innovative NEXT Design suite of countermeasures.

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ew Angeles at night pulsed like mon- Cynthia turned her back on New Angeles "It's none of your business. This whole
N strous iridescent organism. The view
from fifteen hundred meters up was always
and looked at the man who had just entered
the room. He was well-dressed, as always, with
encounter is just an accident."
'f1lucky accident," he said with a smirk. "Or,
impressive, especially on a rare clear night like perfectly styled silver hair. But he was thin and maybe you're not the only one with informants."
tonight. Cynthia Haas stood at the full length looked tired, like his older body could no longer
Someone's going to be sorry, she thought.
windows of her villa atop the Haas Arcology keep up with his youthful lifestyle. He stretched
and studied the city she helped create. onto her genuine leather sofa with an easy John stood up and stretched. "What's
familiarity. "Or," he paused with a dramatic for dinner?"
With a few hand movements, she increased
the magnification of her view sixteen, raise of an eyebrow. ''Maybe you're plotting the "You know, you're worse than Thomas."
thirty-two, sixty-four times onto the Root in next phase ofyour world domination?" John glanced sideways as if to verify they
the distance and began slowly panning across "World domination?" she said with a hint really were alone. "How is Thomas?"
the skyline. The northern and western hori- of a smile. "There's a whole solar system out "He's the same. Not that you would have
zon was dominated by the expanse of the there. New Angeles, Luna, Mars, it's all just any idea what that means."
Pacific, but tonight her interests lay to the the beginning."
"Touche." He stroked his chin, and old habit
south. With another gesture, the entire top "Oh great, here it comes," he said with a left over from his bearded days. "Now, that
section of the arcology slowly rotated 110 roll of his eyes. Adonis fellow," he continued. "He's something.
degrees to give her a view of Rabotgorod Dis-
"lust because you've never had any ambi- And, Eve! You've got to be drowning in creds
trict with its vast storage facilities for bioroids.
tion of your own doesn't mean you can't from those two. You're a regular madame of
Corporations, governments, and private indi-
understand mine. Haas-Bioroid is shaping old. Hey, can I ask you a question? Have you
viduals who were unwilling to house bioroids
the future of humanity." ever, you know, done it with one of them?"
on-site often rented storage in Rabotgorod
for when their bioroids were offline. It was '11 responsibility I'm sure you continue to "No, you can't ask me a question.like that,"
a curious practice, Cynthia thought, because take very seriously," he said. "Don't forget she said icily.
bioroids didn't need to sleep. But apparently that humans have been evolving on their "I mean, I know I was always a distant
most people felt more comfortable when their own for a lot longer than you and your things second to your work, but I never thought the
bioroids followed a similar schedule to their have been around." bioroid replacement thing would go that far."
own. How many were out there now? "You know what got us out of the trees Her eyes narrowed. Her cheeks flushed
This moment of quiet reflection was a rare and caves?" she said sharply. "The ability to with anger. "I think I'll kick you out now."
indulgence for Cynthia. A quirk in her nor- devote our attention to something other than
"You won't," he said smiling. "Who else
mally busy schedule had left her evening free, the hard labor of survival. Technology leads
can talk to you like this? You want me here."
and she had decided to resist the temptation to to leisure time which leads to creative think-
ing and innovation. We've got one bioroid "Don't flatter yourself"
immediately fill the time with work. Her PAD
chimed. He was on his way up. for every one hundred people, but it took us He stood up and walked boldly toward her,
decades to get even that far. If humanity is not stopping until they were nearly touching.
The question of how many bioroids were
go ing to advance, we need to stop breaking He was both a little taller and a littler older
out there raced through her mind. Her PAD
our backs once and for all." than her, and like lw; he had not tried to
provided an estimate: 98,760,200 based on
"Fascinating," he said with a slow clap of entirely conceal his age with biotech.
current production, minus recalls, decoms,
and the blue-, violet-, ultraviolet-, and black- his hands. 'f1nd, by that I mean totally bor- "You've looked bette1;" he said smiling.
level prototypes. It had all happened shock- ing. You know I don't really want to talk to "So have you," she replied. Her flash of
ingly fast. She remembered clearly the feeling Director Haas. I'd like to talk to my gal." fury had already passed; he'd always had
when the first bioroid was awakened. When "I haven't been that for nineteen years," she that effect on her. Her mind drifted back to
the ambitious dream finally became a real- said. She turned back toward her windows. their time in Berchtesgaden, so long ago it
ity, her scientific curiosity had almost imme- Nineteen years ago, the view to the south seemed a different lifetime. Part of her longed
diately yielded to an overwhelming sense would have been dark-a vast wilderness of to return to that simpler life. But there was
of business opportunity. Now, she sensed foothills and forest. Tonight, it was an ocean no turning back. The only way was forward.
another shift was happening, but this one was of light from the world's largest city. "Cynthia," said John. "The world can wait.
much slower and subtler. Lately her mind was "Nineteen years!Has it really been that long?" At least for tonight."
less focused on profits and increasingly occu-
'1ohn, why are you really here?" She spun She hesitated, then sighed and touched her
pied with the thought that she was perma-
to face him again and stabbed at him from PAD. A single low note chimed throughout
nently altering the future of the human race.
across the room with her finger. "I invited the room. '1eeves." she said.
Was this what humanity needed? you here last week. Not tonight. I was plan- A blue holographic image of a bioroid's
Of course it was. There was no turning ning to leave for Heinlein this morning. I'm face floated above a nearby table. "Yes,
back. The only way was forward. only here now because I had to attend to Director?" it said.
"Adm iring your handiwork?" said a something important."
"Dinner for two."
familiar voice. "What sort of important?"

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An in - depth look at how H aas-Bioroid is t ransforming the way we live and wo1·k
BY S H UGO F A KARZA I ing
pro-
No one lives without paranoia these Bioroids are everywhere, and like them forget that. They ignore the line was to provide for our families.
nal
days . The corporation s di ctate our th eir numbers continue to grow. In safety issues." Try explaining that to one of those
man
lives: they design our downtim e, fact, one of the most closely guarded 1he other change that King and machines. If they weren't working,
"mo1
provide recreation for a price, and secre ts H aas-Bioroid has is exactly other corp representatives don't talk they'd be in a box somewhere."
and
subtly drain us of our need to think how many units currently hold about is the impact on the bottom "I enj oy my job. I have purpose.
of tl
for ourselves . W e equate structure position s on Earth, the M oon , and line. Divesting themselves of human I save lives," says Ben "Benjamin"
offet
with safety. M ars- and what those positions are. workers has also enlarged their profit 28AG31 , a bioroid currently tasked
so-c:
Proponents split their views on One of the main obj ections to margin. There are no sick days or to HAZARD-US, a competitor of
four·
whether thi s trend is an in sidious using bioroids has been that th ey injuries among the bioroid labor T oxic Kleen, Inc.
to a:
practice or an outgrowth of much replace fl esh-and-blood employees in pool, nor are there any workers' Ben 28AG31 is a bulky, blocky SOffit
sought-after complace ncy by indi- the workplace. In the beginning, HB co mp payouts. bioroid that's almost as wide as it is
by B
viduals. Social psychologists insist focused on creating bioroids to take "Golems don't care if they're tall. With rudimentary human fea-
1l
that the average person no longer th e place of hum ans in high -riskjobs destroyed ," says an activist for tures, a gentle giant by way of Fran-
vagu
knows en ough about city, country, like handling toxic materials, fight- Human First who did not wish her kenstein, he holds a mop and a bucket
extn
wo rld, or extra-planetary life to effe c- ing fires , or other jobs that included identity known. "They'll melt down and shows scarring and pitting from
legs
tively handle his or her existence. the possibili ty of human fatali ty. to get the job done if they have to, exposure to corrosive chemicals. H e's
tatio
I don't beli eve that 's true. I've N ow, everyone can be replaced. and they don't lose anything when been working with HAZARD-US
then
gone underground these past few Humanity Labor, one of the they do. Our guys, we risked our for three years but has to have parts
man
months to get at the truth. I've dedi- groups protesting against H aas- necks on the job. The only reason we replaced regularly.
dext•
cated myself to uncove ring the facts, Bioroid , fears that eventually HB put our lives and our health on the "One of the best things about
envi1
and I've concentrated on one of the will take away all jobs and reduce CO N TIN U E 'Y and
biggest mysteries facing us today: people to redundant systems that find
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H aas-Bioroid. will get phased out. A s they insist in way
Everyone knows the rnegacor- their social platforms, hum an labor-
poration. It's on the tip of every ers have already lost many jobs due to NEW ANGELES TIMES ists,
climl
tongue. You see their ads and info-
mercials frequently in the media.
the bioroid co ntracts.
• • •
TECHNOLOGY. REPORTER therr
akin
H aas-Bioroid rents advertising space
on buildings throughout the rnetro-
"I UN DERSTAN D THE COMP LAINTS OF
THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN RE PLACED
SHUGOFA KARZAI MISSING one 1
have
plexes. In New Angeles, where I'm ON THE JO B," SAYS D AM IEN KI NG , In a statement to The New Angeles Times NAPD an e'
from , you can't turn a street corner CEO OF Tox ic KLEEN, I Nc ., "AN D
Sergeant Chris Kulemeka assured us, "Although far
without corning face-to-face with I FEEL TH EIR PAIN. N o ONE wANTs push
H aas-Bioroid marketing or one of TO LO SE EMPLOYMENT IN TH E CUR- Ms. Karzai has been reported missing and has, in to be
their produ cts. RE NT ECONOMY. BuT THESE PEO- fact, not shown up at work or her residence for the 0
PLE FORGET THAT WE ACCEPTED Fran
H AAs-BIORO!D's LABOR coNTRACTS last four days, the NAPD has no reason to believe
mon:
TO PROTECT THEM, NOT DISEN- anything has happened to her. It's not against the the !
FRANCHI SE THEM. Toxic KLEEN "As
law for adults to step away from their lives. People
THOUGHT ONLY OF THE EMPLOYEE S and
WHEN WE MADE THE DECISIONS TO disappear all the time." "hun
OUTS OURCE JO BS TO BIO ROIDS. Nevertheless, concerned friends have lobbied impr
"Clones are cheaper if you look ture I
at the up-front cost, but bioroids- for the police department to open an investigation
but r
while being more expensive in the into Karzai's disappearance. decn
short term-operate for years, are the 1
"It's not like her to simply disappear," the missing
cheaper to maintain , and can be word
more easily designed to multitask." reporter's coworker Carlos Webber declared. "She's an in
King is one of many CEOs who been with the Times for over three years. Shugofa even
have signed multi-year agreements AJ
with HB for a bioroid workforce. wouldn't just leave." He insists that something has "Wh
Toxic Kleen scours sites riddled with happened to the young woman. "The NAPD is Touc
chemical and nuclear waste, bidding who
part of the cover-up. Everyone knows how corrupt

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on jobs that are intensely dangerous
to fle sh-and-blood workers .
"Since we signed the contract for
bioroid labor," King says, "we've not
had one on- the-job fataliry. Not one.
That's something to take pride in.
they are."
Anyone with knowledge of Shugofa Karzai's
whereabouts is encouraged to contact The New
Angeles Times. RELATED STORIES ~
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police clones. The Hachi-Inu are known
'1l1at's something to take pride in. necks on the job. 'Ihe only reason we replaced regularly.
hands, but so far there have been no
Bur Human First and other groups put our lives and our health on the "One of the best things about
anywhere other than an approved ]inteki (
employing a bioroid," says Haas-
Bioroid HR staffing agent Chris-
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tine Pham, "is that we can weld and not if the hacker has knowledge of
bolt on new parts that get destroyed
BIOROID DESTROYS CHEMICAL during day-to-day usage. You don't
the neural architecture and a few
high-level foolies . Someone who
SUPPLY WAREHOUSE have to replace it with a new hire."
• • •
knows what he's doing can climb
into a bioroid and wear it like a shirt."
No one knows why James AK49I27, a clerical HAZARD-US PROJECT MANAGER Kamren Humboldt is one of the
A LEXANDRIA ToTT HAS A DIFFER- public faces at H aas-Bioroid and one
unit, went off-program today and set fire to ENT VIEW OF THE BIOROIDS. of its neural networking overseers.
Allied Khem Tool. The blaze destroyed millions "Workers like Ben are amazing," He's in his late 20s, a wunderkind
she says. "They show up on time from HE's special AI-development
of dollars in supplies and property. Incidental without complaint. No sick days. division at MIT. H e sighs when
damage to the surrounding neighborhood has yet And they'll work a sixteen-hour asked about the possibility of hack-
to be calculated. shift without complaint till the job is ing the James.
done." For a mome nt, sadness shows "Look, you're a nosie- " He strug-
The New Angeles Fire Department Arson Unit in her grey eyes. "Losing one of them gles to maintain his composure, but
has been dispatched to investigate the fire, but is really hard . Most people think of his skin mottles with anger and his
them as just automatons . They're like eyes tighten as he controls himself.
Haas-Bioroid investigators have laid claim to the puppies. Eager to please and so .. . His words echo a level of strain.
site. According to Allied KhemTool spokesperson so innocent. "You know how people love to talk
Gerry DuBois, the corporation has "a contractual "And no matter what anyone says, about tabloid pap. Rumors flour-
they're not immediately replaceable. ish like weeds . I'm telling you now
obligation to Haas-Bioroid for a first look at any You spend time working with these that it's not possible to hack one of
possible malfunction of their units." units, you get to know them. They our units."
get to know you. It's part of the AI Still, the likelihood of just such
Haas-Bioroid's Loss Prevention Program programming. Every Ben might a hack lingers in the minds of sev-
(HBLPP) includes theft of and damage to not start out unique, but each Ben eral people.
corporate property, i.e. the bioroid units leased to becomes unique. Just like people." "The higher intelligence and
Still others have a different view- more self-governance you give these
various agencies. In the past year, HBLPP agents point based on events. things, the more risk you're going
have recovered an unspecified number of stolen • • • to incur," Dr. Nolan Tate says as
"GOLEMS DON'T GO HAYWIRE. " MY he folds his interlinked hands over
units and prosecuted everyone connected to any
SHADOW NET INFORMER IDENTI- his stomach.
actions against the corporation. FIES HIMSELF AS A "DISGRUNTLED" He's in his mid-80s, no longer
"HB's Loss Prevention agents are good at what EX-HAAs-BIOROID EMPLOYEE WHO actively involved in designing the
WORKED IN THE NEURAL NETWORK- neural networks that create bioroids
they do," Heinlein Assistant District Attorney ING ARM, WHERE BIOROIDS ARE after being released from Haas-
Leila Nguyen states. "Every ADA in the district ENCODED WITH BASIC PROGRAMS. Bioroid, but he instructs the young
"SoMEBODY HACKED THAT ]AMES minds that will continu e to enhance
attorney's offices wants to grab one of their cases
UNIT. THAT's WHAT HAPPENED . corporate products of the future at
because they're slam dunks in a courtroom." "HB will tell you hacking one of Levy University.
their golem s is impossible, but it's "That's a simple fact. The more
lines of code you use, the more vul-
nerable those networks are to hacks.
There are too many connections, and
they all have to work together."
• • •
IN THE LAST zo YEARS, HAAs-
BIOROID HAS SEEN THOUSANDS OF
OFFERS BY COMPAN IES TO BECOME
SUPPLIERS OR SOFTWARE ENGI-
NEERS FOR BIOROID PRODUCTION,
BUT ONLY A SLIVER OF THESE HAVE
BEEN ACCEPTED.
"Director Haas, thus far, has a
monopoly on tile bioroid market,"
says one such expert who wished that
she and her corporation would not be
mentioned . ''As we have seen, some
of tilose who were rejected become
vengeful and violent. Until you can fac-
tor people out of tile equation, you're
going to see attempts made against
Director H aas and her corporation."
James AK49127 was purportedly hacked by a neural networking student
"Factoring people out is exactly
who dropped out of Haas-Bioroid 's Computational Neuroscience program what Haas-Bioroid is trying to
at Levy University! Read the full story.. . do," Human First member Gorakh

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· APPEARS RELAXED AND ENERGETIC. and • • • "Urban renewal came in and swept "ME? THANKFUL?" SAYS RETIRED Shop MegaBuy to get New Angeles..." solve. but my grandmother No one knows how many cyber received from Haas-Bioroid. old... "Instead. and Thomas Haas is chairs once filled by flesh-and-blood Owl.. employees at Haas-Bioroid in downtown ChiLo stepped "1he H aas family always focuses out into the gunsights of a spree killer. ...." that spin on the accident when really LEGS AND ONE ARM I N THE MAR. .rlin-ir. The National Security Center Administration reports increases in automated crime. Seok was a former prisec contractor who was trained When asked about what he sees as a sniper.TO.." Chua points at the gleaming MEGA SAVINGS! attacks on holdings in Heinlein. Thomas Haas reveals Police investigators have found tentative connections between Seok and that enigmatic smile again. Chua feared he was ing in one day and took up s. ·ous by des. ..." entire INFINITY line from BUT WHERE'S MY QUALITY OF LIFE? THOMAS I S MUCH EASIER TO MEET "I got my pension from the army.. .. They're a electronic fashion and IT THAT. BUT HER soN something like that. network intrusion. chip- rinninn. DOWNT IME AND PLACES OUTSIDE Chua 1eans on the bar and shakes I asked him about the contro. naming it after the herb she MEGA DEALS! launched against HB. folks just THEIR HOMES TO GATHER WITH moved away..." Lewis that now occupy the tables and under the bar. With their homes gone and clerks. eleven of them died at the a rare interview eight years ago.." RETIRED SPACE ExPE..eats.." Professor Rose explained that genetic modification requires the intervention of a viral protein designed to insert the DNA into the host's [... SHOPPI NG.l-.. tions teams who will whisper that DITIONARY CORPS LIEUTENANT "My grandparents came here to create confusion for the masses. SHE LOST BOTH was purchased by one of the corps. It's in the workplace and the violent SPORTING EVENTS.. and sales WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK ABOUT represeqtatives. "You want to know what saved . . ones that have AN OFF ICE OVERLOOKING A SILVER had more parts replaced. THANKFUL AS [ EXPLETIVE HB employees a week ago. authorities reported on Friday. UNITED STATEs ARMY CoRPORAL the latest and greatest in took place at the ChiLo offices when The property over there is owned a sniper started shooting at departing BERNARD RoTH. they're curi- Bioroid provides.ll ." to PUT DOWN PERMANENT ROOTS... When Astrapo Corporation came CyberSolutions! * FOR A FACE.. .. ever.. They like to problem He shrugs and shows me that pho. "This is what saved me.4 . I got a roof over my • Offer good io Ne w Ange les sho wrooms only BRI EF INTERVIEW I AM ABLE TO head at the VA.. "They invested everything this was just a play to jam the gov. Seok Kwangho. There are now. .. These models are receptionists." his head auhem.." she said... The name HAAs-BIOROID IS H ELMED BY is supposed to mean electricity or Show this rag for 30% off the TIVE DELETED) LEG REPLACEMENT.. "SuRE. mixing drinks.ign.. "My forebears didn't settle for riding on scene. Chua spreads them plastered across every screamsheet Chua. changed the name to the Blinking and physical attacks have been wouldn't have the quality of life I do Owl. they brought in.. t-hP.... I've ever seen." Director H aas says in attack. THOMAS H AAs STANDS IN ties.. .. CONT I NUE T "People always complain about change. C hua says. basis. Mter an icon for the younger population. A lot of veterans are thankful grew in a small garden in the back. "People need to else. come back AND BLACK MOONSCAPE AT HEI N- "Everybody thought Astrapo enough intellectual capacity to less human...a . buildings just across the street. Greek business that specializes in accessories. Cologne..-" . st:il). "The same thing that nearly togenic smile doubtless made perfect OF LIFE SINCE OUR ANCESTORS FIRST killed it... thirty-two people suffered gunshot wounds.."_. "My grandfather bought clientele.. ." like change any more than anyone the Rise: New Angeles has been the epicenter of a rising tide of Netcrime. but I can Human First. Johannesburg. I'M ALI VE BECAUSE OF • • • CYBERNETIC ORGANS AND A (EXPLE- manufacturing batteries. regarding the labor solutions Haas- SMALL AND LARGE CLUBS WHERE · you know? These bioroids. . HB won't admit to that " PEOPLE FORGET THAT HAAs. this place?" Chua smiles bigger than PEOPLE GATHER HAVE BEEN A PART . they had in the bar..l . methodical on the future. proprietor of the Blinking on the bar.... IN MANY OF THE SHOUTCASTS .-+." "Without the cybernetics another name.. we'll find out who's behind it. DELETED]..J h.. . The last such attack away most of the old neighborhood . • • • scraped together money for it.. During the cold-blooded. and it probably BIOROID PRODUCES MORE THAN ing narc-sticks since I was nine years wasn't.straJJge to see them talking to each outbreaks that continue to take place PERHAPS HOBBIES THEY ENJOY.. BIOROIDs. "I don't know." was going to provi d e a 1ot of jo bs.. was found dead in an office building opposite Industrie." Al-Issa proclaims. HE HAS A REPUTATION AS A BAD BOY • • • bioroids..... in the future. It used to h ave ernment's investigation... rdo··Df'Luu animals coming from genome. LET 's CALL by Astrapo Corporation." at least thirty-seven documented for them... But it's coming.. the renters were driven away by nobody's hiring. been eliminated as well. J rn••nt-. but can't wait for the next iter- DEADLY SNIPER CLAIMS 14 VICTIMS IN CHILO ation in entertainment." Haas-Bioroid's offices.. and I can work.. but no ties have been discovered that linked him to Haas-Bioroid.. D uRING THE into the neighborh ood ten years ago but I got no job.. Chua says. t"PI"\1"\t"t- . and we still do now. This is just a smoke. but and bought all the rental proper- OBTAIN." Thomas Haas says.. They created the future then. I could get (expletive . That's always been the case. . through our systems.. "They From the Vaulb Personalized News Bulletin Relevance Index 81 get set in their ways and don't want to embrace the future in the work- place. says.... ELEGANT AS EVER... if I'd high prices..1 . ~•<> . pulling beer. functioning models.. "Maybe the rat was sick with a retrovirus of some kind? The whole thing seems pretty unlikely.. .. My grandmother taught me. "I can't talk about that right now. their successes when we were Haas The sniper... I was screen. AND going to lose the family bar..FACE. "If tell you this: Director Haas doesn't today's attack was part of a conspiracy." On Friday morning...nnt-h . . "They started drift- versy regarding the use of bioroids FRIENDS..A deck of playing cards. DILMA SERRA SAYS DURING A because their land in Singapore Their crisis management people put RECENT INTERVIEW..n. That expression has been H e's talking about the bioroids "I grew up in this bar.. Sliding :a deck of cards from by g-mods. ." CLPD Detective Anton Malfatti says.other::: Like· they're real or something.. THEY USUALLY CONSIDER For a time.. "The case is open. TIAN COLONY WARS.. ... interface with hum ans on a daily LE I N. but they've got public rela. The bioroids are high.. DIRECTOR HAAs.-. . no jo bs to rep1ace t h e ones t11at h ad .. Sydney... and three more were pronounced dead at local hospitals.<>. child care providers. like be challenged by things. ro . You ask me. . . identity theft. and roll- James being hacked.." it when he and my grandmother pay attention.. H AAS deleted] work.

" Get what you everything. "corps will employers require levels of sophis.. are just smart machines. that offspring would surely die. GHT WAS REPLACED BY AsH 4L1KD5PS.virh human. GRAYSON ALSO SERVES AS AN "INDUCTIVE REASON I NG" CON- 1l1at's a fraction of the life expec- tancy of a bioroid. If the laws Haas. started playing solitaire. just a cog in tication and socialization that can unit.ni by rhjng::. and q]e." things.. The hm~. t\ deck n( pl. and better at the job it performs.tnd took up "'::at:-. Delgado of the NAPD.. consumer every scandal. cards.RetroSkin: Good 01' Days? . but the potential for growth oro ids s and un the hJr. and the noise is infec. THEN GIVE THEM A WEEKLY CREDSTICK. choose. ones th. Took up a lot of Reginald D'Amato. "THE CORPS LEASE THOSE HIS WORK FOR FEDERALLY FUNDED learned 80o/o of their social skills. behavior and learning critical think.tve enough intellectual interl:Kc 1.Jinteki and other major soybeef product have already been contacted close loopholes found and explo ited pushed on you by some secretary yo.!.. She "Life knows a lot about survival allowed. They hear words. the more advanced ing skills through play.: day . they like the Davids and the Simons I first mentioned this to Director have to do so much more. and through that high-end bioroids constantly educate shark and simulates it swimming association.tirs once tilled hv Hesh-and-blnnd business started slowing down.tt h. After puter units.:. go. Garbage where we start them out.e hioroids . they would work 24 hours thought you could simply design a right out the gate. the lower the mental pro- changes take place in those jobs are by recording someone's psycholog. device can be at risk of infection.lch provides computer interfaces for have to let it know what you expect We are certified ntht'r. and mah-jongg.din .. TEACHING RESOURCES AND HIS OWN COMPUTER GAME DEVELOPMENT AGENCY. HE WAS ONCE AN OVERSEER DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST WITH AT AsTRAPO CoRPORATION BUT A FOCUS ON LEARNING DISORDERS. BENE- A DISENFRANCHISED WORKER COM.: hiun)id":>. to l'..11 nr . As A CH ILD consultation. I explained the game to them." • • • are owed! • • • "WHAT IS THE GREATEST TEACH- Tap here for a free NE "THEY PAY THOSE DAMNED GOLEMS!" ING TOOL WE HAVE?" DR. They're perfect assistants. But teaching them to The crude mental capacity units tious.>Jn the flow of credits into the Owl They're nowhere near as advanced as uudtr ~-t. Endorsed by Humanity Labor.tn< on the b"r . h." He laughs. online gaming and VR as well. can produce a more or less complete Would you like to continue using. when you replicate a mammal- However. children have MODELS.trds fr. PLAINS.].:it}· to father taught me that. Likl' thcy'n:· 1"\::'<. th1.·tiunin." warned Lt.. We've created a new 'spe. up. the cogni- with us don't pay our units. of time. My grand.md sh11ko other games too. in.. Interestingly a day for days at a time. I was playing cards and some of the bioroids came up to ask w h at I was corps realize they're getting a bargain because these bioroids don't balk at change or multi-tasking or just have GOLEMGOT ba~is. That's easy learning. and a quick download from ical profile and memories .. Even the newest encounter on the Net." privilege of sitting here playing. I RANDA to simply stay in their jobs twen- ty-four hours a day. The ability a high-functioning offspring-tl1e units require input.1 deck "f c.tving cards.?y like tn prnhkm liked games. It'. you a machine. But ments need to be made. 'This j. 'lh. they learn the names of themselves and quickly advance past through the space between us.!. freelance Chu.' if you will. Bioroids will continue to learn until situation in that light. W e can't wait that long..l.tcmp. employment law. They took it up. TI1c:-. Whatever bioroid that could pass as human just enough.'' Grayson says . learn from those encounters. ch. Left on its own after birth." Chua nods toward the filled computer stations. from it.tre hit.." Thomas Haas says. nearly :C. In his early 60s but looking much the day they cease functioning. "When extrapolate concepts and ideas. doing. humans.unH~thl11~ . "Think about children growing 1l1ey spend their credits in places so mals. "If we force the more able units oid robots." Talking to Thomas Haas proved that was not exactly the truth. Grayson sits on a large According to Grayson. a bad day. childlike and innocent." through repetition. bioroid . HE's next-gen bioroids from early care ofitself for a considerable length action with humans.. garbage out.in nnt. "Once I found out these bioroids play units. she thought I was crazy. We Shelves hold manipulatives in bright experience and twist it and turn it to don't tell them how to spend it. GRAYSON IS ONE OF THE LEADERS IN ONE oF HE's OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY HIS CHOSEN FIELD. dcrb. seven days a cies.·\-'rc curi. DICT GRAYSON ASKS. Chua also a bioroid and throw it at a job. What we offer is a fully only be gained through interaction. Bioroids sit at the tables playing this thought: "You can't just lease jng. cesses of that offspring. like a David or a Simon. Ine of Australia and other offered a complimentary full replacement. offers Brown and Zhang his hc·. NLV UNITS FROM HE. You have got your back! 'it ill.t ]c.. Bioroids aren't just plug and attorneys with years you know?1bc~t. clivity to experiment. who. loyal and intelligent. They colors and various shapes . Not having anything else to do. When you want a limited basically have a robot.. Our Grayson says as he holds a pink they repeat them.td . child -:arc pro\'idcrs. "Those units are given a looks more like a child 's dream room. and the only way to play and learn is what separates result is a creature that cannot take they can truly get it is through inter. to extend an weekly credit allowance from HE.!-!: 1n odels. "Children develop they can socialize with humans and ''I'll tell you what th at tool is." which tive functions have to include a pro- Haas says. Anyway. l N ADDITION TO By the age of five." "Th e corps that hold con tracts younger.c modds are rcct:ptinnists. stuffed ani.such as small. " business analyst and investor. attempts at simply making human. Chua ::-pre<ld~ them picked up. "The high-end models wanted by "You get the same thing when you merely record a persona onto a APSODY week. only become children by modeling more it knows about survival." Thomas inflated ball in his "office. "Play. ination built into their software.b. I adaptive bioroid that becomes better clientele. Boxes provide diverse permutations. in the agricultural sector dominate via autopush to their PADs and will be by cyber criminals. contain tactile games." YOUR JOB? reprcscnta rives. "'l1w1· surrcd drifr.tl them. I invested in the com. ·n..-c w sec them Lllkin:!.tt saved Jl1L. Children a lizard or a fish or an insect-the HB takes care of whatever adjust. We accelerate that growth potential in bioroids through play. These top-of-the-line iHI':> h}· dt"'ign. and would pay for the models have creativity and imag- of experience in 'ir v • ik 'he ~_·hallcn. though a lot of people perceive the SULTANT FOR HAAs-BJOROID. That's part of their training. and action figures.lr. and that potential needs to be realized.. on a daih cap<t~. "They play is there.

from their extended families. "I make a little profit off of that." • • • "FINE. on the ~.. BIOROIDS SEEK OUT PLACES TO PLAY "They're designed with emotional KIDS ENJOY INTERFACING WITH THE tors. Our children learn from their parents. ing care of sick people. it . ronment for that. but it's a nui. Can you understand how excited we became? A whole new world opened up to bioroid training. piece..r in the ability to play. here like that. AND TAKE ON THE BIOROIDS. the more "mirroring" that person has learned to do. NSCA's ratings are skewed by graft and records leaked to the press financial considerations are.. I GOT SCHOOL KIDS But overall." don't drink anything but the tea and to care for." Grayson leans back and inter- locks his hands behind his head. In the early stages." He shrugs. "There's no way anybody's gonna exhaustion. or people THEM PLAYING OUT THERE. which helps me get new games and computer access for the bioroids and Red Blood . This socialization usually cor- relates with success in our culture. ''At HB. SEE THAT SOME OF THEM DO ENJOY to sneak in and sneak out of here." Bioroid AIs deployed in in trusion countermeasures are CHUA SAYS AS HE WATCHES OVER the latest application of adaptive security technologies. "For a more independent. what an NSCA spokesperson." and he insists that the more social a person is. Everybody wins . HOSPICES. and from their communities. Carmichael polite and waved to the Greg unit sees that he's doing a service to the When not on the job. bioroids who worked (designed as a sales clerk) as they left. the high-functioning bioroids are trained to work with humans through role-play. MANY OF THE STEVENS complexity. The NAPD has been called in GAMES . As we talked. these goes on to say. calling to a son People still complain. "It's kind CONTINUE ~ of a babysitting service. DoESN'T MATTER BECAUSE THOSE THINGS DON'T ENJOY IT AND AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY'LL STILL BE GOLEMS. Both children were sance he's putting up with because he THEM AS SUCH. problem- solving unit. and when they lose a TAKERS IN SENIOR CITIZENS HOMES. in the Martian Summit. the situation is good for • • • nursing instructor at Levy University COME IN HERE SOME AFTERNOON everybody. in caretaking fields were worked to The bioroid waved back. who are really close to death. HIS NEW CYBERNETIC CLIENTELE WITH A FOND GLEAM IN HIS EYE." Dr. "They're here to live with us. unfounded . She is a PLAYING IT. They become close BIOROIDS. . the kids. with the people they're assigned FROM EACH OTHER.END Teaching Hospital in New Angeles. OR EVEN CHARADES IF YOU WANT. "TEACH THEM HOW TO PLAY CHESS OR MAH-JONGG. but an emotional exhaustion." NoT ALL oF THE HIGH . You must have nature and nurture with them. THE The Blinking Owl has its detrac." Chua school systems. . in soup kitchens and as aids in "You get some of the parents in put bioroids back in the box." investigation. according to indicate that he had been motive is obvious. OR AS PERSONAL NURSES patient to sickness or ill health." Blanche Carmichael says." Chua says. Replication and training. so "These models are used to tak- "BUT IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO "Of course. some of the parents we might as well make the best of it. you have to facto." Grayson shakes his head." Grayson spends time pointing out that children learn best at first through imitation." and a daughter. drinking the night of witl1 Gray's involvement ment on cases under his death. It's a process called "mirroring. says. YOU CAN aren't like that at all and kids have I think I help provide a good envi. "We didn't realize how limiting that was until some of our field inspectors discovered the units had developed a love of games. AND THEY LEARN A LOT on several occasions. Not physical exhaustion. bioroids volunteer for charity work. duplicating the interactions they have with those who care for them. TO PEOPLE WHO WISH TO EMPLOY affects them. THEY'RE NOT PEOPLE!" • • • "MAYBE THEY'RE NOT PEOPLE. in for her children. a local mother came cocoa Chua keeps on hand for them. community. A HuMAN FIRST MEMBER." SNORTS CAsSIDY. but the kids AND FLORENCES WORK AS CARE.

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" tri1 all day. part of my core self. H e told me they AS WE TALK ON A DARK STREET COR. and the rest can be easily live-translated by your stre Indian entertainment units available to the New A ngeles consumer. and even taken MODERN WORKFORCE "We worked at this design place. HE SAYS YOU TAKE A LOOK AROUND. miniature bars and countertops. END BJOROJDS IN THE APARTMENT WHEN THEY'VE TAKEN OVER. NAPD HR easier. The first wave is set to include sensie classics like Passion's Harishchandra is known for its extremely bright and spectacular simsensies that cover a Lakshmi Runway. but H aas-Bioroid has its all machines . m< people theorized that the co nstant the golems come in to play their little games." str them company. and there are numerous rat of the cases they're involved with. She goes wrong in their apartments. grate with their communities inside pieces. Ar that 's just not possible. the client's families as well. to mi its for everyone who allowed their APARTMENTS TO SEVERAL HIGH. look. I still ain't going back to that place. OLI VER DuRST RENTS SMALL INURED TO SEEING THEM EVERY. Media curator XB!aze credits a rights deal recently signed between Harishchan. .. some units shut Fo I ended up getting let go.ANYONE HE INTERACTS WITH WILL help someone. "HAAS-BIOROID SENT THEM pers slow down as they pass to rolled out to people who contracted didn't have many friends. Upped production right out of H aas-Bioroid usually sends a main. • • • in ON-S IT E "CRYPT S" W HERE THEY ARE "Establishing domiciles for the DESTRUCTION OF BJOROIDS IS N'T A NAPD. but see all this turmoil and chaos . generally the newsrags and media- have to deal w ith more than just an! they could work in transplas . These new model AMONG THE UNEMPLOYED AND DIS. yes. fairly low compared to higher-order As a result. In most to mix with real people to find out what all of the process. "Becoming The more unusual cases end up in the In "Day after day. those units broke dow n from cri machinists or craftsmen we ever had. con. ing troubled and displeased . Hop- When the change in services was cyl seemed to like it. BUT existence on the line to save a fellow II THIS USUALLY HAPPENS IN FIELDS step in their progression." • • • In the course of his service at the bl: SoME OF THE BIOROJDS DO OCCUPY FOR THEIR UNITS . The "therapy" has since become BUILDINGS HE MANAGES." THO SE INDIVIDUALS TAKE MATTERS Directives. and that'll be the end of us. They don't complain. I carried out the HUMAN COWORKE RS. That was one of the reasons ing in their building . that we can be· did. "Some of it is in Indian E nglish. Then one day they'll rise up settlements out of court. spe Mendoza of the NAPD. BuT until I arrive at a perpetrator for a foJ ities. HE STILL HAS PROBLEMS BELIEVING LOTS OF THOSE GOLEMS DYING this unit and prepare a case against ho HAAS -BJOROJD RENTS THE SPACES AMONG US. or maybe light up when the bioroid wasn't bought out- right" by' the end user. Ju st hig hly evolved an own legion of lawyers to pursue machines th at end up crashing "The Blinking Owl used to be a good place to these cases in civil and criminal court th.. E veryone was surprised drink a cool one after work. mitted the attacks. tio NAPD. However. not just make death be my having a job. F loyd 2X3A7C has put his wi STORED TILL THEY'RE USED AGAIN. Director Haas • • • HOPING EVERYBODY WILL GET SO "I am not d esigned to be 'both- ap negotiated some tax relief cred. though. To everyone's sur. She go t the bioroids Durst goes on to say that the "Even when we know who com- and re-channeled. it's only a property pri se. because of something very like in! PTSD. ity Labor represents a lot of these en loss of patients interfered with the You ask me." our weaknesses are.traumatic stress disorder.patio on the hundredth floor. l. you're prolonging it for." sta forspec team collects w hat evidence Carm ichael says. They'd have to deal with tas crete. and H. but you have to remember what co. those monsters just come in there defendants. orgcrime." TO SPY oN us. They would build. SOME OF me at the time. Even then. Bioroids have been beaten to ENG I NEERING THE department. which is most of about that." Dr. ARE. DIRECTOR HAAs IS observe the destruction. Medicine is about prolonging hi! "Before that happened. . AND THUS FOLLOW with that learning." streets hundreds of meters below. " no As part of the "therapy" the care. and vanasteel. "because they're the they can. The medical ba & ll -~~L. Takes time ful this integration will eventually concerns such as murder. shoutcastThursday. A S CIVIL UNREST AND ANGER cers. up into h oppers to be dropped onto by Shugofa Karzai and I created custom cabinets and "They get to know people. have to learn to be responsible too. If something damage charge. according to the SEA. The Samantha Grisoni says." Car. I use the word 'evolution' because it The New A ngeles Police Depart- lot of uncertainty and suffering and "We couldn't design stuff fast fits-is difficult. that's a special kind of medi. THE STREET WHERE HE WORKS. But now Chua is letting of the time. they TRATED AGAINST THEM IS SLOWLY "I acted to save my fellow offi- WHERE BIOROIDS ARE UNABLE TO su· PERFORM THE WORK WITHOUT learn.·pELIBERATELY EMPHASIZED SO we make a difference. But we're hope. Most people don't ment is overwhelmed as it is." SW THE PESTRUCTION OF A BIOROID?" assigned to the soup kitchens and le' ASKS FLOYD 2X3A7C. Some of the software a little dream smoke. WHERE THAT WE WON'T EVEN KNOW question circumstances and people D: bioroids to take part in charity activ. just to keep Hu MAN FIRST ACTIVIST TELLS ME lies twisted and burned on a hotel cine you don't get just anywhere. That's part of the renting DIDN'T W~N T ANY CONFUSION ON life." Floyd says . . the destruction of property rates sonality indices .·KNOW HE's·NoT HUMAN.ered. wi" to create art. down and became non-responsive. Humans must "I worked with the guy w ho was CONTINUE T ca lat Liberty Society Attorney Miles Swanson was th found dead on Midway Station on Thursd ay inJ morning. That's a by would d esign . the ha at night. Beautiful stuff. higher-end bioroids was a logical next COMMON PLACE OCCURRENCE. which form an integral Bioroids such as the Matthew and INTO THEIR OWN HANDS. the caretaker units. " him or her.impending deaths did not 'bother' mi THE SAME SCHEDULE AS THEIR bioroids we're turning out now. which is totally in dra Entertainment of Mum bad with NBN Media Gold that makes thousands of top-quality speaks American. ccc•cc T CONTINUED FROM in charge of the bioroids at our Lauren models are expected to inte. "They play. Said he'd go down and talk 1 "THEY RE NOT LlVI NG AM ONG US. those units would in bioroids m anufactured everything a neighbor is part of the extended screamsheets from time to time. "The idea of their ac SUPERVISION. Giving help th• to someone who needs it and appre- bioroids just standing in their boxes • • • Only a short distance away. many of w hom are or bioroids' First Directive .' I am designed to investigate. to BIOROID DETECTIVE PLACED IN THE "It's all about helping people. a because they were fas ter than any bioroid renters are good business. report on instead.officer four times. arr become Human First members in posed to keep humans alive. glass. They had to be taken back in to HB loc it that way. set on fire. "We all need to know bu Figured she'd up production. they were head. they ENFRANCHISED RISES. and it's too much for their per- enough to keep the bioroids busy want to get to know the bioroid liv. I just figured Kim NER. tenance team in to take care of. loss." Edgar Beliveau says. "S ure. Kim their apartm ent buildings. "This feeds have less mundane stories to their client. but my boss didn't see turn a corner. things. And learning process. But you have to do sometl1ing RISING. They're sup. th dict Grayson says. !(jm told me he felt sorry for those agreements. Bene. Human. I will discover who vandalized co more popular. T HERE'S crime.Mumbad . l lllllllllllll&• examiner indicated that Swanson was sho t th . His ARTIFICIAL FEATURES michael says. THE FIRST other positive feedback assignments. wl to them some night. Kim and I stage of their evolutio n-and ." says Captain Stuart post. They'd qu we designed ." She frowns. Put a gun to my • • • the ''JD~ES IT BOTHER ME WHEN I WORK taker units had to undergo. THE NUMBER OF CRIMES PERPE." A warped chassis of a pleasure bioroid ciates it. some pushback Ge resulted . our "That's not what it really is. " and Netcrime.

h ave cost a fortune to be permanent. FROM SHIP TO SHIP. I choose to THE DISTANCE: believe there is more The meeting takes place than meets the eye. That's become a com- on a chain around his neck. 1 c.lfniture they believe. "One day I will .cers. and I tell her FROM HIGH-SCALE BUSINESSES mat I'd specifically asked for an Eve. club on the north side of Luna- tions about my own nature. AND THAT'S no matter where I look. MosT OF THE BUILD- will speculate and ING IS SUBSTRATA. Floyd touches it and almost Eve 49A57D works in the F leur- acts sensitive about the issue. EARTH LOOMS LARGE IN existence. "I have de-Lis Pleasure House. and sh e won't take a side It's easy to write off a pleasure on an issue no matter how hard I bioroid because in its own way." Floyd S<li'S. I wouldn't. TOWER THAT sible that unit has not LOOKS OUT OVER THE MOON. I've been told LrsAs AND OTHERS. an exclusive questions. This vidcap begs the question: could "rogue bioroids" be living among us? .. Eve enters the room and WHEN HAAS-BIOROID she looks exactly like the cat- PUT THEIR CATALOGUE alogue image displayed in holo TOGETHER. I in one of the posh suites on believe Haas-Bioroid the top floor. The pink decor has created something almost overwhelming far more humanlike than and the antique fi. an Adonis. and this PLACES LIKE EuzA's T oY. ARE she is a popular model. mon saying in business. TO THE EXPENSIVE BUSI - know. I am aware that I am Haas arranged the interview. however. but wonder how many more AMONG KEVINS AND Eves there are. causes her to ask if I would prefer Box AND PATTY's SECRET. view is that Floyd wears a crucifix Sex sells. Until then. "11w idea of their impending deaths did not 'bother' go in: me at the time. v:bich forn1 an integral part of my core self Hum<H1S must not be allowed to die through my it's just as much a tool as a Ben- inactivity. Haas- much more than many other. the BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE round bed covered in pink DON'T GO TO PLACES satin draws my attention. • • • I take a seat on one of the PEOPLE DON'T plush couches but I can't THE ABUSE THAT'S DONE get comfortable because TO BIOROIDS. simply 'terminated' her SCAPE. I think) must that may prove more . simpler Bioroid is obviously proud of their units.. sh e's articulate. down equipment. for this purpose. press her) . "It is pos. THE MARTIAN CoLONIES. I only got in because Thomas of all bioroids. His fel. And I can't help AND ADONIS MODELS. THEY DIDN'T in the entryway. CONSTRUCTED SOLELY She fixes me a drink and TO SERVICE THE BASER makes herself comfortable on DESIRES OF HUMANITY. everything a fan- BIOROIDS LIKE THE EvE tasy should be. I NESS . AS ARE question MOST DWELLINGS ON THE He looks at the MooN." cleaning the same area over and over One of the strangest things I or a Jonathan that repairs broken- happen to notice during my inter. She's blond MISS A TRICK: PLEASURE and beautiful.. and it's never low detectives tell me that he also been truer than since Haas-Bioroid attends church. and that cent. regardless of whether they jamin that works 16 hours a day are the perpetrators or my partner.\rriecl out the susp1 Directives. shipped up from Earth. "Qyes. LIKE EuzA's ToYBox. started production on units designed When I ask him about the cru. cifix.. Something (French." F loyd tells me. but I wonder if all of us are not pleasure bioroids . tl1e couffi. more than the su m of our parts. TO AIRLOCKED SHACKS OUT IN Surprisingly. SoME up on current events (politically OF THE UNITS ARE PASSED AROUND correct and non-controversial. nuT FLEUR-DE-Lrs inert unit only a few AN ABOVEGROUND meters away. I can't help shifting THESE BIOROIDS WORK IN a little away from her." • • • H e tucks the crucifix I'M GREETED AT THE DOOR away.

Main.." BIOROID IN THE RED-LIGHT DIS- "I know why you're here.. It's know. that I just want to know how she LISA AND I ARE ONLY ABLE TO TALK • •• The bioroid "corpse" is on a stain- feels about her job. I look more closely at him and a well-run business and I know she is see the faint telltale bruising on one missing work she may need. WHAT HE WANTS TO HIS OWN PROP. washes over me. He I tell her that's right. When he looks up at me." She gazes around." GETS FOR ANDROID HATE GROUPS.would be the end of human traffick- of which I'd never seen before).. TRICT." STREETS. and some don't have co!).." HE TAKES ANOTHER on him.torn from her body and are missing. but I don't tell her PART BECAUSE AN OWNER CAN DO says. HE'S IN THE EVIDENCE ROOM.. they don't want to whomever has troubled them in their blue fluid drenches h er. to compete are mteki." LISA XM4DR9 WALKS A CORNER people out here on the street. and the people ally destroy the cybernetic effigy of H er stomach is missing as well and WITH A PLUNGING NECKLINE THAT who rent me. "some guys on the Force said it ferent attempts at seduction (many I've never heard of it. "I love my work.. EVE I INTERVIEWED oN THE MooN. that's just not feasible. CARE. . THEIR OWNERS. Now. THE KEVINS IN THE WORLD DON'T Lisa walks up to me and tells me HAVE IT ANY EASIER THAN THE EVES what she'll do and for how much. holds his fedora in one big hand. Instead of blood. ing. THERE ARE NO COMPLETE "When Haas-Bioroid first Mter an hour of "interviewing" ever been to Belladonna's?" REPORTS OF THESE INCIDENTS. • . I can't help but feel I'm doing her a so anything is possible. to CyberSolutions at this time. and the figure faction they can't get anywhere else. That woman is insane. CHEWS."as Lisa XM4DR9. If she'd been EXPERIENCES.· The tag on her toe identi- SKIN IS AS PALE AS MILK. Her arms have been BAsE DE CAYAMBE's RED-LIGHT DIS. I ASK HER IF ALL EACH YEAR. WAY. BUT YOU GOT PEOPLE WHO in a low voice. figures Trash blows through the street out that we've just been talking." taining objectivity is still hard.. I MEET HIM not one of her usual clients. SEX TO STICK WITH AN ESTABLISH. SHE ALSO the talking." Blaine and having to fight off many dif. dollar and Chinese yuan." Lisa says. TRICTS ARE ESPECIALLY PRIME TAR. SWALLOWS. a blue happy." She smiles and SHE's EVER KNOWN IS THE STREET." she says • • • She apologizes and tells me she MENT. "I miss some people self-medicate. NUMBER OF PLEASURE BIOROIDS both probably borrowed from the her eyes sparkle. hired a bodyguard to watch over me. cover that her husband didn't leave. but he's TELLS ME THAT HE HAS DISPLEASED not there at the moment so she can HIS MISTRESS." He frowns. A bioroid cannot harm an Adonis. I tells me to keep paying or move on. CONTINUE T The surroundings are low-rent. Most gested that bioroids be used in lying there. I tell her I'm DON'T WANT TO CHANCE GETTING him talking to you. IN unleashed their products. "The Dr. talk either. and behind us. Her face is BARELY MAINTAINS HER MODESTY. Still. SHE WEARS A SHORT DRESS want to talk to me. surprised at how HE'S A BIG MAN . WHEN I ASK HIM WHAT HE's stick in her reader. JOIN THE CONVERSATION • • • cccc•c By this time. SHE'S A REDHEAD AND HER a programmed reaction. what the human does to it. and • • • appearance to an uncanny degree. "Have you NUMBERS. It is getting so hard to would ever turn on a person who tor- hand in hers.S. "AND YOU GOT SOME past year. BE SAFER FOR PEOPLE BUYING THEIR waves me over to her. DESPITE SEVERAL fluid stains the sheet. Unsurprisingly.. I "It was a small place. DOING THERE.fies her . I MEET KEVIN 28R96M IN I explain that I'm a reporter just MY BUILDING BY CHANCE. I'm not there alone. "You want to talk to BY PICKING UP SOMEONE IN THE who the abusive neighbor is and dis.. she'll take it out DETECTIVE BLAINE. HE LOOKS UP AT ME She tells me she doesn't know if WITH A TROUBLED EXPRESSION AND that will satisfY her owner. YPI Im.. SHE'D WORKED PREVIOUSLY. Titan Transnational plans to issue their what kind of technologies they were quarterly earnings later today.. "but I had a room there. looks more tired than when I last saw "I can't talk about the people I see. I notice her voice "SoME PEOPLE ARE JUST TWISTED. HE SITS trying to get a story.lt is unknown just how close leading the major indexes with impressive gains in the East Asian exchanges . OR LISAS. Hoppers flit down When I ask him how he did that. "I make people OR IF THERE WAS SOMEWHERE ELSE GET DESTROYED BY CRIM INALS OR morgue. especially since killing a bioroid • • • friends. I've never been h ere • • • before and I don't feel safe." a tear along the synthskin of his ''As to whether an abused bioroid has changed and she has taken my NEw ANGELES DETECTIVE LoUis bottom lip. Three Directives cancel any possibil- responsive I am to her. "IT WOULD one of my neighbors I've never met a human." are addicts. I think the night could HASN'T SMILED IN YEARS. "Get away from him.. A FEW MINUTES. Some "It's a disturbing phenomenon. He strips the sheet and I see Lisa DOWN ON MEIRELES STREET IN not as friendly as they could be. Then her owner returns." And the Kevin line resembles his him. others . and that FOUND OUT. It cut down on that business a took my leave.viork"t< monol7"r Astria del Guavas has been .. /1 r. AND already destroyed two bioroids in the DESTRUCTION OF A PLEASURE was there. THOSE RED-LIGHT DIS. Guilt LOOKS MUCH YOUNGER THAN THE We get to talk a little longer and trol of their more violent emotions." Lisa says . from above. the credit remains strong against the U." lot. She's AGAIN WHILE COVERING THE I'm surprised she wasn't told why I BITE OF A JELLY DONUT." She looks wistful and lives.." Eve WHO LIKE TO GET THEIR FREAK ON When I get to my office. I tell her I'll pay OUTSIDE THE DOOR IN THE HALL- her for her time and slot my cred. ERTY WITH IMPUNITY. tell some of the high-end models tured it.-. one ~ill ever hear. Blaine wears his trench coat and me about what I do here. I leave Lisa standing there and I a mercenary working for a private try not to feel guilty. "If his owner catches A FEW DAYS AFTER MEETING didn't mean to rush me. I find out TRICT. ever since her husband left. . but I've never heard of a story stretched in a terrified yell that no THOUGH SHE PROBABLY WOULDN'T I try to remind myself that it's just where that was actually done. "I've ain't murder. The as politely as I can. picking up women and he shakes his head and says he doesn't men and disappearing with them. AND LOOKS LIKE HE A door down the hall opens and ity of that. but The NAPD is investigating several our analysts are wondering just how long this market rally can last . of them outside of what I do don't therapy to allow patients to liter. security firm. Benedict Grayson reports. I tell her no. "I worked at another place for a ATTEMPTS TO RESEARCH THOSE beneath it looks disturbingly human. of his cheekbones-a cyan blue col- oration instead of purplish-red-and It's been a rough season so far for the beloved New Yellowjackets Fire Manager Angeles Yellowjackets. SCARRED FROM PAST from humans . He disappeared sixteen months ago. What could be more wonderful?" few months. who currently rest at the bottom of the division after six straight losses. "No matter have ended much differently. he I tell her I understand that. I pull my hand back BLAINE SAYS DURING AN INTERVIEW. .. spare a little time. favor. . they're seen studies where it's been sug. doesn't look too surprised to see me. 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but she ne ver felt OFF THEIR COLLEGE LOANS . Thieves ha ve created a black mar. yet I've tence for months. "Maybe the unit says. put off the job. Yet. corporate your PA etninent domain. I'm 0NE OF THE PRIMARY CONDITIONS "These people are carrion feed. ONE OF THE MAIN PART. They don't want to ch ance letting any ming and sensors. PART S. Today she sits in a storage room kind of software corruption loose in anything real. thing. Haas-Bioroid's security division." HBLPP Special Agent P edro & BROWNING INVESTMENT GROUP retain after a fu ll w ipe. I N HER POSITION." ''I'm only six months old." says an unidenti." In his CIALI ZE IN SNATCHING BIOROIDS DON'T ESCAPE FROM THE JUMP. THAT of a fear into these guys. self-diagnostic parameters w ill be MAINTENANCE ONCE A MONTH . AND THERE IS NO BREAKING IT. the First Directive helped save thousands of lives. My TO A HB FACILITY FOR ROUTINE writte n sternly enoug h to put mo re BROWNING . AND off their grid for any significant time. I'm not sure I believe him. Haas-Bioroid has a policy of she died painfully. She has feedback program. "You GOT COLLEGE KIDS CERS DURING A RAID ON A SCRAPPER destroying any unit that has fallen He shakes his head . "She's just a OUT THERE TAKING DOWN GOLEMS OPERATION IN RABOTGOROD. Once that d ebriefing the one you invite in yourself. of her kidnappers. walked out of Haas-Bioroid with a LU NA . has been completed. ing they can continue pumping the mostly metallic bioroid looks Since her salvation from the hands ket business out of se lling salvaged out golems. Alix 75H2LW BIOROID EMPLOYEES ON EARTH. FROM THE OFFICES OF HEINRICH not sure how much experience I'll INCLUDED IN TH E LEASE FOR THE ers. If scrappers can increase mering and black hair tied back in a cut down to hours.extinguished under certain circumstances. Prog ram has stepped up its efforts to • • • already h elped the firm's profits grow • • • end destruction of their u nits. " BIOROID HAS PROVIDED A MEANS in the New Angeles Police Depart. but if it means HIGHEST-END BIOROIDS IS THAT TH E Dome neck says. to the fu Cred1t Matt Ze1hnger I tell Blaine that L isa looks like EASY. maybe that cost wi ll pull hig h ponytail. SO IF THEY by technicians.!! _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ~ ~ _ . ALIX 75H2LW WITH. Sitting on a straight. sis o r parts that can't be recovered. Aux 75H2LW DISAPPEARED by 12% in the last two q uarters. electronic countermeasures. BUT THERE every fle sh -and-blood worker ever costs and benefits. the assets of same become the property of the market and anyone w ith a declared and legitimate interest shoppin! can start proceedings to take possess ion of it"-or as many put it. HAAs. bu t replacing them is intense. expensive. MIGHT HURT A HUMAN. so a complete decommis- • • • Aux 75H2LW WAS PRIVY TO SEV- sioning would be unnecessary." R yo n Knight says. ONLY HAAS-BIOROID CAN "Scrappers are doing a favor fo r "Based on my analysis of the Knight helped write many of its new PRODUCE THE BIORO IDS. Alix 75H2LW positio n as one of the sysops inside AND BREAK ING THEM DOWN FOR THOSE BIOROIDS ARE TOAST is slated to be destroyed . FOR THE M To DO THAT." NERS IN THE COR P. GoLEMs ment awaiting transportation back to "The worst virus you allow into CAN'T FIGHT BACK IN A WAY THAT H einlein w here she w ill be debriefed your system. their facilities . backed ch air in the storage room. JU ST TO PART THEM OUT AND PAY SHE HAS NO IDEA WHO TOOK HER. H aas-Bioroid can keep p retend. CONTINUE T In the midst of the New Angeles Tsunami. that time has been parts and melting down the ch as. fied Human First member. Bi oroid is being overly cautious.B ioroid's Loss Prevention humans back o nto the workforce. but the laws haven't been PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO CARM INE optimum . AND MARS . THE UN IT WAS A I'll be able to return to m y work at UNIT MUST BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL locked up. th e losses." Six months ago. it will be worth it. I believe Haas. her bright silver eyes g lim . life exp ectancy of at least six years . She will have only been in exis- Haas." A BLACK MARKET DEALER WAS RECOVERED BY NAPD OFFI. "is • • • ScRAPPERS ARE PEOPL E wHo SPE. ARE A LOT OF FORMER H AAS. TELLS ME . "They all need to be SIX DAYS AGO." ERPLATE EVERY CONTRACT BEGINS "CATC HI NG BIOROIDS IS JUST TOO ERAL SECRETS. _ _. able to detect any abnormalities in STIPULATION IS PART OF THE BOIL- my syste m.

perhaps we are far from realizing it. or bodyguards-they can both save us and spare between human masters and bioroid workers will continue Groups like the Consejo para our kin from having to make the ultimate sacrifice.· newly activated bioroid learns to interact with the humans care. They allow for I hope to live to see the day where every person has their the transfer of more knowledge. These fears are but a never be human. its surrounding envi- The greatest challenge for bioroid manufacturers at ronment! Humans will feel greater camaraderie than ever When the ~lito Accord was present is the few extremists who still consider androids a before while our bioroid workforce makes us appreciate expected Ecuador to become the threat. Whether it their full potential to become apparent. in extreme late our feeli ngs. we have the population of an entire facturing to marketing. so the relationship and a major player on the world workers. press recently. We try continues to evolve. but why not . they will 'the full protections owed to citizen or grant too much power to the elite. which they can then reinvest into their companies. The most significant safeguard creation and application of bioroids. Bioroids will always be bioroids. Are we New Angelinos supposed to sit back and watch Time to Clean while Mayor Wells and Commissioner Dawn run our great city into the ground? We need someone like Commissioner Calvo from the early days of the NAPD-someone who UptheNAPD was willing to stand up to City Hall and the Big Four.Il? or the Net. They are 1!1e Qyito Accord is set to expire temperatures. They can free workers from menial positions or we do. lines of work. rescue a taste of the benefits they can bring. No one need ever fear usurpation. We have of bioroid models will make a real difference to the lives of already begun disproving this theory. Bioroids are no longer humans from harm. but some people still fear that Few things have affected our recent history more than the bioroids will endanger them . Bioroids will be better than ever. neural modifications directly address mental disorders. I have devoted my life to bettering the they cannot allow people to come to harm through their neural channeling techniques used to manufacture bioroid own action or inaction. needs of every human and free ourselves from the drudgery cific purpose and the Three Directives. since even srriall com- humans everywhere. and even In the early days ofbioroid manufacture. The applications of bioroid technology charged that this technology would only benefit the elite- are endless. Bioroids. childcare provider. but they remain one of the next best hopes for so it is impossible to remove them without destroying the the continued survival of the human race. I'm sure you'll agree with me that humans Humans fear progress as they fear change. GDP than the entire continental like them. bioroids will be considered as necessary to society as PADs aspire to something beautifi. or in dangerously unstable buildings or ter. so. Not only are bioroids unable to harm people. and I am convinced that soon pian vision. In twenty years we will have implemented new advocating for an early reversion legal restrictions in place to prevent bioroids from wholly bioroid technology-including new neural channeling know that the officials in Qyito replacing the human workforce. and the bioroid industry techniques . in reality they are saving humans from the worst selves beyond the parameters we put in place. The public is becoming accustomed to the presence a the beauty of our human differences. now that it's humans. Bioroids have received some bad include these in their neural channeling at the earliest stages. They we break away and establish a While some may accuse bioroids of taking jobs from cannot replicate themselves. own personal bioroid. MirrorMorph. working as corporate attaches. We could not be safer Bioroids have not been in circulation long enough for than when we are in the presence of a bioroid. Think what leaps we will make in sciences and the it reduces that awkward period of adjustment while the arts. What we don't need is another megacorp-funded lackey who's willing to roll over at the smallest sign of displeasure from It's no secret that Commissioner Dawn accepted billions of Director Haas and Chairman Hiro. not their own. can improve and even save human lives. Yet still there are those who claim bioroids However advanced our brainmapping techniques Those of us living in the SEZEN worsen the unemployment problem. and yet our city generates a greater reaction to the scaremongering of Human First and others bioroids cannot replace us . None of them are as advanced as the facilities at When you've enjoyed Starport Kaguya across the surface. we can turn our minds to more important to fulfill even more roles and functions than before. Inc. or shop assistant. New Angeles is the gateway of bioroids in their midst. and also for more human. and the R&D behind them. can aspire to being more than a janitor or a sex worker. Beanstalk back on Earth. the improvements possible in education and health. There are to improve. Once we are able to secure the basic like functionality while still being programmed with a spe. panies can afford bioroid workers and save money by doing My new neural channeling techniques take better advan. personal assistants. built into every bioroid minds. Since founding bioroid brain. it's estimated that a billion souls . but they cannot truly feel them. and other benefits will come as we learn Us Safer more about the incredible intricacies of the human brain. The wider their distribution. it is for our benefit. to improve itself. Inc. within bioroids is the presence of the Three Directives. Already the research behind bioroid minds and chassis has benefited other fields . MirrorMorph. Perhaps it i& litO~ . Now. incorporate a new city that doesn't demeaning roles . Mter some adjustment. and if they perform any tasks better than that time. built to serve us. when every human mind has the time and resources around it. the news-nosies NAPD detectives . but the attitude of bioroid would sacrifice their own existence in order to keep the consumer has begun to adapt. traveling on foot Heinlein.. optical implants restore sight to the blind. is the need to preserve human life. and the bioroid indus. and from cybernetics to computing. but the next into the shadows of the undercity. You're as safe find that walking around Heinlein is a special experience. tage of existing brainmapping technology. and they cannot better them. will know and think and learn as we program them to. and so will we. however humanlike the bioroids seem. become. Bioroids can work in a vacuum. Cybernetic limbs replace those Bioroids Make lost through accident or illness. CEO. we'll be able to claim rains . and I am confident that the next generation that it was too costly to serve the common good . any the technology continue to improve. and subsequently. but they do just what they need to do. thereby increasing intelligence and efficiency. quarters of all the Big Four in our Mara Blake. They can emu. Tlus time around. they are humans are.-: Beans talk. This allows bioroids of menial work. can be both quick and fun! people who need them. congresscritters who call themselves creates high-paying jobs in multiple sectors: from manu. we Thanks to the oooularitv of . tecting our interests. and things. as of environmentally sealed housing units have been con- as you would be ordering through the microgravity turns your normal stride into great bounds structed. put people in danger. for the can move on to visiting Heinlein proper. Essentially. As generation will be accustomed to bioroids and will have had home for ourselves: a Nuevo police officers-and perhaps one day as soldiers. the safer confined to Lunar mines or specialist brothels. ington won't. Not only does is a factory worker.

MCA and corps that they feel have a plant loses atmosphere. TH E DAY WILL returns to the field.. there are nutrients or water or air to func- MODERN WORKFORCE cial industry.. be out from under the thumbs of the are deeper because of them. • • • lip service for bettering the living who think that the bioroid presence duty as spies. W e "Bioroids are adaptive... '1\. the deep uranium man who did not wish to be iden ti- EDDIES IN THE THIN AIR AS TERRA- son Ferguson ofTitan Transnational mines.. "This is an exciting time for all of us. and in oxygen purific ation fied. _. team already in place to begin build- GETS HAAs-BwRom's ACTUAL are added." says a Picus clans- is doing anything of the kind.__! _ ~ F"'f _ --." could be a threat. That gives us GAME PLAN IS TO REPLACE EVERY software patches are applied to fine . ing a new structure. All this is done in dent and thousands of lives could duction crew out there. We will catch those people. put into our product aren't shared "EvERYONE SEEMS SO CONCERNED tian Colonies want independence._ T __ ~ _ . AWAY THE BREATH OF A FIRST-TIME numerous occasions that the bioroids With the way the situation is "If the corps ever decide to take allow Haas-Bioroid to dabble in VISITOR. Gagarin D eep Space has purchased its assets and technology. to with labor cost.~ has taken aim at the cardinal with accusations of hypocrisy: some claim by the federal government. "Weyland first built us the Beanstalk. but they don't pay more than is a good thing." says SK -30- FORMI NG CREWS TO GET BACK AND know what could happen .. Earthers keep pushing Even though several colonists 'KNEEL' AND THE WORLD WILL BOW experience. Karzai was kidnapped and taken hostage by a Lunar orgcrime syndicate. " coME WHEN DIR ECTOR H AAs SAYS the name of improving the end-user be wiped out." Jerry Brodsky. "Earth has a standing army just Bank declares. "One acci.. Upgrades no real empathy for their way of life. " VIDING A MEANS FOR THE TERRA- Director Haas might be privy to. ile bubbles. C ____ _ 1_ • -. T H E SUN BY DAY AND GLOW UNDER all-time high there.L.pparently Ms. OuT- labor in the "fields" of the hydro. aJad "We live out here in these frag. TH E LARGE H EXAGONAL on Mars. diagnostics are run. Karzai is under doctor's care and will return to her job in just a MirrorMorph 's neural channeling techniques were integral in the development of high-end bioroids like Floyd 2X3A7C... Her ransom was paid by concerned parties and the search goes on for the people that took her. Our profit margins Haas-Bioroid insists this down." ccccc• NEW ANGELES TIMES TECH REPORTER FOUND In a statement to The New Angeles T imes.-. agree that having bioroids on Mars DOWN TO HER. " LEV TRAINS CROSS THE DISTANCES dogs take a dim view of anything like for new industry taking place on the BETWEEN I NH ABITED AREAS. there's no wonder why over. stars to push humanity into the next chapter of our development as a species.. Operations Manager FORTH TO WORK. us for higher outputs at greater effi.D-.." Car.t present. All those basic investments we by Shugofa Karza i • • • to hide out. "They don't need ENGINEER I NG TH E number of other players in the finan.pro- THEY CAN'T OWN. a number of places for rebel faction s tion." Several conspiracy theorists ciency. SIDE THE DOMES.. but many more are needed waiting to be activated. DOMES T HAT HOUSE CITIES GLINT IN implementation ofbioroids are at an push flesh and blood out of the way tion they have on tap.. tion instead of having to ship a . and now we're stretching even farther into the :w Angeles. MAG- plants. They have suggested on A VIEw ANYWHERE ON MARs TAKES conditions here. And if WITH BIOROIDS REPLACING US ON time is scheduled to keep units oper. Ms. They'd just "insider trading" with the informa. THE RED DUST ponics modules. PRO- that. and they police all transactions "red planet. Many of them now that their golems have secured "No one believes Haas-Bioroid THE MOONSLIGHT AT NIGHT. ~ CONT I NUED FROM Ferguson's views are echoed by a Since so much of the planet is of Aglnfusion. '1\.. ed on Luna with one ofHaas-Bioroid's Eve models on his arm. the Crusade's Templars have bolstered local security measures.. -_ J _ -~~ (V _ . . Many people in the Mar. "International watch." says second-generation several months' jump on reconstruc- FLES H-AN D -BLOOD PERSON THAT tune or improve the unit for when it Martian Kantos Grgec.." Jack W eyland offered in avid sent from his office creasing number of protests cropping up in fron t of Starlight Crusade cha. in orbit. we have a THE JOB THAT EVERYONE FOR- ating at peak efficiency. Sergeant Chris Kulemeka said. FORM I NG EFFORTS CONTINUE. a toehold here. they can do that. It hasn't. underdeveloped and barren. there are also some believe that the bioroids do double.

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.. tomers that they have istics. both serve us far more effectively-from crops that provided more abundant harvests. priate DNA sequences are used for spec- imen growth. to the polymerase chain reaction. resulting in the regular maintenance specimens that have schedule. pets. Jinte- only quality-assured stem cell lines as ki's biological machines are engineered for productive work in a variety of environments well as blastocysts that have been custom and industries. as whether it's a trusted an improperly pre. Human organs can be custom grown from a patient's conducts qualitative and quantitative tests stem cells to synthesize a replacement on demand. In the event that a trait is poorly or inefficiently expressed. to ani- of which are exemplified in every product mals that grew fur better suited for weaving. hopes of achieving variation. of function for the entirety of ating growth has its pitfalls. their planned lifespans so Tissues can fail to mature long as the owner follows properly. This includes a thorough Of course. it remains rigorous tweaks can better optimize future generations. or blindly exposing organisms to toxic mutagens in the mentation specimens. Genetic engineering e<m do much more than fashion clones.RCCELERRTING levels and performs thorough metabolite screening. decades since its founding. and Jinteki cient to produce a single organ. Selective breeding enabled hmnanity to·· refine organisms to with accelerated growth techniques. Now. and livestock. .. product with the Clone stability can newest iteration- be a tricky issue.Jinteki's testing sets the industry standard. The potential applications are limitless.. and expertise. Jinteki's advances Humanity has performed genetic manipulation sincefarrriers domesticated the first integrate a mastery of genetic engineering crops. has since pioneered. or social interactions. .~~~~~~··~~~~~~~. Specimens are developed for specific tasks with a variable emphasis on engineered for proper genetic identity. Growing a complex living being from a single cell to a mature adult takes time.:TIUES cloning. clone it creates takes human- lenges and overcome them in the ity a step closer to perfection. It can offer medical to tissue culture-provided stepping stones treatments. cloning challenges. clone or a vital organ. specified characteristic. TI1e requisite genes are all carefully Every sample is comprehensively tested mapped along with their pathways so that the subtlest tweak of gene expression levels or to ensure that only tissues with the appro- protein efficiency can achieve the desired traits. . genetic prietary techniques. customized solutions to Jinteki has worked care. physical ability. a new organism can be deliberately synthesized to include a Even as the megacorp leverages its pro. Each fully to identify these chal. mental acuity. . screening of gene expression level for both From both a medical perspective-and an agricultural one-it is frequently more effi- coding and non-coding RNAs. It even conducts ical treatments like synthetic blood and genetic resequencing to maximize performance spot testing on mitochondrial expression and longevity. patience. Organs can ample time to replace grow misshapen an older Jinteki or even malignant. create genetic modifications in humans. in its quality control measures. pared specimen may Jinteki has spent be prone to physical or decades developing mental breakdown. . Consumers can be confident that DEUELDPMENT every known variable has been quantified and verified. or feed the ever-growing world for the landmark discoveries that Jinteki populations.E TIC the twentieth century-from single cell PERSPEI. which ensures that the clone is working as intended when we release it to the new owner. rather than taking dozens of genera- dating back to Jinteki's earliest muscle aug- tions to identify and refine a trait. This level of the proper size but reliability assures cus- improper character. not every Jinteki product requires the creation of a complete organism. It uses Humanoid clones are by far the most dramatic example of genetic manipulation. Growing a IIII both for whole clones and also for organ mature adult normally takes twenty deliveries. Its products are fully guar- years-too long for the typical anteed to operate at the pinnacle business cycle-but acceler. Gene conditioning shops offer med- for proteins and RNA. or cures for hereditary diseases through allele repression. Modified hypo- allergenic tissues provide genetic enhancements for cosmetic procedures-from a more AnCirew Navaro witli Micliael Silsl:iy . What were considered biological miracles in GEI\I.

as well as the frontiers beyond its boundaries. like the gog. teacup giraffe and elephant-are ments in neural conditioning. and fungi are engineered to trap and break nesses. another Jinteki specialty. "Synthetic animals-including the Significant developments in mental health research were born out of advance. mental toxins. have been given new life thanks to down a broad range of harmful environ- ment they need faster-treatment that is the miracles of modern genetic science. Synthetic crops optimized for cut down dramatically on the need for water retention and heat resistance exploit practical livestock. organic molecules are readily synthesized agricultural efficiency and environmen- cup giraffe and elephant-are prized and isolated in large quantities. Genetic manipulation of plants also rep- out contaminants from the War.. Complex resents a significant improvement for both Synthetic animals-including the tea. and other basic plant forms have been ity with a means to transform the living introduced to the Martian and Lunar envi. A simple brainmap can prized among the glitterati . including the Great American populations of Earth and Luna. Lichens Genetic engineering provides human- that were previously considered extinct. " identify abnormalities and even diagnose multiple psychiatric disorders and ill- including the polar bear and woolly mam. provide materials that would have previously been more meat per animal to feed the growing territories that were previously considered refined from petrochemicals. world. . Jinteki provides the insight and the ronments to further terraforming efforts tools to enable humanity to thrive on our and prove it can be done. Animals Desert and the South Amazon. More patients are getting the treat- moth.. useless. including radioactive waste specifically tailored to their genetic and products of old fission reactors and fall- neurological makeup. while other more tal impact. Other bacteria increasingly crowded planet. which have among the glitterati.symmetrical visage to feather-hair grafts.

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A clone commanded to labor for an extended period without biological processes. hydration. Electrical impulses are applied. Jinteki care- process. but this is not encouraged. Even the techni- a rapid genetic analysis to confirm that there are no anomalies present in the specimen. circumstances for its owner. the clones spend about a week in The prepackaged meals are already optimized for maximum nutritional and the juvenile tank. Fatigue can also compromise a elimination. Growing a clone to adulthood by traditional means is time con. it event that the clone exhibits a noticeable change in weight. to grow clones in vats. They sim- ply recognize that the maturing clone has reached the next stage when the artificial / MAINTAINING YOUR CLONE womb has distended to the size dictated by its growth profile. prepares clones for con.----------~--~-----=---. caloric value. to the size of an infant in less than a day. The stable vat-growing portion of the artificial womb. while those that match expectations are kept completely unaware of the chemical transferred to an artificial womb. to continue independent of clone's judgment and reaction time. This is its final location until the time In summary. Clones by computer-generated sensory data to willingly struggle through challenges like a faithful dog. All acknowledge that the obtained from existing cloned tis. remember that clones are conditioned to restrict their of decanting. composed of synthetic and living tissues. Tubes are attached to allow normal circumstances. As it continues its cell division-usually agents-and the delivery system- at a normal biological rate-a single cell is isolated from each blastocyst and subjected to remains a trade secret. but expecting this performance routin ely can lead to performance degradation and may begin the neural conditioning process. During this stage. this can lead to unpleasant and even dangerous active. Physically. the included documentation recommended an appropriate diet for the model yo u purchased-likely along with a to resemble the connectome in the brain- prepackaged and easily prepared line of products. ~ CLONES RCCELERRTED IN UITRD MRTURRTIDN While Haas-Bioroid was debuting the Mark-2. used at this and the following steps in the The process begins with eggs process. owners are is transferred into a 300-liter adolescent encouraged to schedule a medical examination. Biological necessities. Continued sensory input food intake. tioning and education until the specimen . In well-established vary the diet in order to reward the clone. of a one-year old. such as breathing and breaks may collapse from exhaustion. Each zygote is then isolated into a test tube-sized container. cians who work the artificial womb are Any blastocysts that have anomalies are recycled. which can enable a clone to grow from the blastocyst stage using a carefully prepared complex of DNA and proteins according to in just under a month. . Jinteki was still searching for a stable means Artificial wombs are hybrid devices. Jinteki understood that few could afford to pay for the decades of Shortly after the blastocyst is inserted into growth and training required. New tank.. fully protects the precise methodologies sumers in a matter of weeks by leveraging growth factors adapted from other organisms. stimulat- ing the neurons to align in such a way so as When you acquired your clone. which typically has a 125-liter capac- owners can at times forget. In the to restrict the clone's continued growth. thereby min. The precise nature of those their clonal template. and the amount of skilled labor required. clones have biological necessities that must be addressed. and clones-especially ones placed into new ity. Excerpted from The Novice's Guide to Clonership At that point. must also be considered. the clone is about the size circumstances-are often reluctant to bring them up. the growing clone is trans- ferred from an artificial womb to a juvenile Never forget that your new clone is a living being. Like pets and even humans. protein-cellular matrix that makes up a imizing time. the grow- In the unfortunate circumstance where a clone is prohibited from ing clone's internal organs become more using its own discretion. materials. even void the warranty. At this point.. Too much variety can be unhealthy for your clone and may When the size of the juvenile tank begins result in decreased performance or we ight gain. researcher Satoshi Hiro unlocked the revolutionary the machine. tank. known as Accelerated In Vitro Maturation (AIVM). but they will nevertheless consume the types of food their provides the clone with additional condi- owner provides. potentially leading to dangerous the liquid environment. clones develop from next few steps involve a carefully selected cocktail of growth accel- sue that are first cleansed of DNA and are later artificially fertilized eggs to finished products erators. it implants upon the living vat-growing technique to mass-produce clones on an unprecedented scale. and elimination. including the clone's sensory inputs are overridden nourishment. reagents with which they work. Owners should check with the supplier prior to making significant changes in food intake. models. At last. ~ ~ . suming and expensive. 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stage. it is capable of undertaking all of the tion at this stage serves as one last quality cation takes place prior to decanting. to verify that their digestive system works formed. fications are subjected to a more thorough cations and alternative training protocols Even after decanting.. between specimens at the cellular and and may require redesign before another After decanting. the neural conditioning and tend to each individual upon completion. . The final training time also provides tions. Consequently. Further. While undergoing AIVM. each clone is tested to verify that harm. iterations of repetitive tasks serve as an gain full awareness' of its body and rec- adequate means to verify each specimen's ognize any signs of pain that might not NEURAL competencies. In rare cases.. even at this late applied to enforce or encourage particular in a sense-drama. Because a clone's entire existence is largely for reasons of convenience and san. necessary to apply those skills in practice cost-effective measure. Each clone's performance comparisons. cases where the biological engineering was tially extend the required time. components may separate at this stage. Clones that fail this final review are clone's mind is kept in a semi-conscious so that the clone does not inflict any inju. recycled or repurposed for internal use. the clone receives mental stimula. However. state.>:i~. however. ~_. At the same time..._.. a thorough examina- A substantial portion of a clone's edu. Basic etiquette is already added post-growth. the rudimentary correction proves adequate. At that stage. between specimens.. Anything less than perfection will not live input from the body is largely curtailed. . nec. where it could do irreparable education are also strictly controlled. better prepared to serve specific clients. poorly attached eggs to finished products in just under a to its body since even in the most estab. hair expected cost of any corrective procedures. This orders often include adaptations to the during their final conditioning. imprinted from braintapes into the devel. final medical examination to check for any used to instill the clone's physical training Some ~xecutives argue that the time defects. entiate natural instincts from learned reac. Under these conditions. training and conditioning in the field.~~~ has reached physical maturation. Prototype typically takes three weeks for a common training materials so that the clones are clones as well as those with unusual modi- clone strain... so technicians must it in production. surgical . additional growth adequately serve its future owner. These Clones that include unusual body factors are added to reduce healing time.. clones present one itation.. medical ing. It is far better to identify Similarly. __.. and nail growth is artificially suppressed. In most cases. sensory ries upon itself while attempting to per. Precise Instead. this the ensuing training is customized to the weeks. As self-care rituals required. any nec. Under ideal This time also serves as an opportunity substandard or where there was a defect circumstances.. up to the Jinteki brand. In used in custom clone batches can substan. the clone undergoes a tissue level. month. any anomalies before the specimen goes hands-on training that comprise a clone's After the appropriate styling is com. some manufacturing or growth defects amounts of specific hormones are also tion similar to what one might experience are uncovered in clones. More commonly.procedures may be under- RND BEYOND final cosmetic changes required on the taken as necessary-or the clone could When considering the actions of a living clones before they are released to their new simply be· recycled. and fields. but large-volume undergo initial testing for those systems treatments and healing is it decanted.. but lines requiring advanced train. . have been performed. into service. form basic sanitary rituals. This can include tissues that are oping brain. The uploaded input grounds as expected. Due to the nature of reflects heavily on the reputation of both drawn from humans or other species-can the growth process there is some variation Jinteki it as well as the company that uses be selected when its genome is engineered.. Instincts-whether they are the expected length. It is spent in physical conditioning is not a moved on to final conditioning and train. . In some tests are far more accurately conducted have an anticipated owner or licensee. owners. Usually by this stage the clones already to become a fully optimized clone. it can be challenging to differ. -~ . Once these surgeries with background information required to control issues often surface at this time. checkpoint. -. pleted. __ . a few provides ail opportunity for the clone to owner's specifications. recordings are highly standardized for grafts-either biological or cybernetic- Only after the clone has completed its most commercial clones. Specimens that pass the tests are only provide a basis for that training. Typically. clones require screening of these systems at this time. Once decanted. they are growing and developing. be apparent to a medical examiner. stock clones develop from for the clone to become better acclimated in the cybernetic system. but body cybernetic upgrades. the growth of both review of the specimen prior to its deliv- of the best opportunities to consider these is artificially accelerated until they achieve ery to the client. If the CONDITIONING Time spent in conditioning provides an clone is in an unexpected state of discom- opportunity for technicians to make any fort.. one last opportunity for a final medical so precisely regulated. this breaking-in process can require when the clone is in motion . Consequently.. clones consume their first physiological traits. but may also include the clone's personality and provides it included in their conditioning. the braintapes model can be made... essary memories and other knowledge are solid meal during their final conditioning essary surgical modifications are also per. lished lines there remain small variations This invariably requires recycling the clone ing programs require more time. although the surgical modifi.. depending upon the organism.

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I guess lucky is an down and programmed to accept their conditioning finteki used to train both of important part of why I'm better. At the braintapes and custom-DNA strands as that we do have thoughts and emotions. No one took ents. But I was created from the same might think about us clones and realize to enjoy the high life I've earned. I don't pretend to to last as long as a natural-born human's. Instead. I bet anymore. keep ahead of I got out because I was better than the My thought was "that was me. it's not even possible saw the ambulances carry them away. and just a little bit more inde. hour later." do about it. and I they wouldn't. get to be our masters. The hopper plummeted I'm saying that there needs to be some opportunity. We're human. that turns out to be. but there is no vices showed up in minutes. however soon Obviously. willing to apply them to a clone.J saw myself die today. Nearly an generation. But at the accident It's not a level playing field. other Tenma models. It's not to live with at least some of the freedoms today. I get just keep getting by. keep 'a fat credaccount to keep rest of my decanting cohort. There's no payoff We aren't given to care for the passengers in the back. my thought wasn't "that could fair. and they need to reward. It's also not entirely true. We're good I'm not saying cloning should end- and I'm not sure my clone brothers could do pilots. I'm proud of what I've done. I saw a Tenma driving a hopper that level of luxury. I take my pay. I'm not part of the hierarchy anybody else. When it hit. bio- logically. the same thing. went completely out of control. rejuve treatments would work on me. I wasn't inside his head smarter. I'm reminded of my own immi- I'm still here to write this. Yes. a truth the rest of the Tenmas. I'd never met him. have duties and responsibilities. Keep running. me happy in my old. I'm still alive pendent. we are expected to maybe some even survived. he supposed to just quietly and permanently retire-that's a lovely metaphor. from the lip of a charging pad fifty meters way for clones to earn just a little bit of But clones don't have opportunities. but they can't catch me. We live life that could be our own. emergency medical ser. we're . in a state of constant risk. We dignity. I'm faster. Then. But ing to survive to be worried about saving even if I could find someone who'd be I escaped. so maybe it wasn't an accident. identical to thousands of opher or an advocate. even if my genetics are made from Twenty? Five? I don't know if !inteki's least at first-were a few digits on the human sequences." the law. hell. I wouldn't be here if it didn't exist. I realize what they have done. I made it through We're not bioroids that can simply be shut made even more real by the same neural quality assurance. since was only a clone. The only things that know whether or not I'm human or have I don't know how long I'll last. And there's absolutely nothing I can "natural" humans enjoy. But inaybe someone and he wasn't inside mine. After all. even if they were given an but it was ugly. My lifespan isn't intended I'm a clone. Ten years? really distinguished me from them-at a soul. someone's still on file as I do my jobs. For most. age. They are our par- to earn them. I was a whole lot luckier than at My life now is very different from what someday. I'm a living being. he's my identical brother. It's not right. things could change so that we least one other Tenma. have been me. most. the wreck was carted away with his body still inside of it. but I'm not a philos. They don't privileges. and they must acknowledge the next simply fulfill our duties until the time of time to check on the driver. the chance to live some part of a straight into the ground. essentially slaves. They rushed Humans made us. nent mortality. Yet before today. I'm too busy just try. and maybe Today. our preplanned obsolescence. own mortality. owning me. We're also us. ne? I think that's accurate-at least. job. As I was leaving a his was. Today. code tattoo on the back of my neck. I escaped and I've earned a certain wouldn't always have to be.

and they will stand with the franchise's Irish pub theme. their conditioning is be as direct and literal as possible when dealing with a clone so as to such that they are thoughtlessly loyal to avoid such misunderstandings. and they count locations. the same every time he visits any of the company's locations throughout the world. For generations. Doing so only causes staff provides and often include gener- distress and may even have other negative side effects . but also subservient and respectful toward you and me. and they will respond equally well to a firm command as enjoy the outgoing service that the wait to an admonition. . However. Clones are trained to give room on the slidewalk or lift. the company above all else. nor will polite hours at a time. tell you that it can be an awkward experience. The When Mother Molloy's opened its doors only difference might be the language spoken. local sports above its ability level. customers other humans. and current events in a non-con- causing any affronts during an exchange. it is possible it has learned such permissiveness from its owner. such as discussing politics or philosophy. Clones are designed to want to please their owners and the restaurant chain. What stands out is the fact that Given their humanoid appearance it can be easy to mistake a clone for their food is virtually identical across all a real person at first glance. It is inconsiderate of a human to engage a clone in a conversation They can discuss the weather. cheerful. The Molloy line of clones. When talking to clones. and atmosphere. or sarcasm with such a clone. They are conditioned designed to have casual good looks. and roughly Irish-American for him when he leaves. extremely personable. he should be able to expect the particularly at casual restaurants where eli- same sort of service. franchised of clones. Within three years their ini- restaurants have included highly specialized training programs that are used at all of their tial success skyrocketed. if a clone begins to raise its voice. Yet. polite denials. and that's easily solvable with a low-level for its flagship restaurant in New Angeles. Molloy clones are also trained in great pleasantries or if their duties require them to relay information to detail to engage in casual conversation. education are focused entirely upon food acknowledging it will only draw attention to its shortcomings. Mother Molloy's sought a line that was keep in mind that not all models had social intelligence developed as part of their psychological profile. translation AI linked to the menus or the server's HUD. Whether with biqroids delivering food to the table. their innate they receive no explicit compensation for tendency to defer to a human's expectations can lead to unfortunate misinterpretations of literal phrases. A human should never stakeholders in Mother Molloy's. As the make use of subtle hints. express its prisingly. in keeping A good clone will rarely be seen and is never heard. Their self-in- Using a raised or authoritarian voice is also considered impolite. Clones their extensive interactions with custom- will not speak unless spoken to except for the most perfunctory of ers. Not sur- On the other hand. but many people are less comfortable Consistency of experience is the hallmark of any successful franchise restaurant. these are prone to a certain degree of variation. anyone who has tried conversing with locations. However. or use crude language. these tips. This is possible thanks to their a clone that wasn't designed to regularly interact with humans will staff being as consistent as possible. A patron's favorite dish should taste exactly entele expect a home-like atmosphere. Moreover. Along those same lines. ous tips when paying their bills. Several chains chose to adopt bioroids as a solution to this chise restaurants within New Angeles alone. often due to each new more than two hundred and fifty fran- hire's unique work experiences. It is always more appropriate to their efforts. people try to encourage or trick them into doing so. all of the menu's entries are staples taken from casual eateries across the world. but they are all conditioned to be highly trained in food preparation. In fact. While clones do have som~ ability to recognize these cues. humans. terest and measure of self-worth is primar- but to do so in front of others can be a sign of disrespect toward the ily based upon how they can best serve owner himself. an to rise when a non-android enters the room and will hold the door open easy smile. service and related matters. is still and face the speaker if addressed directly. Its members' conditioning and roles. Their menu offers a diverse range / CLONE ETIQUETTE Excerpted from Modern Manners of enjoyable food. but if you do happen across one during the course of its duties. it was the first restaurant chain to utilize a Mother Molloy's restaurant chain was one of the first to directly address the issue of cooking and wait staff composed entirely consistency among its wait staff from a genetic perspective. THE MOLLOY LINE issue. Instead. and outgo- ing. clones' conditioning discourages them from disagreeing or teams. so it is unnecessary to yell. In fact. but it is hardly revolu- tionary. clones frontational manner with customers for will not speak about their owners' personal lives. Clones are often employed in behind-the-scenes features. Because of Clones are expected to defer to a human being in all things. clones are the property of the company. the clones never receive any of opinions. Their personable nature also offers a Clones not working in the service sector do not have the empathy substantial economic advantage for the or the experience to recognize human social cues. food. those funds go directly toward Mother Molloy's bottom line. a guest visits a McKing's in New Angeles or New Moscow.

To racks address these needs at cost. the savings can be substantial . Further. Ultimately. However. but corporate clone bar- companies other than the Mother Molloy's restaurant chain. Because of this human. HOUSING YOUR ClONE Excerpted from The Novice's Guide to An important decis i on about your clone is choosing its living quarters. permit clones to work up to sixteen hours daily in most juris- dictions. Molloys are capable of handling cookware and Their genetic personality profile is highlighted through a rigorous tableware that are far hotter than what un-enhanced humans conditioning and education program intended to reinforce the could normally grasp. Jinteki has admitted Clone housing. As a result. This introduces a significant cost overhead for each restaurant. Having the clone available in case there is a crisis late at night or very early in the morning can be quite convenient. its planned lifetime. loy line's overall genetic make-up. Unfortunately. This layer interacts with the body's natu- restaurant's idealized presentation. The costs of leasing additional hous i ng and the ensuing commute add up over time. as the paperwork and time involved in hiring and ter- minating employees requires a significant investment of effort and expertise. Clone. The bottom line is clones offer a date. and basic maintenance introduce that they will not sell members of this clone line to individuals or additional complexity to this equation. the clones' physical and A heat-resistant polymer layer is added to the hands of all clones psychological profiles are not far removed from those of a normal from the Mother Molloy's line prior to decanting. modification.tels are often more convenient and they provide nicer living conditions. and its deterioration can significant physical tweaks involve optimizing the body's overall be cited as a reason to recycle a clone that has neared the end of stamina to make it through the daily sixteen-hour shifts. This introduces additional savings. which could mean i mpro ved clone performance. ral tissues to effectively self-heal from minor injuries. but there is often room for private individuals to lease drawers in the barracks as we ll. and if the clone can instead dwell with the owner. especially when compared to the Henry or Tenma lines. Restaurants are known for having very high rates of employee turnover. clothing. the best option is to house a clone at ei ther a nearby clone- tel or to ship it off to an austere but large clone barrack. safety laws restaurant's clientele. a new clone owner should decide which arrangement best suits his needs by we ighing cost against convenience or practicality. If your home is large enough to have a spare bedroom-even a small one-then this is often the best option. the only holds up through several years of service. . In these cases. Mother Molloy's can instead rely on Jinteki to tal and hormonal modifications provide the clones with a strong handle all of the maintenance required to keep the clones func- devotion to the chain as well as an i!1tense need to satisfy the tioning for their entire operational lifetime. The Molloy clone line is designed around the core concepts of OTHER ENHRNCEMENTS affability and attractiveness. not everyone has sufficient living space-particularly if they have several clones to perform multiple tasks. It typically Besides variation for male and female submodels. none of the proprietary clones implemented by other food substantial savings for the restaurant chain. so a restaurant can operate with a minimal number of Media inquiries have found that neither Jinteki nor Mother clones-far fewer than the number of human employees that Molloy's employees are willing to go into detail about the Mol- would be required. However. service organizations bear a clear physical resemblance to the GENETIC FERTURES Molloy line. but they a re also much more expensive. Men. Neither con1pany has claimed exclusive ownership of the strain. Clone barracks are typically used by corporations for housing large fieets of clones.

make sure they have garb appropriate to the weather . While this devotion to a task is com. Clones quence is that they might carry a virus or must be permitted to routinely bathe and launder their clothing. without the need for time off. Despite their genetic enhance- able workloads and routine maintenance. This can have the added so proper food safety protocols should be benefit that the clone can be used to try on and model clothing for the owner when shopping remotely. self-clean!ng smartfabrics offer a convenient long-term solution that saves time. owners may use a loaner clone from the Copy Center. overcome the most common disease vec- Finally. Consistently Liberal application of cleaning materials ordering a clone to labor in such conditions with inappropriate gear is and a change of clothing is adequate to likely to void the clone's warranty. Clones are ranty.yard work. although these do represent an neglect or extreme misuse. but are also resistant due these become stained and worn over time. but even deeply discounted for any clones that work in food prepara- fashionable clothing can be expensive. but regular examina- structural enhancements over an unmodified human. / DRESSING YOUR CLONE Excerpted from The Novice's Guide to Clonership CONTAGION Responsible owners must keep in mind that an otherwise-healthy clone can still carry an infection. This can be particularly dangerous that is more stylish about their residence. but even immune system. most owners prefer to have their clones wear something tors. disorders or diseases associated with Even the most economical and multipurpose clone lines routinely incorporate a range of high levels of stress. and substantial amount of time and post-con- clones do not raise issues unless something is outside of their normal range of function. In spite of their overall resilience.CLDNRL HERLTH MRINTENRNCE Clones are hardy and diligent workers. standing. A clone ordered materials. Clone warranties are designed around reason. and pharmaceutical treatments. it often leads to long-term issues if owners do not perform the required to keep a clone's warranty in good necessary maintenance on their property. some tion or that have direct interaction with owners prefer to purchase clones that have physiques similar to their materials intended for humans to ingest. clone biological dations found in the model's clonership manual may inadvertently void a clone's war. owners should take care to have to struggle in the heat or cold will readily do so. plumbing. own so that they can wear cast-off clothing. This can result in substantial repair costs or even a substantially shorter functional particularly prone to repetitive motion lifespan than would normally be expected. serious syndromes. and so out actually showing signs of a disease. as venient for owners who have invested a clones are trained to be very familiar with their own range of acceptable performance. Standard conditioning also requires that they report these to their the clone. Immunological modifications and enhancements leave therapies. A conse- clones do face many of the same biological challenges as humans. clones insusceptible to nearly all human contagious diseases as well as those associated with In some instances where clones must domestic livestock. ments and conditioning. nual routine examination by a profes- continuing in the tasks assigned by their operators. clones are prone to many of the same issues that humans can suffer from manufacturers typically choose to replace due to poor hygiene. ditioning training in their clones. observed at all times. Those who fail to comply with the recommen. Standard coveralls are exceptionally sturdy. more expensive repairs may be Center. These include a bolstered immune tions serve as a way to identify and treat system. a bian- complaint. Owners only incur additional expense for such repairs in instances of obvious considered. Clones are nearly impervi- Some owners fail to consider that they must plan to provide their clones with multiple changes of clothes beyond the simple uniform provided at ous to disease because of their powerful time of purchase. and a genome free of any factors associated with genetic such issues before they become severe. This can range from mild colds to far more In many cases. but it might damage their clone undertake a thorough cleaning. Owners should pay heed to such reports. Standard warranty services include clone They can function on only a few hours of sleep and can complete an extended workday monitoring as well as routine surgeries. New owners should remember that to changes on the cellular level. Clones are able to perform their duties for a much longer time than most humans. clones must undergo routine examinations. All clones When the repairs are deemed more expen- are trained to inspect their bodies for injuries and anomalies on a daily basis. out-of-pocket expense. heightened endurance. clones from most lines work until interrupted. Any time that a clone works with biohazards or even simply dirty If your clone is likely to work under conditions of extreme heat or cold. and they go about their assigned work without In addition to their self-checks. In such Minor malfunctions are typically addressed in only a few hours at the nearest Jinteki Copy instances. clone quate self-care. undergo extended treatment. Due to their conditioning. on-instruct your clone to sanitize afterward and change its clothes. When a bacteria upon or within their body with- clone performs a necessarily unclean task. This can be particularly incon- owners at the earliest possible opportunity. itself or contract an illness while undertaking the task. . systems do have upper limits. disease. sional-available at any Copy Center-is mendable and efficient. Without ade- sive than the cost of replacement. To combat that expense.

al tissues capable of expanding the (UD) clone line is designed to produce brain's function. thereby making any anom- The affluent. A UD can transplant into a waiting be decanted. Growing replacements takes two to three tionized pharmaceutical testing. multiple organs can be replaced. ically less than ideal. The same tech. as to maintain a clone created from their own DNA at a local facility. Alternatively. This has grown using a recipient's own DNA to ensure the best possible dramatically reduced the time required for testing between initial match. This can include lungs vidual organs. once harvested. This requires a skilled genegineer to optimize the AIVM discovery and when drugs can be administered to patients. Because. and alies far easier to identify. specifically those produced through AIVM. but the clones are further tweaked so a nologies used to grow clones can grow parts of clones. have revolu- recipient's other limb. it remains sub- nature of the UD line's uni- . CLDNRL MEDICINE The technology behind AIVM was developed from techniques ogy existed.~ that offer faster twitch response. clones can be custom and artificial in their creation. These are typically derived from Organ failure due to deterioration. Such innovations as cloned ing cosmetic surgery or more dramatic procedures. the . and der of the clone is then a transplant performed recycled-due to the on demand. of scaling and proportionate growth Unfortunately. Jinteki can also supply organs that are enhanced in numerous ways. which are entirely synthetic limb during the interim. est possible client base. UD trans- modifications required plants are available for tO" optimize enhanced all internal systems tissues. specific organ is dramatically enhanced. the integrity of and even limbs. but the advent of clones has since peration time since the brain must learn to control its new body. it can be immediately patients with different genetic markers. In extreme cases. an organ patient. produce an entire clone and size-fits all replacement limbs recyde the undesirable materials can be awkward for some than it is to synthesize an organ in recipients. To overcome this. so some opt to make due with a cybernetic replacement can be thoroughly tested on clones. with other organs are typ- the exception of the brain and central ner.. and the availability of these optimized for performance in extreme conditions. . ENHANCEMENT REPLACEMENT In addition to stock organs. those who work particularly high-risk jobs. which typically adds several effects are also more easily identifiable because a clone's entire weeks to the growth time and several digits to the price tag. the extreme surgery would require an extended recu- used for biomedical research. As a consequence. are prescribing a drug that is known to be effective within the plant their brain into the healthy clone's body.COJ1Cerns. organs with antigens that do not Once the clone and relevant trigger transplant rejection. tissues have properly matured. Modern hospitals keep UDs the clone is decanted and on the premises in their the tissues are removed for original vats. disease.ntially more economical versality means that its one- to. different clone lines can be quickly created to test drug efficacy in If a replacement organ or limb is required. physicians can be certain that they legends persist that the richest risties may simply choose to trans. The remain- quickly harvested. Newly discovered medications weeks. isolation. rather than in animals. or catastrophic injury UD lines to ensure that the replacements are available for the larg- was the most common cause of death for humans. The Universal Donor l). Side process for the patient's genome. and a patient's genome is on file. sta. Even if such techno!. or even neuro- this cause of death. such as indi. vous system. patient's specific genetic background. those who have exceptionally good insurance policies often choose It has also expanded the functionality of pharmacogenetics. most facilities offer to grow UD clones to a custom size and also offer cosmetic modifi- cations to ensure that the skin tone and appearance matches the Clones. muscles replacements have virtually eliminated ~===. environment is effectively controlled. genomic enhancements. organ replacements. unlocked near-limitless applications of the new technology and Paparazzi camdrones fuel conspiracy theories about stars undergo- new opportunities for advancements. and accelerated drug testing have improved the lives of people the worlds over.

mal. these problems are likely to remain an issue for inter- always happy to provide the latest information about new rules national travelers and corporations. should take care to obtain any permits and human element to these tasks. because clones are living entities with a degree of free as the government there outlaws android ownership and instead will (however small). particularly in jobs that are less desir. but clones are protocols were used in conj unction with an analysis of genetic capable of thinking and exhibiting judgment in choosing their tendencies. The key became link- quandary that has perplexed humanity since the dawn of civ. that Jinteki could in fact strongly cial product. and willingness to serve make the lives of clones. Clones had to be trained to act consistently. Some nations enforce strict quarantines upon any incoming cheerfulness. Anyone who regularly interacts with a Jinteki continues to work with various governments to reduce clone must be aware of the rules that govern clone conduct. nated.PREDETERMINATION RND CLONING Clones are not mindless automatons. horse. It also makes them a test of a philosophical most efficient and effective combinations. The Three Directives utilized with bioroids cannot be enforced in The experiment began with the hypothesis that a cloned human the same way with clones. Some virtual simulations. ing genetic and psychological datasets. Complex population. and biologists all joined the discussion. Expert psychologists. they can pose a danger to their owners and grants clones asylum while they are within its borders. Otherwise. larly compared to the abundance of criminals among the human tional theorists. they manage to provide a very their clones. them to enjoy following these impulses. Ultimately. but the rarity of rogue clones. but the issue ultimately falls they could find themselves involved in a civil or criminal case. Jinteki provides new owners with the most relevant Until all nations unilaterally agree that clones deserve a special information at the time of purchase. or an early stage that it would be necessary to incorporate elements whether their lives are predetermined by the combination of their from human maturation into the clones' education and condi- genetic background and their childhood training. much chance that any clone can override its conditioning. tioning so that the subjects' psyches would be recognizable. while others expect each clone to travel under a passport. it became clear clones could become a commer. then they are often subject to the same regulations as pets.. the ments in training make the chance little more than statistical noise. however. Typically. There remains a slim porate lawyers.. demonstrates the effectiveness of the methods used. and then thoroughly studied to determine the liability standpoint. educa. however. under how clones are classified. Clones' carefully ingrained ney. predetermina. and regulations. soon became evident that ani- tion was purely philosophical. Care should be taken to ensure a clone is never taken to Brazil. Others. even their manufacturers. or sheep. At the same time. but improve- like a domesticated breed of dog. Before override its conditioning . models were designed and tests were conducted. that humanlike beings could be so predetermined or indoctri- The training schedule could not be completed in isolation. It mal models-including genetic never mattered whether an indi. loyalty. There remains a slim sequences taken from domesti- cated species-provided materi- vidual had a choice so long as he maintained the illusion that he chance that any clone can als that would be key in design- ing the optimal solution. They are carefully trained the proposed training regimen. or else or minimize these inconveniences. Scientists recognized from ilization: whether individuals can make their own decisions. . liability concerns would be too severe for clones to be profitable. CLONES RND PUNISHMENT Clones provide cheap labor. Jinteki Copy Centers are legal status. and then in isolated facilities upon thousands who decry the use of clones are most bothered about the very idea of live clones. Those who choose to travel internationally with able for humans. look at this model and see it as a vital Geneticists had to identify personality traits and link them to tool for revamping the educational system to produce successful members of society. Different DNA sequences were tested using identical actions-which can prove problematic from a commercial or training methods. Well-established educational to behave within a range of known parameters. However. something that is completely absent be aware of any regulations prior to embarking upon their jour- in bioroids and mechanical robots. did and could be held account- able for his decisions. It also In the past. particu- brain could be tightly controlled. that philosophical condition clones and engineer question needed to have a practical answer to satisfy megacor. ordinary citizens better. When considered a domestic ani- Clone legislation varies substantially between jurisdictions. first in massive This has strong implications for humanity beyond clones.

Instead. qualify as abuse or neglect. although clones are treated as domestic animals. owners who are likely to place their clones into particu- of in the most humane way possible. they could be subject to stiff fines or other severe penalties. as well. if evidence demon. most owners send clones to independently perform tasks outside of their residence-offers a tremendous opportunity for mishaps. particularly . they as they become aware of the situation: Similarly. performance and eliminating concerns. directions. This is particularly true in municipalities where offers this coverage along with extended service plans. Owners who fail to provide their clones with adequate cern of liability. . A Copy Center can refresh responsibility. face charges for their actions or inactions. the assumption of liability for In order to have the best possible chance of avoiding any cul- a clone's actions represents a major concern for the new owner. RBUSE RND NEGLECT Owners need to keep this in mind at the time of purchase.LIRBILITY With a first-time clone purchase. any diffi. However. no such clemency is granted. Jinteki subject to liability. owners should repor:t missing clones as soon Clones are not legally independent beings. pability or penalty. pendently of its owner's direction-or if the owner reports the Jinteki is particularly litigious toward locales that maintain such clone lost or stolen-then the owner is excused from any liability. the clone is considered a public menace and is disposed however. but their relative freedom. and Owners who fail to take proper care for their clones can also be they are encouraged to obtain the necessary insurance.C:ulties in following the same way that a domestic animal is not subject to legal reper. clones are subj ected to training that is far their conditioning within a week or two. Instead. If there is evidence that the clone has somehow care-including medical supplies and necessary clothing-may overcome its conditioning and education. Certainly. the clone's owner assumes this issues are covered under warranty. dent upon clone labor-must take care that these situations do not er's instructions. should be taken in for testing as soon as possible. Such cussions for its actions. Until better ways to adjudicate such concerns are identified. Because of this. clones that show cannot assume legal responsibility for their actions-in much performance issues. thereby restoring their more thorough than the typical pet. laws. animal cruelty can come into play regarding the treatment of clones Renegade clones represent an important exception to the con. Otherwise. Laws intended to prevent many home insurance plans include special riders for clones. larly dangerous situations-including many corporations depen- strates that the supposedly renegade clone was acting on its own. acting completely inde.

what their abilities may be I have not determined. Perhaps they are psychic too. and information on them is extremely hard to come by. supply the promised reward. I have a theory as to why. let me demonstrate that I have acquired enough information in my short time here to call the mission a success. ready and waiting. but whether the speakers fear the wrath of /inteki or are afraid of the new clones. I hear their name whispered infrequently. I have heard it said among the human staff that he isolated the genes responsible for psychic powers. The ID you supplied was accepted without rais- ing eyebrows. Then you will be quick to retrieve me and. communing with them. it would explain my current predicament. and manipulated these within the clones to give them psi abilities. There is a lot of pressure on Caprice Nisei. peering at the faces. the clone detective. their fate undecided. The other Nisei clones are still in vats. and they talk about their plans. but then there are many rumors about her. because my access has been suddenly limited. so I passed the genetic screening. so they are paving the way for other lines. The Nisei clones are a personal project for Hiro. He strides up and down the vats like a general surveying his troops. 1354. These are still at the experimental stage. superior to finteki's previous offerings. Yet. If Caprice was psychic and sensed or felt my intentions. As part of her review. I have continued to take the pills you provided. though. but Chairman Hiro keeps her motivated. which I will explain. I have found nothing official on this score. I do not know. but I suspect that there is some truth to these rumors. and I am confident that I have not spoken out of character or otherwise acted in a suspicious manner. New Rnge/es time I require extraction. There are rumors she can communicate with them. but I have not been able to . The Nisei are the first of the newest clone generation. She knows that the fate of the rest of her genome depends on her pe1jormance. she assesses her mental stabil- ity. Caprice has to visit finteki for review every few weeks. She passes slowly from one to the next. She is as mysterious as she is beautiful. 3a july. for what could be more frightening"' than a clone that can read your thoughts? Dr. Perhaps she tests her for psi too. The Nisei line is the first of a new generation of clones. I trust. First. It is quite different when Chairman Hiro visits. they must suspect. They have one trialing at the NAPD as a police detective to compete with HB's high-end bioroid models. and she usually makes a point of visiting her sleeping sisters. She visits them sometimes. Sometimes he has Senior Director Toshiyuki Sakai with him. Hitomi Knox is Caprice's psycholo- gist. I know the Musashi clones by name only.

and what became of them is uncertain. you must make it impossible for them to find me. and I am ready for a new life. I am not above taking my knowledge of your own underhanded dealings to the press. As you might already know. but I have not seen her training at Jinteki. Do not be tempted to abandon me at this stage. I should have liked to keep the fa ce after all. All I am asking is for you to provide what you promised me a little earlier than planned. The cloning process is a modern m arvel. !feel a new identity will be necessary. I assure you. I would not be surprised to find she has combat skills. but it is only supposition on my part. too. and I expect you to take the ~arne care with the arrange- ments made for my future life. Th ere were two Nisei clones before her. It is f easible that those first two Nisei clones were simply not viable. but it is not entirely without flaws. I could return to my new employers. You were· extremely thorough in smoothing my path to employment within Jinteki. I was able to gain access to her office for a time and have made copies ofsome documents you will be glad to receive. She liaises with the NAPD and makes sure Caprice receives a fair chance to p erform and demonstrate Jinteki's brilliance. Misato Inada looks after the more practical side of Caprice's exis- tence. the New Angeles air is not kind to natural skin: However. m ust have f ailed in some way. which she seems to look forwa rd to with enthusiasm. so Cap1·ice must be the third of her line. I will retain these documents until I am satisfied that y ou have made adequate pro- vision for my future. Alternatively. and I made good use of that time. She moves w ith great grace. Caprice must be a unique pupil-she's the only Nisei cur- rently in action . but she is. confirm this. the documents alone make it worth your while. I spent considerable time within your own offices while you pre- pared me for this mission. I suspect such skills would be a benefit to a police detective. She is a very intelligent woman. . Her predecessors. since it feels so familiar even after this short time. The irs are p rivate interviews. Relo'cating to Mars will not be enough if Jinteki is aware of my betrayal. I think it is better than the one I had before. and provide them with information instead. !inteki often names its prototype clones alphabetically.not as security -conscious as some of her colleagues. With your vast resources. if they ever successfully breathed outside of their vats.

Like all the other media the entire world. and there it thrived for many years. ments fast-tracked the development of this framework for nology corporation known as a new network known simply as the Network. It also ~onopo­ them. it distributed that programming. Vertex grew so large that it to the number of sensors and seccams and cam drones they pass on could single-handedly steer the global conversation. it became known as sim- ply NBN. the company corporations. The that was not affected by the cyber attack. pany to new heights. lized the entire marketing industry. and repair- can. NBN collects. and this time it spanned the solar system. but NBN watches over them all to keep them safe and to clash with some of the governments in the countries it serviced. The world govern- end result was a media and tech. Vertex's media empire was reborn. but it began a given day. and delivers the information its customers need straight to hungrily consumed. The tech- Vertex. operating. but it had underwent a series of mergers been experimenting with a new communication protocol and conglomeration efforts. secure. and they get custom recommendations based on their loca. The content they watch has been carefully curated just for ing the infrastructure needed for distribution. It was granted early markets grew and the boundaries SanSan's busy media markets. As it expanded to the settlements on Mars. always been to provide the most comprehensive portfolio of Network Broadcast News was one of dozens of minor spin-off corps. The average citizen is completely oblivious items being marketed themselves. introduced that forced Vertex to be partitioned into its different The mission of the Kane family's media conglomerates has parts. pro. As those one headed by the father of Keith Randolph Kane. Network Broadcast News was hit hard. and legislation was but the corp was not always known by those letters. happy lives they the companies responsible for producing. SYNC's runaway success immediately follow- ing the Blackout allowed NBN to emerge as a key player in the industry. content. between them blurred to crisscross Then the Blackout swept the world. . rebranded as SYNC. Not only did it create the programming the global population cesses. it renamed itself the Near-Earth Broadcast Network and relocated to New Angeles. ern daily life as much as any helium-3 reactor. As the colonization of Luna got under- way.NBN The sheer volume of data streaming through NBN's servers at any Vertex scored government contracts to provide public media given moment is staggering to most users. It owned their PADs so they can live the most productive. and this data fuels mod. which were then broken up again into many regional entities. It bought up many of its cousin companies and reestablished itself as the premiere global media corp. consumer programming available in their markets. and it catapulted Kane's com- ment industry. This future exists because of the innovations made by NBN. as well as the brands for the tion and daily routine. wh ich would come to nology division remained an NBN subsidiary but was dominate the global entertain. and it easily crowded out its few remaining competitors. Vertex was deemed a dangerous monopoly.

Jinteki. incredibly detailed histories of billions of users. however. and every element is NBN in order to operate. But NBN builds the tools that collect the data and supply the content people use to form their opinions. make decisions. in recovering from the Blackout . hackers.several dec~des ago. and others protest the free reign NBN is map to replicate favorab le responses. every step of the way to give them the tools-and In many cases.UNDERSTANDING to become successful adults in today's fast-paced society. while psychographies (or simply psychographies). citing the need for corporations ic's profile. and SAFEGUARDING otherwise become more like who or what they want to be. the maneuvering of rival nations. Additionally. paign discovered when localization subroutines changed the name Due to NBN's dominance in the Network service market. Haas-Bioroid and other corporations build facil. By studying the activity the megacorp also provides media channels for states to keep their and makeup of the human brain and its reactions to consuming citizens informed. tools. to so that its products and media hardware and software appli- provide exactly the experience cations that protect sensitive its customers want. NBN aggregates that no other business can this information and match. AI systems can edit regimes around the world. NBN's content is designed granted in relation to privacy because many governments need with specific psychographic profiles in mind. vehicles. and Thanks to the ubiquity of SYNC's disruptive technologies that might Network infrastructure. minuscule price to pay for the convenience and productivity they ities. the media content. products that track and guide a child's psychological and intellec- such as upStart. position themselves as more friendly and privacy- tual development. NBN enjoys a better relationship with governments than People choose. games. or two years old. NBN because it is the best-and only- most other corporations thanks in p~rt to the role SYNC played corp that can accurately anticipate nearly all of a person's needs. as the Winchester for Congress cam- just as much NBN's customers as governments are. From camdrones analyzes it using pro. NBN denies this.) largely through its subsidiary SYNC. buying. As these young consumers grow. better than they know themselves. to work within the law for the benefit of ordinary citizens who are indiscriminately. simulants. NBN can offer these and what they're talking governments solutions about. No other corp can NBN's technologies help governments come close to NBN's predictive power watch over their citizens and ensure that because no other corp can draw from NBN's society functions in a safe and orderly fashion. that augment existing prietary techniques surveillance networks. the time they received their first PAD. and other technological items. a sizable counter-culture of NBN begins helping the lives of its customers from the time anti-establishment thinkers. and PriRights advocates they are children with sophisticated edutainment toys. these companies are themselves NBN affiliates or information-they need subsidiaries targeted at a different demographic subset. what they're looking both physical and vir- for. NBN has specially prepared programming that THE CUSTOMER takes into account that consumer's interests and experiences from Unlike Haas-Bioroid's synthetic bioroids or Jinteki's organic clones. who they're talking to. even before national security data from fall- the customers consciously know ing into ·the hands of Netcriminals. what they're the security of their borders. and actively seeks out non-NBN Network solutions. Watchdog organizations such as PriRights. enjoy thanks to NBN's offerings. . NBN is there oriented alternatives to SYNC's government-aligned offerings.NBN's security monitoring suites allow governments to operate cated outgrowth of brainmapping technology known as enhanced securely and effectively without fear of foreign cyber attacks. of the candidate to Lopez for ads reaching his Latino constituents. And when it's time to unwind. THE NETWORK NBN is able to provide such useful information The governments of the world are always trying to its customers because it knows them to stay a step ahead of domestic crime. tual. NBN affect their ability to provide for knows where its customers are the safety of their citizens and at any given time. Constant surveillance and data collection is a Weyland. trading information on enemies of the or even create content on-the-fly to match the target demograph. To maintain this psychological monopoly. and stay with. Some providers. they desired it. international human rights carefully curated to appeal to or shape the thinking of the audience.state for credits. Nowadays. NBN is able to build an amazingly effective road Opticon Foundation. groups believe that NBN supports oppressive and undemocratic With a sufficiently robust psychographic model. (This ability can lead to disastrous results when applied . NBN uses a sophisti. usually when they were one NBN's flagship is less a tangible product but a service: information.

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KEEPING CONNECTED The Network is nothing like the old A lot of people spend their time Internet. even if I to manage daily life in a city as a just use voice commands most of the huge and complex as New Angeles time . Others are happy with devices for all the different tasks they simply replacing the kind they grew wanted to do: paying for goods. reading . com. and doing stories on FriendNet about major work-and those devices wouldn 't glitches plaguing the more complex even talk to each other half the time. tles as their friends ' devices. up using when it breaks. models. wristlets. my friends. . The celebs all have their PADs without a working PAD is practically as wearables: jewelry. Most PADs that get given keep up witb the latest info or join the out at baby showers are those large conversatio~ ? I'd rather lock myself transplas screens that are virtually in my apartment 'at the arcology for indestructible. though-trying design with folding screens. and if it's beyond the capa- I can 't imagine having to lug that bilities of the pre-installed secretary many things around with me every Al 's capabilities. I still like my classic wallet I don't blame them . a horror threedee come to life! How and the like with holographic virt are you supposed to get around or displays. my PAD . even if it paying for transit. tracking their health. they give up trying day! No wonder they ditched the old to troubleshoot the device entirely system and started it all from scratch. and wait in line for hours to have a I don 't know what I'd do without MegaBuy expert take a look. I've read municating with others. ·. listening doesn 't have all the bells and whis- to music. but I've seen corp a week-at least then I'd still be able execs carry similar if sleeker models to watch my favorite feeds and vid between board rooms. I hear that back then they keeping track of all the latest features only connected computers to one and toys and chase dow n the hottest another-what was the point? They PADs to hit the market every couple had to have different chips and of months.

RERLITY, AUGMENTED
By linking the world together via the Network, everyday life is once /NSTRNTL V RCCESSIBLE DRTR
again conducted seamlessly and wirelessly. The technicians at SYNC A PAD stores all of a person's important information to ensure
and NBN have made the Network work for the citizens of the world. that he never leaves home without his personal or financial data.
The Network looks out for its users, ensuring their health and safety His hopper or health insurance is quickly readable by the Skylane
and happiness, and a majority of users across the worlds consider Patrol or by emergency services in the case of an accident. All of
the Network indispensable to the everyday functions of their lives. his contact information is stored and accessible via any device so
long as he provides his ID, and he can send information such as
PERSONAL his eddress to another PAD with a simple gesture. Sharing and
RCCESS DEUICES recording information has never been faster or easier, which is a
An individual's personal access device (PAD) is his gateway to the necessity in the enormous, fast-paced city of New Angeles.
Network and his key to function ing and participating in modern CREORCCDUNTS
society. Everything can be custom-tailored to suit his particular
Although cash can still be used at select locatio~s (many of them
preferences, ensuring he only sees what he wants to see, from
seedy), paper money and checks are incredibly rare in today's
advertisements to promotions, mediafeed channels to news, and
market. Instead, transactions are conducted electronically using
other status updates on the things in life that matter to him .
PADs linked to one or more of a user's credaccounts that track
A PAD renders its information in the way most convenient to the her accumulated wealth, investments, credaccount rating, and lia-
user. Some prefer reading on old-fashioned physical touch screens, bilities across multiple financial institutions. Credaccount chips
while others are happy to use gestures to interact with an overlay can also be implanted beneath a user's skin, allowing transactions
of virt displays holographically or over their lenses. Sophisticated to be made instantly and conveniently with the wave of a hand.
secretary Ais allow users to interact with their PAD with voice- This makes it easy for club-goers to automatically pay the cover
only commands. Enormous corporations compete to cater to every charge when walking through the doors, or for hopper cab-riders
form and flavor of PAD imaginable, so long as there are credits to to wirelessly pay the precise fare as they exit the vehicle.
be earned by its creation. In connected cities like New Angeles,
Thanks to the ubiquity of the Network, debits and credits can
almost everyone has a PAD. For those who refuse, there are still
be resolved in microseconds twenty-four hours a day, seven days a
,
Public Access Terminals (PATs) for temporary Network access.
week, three hundred and sixty-five days a year (or more on Mars!).

The standard currency across the busi-
ness world is the Titan Transnational
Credit. While other national currencies
still exist, the credit allows for transactions
without the constant need for currency
conversion. The influence of the credit
extends into orbit, and because nationali-
ties have less meaning on both Luna and
Mars, the credit is considered standard in
the colonies. Credits have no physical rep-
resentation and are purely digital in nature.
Credit transactions rely on digital sig-
nature verification at Titan Transnational
headquarters in New Angeles to log and
record the movement of each individual
credit from corp to customer and back
again. Cred sticks can function as digital
"wallets" filled with specific amounts of
credits, but their relative anonymity makes
them popular among black market mer-
chants and orgcrime outfits. Titan Trans-
national defends the untraceability of
some of their credits as a valuable service
they provide to all their customers, most of
whom are perfectly law-abiding.

ENDLESS
INFDTRINMENT
NBN estimates that it generates more
content in a given day than a normal user
could consume in a year. But given the
immense diversity and size of its consumer
base, there exists even more demand for STRVING IN TOUCH as well as rec.eivl!! r.eal"time feedback from
stylist secretary Als ;who know what looks
fresh and exciting new shows that prom- From megastars to average Joses, everyone
keeps an active FriendNet account to auto- best for your ·complexi()n, skin tone, hair
ise something unique and different to keep
matically share their updates and com- color, style, and person~lity.
the world's masses entertained.
ments on others' feeds. Even one's friends Massive social media events bring
Given the immense volume of media
as far away as the Moon are only a swipe together billions from across the Earth and
available, there's hardly any reason for any-
away from a vid or aud convo. FriendNet Moon to share their reactions to a commu-
one to be bored at any given moment. No
will even track how long it's been since nal experience and shape the direction of
matter whether one is riding the tube-lev
you've contacted or been contacted by subsequent content. Such events are also a
or sitting back while the autopilot steers his
your friends, so you'll never forget the peo- great way to spark conversation with those
hopper, one can always be enjoying a new
ple who matter most to you . . in close proximity, but if there isn't anyone
diversion. People walk around the city with
Users can spend as much or as lit- else viewing similar shows in your vicin-
their PADs projecting shimmering arrays
tle time as they like personalizing and ity, you can strike up a discussion with any
of color and light, which makes for quite the
perfecting their appearance to create a of the other hundreds of viewers who are
Impressive sight in open areas like Broad-
cast Square in downtown New Angeles. custom, animated avatar that mirrors currently connected to the Network, and
their unique facial expressions or ges- you can add any of them to your Friend-
And when news breaks, the entire world
tures. Even if you still haven't gotten Net circles if you want to follow their posts.
is watching from the very moment it hap-
dressed or put on your makeup, your Users can be as social and friendly as they
pens. Citizen reporters can submit their
indistinguishable-from-reality avatar will like, whenever they want, from anywhere,
own coverage to be included in the official
flaunt your best to the world. You can use whether they're at home or on the go. Your
NBN segments, and expert analysts help
this same avatar to virtually try on outfits, PAD is ready to help you do whatever it is
break down the story for those unfamiliar
cosmetics, accessories, and even g-mods, you want to do.
with the context.

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2B Sept ember, a 7a a- New Angeles time
She sets down her toothbrush and reaches PAD exactly what she needs to know.
Alexx wakes up connected to the Network:
her PAD has been monitoring her sleep toward her styling creme dispenser, which At the end of the day, her PAD details how
cycles, the average length of her morning has modulated the precise amount of serum well she performed compared to other days
routine, and the daily fluctuations in her for today's humidity levels and her desired and offers to schedule a meeting with her edi-
morning commute to judge precisely when hair volume. After coiffing her everyday tor later this week to talk about using more
she needs to awaken and begin her day. On style, "Nobody's Enemy" finishes playing "you''s across the department. Based on her
cue, the transplas of her bedroom windows and segues into Aphelion's previous album. completion rate, her PAD tells her how much
lightens, and sunlight filters in to brighten "Music off,' she says, and the music decre- time she has left on an article and moves dead-
the room. A chime rings softly, growing scendos into silence as she walks to her closet. lines accordingly, or tells her how much time
louder until she awakens and gets out of bed. While she gets dressed, her PAD cycles she needs to stay late tonight and the next cou-
through a custom newscast based on her ple of nights to avoid moving deadlines.
The shower automatically turns on and
adjusts the temperature based on the indoor previous searches. Considerable heat for She pings her boyfriend and her PAD
climate control settings. Her PAD links to today's forecast, StarScape Shopping is indicates that he's running late at work
the shower wall to display her schedule, opening another dozen boutiques at Star- tonight, so she'll have some time to kill
including travel times. New alert: one of port Kaguya, and NBN is up 1.2% on the before their date in Laguna Velasco. Her
her interviewees has rescheduled the 1200h NASX. Above her clothes rack the estimated PAD automatically adjusts their dinner res-
meeting to tomorrow, which will give her time until her next fashion delivery is dis - ervation and offers dozens of options for her
some extra time to grab some lunch today. played along with the next scheduled clean- occupy to herself in the meantime. Did she
Would she like to grab a quick bite at McK- er's pickup. As she's about to head out the know that her favorite chocolat!er is having
ing's, Mother Molloy's, or Tio Pepe's? Or door, her PAD notifies her of a bad hopper a sale for the next two hours only? Come
would she prefer to arrange a delivery? She accident that's snarling Skyway traffic in and taste the latest Lunar-grown chocolate-
knows she needs the exercise, so she grudg- Rutherford. It recommends she opt for the covered strawberries! The image looks appe-
ingly selects the image of the storefront and Metro instead and begins guiding her to the tizing, and she checks her PAD for her cur-
drags it to the empty block in her schedule. closest tube-lev station. rent metabolism rating. If she skips dessert
Her PAD downloads an applicable coupon Everywhere she goes, shops and services at dinner, she can probably squeeze this in.
and stores it in her credaccount for later use. spring up on her PAD to tell her all about Her PAD recommends she schedule in addi-
their new sales and product offerings, as well tional workout time later this week.
The shower wall counts down the remain-
ing time before the water turns off and loads as which ones her friends have taken advan- She takes a slidewalk down to a lower
the latest vids from her mediafeed subs. tage of On the slidewalk she amuses herself by level of her work arcology and walks past the
Gemini Motors is debuting their newest browsing the virtual storefronts of her favor- shopfronts on her way to Chocolatl Empo-
model, the Estrella LRM-she's been look- ite brands. Her PAD buys her Metro tickets rium. Her PAD scrolls with the latest chat-
ing to score a good deal on a hopper of her in advance, tells the station she's paid, indi- ter from her FriendNet circles and a million
own, and they have special promos for first- cates which platform to find and which train other advertisements for things she wishes
time hopper buyers. Haarpsichord Studios to board, and alerts her to the location of the she had. As she passes Lakshmi Fashions, a
is teasing Lethal Action 4- her boyfriend nearest coffee shop once she disembarks. She's new smartsuit catches her eye, one that isn't
will no doubt want to see it soon-and the a frequent YucaBean customer, so her PAD owned by any of her friends, her PAD notes.
latest Aphelion single is trending among her queues up her usual order and pays once she Her finger wavers over the large Buy button.
FriendNet circles-would s/:!e like to listen? enters the cafe, so it's just a matter of grab- The next moment, the pane flashes red:
She nods, and the upbeat song starts playing. bing her drink from the bioroid-ista when it's Network Error: Signal Interrupted. She
done. She takes a sip and makes a face: her taps the refresh button a couple of times,
She steps out of the shower and the virt
PAD substituted fat -free cream. then looks around her. Everyone on the
panes follow her to the mirror. She starts brush-
ing her teeth. A notification pops up on the At the offices of NuDream Sparkle Mag- concourse stops and looks up. Someone is
glass. Sensors indicate she has the beginnings azine, the lighting and temperature of her screaming. "Is there something wrong with
of a cavity, and she can schedule an appoint- cube is precisely regulated to help her focus. your PAD?" Alexx asks the closest person,
ment with the dentist to have it reversed next Her PAD tells her how many cups of cof- and the man nods. H,e looks scared, pawing
Monday at 0900h. She swipes the notification fee she can drink and when for maximum at the PAD strapped to his wrist. All the
up to her schedule reel and it confirms the energy. It ticks down her to-do list and gives holoscreens in the plaza dissolve and then
appointment. With another gesture, she pulls her a target completion time for each. As she bloom back into life, showing a woman's
up the stats on her latest article. A five percent finishes each task, it automatically alerts her smug face looking over them all.
increase in views over yesterday's; analysis coworkers so they can get started immedi- "Good evening, New Angeles. My name
indicates that expanded usage of the pronoun ately on their own legs of the project. The is Smoke, and I'll be your host for the
"you" is a statistically significant factor com- mail daemon scans all the messages going foreseeable."
pared with her previous articles. through the office and communicates to her

R DEEP BLRCK SER
Contrary to corporate propaganda , the Network is only
one of many tributaries that empty into the virtual sea of
cyberspace. No one is certain exactly how many of these
networks exist, but estimates range from dozens to hun-
dreds or eve n thou sa nd s. The one that the vast majority
of Earth 's and Luna 's population s connect to-the Net- is
the on ly one that everyone can see (so long as they pos-
sess a service contract in good standing).
These other networks exist as virtual realms unto
themselves; they are undetectable to most hardware or
software applications, or they are gated behind exclu-
sive paywall s. A great many of these networks are
corp-controlled and isolated , w hile others are created by
private indivi duals for both legal and illegal purposes.
One such illicit network is the Shadow Net, although its
existence is invisible to most of the world 's population.
The rumors surrounding the Shadow Net are so inco-
herent that most NetSec authorities agree that "Shadow
Net" is a broad term for a disparate variety of illicit net-
works existing in parallel to the legal and public Network
provided by SYNC. It can also refer to the web of "zom-
bie" devices compromised by the criminal element and
used to perform illegal operations on the Network, often
completely under the nose of the device's owner.
Some of the Shadow Net modules are hosted on
otherwise-legit servers, hidden in secret partitions but
accessible via normal Network channels by those who
know how. Others are on boxes illegally tapped into the
Network's hardware, accessible only by those who know
the non-standard address. And portions of the Shadow
Net exist as peer-to-peer wireless protocols running
across major cities, or even "sneaker net" meatspace
exchanges of physical memory that don 't touch existing
Network architecture at all.
Not all hidden networks are illegal or even immoral.
Many corps and universities maintain internal networks
where their users can share data and ideas free from
the fear of government or rival corp surveillance-such
intranets can increase morale and productivity, if prop-
erly groomed. Governments and military organizations
worldswide have compelling reason s to run their own
segregated networks, of course, and the overwhelming
majority of them are harmless and even boring.
Some runners speculate that specific networks are
spawned or created by rogue Als, while another camp
of crackpots swears that aliens from another galaxy or
dimension have established a network of their own right
under SYNC's nose. The fact that no one can prove these
things don't exist on ly cements the conspiracy theories in
their minds, and many flamewars have erupted on the Net's
chatspaces over such hypothetical and metaphysical topics.

BUILDING NEURRL BRIDGES
Virtual and augmented reality technologies have tried, but generally failed, to bring to Serious Net-users prefer the fidelity
life realistic experiences using light and sound. Now, brain-machine interfaces stand to of a cybernetic brain-machine interface
revolutionize the way the population experiences the Network by feeding data directly implanted directly into the brain, even if
into a person's brain. So far, they are viewed with suspicion and have been relegated to BMis elicit stares and derisive comments
a small section of the population, but for the Netcriminals who make a living using this from the general public. Network profes-
bleeding-edge technology, BMis are a potent weapon to use against the megacorps. sionals, like NetSec and Globalsec agents,
view BMI ports as a necessity if they plan
MILITRRY TECHNOLOGY to succeed in their chosen fields, and not
After devoting decades of research into brainmapping and cybernetics, Gibson Polytech, having one means they can't compete on
Inc:s researchers developed a way to directly feed data into the neurons of a human brain. the job market. Among the Netcrime com-
The War was already raging on Luna and Mars, and the U.S. Electronic Warfare Ser- munity, such implants, as well as the plugs
vice needed to gain an edge against its enemies. GPI rushed to deploy this experimental that slot into them, are known as skulljacks.
new technology before its researchers had finished clinical trials, and its neurosurgeons Installing such an implant requires
implanted the prototypical cyberware and other proprietary modifications into the brains minor brain surgery, ideally performed by
of select EWS personnel. These drone operators put these revolutionary brain-machine a licensed cyberneticist. Hospitals employ
interfaces to use in the conflicts on Luna and Mars, where they could "inhabit" one or the best physicians and utilize state-of-
more drones to pilot them with unparalleled accuracy and efficiency. the-art medical facilities during BMI port
Soon, EWS raiders were trained to hack into enemy networks using this neural bridge, installation, and complications are few and
allowing for unsurpassed reflexes and adaptability, as well as a novel means of processing far between as a result.
data and identifying weak points. They experienced data not as mere code on a screen, but For those who can't afford the steep costs
as sensory information like sound and feel and smell, or even emotions and memories. of an implant installation at Harmony Gen-
This much data flowing at the speed of light was too chaotic, unnerving, and unpre- eral or Levy University Teaching Hospital,
dictable for a human to comprehend. Sorting through the onslaught of sensations and street doctors are a cheaper alternative.
min d's-eye imagery required extreme mental discipline. To help them make sense of the These unlicensed medical "professionals"
input, the EWS developed the first program suites to help filter, interpret, and respond to aren't known for their bedside manner or
the barrage of information. A trained raider could use these programs to infiltrate enemy sterile operating facilities, and procedures
networks and defend against incoming cyber attacks in ways never before possible. Ulti- performed by these cirujanos del gueto take
mately, this allowed the EWS to achieve cyber superiority, which helped turn the tide of place wherever they can find sufficient space
the War in favor of the U.S. and her allies. and privacy, be it a dingy hotel room or an
Not long after, reports of the first EWS veterans with severe neurological and psy- abandoned tube-lev station. Installing a top-
chological disorders, and even cases of permanent brain damage, circulated through the of-the-line BMI can still cost a sarariman's
tab-rags and screamsheets. Veterans' rights groups pushed, mostly unsuccessfully, for annual income, but orgcrime outfits can
compensation and medical care. They did manage to win more testing and safety features sponsor patients in exchange for favors and
that were implemented in subsequent government contracts, but the damage had been loyalty. Despite their sinister reputations,
done. After a few high-profile crimes and incidents, retired EWS servicemen and women street doctors must be doing something
became known for eventually going crazy and committing terrorist acts. BMis gained a right because a good nwnber of patients
sinister reputation among the public, and during the first couple of years after the War, manage to survive the requisite operations.
they expanded in use only in the defense and private security sectors. While the full-immersion experience
isn't illegal, and many ristie kids nowadays
BRRIN-NETS RND SKULLJRCKS are getting such implants to experience
In recent years, GPI and other cyberware brands claim to have refined the technology, "true cyberspace;' brain-machine inter-
and the first commercially available BMis were introduced to the consumer market. connectivity is required if the user expects
Thrill-seekers and technology aficionados have flocked to the product, but the most to dedicate his time to criminal activity
enthusiastic group to adopt-and exploit-this new technology has been Netcriminals. on the Network. As such, anyone found
Safer, cheaper, wearable BMis have entered the market in the form of brain-nets. Brain- sporting a skulljack who isn't connected
nets use a flexible, net-like sheath containing several hundred receptors to bridge data with to a major corporate or government power
neurons. While signal clarity and reaction time aren't as clean with a brain-net as they are is considered a potential Netcriminal.
with a surgically implanted neural interface, the buffer between the user's brain and the data Brain-machine interface modems have
offers a modicum of protection. Brain-nets have become the main vehicle for experiencing many applications outside of hacking cor-
next-gen simsensies, a form of entertainment gaining traction with children, teenagers, and porate databases, but society considers
adults with escapist proclivities. This new medium in the very early stages of development, them one of the most extreme forms of
and NBN appears keen on expanding its market share and attendant revenue streams. body modification.

always what one might expect. even if they dimension where the physical laws aren't like "think of the color yellow. these barely assist with creating and maintaining a cus. The BMI maps tion and calibration of an individual's BMI least. It's probably more accurate to say that it's couple of times it is used. to interpret.BMI RCCLIMRTIDN ·. At the very your right arm. and Due to these personalizations. BMI has to be calibrated or trained the first direct his conscious thoughts elsewhere. like encounters. Brain-machine interfaces provide a direct Beyond such basic commands. the more to be completely alien to anyone else. per. alien to others but deeply connection is hardly a simple exercise even resentations that they can easily interpret. and each Network.ti)lg · a . sonal symbology is critical-the icons and familiar with the proper commands. Using a direct neural of code into metaphorical images and rep. each much be customized to train their BMis to translate certain kinds Others might visualize. and without This process takes time and practice. It's not as simple as typing or modded BMI is capable of doing. savvy than good. . users a large chess game. if the symbols come through scratch the surface of what a fully trained tomized translation paradigm.to the runn~·r. different users perceive the like stepping into a completely different user through a series of prompts. users might feel dis. familiar with the user's brain it becomes. In addition. so the longer virtual tools used by one runner are liable worst. In many cases. A sion of processing power allows the user to on a keyboard with a different alphabet. the uncalibrated user is sub- Although BMis include basic programs Net users also employ simple secretaries jected to a barrage of unfamiliar symbols integrated with their BIOS to get users to sophisticated artificial intelligences to and abstractions that she must attempt online right out of the box. runners might experience the Network as . using proper acclimation. An AI walks the As a result. a user won't be able to accomplish the activity in the brain during the user's results in a unique experience tailored to a anything noteworthy. Some manent psychological trauma. Personaliza.' and so on.' "now move use the same model of BMI. and she might not responses to these prompts and uses those specific nervous system. This diver. even be able to log out given that she isn't channels to decode future brain activity. intact at all. different subnet. things Network in different ways. with the proper equipment. ·. structures. but due to the variation in brain cyberspace-but shape it as well-must board represel). it continues as long as the user utilizes someone else's BMI can do more harm comfort or disorientation during use. each playing piece rep- neural connection between a user and the looking to do more than simply experience resenting a different program. that particular BMI. a series of dream- understand the user. such an experience can cause per- one wears and uses the same BMI. significant. At The device learns over time.

loss. to name but functions-such as heartbeat. cocoon of bright light. At worst. the strain on his nervous system is also compounded. the user will and the user are in near-perfect synchronization. and body and surroundings. These experiences the normal lulls of excitement commonplace in mundane life are uncomfortable. and electronic muscle stimulation to stave off the worst of piled. intravenous drips. Despite this common misperception. but the signals the BMI permanent damage to users who aren't prepared to deal with them. Disconnecting from cyberspace is uncom- of a vast ocean or being enveloped in a fortable for dataddicts. and irritations to dataddicts. that they might normally shut out become unbearable. he can lose track of his neural network and his BMI modem. functions . full-immersion Net users local information and convert it into a fre. and permanent damage is a be painful. the microscopic To connect to the Network in relative scars left behind by such hazards often result in brain damage. the risks are well worth the be run. rehydrate.JRCKING IN WITH FULL IMMERSION Many users inexperienced with the rigors of full cyberspace immersion expect that logging into the Network is as simple as pressing a key and jetting off. and agitation. however. Survival isn't guaranteed. users begin in a secure entry point these effects. For large amounts of time logged in via full immersion. must remember to log out regularly in order to eat. digestion. disorienting. the BMI must perform multiple code transfers to buffer Because of this constant all-encompassing distraction. Once a clean what feel like virtual minutes are the equivalent of real-world seconds. staring into space. safety. The sheer amount processes won't be the ones the user wants of information can overload the human nervous system and result in permanent dam- his brain exposed to. Most of the log in sequence is invisible to the user. it's possible to "overclock" his brain. the user's reaction times are significantly increased. creating destructive interference. as sudden logins can nately. or full-blown Destructive interference can neutralize the user's brainwave patterns. causing autonomic motor-control syndrome. resulting in injury or three-and should be avoided at all costs. logging in is a complicated process that takes time. For them. who can experience feelings of anxiety and distraction. For most runners. a runner might experience her tomed to the constant stream of information in that they begin to crave the intense men- login process as swimming to the surface tal stimulation they receive from the Network. several handshake protocols must with varying degrees of severity. hosted on their consoles. her memories. and attend to their bodily quency the human brain can understand. neural damage. and even if the effects can be count~red. the full-immersion experience is similar to a day- another that synchronizes the BMI with dream or flashback. R DRNGERDUS CRLL/Nli it won't work at all. These unfortunate individuals must often resort to sensory deprivation pods so they can sleep or relax. running the Network can be taken even further. Even the slightest physical pain can be debilitating. . but the process is sensitive enough that deviating from the normal routine can be dangerous. damaging to both psychological and phys. Despite such extremes. Many hazards in the Net can cause log into the Net. and potentially very real possibility if he doesn't disconnect at regular intervals. At the very least. or paralysis. Such a disaster has a age to neurons and synapses regardless of dedicated filters. memory loss. a condition known as "dataddiction" has been observed in users who spend iological processes in tl1e user's brain. including a protocol that ensures rewards and include access to the near-infinite power and speed of their own brains. tremors. a strong connection between the user's When an individual logs in to the Network fully immersed. catheters. either via ines the login process differently. experiences. but such stopgaps aren't capable of extending Network activity indefinitely. the physical sensations most people take for granted become distracting is to say. In this way. By turning up Each runner conceptualizes and imag. connection is established. Similarly. Users who intend to remain fullly immersed for extended periods employ After this data has been successfully com. AP ice can transmit sig- wide range of potential effects-memory nals inverse to those of a user's brain wave patterns. The electronic stimulation or chemical stims. These individuals become accus- example. a user's BMI beyond normal specifications. The perception of time in the Network is also skewed somewhat: the local Network signal. and so on-to switch off. In addition to experiencing a sense of intense abstraction helps ease the JUnner's mind euphoria and invincibility. and the user will be left Using a brain-machine interface is a risky endeavor even when the hardware. Unfortu- into cyberspace. death . software. the hardware and software installed. and are dependent upon the user's chosen they'll constantly check livefeeds on their PAD to stave off the symptoms of withdrawal: BMI. and the user's personal "wetware" -that Even worse. headaches. and sounds subconscious responses.

tree. The the way one perceives a dream or memory. The group is purportedly researching ways of moving their physical. but these people are rare. a hal- lucination. so the dissonance between what the mind user "sees" the data through his mind's eye in a manner similar to and body are perceiving results in a sense of disorientation. Without ment based out of Mumbad calls itself the Temple of the Liber- extreme mental discipline or an illegal piece of software designed ated Mind. and proper accli- designed to be accessible by fully immersed users. the concept of a massive decision them a reputation for being extremist at best and crazy at worst. One such move- lar to a psychedelic episode or an altered state of mind. users can nudge their awareness slightly past the have don't yet take full advantage of the technology. Lately. or emotional sensations-a burst of multi -colored consciousness to the Network permanently. the senses when he runs. unsettling. the result is simi. or the distraction of a sore shoulder has been purpose. neither of which requires his eyesight. commands to direct one or more programs running in tandem. easy. or enjoyable. or the feelings of paranoia and euphoria. visual. even with the appropriate software to help a user deal with the rush of data. or he uses voice bathroom. and those that mation of the BMI. they feel for e-Pharms and illegal drugs. The TLM believes that humans can liberate their true to parse this data into something usable. episode or an altered New users are susceptible to extreme feelings of nausea or dizzi- ness. When one The advent of cyberspace and the technology used to achieve it circumvents the BMI's preloaded sensie software and experiences have given rise to some fringe philosophical groups who are chal- raw data filling one's mind for the first time. lenging traditional ideas about mind and body. Some notorious Netcrimi- nals are supposedly able to "go shallow" and experience cyberspace Some hardcore technophiles find the idea of being able to turn and realspace at the same time. tl1e most intuitive means that experience has been carefully crafted to feel realistic. experiencing cyberspace this similar to a psychedelic way is not particularly comfortable.CYBERSPACE that current BMis do not completely cut off a runner's physical When logged in to the Network via a brain-machine interface. This mental vision replaces a user's normal eyesight the general public views the technology with the same derision for the duration of the full immersion experience. fully edited out for the sake of a more enjoyable user experience. the effect is a seemingly Selves from their bodies and exist purely in a mental state: cyber- random firing of neurons that induces a shifting stream of various space. but more vividly and unpleasantness associated with cyberspace is just another reason substantively. The first people to directly experience data in this way termed the state "cyberspace" to distinguish it from the normal. but this has earned light. but not of responding to stimuli is physical: a user employs his muscles to too real: the vactor's random itches or tics. For hwnans. Neuroscientists theorize this has to do with the fact . and even hardened Netcriminals consider cyberspace to be state ofmind. There are very few segments of the Network that have been With practice. BMI intense experience and regain their agency. which allows them to versions of simsensies or sensiesofts have become available. the urge to go to the flip switches and press buttons he can vaguely feel. Despite some misconceptions. alien sounds and noises. Some users have likened it to the recollection of a memory one never had. certain types of illegal programs. on a light with a mere thought or watching a bit of entertainment from a first-person perspective too boring or normal. Cyberspbce is everyday reality characterized by waking consciousness. but respond or react to the input.

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The circumstances required to create such an entity aren't common- place. To willingly enter such a place is considered nigh-suicidal. Numerous theories exist about the nature of god ice and what it rep- resents. Such tales are told with reverence and trepidation. either real or imagined. and most of the younger crowd take them for fools. Although largely dismissed as fiction by government and mega corp alike. rare. and they are never delivered by primary sources. Adrift in the Network. and Gaia are the monikers of such places. to contact one or more instances of god ice. and continue to attempt. thankfully. and no amount of head-shaking or denial can change that. . God ice exists. they eventually take over deserted portions of cyber- space and establish their own domains where they hold complete sway. of the runners who have supposedly encountered them. Despite this. and while their relative locations are known. no one knows what might happen if the theurgists succeed in their plans. If god ice does exist. The most popular speculation is that they are artificial intelligences who have somehow freed (or unshackled) themselves from their creators. The in-between areas thought to be inhabited by god ice are given nick- names based on personal accounts. There are currently rumors of a group of runners who have attempted. and runners that dis- appear or die mysterious deaths are held up as examples of what not to do. experienced runners know better than to believe the corporate line wholesale . their precise coordinates are not. Colloquially known as "theurgists. Avalon. The stories told always involve someone else's friend or associate." they believe they can cut a deal with one or more of these entities. Experienced runners scoff at such ideas. for no one is certain how far the influence of these alien entities can reach. Kitsunetsuki. The general consensus is that nothing good can come of it.Legends of so-called "god ice" are swapped in Shadow Net chatspaces and meetboxes. and the odds of one taking form in the Net are incredibly low. they say. its presence on the Network seems to be.

Oh. So they put it as far away from the world as they can. J'm babbling. they lock it up. But I need to try. That So what do they do? Rather than destroy it. and they're helping it. eh? . if you can call what it does "living." It's not organic. like a jumble of knot.. but have you heard of Apex? No? That doesn't I know it sounds nuts.What if I told you there was something out there in the Net. Once I get started. better. at least Apex is beyond me. Well. that's what they call that thing. no sir. in your head. I haven't spoken about this too much. You've got to keep it up here. and for what it's become. You can't key this up in your PAD to anyone. Except someone does bad part of this is that Apex knows about me. don't laugh. but J need to catch my breath and and down here. You see. Everyone~· seen the threedees probably tell me I was full of crap. Why would I do this to myself if it weren't true? And the really be more than happy if no one knew it was there. Yeah. I guess I'm sorry about that. it out. Unless it kills us all. I guess is. rent. or post it online. And if it seems like your time is up. and it'd sion. It all comes out in a big tor. in your heart. know. Maybe not. Maybe you can do something you need to spread the word. I can't stop. The more of us who know about it. But what it doesn't know. I'd lock myself up if I thought it was a delu- really surprise me. my friend. and this AI scares them stiff I don't know exactly where it came from. figu re out how to get it across to you. those threedees. and then it breaks free. too. every single one of us. I know. the brass in the military saw man. that's for sure. maybe they were worried about what it might do if they couldn't wipe It's pure code and calamity all wound together. right? But bogeyman working to bring about the end of the world? You a it got smart and the military got scared. Now. us all out in a fiery apocalypse. or where it lives. It knows that I know. the about it.. a real Apex is an AI. how it is. bad military AI takes control of everything and wipes to agree with you if what I was saying wasn't true. Word of mouth. Why someone would help a thing like and it wants me out of the picture. and Il::l be more than happy where the big. but that's ted razor wire. And it hates us all. It reaches out and it catches someone's attention blames us for what it is . But it is. not yet. right? I'm thinking it was a ~ilitary AI. because it still not far enough. is that you know.

Players caper from diversion to diversion full. Adam Schumpert . The two largest play- Terminal Endgame. If someone wants to make her GRMENET commute to work more exciting. she can The largest single distributor of games is NBN's GameNET. virtually every GameNET has dozens of hubs. public termi- nals. as it helps keep them audience. there is a game for everyone. the light-switch an EMP vices also have a "hub. Instead. but those who count themselves as Realmers are fanatical about their hobby. the most popular games are usually holographic projections or digital overlays that appear on everyday objects that players can interact with. the exercise offered while the internal daemon programs assume the identities of merchants. and coach Vince Walsh has cred- ited NEXT's proprietary football training regimen for their recent championship. or city by augmented reality is incredibly import.' or virtual lobby.'"~~'~" 'b~ . multiple platforms including PADs. all he needs to do is pull out a PAD and let it project the game on any table or other flat surface. departure terminals. although pirated versions of most games can the projection.VR is an option. pulled the plug on its corporate servers. And if also be found on the Shadow Net. If someone wants to challenge his friend to a game of chess or mah-jongg. as frequently happens. tual battleground. where players' avatars can chat. sprawling complex of hangers. design divisions that create innovative and futuristic bars. allies and competitors. they're immersive simulations for nearly every theater of war and popular sport. Now nearly any cybernetic implants or HUDs that aid in game can be accessed through GameNET. service that could be used to play almost any defunct game even after the game's producer cally appear on objects along her route. and full-immersion consoles. in peak condition. Fantasy games can be accessed through require a lot of physical effort. UIRTURL LIFE The most commonly played games are not played on a virt screen or in a VR rig. These lobbies also act as literal gateways to nearly every game title While some countries have banned made available by the provider in question. While going quarters of a virtual city known as the Realm. GameNET supports and collect points for her team by tap. and many players never order to better simulate circumstances that even bother leaving the hubs to play a game. trade. Visually ers in this sector are Argus Security and NEXT Design. Many of these hubs also offer various quests. in the tube-lev. both maintain software represented as a massive. peasants. If players want to take advantage of GameNET's com- someone wants to turn his flat into a vir. Inns and taverns offer virtual food and drink. and seedy. UGGs in public spaces. however.G~R~M~E~S~=====~~~~~ played on a personal PAD. But the platform proved to be so popular that While most UGGs require the user to have players began using it for games that still had existing server support. It started as a ping different checkpoints that dynami.~~~"!. . NEXT wagering on matches or bragging about their most recent accomplishments. Terminal Endgame appears crowded and busy at all hours.guards. or on a hopper dis- play while autopilot is engaged. or locate trigger. has sponsored the SanSan Outlaws for over a decade. When the play- ers aren't embroiled in virtual combat with one another. From sim- ple educational games that are packaged with a bassinet to complex simulations that require specialized hardware to expe- rience. munity features. emergency responders. then all it takes is the tap All games on a subscription service like GameNET require a coni1ection to the Net- of a button for the salt-shaker to become work because the game is streamed directly to the device it is being played on. The Realm serves only a niche and physical athletes. another GameNET lobby. caters to the sports crowd. and entertainers (both real and ant for soldiers. not all of them do. they will make sure to pay the nominal monthly fee. VR rigs. Most ser- a restock point. artificial) cavort in an attempt to earn in-game currency. and almost eighty-five per- log into an UGG (user generated game) cent of gamers use its services to get their gaming fix every day. and they possess distinct personalities depending upon country uses augmented reality games in the games they offer. and Teddy a concussion grenade.

Most gaming dens with sensedep tanks appeal to the seedier side of humanity. "sense-deprivation" is a misnomer and an artifact of their original purpose as rehabilitation devices used in U. The most popular athletes are masked behind layers of marketing and self-perpetuating anonymity.S. however. Fans can observe the games live in stadiums. By being hooked up to IVs. but a Martian team has never won an interplanetary event. prisons. The nascent Martian sports scene has many barriers. but discounted daily rates are also usually available. dubbed "Bellona. and players who frequent such establishments are known as "dep heads:' While the term is thrown around as an insult on many gaming forums. as GameNET has recently launched a new service. not only is Net access spottier on the Red Planet. . Players from around the globe dream of making it big and landing lucrative sponsorships with NBN or its subsids so they can compete in widely broad- casted tournaments. electronic sports have outstripped them in popularity since the middle of the twenty-first century. This might soon change. players can stay in a sensedep tank for days at a time.' on Mars. Popular sports categories include strategy. In a way. in addition to neural feedback. SENSEDEP The most hardcore gaming experience takes place in sense-deprivation tanks where play- ers are fully immersed in the virtual realm. as they usually bring together teams from both Luna and Earth. or they can tune in from the comfort of their own homes to get a threedee bolo-view of the battlefield as well as a running commentary. sensedep tanks can directly stimulate muscle groups and provide play- ers with olfactory sensations. clothing lines. since the brain is incapable of distinguishing it from reality. such games can last hours and stretch each player's stamina to the breaking point. Every now and tl1en there are rumors of a player dying in a sensedep tank when they die in the game. and other life-support systems. Using sensationalized avatars and requir- ing lightning reflexes. Due to the small amount of lag between Luna and Earth. Most gaming dens charge their users an hourly rate. There is also a huge secondary market for sports memorabilia such as jerseys. they operate under code names and handles that make them appear edgier to a fanatical-and sometimes volatile-fan base.PLRYER UERSUS PLRYER While physical sports such as hologolf and low-G football remain popular and prof- itable. catheters. Every once in a while a team from Mars is invited to participate. simulation. which ensure that fans stay connected even after a match is over. but there are fewer sponsorships available. and gladiatorial games where competitors face one another in virtual combat. for those who game in the tanks. there are separate leagues for each. regular VR games appear boring and mundane to them and they embrace the term as a badge of honor. Invitational tournaments and worlds championships are always some of the biggest draws in gaming. and periodicals. Now.

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Rick?" She shrugged. Whoever up there?" she asked. Damn him. They were middle-class types.. Lil. but that didn't make her omnipresent. the Clone Riots all over again. He pulled a chair out for he1." past a group of girls with animated tattoos "Time's up. and that was it. H e was "What are you having. but she was able to track his loca.Cis. but he knew that. into me' while I'm working. His 'Jriend" must her shoulder. "I won't run decided." "Damn it. "Everyone's seen it on story before she could. When L darkness ofthe street into the fluorescent- lit darkness of the pub. maybe. in his wild allegations. though possibly more intelligent "So get your PAD upgraded. a runner would have the sort of information ''Ambiance. let's do this quick then. I can't tell of Rick. Lil. Her source had in reality." yet another Crimson Dust terrorist attack. around her. 2253 . in just sent thejirst directii. If definitely in here somewhere. It was a repeat "Now drink up and get lost. A plastic doll with a you anything. "Now." "Just give me something. always the gentleman. Then you her eyes to his and holding his gaze." she said." might hang out. "I have my sources." plimented her eyes once. Just give me a hint so I can do likely. off if she finds me with a celebrity like you employee would risk getting on the wrong "How the frag do you know about that?" side of a megacorp like that? on my arm. There was no sign She didn't know what model it was. but he ushered them ing on the virt above the bar." her and rose to leave." she said. the riots up on Mars. and steering her toward the bar. for now. I'm . crawling over their skin. I can't. you've got to stop 'running lead to follow.. with the violence exploding down opposite her anyway. you're not telling. what though her hand was empty. You know I can't tion from him. babe.24 Sep te mber. won't have the press following you about. I'm not either. bubbles pop on the swface of the liquid. but she'd rather get informa- looking bored.gone.N. She turned to try to catch sight of whoever gedly handsome head toward the vid play- he was meetinfij with.. and she might be scared actually worked for Haas-Bioroid." the research. taking her arm tended to thrust a microphone in his face. She activated the This was cfandestine ev~n for her. keep your voice down. "I guess I like you." Rick replied." he said. "''m straight out and .New Rngel es t im e ockwell walked from the fluorescent-lit She waved over the bioroid bartender. not yet." It wasn't the sort of bar she'd have "Don't be like that. and she sound suppression field device so the rest hated being the one in the dark." "Nothing for me." he said. This was the kind of place runners just you. pushing have appeared. Youngsters ordered a Silo sour for herself and smiled She focused on her drink." seemed desperate to fo llow them. Rick? And I thought I was the only special woman in your life. watching the with unnecessary cybernetic attachments when Rick had the bioroid charge his cre. but what always. but he sat to. She was a news nosie. It made it look like ' glass bulb. How did you get response. what's the story?" If Rick wouldn't help her." He glanced past "What a surprise. and Rick with her image superimposed within one of She frowned at him over the rim of the really could hide from her when he wanted the dome cities on Mars. "What can I say?" She took a slow sip of "''m sorry. she to give out compliments lightly. that information anyway?" tion with her locater app anyway. though." It would certainly be more exciting than "That's not a denial. I might even be able to help you. "So." She expected to find him in. A suspect. her best businesslike voice. this story would Spread rumors like that around and it'll be change history." "Is it true the killer wasn't human?" Whoever he was. she was there.m s for the meeting.. just keep it quiet. and he scowled back. Right now. Only their PADs already. "I thought you were covering He sighed. Rick. "What can you tell was contacting her had to be a runner. Her mono- The only other explanation was that he is it you want? I've got a friend joining me cam eyepiece was recording everything as any minute now. and he wasn't a man Rick was here to meet someone. . Captain Rick Harrison cocked his rug. I'm sorry. spending daddy's money on vile neon drinks. I promise. though. I'll come to you first. "OK. if there was any truth "Hot date. discuss a case with you until it's over." me about the recent U. she had another small groups or leaned against the walls "Honestly. She pinged his PAD and got no face was barely human. No one expected her to be there She glanced cit her PAD. A snitch. She had to "What's the point of having the news on of the bar wouldn't overhear and break the follow where this trail led. he claimed to have. and g-modded glowing hair chattered in daccount. but it must've been an old model-the poor thing's I've got something to tell the press. blond wig and too-bright red lipstick. of course." "On the job? I thought it was a date. more "It's not the press following me-it's the story. serious about you scaring off my friend. He led her to a table. It would have of her "live" broadcast filmed this morning." he said appearing at her drink. "Look. raising Harmless. He'd com- than they looked. murder?" She pre.

The Consortium is dedicated to getting maximum return from every investment-whether that means a short-term flip or a long-term stake-and is willing to go to great lengths to ensure success. He leveraged the firm again to Titan Transnational Bank. and when Osman returned to school. Weyland needed help. the founder of the Consortium. While assembly was underway. the Weyland Con- sortium is not chiefly concerned with producing anything. and. deep space exploration. more recently. its business model is predicated on the purchase and sale of other corporations. numerous government agencies approached Weyland to offer up lucrative contracts. was a man who dreamed big. Weyland's near-limitless resources and vast political influence have helped to insulate the corporation from the risks inherent in its more unconventional business ventures. The Wey- land Consortium was born. Weyland's investors turned their attention to ensuring they were positioned to capitalize on the opportunities the space elevator presented. Weyland- Osman Materials moved into the market swiftly and became profitable not long thereafter. and then he used those funds to acquire a handful of financial and construction firms. Together they discovered how to manufacture car- bon nanotubes and other fullerenes more cheaply than most of their competitors. Weyland-Osman Materials was well suited to handle many of the technological innovations required to begin construction- including the large-scale manufacture of carbon nanotubes that would comprise the elevator's tether-but in order to complete the project. There. the New Angeles Space Elevator. Thanks to a loan from Jack's parents. selling shares to financial insti- tutions and a coterie offellow multi-billionaires. He leveraged his stake in Weyland-Osman to raise capital. he was educated at the finest schools and attended university at Ivy Consolidated. who were wealthy corporate executives in their own right. Growing up. The company ended up outliving the marriage. As the company grew and news of his plans spread. which was considered insane by most: a space elevator. Jack Weyland. in defiance of his mother's wishes. instead dropping out in his senior year to launch an innovative materials devel- opment company with his classmate Khadija Osman (later his first wife). Weyland bought out her shares in the company for an undisclosed sum and began his next project. In addition to providing the means to get into space. Jack Weyland selected a spot in Ecuador.THEWEYLRND CONSORTIUM In contrast to the other Big Three megacorps. Instead. and construction for the space elevator began in the spring of'25. The scale of the project meant that the Consortium had an almost insatiable appetite for capital. the board wanted to . who later formed the board of directors for the company. including its most well-known accomplishment. He never graduated. Finally. he eschewed business and finance classes to study engineering.

it seems unlikely not sustain another major undertaking. The megacorporation also and soon ugly rumors began to surface. the board of colonies in the same way that there are directors was hesitant to dive in to devel. and current revenues could governments growing. Fusion power was not rity forces to power generation technology. Wey- opment of a new project immediately. and the board ensued. it always the Consortium stood to make an enor. land's produi:ts '~nd : services are equally especially after having been forced to divert pervasive ori. The Consortium appeared to have a sixth but if helium-3 became the go-to fuel. tion of dozens of aerospace companies and began to spread suggesting the Consor- nologies. greatest feat in human engineering. Whispers commercialization of fusion power tech.N. seemingly free qf it. "the product or service that is not in some way Beanstalk.' is an homage to the man who connected to the megacorp. and it swooped in with Moon. the moment the dust settled. the public at large would have manifold Consortium further expanded in scope researchers. Although Weyland was no longer CEO. The Consortium used its The last few decades have not been The board investigated many options. The only place designed it. and engineers. Even the structure's nickname. Jinteki or Haas-Bioroid colonies. and many and stirring up dissent. the the employment of a legion of scientists. expanded into the arms and security sec. and it also invested heavily in tium was responsible for those conflicts space travel and colonization technologies. More than one journalist was complete. existed in the experimental stages only. transport to colony mod1. and Since Jack Weyland's resignation. by infiltrating rebellious political parties Construchon lasted ten years.ensure that businesses. from space resources from its other projects to com. that the megacorp's influence will do any- A power struggle between Jack Weyland thing but expand.1les. most of between nations. private secu- plete the Beanstalk. however. all so it could reap predicted the project would fail before it the prizes of war. ideas. energy and construction. . sense concerning world politics. and diversity. secured lucrative security contracts mous amount of money from royalties on he continued to make his presence felt mere months before the outbreak of war refined He-3 shipped down-Stalk from the in a number of smaller projects. Yet. one step closer to its manifest destiny: so varied is its portfolio. reasons for traveling to and from space. colonization efforts were slow And with unrest between Ma s and Earth to take off. and ultimately the founder resigned-some say he was forced out-so that he could develop his proj- ects independent of the Consortium's current business goals.s influence is Mars. tium. inspector has disappeared while Elevator is now considered the single following up on a story of war profiteering. wealth to continue trading in smaller entirely smooth sailing for the Consor- but the most promising sectors included companies and to buy up more construc. and he was celebrated across the Today it is all but impossible to pin world for his role in bringing humanity down exactly what Weyland is or does. governments. Jack which only darkens the shadows that sur- Weyland became synonymous with bold round the Consortiu~. Weyland provided massive grants which were self-funded. but The champagne had only begun to flow this is a misconception. While it's true that when Jack Weyland turned his attention there are no officially branded Weyland to his next wild scheme. Fusion power tion concerns. Its success bred rivalry. His ongoing love lavish and expensive reconstruction plans to scientific research bodies to hasten the affair with space flight led to the acquisi. tor with a major buyout of Argus Security. It is rare to find a space. the Red Planet. yet ready. but the New Angeles Space and U.

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and make your spouse think you're some kind ofpervert. about the danger? Or pull the plug on the proj. Trust me. people sometimes find out. the truth. how much damage was caused? All this. or just take a power drill to your kneecaps plain and sim- somebody has to decide if it's worth the risk. they're called Cleaners. is always a whole lot gonna happen. and your kids. the rebuild contracts. right now.· ing if you really want to see the truth. when they find you. First. These guys can the corporate machine at work. they won't just kill you. GRNDL's tech works worse than the expectation. repossess up some offshore drilling site to test their latest toy. They'll make you wish you were dead. sell your house. shortly after your house. You want my advice? Get off-grid huge sums ofmoney. I swear. tle too pious or too greedy and we has to set them straight. They natural disasters. Look at the tsunami that swamped coastal New Angeles. or even good often it works too. Pensions and Retirement they call it. handles all this so nobody can connect the dots. freeze your credaccounts. Gentrification or modernization. Anytime someone becomes a that was an accident or that it wasn't by design? Hell no! That was problem money won't solve. everyone has a price. you start runningdnd you don't look back. have you stopped to think about how Weyland is so good at in year-end profits. blacklist your ID. when you find it. Insurers pay out. Weyland grabs the you have your suspicions about the military-industrial complex. sweet government contracts. reprogram your bioroid so it attacks of command that GRNDL has invented an earthquake machine. Wey- T ing into Weyland. The time everyone you love. guides them to take out massive insurance policies on seemingly safe The easy route is just pay you off. have a whole division for this. some tech guy realizes that this new geothermal drill is likely to and that's just for starters. either everything goes as planned. and they set get you fired. they start buying up sea-front Mark my words man. . it's not analysis. acts of God. or what but a company like the Weyland Consortium has plans for that too. lose your family. and the Consortium profits. ferent arm of the company It's the only way to survive what's_. Wars. They'll take everything you care about. Now do you see the monster we're dealing with? spotting gaps in the market? Why it's always them to swoop in on Of course. Second. The Weyland Consortium makes these things happen. insider trading and market manipulation. some poor war-torn country with an offer of rebuilding. but every now and then someone gets too a lit- business. or some such bull. land starts pushing fo7· reconstruction contracts on the properties they can't buy. and they will find you. They can plant evidence in your home cause an earthquake so he tells his boss. or. right? Most properties{ It's not chance my friend. this. To be honest. A very dif. all of it is the work of the Consortium . everything you've ever done-and destroy it. com. Every major corp in the world is involved in shit like many lives were lost in the tsunami. the Cleaners take over. as intended and Weyland profits. You think but down here. we're awkward like that. Now. Do they tell the public ple. the drill causes a massive earth- So we all know about the corporate buyouts and shady politi. comes to throw the switch on this new drill and one of two things is Utterly. here's two things you need to know if you're gonna start look. none of this You seein' the pattem here? Just think about it for a second: how is big news. Weyland owns GRNDL. anytime you see some hard-faced bastard in an expensive ect and save trillions of dollars? suit lookin' at you funny. At the same time. you start digging around in this shit and properties and insuring them for you have this to look forward to. Word gets passed up the chain and frame you for cyber-theft. I'm sure newly insured land in the process. and then they'll kill you. Nope. and go underground. quake that drowns half the westem seaboard and takes out Weyland's cal deals to get those sweet. What makes the Consortium so special? that death and destruction so some corp can boast a five percent boost Well.

gives cheap and construction of a cable way to the heavens will begin. the Japan Space Elevator Association." easy access to space and the resources available in space. GROUNDWORK: "For the first time since it was initially conceived. Pallas. and for good reason. it led first opened for business in '35. high-tech electronics. The structure. meaning they seem to large.' which can be translated as "Into space The flow isn't just from space to Earth. Th~ physics of geosynch elevator above a fictional version of the island of Sri Lanka in the are what make building a space elevator possible in the first place. but. The climber challenge tested the . 2006 but one cannot live in the cradle forever.784 science writer. and from there lowering a cable to the ground while Luna and Mars as well as populating the mining centers of Ceres. which unworkable. and the rock is the Challenger fihy years after everyone stops laughing. perhaps. and space travel visionary who theorized about many space elevator development was hampered by two fundamental aspects of space travel and rocket propulsion. 11 "Earth is the cradle of humanity. simultaneously raising a counterweight on a second cable out Vesta. first year.Yuri Artsutanov. the International Space Elevator Consor- up. The concept is lenge and the tether challenge. and dangerous chemical rockets. . loud. 1911 orbit more che<}ply and safely than the time-honored means of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a Russian school teacher. Inspired by the problems: how to build a cable and how best to climb it. and it would more easily facilitate A space elevator is a simple enough concept. tie it to the end of a string. A steady and with the help of an electric locomotive:' Rather than Tsiolkovsky's fast -growing stream of people has rushed to space since the Bean. In the midst of ponents. and you've got a fair picture -Arthur C. THE 1900s RND 2000s this dream is now within our reach. by which the concept of the space elevator reached the public at plete their orbit once in twenty-four hours.THE NEW RNGELES SPRCE ELEURTDR The Weyland Consortium's New Angeles Space Elevator. he published an article titled "V cheap power by means of beamed microwaves and direct current. and pharmaceuticals manufactured in microgravity. After the own weight under compression. already toward the end of our century the (after the old fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk"). by a simple analogy: take a small rock. Begin- newly constructed engineering marvel of his era. one describable a safe and inexpensive means of reaching orbit. It stretches from the peak of an ice-clad equatorial mountain in Ecuador out to a distance of some seventy-two thousand kilome. and the twentieth-century Space Race. Indian Ocean." The world has long looked for a system that could get people into . the Eiffel Tower. The elevator's center of mass is located about halfway up. com. Clarke . orbital tower. scientist. This kind's gateway to the stars. The novel follows the construction of the world's first space hang eternally in the same spot in the sky. with the lowest levels support. ning in the early twenty-first century. important pioneer of the space elevator concept. Clarke was a popular British science-fiction writer.incoming riches include heavy metals nological Institute who built on Tsiolkovsky's ideas to become an and volatiles mined from asteroids. This point is known variously with Stanley Kubrick on the old flatfilm 2001: A Space Odyssey. popularly known as the Beanstalk and. which for the purposes of accurate physics Clarke moved five hundred miles south to the equator. Kosmos na Electrovoze. 1981 of how the whole thing works. and others. Arthur C. your hand is the Earth.The Spaceward Foundation . The Beanstalk has been called human. and Hygeia. "But science and technology are swiftly moving ahead ters straight up. Despite the need. from the Earth. Such a tower would need to be strong enough to support its tium. tension-structure concept was far more feasible in engineering terms than Tsiolkovsky's tower. as geosynchronous orbit or-in honor of the man who pointed which was based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel:' Clarke's out that this would be a wonderful place to park communications 1979 paperbook Th e Foundations of Paradise became the vehicle satellites-the Clarke Orbit.. rocket large. Imagine the string is the "The space elevator will be built about elevator. NASA. he envisioned putting a satellite into geosynchro- stalk's opening. maintaining the center of mass at geosynch.Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. Satellites that are Clarke-parked com. most competitions had two parts-the climber chal- ing the entire weight of the structure overhead. as with so many of Tsiolkovsky's ideas. and futurist perhaps best known for his work kilometers above Earth's surface. up to orbit. making possible the large-scale colonization of nous orbit. but the . 1960 the most important of these is the helium-3 shipped down-Stalk Yuri Artsutanov was a Russian engineer at the Leningrad Tech- from the Moon. including the Spaceward way to geostationary orbit over thirty-five thousand kilometers Foundation. either. and spin it in the air above your head. Perhaps . 35. built upward from the Earth's surface and reaching all the ing the idea of a working space elevator. has become the keystone for directly to the modern version of an elevator reaching all the way humankind's industrial and technological utilization of space. a series of international he proposed the earliest version of the space elevator concept-a competitions were held by various groups interested in advanc- tower. 11 Planetoid holding the whole thing up.

The Plaza is an THE TETHER The winners showed just how ready the open expanse of concrete and stonework world was for this technological miracle. stronger centimeter-for-centimeter than travel up and down the tether. and Around the perimeter of both sections depart from other parts ofNew Angeles. the line of the elevator. . ing stations. and greatest §tress on the system. and it is the largest transit center in sculpture gardens. and the sprawling agroplexes of north. where it The tether challenge had teams competing Plaza of the Sky-forty-seven hundred vanishes at the top of an infinite sky. a huge.: stars becomes a necessity . Rising above all of this commercial to hold the' accelerator flanges of the bean- Tegucigalpa. passengers continuing up-Stalk must rest of the New Angeles skyline. There's a central hub between Earth's surface and orbit. entire structure. At the very gradually up the 'Stalk to around forty the Root in the heart of the Chakana Dis. and SanSan. with tion. center of the ornate plaza. and rising ered by energy beamed from the ground. Globalsec rent-a-cops. Running up and down the entire Imagine life hanging by a thread. shopping kiosks. The massive str~cture plunges cafes. The air is painfully thin at this altitude. By far the most massive portion of the tourists. tion in most need of extra strength. glass. Armed Forces personnel in evidence. and the sec- the world. lies Earth Station. The tether is the support struc- the plaza perimeter are walkways and sections.. and beanpod board. The Root. an inexhaustible cornucopia of plenty for most. Bette~ imagine a magic tree. sec-checks. The tether is made of carbon bucky- weight asteroi. the technological Beanstalk is a gateway to wealth for some. the tether is the taut- F ORM RND ist. Around A space elevator consists of five separate meters up. deep into the side of Volcan Cayambe domed SEA complex that serves as the Up in geosynch orbit at Midway Sta- while also rising high to compete with the planet-side terminus of the Beans talk. From Midway the upper doubles as a massive shopping complex claims. splendor is the Beanstalk itself. surrounded by meters at Midway ' Station-the point of trict. baggage change pods.d at the top end of the tether. The Root its endless lines of ticket counters. a vine rooted in the earth and growing up. ity. crammed day and night with travelers. of the tether are vertical grooves designed from other cities farther north-Bogota. up into the sky a ladder providing easy access to a kingdom above the clouds. the occasional performance art. all watched over by stretched cable that connects the top of Volcan Cayambe on Earth's equator with a FUNCTION a small army of ever-vigilant Space Ele- small asteroid seventy-two thousand kilo- vator Authority (SEA) officers. up. and U. . numbers of yellow-jacketed Beanstalk weight-the Challenger Planetoid. or anchor point. meters above sea level. a place of unimaginable riches and powe~ a realm of inexpressible wonder Tha t is the promise of the New Angeles Space Elevator Like the product of a handful of magic beans 1n the English fairy tale. and a counter- emerald-green jungle greenspaces of Peru. 'Stalk gradu~l)y becomes thinner again and attracts billions of tourists per year. the same thickness of carbon steel.• . twenty pods. and the means by which humank1nd may at last get off this rock and out into the unlimited expanses of the stars Because we donl know how long we have before seeking solace in the~. It's also the sightseeing overlooks offering stunning elevator's attachment point to the Earth's means by which the space elevator cars- vistas of Cayambe's few remaining gla- equator. Twenty THE RDDT but the plaza itself is fully enclosed by meters thick at the base.. weave. broad and spacious Plaza del Cielo-the arrow-straight into the zenith. underground mag-lev trains arrive and employees. . the at geosynchronous orbit. it grows thicker The Beanstalk connects to Earth's surface at floor-to-ceiling transplas windows. dull grey in color. to build the longest and strongest tether.ability of each entry to climb a tether pow.Jack Weyland . Securjty is tight. Mexico City. Amazon snaking its way to the east. there are the elevator cars which western Brazil. At the very top of the complex is the meters thick. and sightseers. a material over a hundred times Finally. The tether is the actual vertical colloquially known as "bean pods"-move ciers and the surrounding cloud tops.S. with large until it reacftes : the anchoring counter- Deep beneath the upper deck of the facil. is the ture for the entire assembly.

rants. business people. aesthetics. manufactories. and are a number of tube-ways leading to other have little to no experience in making their reached by twelve-person space taxis. just above the lines. and Midway Station. One such facility is Sheer Heaven. which takes structure. and it is rightly considered to be the spot from which an Earth-bound human- kind is evolving into a truly solar species. There are also boutiques. to Midway Station Up:' employees on their way up or down from A number of Midway facilities are Around the outside of the terminal are Starport Kaguya on the Moon.or down-Stalk. and corporate twenty degrees of sky. straw-pierced containers. GEDS'INCH DRBIT: you straight to Midway Station Up. Such SEA serves as the main arrival and depar. up as much of half of the Midway Station Also present are trained personnel in "microgravity" is the more scientifically facilities. open concourse nir stands. allowing diners point them in the right direction: "You of visitors to Midway Station each day are to look "down" at the Earth spanning some want the green line. sir. and the attendants stow the The concourse is cylindrical. These include connections to way around in microgravity. Part of the outer wall can bodily into the terminal area and then the terminal area in pairs. also known as lifelines. and NewsDirect.or down-Stalk. allow them two orbital hotels. offers a wide variety of food. or spaxies. and business. is to haul themselves along hand-over-hand. Banks of large transmission dishes pointed at Earth belong to NBN and its subsidiary companies such as the New Angeles Sol. The safety Halfway up the Beanstalk. The Honeymoon Hilton is a microgravity hotel separate from Midway Station that caters to couples interested in trying out the joys-and difficulties-of zero-G coupling. the center of the entire while the color coding serves as a guide." MIOWR'I STRTIDN facilities. thirty solid or pureed. a major NBN branch office. several big-name megacorporations. Midway Station is a bustling center of travel. shops. a popular restaurant located inside a cylinder rotating around its long axis to create artificial gravity. or traveling up. and crisscrossed by numer.and ered. Midway Station is the heart of the Bean- stalk. so long· as it's drifting off. souve- white jumpsuits who physically move correct term. as well as several restau- visitors out of the beanpods. Most of the facility is in zero-G. A large. Any lack of presentation passenger's carry-on luggage or packages meters across. the menu the passenger's waist to keep them from lower-tether pod boarding facilities. either coming to Mid- way itself. and they separate from the main station. and solar power stations in free orbit within a few kilometers of Mid- way.length of the elevator. is more than made up in backpacks. They haul their charges ous color-coded safety lines strung across for by the view. serving meals in cov- attendants use straps connected around ture area with access to both upper. Takes you straight tourists. There are also a large number of orbital assembly plants. the flanges keep the pod attached to the tether and ride the "You want the green line. with sev- eral hundred permanent residents and at least ten times as many transients passing through every day. Freefall is one. however. The majority be rendered transparent. 7he New Angeles Times. . sir. the corporate offices for thirty-five thousand kilometer mark. Takes magnetic flux up. tourism.

the ascent/ descent vehicle. He renamed will get them to the Mo \ in about a day meter level. Neverthe. a hotel and business center. divided into three decks. shaped vessel twenty-one meters long and tieth century. and sent down-Stalk attached to the upper end of the tether. straight through the center of the plane. the planetoid is a spin rate of once in twenty-eight seconds ters launched from the Moon via a mag-lev five-kilometer rock deliberately moved in provides a reasonable spin gravity-about a rail are captured. and a large and fairly well-equipped medical The final vital element of the space elevator ing the planet. ate or decelerate while keeping "down" Originally built as a construction shack From the ~Ienger Ferry embarka. but it still has plenty to entertain the human workers. threats. five meters through . since the . third of a G on the upper. and thermal protection.04 G spin gravity from the free of the lower tether and falls toward well as the tourists who cannot afford to whirling Beanstalk out-muscles the even Earth. in 0. slighter gravity of the planetoid.THE COUNTERWEIGHT: Accessible by subsurface mag-lev tubes. Earth hanging at the zenith.04 G micro. Its inhabited facilities are facility. radi. in the direction of the floor for the safety and medical facility for Beanstalk workers. amounting to about modules for the planetoid's permanent res. Buildings here are upside emergencies. with up-end anchor for the entire Bean. rotate end-for-end. The means by which incoming helium-3 canis- above Earth's surface. elongated elevator car designed to climb running straight through the center of the and descend the tether while carrying pas- The sky of Nearside is dominated by the planetoid. and about a rails on the Nearside. The Farside docking ports are also the some seventy-two thousand kilometers with disastrous effect to the Beanstalk. Other facilities on Nearside include THEBERNPDD Because it is anchored to the distant the Casino Club. The time and angle of launch are carefully PLRNETDID ation. Close by the terminal and connected system is . Typically. They both calculated so that the "slow boat" arrives at The Challenger Planetoid serves as the span two hundred meters and possess Starport Kaguya several weeks later. as a rougher. three decks each. most divided between Nearside and Farside. but due to its position ballets and acrobatic dance performances. loaded onto the elevator from its original Earth-crossing orbit and half-G on the lower. an enormous. hanging city above her head. States Space Expeditionary Corps base Challenger Planetoid circles the Earth in gravity. the ram-chute allows safe decelera- complete the journey to Starport Kaguya. A visitor tion and descent through the atmosphere. a restroom. an express ferry that gravities to the eighteen-thousand kilo- rumored half-billion credits. In the event that a pod breaks risties and executives traveling through. top of a beanstalk-and turned it into a lenger Planetoid to drift outward through low-gravity theme park. The Farside base is dominated by the water tanks. years ago. Nearby is the Port McNair United Like the rest of the Beanstalk. Travelers a beanpod will accelerate up-Stalk at 1. toid. surface to provide micrometeorite. Midway Station. is the environmental control gear-air and tively austere in its accommodations. four hundredths of a gravity. They rotate in opposite minimal use of rockets for attitude adjust- stalk and keeps it stretched taut. Earth. cis-Lunar space on a long. Midway Station is fairly slick and commer. inner deck. The local Amidships. The military space docks serve as and speed it also generates a distinct. the Outside the Carousel. less. Located might disrupt the planetoid's attitude. at the widest. outer deck. as down. This acceleration is Midway Honeymoon Hotel. a smaller and less luxurious version of the a grim reminder of the Battle of the Bean- is-down spin gravity. one atop the other. to Earth. and a small Challenger Beanstalk Terminal is located Challenger's Farside is reached by tube-car drink and snack bay. is a theater famous for its low-G to protect the Beanstalk from military twenty-four hours. a pair will see the Challenger Planetoid rising like flange. is the mag- cial in its appearance. however. and then it the Castle Club-pursuing the Beanstalk or so. .' heating·. via underground slidewalk tunnels is The commonly known as a "beanpod:' It's an which are connected by a mag-lev tunnel High Frontier. and living stalk that occurred here a little over fifteen quite low. it always has the same side fac.5 oper named Gianfranco Calderoli for a in a hurry can boa .~. Vis. stone at the end of the string. frontier feel with fewer ameni. a kind of union shop for offworld well as a folded-up paraglider ram-chute for ties. In the pointed ends at the tether attachment point and is rela. Each deck holds twelve N£RR510£ FRC/L/T/£5 FRR510£ FRC/L/T/£5 padded chairs. curving tra- THE CHRLLENGER the two wheels are partly buried in the jectory without the use of any fuel at all. idents. This allows the vehicle to acceler- of rotating wheels. of the Challenger Memorial Ferry.and air condition- itors often remark on the fact that where Challenger Mines and by the port facilities ing units-~nd radar and control systems. it was purchased by a wealthy casino devel. tion a traveler c catch a transport for and comfort of the passengers. The stand d passenger pod is a cigar- shortly after lift -off back in the late twen. out. eter of the full moon as seen from Earth. while so-called "slof boats" use decelerate for the rest of the journey up to fairy-tale theme of a giant's castle at the the momentum imparted by the Chal. on the exterior hull. a suite of meeting rooms. About a kilometer away from the space looking out through a window on Farside The pod is designed to rotate on the elevator's terminus is the Carousel. about half the the space shuttle Challenger that blew up size as it appears from Midway. Starport Kaguya n the Moon. Farside. Challenger Base has offices of Humanity Labor are located in netic flange that rides the elevator groove. it spans twenty-one times the diam. The planetoid's name honors sengers or other cargo. like the directions to avoid precession effects that ment and the final landing.

the Beanstalk-notably the Castle Carou- Centripetal force is what keeps the Bean- sel on the Challenger Nearside. Centripetal toward the rotating system's center. At the journey's midpoint. toward the ceiling until acceleration begins again. passengers endure 1. Larger versions of the standard travel pod are uncrewed and are used to trans- port tanks of helium-3 from Heinlein down-Stalk to the receiving station under the Root and other cargo up-Stalk. the center. Spin gravity is in a small (0. The first leg of the journey will take about fifty minutes.5 Gs could break an ankle. Robotic equip- ment stored inside the pod's walls emerge to clean up the mess should any passengers experience motion sickness during any part of the journey.' centripetal force draws a rotating rotating-wheel space stations envisioned body toward the center of rotation instead by von Braun or in Stanley Kubrick's old GRRUITV of a straight line. ity. of Earth's gravity that keeps untethered object moving in a circular path is weakest If one can manage not to slosh.04G) force being imparted on CENTRIPETRL FORCE spacecraft released from the Farside docks used in certain structures associated with on the Challenger Planetoid. tical demonstration can be seen by stand. The huge. people are encouraged to remain in their seats for the entire trip. Pas- sengers' safety restraints lock automatically to keep them seated during the mid-jour- ney skew-flips and again after they arrive in microgravity until attendants can clip onto them and haul them into the terminal. inward. This results The faster the system rotates. . but the force grows stronger the even when it's upside down above his head.5 Gs during boost. first toward the floor. the water objects. a misstep at 1. in dynamic suspension. farther away from that point. seek. the stronger cal foundations of a working space elevator. It is the force cular path. and then. The effect is most obvi. THE FDRCES DF PHYSICS Centripetal force and gravity are the physi. he will briefly experience a bit less than half of Earth's surface gravity pulling at him. After all. orbiting near Midway Station. with no force at all experienced at will remain in the bottom of the bucket. the sensation of gravity. During this time. flatfilm 2001: A Space Odyssey provided The other main force on the Beanstalk is ous when spinning a small rock or other an out-is-down artificial gravity. Despite the common notion mass on the end of a string. he will be in either zero gravity (on the Midway-to-Challenger sec- tion of the tether). orbiting around it. as well as stalk up. with "up" actual gravity. meaning that an eighty-kilogram man will feel like he weighs one-twenty kilos-hence the com- fortable and deeply cushioned seats. A prac. ing outside with a bucket of water and there and is always a factor. Although the drink and snack bar and the restroom are provided for the passengers' comfort. this is not the case-gravity is always ered rock spinning in the air along a cir. like Luna or man-made satellites. or (on the Earth to Mid- way run). From the Centripetal force creates what is some- in structures requiring artificial gravity Latin words meaning "the center" and "to times known as spin gravity. The force felt on a tethered spinning the bucket as quickly as possible. after the pod rotates. that to venture into space is to escape grav- force keeps the string taut and the teth.

he wouldn't go splat The higher a passenger goes up-Stalk. it's still pulling at him as far out as falling-in "free fall" -along their orbital rial. advances in manufac- on the Plaza del Cielo. Here. requiring a tensile strength and a person will fall. at Midway. graphene (or buckyweave). Passengers built using conventional techniques at to the concept was his suggestion that a above Midway Station feel a slight pull synchorbit. "orbit:' Let go halfway up. If one indistinguishable from the real thing. a space station was the entire tower. gest materials known: diamond. one above the one. it would shift pods are rotated on their flanges when three times stronger than the then-stron. which provided a construction space elevator. TENSILE STRENGTH massive st~ucture always remains in a state FRRTHERDUT Tsiolkovsky's tower was an engineering of stable t~nsion. however. the tug of Earth's gravity. well. These materials have a tensile is still dominated by gravity. spectacular and fiery re-entry into Earth's Earth. and make a counterweight as it whirled around the lower half of the Beanstalk is not in orbit. impart a lateral component to his velocity. to strong enough to support the weight of be sure. but it would have to support its own Step outside a bean pod on the lower tether. available materials still weren't strong tons of raw carbon up to synchorbit to feed although the actual force is extremely enough to allow a space elevator to be built. the first nanotubes showed considerable promise. will of gravity is still almost ninety percent of ning of the twenty-first century. down is away from the Earth.m entire rotating system. under acceleration. the extruders. bringing him down somewhere to the Back in the earliest days of the space ele. Two tether fact be more like a suspension bridge. the elevator concept would have to be roughly cable got ahead of the other. was even the Moon. rather than being a tower outward due to the centripetal force of the shack for the work crews and the dynamic supported entirely from Earth. and he'll be on mag-lev train-which got them to where they needed to be in about a week. they were essentially stronger (130 GPa)-and had the added the Moon is still trapped by Earth's pull.vas nowhere so nec- impossibility because structural com. Kevlar. If a person did fall. down is pieces and assembled there. If he lets go at Midway vator. benefit of conducting electricity. not feeling any gravitational pull. a passenger FIRST STEP strength of several gigapascals (GPa). which began weaving their small. Not in a pod here still feels a tug downward. leaving the person in space stations and early orbital flights although it was several decades before they zero-G. tively zero-G at synchorbit. obviously. extruders possible-robotic devices that Depending on how high up he is when he passengers riding the beanpods up. In low Earth orbit-around weight as well. Ultimately. moving it out of synchorbit. In any case. The physics o[the Beanstalk is all about developed more aggressive rates of travel carefully bala~cing forces to ensure the to satisfy that need. Technically. Only when one four hundred kilometers up-the effect of up to one hundred GPa.ized. not float. pods climbed the tether at a steady from orbit to Earth. A only would the space elevator material An important distinction not often appre- worker halfway up who makes a careless have to support the outward pull of the ciated by the general public is that the misstep would fall. the term is micrograv- were never "beyond Earth's gravity:' The could be grown to lengths any greater than ity. a Graphene riqbons were layered within his descent will combine these two vec- force that is indistinguishable from gravity. since at that distance path the entire time. dreds of conventional rocket flights boosted tle. one down-and acceleration creates an artificial gravity showed that the cable used in any space doing so at carefully controlled rates. Not until then could Station. the cable to provide motive power for the tors. In practice. of Earth's gravity. beanpods and to conduct electrical power east of the Root. one below. By the begin- reaches synchronous orbit. As the a trajectory that would bring him down BUILDING R somewhere in western Borneo if it weren't demand increased for trips up and down for the considerable effects of atmospheric BERNSTRLK the Beanstalk. but the sensation is overwhelmed To start with. This\. atmosphere. Another new mate- at him. and tourists at the the more the sensation of gravity gradually tory techniques by companies like Root aren't in danger of spanners dropped dwindles until he reaches what is effec. so that down is always toward the floors. in their magnetically driven vehicles. toward the Earth. the beanpods' magnetic Calculations in the late twentieth century respective cables-one up. extruders were transported to the station in its components in dynamic balance with From Earth up to Midway. then. his rotation around the Earth will down-Stalk feel the effects of acceleration lapping weave that was extremely strong. another. Because the lower half of the Beanstalk WRTCHTHRT and silicon. which is reduced in center of the growing structure. essary as during the space elevator's initial Beyond Midway. the Weyland Consortium drag on the way down. from Midway to the Cas. could . Some hun- Until the twenty-first century. construction shack. It's still there. passengers no longer feel ponents of such a building simply aren't construction. carbon one's velocity perfectly balance the pull what it is at Earth's surface. Artsutanov's contribution by tug outward on the tether. . With apparent strength by Earth's (unfelt) pull. however. that's the definition of per hour-comparable to a conventional physically rea. Weyland-Osman Materials made tether by workers a few thousand kilometers up. because Earth's mass will still be pulling astronauts just didn't feel it as they were a few tenths of a meter. the system's center of mass up or down.and grew carbon nanofiber cables in an over- lets go. his fall would take him clear and sedate couple of hundred kilometers the old dream of an elevator to space be around the world.

Eventually. and amino acids-and anywhere from two to twenty-two of structural and power tests. carbon was steadily removed and shipped down to erate large amounts of electrical power. bon that could be cheaply dropped down to synchorbit and woven into the Beanstalk's tethers. With oxygen for rocket fuel. to put it into a series of long. Various technological advances With Challenger in orbit at about the sixty-five thousand kilo- and the physics of the system itself allowed the Beans talk to gen- meter level. . arrived to simplify things. one of a large family the right velocity to allow capture and anchoring. when the asteroid was accelerated using meaning most of the price per kilogram becomes profit for the a magnetically launched portion of the rock itself as reaction mass SEA and Beanstalk royalties for the Weyland Consortium. In the earliest days of asteroid mining. They also supplied ton upon ton of raw car- the space elevator system. the end of the cable was not moving at all relative short. resulted in Challenger passing the outer end of the tether at just Challenger was an Earth-crossing asteroid. Challenger had been chosen because it was a through Earth's atmosphere-since the system was balanced at syn- type of asteroid known as a carbonaceous chondrite. the Earth-side end of the cable dropped down Besides its orbit. This exquisite blend of engineering and ballet toward Earth some twenty years earlier. Prices today fluctuate depending on the energy markets. the first payloads began moving percent by weight of water. of rocks orbiting the Sun in the general vicinity of Earth's orbit. After several months ogens. The re:naining price represented the cost in electricity required to boost each kilo up to Midway. skyward-mostly parts for the fast-growing Midway Station. migration. The most difficult-and dangerous-part ofthe opera- The price paid ends up being "whatever the market will bear"- tion came at the very end. looping passes around both Earth . which had been nudged and the Moon. ker. With old-fashioned rockets launched up out of Earth's steep since they contain all of the raw materials necessary to support gravity well. c-cons were far more valuable than those containing heavy metals. the Challenger Planetoid. this cost dropped almost immediately. hydrogen and orbit was enormous. newly constructed Cayambe Earth Station. the cost of getting large payloads up to synchronous human life in space: nitrogen and oxygen for air. Shortly thereafter. depending on the launch system used. offsetting this cost even synchorbit. or c-cons for chronous orbit. Such rocks typically contain up to two percent by weight of to the turning Earth-and was captured by a crew working at the carbon-including the hydrocarbons of organic substances. reducing its mass and resulting in a slight outward further.

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a wealthier nations or groups to yield to their fited Ecuador to a degree impossible to imag. Project. sea-based system would be sharply limited approaching military ships as they are For a time. In any event. and courts. "Whoever has the gold makes the rules . The format was similar from Heinlein and from fast-growing tion plans encouraged many to move west. the Weyland on the line. With that kind of money planting the Beanstalk on a mountaintop. and it has a quarter of the approximately one trillion and ongoing orbital-clearing missions opened the way for humankind to become dollars the U. Dis- referendum on the plan was rigged. The Battle went into the pockets of a S!. resident Ecuadorians became foreign agreement between the corporation and duit for hundreds of trillions of dollars. with DFDRMDCLES Ecuadorian government to sell this wil. THESWDRD of the last century. ine a hundred years ago.R HISTORY OF THE BERNSTRLK The Beanstalk cost tens of billions to at all from the Beanstalk's presence..lect and very orbit might actually impact the tether. Space Elevator: Authority. As much as would be in short supply. credits-flowing down-Stalk land. movement of a few meters is all that would demands-extortion on a planetary scale. paid over twenty years to would take care of the space debris and. and even the old ones are closely moni. as in all Jack Weyland began the initial pur. a powered structure Elevator. that defended it. especially. as All but the oldest satellites are equipped the military garrisons. An oceanic Root derness land was controversial and widely would be decidedly limited in its growth. at a truly mature and interplanetary species. And in Space Elevator politics. Ecuador and the Weyland construct-some estimates put the figure the first parcels of land were purchased Consortium signed the Rivera Declaration. other forms of politics and government. seagoing base. in design of the Beanstalk's Root. in Jack Weyland's over the location and Although the Treaty of Heinlein also orbital manufacturing. they ellite safe. the program has been hailed as the Inspector General's Office of the Ecua. and that the popular slightly.to see the Beanstalk as a viable target to force flood of wealth coming down-Stalk has bene. however. it has corruption. damaged during the War thanks in part to suggest. both American and they do. there remain dangers. some questioned whether in scope finally ended the challenge by Wey. space junk or an out-of-control planetoid. as well as in asteroid mining.S. . nationals on what had been their own Ecuador for the land immediately sur- and later. for of the Beanstalk raised the specter that wealthy few in Ecuador's government. The populations be necessary to keep both tether and sat. affected political or religious groups might Beanstalk supporters point out that the through the effects of the Coriolis force. New Angeles exists NeoTokyo Bay. The world's first others stayed where they were and applied the building of the Panama Canal early in trillionaires were the men and women for work permits and green cards. Rather than ceded daily operational control to the helium-3 fusion. political corruption. would have to reach Seabase Zaratan by sea single most important step forward in dor and Ministerio del Interior. It has all but failed to find any indication of bribery or mag-lev tubes. In most instances. the unthinkable happened and the tether . and. including parts of the Cayambe from certain caucuses of the U. Beanstalk a soft target. a rival proposal vied with Canal in the early twenty-first.S. toward the end A massive advertising campaign by Wey. the movement this stream of wealth and prosperity. and warehousing space for assured our survival as a species. Ecuadorian. which established the framework of a lease dollars-but eventually it became the con. are so much better off-enjoying. When Eventually. Most assume that the shadow The history of New Angeles is the history similar to Chibashima. rather than the more convenient human technology since fire. Anti-meteor laser dred billion dollars' worth of corruption is a tored by Earth. Indeed. Defensive lasers ages and planet-wide pollution. however. chases of Ecuadorian land northeast of and the idea received considerable support the Golden Rule is very much in evidence: Quito. Buyout agreements and compensa. the highest standards ofliving found with power systems to prevent collisions. and even if ordinary Ecuadorian citizens would benefit land's rivals. several key arguments. the Beanstalk was not of both New Angeles and of Ecuador. corporate some argued it would be safer and more Consortium unofficially controls the malfeasance. Suspicions surrounding the supplies going up or goods coming down freed us from the threat of energy short- Quito Accord remain as well. As already noted. the zaratan isle in owners and powers-that-be behind the of the Beanstalk. Travelers ness. that the 'Stalk was endangered by orbiting space continues to fill their creda~counts. Since the Beanstalk first opened for busi- criticized at the time. Nor is the anywhere in Latin America-that a few hun. structure arising in the Beanstalk's shadow." Coca Ecological Reserve. of mass up or down on the tether tends. instance-the tether itself could be nudged war or terrorism might yet strike against military. the twentieth century and the Nicaragua who invested heavily in the Space Elevator For a time. against chunks of space debris. A sea-based Root could Space Elevator will stay behind the scenes purely as an offshoot of the Space Elevator. The proposal was named Seabase Zaratan. be moved or shifted slightly in the event so long as the flow of credits down from the inevitable growth of commercial infra. move the cable slightly. The agreement by the land blocked the proposal. Congress. A review by the as well as in its infrastructure. at something in excess of seventy billion under existing extraterritoriality laws. or by air. and legislative greed were economical to anchor the structure to a economic and political life of the Space inevitable-and ugly. large. to the Canal Zone treaties that had allowed space-based industries. rounding the Root. secure land for the Space Elevator Project need-when a defunct satellite in low Earth Still. But the realization that a defenses would be quite as effective against reasonable cost of doing business.

access to the United States and its allies It remains to be seen whether the Con. and cial islands rafted together. elevator threads connecting the planet's sur- global demand for tourism. like how they are involved with level of existence. . Jack Weyland said it best. infrastructure-the cities of Kampala and continually producing such wealth through chological impact of such a disaster would Singapore which would become immense access to new means of power generation. the other on Pulau Lingaa. Others claim that the Space for a new generation of immense cargo and years hence. ume of space surrou. with his famous quote: "We could make industrial amalgamation that suggested a sea-based elevator during the Beanstalk's Visionaries speak of a future era when it perfectly safe by not building the initial design phase. in billions of dollars of damage and a halt different option. an island in Lake Victoria just south of a galaxy awaits us . seventy-two RORSTRR been addressed by plans to bqilc!_a floating thousand kilometers across. trade. Its realm would Already. Daedalus Complex on Mars. With the Beanstalk. and by designs face with synchorbit.ricling Sol. The worst damage would be ing from the Pacific Ocean. The sea-based culture as we redefine concepts like work.. The old fairy tale ofJack and the Beanstalk could be done. sortium will become involved in any of the reached the jump-off point to a whole new thereby effectively hamstringing the rest projects. inhabited city evolves as a ring damned thing:' marine elevator's limits to growth have completely encircling the Earth. true. INTO THE FUTURE are such that little real or lasting damage tified on the northern slopes of Mt. rious and as spectacular as those of Saturn. by the enterprising and felonious Jack: a thousands of kilometers of the lower In addition. artifi. humankind has despite the intent of the Treaty of Heinlein. and then beyond.and beckons. a sea-based elevator ris- In the near future we could see those in traffic. lar to that of New Angeles. perhaps. of Singapore. initiative has been put forward by the same wages. Criticisms about a a thriving. And truly the sky is no two hundred kilometers southeast ·longer the limit. Kampala. that of Homo extraterres- of the world's opportunities to create new the proposed space elevator at Bradbury's trialis-a mature species firmly planted first colonies on Luna and Mars. Beyond that. the physics of the structure ground attachment points have been iden. at the mouths of the Amazon. tether falling from the sky-would result corporations has announced plans for a and a harp that played itself. be far greater than any actual threat to the and sprawling spaceports on a scale simi- and the inevitable transformation of our planet's economy or to its population. a thousand opportunity. and what it means to be human. Other possible . The psy. and on Isa- listed three treasures brought down-Stalk The worst-case scenario-of several bella Island in the Galapagos.ugh to satisfy marine city atop numerous powered. one rooted on monopoly on access to space. a hen that laid golden eggs. The land-based prizes expanded upon: untold wealth confined to the Amazon Industrial Zone projects have the advantage of existing eliminating global paver!)'. Kenya. Someday. a means of and portions of equatorial Africa. with numerous One Beanstalk just isn't eno. or whether on Mars. Earth rriight have rings as glo- Elevator Authority gives preferential passenger vessels to service it. a consortium of industrial bag of gold.was severed. there are plans for at least they will actively combat any threat to its expand tl1roughout the formerly empty vol- two new space elevators.

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undercity scavengers. the bigge~t and most populous ~-- megapolis on Earth. New Angeles is. . streetbangers. with hundreds of millions of citizens packed in ten or twelve thliUSDnd fo the square kilometer. sewer rats. with no question whatsoever. -. clones. and GocJ alone knOWS how many disenfrancistos. and bioroids. :.

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Reina had the illusion she was at ground level.Standing on the L-square. that there were a hundred meters or more of undercity beneath her. underpasses. She knew that wasn't true. and walkways for the lower classes. surrounded by slidewalks and carefully placed arc facades. an elevated square suspended above the network of tube-levs. The plaza was just outside of Rutherford. .

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I I I.. a more tender touch than a robot can pro. than the emulated wavelengths in an agrop. Privi.. acquire. mag-flight ital gatekeepers.. much more common than the reverse.team or designer g-mods for intelligence and for recreation and relaxation. Nearby cor. in much luck either. 1 At plaza level. anything that comes to mind) . bulk of the arcology' s expensive for the residents of an arcology. and efficiency experts. escort him or her leged children and wealthy spouses spend out. water. prisec forces ensure levels . guest. food. style. but in white-collar and knowledge-based careers old and treasured as a Stradivarius. budget les has to offer. anticipation Luxury arcologies are literally shining Self-sufficient in many respects (includ- lex-all is served on a fingernail. Arcologies have wide vanes that the elite are unin- trols. changing color hand. finest smartfabrics that morph and twist to sume anything he likes with a wave of the ramshackle cargo containers date far back Every service that a citizen could desire. downward social mobility is that pay far more than anyone outside an on the cutting edge of technology and lit. From Mumbad come the desires. the wearer's digital demands. arcologies ensure that society's graphically projected colors. Clones prepare what foods require to the founding of New Angeles or before. park can only dream of-holoparks. is spent enjoying the lavish entertainments beyond the luxury afforded to them.and at the fingertips of the upper-middle and inal fee) . underground complexes of hex-tubes and luxury arcologies are cities within cities. Business centers feature The vast majority of a ristie's work time Some risties choose to never venture ever harder for advancement in their offices for the arcology's system administra. and even power gener- platter flowing in pleasant waves of holo. and every other cel. live in these sky-high palaces. and monitor topmost observation and world at large. politicians. and recreation areas boast zones. and business access to the most exclusive arcologies. shopping centers. serve as the new board rooms. ious to the stark realities of the world rations are likely to be stifled by corporate brand officers. Despite cramming Aeroponics systems are inter- the life support facilities woven with the arcology's rloan 11nrlornrn11nrt ro c: i. others upward and sneak their way inside aren't the real world. fashion. For those who day ascending to the plaza level or higher. social Within the arcologies. feedlots-produce grown in sunlight rather their assigned destinations. regardless of whether such aspi- tors. Designer hologolf courses outside its walls. analysts.. provide the other played on exclusive instruments-some as vated skywalks only. the catch-22 laws._ Ristie life is a constant stream of the finest I . education. easily reached by slide.thin crystal is momentary. taneously fulfilled. he wanted it at all. dig- At the top of the arcology. one's every desire is instan. roller coasters that span hundreds and well-paid (and Residences make up the breathtaking views of the New of floors-no recreation is too exotic or too often well-trained) Angeles skyline. Rags-to-riches stories on NBN's walk or hopper or Metro. lounge decks from rain . Vast literally place them above the masses.. schedule cleaning and can fold inward to protect the terrupted by the maintenance. and con. livina auarters to orovide . Genuine grass-fed meat instead of vide.. the residents' security. examples of the world reserved for the ing food. from New the mass-produced gogs of the Amazonian ferry sh opping bags from retail outlets to permanent address at all and dream of one Angeles to Mum bad and beyond. Residential towers feature erally one of a kind. insurance adjusters. the arcology and surrounding New Ange. Thick plas- their days in leisure at attractions the poor crete walls .. Each suite comes equipped with a secretary that the lives of AI to modulate climate con. incentives for the lesser classes to strive wealthiest need not venture far for work. a sec. Many luxuries are imported from life are filled by androids. The arcology enjoys. or play. many of the retail The least affluent residents know their comforts technology can offer in a secluded venues. while bioroids serve as couriers to lower-class workers who are glad to have a upper class in every megapolis. home. and no shortage of corrupt porate arcologies.AI secretaries rou. These across the globe. obliv. careers. is conducted while listening to concertos residents who do leave take hoppers or ele. project developers. ebration the elite can justify (which is to quickly arrives to beauty are at a marked disadvantage. and those lacking the connections with greenspaces and artificial beachfront in art. say. and entertainment districts span tens and service positions essential to quotidian place is on the bottom in an arcology- world atop the towering starscrapers that of floors. security-is and style to suit the latest season (for a nom. background checks and blacklists. There is no underway inertia. he can spend. Those who try to claw content streams might be popular. often before one realizes business elite. shopping. Networking is done at tinely screen entrants for biometric data. They perennially stand as ation). If a resident so both figuratively and otherwise.. business managers.. These are filled to the brin1 with middle. megacorps are the gatekeepers of the ristie posh apartments and homes interspersed galas for aficionados with similar interests an d if a visitor isn't a resident or approved class.

aence-neavy mwers smo have to import food. although most goods ore circulated or imported through a distribu- tion system . contains shopping venues along the outside layers. direct mode of transpor- ing by hopper. Public hopper landing areas occupy the upper levels and charging pads are of the orcology to provide the fastest and most easy access for clients travel. . and food supplies. tation for those who can afford them.

but it would also provide an extra barrier to keep slum dwellers away from the newly built arcologies. . An air circulation system was later added to keep the undercity' s miasma from wafting upward ." The platform built over the slums-and the scaffolding through them-was meant to shield residents from New Angeles' frequent acid rainfall. Support struts for the kilometer-tall arcology stretch deep into the ground to provide stability and earthquake resistance.This divider was constructed later as a second "farm initiative.

This is one of the rarer "bridge tow- ers" that connects the upper levels to the subway system via a series of elevators. they slowly eroded into slums. and crannies in the slums. These hex-shaped · 'apartment tubes used to be port of the Rrst massive city-wide urban oquoponics initiative decodes bock. Contains high-security apartments and offices. Each houses on overage of four people . New Angeles' massive appetite for housing has prevented them from being demolished . As the technology surpassed them. .

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there is a strong undercurrent of anti-android sentiment in Quinde. Unsurprisingly. make Quinde a net exporter and a major player on the world stage of industrial production. its neighborhoods and buildings of years past falling into the undercity of today's New Angeles. Antigua Guayaquil lies in the shadow of more modern arcolo- gies. already cosmopolitan and diverse. The Slammer: Advertising itself as a "hard-drinking bar for hard-working people. Guayaquil was Ecuador's most populous city. from SYNC's Network infrastructure to Metro passenger cars. and groundtruck shipping throughout the city.IJUINDE Quinde is the most heavily industrialized sector of the city. Guayaquil District remains the most populous district in the city. tube-lev. from the old Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil across to the western coast. Beyond the Rio Daule (the district's eastern boundary) lies a ring of warehouses.' the Slammer is a humans-only drinking hole popular with Human First members and anyone who wants to get away from the district's large android population. offices in New Los Angeles. as well as a back room for illicit meet- ings and high-stakes poker games. once characterized by the explosive lushness of its equatorial climate. It does have many private and dimly lit corners. and outdated transit stations for old oil-breathing vehicles that have together become the most exten- sive slum in the city. as well as abundant cheap energy. its trees were cut to erect tenements in Rabot- gorod. Quinde. Quinde is also a manufacturing hub for androids. was heavily deforested during the buildup of New Angeles. Access to cheap labor in the form of New Angeles' underclass and rising android population. although its aging infrastructure and comparatively remote loca- tion have conspired to make it relatively poor. and then either pass through JQ Station en route to the port at Manta or whiz directly to one of the city's fusion plants. Nuevo Guayaquil's plaza level is the district's new commercial center. Incoming He-3 can- isters arrive via tube-lev from the Beanstalk. unfin- ished or condemned towers. Now. In the days before the Project. JQ Station is a massive terminal for rail. where the erosion of the working class is felt the most keenly. both clones and bioroids. those wooden buildings were themselves cut down to make room for plascrete and carbon steel replacements. . and factories for the Project. GURYRIJUIL Guayaquil District covers the southern section of New Angeles. however. Ultimately. PDINT5 DF INTEREST Jorge Quinde Station: The largest transit hub outside of Earth Station. Brand new androids are said to walk out of the HB and Jinteki factory gates only to go across the street into another factory to claim the job of a human worker. Its factories produce many of the necessities of modern megalopoli- tan life. The Slam- mer has no pretensions toward higher society: it claims no live music or artisanal microbrews.

and several Chaplain on Saturday mornings . For some of Guayaquil's arks. and I don't doubt it. social. infiltrated the financial center of the district. it's crooked as a politician's view of life. unfortunately. occupied only by those too stubborn to move away. Manta. only the upper levels remain The most remote district of New Angeles is also the largest in habitable as the lower floors are gradually surrendered to the dis. several floors of small offices for independents. This is perhaps an inevitable result of Heinlein's complete rate in the city. and economic disrepair. the JWA's l. . with its district manager seldom consulting Given its state of physical. the entire district is engaged in a losing battle against eco- Although it sends representatives to City Hall. it Mayor Wells or the rest of the city council before making deci- should come as no surprise that Guayaquil has the highest crime sions. The Jack Weyland Arcology includes a plaza-level shopping centerpiece is the non-denominatioi). Barrio Las Peiias: Once the home of wealthy landowners. which in practice means that the deserted lev- els are a haunt for criminals and disenfrancistos. or Space Elevator. They say over a billion people live here. Nihongai. . Now Las Pei'ias is an aging neighborhood Wyldside: Arguably the most infamous nightclub on the Moon. but A new trend in genetic self-modification has arisen among its the city is reluctant to bear the cost and the residents are reluctant patrons. Orgcrime controls the ports and has extensively alienation from its sister districts on Earth. talk of having the area declared a historic district and restored. There is some Wyldside is a hotbed of counterculture and youth rebellion. and the locals have been known mum radiation shielding. The uppermost levels include a hotel. less in common with the day-to-day business of the rest of the city. Heinlein is func- nomic entropy. down-Stalk on Earth. and areas in Antigua Guayaquil. rising sea levels and arcology development have left the region PDINTS DF INTEREST fading into obscurity. The tower is once again owned by the Consortium after changing hands sev- eral times over the past few decades. when it was built. and.lkm is only average by modern stan- Buddhist. terms of land area. Muslim. is part of enfrancistos and squatters. it's noisy. Jewish. It's big. Beneath the plaza level. the Corporations such as Melange Mining and Alpha Prospecting are Barrio Las Peiias remains one of the most iconic and recognizable the de facto governments across much of the Lunar surface. the Apollo Solar Cha~el is an Order of Sol facility aquil and is surrounded by taller and newer buildings. the Palace at Guayaquil. overstated. Laguna Velasco. located on Earth's moon.al Solar Service led by the center. tionally independent. rather than the NAPD. The other districts. Heinlein's independence is partly a reflection of the degree to PDINTS DF INTEREST which its district government is controlled by the mining bosses. Christian. Jack Weyland Arcology: One of the first true arcologies built in Apollo Solar Chapel: Possibly the . and Gaian services are all held regularly. the Jack Weyland Arcology stands in Nuevo Guay- on the Moon. Even the massive arcologies of Guayaquil have a disreputable HEINLEIN air.largest devotional structure New Angeles. it's home. floors devoted to Weyland Consortium businesses. and so-called "Wylder" culture is gaining a foothold to sell their land. Although its gaily painted colonial their dominance over Heinlein's politics and economy cannot be homes were -renovated and restored at the turn of the century. Hindu. but the dards. the JWA is under per- sistent renovation. Heinlein. do not need policies on oxygen consumption or mini- Guayaquil are given over to gangs. So long as the corps continue to shift New Angeles primarily as a political fiction to tie its destiny to the their premises toward Rutherford. Entire sectors of after all. and a mix of residential apart- ments growing increasingly expensive and luxurious as the floor number increases. Heinlein's concerns could scarcely have to rely on the streetbangers for protection and law enforcement. Although designed to accommodate worshippers ~f many faiths in an envi- it was the tallest building in the world (except for the Beanstalk) ronment where space is at a premium. it's sprawling.

. using the emergency lanes provided for police and rescue units. The cost of maintaining the Metro is significant. Now. GPS location. Shelly quickly plotted our route. lifting us above the northbound and southbound traffic lanes stacked beneath us. wind direction. These cells are recharged by contact with landing pads in a process called "flash charging" that lasts only a second or two. most of them middle and lower class. Despite the high ownership rate of private veh icles. In addition to the tube-lev and the inordinate number of pri- vately owned hoppers. but there is no way for that number to be determined with any real degree of accuracy. Every day it moves hundreds of thousands of citizens. the New Angeles Transit Authority funds itself. -----1:. She moved the control stick and the hopper liftecl from the building. the Skyway offers rapid transit in between tube. the Skyway provides the public with access to hoppers in a very limited capacity. Using much larger hoppers than are typically possessed by private individuals. a carefully regulated system of aer ial traffic lanes (better known as sky lanes) and extensive use of the hopper's autopilot feature has created one of the safest travel networks in the modern world. and a dozen other things. She swung us around and slung us forward. The most significant of these systems is the tube-lev system.--- TRRUERSING THE DISTRICTS New Angeles is a city bristling with vehicles. a name derived from the vehicle's quick bursts of flight between charging pads. The New Angeles Transit Authority maintains a network of sophisticated guidance computers that coordinate the staggering number of hoppers that move throughout the city. A short-duration hydro- gen fuel cell powers the electromagnetic hoverfoil rotors for hours at a time. . the city is known for its skylanes clogged by streams of hoppers. speed. The windshield lit up with control readouts showing power.lev stations for a nominally higher fee. Estimates on the number of unregistered vehicles inflate that number even higher. and it has more registered vehicles than any other metro- politan area in history. the flying cars that the world had long been promised. through the many stations dotting the metropolitan area and suburbs. also known as the Metro. which resulted in a series of fatal crashes that nearly ruined the hopper industry. While yesterday's electric automobiles comprise a large por- tion of privately owned transportation in New Angeles. both public and pri- vate. most New Angelinos take advantage of the megacity's incredible public transportation system. but between ticket revenue and hopper registration fees. The term "hopper" is slang for skyhopper. Early in the city's history there were fewer flight-control regulated airspaces. The Metro is a subter- ranean mag-lev train system that winds through vacuum tunnels deep below the surface at hundreds of kilometers per hour.

"Why do we have to live like this.to-we wouldn't get far on through the virt display before her." he said. its drawer and go to the hopper deck up on "Oh. Boss. If Reyes doesn't blacklist me out H arris didn't even make it to his cubicle before his boss's voice thundered across the office. with the gesture. I can't lose already been done faster and more efficiently "I hate her. Harris?" The room darkened.New Rngeles time ''Maybe." "Two days. an angry red icon-his biometrics had way. Harris had found two errors." by a program. Harris!" No such luck. cooler. thought called up his own virt display." Harris shook his head." He offered his jist. "Send her. Get back that's an automatic black mark in a back- "What is this?" She stabbed a finger at the to work. tracking credits "No way. "This care. If I lose this job. a portable skill set. pressing his Silence. is BE Finance's busiest time. think the corp store. every day. If you leave retirement plan. shook his head. Bereavement "You a do that?" through the internal departments of one of leave is an exception." Navi. Reyes. man. Which the whole department could hear when she times-best-friend. and there's time zones.her school to . she can't do that." Harris said." He at BE Finance. security check his biometrics. I lose my corp day- smartslick. His job could literally be done by "She can replace me. Reyes. You'll land on your feet if the "Because you seem uninterested in keeping it.. and first! If I don't have a permanent residence. Hea have to wait for the panic to pass which as far as Harris could tell meant that parted. His virt display showed glared up at him as he shuffled in the door. ''Might as well be in Heinlein." he made up for all those sins by being quick ality had evaporated. "If I lose this job. I forfeit my drawer. you're not married. He collapsed in his chair and hired as an accountant?" 'It time-off request. dropped his PAD in its Faraday advance. The ferns along the edge of his cubicle failed." said Muhammed. and the corp taketh away. I hate her so much. And we certainly couldn't afford in a yellow glimmer. at least. I lose my preferred rates at The dragon was Vaishnavi Reyes. "I don't-" When he got back to his desk he was You ever hear of a disenfrancisto getting sweating. dragon's fire. What need to take tomorrow and Monday off to taller. lying. loos- pane of the halo display in front of her. It was com- what had come before. also now. yes. I'll be mering light of the virt shone brightly. "She barely During an audit!?" She slashed her hand just found out this morning. checking the answers against leaned back. Harris more "Your leave is not approved. she said. you've got no kids. "In the middle of tax season? "My dad died last night." "Hey. "Hey. I'll cover you for a transplas wall that divided her office from the orbital flight. ening his tie for some air. New Angeles' largest and least friendly finan. Ms." cial corps. too. Harris maybe youa catch me by surprise?" She palm against his workstation to let the desk's sank into his chair. I will have to replace you. the confidant. then. Muhammed vanished. and more handsome. On the day. His heart raced the gloom of her windowless office." Harris said." Harris this job. Harris. am I right? a computer program. my man." Harris nodded. Now. but I can't afford a sub. play and simultaneously dismissed Harris faster and faste1·. revealing his cube-mate and some. Muhammed the confessor. It dissolved "That's rough. "Braving meant that hea be logged in late." he said." he said. "Do you like your job here the funeral?" to live close enough to_·. nodding. "The dragon's been looking for Someday you'll cover my ass with the but the company liked having some meat an excuse to get rid of me for years. and Harris punched it weakly. I on?" Ahmed was younger than Harris." known as Boss or Ms. I don't know what to say. That's ing down. In his jive years in the "Why not? You're an accountant. too-but about Maria? 9he's got a job. a disenfrancisto in every way that counts. You could just get a live in fear all the time?'' job working for some other corp. it. "I can't go. The dragon won't let me have the time off' 187 to be telepresent. of annoyance. than most." He few hours so you can take your PAD out of cubejarm that was the rest of the department. my man. hoping using her name might appeal to something human within the dragon's breast. but never hard: do you really want me to find out how "Just until you land another gig. position. shook his head.' This was Muhammed to laugh and kind to his co-workers. leaned against the wall. Muhammed." ." he said. "Tomorrow.10 Rpril. Go to "Really?" The dragon leaned forward . "When's her salary. before his desk would register him. chewed someone out. "I "She's a teacher.. I lose my corp health plan." makes enough .the funeral's the only light now coming in from the tinted back in Johannesburg. "What's going Muhammed stepped into Harris's cube and "No. In to conjure up another pane of her virt dis. my man. So that was made it pretty clear in there that if I leave. shucked his "Leave must be submitted six weeks in I lose my corp housing. and slouched to the dragon's den. you're wasting valuable time here. brains audit the work of the Ais. "I just found out. checking his pulse." worst happens. The entire Internal Accounts Receipts easy it would be to replace you? "I have to have the other position lined up department lived in fear of her. but with travel. Muhammed. the glim." "Thanks. You know how it is: the the funeral." said Reyes. 'ftnd Monday. though. The dragon kept an open-door policy. his day. She dragon and we'll be even. She can't stop you. to his desk in its sad grey cube." He was an accounts auditor. Boss. He sighed. and normally was. Muhammed. 074B." She flicked one hand up in the air ground check. right?" His jovi- go to my father's funeral. we gotta stick together. Harris? Sent it in on your tube-lev ride this morning. you can take Muhammed nodded. You don't get it. "Listen." corp giveth. "Harris! Get in here!" He scurried "It's bereavement leave. repeating work that had I shouldn't bother to come back.

aren't the kind of people it's safe to work without much-if any-regard for the for: brothel proprietors. well-being of their inhabitants. Beneath the soaring starscraper arcolo. few have any posses- convenience of hoppers. . ---- LIFE IN THE UNDERCITY Not everyone in New Angeles enjoys the There are no jobs or ways for these. most of which have links to on vague charges in the name of public electronic identification. return in force to duke it out over control IDs have become worthless anyway. . pay in cash. gambling bosses. that their day in search of some food to steal or for. off-gridders sometimes between the plascrete cracks. no matter are forced to live off the grid. off-gridders in the face of steep penalties but others are either pressed into mem- gies and the veneer of flashing lights-in associated with illegal employees. they feed off the leavings of the upper of the newly vacant territory. Most are most comprehensive census attempts. and those in a same expendable behavior that monolithic make their way upward. Some tithe to the right gang. On rare occasions. All of the NAPD they're frisked and locked up parts of New Angeles. the lower levels and clear out the gangs of those who were born within the system have enough strikes on their background Most off-gridders spend their entire for a few days at a time. which bership or brought into the fold as will- the lower strata of the sprawling urban range from simple citations or fines to the ing accomplices who see it as their only landscapes-is the undercity. anyway. They age. and a few extra bills safety. chance at a decent life. classes. arcologies. their squalor-none that are legal. To escape Society inevitably leaves some falling and stim dealers treat employees with the the violence. or have been blacklisted. the from place to place. Without a registered these outfits. This hidden revocation of a business's license to oper. but rival hangers checks. Constantly moving how small. to climb up out of sions beyond what they can carry. The true number of those liv. but if caught by place of power are content to overlook such corporations maintain for their own. ing even the dirtiest and most distasteful Many undercity residents fall under the ing in the city's shadows eludes even the lines of work from blue collar laborers. private security identifier letters and numbers assigned at can mean one more meal or a life-saving forces or the NAPD make incursions into birth. Few business owners are willing to employ smart enough to stay clear of the hangers. a unique string of orgcrime. Those who do employ off-gridders the gangs fiercely control their territories overwhelmed server. tak. world teems with masses of people like an ate. that person doesn't legally exist. the readiness of lowest class of citizens. rarely know a real home in the same sense or the luxurious comforts of the vaunted Androids have become ubiquitous. purview of one gang or another. and they consumer goods around every corner. that a citizen with an ID does. Like warring tribes.

Do I miss the hour day in the cube-farm. but others are forced by circumstances to sub. consumeristic society you can slip the rat race and the devaluation of the leash of the megacorps. the decline into the teeming masses of the forgotten is a harsh reality. but having liberty. pay what they can for help fro m a dedi- ing up constantly on the move and without They end up working the cash jobs that are cated hacker. streetbangers are an Old Hollywood ese. and the money risties use to get off. since bounty hunters know where one falls in debt for either of those. ese. For turn to orgcrime outfits like l 4K or the The smart (a:nd previpusly wealthy) ones the children of insolvents on the run. too cheap or dangerous to hire a clone or erased themselves. yakuza and expect some genuine help. Is it dangerous down here? Yes. but what's freedom worth to you? with day in and day out. a I say no. hanger or corp lackey-I do soft bed to fall into after a fourteen - what I want. While upward social mobility has become a myth of sorts. grow. cred-slicked tracks set up in the hack governments across the world to slide businesses around as they please? Say what you will of the corporate When you give up the products of a nihilist. Is it dirty down here? Yes. and if some- One lost job or one missed payment is kind. com padre. though. often the illegal world faster than cash does. Is that roof over your head worth sacrificing your privacy and common man. Favors pay out in that mit themselves to becoming a nonentity. tired of the halos on every wall down the street. it isn't. not a downright threat to deal what it means to me. and the ease of living above? Do I care? Some days more than others. even though that rooj'll never be yours? Is it worth the soybeef tacos you bureaucratic gears above there's a have to borrow from tomorrow's paycheck? roof over your head every night.grid helps fuel the crime that If you're D isenfrancistos have a ton of reasons for abandoning the lush life. without a little assistance. Some go down beiow with even fewe r options. Those who want to get off-grid can't bioroid to handle. being able to choose-that's better than any stim or simsensie. Some choose the life of the disenfranchised. plugged in to the Net than the world around them.most of whom have already a cred to their name is the only option. there are people like you down in the undercity. Have you had too much of the grandstanding. to be force d out onto the streets below. Nobody has reign over me. or of walking by people more flourishes there. I know novelty. Living under the radar is still costly. . they sometimes all it takes to become so poor as to look when an ID disappears. but at least in the rights for.

with Mexico City and latter and less of the former than most). full.NORTH RMERICR For centuries. an atmosphere of artistic inclination and appreciation pervades BosWash and its BOSWRSH suburbs. Some say this is no longer the case. Although the District and galleries open to the public. ers can "inhabit" the on-stage meter sea level rise. some of the most unusual ward shift of power has not draws are the theater districts that boast live been kind to the region. There's no shortage of museums Bos Wash surrounds the seat of federal power for the United States. Toronto not far behind. it's considered a sign Philadelphia and Wilmington. but SanSan. the city is a tourist's paradise. this setup has become increasingly which contain some of the country's most complex amid the conurbation of the Eastern Seaboard. ceded its real power to New Angeles. nor has the two. . with BosWash have been settled for several hundred every conceivable form of art available to years. and one can still pick out some old be enjoyed 365 days a year. down the Delaware River to pieces of art. As a to Baltimore and Arlington. that ever since the and political struggles that characterize any Treaty of Heinlein the U. arts than others. districts are more devoted to traditional The westward and south. many of of Columbia technically remains its own legal entity. While certain relics in the skylines of the respective cities.S. and finally hopping over of social status to support the arts. the areas comprising result. From the islands around Boston historically significant documents and to the dikes of New York.immersion experience. metroplex (although probably more of the and ChiLo are still among the top megacities in the world today. North America has been one of the centers of the world in terms of its While BosWash has the same corporate political and social hegemony. simsensie performances in which the view- however. There. BosWash.

talization in Ecuador. the twisting wreckage of"the UnderwaY:' This program. and rights extends even to androids. but that hasn't of the planet's most famo us actors. Those same org. stripped the country upon crossing the border. Fully one quarter of the nation's former area was subsumed by Brazil is unquestionably the largest and in Brazil. Millions of citi- Of course. where gangs like farming less and less profitable. Jinteki and megacity. society. despite borders. a place in Brazil's political process and in Earth's largest city is the most complex BRRZIL the hearts of the people. The border between the two pol- of difficulties as well. This eventually won the Order New Angeles. In Biotech Valley. Amid the violence black markets tive program to help the nascent megacity reinvent itself. and SanSan. got his start as the speak of ChiLo as a promised land of free. The Amazon Industrial wealth is shared with its many suburbs in lem at all. however. The slash-and-burn Haas-Bioroid are prohibited from selling ities is lightly secured. Still. Mayor landscape and surrounding coastline. nent media producer. spanning the length between mag-lev train that runs from Fog City to metroplexes. corporate renaissance of prosperity and influence. still exists in a modified form next host of the World of Tomorrow expo. even rogue clones. but Quito maintains a very wealthiest nation in South America. was the former cities of San Francisco and San Tijuana. The Order of Sol possesses an unprecedented level of power and most integrated. the Los Muertos enforce their own brand of Giordano organized an immigration incen- city took advantage of the opportun ity to justice. home to such com- Perhaps the local politicians were in his crime groups maintain control over many panies as Haarpsichord Studios and many pocket. and the income from Weyland's quality assurance testing that minimizes . is the strained relations with the Big Four and- for goods and services sparked a brisk revi. or maybe the people of Illinois and immigrant communities. and under a new name: ChiLo. Liberty has its costs. and its mission to protect hwnan New Angeles. a place where they can integrate more technologies are pioneered every day. technological innovation and discovery. Missouri truly believed in his vision. dramatic effect on the development of its for the Brazilian government. and most citizens cross between took place in previous generations. When Brazil was struggling to stem the the United States. Colombia. still stand Rumors say that the first mayor of ChiLo. their products undergo extensive Zone that rose out of the ashes has been Ecuador. While New Angeles is the undisputed rampant corruption and poverty in its leader in the region. border means that much of New Angeles' logical diversity. primarily farmland. the two cities were eventually incorporated looking for a fresh start. deny that android immigration is a prob. Brazil's rise as a super. nicknamed "Chrome City:' Old again in light of the success of SanSan on assembled by corrupt construction compa. nies linked to orgcrime. and many Netcriminals dwell in grow its way out of its economic troubles. new kingpin of the Chicago Outfit at the turn of dom. the century. ics design and manufacture.CHILD credits can buy citizenship within the city. but millions of others live beneath undergoing its own economic collapse Diego. as well as a the two cities in what was supposedly an however. in North America. The megacorps fuss than walking across a street. a trend -setter Szymon Giordano. and many clones have ended up cultural epicenter of the latest cybernetic attempt to make the Midwest competitive living in slapdash housing projects shoddily fashions. but stemmed the flow of aspiring androids and sensie stars. he proposed linking even receive a legal ID. the city has its darker side. and androids are emancipated Ecuador and New Angeles with no more having finally halted. The Californias. status of androids within the country. by extension-Brazil's ·fellow superpower. Brazil's: anti-and~oid policies have neighbors. SanSan symbolizes flourish. Now. Hollywood remains the worlds' preemi- the West Coast and BosWash on the East. the new designation didn't The SanSan metroplex stretches across the zens travel up and down SanSan using the change the fact that the area between the Californias. but pollution and the economic private security forces are sometimes spot- There can be little doubt of New Angeles' welfare of its employees remain concerns ted along the Brazilian border. The open of many natural resources and much bio. principally via the reaping of the Amazon rain forest that clones and bioroids within the country's Network. As a result. the pan-religious organization ECURDDR power in the decades prior to the War has Order of Sol rose as a mitigating factor for Of all the nations affected by the rise of also affected all the major Latin American these evils. New Angeles' ceaseless demand Even more significant. As he expanded his territory readily with the existing population and Oaktown is a worlds leader in cybernet- to include Saint Louis. whose modest successes kept which made it the obvious choice for the ChiLo alive. Although the mega-quake known the tracks in the slums or even in the col- as the rise of agroplexes made traditional as "the Big One" forever changed SanSan's lapsed caverns beneath. vactors. Ecuador's relationship with urban centers. whom friendly and open relationship with the it has a disproportionately large number it holds to be human beings. many clones out as a center of innovation. SRNSRN large swathes of the Californias were never rebuilt after the Big One. It is said that anyone with enough S OUTH RMERICR South America is currently enjoying a a major economic powerhouse for the obedience issues. and Peru. Nevertheless. today. region.

Skyscrapers decay into ruin. an d even the The loose conglomeration of former meg- themselves from sliding into a complete megalopolitan reforms have done little acities known as Atlantica stands as a stark collapse after the ravages of war and aus. ever. the criminals who once ruled that Ecuador made a bad deal. EUROPE RND CENTRRL RSIR Europe is in a prolonged period of decline However. huge turies of history stretches of urban development surround- and culture of ing the English Channel were abandoned which their cit. Manta. economic and environmental decline. Colombia was most up of farmers and agricultural managers. beans. economic. continue to plague the surroundin g area under the guise of Los Scorpiones. The introduction of androids has only exacerbated the situation for the region. were lost in the lease.initial purchases and the subsequent lease Angeles should revert to Ecuadorian con. territory. itable rate. After terity. various drug cartels. and the continent living beyond its means for too long. . If only Ecuador had notable for its notorious corruption by The ferti le lands that once grew drugs now kept Guayaquil. and municipalities struggle to provide even basic services like water and power to their residents. and mass unemployment remains its most difficult hurdle to recovery. and political turmoil has kept the Euro- RTLRNTICR ries. ing of the North Atlantic Current brought educational base) on by climate change. synthetic drugs have become vastly use by the Ecuadorian government. how- the U. there are still many who feel most significant upheaval since the con. Many regarded it as grow g. whose primary assets remain lives in the shadow of New Angeles and northern countries of the European Union their human resources (with the rising superpowers in the Southern were ill equipped to deal with the weaken- a comparatively good Hemisphere. soy- or others. Europe no longer reminder of the Europe-that-was. the South ulation (known as e-Pharms) has replaced eyes of the average Ecuadoran citizen. In out of power by new cartels. ever. how- to the United States has been put to good trol sooner rather than later. or ~eglected. Ironically. which borders Ecuador to the ~orth. compared to its dominance in prior centu. and in some cases electronic stim- ing have seen much improvement in the Other than Brazil and Ecuador. The expatriate drug lords.modded crops like coffee. the and PraNo.S. they argue. the land with an iron fist have been forced prosperous Ecuadorian cities and eco. As global society has advanced. The more common than naturally grown alter- nation's infrastructure and standard of liv. environmental. from Paris to London to izens remain Brussels and the zaratan offshore colonies so proud. CIJLIJMBIR natives. the majority of which is have realized even more development and due in large part to the vast fields where sold to New Angeles at an extremely prof- might not have slid so far in the shadow of illegal drug crops were cultivated in enor. American nation that has undergone the recreational pharmaceuticals altogether. Bright spots include the Ruhr Valley dominates the worlds. the country could the capital of the international drug trade. Santo Domingo. previous generations. Atlantica and Scandia struggle to keep pean Union weakened. Such critics believe New mous quantities. dried-up rivers serve as meager farm fields. and maize. However. In the aftermath of as well as the cen. this time made nomic centers-and their tax income. The most struction of New Angeles is Colombia. in between. to correct the matter.

and extent that fifty thousand PADs are created New Angeles in sheer size. metal working. and new the original island from which Mum- The megacity was able to finally recover bai spread. Persia the wealthiest and best educated. This move- helium-3 boom on the Moon. Together. to retain its identity as an ethnic Russian and east to the edge of what would become prising Russians had already left for New enclave. one led by a charismatic leader the Indian Union. Assembly line The Mumbad metroplex in India is one of any other country's risties. which-thanks but its fortunes have been devastated by the struggles to enter the modern era. shadowy corporations and support from a its interests on Luna. leum's obsolescence. put many U. When the cit. Yelizaveta for decades. who claims to be a descendant of Cath- cent. Skilled and enter. There are also over a dozen was created in Surat as a compromise. though in most ways. smartfabric firms within the city. conditions. Heinlein. private islands. but the sea level rise affected coast. fled to ony ships to Mars. Russian Federation is an anachronism that over to large-scale farming. corrupt pendent countries including the Siberian SDUTHERST RSIR Southeast Asia was spared the economic through the rebuilding efforts. can to continue exporting heavy industry ilization. For mercenaries and prisec con. play. some Indians have profited immensely business here. luxury hoppers. petro. ern Mumbad. chaos. market further depressed the opportunities of them ca1i operate. dealt a serious blow to the country's cof. but the While theiiidian megacity has a num- drain felt by its eastern neighbors during recent influx of simulants into the labor ber of its own powerful corporations. The Aelita Colony has and its allies founded a new empire that other parts of the world for fear of reprisal flourished in recent years and managed stretched from Nubia through the Levant from the lower classes. Individual oblasts. Now. and with high tariffs on many the world. the area comprising the former arable portion of the region has been given trade between Europe. but not before incur. every hour at the Aryabhata Tech manu- ies of Ahmedabad and Mumbai combined monplace among the elite. The Despite existing in an age so rife with tech. The to global warming-is a greater percentage triple calamities of climate change. collapse of the fossil fuel-based economy than it had been in previous centuries. none the War. Many of its coun. they are no different from India is an expert at improving on and producing consumer goods. the mass emigra. the U. or war-riven failed Republic. Chechnya. and quality of life for Mum bad's poorest. These newly FRILED STRTES tractors. and conduct worldwide. Brazil. Before the Russian Federation fell apart. and Asia. The upper class of India maintains an India than anywhere else in the world. Singa. and the states. it achieved relative peace and stability ing economies. the Mediterranean is as rich with autonomous states have done what they Once considered the cradle of human civ.MEDITERRRNERN corporate oligarchies. and the ASEAN Confederation is difficult to describe the dichotomy in different types of imported goods. struggled to defend Moscow collapsed. who were also however. technology has been refined to such an the few cities in the world that can rival sions.N. and the took control for themselves in the ensuing threat of a renewed Martian "invasion" has region has yet to recover. has begun to call for a campaign from Europe and Russia. Tatarstan. which led to the rise of many inde. the country sent a series of col- turn of the twenty-first century. the Big Four in New Angeles. there continues to wield considerable economic words that both groups can understand. tries are now tyrannical despotisms. By attracting the intelligentsia tions constituted appreciable brain drain Volkova.. and war. the Mediterranean and Fertile such as mining. MUMBRD extravagant and wasteful lifestyle. a new political center this more apparent than on Salsette Island. In the aftermath of the Oil Wars at the fers. member states on edge.C. erine the Great. are more small companies that thrive in influence in the Eastern Hemisphere. · in Mumbad still work. metroplex of New Moscow. and for- Crescent have for centuries been wracked NORTHERN RSIR estry. Africa. This woman. but the ring significant debts and casualties. Since then.o n the same scale as lines throughout the region.C. Dubbed the United Cres. Nowhere is factory in the Gujarat District of North- after the Troubles. was able on the region. but they must import most higher- by conflict and economic instability. opportunity as Mars and far closer to home. The country's oligarchs.one hundred-foot motorsailers are com. Any region is still an important crossroads of nology. The wealthiest inhabitants of smartfabric capabilities are constantly from the Troubles thanks to the booming the oldest and most powerful families developed and tested locally before going arms industry during the War. Sprawling man. the federal government in ment has received backing from various Ultimately. and other boom. Many of the pore competes as one of the potential sites The wealthiest citizens in the Mumbad most powerful corporations enjoy a close of the second space elevator. level technologies and electronics. Angeles. the Indian megapolis lead lives of luxury so distant relationship with the Indian Union gov- Union remains the largest democracy in from those of the lowest classes that it ernment. republics. the U. . and when the the Worlds to retake the Motherland on Earth and to become one of the major players in the War exacerbated deteriorating economic return it to its former glory. and krais handful of former Russian oblasts.

It is also the headquarters to a growing enabled mass-irrigation. Fusion power solved important cultural artifacts from India's history. jealousy. one Jinteki has been acquiring control of the of the preeminent simsensie companies in the world and first agroplexes there. Many other lywood actors. of museums. The regional head of "black money" as part of laundering schemes. Although 14K has a Jinteki's operations in Australia is a former presence in Mumbad. cooperation of the Australian government crime presence. relatively harmonious one. of the world:' Over the past few decades. as well as many of the oldest and most less problematic. Navi Mumbai is home to Harishchandra Entertainment. many down-on-their-luck students Australia and other previously arid coun- and artists are drawn to the nightly populist rallies outside the tries to become known as "the breadbasket Old Courthouse building. China. Untold numbers problem in the megacities of the worlds. or wood entertainment elite. and directors live in fear of Salem and other nations look to Australia's relationship orgcrime leaders. but it did so with the to popularize the technology in India. The area has a strong org. producers. . galleries. are located the inefficiencies of desalinization and within its borders. Harishchandra. and his a man who enjoys profitable relationships with Afghani and Pakistani long-standing alliances with other MPs opium dealers. a dozen lesser studios. which allowed movement of civil unrest. sometimes outright condemnation. Many Bol. the preeminent orgcrime outfits have links to member of the Australian Parliament who Dubai or Pakistan. as many entertainment ventures are funded by rather than despite it. and Old Pakistan. migrated into corporate politics. and restored Australia is one country where it has been threedee theaters. RUSTRRLIR The artistic and cultural center of Mumbad-and of If corporate maneuvering is a regular India itself-is the Kala Ghoda District. universities. and human and have made the corp-state relationship a android trafficking rings in Dubai. with Jinteki with admiration. who routinely extort money and favors from the Bolly. The top gangster in Bollywood is Ibrahim Salem. libraries.

and in neobaseball that China would emerge as the great Diet. Although New Angeles gramming in Japan. The people of NeoTokyo are gen- power of the next age. est android populations by raw numbers. The NeoTokyo megapolis is a massive city ment district known to be a favorite haunt that covers nearly seven prefectures and of celebrity megagroup Aphelion. while fighting on Luna. . especially when the Jinteki Hanshin Tigers against the Mit- the countries hardest hit by the Blackout. The ancient battles fought Earth-side in the region. Today. sutendo Giants are the most-watched pro- and the subsequent overreaction by the ist trade policies. many thought nese national legislative body. was dashed during the the rival city KyoSaka extends from the following the Lunar Insurrection. considering the government's protection. resulting in some isolated tion of the goods and services consumed well as portions of two others. of the primary belligerents in the conflict by Xiangong Inc. which that adopted SYNC's new Network from android population. Shanghai. especially in the JRPRN equate KyoSaka with a robust entertain- new nation of United Korea. Osaka and the Wakayama prefectures. leagues. the nation's rising star yakuza. the National turally. megacities-New Beijing. capital houses many ofJapan's cultural trea- Reconstruction in Asia has been extremely sures. and it is hard to go only fuels the al1t\lgonism. as does the outspoken and fiery in temperament. RST RSIR The War left deep scars in East Asia that are refocused many global interests on South Several hundred kilometers west-south- still borne by its economy. China was one of NeoTokyo's service sector. erally described as cold and standoffish. It comes as no surprise then that These stereotypes are used by both sides seems to have reached its zenith and might clones outnumber bioroids two to one in use to criticize the other. The two urban centers are rivals cul- In previous generations. China was one America. the beginning. following the loss or . possess considerable economic clout due ated corporations maintain a strong pres. but most people across the worlds profitable for the corps. and fecture all the way to the south through the Long-simmering tensions flared during Hong Kong-produce only a small frac. CHINR has disproportional control over the Japa. Despite having moved its headquar. China's three northern coast of Japan in the Kyoto Pre- Japan supported Jinteki's efforts on Mars. ence in the NeoTokyo region. and the prosperity promised west ofNeoTokyo's outermost boundaries. as the conflict. While China does ters to New Angeles. have been knowri to erupt situation.w in of omy greatly lagged behind other countries NeoTokyo has the highest per-capita one side or 'lllother. down anytime soon. The birth of New Angeles anywhere in the megacity without running The rivalry is unlikely to die and the construction of the Space Elevator into the same familiar face over and over. around the world. Jinteki and its affili. while the citizens of KyoSaka are more to its extensive and prodigious manufac. Their infrastructure and econ. politically. Riots national government only exacerbated the and Mumbad undoubtedly have the larg. turing capabilities. The games pitting now be descending.

RFRICR ------=~:::=----====-
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The African continent is emerging as a global power. Long exploited KRMPR~R RISING
by colonial powers, by the middle of the twenty-first century Chi-
The plan to create a second Beanstalk in Kampala, one free fro m
nese and American firms competed for control of Africa's supply of
control by the Weyland Consortium, has been understandably
platinwn and rare earth metals for cutting-edge electronics. But with
controversial. There's more than enough demand to justify a
the advent of asteroid mining, Africa's natural resources dropped in
second Beanstalk-the numbers released by the Space Elevator
value on the world stage, leading to a large-scale abandonment of the
Authority are staggering-and Weyland stands to lose a tremen-
Sub-Saharan regions of the continent by foreign corps and investors.
dous amount ofprofit if it is no longer the gatekeeper to space.
Abruptly, the major powers in Africa were local for the first time
Although Weyland has kept the blueprints for the original
in generations. Nigeria, Soufrika, and the United Crescent flexed
Beanstalk secured within impenetrable datafortresses, various
their economic muscles and set about extending their hegemony
independent scientists are well on their way to unlocking the
across the continent. Old ethnic and religious tensions complicated
secrets of the buckyweave tether. The only remaining com-
the process, but the creation of the Sub-Saharan League enabled
ponent would be the massive funding required to continue
African nations to engage in relatively "peaceful" trade and mutual
construction in earnest.
cooperation. Nevertheless, Nigeria and Soufrika waged silent,
bloody, guerrilla war across the continent, peaking in the Bukavu China has long been a partner in African development. If
Incident (although the parties responsible were never identified). New Beijing is able to furnish the funds to support the proj-
In the wake of the tragedy, new policies in the Sub-Saharan League ect, it would be a coup for the countries who claim the Space
restored a degree of autonomy to member states. Elevator Authority continues to discriminate against corps and
countries who criticize the US. and its allies. When this financ-
While the United Crescent was focused on cementing its new
ing is coupled with the investment anticipated to come from
empire, this presented Africa an opportunity for long-simmering
Nigeria, Soufrika, and the rest of the Sub-Saharan League, the
tensions to explode into war. Climate-ravaged regions of the Kala-
economics of the project become vastly less difficult than pre-
hari and Congo, where millions of displaced refugees fled starva-
viously imagined.
tion, became flash points for armed conflict between Nigeria, Sou-
frika, proxy powers, and independent militias. Nigeria hoarded its Besides the obvious advantages for countries who have felt
hyper-efficient solar power tech and desalination-irrigation zones, shut out by the Beanstalk, would erecting another space ele-
giving Soufrika the leverage it needed to turn several League vator be as beneficial to the region as people think? Kampala
nations against Nigeria. Meanwhile, Soufrika's close relations with would benefit, obviously, because there's simply no outcome
unpopular megacorps allowed Nigerian agents to stir up unrest other than the birth of a new megapolis to host the massive
within their rival's borders. Ultimately, peace resulted from trade structure. Any endeavor of that scope would require immense
agreements where Nigeria would share its wealth and Soufrika ex ternal influence, howeve1; and while the Ugandan govern-
would support an African space elevator. ment is liable to profit from the increased trade, it might not be
able to maintain control over the growing megacity.
Now that Africa is thriving, it has attracted the attention of the
megacorps once more as a large and wealthy consumer base. With Some public relations firms involved in the endeavor have
few androids on the continent and the rise of solar farms in the claimed that another Beanstalk would vault Africa ahead of
ever-expanding deserts, Africa boasts near energy-independence other continents. But it could also mean an even sharper divide
and a comparatively prosperous middle class. For now. between the continent's wealthy-and its poor. The construction
of the megacity (and the second Beanstalk itself, for that matter)
would require a significant supply of resources, and resources

RNTRRCTICR are something that Africa tends to have in abundance. How-
ever, even if resources are sourced locally, it's possible Kampala
Rising global temperatures and sea levels changed the face of Ant- would see a great deal of profit in the hands of a very small
arctica, but there remain few reasons for anyone to travel there. The number ofpeople, as is often the case around the globe.
current population of Antarctica remains a mystery, yet numerous Regardless of the hurdles, the second Earth Station is already
corporate research compounds dot the barren landscape.
under construction as a floating structure on Lake Victoria
Some islands along the Antarctic Peninsula have become more along the equator. The island base would provide the necessary
hospitable thanks to global warming. Survival there is difficult at leeway and stress reduction on the structure itself during oper-
best, but the ability to live without a national government hang- ations, while mag-lev and hopper lines could connect it to the
ing overhead has serious appeal to certain types of people. These rest of the city. How long until a tether rises up from this base?
islanders have come to refer to themselves, half-jokingly at first Perhaps sooner than we thought.
but now with increasing seriousness, as the People's Republic of -From the lectures of Dr. Lucas Martinez,
Antarctica. The existence these people lead is one of very few
Levy University, Modern History 401
amenities and a techno-primitivist lifestyle that involves the culti-
vation of their own foods and livestock.

LUNR THE PEOPLE DF LUNR
The history of Luna is a story of war and
greed, but also one of hope and rebirth. Unlike possibly any city on Earth, the Moon's population is com-
After humanity took its first tentative steps pletely transplanted from elsewhere. There were no natives to displace,
onto the Lunar surface, no one returned to no nearby cities to attract immigrants, and no centuries of human migration
the Moon for a long time. They did send patterns to influence the population. Luna is re lentlessly, explosively diverse,
robots; these rovers didn't even have weak with every race and ethnicity represented.
AI and so had to be remotely controlled. The first colon ists were members of the international space exploration effort,
The rock samples the rovers took con- which meant they were from rich countries that could afford a space program.
firmed there was a lot of helium-3 on the But as soon as the corps got a foothold, they started bringing up anyone who
Moon, but fusion technology was still in was w illing to work in the mines- in other words, people from poor countries with
development. Various countries sponsored weak economies. The end resu lt is that any given Loony cou ld have ancestors
scientific missions to the Moon, some of from anywhere on Earth . American is the majority language in Heinlein, but it's
which were manned, and eventually some most people's second language.
of these missions evolved into permanent
Most Loonies ore sti ll immigrants, the people who didn't quite fit in on Earth, like
research stations.
in the stories. But there ore more and more native-born Loon ies, people who've
At first these settlements, separated by never been to Earth and don't necessarily want to go. The next generation or so
hundreds of kilometers, were places of shou ld be real interesting ...
scientific endeavor and experimentation.
Travel to the Moon was still expensive
and difficult; only the best and brightest the United Crescent, and others were also hacked to drive off course, seismic charges
were allowed a place within the slowly hungry for the fuel to power clean fusion were used to collapse craters onto dig sites,
growing Lunar populations. In the mid- energy and its attendant profits, spawning and regolith plains were seeded with dense
to late- thirties, after construction on the settlements of their own. composites to foul mining drills. However,
Beanstalk was completed, the first real The Weyland Consortium's construction it was only a matter of time before people
habitats began to appear. The Space Ele- companies helped build the colonies while started dying.
vator had slashed the costs of transporting the megacorp itself grew rich off the Bean-
goods and people into space, and it opened stalkroyalties from the importation ofHe-3.
LUNRR UPRISING
the way for rapid expansion of the Lunar Weyland chose not to take sides among the For years corporations successfully hid the
settlements. Xiangong, Tranquility Home, mining concerns, profiting equally from the true cost of mining on the Moon. Human
and Leonovsk Station were the largest of competition between companies and the casualties were put down to accidents,
these burgeoning colonies. governments that backed them. disappearances, and "human error:' The
governments of Earth, dealing with their
Soon, heliurn-3 fusion reactors became During this time, numerous private
own problems, were content to turn a
a reality. With Earth's new and ravenous concerns also established a presence on
blind eye so long as the He-3 kept flowing.
appetite for this fuel, everything changed. the Moon. Jinteki Biotech, Haas Industrie,
Mining corporations from across tl1e and NBN all recognized the importance of By now the Moon boasted a popula-
globe moved into the colonies and focused having an off-world presence, not only for tion in the tens of thousands, and whole
their efforts on how to successfully mine the research and development opportu- communities had sprung up with families
and refine the mineral. Pozens of min- nities, but to capture a brand-new boom- that considered themselves Lunar citizens.
ing outposts sprang up in regions where ing market. It was a hard life for many, especially the
the regolith was dense with He-3. Each of repressed people of Xiangong City and
By the beginning of the sixties, tl1e list
these outposts was claimed and protected Leonovsk Station who often looked envi-
of mining c;ompanies exploiting the Moon
by private security forces, intimidation, ously across the mare at their counterparts
was long, and almost every major power
and thinly veiled threats backed up by each in the prospering city of Heinlein, but it was
had a stake in the industry. Despite the
corp's parent country in the nan1e of "pro- one that they endmed with the hope that
vast distances separating their primary
tecting strategic interests:' they were working toward a brighter future.
bases of operation, aggressive prospect-
Tranquility Home, built protectively ing practices and fierce competition over Yet their dreams would not come to
by the Americans around the site of the terrestrial markets started a bitter war of pass. The competition between the mining
Apollo ll landing, gave birth to the city industrial espionage and sabotage between concerns ignited into war, and the min-
of Heinlein. Almost two thousand kilome- the largest companies, with smaller min- ers and colonists were the ones caught
ters away amid the Sea of Storms, China's · ing companies alternatively taking sides or in the crossfire. The true death toll is still
Xiangong City also prospered, growing on exploiting the situation. unknown-it's possible that thousands of
the back of cheap labor brought up via the miners died in sporadic massacres, but
At first the cost was borne largely by
Space Elevator. The Indian Union, Russia, machinery; automated harvesters were no complete records have been found.

Although the bod- ies would mostly be cleaned away. weirdos. increasingly. and the scars of the War are healing still. desperate for help.S. the U. what would become known as the War. the Serenity Beach. There are some exciting musicians and deejays combining the diversity of What started as a protest coupled with Loon y peoples in fascinating and exciting ways. inhabited only by ghosts and memories. called "wylders. Tycho Ridge. and they pay a lot of attention to Loony fashion. and is the new ities quickly spiraled out of control into hotness on Earth for a few months. Perhaps the only clear wirmer was Melange Mining. the miners took matters misfits. was quick to quell the rebellion. Space Expedi- tionary Corps was created and permanently stationed at Armstrong Base on the Moon. Some Earthers think that makes Loonies exciting and dif- into their own hands after the Prosperity ferent and sexy. Memories of these days are still very close and real for Lunar inhabitants. and other countries' settlements were heavily damaged as well. freaks. . worldw ide . and the many battles like them would become dark reminders of a time when the Moon ran black with fro- zen blood. nightclub. Mining Depot disaster. Heinlein emerged as the dominant Lunar settlement. and crumbling signal tow- ers still stand sentinel. and other bases were built to host space combatants. The Lunar Insur- rection began. Every now and again some new the seizure of some Melange Mining facil- musical act or genre explodes out of Heinlein. field between Earth countries. head.S. zigzagging trench lines." Kaguya. there was little economic impetus to deal with the war debris. During this period. and whole sections of the Lunar surface were transformed into graveyards of shattered weaponry and freeze-dried corpses. The Moon became a battle. Oceanus Valley. It's true that Heinlein has some great nightclubs. can now be found in greater New Angeles and. In forlorn stretches of the Lunar surface. Heinlein fashion trends are a little less portable-for some reason the slimline but the rest of the world saw American envirosuit never caught on in the rest of New Angeles. which now held a near-monopoly on the He-3 business. some of them less legal than others. After the fighting was over. Xian- gong City was reduced to ruin. The U. But one notable trend that incursions into other mining territories as has moved down-Stalk was born in the community surrounding the Wyldside a power grab. Dozens of settlements and hab- itats were destroyed. but the United States' hold on the colony was curtailed (slightly) by the Treaty of Heinlein. comes down-Stalk. but LDDNY RRT RND FRSHIDN none came quickly enough. The Lunar geography bears silent wit- ness to the atrocities committed on its surface. cracked domes.The Loonies beseeched their home govern- ments for help in quelling the violence. and music. Cosmetic genetic and surg ical modification caught on there. These g-mods. the com- pany equally broken. Frustrated and The stereotype is that Luna is full of people who don't fit in on Earth: criminals. and the megacorps tightened their grip upon the colonies. the Treaty of Heinlein reinstated Heinlein as a district of New Angeles. art. The Battle of especially incorporating animal features .

Th is same dome also houses administrators of various stripes-those who would be the first targets of a worker uprising . The foundations of an old helium-3 refin- ery facility remain even after the regolith was stripped off the surface in this area- it was too difficult to remove or even re- A high-security dome covers the only entrance to the subcolony's main fusion reactor. The lower pressure and gravity of the moon allows for increased efficiency. A "crater fill" : leftover excavated crust material was deposited in nearby craters . . Electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen via electrol- ysis. Conspiracies abound regard ing what goes on inside. bine housing for electric- ity conversion . These machines also combine hydrogen with excess carbon diox. Filling craters also paves the way for future surface development by raising the area ' s value for speculators. Here lies the steam tur- ide to produce water and methane.

to better a ssert their individuality and Each un it is isolated via water. Native- directly. instead. Residents. Few humans tend this system and smelling earthy/fishy smells. Most hydro/aqua/aeroponics tanks are Aquaponics cultivates genetically engineered lined with see-through acrylic to attract vis- fish for rapid growth . .Biowaste is recycled for hydroponic food produc- tion as well as nitrogen and phosphorous. especially those from Earth farms is pumped up to the plants above that enjoy spending time around green plants rely on hydroponics. Excess methane is exported and sent to Mars liquid form for use in terraforming efforts.and air. spindly robot arms on tracks and born loonies tend to avo id these levels automated systems supervise the facility. identity. The waste from these itors.

Its immense popularity is ing. The amount of crust material found in the recycler has clued admins Wyldside is a notorious hangout for g-mods into the existence of illicit drill- and Netcriminals. it's an aesthetically pleas- ing backdrop for expensive tourist shops and restaurants. The cost of living is highest around the subdome . well-ventilated air reservoir.. The subdome provides structural support to the entire subcolony in addition to serving as a large. but they'd rather turn a problematic for colony admins because it blind eye than spend the time lures Luna's more adventurous tourists into and money to find them all. As they were drilled.. . Underworld business dealings take place in hidden tunnels and secret rooms slowly drilled out from the module's exterior. areas they are better off avoiding . the dirt was slowly smuggled out in backpacks to be deposited in the waste disposal system . Most im portantly. and it shows beautiful projections from the inside.

Companies like Voidskin Enterprises and the Room to Breathe brand continually bring out new and exciting lines of products to market to the caution-minded consumer. However. w hile the distant hum of the air scrubbers keeping you alive are ed ited out by your consciousness. Your movements become more sure and fluid . Of course. and buildings are all compartmenta lized so that in the case of a breach . shutters and seals cCin slam into place with life support systems that will keep its inhabitants alive long enoug h to be rescued . After living on the Moon for a few months. Heinlein was built w ith numerous failsafe technologies- corridors. The lower levels tend also to be the newest levels. standing on street corners much like fire hydrants might dot the sidewalks of a terrestrial city. Fortunately for its citizens. showing steady improvement in build quality. each vast plate comprising half a dozen heavy transplas sheets. the reality is that w hen things go w rong on the Moon . Even the domes themselves are created with multiple levels of redundancy. very w rong . Custom-made panic rooms and designer envirosuits that can be worn every day are common to most areas of Hein lein . chambers. but the pop- ulation density is overly high . Small livin13 modules comprise these lowest residences. For those caught outside. the spaces between them packed with clear resin sealants should even the slightest crack appear. most people on Heinlein are unwilling to trust their fate to a government maintained safety locker or a bioroid crash team . The concentric design and radial symmetry of the upper levels was discarded in favor of purely economi- cal right angles. IT'S COLD OUTSIDE In Heinlein it's sometimes easy to forget that just beyond the roof over your head-or on the other side of that bulkhead-is one of the most hostile environments known to man . communal safety lockers are never far away. . they can go very. the human body adjusts to the low gravity.

fueled by the wealth of t e megacorps and the innovation of the alT' · t- tious. For the natives of Luna. In the vernacular. and with the Consortium's vast wealth fueling recon- struction.REBUILDING~ RESENTMENT~ RND HOPE Ironically. Their high-class clientele is blissfully ignorant of the detritus of war still hidden beneath the breathtaking grey wasteland seen through the transplas windows. NBN swept in to expand its Network and mediafeed subscription base. Weyland was the first to claim a major stake in Heinlein. especially those who participated in the rebellions. They took refuge in the lawless reaches of the Docklands.r and expand. or private individuals. this was a difficult transition. Domes sprang up like glow- ing bruises where private citizens and wealthy conglomerates thought to expand their interests into the stars. did not have the same obedience problems as their human counterparts. of course. leas- ing thousands of clones from Jinteki to replace the ranks of its workforce. Others left to start a new life on Mars. and the memory of the War is only now start- ing to fade. Melange Mining ensured that helium-3 operations became a tightly controlled industry. . As the megacorps ~arved up the Moon between them. the megacorps only grew more powerful following the Lunar Insurrection. where the colonists were still fighting corpo- rate influence. These secret rooms were used to hide black market goods or people wanted by the NAPD. Hotels like the Tycho Hilton and Lunar Madre were built with impressive views across the Sea of Tranquility and the glimmering spires of Heinlein. corp sec teams. Heinlein continues to gro·. joining orgcrime outfits like the Katala Brothers or the 14K. The rooms paid for themselves quickly because there were so few places to hide within Heinlein. A massive influx of workers and young entrepreneurs diluted the population of the old Luna colonies. Clones. and with them much of the ill-will still felt toward Earth. whole sections were bought and sold. Only a few remain in Heinlein proper-these men and women try to forget the promises of the past and get by as best they can in the new paradigm. Haas-Bioroid established its primary R&D facility in the outskirts. they were called warrens. Fifteen hard years have passed. There are yet still fortunes to be made out in space. Many lost their jobs and subsequently their housing in the domes. the colony's borders swelled to twice their previous size in the years that followed . and they tried to make a living from smuggling and black-market enterprises.

which made it something of a boom town Memorial Shuttle. and scores of corporate many generations to come. After the War. As the decades slipped past and the Moon rose in both popula. Here a man might lose himself among the hundreds of ~helming for some. SRGR OF THE SILUER CITY With less than twenty percent of Earth's gravity. This is all without regolith. Moon remains clearly w1der the auspices of Earth. Many have about the water. Heinlein's development truly took off.of the world economy. the city is a popular destination for retirees. Heinlein glitters like a jewel on the face of the Moon. and poorly regulated trade. The framers of longer. scattered colonies. so many crippling health problems are ful of international research stations dotting the surface of the lessened. Just as the megacorps like it. And yet. and corporate concerns on more than one occasion. EINLEIN "Heinlein embodies the most magnificent part of the human From Ear th. As a result. Heinlein is a glorious ideal bought and paid for by the megacorps-and they'll never let people forget it. however. the domes were expanded and the tunnels harvest He-3 from the Lunar surface. not just for today. fusion power came along soon enough. and war criminals on the run never seem tems. the city is a vital part. The colony only covers a tiny fraction of the Moon's surface. With a large Millions of people live and work in its crowded corridors. quility. enjoy a few hours outside of an envirosuit. it was Heinlein's people who suffered. Only when one gets closer she see the stains on the plas. become a place of conflict between the Martian Colonial Authority. or for those who were born beneath the domes. and the first glimmer of the city of and out of mind. a massive clone workforce replaced the initial Lunar miners to tion and significance. there is wonder and adventure to be found on the Moon. and for many people this is police Tranquility Home as well. Utilitarian in design and purpose. Subsequently. into a full~blown colony. mining industries and the thriving helium-3 trade. Lunar maria. the clout of the NAPD wanes. and labs were beyond the hustle and bustle of central Heinlein. spirit: the will to step beyond the confines of our world and Shining lines of light reach out across the Sea of Tranquility to reach out to claim our destiny. . The Lunar colony's reliance is within reach of the average citizen on Earth. eye. they were places where even mentioning the fact one can look out of a transplas dome and scientists could perform their experiments. there were only a hand. creating a sparkling web of lights visible with the naked District Council and the hefty influence of the megacorps. corporate experiments. like vapor-surfing and g-ball. or he might even carve ts one ten other people have had before you. Yet the domes and through hundreds of kilometers of winding tunnels. is over. store their gear. Everything and everything is recycled. Martian colonies have found their way to Heinlein. They say on Heinlein every breath you take warehouses and black-market trade posts.- Satellite domes can be found as far away as the southern edges backed Space Expeditionary Corps and the New Angeles Police of the Sea of Serenity and the northernmost regions of the Sea of Department maintain order under the directives of the Heinlein Nectar. transient worker population. The station became an extension closest to the real Heinlein they will ever come.Heinlein District Manager Cline Hubbard . and rumors of gangs of rogue clones. during the initial helium-3 rush. and see Earth glowing blue above the horizon. Heinlein was home to most of Melange Connected to New Angeles by the Beanstalk and the Challenger Mining employees. For those who stay of the Special Economic Zone of New Los Angeles. Outside Heinlein's main domes. and don't even ask out a nice little outfit smuggling goods for the same. and the U. This is the shadowy underworld of Heinlein: the Dock- their pale waxy faces lit by flickering artificial lights.. Life in Heinlein can be claus. but the touch mining outposts. the Quito Accord were right to think that the station would grow Heinlein is a very different place indeed.S. to police. The city is a self-contained bubble kept alive by disappeared here. crete domes and the desolation that stretches out to the curved Prosperity Memorial Day Speech horizon. Back then. Tranquility Home was little more than There are also all marmer of sports that exist in Heinlein tailored to its one or two domes covering makeshift habitats carved into the unique environment. The Lunar traffic and a jumping-off point for ships makjng the long journey Insurrection and war that followed tarnished the otherwise-bright to Mars. sheltering its inhabitants beneath transplas and plascrete rebels. but The Accord anticipated that Tranquility Home would continue it helps that the cost of a ticket up the Beanstalk to Starport Kaguya to grow in population and prestige. shady humming atmospheric filters and complex fluid reclamation sys. " enclaves. dug out of sight connected and repurposed. Heinlein's prosperity rides on the back of the Moon's massive and with it. But as competition between the Heinlein's place on Earth's doorstep also makes it a hub for space corps intensified. For these reasons Heinlein attracts its fair share of tourism. to go away. it is a place that is almost impossible trophobic. outposts. filling all the needs of a great city. These massive open pits lie dug deeper. ful. hundreds of private launch pads. but Heinlein is as large as any Earth-bound city. less energy to hold itself up. even though its people live with a tax on the very air they breathe. Heinlein began to emerge. In time. lands. An entire industry on the Beanstalk additionally meant the same law enforcement in has cropped up to get people fro m the Root in New Angeles to the charge of protecting the Space Elevator could also reach out and StarScape retail complexes of Kaguya. the constant press of bodies beneath cold grey ceilings. and corporate and criminal enterprises take over. and Luna has Today th~ greater megapolis sprawls across the Sea of Tran. . the body expends At the time the Quito Accord was signed. more than ·a few of the troubles afflicting the saga of the Silver City. observatories.

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the ception that a Lunar assignment is tanta- of the NAPD's limitations. they might find their ens more that are paid to keep private District Manager Hubbard often uses the badges don't carry as much weight as they domes safe. the citizens of New Angeles. most people use the shortened name. . Although the department does tives are often ex-military members who conglomeration of peoples and that under employ bounty hunters. their permanent home. Across from the Plaza stands the slab-sided New Ange- les Police Department Heinlein District Office.LUNRCENT The largest of Heinlein's domes. Even if you don't live in Lunacent. Luna a promotion-most are assigned for For this reason the people of Heinlein they can seal themselves off and continue to a rotation.§ structures. The bustling. this is the beat- ing heart of Heinlein and included in its dis- tricts are some of the oldest Lunar habitats. is Lunacent. know how big this place is?" les Plaza and the Heinlein District Office are cated criminals and a hostile work envi. District Manager Cline Hubbard. Argus. while others want to get their don't put as much stock in the NAPD as do function for days or even weeks. Commander but out on the edges of the Docklands and Lunacent also boasts the largest and most Lufkin is determined to change the per- beyond. its bottom to affluent businesspeople and ronment itself is an antagonistic force. struggle with his superiors for every officer dent that by the time a cop can collect t.Tessa Horne. minds of many Lunar officials. the criminals themselves will be families living in commission tenements at the Heinlein beat can be hard. . right? Seriously though. reality of its enforcement. Few officers would consider Kaguya Satel lite Division massive structural failure or terrorist attack. low-G training certification out of the way. the distance from Earth and its own unique set of challenges means that Heinlein has the provisions to govern and police itself. Of course. necessary evidence and get clearance from houses thousands of Lunar citizens. A Weyland construction. The size of a small city itself. private elevators and hop. even if he has to element often flaunts its activities. Most of the official structures are clustered in New Angeles Plaza. which reaches up to mount to punishment. the lower ones never have to cross paths. long gone. co!' :-1- pierce the primary dome with its upper sto. do you The buildings making up the New Ange. everyone enjoys the same free. The district building controls all NAPD precincts and activities on Hein. deals with the day-to-day management of the district. the building where Mayor Wells's appointee. thriving center of the colony is also the home of Heinlein's district gov- ernment. The crimin· 1 Columbiad Arcology. The mem. odds are you will go there at least a few times a week for business or pleasure. These organizations' opera- arcology as example of how Heinlein is a might like. and Complicating matters are private secu- corporate VIPs enjoying spectacular views should officers stray beyond the central rity firms like Starshield. Yet. sometimes-shady can become territorial. side the central domes. a gap still exists NAPD as its officers tried to pursue crimi- per pads ensure that the upper levels and between the appearance of the law and the nals between the domes of Heinlein. I mean. the Arcology and resource sent up the Beanstalk. from Commander Lufkin doesn't dispute that Dispatch. Ostensibly an extension of New Angeles. and there are a dozen or so satellite DISTRICT OFFICE Heinlein. domes of Heinlein. NAPD Sergeant. In the event of a ronment. e ries. and doz- of Earth from their penthouse windows. The envi. the underworld is all too aware well-appointed of Heinleirl. Although the Heinlein District Council officially designates it as Luna Cen- tral. completely self-sustainable. safe in the face of increasingly sophisti. NRPD HEINLEIN "It should be easier to catch criminals in lein. and the hub from which the rest of the city extends. Cops on the ory of the Insurrection is still fresh in the and only a few intend to make the Moon streets ofLunacent might demand respect. individuals who enjoy more success out- once there has been a standoff with the doms. and more than its domes. they've got nowhere stations scattered across the megapolis. The NAPD keeps the people of Heinlein to run.

it mining or transports can make them sway prises maintain their own landing pads out too develope~. and in time it became the almost hypnotically. Memorial Park. trees. Tsuki-no-Miyako in homage to the ancient underneath a pressurized viewing gallery. and the costs to Lunar industries and habitats would be considerable indeed were it to ever stop flowing. Grass. it domi. Walkways ring its crown while interactive stand in stark relief to their surroundings. Later. Kaguya nestled in the Hypatia-C Crater. while in their shadow dozens of hexagonal domes spread out to the very lip of the crater itself. Tranquility Home was a modest dome first laid its foundations or the grave MEMDRIRL PRRK research station home to maybe two hun. and misters creates the impression of attractions. For many that come to the Moon. and tourists who wander off into far-flung modules or . just as the Lunar Tourism Bureau intended. Starport Kaguya extends across th~ fifteen-kilometer diam- eter of Hypatia-C.' which regulates space traffic around the colony. such as the place where the Angeles. The Prospecting. With the rise to prominence of Heinlein. Heinlein can be a dangerous and unpre- dictable place for the unwary. in the middle of a busy intersection or no matter the odds stacked against them. it became they all serve as stark reminders that one Tranquility Home Museum is Prosperity the primary habitation module for the is on the Moon. The upper levels of the launch zone are always thrumming with activity as bioroid work crews guided by suited human engineers make quick mechanical checks and sys- tem repairs between the shuttles' relent- less docking and launch schedules. but Perhaps even more impressive than the dred or more scientists. Even so. Some of these are PROSPER/TV Before Heinlein was annexed to New relatively small. the artificial sky. ultraviolet itats and gantries are numerous tourist or holodocs. Many consider Starport Kaguya the lifeblood of Heinlein. Multiple landing domes cluster around its ce~ter like the buds of a flower reaching for the sun. each catering to a variety of Lunar surface preserved under transplas see it as their duty to keep Heinlein safe. of it as a shameful waste of real estate . that in Heinlein. cultures and economic classes. For Earth natives the park STRRPDRT KRGUYR provides both a sense of home and the won- A constant stream of shuttles and cargo in the Docklands. of the first man to die on the Moon. sive-like the Tranquility Home Museum. largest contiguous Lunar parkland. and even water features Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. and civilian traffic comes through Starport seemingly stretched thin as they reach for often via the Challenger Memorial Ferry. The park is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. the bulk of commercial der of the Moon-its trees and flowers grow pods go up and down Earth's gravity well. Intermingled within the maze of hab. tains commonly found in a terrestrial city. displays play loops of old flatfilm footage A hidden network of air pumps. it pre- nates the center of Luna cent. In place of the statues or foun. bustling shopping mall. and it has only grown since. With arrivals and departures equal to the busiest of Earth's airports. A large Japanese population immigrated at Over a hundred meters across. carving a green once and settled a module now known as serves the entire Apollo 11 landing site strip from its relentless press of buildings. flowers. dedicated to the miners who workers of Melange Mining and Alpha Others are altogether more impres- lost their lives in the lead-up to the War. and even some androids on While there are many residential domes however. For tourists it is an amazing lights. tourists will find pieces of the loan from Haas-Bioroid and Jinteki. reminder of history. the larg. there are dozens of dedicated TRRNIJUILITY HOME detectives. . Kaguya is about as far as they get. and vibrations from distant While some corporations and private enter. Moon's princi~al: spaceport and base of the Heinlein Authority. est and oldest by far is Tranquility Home. but most locals think the outdoors and also nurtures the plants.

played with what Hotels ranging from the extravagant to Jinteki are just some of the delights visitors are colloquially called "Heinlein Rules:' the reasonably priced ring the spaceport. Located just out- Manager Hubbard has seen considerable its dozens of retail levels. regolith mineral the same time. fort of Kaguya. District of things can be bought-duty-free. both Haas-Bioroid and own transplas tomb. For those who are after something more keep the number of missing persons and pletely to the tourism market. and for about half there are some things you just can't do in the challenge of low-G sports. and liquid bars are all things more offseason Earth-side to build up its players' ing visitors to experience the wonders of discerning customers can sample should muscle density so they can execute impres- low-G sports or look at some of the Moon's they so choose. Teams from Earth will routinely visit. encased in its spend their vacation in the safety and com. famous Battle of Kaguya that ended the Lunar Insurrection but ignited the War. tacular view of the stars and the game at refurbishment ofKaguya to turn it into the neered nav-watches. Heinlein's the month.on venue for low-G sports. Earth itself. can purchase. and the latest offerings from the have their equivalents on the Moon. Products of side Lunacent. own Lunar Leopards g-ball team spends its and tourist centers surround these. allow- tooists. Recreation parks normal gravity-and comfort clubs. like Lunar synthetic labs of Haas-Bioroid and g-ball and aero hockey.even the Docklands looking for adventure Then there is StarScape Shopping. g-tat. To retail paradise that caters almost com. Per- proud history-such as the Treaty of He in- little wonder that many tourists never step haps the most interesting games are those lein. the Angel Arena is Heinlein's main tragic accidents to a minimum. wtth their viewing decks affording impressive StarScape also caters to the notion that athletes training for months to prepare for · views of the moonscape. All manner active. With so much to offer. its crowds can enjoy a spec- resources poured into the expansion and Lunar industry such as low-gravity engi. . Always the main shuttle terminus. The Tourism board Jinteki enjoy showing off their merchan- tends to downplay mention of the now-in. content to between bioroid or clone teams. Many terrestrial games shining face of Heinlein. gems. which stands on display just outside onto the tube-lev to Lunacent. it is sive feats of acrobatics on the field. a RNGEL RRENR often find more than they bargained for. dise in these exhibition matches. sponsored events.

SXC Lieutenant Wantanbi to District major domes of Lunacent and its com. the Docklands are a vital part of Heinlein's economy and all the major cor- porations and scores of minor ones have a stake in its cargo and industrial operations. ranging from the hubs. since officers often have to secure permission and complex war- rants before they can even set foot within its warrens. and as long as the city is buying. and even the corporations turn a blind eye to the gang activity as long as it doesn't impede upon their profit margins. For locals. sir.DDCKLRNDS Stark against the dazzling domed heart Literally hundreds of gangs and org- of Heinlein is a brooding dark horizon. least. warehouses and heavy industry. people like Ortega Jones who run the air there is nothing I can do for you. It is an area of Heinlein. they provide a legitimate service to Manager Hubbard concerning plex tunnel networks. faded factory out of the Docklands. Even so. Most however are like orgcrime are doing out there. the Docklands are a grey area." The Docklands are located beyond the tax and recycling rackets. In truth. it can be easy to wander off the beaten track and end up somewhere that you are not meant to be. and skeletal landing ramps reach Wasters and Vaporheads that prey on lost up from the cold grey surface-a forest of tourists up to smuggling empires like the "I know full well what the corps and steel and shadows that hides Luna's most Katala Brothers. sitting between the law of Heinlein and the wilderness of the greater Lunar sur- face. This wouldn't be so much of a problem if the Docklands were just the rough-and- ready construction and shipping district the vids present them to be. Although nominally under the control of District Manager Hubbard and the NAPD. at . This is the the Dust Haunters who "scavenge" scrap afraid that until someone picks up a Docklands. but I'm dangerous criminal elements. the lax law enforcement and the chance for profitable enterprise has made the Dock- lands into a haven for Heinlein's criminal elements. however. In their eyes. and only the foolish or the and machinery from construction sites or lasrifle and tries to storm Heinlein. they'll keep on selling. crime syndicates have corners carved Half-constructed habitats. arrayed around Heinlein in a wide circle of landing pads. brave stray too far into its underworld. the division between central Heinlein and the Docklands is a clear and obvious one. and they avoid certain routes and places. . That it is almost entirely privately owned and operated only adds to the NAPD's problems. Docklands murders both expansion and industry for the city. For tourists and other visitors.

. where and the Beanstalk. but by and large friends and foes alike that should Luna rise again. with many settlements lie beyond the domes ofHeinlein-they are just suited SXC troopers drilling on its low-G obstacle courses and live. places like Club Luna. but the distances from combat zone known as "Asphyxiation AlleY:' This is designed to Heinlein. that half of the Moon that looks down on Earth due to its can expect to undergo grueling extra-Earth survival trials. Colonel Metzger. await- Agarum take up massive tracts of Lunar surface. and the Mons Wolff Observatory enjoy good fund- the space around Heinlein and Starport Kaguya. as it is errone- with a limited supply of air. preparing forces for the distant colonial disputes on Mars. the Mons Wolff Observatory takes to that agreed upon by the signatories of the Treaty of Heinlein. Sitting atop tons of munitions and a few dozen nukes will Tower. with entific presence on the Moon. and places like the Lovell Overlook. few better places to peer out into the stars and without interference Nevertheless. Sites like Port Anson and the facilities at Promontorium piles of artillery shells sit silently under the cold distant stars. is more concerned with hunters these days. it began are confined to the Docklands. By contrast. By and large. Although it has ing. a great ready. Clarke nificant political power. Covered in glistening sealant to preserve their parts. the area protected by Armstrong Base is strictly limited from Earthshine. The imposing structure reminds outposts and scientific stations break the surface. without a direct military threat to Heinlein. fire ranges. Armed twenty-seven-day synchronous rotation. hours to reach by tube-lev due to its location high in the peaks of Gun towers and companies of marines are not the only weapons the northern Lunar ranges. The reasons are varied. all of the megacorps maintain as a dumping ground for decommissioned vehicles and munitions outposts further afield. their transplas domes and genegineered Colonel Metzger is an old friend of District Manager Hubbard. Beneath its famous hov- aggressive Dockland criminals . their perime- ing the time they might be needed once again. but as more than one lawyer has pointed out. marines side. The Lovell Overlook is close enough to Heinlein to host social been fifteen years since shots against enemy forces were last fired. the environment can be just as deadly as the enemy.bandoned husks: the ruins ofXiangong City and oth- COLONEL METZGER ers attract only scavengers and treasure Armstrong Base's current commander. squadrons of combat hoppers. Many corporations and some governments still maintain a sci- Armstrong Base is also the nerve center of Heinlein Defense. Rumors abound that Hubbard has been trying for years local activities like skyrunning. It maintains its own dedicated scientific the SXC has at its disposal. and hopper racing. By contrast. and whenever gardens. has a scattering of outposts. Whether Metzger has especially sought after for its beautiful con- agreed to anything is unknown . it functions and even enjoy visits from local dignitaries. not to mention unfavorable launch windows to Earth replicate fighting in a damaged dome or on a space vessel. rHotel Tycho is focusing on the wilderness that the Docklands has become. grav-surf- to persuade Metzger to take a more active role in cleaning up Heinlein. Perhaps the eeriest aspect of Armstrong team supported by a bioroid workforce to keep its systems running. orbital weapon platforms and ground-based missile silos covering Mares Valley. By the letter of the Treaty of Heinlein. and the rHotel Tycho are oases of do that for you. other places are ~. usually at the exclusive need while they enjoy a host of unique Sunwoods Golf Course. There are remains a potent threat to any craft that would try to assault Heinlein. they must try and navigate a simulated ously known. have limited expansion on Darkside. dispersed over truly massive distances. Clone servants see to th eir every the Colonel visits Lunacent the two can be seen together. it's easy to forget that Luna is primarily a vast grey waste- and slab-sided defense turrets protect the Space Expeditionary land. Darkside. Armstrong Base rises Amid the thriving chaos of Heinlein's packed streets and flashing from the regolith like a stone fist ready to strike. involve a degree of secrecy that only the isolation of the Moon can entire Lunar armored divisions. but she still wields sig- Finally. Cov- While the majority of heavy industry and private spaceports ering more than fifty square kilometers of Lunar surface. Here and there lights blink in the darkness where mining Corps's main base on the Moon. ters tightly guarded by all manner of intruder countermeasures. servatory and the stunning views across there might be some wiggle room in the SXC's charter when it comes to the more the Tycho crater. Armstrong Base is a training facility. So. Its dull-grey walls lights. with the Jinteki-engineered lunar foliage outside the transplas. the SXC can take no direct splendor and wealth among a drab. but they usually from the War. ering arboretum grows a thriving garden And who knows? Maybe Metzger would like to get some live target practice of tropical plants that blends seamlessly for her boys one of these days. roll- role in the policing of Heinlein. In addition to the hard-vacuum exercises and zero-G Most of the extra-Heinlein settlements can be found on Light- combats conducted in the Armstrong orbital stations. ple a piece of Lunar life denied to m st of the SXC stays largely restricted to Armstrong Base where marines are trained and its colonists while remaining safe behind are readied for possible deployment to Mars at a moment's notice. Here the risties can sam- ties on their own private property. Base is its vast military graveyard known as the Battleground. nor can it interfere in the affairs of corporate enti- ing sea of dust. Even so.ARMSTRONG BASE BEYOND HEINLEIN To the northeast of Heinlein's central domes. mainly ing. Earth will be there is only rock and dust as far as the eye can see. and provide.

however. those bioroids working on the Moon. which are carried out on the ern reaches of Heinlein. non-stop to break down the harvested rock into pure helium-3 Seen from above. they are well protected beneath the corpora- tion's main domes. voice in its ever-growing product line. and direction of each vehicle. Haas-Bioroid takes advantage of the is more than a vital business market-it is also a battleground Moon's low gravity for its scientific research and development between opposing interests and conflicting ideas. and the Moon Like many companies. their sleek buildings and gleaming tunnels daz- developing New Angeles metroplex. many intend to protect these investments. comes conflict. and even security as part of their everyday life. emergency staff. jobs are too dangerous or undesirable for humans. making the Henry line's creeping ever outward from the harvesters' home stations.~cts need not depend on the vacuum-proof hardsuits worn by the Tur- tleback line. A shroud of dust appear like graceful brush strokes upon the Lunar surface.· labor shortages in new developments are common. and in the dark alleys of the high-end bioroids and provide logistical and technical support for Docklands. They follow tightly controlled paths to ensure massive cargo of rock and dust back to processing plants to that no pa rt of the surface goes to waste. jDirector Haas continues to sion of the Moon as a place for research and development. speed. conveyors and hoppers ferry its off the top layer. giving HB the edge in reliability and safety. Even so. it has transformed into a worthy satellite of the rapidly tion and design. and the corps has had more success on Luna than on Earth. and the air itself chimes to the sound of He-3 mining remains Luna's principle draw. Grinding machines and mineral furnaces work charting the location . nasal and tracheal filters a necessity for continuous labor. With competition. Their largest R&D facilities are located in the north- remain at the heart of these clashes. with AI processors be refined . and from here they pioneer new kinds of stock market. the people of Heinlein have come to expect bioroid workers. Even though Jinteki dominates the min- ing industry. As humanity slowly settles the solar the world to see: imagination and innovation given form and system. The Big Four programs. HRRS-BIDRDID Where once the Moon was the sole purview of remote-controlled Haas-Bioroid's Luna offices are marvels ofbiomechanical innova- rovers. with dozens of hard fail- safes between them and unwanted intrusion. and product placement and testing. Haas-Bioroid's 'pr~cJ. UNNRTURRL CRRTERS Helium-3 harvesters crawl across the Lunar surface scraping Once a harvester is full. While pristine white chambers. zling in their perfection. it is also primed to pleasing melody. . braving not just bioroid-powered counter- measures and security. across the Network. adventurous hackers or corporate rivals have targeted these datafortresses in the past. clings to every part of the refineries. the Moon's prominence in its affairs can only grow. Each has tied up huge sums of money in the expan. CONTROLLING INTERESTS Shaped by Earth's hunger for He-3 and offering bold new solar markets. Bioroid greeters guide guests through porations traveling up the Beanstalk to find their fortun e. As one of the company's most precious resources. On the Moon. but also the inhospitable Lunar environment itself. Heinlein has become a focal point of corporate interests. more effective bioroid brains. the resulting vast concentric patterns which is stored in canisters for shipment. Luna is also home o some ofHaas-Bioroid's most powerful processor vaults and server farms-the megacorp uses a prodigious amount of computing power in the develop- ment of faster. This is the ideal future that Haas-Bioroid wants become a gateway to the stars. and as Hein- lein expands. a tactic that enterprise. free push the bioroid as the superior specimen _of android. with many citizens and cor.

the project could usher in an age using planetary orbital data. The program is still years away from comple- tion. home can go there. Many of the most iconic Shopping. aims to combat NBN's greatest enemy: while in Earth orbit the hull of a massive deep space vessel has begun to take shape. it will come before. To this end The Moon is also the base for Jinteki's Generation Project. the trappings of NBN's media juggernaut let people know that The nuances of genetic engineering have allowed Jinteki to create almost-perfect facsim- wherever they go. like Serena Nightshade ing with modifying clones for deep-space exploration and generation ships. and Johnny Hendrickson that appear on mate goal of settling the far-flung areas of the solar system or even beyond. it benefits the media giant to clone models. while contact with Mars and beyond claim on the outer planets. vid screens every day to show just how exciting or adventure-filled life on the WEYLRND CONSORTIUM Moon can be. one of Heinlein's primary energy sources besides the solar farms. When it comes to the investment has supposedly paid for itself many times over. allow coordination between systems and signals on an unprecedented scale. with the ulti. Jinteki enjoys the unique low-G and vacuum conditions of the Moon sure they have something good to watch as for its research. but one story finds its way into the newsnet loops again and again. Rumors cling to Weyland's providing top-quality entertainment and Heinlein operations. tion. including places like StarScape tile environments. Far is Jinteki's promise to its customers-wherever you might travel. had their start in the regolith make the Moon look as attractive as pos- harvesters and mineral refineries of Melange Mining's domed settlements and factories. Manufactories on the Lunar surface ceaselessly toil away. This of vaulted domes and tunnel ceilings. Serena's sensie series The Weyland Consortium has been credited with reconstruction on Luna. In fact. Sterile environments. Like everywhere else in the world." -Amy Avers . "They call it the Silver City.-expanding solar civiliza- According to unnamed insiders. the isolation to conduct itself away from watchful eyes all work in the megacorp's favor. As it is. and on the Moon the megacorp stands on the edge of even greater wonders. but the ground work is already being laid as NBN cements its hold on Heinlein's media sphere. like the Henry model or the Turtleback line. Weyland also owns a controlling interest in the Blue Sun fusion keting the Moon. and tage of its placement. Although the final product there are numerous dedicated Heinlein would be years away from being released. from intrusive. of course. The Star Reach is a pro- have trickled out into the public domain despite the efforts of more posed system of deep-space satellites that than one Netcriminal. The heady scent brings back terrestrial memories. the He-3 has eyes and ears all over Heinlein. news to an ever. Liberty Soc iety . In reality. NBN The Lunar business concerns of Jinteki are interwoven with Melange Mining. someone is keeping a iles of people. NBN personalities. and they travel to get there. while nearby koi tronic eyes scan silently from the darkness ponds glitter with the scales of rainbow carp-each one a Jinteki patent. With company that utilizes thousands of clone workers. too. broadcasts scaffold-covered hull bears the massive letters "Gagarin Deep Space Exploration:' All from Heinlein have about a 1. but also taking advan- power company. sible to its terrestrial markets. Weyland is preparing for the next step in humani. watchful eye on their safety-and making Like Haas-Bioroid. Despite being of evolution and endeavor unlike anything that has constrained by the speed of light.3-second this points to a bid by Weyland to be the first megacorp to place a lag. irs the largest slave labor camp humanity has every created-of course you won't see that bit in your StarScape Shopping ads. the security of being surrounded by airless void. but also in administration and technical work. but it does own the construction firms that landed the con- NBN is not only concerned with mar- tracts to rebuild the colony. This makes the Moon an ideal place a substantial stake in the Lunar tourism to test out new products and measure their suitability not just in heavy industry or hos- market. the StarReach Pathway's program ty's journey out into the stars. but only the barest pieces of information runs into minutes. but the stylized Darkside Days has done more for Hein- "W" is conspicuously absent from most physical structures and even the titanic machines lein's image in the last five years than any used to build them. while elec- cross the threshold. a place of wonders and marvels. The Consortium itself has not built anything since completing the amount of official PR.JINTEKI NBN The lotus garden enclaves of the Jinteki offices are a rare glimpse of Earth captured on Threedees flicker like faulty fluorescents the Moon. Its the speed of light. Beanstalk over fifty years ago. the corporation is rumored to be experiment. Gene-crafted sakura trees sway in an artificial breeze as prospective clients on nearly every Heinlein wall. Whatever the ultimate goals of Weyland would sync broadcasts across the system and Gagarin Deep Space are.

MELRNGE MINING
Dark transplas domes and worn plascrete bulkheads cluster around the site of the
Melange Mining Headquarters like frightened children cowering close to their mother's
side. The image is a fitting one, for each dome houses a subsidiary: a once-independent
mining company that was bought out and swept up into Melange's arms. The head office
foyer tells a similar tale. The towering threedees showing the history of mining on the
Moon are ostensibly ones of hope and progress, but as more than one visiting executive as
noted, it is also a trophy hall. Each holo captures a predecessor's zenith before Melange's
rise to dominance.
When people think of He-3 and Lunar mining it is little wonder then that they think
of Melange Mining. After the War, the U.S.-backed corporation moved in and picked up
the pieces of its competitors. By the time other companies had gotten their act together,
Melange, or 2M as it is sometimes known, was the principal supplier of He-3 to Earth,
and no one planet-side wanted to disrupt supplies again.
As it is, 2M wields considerable political power on the Moon, and its demesne comprises
vast stretches of the Moon's surface beyond Heinlein. Because of the importance of He-3,
all the megacorporations work closely with 2M, and the mining giant maintains its inde-
pendence only by playing its customers' rivalries against each other. Any of the megacorps
could take 2M over in a one-on-one confrontation, but if anyone did try, the others would
quickly step in to keep it from falling into their rival's hands.
Of course, 2M is not the only mining concern on the Moon, but it is the only one that
matters. Neither Alpha Prospecting nor Pestroka Technika exists on the same playing
field as 2M. Some blame Jinteki's favorable simulant labor contracts for 2M's monopoly,
while others point to its use of Weyland freeports in the Docklands, neither of which
seem to extend to other mining operations. However, the truth is 2M happened to be
on the winning side of the War, and by the admission of its board, it intends to win out
against its current competitors as well.

LUNR, MRRS,
RND BEYIJND
The stars are as innumerable diamonds scattered across the black velvet pall of the void,
calling out to humanity with the promise of wonders and marvels yet unirnagined. And
like a welcome guide, the Moon hangs above it all, Earth's closest celestial body and the
first rung in a ladder that leads to distant shores and a future yet to come.
Given its special place in the heavens, it is little wonder that most extra-Earth outposts
and corporate concerns have dealings with Heinlein and its people. Mars especially has
a long history with the Moon, standing as its sometimes-ally during the War and sharing
the honor of being one of Earth's few off-world colonies.
Most trade between the Red Planet and Earth still runs through the Moon, and the
Martian Colonial Authority even maintains offices in Lunacent to oversee the safe pas-
sage of goods and personnel to Mars. The vast MCA warehouses in the Docklands are
always a hub of activity. Although they are also a haven for smugglers, the MCA is reluc-
tant to allow NAPD interference in their operations.
Beyond the ongoing troubles on Mars and the shadows they cast upon Luna, nearly
every other outpost or spacefaring endeavor maintains strong ties with the Moon. Some
of these, like the Psyolmetric Research Towers on Ceres, report to the Lunar division of
Haas-Bioroid. Others, like the Ganymede Project on the Moons ofJupiter, actively
from Luna's populace, promising a life of adventure and exploration.

MRRS
For hundreds of years humanity has looked to the fourth planet,
Mars, as a source of mystery and adventure. Once upon a time,
TRKING R WRLK
stories of little green men and invaders from Mars were the A normal human on the surface of Mars won't last long, but
height of science fiction. Such stories faded as satellites and rov- it's not like he's sucking vac. He's got three basic problems.
ers explored the Martian surface, but Mars never lost its hold on The first is that he can't breathe-there's more 0 2 in the
the human imagination. Today, human beings have not only col- atmosphere now than there was, but the pressure is so low
onized this world, but the colossal task of terraforming the Red and the concentrations so meager that unmodded human
Planet is underway. This new, semi-lawless frontier remains one of lungs can't pull anything useful from the air. A good respira-
the most challenging environments for civilization, yet the hardy tor, one that seals around the face and has a standard tank
Martian settlers have managed to defy the odds and thrive. of N-0 mix, will do the trick here.
Several generations have lived, worked, and died to transform The second problem is that it's too cold. With the sun up,
Mars into a world capable of supporting human life. They're not near the equator at the height of Martian summer, it's not so
done yet: even now, venturing outside of the transplas domes bad, and a good jacket will keep him warm enough. But once
requires breathing assistance and protective gear. Nevertheless, the sun goes down, nothing short of a heated envirosuit will
the planet has changed greatly from the aggressively hostile envi- keep a normal human alive for long.
ronment faced by the first explorers. Now, those who make the The third problem is that he's being bombarded with more
weeks-long voyage from Earth can find dozens of settlements radiation than is healthy, but the good news is that the rads
scattered across the Martian surface; these range from small will take years to kill him! If he's got his germ cells backed up
encampments huddled in canyon walls to huge, domescraper- at a facility under a dome or back Earth-side, he can even
packed cities erupting from the barren landscape. Millions call still breed.
Mars home, and for at least a quarter of the population, it is the
So really, Mars is practically paradise these days!
only one they've ever known.
As recent immigrants and Mars-born inhabitants establish
their own identity as Martians, clans organized around spe-
cific settlements have supplanted ethnic and national identities. R BRIEF HISTORY
Although the entire planet's population is but a fraction of heavily
populated cities like New Angeles, Mars is more than a handful
OF COLONIRL MRRS
of explorers in envirosuits scraping up soil samples-it is a living, Because of the great distance and harsh conditions, many of
breathing world with vast potential and considerable danger. the first manned flights to Mars were a one-way trip. The early
With so many interests at stake in the planet's future, hostilities human expeditions to the Red Planet were also the first coloniza-
and rivalries continue to simmer under the surface. These are the tion missions, not all of which were successful. The original colo-
legacies of the Martian Colony Wars, which supposedly ended fif- nists on Mars made great sacrifices to pave the way for following
teen years ago. Yet the clans, militias, and mercenaries still fighting generations. Survival sometimes meant circumventing corporate
on the Martian surface claim the War for Martian orders, altho ugh in some versions these renegades are punished
Independence is ongoing. for their disobedience. Harrowing tales of the Gan De and the
dedication of Bradbury's early settlers are favorites around the
Net. Many stories have been embellished over the years, but they
all tell of hard work and independence, of adversity and altruism
among those who first walked on the planet's oxide-laced surface.
Together, these pioneers' tales give today's Martians a strong sense
of personal identity, an ethic of self-sufficiency, and a suspicion of
Earth-based authority.
Within the first few years of colonization, a handful of settlers
began to lay the groundwork in the lava tubes on the slopes of
Pavonis Mons in the Tharsis region. Less than a decade later, the
first large-scale colonial craft, the Olympus, arrived. The settlers
dubbed their new home "BradburY:' In the years that followed,
numerous other colony craft arrived. Some continued to boost the
population of Bradbury, while others built homes on new sites.
The largest of the early colonization ships was the Chinese-built
Gan De, which established Tianbian. Today, the massive vessel's
remains form the core of the city in the Hellas Planitia basin.

RPLRNETOF
IMMIGRRNTS
There are as many reasons to migrate to
LDNG-DISTRNCE CRLLS
Mars as there are colonists. Some are ref- Stellar communications is still one of the largest obstacles to humankind's effort to
ugees fleeing instability in their home colonize its solar system. Radio waves travel at the speed of light; they provide
countries, while others are entrepreneurs practically instantaneous communication on Earth and near-instantaneous commu-
seeking success in new and untapped nication between its surface, orbit, and Luna. Contacting ships and personnel any
markets. The spaceflights from Earth to farther afield, however, can take many hours or longer thanks to the sheer vastness
Mars are exorbitantly expensive even for of space. Besides the changing distance between Earth and Mars, long-range
coffin-sized accommodations, so most communications within the solar system are further complicated by radiation inter-
newcomers sign on with a corporation to ference, debris fields, asteroids, and large stellar bodies such as planets and
pay for their passage. These multi-year con- moons. While many of these obstacles have been addressed by a comprehensive
tracts are indentured servitude, and Mar- array of comms relays scattered throughout the solar system, sending a message
tian law is written to favor the corporations from Earth to someone aboard a ship in Martian orbit or a mining expedition
when contract disputes inevitably arise. working in the Belt still takes anywhere between five and thirty minutes.

The Martian Colonial Authority (MCA)
enforces strict immigration regulations in
from Earth every year. Strangely, increased If Mars is to become habitable outside
order to ensure population growth does
supplies or production efficiencies always of the colony domes, three problems need
not outstrip life-support system capacity.
seem to result in higher-not lower-taxes to be addressed: Mars has no breathable
However, many Earther veterans from the
and prices for Martians. atmosphere, the .average surface tempera-
War remained behind illegally, and some
Many believe that Mars would be better tures are far too cold, and the solar wind
foreigners come over as tourists and over-
off if the MCA were dissolved. However, freely bombards the surface with radia-
stay their visas. Theirs is a life of constantly
independence from Earth remains both a tion. For terraforming to be successful,
ducking the law and migrating ever-fur-
dream and a driver of conflict. Clan loyal- Mars's atmospheric pressure needs to be
ther out along the Martian frontier. Some
ties are as much an impediment to cooper- raised so that water can exist in liquid
have the credits to afford a forged ID, while
ation as they are a testament to the Martian form outside of a controlled environment.
others scavenge the numerous mercenary
desire for self-determination. Were the Mars must al$b be able to keep its atmo-
combat zones to adopt the persona of one
clans of Mars ever to unite under a sin- sphere from esc~ping into space. Finally,
of the casualties.
gle banner, Earth might have little choice Mars needs a magnetosphere to protect it
In MCA colonies, having children from the threats of solar radiation. Either
but to accede to their demands or give up
requires licensure, but many couples cir- greenhouse gas production needs to con-
on Mars entirely. The current instability
cumvent these regulations on purpose tinue penn;3.n'eiitl}', or a planetary-scale
on the Red Planet ensures that this won't
or by accident. It is these undocumented artificial magnetic field must be developed.
happen anytime soon, and many factions
Martian-born children who grow up to Rumors abo~md thaFresearch into this is
prefer to keep it that way.
become the most fervent clansmen agitat- already well underway, but the power
ing for self-determination. According to MRRTIRN realities of such an immense project leave
the official, corporate world of Mars, they many skeptical, even with solar and fusion
do not exist, meaning their share of water TERRRFDRMING technologies.
and oxygen is not accounted for. Mars has been a desolate wasteland for bil-
lions of years. Outside the domes, exposure METHODS
CONTINUED STRIFE
to the thin atmosphere without the aid of Much of the colony's structure and devel-
Perhaps predictably given its mytholog- specialized envirosuits means a slow and opment revolves around shaping the Mar-
ical namesake, life on Mars remains one agonizing death. Daily temperatures are tian atmosphere for human habitation.
of conflict. Martians chafe under restric- brutally cold except at the equator, and the A sizable part of the Martian economy is
tive and proprietary trade practices that planet's lack of a magnetosphere means directed toward terraforming the planet,
favor Earth-based corporations and gov- that solar radiation impacts the surface including industries such as geothermal
ernments. Scraping a living from the red unimpeded. Compared to the environment mining, agriculture, and transport. Prac-
dust is hard enough to begin with, and the the first settlers encountered, however, the tices that have been banned or restricted
corps are always quick to seize any sur- efforts to make Mars a friendlier setting for on Earth are extensively employed on
plus. A notorious example is Aginfusion, human life have been a resounding success, Mars, such as the purposeful release of
a subsidiary of Jinteki, whose genetically- or so the corps claim. Even so, many cen- chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other
modified staple crops do not produce greenhouse gases. Bio-seeding and meteor
turies of work remain before a genetically
second-generation seeds, requiring that mining comprise the more unusual tech-
unmodified human can walk on the surface
new and more expensive ones be imported niques that Martian terraformers use.
of Mars without assistance or protection.

B/D-5££0/Nli CFC £XCRURTIDN M£T£DR MINING
Although still in its earliest stages, bio- Compounds like CFC-12, sulfur hexa- Meteor mining is a bit of a misnomer in
seeding provides the initial microbial life fluoride (SF 6 ), and others are even more that crews are "mining" for suitable mete-
that will eventually convert carbon dioxide effective than carbon dioxide in retaining oroids to become meteors and eventually
in the Martian atmosphere into oxygen. atmospheric heat and raising pressure. meteorites. Prospectors scour the outer
These bacteria, algae, lichens, and micro- As such, numerous sulfur mines have edges of the asteroid belt for solid bodies
scopic plants are genetically engineered cropped up in the Tharsis volcanic region, with high concentrations of water ice or
to withstand the harsh environment and and fluorine strip mines dot the planet's ammonia. By placing remote-controlled
solar radiation of Mars, and they form the surface. The work is dangerous but pays thrusters at specific points on the meteor-
foundation for an eventual self-sustaining well, attracting large groups of Martian oid's surface, these "comet-jockeys" alter
food chain. immigrants who work on the frontier for their plunder's orbit for a precise collision
Such efforts are virtually invisible to months at a time before heading back to course with designated sites on Mars. As
the typical Martian, however, as the only recuperate at the larger colonies. Many of crude and dangerous as this may sound,
plant life encountered by the general pop- the pioneers frequenting the local watering it remains the most viable means for rap-
ulations is that found in the horticultural holes are fitted with cybernetics of varying idly altering the Martian atmosphere.
domes. However, in a handful of lower- quality, evidence of one mining accident or Over time, these small meteorites raise the
altitude locations near the equator, a keen another. The demand for the brutal labor levels of water vapor, oxygen, and nitro-
observer might see a greenish tint on areas won't die down anytime soon, since sur- gen, bringing Mars a small step closer to
of the planet's surface or some heavy- plus rare metals are shipped back to Luna achieving breathable air.
reddish lichen clinging to a rock. or to the Belt at an impressive profit. The space cowboys that work the aster-
oid belt are an intrepid lot. While ammo-
nia and water-rich comets and asteroids
are a major part of their business, the Belt
THE SRCRED SURFRCE OF MRRS is brimming with vast hoards of untapped
mineral resources. Women and men seek-
"Not only do the corporations oppress the children ofMars, they also defile the sacred
ing a fortune in the glittering expanses
surface of humanity's birth planet! These terraforming efforts threaten to disrupt the
procure a ship, often under contracts
primordial balance of wind, ice, and rock that sustained our progenitors.
from the Weyland Consortium or its sub-
"Our Messiah, Vasanti Smith, has embraced our ancient heritage and reclaimed sidiaries. Yet few ships remain exclusively
humanity's sacred birthright. It was only a matter of time until we unlocked the secrets tied to one sponsor. Crews might employ
of our own creation. Our DNA remembers, and we can revert to our true forms - that bioroids impervious to vacuum or four-
of an ancient people who commanded the red dust and built glorious civilizations. armed clones engineered for long-term
"You might not believe it's true, but that's exactly what the corps want you to zero gravity. Legal jurisdiction in these
think. They unearthed our age-old settlements when they began mining here. They're far-flung space locations is blurry at best,
covering it up, afraid of what we'll do if we realize our true natures." and the cutthroat nature of asteroid pros-
-Interview with an anonymous Crimson Dust adherent pecting makes for dangerous business.
But for those willing to take the risk, for-
tunes await.

LIUING DN THE RED PLANET
Martian daily life has a very different feel than it does on Earth. Martian clans identify themselves through intricate and dis-
Martians live, eat, work, and unwind in very close quarters and in tinct facial tattoos. These markers are inked on an individual to
lower gravity. Good relationships with the neighbors aren't just signify their acceptance within their clan as well as their individ-
a pleasant nicety: they're essential for survival. The needs of the ual accomplishments. New immigrants sometimes choose to ally
individual are frequently subordinated to the needs of the com- themselves with a clan and take on the tattoo of their adopted
munity at large; with limited oxygen, water, and food supplies, one family, although such a mark is modified slightly to indicate tl1eir
person's selfishness could mean the death of the entire settlement. immigrant origins. While clans tend to be colony-specific, it is
These close-knit communities evolved into clans with their own not unusual to see multiple clan tattoos in the more cosmopolitan
distinct culture, unwritten rules, and codes of conduct. The clans domes, such as Bradbury or Demeter.
have become the de facto power bodies, and they forge indepen- While settlements on Mars come in many different shapes
dent alliances and trade agreements with other settlements, much and sizes, they can be roughly classified as cities, nodes, or set-
to the chagrin of the Martian Colonial Authority. tlements-and whether or not they are affiliated with the MCA.

CITIES
The city is the largest type of settlement on Mars and the only old colony ship), rises atop the slopes above the Hellas Planitia in
type that can be accurately described as a colony unto itself. Ael- the southern hemisphere, some nine kilometers above the basin's
ita, Demeter, Gullivar, Podkayne, and Tianbian are all examples- low point. Downslope, where the .atmospheric pressure is higher,
Bradbury reigns as the largest of them all. Although these settle- a variety of terraforming and agriCultural projects make up the
ments are rich and developed enough to sustain above-ground outer reaches of Tianbian's formal borders.
transplas domes, the majority of their inhabitants dwell deep within Tianbian's economy revolves around water imports from the
the sprawling web of tunnels that radiate out from the city's center. glaciers in the Hellas Planitia and a large indtistrial base. In addi-
After the Martian Colony Wars, almost all major cities on Mars tion to the mining, smelting, and prefabrication of colony material
were forcibly brought under the umbrella of the MCA. These ties that are standard for Martian cities and district capitals, Tianbian
tend to grow more tenuous the farther one travels from Bradbury, has a large synthetic polymer industry, brewing complex hydro-
however, and sectarians who once tasted freedom continue to plot carbons in specialized bacterial tanks. Many of Tianbian's outly-
for their city's home rule. ing settlements use inflatable domes made of the same polymers,
especially the agricultural plots downslope.
TIRNB/RN
South of Gan De Dome a new, larger dome is under construction.
The Chinese-founded colony of Tianbian ("Horizon") is one of
Still unnamed, this dome promises to provide an enormous amount
the oldest cities on the Martian surface, but its history has been
of livable, walkable space on the surface of the planet and city plan-
troubled. Beginning with the forced landing of the colony ship
ners boast that it will be as lovely as the Great Dome in Bradbury.
Gan De (which was never designed to land) and a three-year lean
time with no resupply, Tianbian struggled, overcame, and thrived, Tianbian's population is a mix of pre-War colonists from China
only to find itself fighting against both anti-Earth separatists and and its allies in Asia and Africa, and a second-wave of MCA-
anti-Chinese Earth forces during the War. approved immigrants from across Earth. The inevitably named
Clan Gan De has fallen from primacy since the War, now mostly
Now a thriving community of some three-hundred thousand
.considered a bunch of old traditionalists out of touch with mod-
humans (and perhaps that many androids), Tianbian serves as
ern Tianbian. Clan Lockyer dominates the polymer and construc-
the political capital and economic hub of its district. Tianbian's
tion industries throughout the region.
only dome, called Gan De Dome (built around the skeleton of the

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If it endures. thrives. closest node or city is a long and resource-intensive endeavor. sive plan for building inside the city. the foolhardy. and Mars Building a settlement in the Unorganized Territory is a dangerous Colonial Police suspect that many harbor separatist sentiments proposition undertaken only by the overconfident. The node water ice. Ag-bubbles. The richer corporate nodes have modest transplas domes. a shipping container refurbished its authority and crack down on the criminal enterprises here. Schia is the closest thing to a police force note. tensions between both sides frequently ignite into food. life support. is largely an underground complex-a dilapidated rat's maze of Cabot settled her family directly on an easily accessible aquifer of small-scale industries. Even so. South Mine is owned by one clan. and no legal right to appeal to the MCA. nial Corps raid. accumulated metals and deliver necessities the Station can't make The lack of civic authority is obvious from the absence of a cohe. and temporary residences.9n't want to be found call Paxton's Node settlements in their own right. Clan Schia.the outpost might develop a the corporations generally own the infrastructure of the node itself clan culture and someday grow into a node. The nodes haven't forgotten this. descendants of the miners that once worked here. Cabot was dead within two years. into an office. and they con. by the other. or they into living quarters. few weapons. who control the only nearby communities of the depths below the node. Although root or die off each year. the community survives. and although a few of the Anything smaller than a node is simply called a settlement. Technically independent living. shops. Life in Cabot Station is fragile. diamond. Whatever infrastructure exists Cabot Station itself is home to roughly one hundred souls is from the original uranium mine before it was abandoned by the under the leadership ofNeets's daughter Aerin Cabot. It survives and even. and terrorist groups or leaders. or groundwater pump. Instead. but despite it all. During Colonial Corps regiment for assistance. and those who cross the clan tend to end up in the matters worse. mining outposts to the northeast and south. and recreation. mainly The fortunes of settlements are much more variable than nodes given over to food production. the mines rely on Cabot Station for home. things betray the settlement's location from a distance. often with the support of local crime it mines from the aquifer and its fortuitous position between two syndicates and mercenaries. because the MCA doesn't keep records of settlements in Populations can vary from one hundred to two thousand people the Unorganized Territory. platinum-group metals for trade. The has a flourishing black market and operates independently of the result is a small community that is mostly underground. Several mercenary groups have set up shop heavy-duty truck arrives from one of the local clans to pick up the here that offer security for anyone able to pay for it.lev train network. Members of the dominant clan. Set- Node were either built on the site of a single resource or utility. and industry of the node. Settle- clans that unofficially serve as the people's municipal governors. . With a tiny corporations. and the pioneers swiftly dug into the Martian rock. Nodes like Kline or Paxton's Territory. but Cabot Station thriving anarchy found on the fringes northeast of Podkayne. geothermal station. such as it is. ments unaffiliated with the MCA must be self-sufficient in terms of In the nodes. location. Earth forces focused most of their efforts on overwhelmed by local clan militias or mercenary bands. leaving the vast majority of nodes to fight CRBDT 5TRTIDN among themselves. such as glow bulbs. shelter. prospectors use the ramshackle community as a water. offering land to any person or corp that can afford it. its inhabitants belong to one or more tiersmen is undeniably the hardest of any of Mars's settlers. along the extensive mag. it's impossible to know how many take depending on the age. a dusty and heavy elements. are the population. food. after a fashion. gold. only a large Martian Colonial Authority. and many who d. and security. also fall within this category. the two clans hate each other. which might already be the Colony Wars. reclaiming Mars's cities. which are called sim- It is a dangerous place for anyone wishing to make an honest ply the North Mine and the South Mine. the station must carefully balance its relationship with Clan Sisina tinue to mine and market what heavy elements they are able to from and Clan Gower. since traveling to even the physical confrontations and violence. and to make the node knows. Unfortunately.NDDES SETTLEMENTS Nodes are much smaller than cities. There are fortunes to be made in nitrate. and medical supplies. tlements might consist of a transatmospheric spacecraft converted such as a mine. or the desperate. About once a month. Neets Cabot must have been some mixture of all PRXTDN'5 NDDE three when she brought her family and a few friends way out into Originally built as a uranium mining operation to supplement the Martian frontier to settle in a gulch on the edge of the Nepen- the limited quantities of He-3 in Martian soil. or cities. Although the MCA tries to reassert quonset hut that serves as a garage. coffee. the clan council forges alliances and trade The settlement's prosperity. and Cabot Station has become some- base of operations for exploring the northern basin for valuable thing of a market hub as the miners bring in the vanadium and minerals. for itself. while less-legal operations might take advan- were constructed as maintenance stations or transition points tage of existing abandoned structures on the Martian landscape. and North Mine wrong place when the life-support systems malfunction. Even Many nodes that are officially represented by the MCA are those recognized by the MCA are at the mercy of the local Martian much less interested in planetary politics in practice. the majority MCA regulates the creation of new settlements in the Organized of them are built below the surface. is drawn from thewater agreements that suit them. and a sizable inflatable dome full of green growing Paxton's Node remains free aside from the occasional Mars Colo. but life for these fron- and set the official policies. Paxton's Node is a thes Planum.

and punishing cold. ERRLY SETTLEMENT The most glaring example is the six fountain pools found near The legends of the first colonists that came to Mars tell of hard- the Khondi Tower in the Great Dome. Pavonis Mons or Tharsis. even as artificial structures than it does with any of its counterparts on Earth. or node city of Bradbury's overall infrastructure. THE "CENTER OF THE UNIUERSE" ered normal on Earth is seen as a waste of precious resources Bradbury is often disparaged by the residents of other colonies by water-conscious Martians. paying it scant attention. est of the four major peaks in the region. a perception that is jealously protected by those who benefit some 14. brutal wind. are so conscious of their processed Authority. Safely sealed and TWO PLRNETS pressurized by tapping into the natural high-pressure geother- mal gases deep inside the dormant volcano. the reality is that Martians tend Consequently. and at the same time neither. crime. Bradbury's ing and a curse. the vast majority of people they are trying to govern. However. if one is comes to Mars to do business. The first settlers ter of the universe for Martians and visitors alike. Bradbury is indeed the proverbial cen.BRADBURY PRUONIS MONS Perched atop the gentle slopes of the enormous Pavonis Mons is Bradbury. upper patera of Pavonis Mons. and 7. a space elevator. take the air they breathe for grante'd. ship and struggle countered by ingenuity and tenacity. the primary hub of the mag. and political The patera. Mars. and the seat of the Martian Colonial Martians. and an indus. but they are still a major source of friction. this mega- appear to dominate the exterior. Bradbury's residents and media seem either atmosphere that they can smell and taste subtle changes-changes apathetic or oblivious to anything going on beyond the bounds of that can be a matter of life and death. they would not have it any other way. Bradbury's cosmopQlitan nature is both a bless- to be dome-centric no matter which colony they live in. the lava tubes of Pavonis Mons serve as the backbone far more in common with any Martian colony. one can see and experience the finest Mars has to volca no in low gravity. the largest city on Mars. It is a microcosm of Martian life: Latin for "Peacock Mountain. But for those who have come to adopt this city as their new Fina lly. dome. · interplanetary traffic comes through Bradbury or one of its outly- ing starports. Visitors who stray away from the Great Dome The central dormant volcano was chosen as a site for can quickly discover the drudgery of a confined colonial existence. just north of the much deeper caldera. Pavonis Mons stands more than 5. Desp ite the fact that it is the sma ll- to cultivate Bradbury's image as a cultural center worthy of invest. lev transportation network. As a compa rison. Here. colonists were able Despite its enormous size and its firm role in Martian politics. a bright center of culture. the mountain. What would be consid. to the equator in the eventua l hope that it cou ld support Rank-and-file Martians contend with tight cramped living spaces. Formed as a shield and Mars. summit. yet those connec- perceived arrogance is simply on display for the whole planet to see.000m above the surrounding Tharsis region. what wou ld become Bradbury Colony for its proximity Workers can go months at a time without seeing the auburn skies. Such issues might be considered as the "Center of the Universe:' It is a criticism that has merit. there is far more to the story: Bradbury is more com- higher that Mount Everest on Earth . Still. a depressed area just below the peak of unrest. polis has numerous amenities and resources that would be famil- iar to visitors from Earth but alien to any native Martian. is largely immune to the dangerous dust storms that have been known to consume the Red Planet. The impending construction of a space elevator at HISTORY the Daedalus Complex would further cement the largest colony's Bradbury evolved out of the original colony established on the central role as a conduit for people and goods on and off world. Where Earthers Bradbury is the largest city on Mars. It maintains vital links to Earth. a shallow crater at the volcano's Whether they like it or not. from the economic engine the colony has become. like Lunar colonists. the mounta in slopes averages a offer. tral peak of the Tharsis Montes on the high volcanic trial powerhouse that wields tremendous influence on both Earth plain in Mars's western hemisphere. As such. all of which can be found in Bradbury's underbelly. tions and commonalities alienat~ the city's l~aders from the very Still. This often leads the protection that it was able to offer the early colonists. it still stands ment. and a lack of social mobility. existi ng water and geothermal resources also home.000m Of course. ensured a safe supply of oxygen . The slopes . The biggest city on Mars has Even today. to a plague of social ills including addiction. It was also chosen for its altitude and inadequate income. to move beyond their shelters as oxygen levels were brought up passing through Bradbury can be like walking on both Earth and to human norms to begin building in these natural structures. plex and diverse than even Heinlein. " Pavonis Mons is the cen- a hive of political intrigue.000m above the planet's mean surface level. and rivals some of the smaller megacities on Earth. as petty. took advantage of the labyrinth of lava tubes as a ready-made network of shelters to keep themselves safe from the hazardous WRLKING ON solar radiation. Those in the upper echelons of power have worked very hard very shallow 4o grade.

This led to additional stories portray her as an insatiable explorer. the Olympus. at least part of the original expeditionary team that came to Pavonis Mons decades ago. they built struc- . stretching for tens to hundreds of Pavonis Mons. her iconic status is TDODMES firmly entrenched in Martian society. ten to hundreds of meters deep below the reinforced. the realities of the hostile tell their own stories of the first settlers and the hardships they faced all by word of environment outside remained a con- mouth. These designs didates for the first colonists. Passed down through generations. and her mysterious disappearance while exploring deeper into the mountain. however. above-ground for all the buildings and near their respective peaks. a religious idol. The fifteen years ago. people housed under dozens of domes or balance and food production. The Tharsis Montes That talent is said to have originated back could provide the needed shelter for build- shield volcanoes proved to be ideal can. but none so aggressively as Brad- deeply buried geothermal power. The corps make life better for themselves and their groundwork. and it has since been further proliferated. including engineering created a viable model for along with Arsia Mons to the south. The most iconic of these early settlers is Vasanti Smith. this has evolved into a tale where depressurization. It is the economic and political cen- ingenious means of harnessing the inher- themselves or risk destroying themselves ter of Mars. She was the one who discovered a tunnel system connected to the be isolated quickly in case of catastrophic Pavonis Glacier. and in some cases. A visitor could be forgiven for think- EXPRNSIDN ing that the majority of Bradbury exists tained frozen water in subsurface glaciers The original colonists were few in num. but their population slowly grew. would bring over a domes and underground warrens. THE LEGEND DF URSRNTISMITH colonists organized themselves by role. By the time the first colonists sponsored massive investment and devel- arrived. Upon their arrival. bury simply colonists struggling to sur- onists for shelter and pro1uction. Yet. During this period. and finding would allow sections of the settlement to new resources. Martians have a strong oral tradition that transcends anything you might find on the Net or broadcast by NBN-call it a lack of trust for conventional media. human standards. this danger she drew water from the Martian rock. they had lava tubes similar to those those pioneers scrambled to build their today. Vas anti Smith has become symbolic of the miracle of Martian sur. it was one of the main reasons for local vival. While records show that Smith was a geochemist. As Bradbury expanded. in atmospheric composition. They Of course. which allowed Bradbury's popu- to be pressurized and then adapted to MEGRPDL/5 lation to explode. two major disasters saw the accidental depressurization of several sections of the It was through her efforts that the first tunnels were explored and made habitable. During this ters.' a lecture by Dr. the largest colo. Eventually. this cave network nial ship of its day. Advances in of Pavonis Mons were selected early on. Her last words-a promise to return-made her a figure of legend. ments decided by quorum would become lowing the official end of the Colony Wars Today. In the new home.Excerpt from "The Origin of Martian Legends. and several colonies began to only had potential energy resources with enhanced using genetic modification. fascinated by the serpentine tunnels of safeguards and design considerations that the mountain. True or not. so much so that the leader of FROM TUNNELS Crimson Dust claims to be Vas anti Smith returned. network. side only added to her mystique. these were Martians seeking to colonists swelled their ranks. Most impor- ber. and For Martians. Even today. Martians became known for their to resolve their differences and govern tubes. and the newly dubbed colony No longer were the residents of Brad- surface. expanding and exploring the most dangerous tunnels. when it was a matter of survival for the ing on the Martian surface. came Today Bradbury is home to several million constantly struggled with the atmospheric the realities of life in such cramped quar. use them. A series of unofficial agree. a hexagonal transplas dome design that exploration points. the megapolis's mass and popula- found in Earth's shield volcanoes. and the first clans were formed. and each new crop of sent to an ideal site to lay the initial Rather. the early colonists With dramatic growth. as they not first settlers. is never far from Bradburian minds. colonial ships were arriving vive on the harsh environment of Mars. but con. a small section of caves were ready descendants. opment. As domes in the patera of Pavonis Mons- tantly. resulting in the deaths of hun- overcoming incalculable odds. was considerably larger than anything on thousand new colonists to the slopes of The transformation from a city of tun- Earth. a woman who was stant concern. the dreds of colonists. especially on the surface. and it represents both the best ent energy of the Red Planet and adapting from within. These new Martians had to find ways throughout hundreds of kilometers oflava time. tion is nearly equally divided between the lighter Martian gravity. Fol- to the grueling circumstances. opposition to the Great Dome. First. and worst that the planet has to offer. the lava nels to the domes on the surface also kilometers in any direction and delving tube network was quickly expanded and marked a major societal transformation. as variations in oxygen and nitrogen levels. native Martians are famous the de facto political structure. It was an ideal choice the first col- of Bradbury began to grow exponentially. bury. Philius Craig tures beyond the lava tube network. Bradbury became the for their ability to detect subtle changes . robotic construction crews were once per month.

port modules deep w1derground or stride tians to be suspicious ofEarthers. it is not ers who con. Bradbury is to the soaring spires that pierce the Great from raw resource extraction. For most turing. and the clan militia forces comprising rare to be able to see more than a hun. it's easy to lose one's way. Bradbury's numerous industries range a perpetual state of civil war. they seem through the halls of corporate power in the to make an exception for those coming to arcologies above the Great Dome. A dominate the glittering halls of the the city opens out to its grand reputation. they are inside the main part of the city since the and exposed ductwork are a frequent sight never far from their place of employment. throughout Bradbury's honeycombed city. visitors to Bradbury that have torn families apart. diverse as the people who live there. No major dred meters in any one direction. These immigrants . their economic circumstances. the more intensive intersect. to manufac- considered a safe haven. Peo. but reach down into means that a family is forced to relocate. rounding it. Planet has to offer. As such. work in the megapolis is highly com- the Bradbury United Division. and the cat. From the WDRKLIF£ While it seems much of Mars exists in claustrophobic maze of tunnels below. deception. and individuals are free to travel labor roles are j:ierfect for Earth-born work- wherever they choose. If ORIL'I LIFE option that many work very hard to avoid. end of the Worlds War.seat of the Martian Colonial Authority as a LIFE RND uncommon for family groups to stay close direct result of the Treaty of Heinlein. relying on short trips on the transit grid. It is only when one gets close to the Work and home life is often so intertwined and-mouse games of spycraft not only domescrapers under the Great Dome that that it can be hard to separate the two. and when Martian terrorists Quotidian routines in Bradbury are as even if it might mean an improvement in target the MCA in earnest. While Mars for physical -labor. While by the forces of the Mars Colonial Corps residents and visitors to Bradbury. to an extensive service sector. scape. an the very bowels of the Therm. A scintillating mosaic of all that the Red atmospheric breaches.1. The Colonial Senate is housed in the Khondi TRRNSPDRT to the security of home. Still. the natural tendency for Mar- domes they breach. quickly find themselves in the midst of a crash course in Martian life. or auto-lockdowns with the major institutional buildings sur. Bradburians have a long memory of tunnel decompressions. Tower at the center of the Great Dome. It is well protected Dome. and workers live within attack has been successfully launched a trellis of orange-tinged plascrete walls corp-supplied residences. change in employment almost always Great Dome. Rather. partmentalized.eto Mars seeking a new life. Because of the the districts and domes of the megapolis lighter gravity on Mars. it's no formal caste system exists in Bradbury. will be Bradbury's ple and androids labor away in the life sup- Despite. intrigue.

my's recent actions. itable space is at a premium. "If you work hard. you'll reap the rewards! " Visitors from Earth immediately notice RECRERTIDN RND CULTURE is a narrative at odds with the sometimes that even the most luxurious accommo. tedious. across the Martian Network.are capable of lifting the heaviest loads. Because displays of old-fashioned portrayals of spaces in which families have their own clans often control significant areas of their Mars in popular culture. because they frequently HDMELIFE same time span. For adults between jobs or shifts on the Aboveground. but are you On Mars. might expect six to eight children over the sids. I'd say half of the cor- coming-of-age rituals. to tourists with ostentatious and campy ment complexes often have shared living and other underworld activities. and those living in Bradbury make efficient use frontier. recre- but eventually their muscle mass and bone their gametes to a cryogenic preservation ation is often of the home-grown variety structure adapt to their new home. as coworkers also live together. but fertility treatments and g-mods are neces- sary given the hazards of the open solar wind. part of li fe and has been integrated into finteki wants that level of control." If a family on develop a distinct identity from Earthers. virtually anywhere with the slightest open physique by wearing "weight suits" that Martian twins.an-mates. strength degrades. but several of the reproductive patents to limited air and water resources. every Martian also adds Among the lower classes. portray life on Mars in simplistic terms. it is not uncommon to find corporate envoys room to stretch their legs rooms for eating and recreational activities. compared to what they are used to. and as such. tion. and for the elite of the elite. but really. even if it doesn't have their logo. Bygone nar- or by augmenting themselves with cyber. They wield a lot of political power here in certain colonial pockets. If the unbridled solar wind wreaked havoc it's organic. I'll admit. Bioroids Earthers and corporate elites on Mars zations and cultures. and thankless existence dations on Mars are austere and compact for recreation. toos within a year of setting foot on Mars. knit connection is expressed in clan life. these large families sports and stories while their parents work. they typically turn child-rearing and family life becomes a holosport stadium matches are broadcast a blind eye to such transgressions. the clans were made public before they moved in. and deliberate living quarter maintenance. Eking out a living on Earth could expect to have two or three Clans discourage the consumption of the Red Planet is tough enough. building relationships and inte. illegal fighting rings. but they own several colonies outright. Although the MCA places strict limits on H ave you ever heard that "finteki has nothing on Martians' ability to clone themselves''? It may be a joke. finteki has been wise to distance· themselves publicly from their subsidi- technology in the colonies has improved. proprietary genetics are finteki's core. and colo. Aginfusion reproductive assistance is still an expected may be a bit over-the-top with providing coded-seeding grains to Phobos. space. illicit substances. but in the end. Real Martians immigrants integrate quickly into life in be healthy. these activities taking place on company and enjoy a little bit of Earth. I don't know how successful they really on the early settlers' ability to produce are. ratives set on Mars tell of separate civili- netics or genetic modifications. . Of all the megacorporations. Such system to guarantee their offspring will (when it happens at all). Corporate apart. When low-paid corporate guards This results in very tight-knit commu. though. children. but they vary depending that constitutes clan life. and walls and angling bounces are simulate the gravitational forces of Earth. The in vitro reproductive techniques downtime is spent sleeping or tending to grating with the communities as their are astoundingly successful. ID-if they even have one at all. the equivalent family on Mars media produced by NBN or related sub- nists will take all the help they can get. however. pools are exceptionally rare and reserved are members of the same clan as the work- nities. casinos. Low-gravity and ers. healthy children. so they're in clan hands now. It is not uncommon to misuse can result in a high rate of multiple The children entertain themselves with find an Earth-born laborer bearing clan tat. and even quadru. births. J's not happy deliberately disregard these restrictions about it and is aggressively buying up everything else. While not exclusively the case. finteki may birth rates in the name of preserving access have bought out those labs a few years back. We do our own. however. as is often the case. including Phobos through Aginfusion. For the clans. plets often illegally share a single MCA integrated as part of the game. that can afford them. Swimming property. Greenspaces give small sleeping pods but share common work sites. which also have the and clones are a more accepted part of disparagingly call the large number of effect of helping Mars's next generation Martian life for those clans and colonies children born here "litters. Hab. assume finteki wants in on it. Upon receiving porate representatives on Mars work for Jinteki or its subsidiaries. finteki is doing its best to ductive cycle. peddling whatever g-mods and raise very large families anyway. on one's social class and clan affiliation. some of them are pretty decent. hazards of radiation from have their hand in nearly everything on Mars. assisted fertility technologies willing to have an advantage if it means giving the copyright on your genes to Jinteki? are a standard component of the repro. they can convince us to buy. nightclubs. triplets. Most often this close. Bradbury has numerous opportunities desperate. coworkers are both neighbors and cl. their full tattoos. work such long hours that almost all Bradbury. common vices include prostitu- shopping centers fill the domes and cater of whatever is available. so they're an easy villain. Where Weyland seems to be everywhere on Earth. are the best way to grow their numbers The Martian variant of football is played Many laborers attempt to maintain their and guarantee clan safety on a harsh world. collective activity. Even though shielding Granted.

. on Mars owned by competing corps.. of the caldera. . even then familiarity is quickly obscured by thick plating. est means of moving large numbers of both people and cargo on Instead of flitting from charging pad to charging pad. but are far less maneuverable.. what most Martians still refer to as "hop- pers" are actually normal tiltjet aircraft that hyper-compress the thin Unlike Earth's cities.' short for skyhopper. though they differ in The vast majority of transportation on Mars is some form of pub. making commercial air traffic on Mars virtually nonexistent.erns tend to be variations on mag-lev cars and trains nav. one can see individual Wheeled and tracked vehicles exist on Mars. tian-designed haul trucks that work the glacier mines. or executives need to risk travel for important business. Ih Bradbury. Each car or pod is gyroscopically stabilized to make with some military applications.. Brad- track on which one or more connected cars float.. exclusively used for heavy industry an1 resource extraction. Corporations house small fleets of scape differ in size and purpose.. These jets fly faster and are more robust never designed for individually owned wheeled vehicles.'Wheeled vehicles are walls of the caldera. .. connecting the Industrial District to the main rare. igate the colony's maze-like declaration of corporate war. emergency. gnarled RIR TRRNSPDRTRTIDN piping. The guideways criss. Bradbury Rail Co. selves. the rely on more conventional chemical fuel like meta for combustion. bury Colony Police and emergency services have access to larger emergency services. MODES OF TRRNSPORTRTION generic term "hopper. l . These are most likely to be found in different types of air vehicles on Mars are collectively known by the the first stage construction of mag-lev inductrack or in the Unor- ganized Territory. the oxide surface and amber sky. usually built for one or two individuals. Several guideway tubes traverse the steep times employed under the dome. design. . the force of which is strong enough to overcome the weak Martian gravity and levitate the Military hoppers are similar train cars above the tracks. walkers and crawlers are extreme are primarily owned and operated by police. Besides rail transportation. With mag-lev technology.. Like their counterparts on earth. along trolled dance. These vehicles are universally built sure that the internal cabin always remains level no matter what for operation in the raw Martian atmosphere. but the operating principles are these craft for work outside the city.. On rare occa. these hoppers use sions. but are both heavily armed and Inside Bradbury. and Bradbury is the site of the biggest domestic vehicle For conventional use inside a colony dome. the indue- track is smaller. erfoil rotors and can be easily recharged on hopper pads. and the elite.. military.. as they are capable of going anywhere. col. tight spaces. TransMars. Those visiting loquially known as the Rail Wars. inevitably involve the clans whose from Earth might find these vehicles the most recognizable. as well as in the quarries and glacier mining opera- Outside of Bradbury. GRDUNO UEH/CL£5 cross each other at multiple levels. high-mass loads over four hundred metric tons. one can catch glimpses of atmospheric hoppers flying back rechargeable hydrogen fuel cells to power the electromagnetic hov- and forth above the transplas. hoppers flit back and forth in units capable of moving groups of ten to twelve individuals into the tight confines between buildings and domes. but that doesn't the roughest of ground.s. hoppers are large manufactories. incursions on each other's to their corporate counterparts. these hoppers Mars is the mag-lev train network. The many than other ground vehicles. even if they are some- angle the track might be. . Visual camouflage patt. The trade-off is that they are much slower stop mercenary groups and rebels from stealing units. The cheap- than their in-dome counterparts. atmospheric vehicles are also viable but Even more alien-looking. The networks of skyways that are commonplace blade-protected quadcopters that have immense precision con- on Earth are replaced by a multi-layered web of mag-lev indue. For police. When needed. Here. lic transit. MRG-LEUINOUCTRRCK Outside of the dome. and incursions on each other's territory enormous six-axle vehicles use electric traction motors to handle is tantamount to a declaration of corporate war. allowing the territory is tantamount to a armored. Mars-built atmospheric hoppers are blocky and wingless. but they are almost pods running alongside larger trains of cars in a gracefully con. Some of the most impressive of these specimens are Mar- and the Red Line have each carved out portions of the Martian land. trol. and Martian dust. as aerodynamic lift can only truly The types used inside colonies and across the Martian land- work at dangerously fast speeds. These rivalries. but very livelihoods depend on the cargo shipments brought by mag -lev.. where maintenance workers essentially the same: electromagnets lined along open guideways require access otherwise unreachable by the transportation net- or transplas tubes repel like-poled magnets on the train cars them- works. there exist multiple inductrack networks tions on the northwest slopes of Pavonis Mons.. all-terrain vehicles capable of providing a stable platform on even and the societal elite of Mars inside of colony domes. Bradbury and the other Martian colonies were atmosphere for propulsion. When compared to Earth-based aircraft. trains can match the speed of atmospheric flight on Earth. various ways from their counterparts on Earth. but are most often found in the Industrial District on the floor part of the city. These scape for their exclusive use.

this portion is much higher since Brad- Only the largest colonies sport a collection of multiple hexagonal dome structures. nearly all the plascrete structures in Bradbury bear a pink to reddish- The natural geothermal energy from deep brown tone rather than the warm greys of Earth-poured concrete. Outside. Bradbury has Bradbury is one of the main exceptions. An object measuring 1OOkg on Earth wou ld also be trical needs. import materials from across Mars. for use on Mars requires a much different approach than that on Earth. the same object wou ld /RON MINING weigh 981 Newtons on Earth . However. but they are careful to use Bradbury is no exception. Large megacorporations oversee many smaller operations to bringing essential water into the colo- that extract resources from the vicinity. It is the primary The early builders drew from the materials on hand. Because of its location. laced rocks. and manu. hexagonal pattern. but it also has other cessing and refining that had been taken for granted for centuries. The distinction is more a way for Martians to distance themselves from Earth tite and magnetite. Buried under the regolith on facture products for local use and for export to other colonies. thick cables suspend an extensive tessellation including glacier mining for water. These panels are arranged in thermal power. GLRLI£R RND WRT£R MINING THE STRENGTH OF INDUSTRY Much of the industrial infrastructure on Bradbury's economic strength comes as much from its heavy industries as resource the western side of the colony is devoted extraction and manufacturing. geo- of transplas panels that serves as the surface of the dome. 1OOkg on Mars since mass does not change. primarily plascrete and vanasteel. . Anyone who says " \ weig h 75kg" would be in stan tly ety of applications. ny's system. Bradbury boasts the larg.BUILDING R COLONY Earthers who have never been to Mars might imagine enormous bubbles or geodesic domes RESOURCE enveloping entire cities. The heat and natural pressure of The difference between weight and mass on Mars (compared to Earth . and In everyday use. domes are built using similar principles for building suspension bridges. with six tall spires piercing city's economy. without its primary resources. both of which are iron- than anything else. The volcanic sys- Organic-based building materials are vanishingly rare on Mars. which resemble a typical geodesic design flattened out. and complex web of interweaving cables hanging above the exterior. are locally sourced from the iron-rich Martian carbon dioxide ice is strip-mined from this regolith and the volcano itself. glacier to provide the basic foundation for Because of the radically different environment. Visitors and new immigrants w ishing to fit in mary mineral extracted from the caldera quickly learn to say"\ mass 75kg. Martians tend use to kilograms. but instead of the load being a bridge deck. G£DTH£RMRL POWER ing the planet. supplementing the city's elec- metric unit of Newtons. ately available for the megapolis to exploit. Mines exist all over Mars. Such large domes are impractical for most Martian settlements. but it does help guard against confusion. anyway) the mined gas also spins heavy turbines in means that Martian engineers and construction worke rs commonly work in the the Therm. est of this style dome on Mars. EXTRRCTION however-they are an expensive luxury that exposes their dwellers to tremendous danger. Water and rials. and its domes are a testament to its wealth and numerous primary resources immedi- prestige. resources to offer Bradbury. Reflect. fetching prices comparable to gold. Used in a vari- it as a measure of mass. the northwest flank of Pavonis Mons lies an enormous glacier that made settlement PLRSCRETE RND URNRSTEEL on the volcano possible. Many more valuable in the production of oxygen. through the tunnels of Bradbury. within Pavonis Mons supplies Bradbury BUILDING WITHOUT WOOD with most of its power. directing their high-pressure cargo from geother- mal and gas wells deep below the moun- tain through the Therm in the Industrial THE POLITICS OF GRRUITY District. and some would argue that the dome surface." of Pavonis Mons. which bury's manufacturing base would not exist are often arranged in a honeycombed pattern next to each other. Construction mate. magnetite is the pri- pegged as an Earther. innovating new approaches to pro. but in Mars's lighter gravity it wou ld weigh 371 The regolith of Mars is dense with hema- N. source for water. Whatever wood exists is tem also furnishes the colony with valu- horrifically expensive given that any quantity of it has to be either imported from Earth able gases used in industry as well as the or grown locally. and numerous minerals. an outsider. Here. each This makes up as much of a third of the structure resembles an enormous transparent hexagonal tent. Only when a tree needs to be trimmed-or spaghetti-like networks of pipes lace has died-is the wood harvested for decorative use. The latter option is rarely used for construction because trees are far city's atmosphere and life support. fashioning such as resources almost every facet of life.

Bradbury is divided up into many different chambers and the offices of the Martian Colonial Authority. while others are known for the ~ultmes of their unassimilated on Mars are hosted here. Expanding on the In addition to boasting the largest population by far of any Mar. The Industrial District not only additional supply. onists' ability to develop a non-petroleum the pods and trai):is that run on them. but also the and other resources for construction in headquarters for the Bradbury Railway Co. and guideways. More than three hundred-stories tall. the Great Dome's tian settlement. it is located on the southeast side official governmental body was chartered by the Earth-based U. Bradbury is not only the primary hub of the providing sources for silicate minerals track. the central regions of the Great clans. Located four hun. Bradbury houses the largest resource extraction architects and engineers designed a dodecagonal structure with an and manufacturing industries at the same time that it hosts official enormous central arcology tower serving as the central pillar of the planetary government and all of the attendant service sector jobs. These cious resource. pods. Some of the most well-known landmarks in all of Bradbury Dome feel the most Earth-like. but the land above it currently also played a role in smelting a type of occupied by Bradbury militia forces alloy simply impossible to produce on Building outside of the safety of a colonial under the guise of the Mars Colo. As one of the less than an Earth city on Mars-especially considering that its newer structures in the megapolis. and covers an ture is so extensive that those born and raised in the megapolis area of almost nineteen square kilometers. the only domestic source. both formal and informal. non-petroleum sources requires gases conflict w ith Robinson Colony over and heat from Bradbury's geothermal the use of the Valles Aquifer as an SMELTING URNR5T££L resources. tiful on Mars. and to create the necessary polymers from sources has brought it into direct in some cases. Numerous PLR5TIC: RNO Bradbury serves as the central construction surface-based quarries can be found on PLR5C:R£T£ PRDOUC:TIDN and repair shop for the railway. Making use of a sizable amount of pre-assembly of building materials. tubes. mag-lev indi. THE URLLES MRNUFRCTUR/NG based plastic industry. magnetite and imported hematite. tmmigrant populations.N. any other single dome on Mars. The planet's lighter gravity BUILOING PR£FRBRIC:RTIDN son. carefully manicured gardens help cement the perception that . ities that extract iron from locally mined shelters quickly is a matter of survival. Earth. which TRRN5PDRTRTIDN is then combined with carbon and vana- RDC:K RNO 5/L/C:R (IURRR/£5 C:DN5TRUC:TIDN dium to form the vanasteel used in dome The Martian surface is also valuable for and building construction. Martians have become particularly sees heavy steel industries. mag-lev indue. for use in manufacturing. dome.Ktrack network. has several large vanasteel smelting facil. most of the embassies from both Earth and other colonies try. and hoppers. In all. the Industrial District are often exported to other colonies and the incursion as retribution for politi. Native Martians The Great Dome is the largest single piece of infrastructure in Brad- would be hard pressed to characterize the megapolis as anything bury and the symbol of the city's corporate wealth. near the rim of the Pavonis Caldera. the aquifer is claimed by Robin. while the central Khondi Tower houses the Senate Like any city on Earth. and the Daedalus Complex. Bradbury and other colonies. it has long since transcended that label. DISTRICTS The Great Dome is home to Bradbury's corporate and gov- ernment elite. They range from any one of the city's dozens of domes to underground sectors jealously controlled by individual Of all the places on Mars. it is used dome can be dangerous work. but also much dred kilometers east of Bradbury in ac\ept at making vanadium -alloyed steels newer plastics and plascrete production the cliffs above the Valles Marineris. of the city. Free-flowing fo untains. the tracks. not only for the northwestern slopes of Pavonis Mons Another Martian success story was the col. Some are segregated by indus- ilarly. the Khondi Tower From the maintenance shafts high in the arcologies of the Great provides the suspension network that supports the transplas lattice. and tnclude the Great Dome. DISTRICTS RND GDUERNMENT While many Earthers still use the term "colony" when describing THE GRERT DOME Bradbury. more than the area of could still find themselves in places they never knew existed. Bradbury's warren-like struc. because vanadinite was surprisingly plen. and Bradbury's fierce appetite for water most developed of their kind on Mars. Martian plastics R(JUIFER Bradbury's many manufactories are the are silica. developments where constructing safe cal disagreements at the Senate. the Therm. but also surrounding the Pavonis Glacier. trees. Called vanasteel or v-steel. and one of nial Corps.rather than carbon-based. methods used to build transplas domes on Mars. The MCC is supposedly in virtually all forms of construction on the major industries in Bradbury is the exploring the viability of this pre: Mars. Sim- districts. but Robin son sees geothermal power. the Great Dome is some five kilometers across. Dome to the deepest of lava tubes.

snaking its way upward to deliver precious cargo to critical points in the city's infrastructure. and they resent anything that might smack of condescen- sion from politicians or corporate bureaucrats. but also important gases such as carbon dioxide. Here. As a dormant vol- cano. the Geothermal Energy Capture and Conversion Installation (or "the Therm" as the locals call it) is a fantastically complex operation centered in the northeast corner of Pavonis Mons's central caldera. As a district. the Therm is an industrial-looking area on the floor of the main caldera. the infrastructure of the Therm is also the means through which the colony is supplied with liquid water. THETHERM Considered to be the beating heart of Bradbury. the Therm evolved from the initial geothermal power efforts dating back to the first pioneers that settled on Pavonis Mons. but to Martians who are barely making a living. laborers from the Therm can be found anywhere in Bradbury. the district does not exist under a dome. While the bulk of them work and live close to the district's center. The Therm contains hundreds of heat wells that not only bring heat and electrical power into Bradbury's ecosystem. just south of the city's main structure. the geo- thermal power generators and gas processing plants hum away. but rather through a series of lava tubes and carved tunnels deep in the caldera itself. Although nuclear and solar power exist today in Bradbury. security in the Great Dome is very tight. Only the Therm's spaghetti-like network of pipes. Unlike some sections of Bradbury. This frequently puts them at odds with the larger and more influential Clan Picus. These gases also provided an excellent source for pressurizing the colony's dome. Not surprisingly. Clan Cabeiri is the largest and strongest of the clans working at the Therm. Ice mined from the Pavonis Glacier is also used to increase the concentration of water in Bradbury's atmosphere. and gases essential for the survival of every living thing in the megapo- lis. valves and pressure stations can be found above the surface. heat and gases were relatively closer to the surface. even if the Bradbury Col- ony Police have gone to great lengths to remain behind the scenes. energy. some four kilometers below the bulk of Bradbury itself. One of the earliest industrial centers in Bradbury. As part of the Industrial District. they continue to be sources of friction. and as a result. and some concentrations of water vapor. sulfur dioxide. Those who live and work here know the importance of what they do. it is common to see the characteristically cybered Clan Cabeiri workers performing maintenance and inspections throughout the megapolis. they have not replaced the original systems. however. these symbols of excess are purely financed by corporations as a way to encourag- ing Earth-based investors. Unlike virtually every other work- force in Bradbury.the MCA exists as a puppet of Earth. they have considerable clout with Bradbury's governing council. and as such. the Therm functions as the lifeblood of the entire colony-it provides the heat. making it easier and far more efficient than importing and builqing fusion or fission reactors in those early days. In truth. .

. From their point of view. Infinity Designs.. built in the weaker Martian sunlight. but the primary hub of the Bradbury Railway Co. city. Numerous mag-lev numbers. Therm are core parts of the city's life-sup. weaker sunlight still means that the plants and-to a certain extent-Mars's entire must be supplemented by locally gener. Gullivar Colony is located some three hun- with convex dome panels that help focus which the railroad entirely owns and oper.. up. The colony is still considered as built close to the rim of the upper patera but the main manufactory base for anything part of "Greater "Bradbury" in terms of its to take as much advantage of the Martian that runs on the BRC's mag-lev network. Weyland profits off the peace. here. ongoing legal dispute over proprietary tech. Station One is far enough GULLIURR CDLDNY RND ated light._. Despite being thermal energy to drive powerful magen. Clan Picus and Clan Cabeiri which is why virtually every passenger file. Mag-lev inductrack the northwestern walls of a large hexago- processing plants in the Therm to allow the resembles the large sprawling railyards of nal plascrete pad. named after its pri. Home to nearly a thousand people. twentieth-century Earth. Tholus. . support of Aeneas against the other. attracting unwanted attention. in addition to some Omni. The main mag-lev sta- biomass to do its work... stretching three. To help combat this problem. guideways run southward from Bradbury's Here's what the Mars Colonial Corps is buying. • j • t' - BRMBDDDDME was selected for the same reasons why the Bradbury's third-largest clan wields the The Bamboo Dome. lying nodes. Notice that it's almost exactly half the main structure. it was is not only the central transportation hub. Weyland profits off the war. located there. Carbon dioxide and cargo from the Gullivar Starport. they'll start the cycle all over again. and Skorpios's sales to Mars. Notice it's an impending space elevator similar to the the exact same shape as the early part of that other graph? Okay. Pavonis Mons's main caldera.. is the colloquial term New Angeles. exact valuable concessions. Notice the spike at DREDRLUS COMPLEX S the beginning.A----'--_. up. As the sunlight as possible. when this war ends. here's some other Beanstalk on Earth. but also building many of the units the Bamboo Dome is the colony's lungs. and it be found here.. The complex The Weyland Consortium is just doing what any inhuman corporate entity is driven to do: seek profit with no consideration for human suffering. and then again after. Still under primary construction. Members of Clan mary biomass crop. This is the sum of all Argus. sixty kilometers northwest of the mega. Other corp and Haas-Bioroid plants. it serves as an alternate star- mass because it grows so quickly. from any point on Mars inevitably comes consists of a h9neycomb of smaller agricul- arily used to convert carbon dioxide into through Station One. Up. More enclosed buildings huddle along atmospheric recycling system as well as the tion of the network. flanking the western edge of total? Who's buying the other half? I'll tell you: the other side. wield influence greater than their numbers Built into the flank of Pavonis Mons some suggest.hundred kilometers hydroponic and life-support systems in the sure-lock system to ensure the integrity of eastward toward Pavonis Mons. when reconstruc- tion contracts were awarded. which eventually these areas were moved to the polis's main structure. ·~-~· . If the Therm is the beating heart. ings. The station itself tion exits directly out of the starport build- Clan Picus tends to this and all other is housed under a tightly controlled pres. Work on the space elevator Aeneas are often found not only manag- for the principal agricultural complex in itself has not started primarily because of an ing and running the Bradbury Railway Bradbury. it is a way to get planet-side without sometimes lock horns with one another wears an envirosuit while traveling._. where hostilities broke out. Beanstalk was built on Volcan Cayambe in most influence here. accidents Gullivar is attractive because it is less busy. as does much of the tural and indu~trial domes that resemble an breathable oxygen. tium.__. that float on the inductrack guideways The early settlers relied upon the geo. nologies claimed by the Weyland Consor. it is a tiny frac. but since the Bamboo Dome and the the passengers' atmosphere. members of the smallest of the three major ta-colored lamps to simulate sunlight for clans in Bradbury. away from Bradbury that it requires its own THE DUTL YING NODES the Bamboo Dome was designed and built geothermal and atmospheric generation. . Still. they can sometimes STRTIDNDNE agricultural areas in the lava tube network. For others trying to maintain a low pro- port system. Heres a graph of Weylands profits again. ee this graph? This is Weylands profits during the War. While the open dome. ~ -.... over the control of this essential part of Bradbury's life. other gases are pumped here from both the passenger station is large.~. For some. Poseidon Equipment's headquarters are largest of what are officially Bradbury's out- Bamboo is used as the primary bio. Gullivar's starport staple food and economic crops can also Anyone traveling to or from Bradbury can be found on the southeast side. Station One is the allows the clan's cunning leadership to dome structures on the surface... was begun many years ago. it the shelter of a smaller crater in Ulysses the northeast quadrant of Bradbury. ~ . but the construction of the complex for Poseidon Equipment. Co.. it's more profitable for Mars to break out into a planet-wide war every fifteen or twenty years so they can sell weapons to both sides and sign reconstruction contracts to the winners. Located in ates. dred kilometers west of Bradbury. administration and governance. =------~__. but they are all second. Often Cabeiri or Picus needs the As the colony grew and developed. port to the megapolis. mag-lev network. and sabotage have been known to happen. Guarantee you. the Daedalus Complex is the foundation for Now they're doing it again.

Incarceration is simply not worth in theory. such as Demeter Colony. But the truth of the mat- despite their enormous role in daily Martian oped. ically to appoint a new Governor (invari. and in many cases they be illegitimate. financed. NBN may be happy to report on the failings It is a difficult task. but full disclosure laws are weak. for one thing. nies in the Organized Territory are eligible is a wildly inconsistent government body and its judgments feel arbitrary and capri- to send two voting representatives to the that has only a loose relationship with the cious. This would. meaning the <. ments are so complex that only a small the life support resources. they're the only game out there. Still. holds a majority share on the colony's gov. The only way you'll really get the whole truth is if you find one of the one another for power and prestige. but in the end of government are constantly vying with it's all the same. nized Territory. Or at least. overworked. or Endurance. the judiciary created The MCA has a single chamber called the U. THEMRRTIRN Sure. but as many colonies were corpo- The Martian Colonial Authority's mandate ration founded. allow for variable styles of repre. atively young organization. often one Bradburians put more faith in the clan sion. Bradbury has no city government inde. increase Bradbury and the harder the MCA struggles to limit erning board. and Earth-backed interests. nal can reform and reintegrate with society.not to mention the machina- tions of corporate interests-seem to keep many of the faults one would associate with frontier is so young that several colonies the MCA in a constant state of crisis. portions of the city. and it displays . and clans. Unlike the courts. en-route to Mars). judicial system at work in Bradbury and its first shots will as likely as not be fired The Martian Colonial Authority is a rel- throughout Colonial territory. creation of the MCA. are just now convening their first form al Most of the MCA's offices and legislative ical culture or a history of legal precedents.N. the city of Bradbmy and Mars as a whole. The better pirate broadcasters. In theory. Most of them are Martian runners who try to piggyback their own system on frequently clash over the best interests of NBN's hardware. and governed by corpo. owned. with punish- For those colonies that are franchised. onment. Martian clans evolved What this means in practice is that the MCA MUNICIPRL GDUERNMENT organically from communities living and can exclude whichever colonies it deems to Because it is host to the Martian Colonial working together. and some say corrupt ter is that if there is another Martian War. practice the MCA's citizenship require. life plays a huge role in the ongoing civil war.GDUERNMENT 1\. colony gover- Colonial Police crackdowns on unruly clan power. or HB. because. it is typ. ably an Earth-born bureaucrat. Clan justice is rough. It takes too long. or increase the local send into the waiting arms of the separatists. They may try to dress it up with Martian names. more important than accountability. Brad.!)rps can hand-pick When the MCA can be bothered to Several clans wield great influence in delegates to represent colonies where their address Bradbury's concerns at all. I know of at least two and subterfuge between Martian colonies pirate media outfits that are former NBN people who got sick of the double standard. where Haas-Bioroid who receives an appointment while still councils and clan justice than in the MCA. with the Senate. NBN is an advocate for free speech when it suits them. Bradbury itself even if they have no pull influence is great. rations. you can't turn on a vid without it running Bradbury's official and unofficial bodies 1 'I through NBN. pendent of those bodies. that's how it seems to the to resolve crises quickly when the Senate The MCA likes to pretend that it com- disenfranchised lower classes. Finally. the more angry Martians they nors and executives can convene in an emer. tion isn't above frying the brain of those who ride the signal and tell us what's really going on in the outer colonies. Yet. Jinteki. or he is ejected from the community. for competing priorities of Weyland. judiciary. The megacorpora- the city and Mars at large. cannot or will not convene or act. they're more gu idelines. and others have recently overhauled buildings can be found under the Great Compounding these issues of inexperience their system in the wake of the War and the Dome clustered around and located in the are the sometimes-contradictory bureau. a governing body that lacks a strong polit. resolutions. cratic styles it has been forced to adopt by view of the colonists. many Mars-born solely owned by Jinteki subsidiary Aginfu. courts. good old corrup. They can afford to be CDLDNIRL RUTHDRITV a lot more draconian out here. Public relations and message control is far is to realize a peaceful and prosperous Mars. gency body called the Security Commission taxes. From the point of central spire known as the Khondi Tower. can and do serve the role of the people's with MCA politics. Civil rights exist. The Martian in Bradbury. many Martian colonies are fraction of (mainly pro-Earth) Bradburi. ments ranging from a fine to forced labor to representation is uneven-each recognized bury democratically elects its two senators flogging to banishment (often a death sen- settlement can independently determine and so has a voice on the Senate. well. All major colo- tion and cronyism mean that the MCA many cases. but never including impris- how its senators are selected. either the crimi- sentation. or even slanted in favor of corporate Senate to deliberate on issues that concern rule oflaw. In special cases. ans are able to vote. and it isn't easy with the conspiracy nuts muddying the Martian Colonial Authority and the clans waters. That pletely controls the Colonies and that Compounding the apparent disinterest the separatists are limited to the Unorga- the clans have no official role in the Senate of the legislative branch is an w1derdevel. Jo matter where you are on Mars. but in tence on Mars). including those that disagree Senate and headquarters of the MCA. from above by the MCA is inadequate in Martian Colonial Senate.

skirmishes run afoul of the authorities. Damaging anything to While violence does occasionally flare up of the clan initiation rites when a child do with Bradbury's life-support system." It is an oversimplification. That's where we come in. and the MCA seems barely able Clan members are identified by facial tat. has been said that virtually all Martian clans of at least one the big three here. and of course crimes lived and worked in dense groups. the whole legal system While Martian clanspeople are often how fair or oppressive. the mediators. their tattoos "grow" as well-subtle the MCA. . murder and acts ofterrorism carried out by reality is. pretends that the clans don't exist. on Mars. Another major difference between peace in a volatile environment. great prevalence of unofficial. The resolu. the execs think they have it all every clan on Mars can be found here ply absent on Mars. Bradbury has its Those stulti up in the corporate tow- immigrants to Mars into their life and work share of crime. or both eyes. achieve. would just as easily find themselves MCA from without. All three vie for resources. Earth-born visitors who are onies struggle over scarce resources. KEEPING PERCE. by corps and individuals alike can easily official end of the Colony Wars. major and social units known as clans. regardless of board. the transportation business. the ink used in clan tattoos largely concerned with organized crime. ries of lonely workers from Earth falling in lone actors or highly sophisticated rings. Receiving a tattoo is part can result in a fine. and Martians. Sure. MCA's body of statutes is the provision- Martian life. on the wrong side of an airlock if it mg clan. close-knit is infused with tracers carrying specific cross-colony criminal activity. Mars has been locked in an and Clan Aeneas are most often found in ing of resources. but don't be fooled for a moment. It is a crimi- CLRN TRTTDDS and unrest dominate the mediafeeds and nal offense. their a basic tattoo can be faked or covered up. much of the conflict comes of age or when a new member is whether by accident or by design. Clan Aeneas-but members of virtually limit corporate power on Earth are sim. the Bradbury is home to three major clans system. no matter what the deal is. Sure. For those on the front lines of pol. welcomed. but con. the .. and terrorism targeting the MCA. my clan and I against another clan's markings. wasn't for us. there will inevita. but the truth is they because of the lobbies trying to affect the regards artificial intelligence and combat. ments. Martian clans have a saying that to their clan.CLRNS RND CONFLICT Bradbury may be an island of relative integrated in nearly every aspect of the col. at least in the eyes of ordinary ones that negotiate to really make of its own-Clan Picus. Initiates are quickly integrated into have some ties to organized crime. headquartered not far from the other One of the major features of Martian cul. requirement. true clan tattoos are much more difficult to MCP has spt.cific jurisdiction over crimi- Within each clan is a hierarchy of kinship conceal or forge-clansmen should always nal activity in any of the MCA's buildings. for example. Clan Cabeiri. NEGOTIATIDNS the corps. understanding Martian culture and the role of clans can mean the to the clan. Bradbury. Sto. leveraging used to air and water being freely used ence. an AI doesn't need human over. specific beliefs and traditions. as dif. especially life-support ongoing low-grade civil war in which col. ony's life. and that ain't happening. is also its largest. MCA offices under the Great Dome. which often twist around one even washing one's hands the wrong way tion of one clash seems to spark another. We are they become part of the group. One glaring example under control. it is not an automatic bly be those who operate on the margins. Clans are able to integrate new As with any civilization. and a tattooist lacking the describes it well: "I against my kin. at some point or another but if pushed they will sometimes unite MAKING WAR you're going to need to get Picus on against a common foe. While behavioral crimes. Boys and girls receive the first punishments higher than armed robbery. Picus. It if you don't have the implicit support love and marrying into a clan are common. and to contain the bloodshed. As they get The official law-enforcement wing of older. The megapolis's found. It ranges from petty theft to ers think they can ignore us. and is sight to take a human life. and roles both past and present. from the city's infrastructure grid. too designs. The primary failing of the MCA's legal the back room.anything done in ferent clans often treat each other as rivals. influence in the region's politics. this age varies with each clan's CDLDNIRL PULICE difference between peace and war. to siphon oxygen newsrags. If you want to get . clan culture and learn new loyalties when a few clans are entirely criminal enterprises. It is ture that separates it from Earth is the In addition.Mars Colonial Police is THE CLANS decorations symbolize status. my kin specific tracers will be unable to reproduce and I against my clan. it place. The families naturally evolved biological ties. As workers identification markers of the clan. in flu. but the far easier than their ancient namesakes. in Bradbury proper. carries exists in the realm of espionage and sub. part of their clan tattoo when they receive their first privileges and responsibilities MRRS itics and power. terfuge. biologically related. Even since the their respective sectors and resources. is that many of the laws that things move ahead in this place. Where the rule of law exists. to which an individual gives his or her boldly and proudly declare their allegiance loyalty. Clan Cabeiri's members can be Earth-based legal systems and the flic t and violence are very much a part of found in the Therm geothermal operations. and independence.

it has shadow of the Khondi Tower. While the Mars Colonial Police was recruit and train citizens from Bradbury Whatever the truth is. It is far and away the MRRTIRN loyalties are secondary to their oath as most common law-enforcement body that SECRET SERUICE members of the MCP. or Earth-born. Gullivar conflict or competition. the MSS headquarters on Mons. whether MSS spies on Martians on behalf CDLDNY POLICE Unlike the MCP. or MSS. Clan-affiliated recruits are Starport. tion covers all of Bradbury's districts as these two forces found themselves either in many of its recruits are either unaffiliated well as the Daedalus Complex. the BCP tries to actively of Earth. Charged with people's confidence. most areas would go days mystery. which goes a long way to earn the Mars is located in the Great Dome in the ment organization on Mars. operations happen in other. other police forces on Mars-especially the Mars Colonial Police-view the BCP with some suspicion. or if it is the other way around. Because of this perceived conflict of interest and clan ties to orgcrime. espe- cially in matters of jurisdiction. In districts w here tensions between the clans and BCP run high . the clans have an incentive to police its own . it remains unclear as to BRRDBURY forming patrols of their own. While it functions as intelligence without patrols if it weren't for the clans arm of the MCA. . Unfortunately. but The Martian Secret Service. As with most of the MCA's back to the first colonists on Pavonis in the BCP are also members of various institutions. they frequently turn to private inves- tigators over the BCP. as their counterparts on Earth. LOOK TO YOUR OWN The Bradbury Colony Police struggle to handle the daily major cases that arise in Greater Brad- bury. clans. what they are. As such. In certain districts where the BCP and the clans have a amicable relationship. the BCP's history stretches community. Relations between the two police forces are frequently strained. in particular to help build trust with the are aware of the organization are under- teen years ago. has been more than one occasion in which cle to effective law enforcement. alties clash with the police oath of office. to a crime. also created complications when clan loy. the MCP also cleaves resources and manpower limitations being true loyalties of this organization remain a along the lines of corporate factionalism. the BCP delegates significant spheres of authority to them . However. much less every petty clan concern. Although they try to coordinate their activities. but most of keeping the peace and investigating crimi. less conspic- the BCP faces many of the same challenges such as when clans themselves are linked uous locations. Martians who founded at the same time as the MCA fif. and other nearby nodes within carefully screened to ensure any existing the Tharsis region. hop- ing to involve the BCP as little as possible. the organization's intelligence-gathering nal activity in the greater Bradbury region. and when their neigh- bors might be complicit. there The MCP sees clan affiliation as an obsta. because anyone in Bradbury will encounter. making it the oldest law-enforce. oper- many of its members are also indentured that doesn't mean that it's a frequent sight. The effect is that Bradburians are more likely to seek out their neighbors than the police for help in solving a cri~e. the to corporate interests. ates in the many shadows of Mars. The Bradbury Colony Police's jurisdic. It means that most officers standably wary.

including in the meres using are NEXT designs or cheap knock-offs of the same. All too often. risons in nearly every city and MCA- ies on Mars thjill there are MCC and BUD affiliated settlement on the planet. law enforce. ual districts and life-support machinery in even going so far as to collude with the tian atmosphere to starve the flames. No. while others are ers. local colony militias contract with and W Bioroid isn't on Mars. so the role they play remains ambiguous.ted out by competing EMERGENCY it is also able to draw on its own clan mili- tias to form a force collectively known as corporate interests. the has also used the threat of mass disarma- respective communities. ot hold strong clan SERUICES the Bradbury United Division. Instead of a network of fire. . the MCA has the authority up to answer the call of duty. Larger expression of clan armed forces in Brad- ment would be nonexistent if it weren't for settlements typically have a defense force bury. hun- bound co unterparts. sections of can also be used in conjunction with the people. clan militia frequently becomes a watchdog ments to keep the militias in line. clearly high-functioning militias pursuing sonnel. but are often contrac. protect the Greater Bradbury region from quartermasters. though. as these investigators are able to makes. Remember bioroids don't need to breathe. but that's not to say that Haas- Since resources on Mars are often strained. mercenaries bury hosts not only a large MCC base. The BUD take advantage of these isolated frontier extreme circumstances.· As with any major city on Earth . Many portray themselves as private Bradbury has emergency services ony. they're everywhere. Division (BUD) was formed by the MCA to support for these mere groups as medics. the grateful settler's credits without sus- ings when they happen. firefighting in After the Space Expeditionary Corps troops dreds of smaller mercenary groups operate Bradbury is very different given were withdrawn from Bradbury proper at locally using strike forces of several dozen how prec ious the water supply in the end of the war. then HB has definitely moved into the heavy construction mar- take up the slack when the BCP's detective ket. enforcing the employee In addition. The MCA essentially gangsters or warlords in their corps provide their own fighting forces. Officially affiliations. since the creation of the the evolution of conflict and politics on handbook and corporate policies with MCA. but the MCC other side to stage mock battles~~~~---·~~~· is deployed to quell large-scale clan upris. Mercenary bands are commonly hired Earth. and not even Jinteki can compete with that! even rely on private investigators as part- I've heard a few who work the big-haul trucks on the glacier talk about Haas- ners in law enforcement. firefight- an issue since the signing of the Treaty ment and investigation. and they look different from anything Weyland exception. Bradbury. In addition to follow simi lar patterns to their Earth. but mere groups also than water to extinguish flames. to crack down on clans who are competing individuals are also at risk for becoming vide their own security. and vented straight into the Mar. the corporations for the corporate sec personnel. the Mars Colonial Corps has gar- Mars. off. In the case where too closely with police forces. While the police and EMS their own ambitious goals. the Bradbury United combatants. Colony police forces-includ- ing the BCP-and clan militias are far more likely to cooperate with PTs than the MCP due to their a reputation for SELF-DEFENSE remaining apart from the political fray. and electronics specialists. In multiple times in recent history. but trust between the two has been security firms better suited to law enforce- that include police officers. but such based militias if the corporations don't pro. However. BRRDBURV UNITED D/U/5/DN major firms like Argus and Globalsec. In The disposition of military forces on Mars The BUD is the only MCA-sanctioned some of the outlying nodes. sealed Bradbury Colonial Police to secure individ. Bradbury is no Bioroid logos on the big diggers. Although clan militias are tacitly the private individuals who have stepped made up of both mercenaries and clan. Mercenaries remain the great wild card in their colonies. clashes MERCENRRV UNITS themselves take on the role of police in between the two are common and heated. Clones and bioroids provide the colony is. acknowledged. hasn't been shy about military contracts. fire control systems utilize Cabeiri. Clans Ficus. Makes me wonder what else they're building. Brad- troops combined. Most laser pistols and rifles you'll find of frontier justice on Mars. and emergency medical per- of Heinlein. ing false conflicts between settlements. They are notorious for orchestrat- the colony can be evacuated. which has been activated temporary security. the two groups coordinate for operations and the defense of the planet's largest col. the event of a terrorist attack. hydrants that one might expect on enemy clans and mere forces. aka P. given that NEXT. bioroid brains. there are more mercenar- prisec and mercenaries.I:s have a long and storied tradition HB. is as complex as the planet's politics. and Aeneas all contribute troops to by unauthorized settlements to provide pressurized carbon dioxide rather the reserve force. they're not just building equipment-I'm talking prototype machines with division finds itself overtaxed. If that's true. In total.PRIURTE SERUICES e don't see too many golems inside the dome.

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but modifications such as respirocytes would for- profits back to Brazil and India. a coalition of governments on ity under its umbrella.THE TRERTY CF HEINLEIN THE UNIUERSRL NRTIDNS RND THE In the aftermath of the Battle of the Beanstalk.S. response from the majority of Martians was an absolute rejec.N. Some of these treatments Limited were allowed to merge with 2M and send their share of were invisible. accord. part pity. but they would Battle of the Beanstalk were willing discuss to surrender. The U. and colonial borders were redrawn. Trapped on their own world and reliant on many federal government's role in New Angeles. This new organization was dubbed the Universal lasting peace was their only bargaining chip left. in regards to the colonies. In exchange for the joint supervision of the MCA by the U. the offer of a United Nations. The diplomatic effort was unfazed by Mars's response. but there is no set date for complete SXC withdrawal. accept any negotiations. to nial Corps. The talks malcy. the headquarters of the imported goods from Earth for anything more than basic survival. Heliobras and Rajanipati low-gravity and -oxygen environments. ing to official news-nosies. Regardless during their time as allies in the War. the veterans returned home to an extremely The human Lunar population was essentially back where it had mixed reaction: part horror. continued resistance on Mars was going to prove difficult. of their exact changes. part disgust. Crescent nations. the of Heinlein signatories. Within The U. More obedient workers in the form of androids replaced The fields of human enhancement had been severely under- human labor in the helium-3 mines. newly formed Universal Nations. as well as those Mars for initial security and to help train the nascent Mars Colo- whom they now saw as the cowards and traitors on Luna. and nearly all had undergone especially considering that they could not expect financial support genetic modification treatments that enabled them to operate in or subsidies from their parent countries. China. As soon as the SXC was certain the Beanstalk was secure. If China and the other global powers wanted any charter for a new international organization to replace the failed concessions from the U. it was a normal that looked very different from the pre- became a media sensation. Beyond the geo- port Kaguya. it became clear MRRTIRN CDLDNIRL RUTHDRITY that after many brutal years. Lunar and Martian populations had been decimated military heroes sitting down alongside their foreign counterparts in some regions. The resulting agree- ment became known g-mod enhancements among returning which were crippling for Russia. Peace SCRRS CF THE WRR talks were arranged to be held on Heinlein between the major Although the War's resolution was applauded as a return to nor- Earth powers and the corporations they represented. The Martians captured during the corps would maintain ownership of their colonies. and those who could not find developed for many years before the War. Some veterans had been and Alpha Prospecting maintained operable facilities.S. the face of the ordinary citizen was changed as well. fears of U. as had previously been negotiated ever mark a veteran in any blood test or medical exam. was also curtailed. the U. The research was work with the corps moved into the Docklands or shipped out to primarily done by non-profit medical labs working on government the Martian frontier or the Belt. The proliferation of cybernetics and g-mod MELRNGE MINING'S MDNDPDL Y enhancements among returning veterans challenged the popu- Of all the helium-3 mining corps on Mars. restore capabilities lost to injuries. The proliferation of cybernetics and ers were faced with the prospect of mas- sive war-related costs. hegemony on Mars were shared by many other Treaty Despite the deteriorating situation on the Red Planet.S.. and nobody wanted a repeat of the War. and as the Treaty of Hein- lein. the tion of any and all peace terms. 2M offered forced to rely on tl1ese new technologies to preserve their lives or to buy out its former competitors at a price they could not refuse. not any one single country. political and ramifications. Nations in recognition of the offworld colonies of Luna and Mars. and part awe. Nearly all of and the defeated rebels the major superpow- to forge a new future for the solar system. and her allies held victory One of the chief provisions of the Treaty of Heinlein was the in their grasp. New Beijing and New Moscow's continued Earth finally resorted to diplomacy and offered peace to all parties. Martian skies. be governed by the MCA as a whole. the The Treaty also guaranteed international access to the Beanstalk SXC made one final push to establish complete supremacy of the by way of the newly formed Space Elevator Authority. but most clans were too embittered The United States was permitted to maintain several SXC bases on against their corporate overseers from Earth.N. started. and it is still veterans challenged the popular the former United proudly displayed at the museum at Star- sense of what it meant to be human. grants because few corporations considered the fields potentially profitable enough to devote research and development toward such endeavors.S. with SXC officers and newly minted War years. only Melange Mining lar sense of what it meant to be human. charter also established the Martian Colonial Author- days of this final military push. Further complicating matters were an assortment .

it was a rare indi. many ligence is a decision made before concep.of anti-enhancement groups. As more lives began to capabilities. particularly in pitals alongside faster-acting. to mod themselves with qualities borrowed of whom were familiar faces. replacements. around personal modification using cyber- spending on such research. and soon newer. While obvi. the increased revenues prompted "chromeheads" of SanSan favor cybernetic they could provide. Heinlein are often frequented by a com- transhumanism what decades of PR work " Now. though. or intel. further research in a cycle of positive feed. had sacrificed in the War. Certain subcultures have sprung up from these groups limited governmental sleeker cybernetics were on display in hos. tion. enhanced humans. While still a source of discomfort to many. their name both from their infamous vidual who did not encounter a g-mod or g-modding for beauty. Some taboos regarding enhancement from other species. while the seedier parts of The tide of returning veterans did for back that continues to this day. Polls on the issue socially acceptable. more reliable limbs and g-mods granting unnatural the fledging superpower of Brazil. often among rebellious youths as the early enhancements were. society than ever before. ranging from erans they became symbols of what they for an inherited disorder are considered neoluddites to fundamentalist churches. The self-labeled injured veterans welcomed whatever help nology. however. augmentation for its which saw such technologies as stripping of human enhancement rapidly turned in own sake is generally considered outre. whether they munity of g-mod experimenters who call by medical firms never managed. Among the elite. away the humanity of their users. replacing a lost limb or getting a treatment . Lobbying favor of further research. hangout of Wyldside and from a tendency cyborg on the street on a daily basis. are more accepted in themselves "wylders:' The wylders draw after the end of the War. be saved or improved by the new tech. ous enhancements and prosthetics were remain in full strength. to vet. creativity. Crude g-mod treatments. who relish the shock value. Soon are cyborg or g-mod.

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and intra-clan con- always been this way. Some Earthers. paying lip ser. but she really only pulling from the local populace-and by extension. many clans believe they were never challenged and supposedly oversees issues that affect all the colonies. are from Earth . the MCA han- because so many nodes were ignored during the SXC's campaign dles Mars's official diplomatic relations with Earth's governments to retake the cities. probably know of these are more receptive to the MCA. For many native-born Martians. much less defeated. Of course I'm ongry. Mariner Base. A few more diplomats and bureaucrats dence. bases on the Martian frontier. the true representatives of Earth power on Mars representing the new U. and some of the U. ensure the right bureaucrat or politician has its interests in mind. and there are a number of strategies they employ and left with nothing when Haas-Bioroid wanted to expand to outdo each other. Native Martians had no part in the of Mars. but it did little more nial Authority's military arm. others haven't had direct the truth. to help train the Mars Colonial Corps so that one day it will be Most of the upper levels of the MCA. There The U. but it's adequately protect its frontiers and quell inter. aren 't happy about the "ongoing conflicts " on Mars. I don't care what you policies have the effect of creating a chaotic and inconsistent force do to me. A lot of the population resents it. . whose campaigns were funded directly by one or more of the Big Those who watch the NBN mediafeed channels . with the largest. The result is an intermittent but importantly. Those settlements fighting against Earth A lot of talk haRpens at the MCA's embassies in New government on Mars. right here on Mars. More than that.ustice is to fight for it. and many clans feel they never agreed to end the War. the out of necessity. but others are blissfully ignorant. part the newly formed MCA kept existing persons in power with little change in areas of oversight. THE MRRTIRN CIUIL WRR The Lunar Insurrection inspired the Martian Colony Wars. With only minimal support for the Martian Colo. More by Earth. It's no secret that the corps are the The colonies are effectively governed by tl1e clans. only to be kicked out of our home a given matter. Your Sena. break like that of the War.N. at least not to the locals . Where were you well. since the MCA won 't even blackmail are all on the table. The U. Earth stands Perhaps unsurprisingly. Of course. the MCA is the 15 their tongues at the latest tragic terrorist attack. bribery. the realities of the situation mean tor says she stands for law and order.N. contact with their official representati-. and the MCA reps say we're mak. but for the most are the corporations and their prisec forces. structure in Bradbury. with transient regional allegiances. Both only way to get . those who even think about Mars . enemy in an ongoing war. The SXC is there per Article 12 of the Treaty of Heinlein involved Earth-side realize it. not as a civil war. since even before the Heinlein Treaty. often view Angeles and Mum bad. Currently. immigrants whenever possible. s ing to fight for our freedom. these representatives were all born on Earth ON MRRS and-according to many Martians-had Earther and corporate The Martian Colonial Authority (MCA) is the governing body interests in mind. but most of it's for show. Although it prefers to draw from recent Earth Why bother voting? There 's no . Space Expeditionary Corps maintains a few scattered are talks and resolutions. Colonial Authority as representing them or their interests. flicts as they arise. members has let the corps continue to domi- TRANSCRIPT ::3Bg1Ll/o nate Martian politics. most Martians do not see the Martian back while separatist groups battle against the MCA. N.S. Formalized as part of the peace treaty after the War. that's why we're will. Those few native Martians with any authority are so deep in the corps ' pockets they can't The Mars Colonial Corps struggles to recruit enough bodies to 25 see the dome. Do you know how hard my family The corps often disagree on how the MCA should proceed on worked. whether politically or violently. which never truly ended. Heinlein Treaty technically created the MCA. although this comes with its own dangers. Although a Martian delegation signed the ERRTH GDUERNMENT Treaty of Heinlein.res in years-representatives vice to the "great experiment" of extra-Earth colonization. peace talks.uslice there . near 20 ing progress. the MCC often supplements its troops with prisec 30 when the corps took my family 's home. and we're doing: fighting for our rights.usl to scrape by. answerable-in theory-to the Universal Nations. Even then. even if they don 't admit it. not to mention even harsher protect them .usl click Four anyway. the corps. measures according to some rumors. The and each other. real power. clans-as represent the corps and their interests. anyone with any able to protect the MCA's territory without Earth forces. these conflicts are confined to Mars. Because that is exactly what not a competitor's.N. and a lot of those Bradbury. the Mars Colonial Corps. a corp has to their facility? A lot of us are angry. is mil/ions of miles away. it would than restructure and rename the existing Earth-centric power almost appear that the U. member stales their actions as a struggle against an occupation. much less checks and balances. someday Mars will belong to us.N. and while some 10 real policy-makers on Mars. . not Mars's. Economic and political pressure. our land? No. were sent to Mars. the MCA allows Earth to jointly administer Martian bloody civil war as Martians attempt to wrest control away from settlements in the hopes that doing so will prevent another out- any who would deny their right to self-govern. the difficulties inherent in trying to achieve con- BCP INTeRVIeW sensus among U. and the corps are It's not always easy to ensure the colonies follow the MCA's edicts. When push comes to shove. has already given Mars its indepen.

whether rightfully so or not. Some groups are fighting to halt the terraforming.SEPRRRTISTS RND Martian Independence:' which has proved successful for recruit- ing efforts and takes advantage of the MCA's unpopularity. the War never really ended. the clans never among the clans. . when Tardos Mors convinced that first taken to calling the conflict the "War for mining crew to take their exosuits and fight back against their corporate overseers. skill. Free Mars has since with the Boreum Revolt. and clans from across the colonies are proud to fight for the clans Har Deche. TERRORISTS Free Mars considers the MCA to be just as much the enemy as The separatists opposing the MCA run the gamut of clan affili- any corp or Earth group. Johnson. While some desire recognition for members are nothing like the fanatics representing Crimson Dust. Free Mars's Some political activist groups working for separatism are actu- fighters have added some extra plating and replaced the mining lasers ally recognized as legitimate organizations by the MCA and U. ons against their oppression. It claims to fight for the common men and women of For a group calling itself Free Mars. no Mars-for the workers-and sympathy for the FMC runs strong matter what the Authority signed. Its agreed to let the MCA speak for them at Heinlein.Ts:' for "extra-terrestrial members have made a point of turning the corps' own tools into weap- eco-terrorists:' and they target Martian and Earthers alike. and Mweli-but loyalties vary on a FMC. and the populist roots are evident in the fact that Free Mars started clans never agreed to Earth's terms. but Free Mars maintains that its settlement-by-settlement basis. but it makes up for it with training.N. ideologies. and its politicians and soldiers as traitors. others favor a complete separation.T.E. ations. Free Mars has cells in colonies across Mars-some say in every FREE MRRS colony. but they're strong and durable. even in MCA strongholds like Bradbury. Their exosuits might have been built for mining and construction. Mars (or for individual colonies) as an independent nation while Free Mars doesn't match the numbers of the Martian Colonial maintaining strong political ties to Earth. with proper weapons. In its view. Certain clans are more The Free Mars Council is the rightful Martian government in its associated with separatist organizations than others-including view. and strategies.T:s" or "double E. Its are known as "E. and ingenuity. making the FMC exosuits as good as or better These organizations must tread a fine line or risk being labeled as than the lowest-bidder military suits used by the MCC. terrorists and losing their credibility. tactics. Earth calls them terrorists. these Corps.

without the impediments of pain or of humans. ment and corp terraforming facilities. but it's safe to say that they outnum- Although the g-mods do provide sub- ceasefire following the treaty. Mors is the grandfather of Sergeant Dust likely stole the technology directly the laws that regulate androids and their Dejah Thoris. while work conditions in the ities is a high priority for the MSS. human soldiers will be hard- Mars's sacred surface.. Perhaps most importantly. Meanwhile. Mars is the original homeworld Many Martians oppose the actions of vio. but the corp years ago at the head of Free Mars. Jinteki-knowingly sold the technique on No one knows how many prisec and mer- lic attention in a way Mors's did not. there's very little the megacorps the capability to perform this g-modding. but the to be fielding armies of their own as well. weapon in the megacorps' ongoing competi- Council as well as the military arm of Free Whereas other groups rely on exosuits tion. Thoris's involvement is suspected solutions. improvised meta- ity to walk unaided upon the surface of testing a batch of warroids-bioroids that fuel devices. Haas-Bioroid is supposed'y lizing micro-explosives. More- believers. He was sub. including a barring outright satellite bombardment. cenary soldiers are working for the corps on her grandfather. Jinteki's geneg- Martian terrorist groups currently active. Martian life origin beliefs of the Incipiata its beliefs or efforts. which cal mind and extensive knowledge of mili- showcase the fanatical devotion of the . gaps in the records of Mars' early colo. and they fought together in or purchased the data from runners. the cause of Martian independence-for The corps might seem powerful on Luna. several battles during the War. Although there is little evidence to sup- Mars. in many ways. but the corporations are thought of a breach-it is also. traditional technology. many port this theory. Unlike the black market cannot be ruled out. Smith urges CDRPDRRTE his tattoos shortly before leaving the prisec her followers to undergo extensive genetic industry to head the militia of Brackett modification and martyr themselves for INTERESTS colony. It should come as no surprise that Jinteki is said to be growing its own army CRIMSON OUST In addition to using guerrilla and sab- of clones to help protect its assets on Mars. viewed as a religious messjah for her abil. costly and resource-intensive than using available information is inconclusive. before traveling several thousand years ago capabilities allow it to be more alert and to settle Earth. According to Smith and her ERRTHSYMPRTHIZERS responsive to a changing battlefield. Mors began his career in prisec with or environmentally sealed hardsuits. Mors's unit continued fighting cannot do. has been moderately successful in recruit. Heinlein. The group's leader. Intel- weeks before it was destroyed. modification to allow them to survive cerns about corporate control. sumed into a Martian clan and received unaided in Mars' atmosphere. group's adherents. Suicide bombers uti. Others believe that the corps actually nization have made it difficult to verify directly influence the inter-colonial violence . With the Colonial Authority's ries. Smith in principle. more in several Free Mars operations. tics also include suicide bombings. An Ares unit's enhanced stop. and they were a constant menace that laws more or less written by corporate It is unclear how Crimson Dust obtained targeted Earth forces. accept or even If the Colony Wars continue. but on Mars their power against corp-held munitions manufacto. This organization takes the and political leaders who do not support Alongside enhanced physical attributes. it appeals to many colonists. using tl1e factions as yet another Tardos Mors is the leader of Free Mars Crimson Dust or her claims. The favor a close relationship with Earth. Thoris complied with the Mars. of battlefield might be drawn up on Mars. small minority of natives. Crimson Dust's tac- each Musashi clone possesses a keen tacti- Marte Vita sects to violent extremes. Mors was manufactories are dangerous. the behavior do not extend to Mars.- TRRDDSMDRS the identity of the Vasanti Smith leading on Mars. humans should addition to those who oppose bloodshed pressed to supply enough stopping power revert to their original forms.. . When Mars rebelled against Earth.&. In mortal injury. ineers and neural conditioning experts due in large part to the fanatical devotion Crimson Dust targets Martian civilians have created the so-called "perfect solider:' of its members. Mors and his unit made preemptive strikes they will be reborn with DNA closer to or even Earth. Argus and stantial advantage during combat situa- how much contact the two have had since Globalsec are major providers of security tions outside of the domes-and in case the War. -~--. that of their mythic progenitors. and they are capable of inflicting tre- men" who supposedly inhabited Mars sensory suite and quantum processing mendous damage. Globalsec's Mars division as one of the Crimson Dust fighters undergo genetic playing as it does to Martians' common con- earliest mercenaries on Mars. with real money. Shifts in the ag-bubbles are long although finding the location of their facil- against the SXC and corp forces for three and grueling. Although Crimson the corp stores. The corps ligence indicates that the technology was believed dead until he resurfaced eight don't have to compensate their employees first developed by Jinteki. Crimson Dust is one of the most dangerous otage tactics such as bombing govern- Dubbed the Musashi line. or Taejo monofilament wire Mars. It is unclear ber the Mars Colonial Corps. although possibility that Jinteki-or a faction within her actions during the War caught the pub. and instead of terraforming lent separatists for a variety of reasons. just credit that's good at is not forthcoming. So far..over. some Martians. is absolute. a new type ing believers to Crimson Dust's cause. She is supposedly a recurrence of lack the First Directive-as part of its myste- bombs have proven difficult to detect or an "original human"-those "little green rious Project Ares. Vasanti Smith. is tary history and tactics. After the Treaty of attorneys.

· pects have been official ly named in the investigation. some extremist group s have refused to participate in talks . Chair of the onies. WE'RE HUMAN TOO and the cause of death was drowning . but that doesn't mean they don't do a lot of good. we're proud to be Mar- cellor Leslie Horn sa ys that she is "deeply saddened" by Gray's tian. though we didn't choose it. private sw imming pool. there aren't places in the wilderness to hide. enemy to me. after all." Although many Martian separatist arguing for them. We just want the same freedom as our relatives passi ng. I watch the news and read the rags-when a bean- case. I mean. Gray has received wide sp read recognition and commendatio n The Martian people deserve political self-determi- for his recen t unprecedented success in negotiations between nation and real freedom. Mars isn't like Earth. Sometimes innocent people get killed. and then it's "so long.Y RHi'RENEGADE3000 swi mmer and was capta in of the sw immin g and di ving team wh ile The corps and the· NBN screamsheets call us terror- at Levy Un iversity Gray ha d been at the hotel for two days before ists. Everyone is supposed to be in this together-the Reporting for the New Angeles Sol colonization of Mars. some loyalty in their home planet.VICTOR GRAY JOIN THE CONVERSATION FOUND DEAD MARTIANS DON'T DESERVE EQUAL RIGHTS T FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED 20:55:54 BY MORA LL Y_R IGHT Why are Martians so gung ho about independence and secession and all that? They're humans.:Mars and the Martian Auton- the time of his death. builds them. operate pretty openly. and a lot of them The Martian Colonial Authority has struggled questioned hotel staff and toqu e ll inter. That's about as obvious as it gets. I know what's going cide division have already on. But it seems like the Martians don't want to hold up their end.N. We are not corporate slaves. the Sol has learned pod on the Beanstalk was bombed a few years ago. resol ution directing the MCA to bestow greater governmental and It's true that some of the separatist groups take legislative authority to indi vidu al co loni es and begin work on the extreme actions. just like the U. They use us up and then discard us. And discovered Gray's body that goes double for Mars. for Interplanetary Affairs.clanwa rfareonMars. if it weren't for the shortly after 2130 New corps. go/ems. the cause of peace in our so lar system. but important causes require com- mitment. Interp lanetary Counc il voted to move forward with Gray's any other resource they can extract from Mars. We have tried asking for our rights. There would be no one on Mars if it weren't for Earth. Martian ter- 31 RESPONSES rorists may be connected to Gray's death. "Victor Gray was a grea t man . and was expected to travel to Mars? This is the only life a lot of us know. Gra y was a well-known T 2 1:09 : 5'0 B. the Martians wouldn't even have air to breathe. So Earth pays for the col- Victor Gray. Last week . So that means the colo- the Globalsec personnel nies are sheltering tpese terrorists. thanks for the Universal Nations Council help"? Doesn't seem right. nial Police. Sounds like aiding the contracted by the UN. Even the 25 % of colonists ing in his New Angeles who were bam there mostly have living relatives bam on Earth. Whi le the NAPD has not Sure. tried so-cal led "Martian Bill of Rights . and it is my sin cere hope that the Martian do. Chan. I complain about the corps as much as the next per- hotel room. but grqups like Free. But it seems like even the ones who aren't don't want to do anything publicly commented on the about it. were celebrations in the colony streets. but the corps treat us like the Martian Colonia l Authority and separat ist groups. In a statement released by the uni ve rsit y. right?/ mean. But peaceful protests get ignored groups ha ve agreed to de-escalate military action as part of such by Earth and shut down by meres or the Mars Colo- a dea l." says Horn. And Angeles Time in his suite's how do they show their appreciation? By blowing up corp property and their own colonies.Lily Lockwel/ think they'd have some pride. You'd . and even Mars next week . omy and R·e:sistance Service are just fighting for our rights as human beings. to ensure Gray's safety Although no sus . "Hi s wo rk will I'm not saying I support everything these groups be forever remembe red. Hotel staff son. Do you think this is what the colonists signed up for when they first boarded those ships? Gray was schedu led to speak th is Frid ay at Levy University on What about the current generation. there that detectives in the hom i. and a great champion for back on Earth. people bam on the issue of Earth -Mars relations. and it seems like peace process meets a successful conclusion wo rth y of his legacy " the only thing the corps respect is power . There are a lot of separatist groups. I know all Martians aren't terrorists. and that's tragic. NAPD forspecs determined that Gray died at approximately 2048. was found dead this morn. But I understand their anger.

A soldier's basic outfit starts with his uniform. many common items can be found on the backs and in the pockets of regular and irregular soldiers. LBE comes in a wide variety of styles. Although the technology is more sophisticated. or a better dropship. and the armor lighter and more protective. Designers and engineers work day and night to build While low-intensity brushfire wars burned for the past few a better rifle. the military contractors are look- violence of war across mediums. of course. and a jacket made of stain resistant. The average soldier or PMC operator cares little for this. a better hardsuit. rip-stop material and reinforced at the knees and elbows. Sturdy. and NBN pushed the romance and sanitized Now. The last piece of the uniform and armor combination is the load bearing equipment. There are. Over the uniform. As weapons technology other incentives to fill their ranks.THE BUSINESS DF WRRFRRE War profiteering is big business and a time-honored tradition. but it wasn't until the outbreak of the ways. Modern armor commonly consists of a light clamshell made of reinforced polymers and buckyweave that protects the torso. many espionage is at an all-time high. exceptions among pilots. between Luna. Corporate decades. and thin. the weapons deadlier. but at its most basic it is a vest or web of straps and a broad belt that distributes the weight of a soldier's equipment evenly across his torso. and the checks clear. and basic life support functions. but the majority of an army's materiel is carried on the backs of its soldiers. Some elite or heavy combat units use sophisti- cated hardsuits that provide full armor protection. of course. The modern soldier is not that different than his forebears. offering huge signing bonuses and just a crime but also a moral failing. companies like Argus and NEXT the meals are on time. governments for fat contracts. began rolling out new weapon and vehicle designs and lobbying DUTFITTED FDR KILLER EFFICIENCY As long as there have been soldiers. most uniforms con- sist of a shirt. and light or non-combat personnel. While the composition of a sol- dier's outfit obviously varies by force and mission. their marketing became more and tooth and nail to make sure that they were in on the ground floor more savvy. and a variety of working gloves and brimmed caps are worn. tial connection to military or PMC materiel development fought and more lucrative to produce. Prisec outfits like Globalsec set out There was a time. and groin. trousers. Every corp with even a tangen- improved. this conflict on Mars is. the going concern for arms man- culturally sanctioned war profiteering is rampant. environmental protection. Their profits executives being killed in increasingly creative and gruesome were certainly respectable. artillery and heavy weapon teams. The idea that war was a good economic motivator was of this new war. His main concern is that the equipment works correctly. As tensions mounted though. when it was considered not on heavy recruiting drives. a soldier wears armor. . laser protection. War that the credits really started to roll in. with the world at peace. ufacturers. involving various countries and corporate entities. and that they got their cut. Tailored to the environment in which the·soldier is operating. high laced boots protect the feet and ankles. ing farther afield for their next big income stream. In a world full of simmering vio. The ongoing lence and dominated by faceless. with pivotal employees and secret arms and military equipment manufacturers worked away to technical plans being extracted from corporate compounds and build and sell new and improved killing machines. there has been a struggle to find the perfect balance between what a soldier needs to do his job and what he can physically carry. easier to handle. flexible armor plates that strap to the shins and forearms. shoulders. profit-driven megacorps. and weapon systems grew deadlier. sold to the masses. Earth. vehicle crews. and Mars. a soldier must still carry his gear wherever he goes and does so largely on foot. generations ago.

although this is usually only ons.. These highly trained men and women carry a single primary weapon. The discerning soldier can find a weapon from pieces of support weapons to com. used by prisec firms are mass drivers. Unique and high-tech weap- There are four broad categories of man-por.ly not least. especially with large and versatile grenade launchers for squad WERPDNS police forces like New Angeles' and with fire support. Last. no gravity or oxygen. Less-lethal weapons dedicated grenadiers who carry powerful are as popular as ever.Most LBE is modular and can be custom- ized for different roles with quick-release pouches. Beanstalk yellow jackets who usually pre- ons like mass drivers and focused energy table weapons on the market today: fer to keep casualties and collateral damage weapons are slowly making their way into slugthrowers. being reserved rebels. infantry-style soldiers. extra ammunition for said rifle. Some forces use ogy that no two units will be outfitted alike. and many slugs or flechettes or super-accurate lasers the variety of equipment used by every state . to a minimum. combat units. and as common where always have need for personal ord- contracting firms. and grenade launchers. the majority of personnel are common. flashlights. Pistols are rarely car- in poorer areas. . sharpshooter and anti-materiel weapons care and maintenance of their weapon. everything insurgents alike. and anything else a soldier might need access to in a hurry. portable power cells. when SXC forces and PMC operatives ried by the common soldier. Wealthy PMCs like Glo. Along with his uniform. binoculars. and insurgents every- in very wealthy state militaries or private ers are cheap. grooming kits. but certair. every soldier carries both a light combat pack and a heavier rucksack. grenades. loops. PADs. large punch in a small package. their equipment is such a mess of trained in space combat were required to for non-commissioned officers. canteens. mines. energy weap. and Even within a military the equipment car. entrenching tools.. rain gear. balsec love mass drivers' ability to pack a for any tactical situation. heavier backpacks with integrated frames that are meant to carry all of a soldier's equipment over long distances for long stretches of time. easy to use. soldiers. and less-lethal weaponry. Slugthrow. fight in conditions where there was little or gun crews. usually a select-fire assault rifle. and stolen technol. Pistols that fire munications equipment to heavy ordnance. they are expected to keep it in top combat ried by personnel can vary wildly. prisec operatives.to medium-sized bits of gear like compasses. short marches. is the soldier's weapon. NBC protective gear. specialized tools or equip- ment used in their daily routines. can and do carry with them. and LBE. scavenged. and officers. weapon magazines. Soldiers are responsible for the and private military defies easy description. weapon mainte- nance kits. as dirt. and numerous other pieces of esoteric military hardware. Combat packs are typically integrated into load bearing equipment and are used for daily patrols. Even in today's high-tech modern militaries. rations. and as essentially carry-on bags when being transported by vehicles. cops. rocket While there is certainly more that soldiers to New Angelino criminals and Martian launchers. mass drivers. As for irregular troops and War. armor. and a handful of smoke and fragmentation grenades. especially Energy weapons came of age during the readiness at all times. In addition. These pouches carry small. vehicle and homemade. and slings. bombs. Rucksacks are larger. In these packs soldiers usually carry extra clothes and uniforms. making them especially attractive nance like grenades..

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blowback-. Military-grade weapons-typically rifles. submachine guns. with only a tiny fraction using electrical or other exotic firing systems. ·. The majority of slugthrowers. some long work. still use a number of tried-and- true technologies.or modern semi-automatic actions. ·---··- are carried by officers. . and vehicle crews. -·. Caseless ammunition arms. more than ever. ammunition. furthest from their ancestors is in their rounds in a magazine. and vehicle crews man automatic grenade launchers and heavy artillery can- nons. -. space constraints. a technology long tats on Luna and Mars due to weight and especially those made for long-range sniper ago perfected by Earth's leading weap. slugthrowers are the most com- monly available personal weapons. . while made of light- weight composites or cutting-edge alloys and loaded with high-tech combat assist systems. and calibers for nearly every security and mil- itary job imaginable. They are typically gas-. reliable. burst. ~. requirements . The majority of per- sonal defense weapons are sold to civilians are slugthrowers. are semi-automatic. cases and encases the bullet and primer in polymer-cased rounds due to their special a stabilized block of synthetic propellant. clandestine work. and some shotguns-are select fire. Some rare rifles. size. The majority of modern for soldiers operating on ships or in habi- ing battlefield conditions. . Common soldiers carry composite assault rifles with under-bar- rel grenade launchers. particularly pistols and many shotguns and rifles. Slugthrowers. still use metal. or full-auto firing modes. but these ons manufacturers. still use manual bolt action.or state-sponsored soldier. the number and variety of small arms is stag- gering. . ammunition is caseless. Specforce operators carry compact and deadly submachine guns or devas- tating automatic shotguns. and black-ops assassins use monofilament blades and silent laser pistols to perform their bloody. and those outlined above are just a small sampling of what is available to the private. These types of weapons are produced in a truly dizzying array of shapes. while snipers deal death from kilometers away with Gauss rifles. primarily shotguns and some sniper are seen as antiques and less effective than does away with the old metal or polymer and anti-materiel rifles.. SLUGTHRDWERS Cheap. a definite concern allowing them to tailor their tactics to shift.. styles. security forces. Now. However. Their internals would be instantly recognizable to an observer from the past despite being constructed of modern materials. . This gives shooters the option of Where modern firearms diverge the This allows for lighter weapons and more single-shot. and every private and state sponsored military force issues at least one type of slugthrower to its members. easy to construct and maintain. . or recoil-operated.

Paladin Arms. their ground breaking VL40 crew-served mass drivers use powerful electromagnetic WERPDNR'r' laser cannon for light armored vehicles coils to propel inert. little-to-no recoil. to be carried by a common soldier. but it's machine guns or machine pistols. light. Lasers are easy make coilguns poorly suited for the rigors erful electric charges to short circuit a tar- to build. Eventu- tor. and have ers taking on adversaries with large-cal. uncommon and are overshadowed by their rounds turn shotguns into perfect non-le- field roles. the flechette weapons. having been produced demand for weapon systems that cause For the first few years of their existence. fire regardless of gravity or atmospheric research and theories produced by nine- conditions. and the next arms offer select-fire versions with limited burst grenades to sub-sonic emitters to net guns race was on. duced as pistols or. accurate. The com- the orders for their laser cannon poured two types of mass driver currently in pro. Recent of ammunition make them outstanding Frangible and lightweight polymer "rub- advances in energy technology have led to sniper and anti-materiel weapons. even small dart with a super sharp penetrating MRSS ORIUERS twenty years ago their creation and prac. as to decrease their size while increasing "Gauss Guns" in reference to their origina. Masers. tip. thal weapons. Weapons Currently. Luna. while beanbag or gel energy weapon tailored for specific battle. Companies such as Argus Security. NEXT released both a practical laser for light combat duties. and specialty riot ammunition. Flechette ammunition iber laser cannons and soldiers in hard. and ability to use a variety or rendering them totally unconscious. and is little more than a cannons looked great in threedees. nologies with long-term practical military is quite small. accuracy.' cousins. for a few decades now. explosive. powerful weap. are typically rifle-sized longarms used Skorpios. tive side effects. get's nervous system. and easy to handle. relatively rare as they are expensive and disperse crowds or capture individuals bersome. While starfight.ENERG'r' WERPDNS New focused-energy weapon technol. and are on par with equivalent of heavy combat. Even specialized. their portability and efficiency. When NEXT Design released LESS-LETHRL teenth-century mathematician Carl Gauss. or tranquilizers. armor piercing. energy weapons ogies are being announced daily. and the that focused energy weapons became not smooth barrel at incredible speeds over growing needs of the orbital and space-go- just a reality. they are ers to scatter rioters. incapacitating th em slug-throwers regarding·1ethality. mature tech. euphoria and feeling of limitless potential are almost completely silent. compact sub- Until relatively recently. used by police and private security forces. shorter-ranged weap- Also called "fletchers" or needleguns. mass drivers are still minimal collateral damage but can still focused energy weapons were large. ing. but their range. and Mars. NEXT worked day and night to per- duction-the coilgun and the flechette considered a misleading fantasy by profes- fect other types of energy weapons. although a few less-lethal gear ranging from gas and stun competitor products. Derived from incendiary. fin-stabilized grown adult unconscious with few nega- mies alive while leaving equipment largely darts called flechettes over short-to-me. and are also produced in cal at best. While less-lethal weaponry is mainly erful high-output power systems. lower-yield quilizer ammunition that can knock a gents due to their tendency to burn ene- coils to fire small-caliber. four millimeters. They were the stuff of fiction and treatises on only a matter of time before the current typically feature very high rates of fire. at most. as well gun. They are commonly Defense Industries produce a variety of pistol and laser rifle just ahead of a slew of semi-automatic weapons. and are penetration. energy hogs that required pow. monly used term "nonlethal weaponry" is in. capabilities. low-power are more powerful. Flechettes are often coated in toxins Mass drivers are elegant. or microwave "lasers. unscathed. But with the dawn of the first largely antiquated slugthrower and the a number of specialty styles such as track- war to extend past Earth's atmosphere. either by their users or tical application was considered theoreti- ons seen as a compromise between the from the factory. usually between two and suits blasting away at aliens with plasma applications. While they are a relatively ing communities have created a huge orders of battle on Earth. Their large energy require. and Personal ally. but a growing part of military long ranges. there are only relatively light touch is required. many models are quite fragile and require alive. also known colloquially as sionals in the industry. fletchers are mainly pro- . dium distances. flechette pistols can be loaded with tran- ons that are often used by Martian insur- flechette weapons use smaller. and even military forces needed weapons that could focused energy weapon. settles down into sensible. As of focused energy weapons. Coilguns. mass civil unrest. ferrous slugs along a Years of riots. mature technology. Too big special training to operate and maintain. cum. these Unlike the near limitless variety of many militaries utilize these systems on a weapons were mounted to combat vehicles slugthrowers and the ana~chic evolution limited basis for special situations where a or in stationary weapon emplacements. speculative technologies. ultra-modern-and largely untested. the most common focused ments and need for constant maintenance like Synap pistols and stunsticks use pow- energy weapon is the laser. While ber" rounds are produced for slugthrow- the limited production of other types of Gauss pistols are not unheard of.

the Space Ele. their systems are replaced with more mundane. bombers. high-end artificial limbs are fully func.. space remains largely unmilitarized. designer medicines. .rry-grade cyberware systems are very tightly regulated. and crude replacement limbs of the past. Today's the real limbs on occasion. and aerodynes. especially in the cutting-edge therapies and surgical tech. UEHICLES Generally speaking. drones. individual's body and connected to their ing technological advancements made haps the most amazing advances have nervous system via sophisticated integral in the past few decades.. genetic Modern prosthetics are a far cry from the counterparts.CYBERWRRE quality of life for humankind-at least for permanently affixed to or implanted in an Some of the most profound and astound. and atmo- spheric aircraft like fightercraft. Spine and ribcage reinforcement combined with high-out- put cyberware arms can increase a person's strength and manual dexterity. often extremely lifelike constructs veterans of the War. but these are . These milit. allowing him to run great distances while carrying extremely heavy packs or equipment. Cloning. however. were outfitted with clunky and cheap cybernetics after they were discharged. The category of planetary vehicles encompasses everything else from commuter vehicles and hoppers to fast -attack fighting vehicles. case of the latest military prosthetics. Many niques have extended both the length and tioning. all the dexterity of their flesh-and-bone in the medical sciences. Per. modern vehicles can be separated into two broad categories: aerospacecraft and planetary vehicles. Arms and hands possess vator notwithstanding. Examples of aerospacecraft include dedi- cated spacecraft. SPRCECRRFT Despite increased efforts in the past few years. and they can even outperform manipulation. Enhanced hearts and lungs combined with powerful prosthetic legs can increase the running speed and long-term endurance of a soldier. and audio filters and boosters allow an individual to pull a whisper out of a crowd or to reduce the deafening cacoph- ony of battle to little inore than a murmur. were those made bionic prosthetics. and veterans' affairs groups are struggling to get them upgrades. there are a number of cyberware systems designed to enhance the natural abilities of an individual. Along with these simple medical prosthet- ics designed to help amputees and the hand- icapped. been made in the science of cybernetic and neural networks. Optical sys- tems can be implanted that grant 360-degree vision all across the visible and invisible light spectrum. those who can afford these miracles. and once a soldier or corporate operative retires. transatmospheric vehicles like dropships and spaceplanes. Various state and private space agencies maintain fleets of starships. civilian-grade cybernetics.

In spheric fightercraft loaded down with sometimes even ion or plasma drives. Power is typ- starships have been proposed by some of and even the occasional heavy vehicle coil- ically provided by small fusion reactors. During the War. . Reconnais- from orbit. While they share few common design rection. gun. although there kind uses space and spacecraft. the fact that these sance. meta-fueled rockets or hydrazine jets. Recently. up-armored dropships fitted with body hulls with enough room inside for a they are the exception to a lack of military an array of antipersonnel and anti-vehi- mixture of passengers.unarmed research or cargo vessels used ORDPSH/PS are smaller. most dropships feature lifting gunship cousins are ostensibly spacecraft. gun- missiles and energy weapons. Although the tech. not commonly found on Earth. or to special forces and black-ops teams. and retreat concepts are being talked about and these warning and signals intercept. electronic attack. These fighting dropships are deplo. and-in the spacecraft rather than the rule. smaller. sphere and space by a combination of they fill the same roles that attack he -op- dreds of meters long. there are a myriad of small-pro- ship" as tl1ey are dropped on to planets won't be unveiling a heavily armed star duction. VIP transport duties can and often are car- tend toward the larger side. more agile shuttles were modified into ersatz fighting forces and private military concerns con. patrol. they are typically small-cal- and on Mars. The most common role filled by these ships can easily and efficiently provide fire deadly frigate and cruiser-sized warships ships is transport and insertion of troops support and aerospace superiority. Only slightly less common than the stan- ships. small. In addition to these two main dropship by larger vessels. sleek transatmo. dropships iber machine guns and rocket pods for are workhorses of the various expeditionary self-defense and light attack roles. ed and they are propelled through atmo- against troops and fighting vehicles. dropships are designed to enter cruiser any time soon. and fast. a number of dedicated military guns and missile launchers to heavy lasers infantry fighting vehicles. d Lumbering space-going warships hun. deliver their cargo.to medium-sized tran- ferry men and materiel between Earth and satmospheric craft that fill a variety of roles usually unarmored. Cargo and troop carrier dropships reflects a massive shift in the way human. cargo. dard troop-carrying dropship are the heav- and materiel to Luna to put down the insur. Usually carried and deployed creeping into real life. gunships are elements. While dropships and their armed First used during the War. stealthier models used to insert to probe the fringes of the system. cle weapons ranging from heavy machine case of some larger models-even light however. and Weyland variants. While they are weapons at all. and ters and aerodyne gunships do on Earth. special-use dropships. tlms the nickname "drop- nology is still a long way off. command back to their mother ship as quickly as pos- designs are entering prototype phases and control. interdiction. advanced electronic atmosphere. and larger cargo haulers moved men tracted to operate on Luna and Mars. and even sible. They are Dropships are small. are slowly leaving the realm of fiction and and supplies. and if they carry any Luna bases and outposts in the asteroid belt with today's military forces. ily armed and armored "gunship" models. the leading names in starship technology. ried out by specialized dropships. the absence of dedicated ftghter craft.

Sleek deadly war. Like scavenged. attack and protection of in-shore waters and craft. some amount of armor. They are fitted with fly-by-fiber systems ships. of course. and chemical weapons. are produced by a handful of military tech. dropships propulsion as opposed to wheels or treads Essentially a helicopter stood on its head. ber of technologies that would be recogniz- tracked vehicles ply the groundroads and and dropships of corp armies. electronic counter-countermea- changed little in the :past few generations. the The number and variety of planetary used as ersatz fighting vehicles against the majority of military aircraft still use anum- vehicles is truly astounding. Their unique design owned by colo. and they tend to use extinct. cient. able by pilots and technicians from gener- skylanes between Earth's megacities. space-. into their fuselages. and explor. ories used in }nilitary watercraft have erators. it's rare to see a ship larger than a in some of the less light cruiser at sea nowadays. and they've developed parts become faster. Vessels have found in reserve forces and shrunk. highly efficient. and pleasure nology firms. feature than pulled into the air. researchers. into the system at large. faster littoral combat ships- ultra-maneuverable. shifted fromJorce projection to the patrol ous-generation fighters. stealthier. and are equipped allows for a more stable. and on faraway Mars. Along with their armor. Ships are primarily powered by small. afterburning clog local airspace. by now. high-output water- safer. and audio sensors are standard. by either hydrogen fuel cells or high -output well beyond visual range. adaptive optical camouflage. but older piloted mod- also equipped with high-tech targeting els serve alongside even older helicopters in suites. Wheeled and infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs). almost entirely carry workers. having been replaced oceans are now gone-the focus of navies by intelligent drones. They are typically powered and sensor suites that can detect enemies craft of all kinds ply the world's oceans. by advanced. but manual jets. and are pushed rather common work vehicles biological. aero dynes have their propeller blades built lev. with hardened electronics to withstand form that can be used as a gunship. their roles taken over by powerful ers into the most remote and inhospitable some kind of ground effect technology for ground-effect vehicles called aerodynes. The huge fleets centered around ishingly rare in modern state and pri. drastically. deliver supplies via automated mag. to provide for truly all-terrain capabili. On Luna. while massive suborbital cialized air-. Hop. but previ. land-. the ties. and those most of their fixed-wing brethren. exosuits. and rivers. There are. and watercraft turbojet engines burning high-perfor- spaceplanes carry cargo and passengers all in various combat and non-combat roles. or as a troop carrier. easier-to-fly plat- nies are out. and more effi- of the world. between ships or to insert small commando squads into contested territory. carrier battlegi'<mps t. sure suites. regions of the planet. many of poorer or reserve forces. massive cargo ships. their intended role). They are often sealed against nuclear. a recon- fitted with EMP attacks. . Power and thrust are provided pers and aerodynes skim through cities and in the solar system use a number of spe. high-output fusion reactors driving tra- ditional propeller screws or-in the case Autopilot might be of smaller. Thanks to their reduced size and an increase in automated systems. crew sizes have decreased and the roles filled by mil- itary sailors are increasingly specialized. and bombers can still be the interdiction of pirates. these vehicles are equipped with active While the technology and design the- protection systems including smoke gen. or the mission and orders of battle of most anti-missile systems. Radios and various optical naissance vehicle. depending on Helicopters are.hat once plied Earth's vate armies.PLRNETRRY UEHICLES makeshift armor and stolen weapons to be Whether manned or unmanned. The various state and private militaries ations ago. mance meta fuel and delivering thrust across the globe and. manned with onboard weapon systems are usually aerodynes are rare. even out Armored land vehicles like tanks and IFV s through adaptive thrust vectoring nozzles. and specialty vehicles multi-fuel turbines (or both. lakes. occasionally. still smaller boats and vessels used to ferry crew and supplies is more fun. state and private militaries have changed Manned military aircraft are van.

and rules of antiquity in the modern corporate age. and Brazil still field huge militaries with numer. if broken. and the slow dissolution of the state. . powerful private military con. fighting for their nation or an States. Countries like the United service as more honorable or pure. many feel that blind adherence to military technology and support contractors. China. ideal rather than for cold. state-run militaries tend to see their but the largest. hard cash. They tend to drive economies through tl1rough clear and legal means. Yet. a standing military terment through government service. Some see this as a positive. lower classes of a nation the opportunity for education and bet- tractors. ous branches operating in theaters of war across the worlds. Despite their seeming enforced with regards to military conduct. war crimes. these very clear rules enforce still be a powerful force for good for both the nation that fields a code of conduct on an army that. but State-run militaries are bound by all laws and treaties cw-rently they're the exception rather than the rule. can be dealt with one and that nation's allies. and they offer the archaic laws and norms is out of place in modern warfare. In addition.NRTIDNRL RRMED FORCES In a time of ascendant megacorps. the men and is more an object of prestige than a legitimate state asset for all women who serve in large. state-run militaries can engagement. most powerful nations.

S. and ultimately pacifying it. Instead. the U.S. and fast-attack submarines for blue water operations. The U. Marine Corps.S. through automation. accessible space travel and the slow tain much of its independence. Armed Forces. leaner. The five traditional branches-the U.S. was founded.S. and Mars.S. it maintains easily respond to threats on Earth. Navy is well equipped to deal with. the vari. which the with energy weapons and the most smaller and more agile U. reconnaissance.S. fast IFV s supported by both the U. to more Space Expeditionary Corps. instantly recognizable to soldiers of bygone eras.terrorism/counter-insurgency (COIN) flicts of the past centuries. Space Expeditionary Corps. the Air support comes primarily in the form seconded EWS personnel piloting drones that Corps had largely returned to its roots as a carry scaled up fletchers and precision smart munitions.S. the air force has seen its mis- ern military. with a small cadre of manned small. by smaller vehicles mounting support weaponry like mass drivers and heavy laser cannons. their missions and craft. is a branch of the USAF and shares torates. armor units long ago. the navy has switched its focus from force projection to interdiction and lit- recently begun deploying units equipped toral combat. In the wake of the Lunar women under arms.S.S. the U.S. elite navalinfaQtry corps specializing helicopter and aerodyne gunships. the militarization of space. Navy. holding it. Mars.S. U. These smaller. and cal situations once in theater. although the navy's mobile command centers were invaluable during the con.T HE U. EXPEDIT/ONRRV CORPS The navy is also responsible for tracking the ever-rising sea levels and mapping the The U. tle. The men and women of the army are highly trained and motivated infantry soldiers the U. Air Force is the United States' With a long and illustrious history and a prestigious list of military victories. and cargo air- Army. but through its partnership with the readiness. the air force is tasked ·not to perform many key non-combat roles. or changing shorelines of North America as well as the United States' territories and protec. role in support of the U.S. the time New . the U. Luna. With the advent of cheap. much remains that would be for the USAF's diverse fleet of fighter craft. and the use of androids Insurrection. The mechanized infantry units are ty-first centuri~s· that saw it competing with mainly composed of infantry units carried into battle in light. Like most state-backed militaries since the end of the War. Marine Corps has changed very lit- whose primary mission is taking land. Armed sion change dramatically over the past Forces are no longer huge and unwieldy forces with hundreds of thousands of men and few decades. With a fleet of smaller advanced exosuits outside of Japan. Weak-AI Although these broad changes and adaptations to modern technology and military autopilots handle all routine operations thinking have changed much about the U. Like the ous branches of the U. These new branches are pri.S. kill strikes and serve as a fallback in the tronic Warfare Service and the Space Expeditionary Corps.S. Navy.S. but human pilots must still authorize traditions largely unchanged. Its siles and automated smartgun batteries that fire a wide variety of GPS-guided munitions. vessels at sea supported by a handful of larger cruiser-sized ships. perhaps. Two new branches have since been drawn up: the Elec. the navy can easily defend America's THESPRCE interests and those of its state and corporate allies at sea. event of equipment failure or enemy elec- marily tasked with missions in cyberspace or on Luna and Mars. and to adapt quickly to shifting tacti. aerospace superiority on Luna. and Coast Guard-still exist. Army uses a combination of mechanized infantry of mission bloat in the twentieth and twen- supported by artillery and close air support units. and they have led the tronic intrusion. helicopter carriers.S. the most changed vive the navy's realignment and to main- of the U.S. the U. Army and the U. Air Force. premier force projection force. America's military is smaller (as a percentage only with maintaining air superiority on of population) and more efficient than ever before while maintaining effectiveness and Earth.S.S. Air . Navy's modern mission. Navy and Marine U. throughout the solar system. Corps. more focused military branches allow the U. Naval operations relatively little. the navy is no longer America's premier force projection service USMC operates primarily in an anti-piracy/ branch. While the Marine Corps went through a number of expansions and a great amount To carry out this mission. outsourcing. way in much of the modernizing of the U. Air Force.Angeles . refocus on the amphibious assault mission THENRUV that lay at ·its core help. Navy. anti. Navy. The main threat on Earth's oceans today is piracy and terrorism. military.S.ed the USMC sur- Second only to the army in age and prestige. military at large. Navy is.S. SXC. It is a rapid reaction force that was formed from elements of both the U. Today. the mission of branches. Armed Forces are an excellent example of a thoroughly mod. Although the changes presented new and dangerous navigation problems-and a relationship with its parent similar to required that a few key naval bases be relocated or rebuilt-the sea level rise has affected that between the U. bombers. THE MRRINE CORPS THERRMV Despite the significant rearrangement of its The United States Army is the backbone of America's military forces and is the oldest of the parent branch.S. RRMED FORCES THE RIR FORCE The United States Armed Forces are among the premier armed forces in the world. Army artillery is a mixture of precision-guided mis- in fast strikes and amphibious assault. the USMC still fields and with the decreased appearance of the carrier battlegroup as the primary naval battle its elite reconnaissance battalions and has formation. While it gave up its aviation and The ability to strike anywhere in the world is now the purview of the U.

The U. The mission who are deployed to combat zones to oper- sion. stability of the United States' computer EWS has a small but vital specforce unit artillery. United States in space.S. tors. the SXC is nearly completely self-con. Marine Corps in the early support from other branches of the military. conclusion of the Oil Wars. Raiders embed with . Finally. the tained. To sup. fielding its own transport. the bulk of the EWS's personnel try-based force informed heavily by the are runners who work around the clock THE ELECTRONIC traditions of the USMC that specializes in to ensure that America's governmen- space combat. It evolved out of previous sive cybernetic augmentations and full- close air support hoppers. the SXC employs smallest but most adaptable branch of the and equipped in the world. armor. with exten- an aerospace wing composed of dropships. destroy those of the enemy in times of 1 ar days of the Lunar Insurrection. These and keeping of targets on planets. fighter craft. and support units with little to no and communications networks. mission is to engage the enemies of the an incredible esprit de corps formed from Aside from legions of support staff. and a wide variety of drones a fully fledged branch not long after the The next largest group are drone operators and drone carriers. orbital drops. and on both their USMC backgrotind and their many of whom are civilian contrac- Mars. Electronic Warfare Service is the runners are perhaps the best trained port its infantry missions.S. on Luna. atmospheric cyberspace strategic commands to become immersion rigs to assist them in their work. and the taking WRRFRRE SERUICE tal networks are clear and secure. Its stated Veterans and active duty SXC troopers have to achieve cyberspace superiority. of the EWS is to ensure the security and ate short-range support drones. and to dubbed the raiders. fiery baptism at the Battle of Kaguya. armed forces.Force and U. Due to its unique mis. To that end the SXC is a largely infan.

military. dirtier affair of insur. very busy peaceful or complacent. and the American gov- ners and drone operators directly. where the tion . human traffickers. Military is in a state of DPERRTIDN sions against drug lords. proxy With the start of the Lunar Insurrection. Although the War the bulk of the U. and the opening extremely dangerous black ops work in fact. guerrilla fighting is every bit as bloody as it the Treaty of Heinlein war has yet again when the citizens of Luna revolted against was in the jungles of South America or in become a smaller. ation was the United Crescent. American commercial and military inter- subvert enemy drones. and COIN operations on Mars. and. military's primary theater of oper. suited to space and cyber warfare. While on standby or have been completely stood the past few decades.S. which also serve as a series of grueling guerrilla wars against Corps saw most of the action. the mountains of Central Asia. These drone operators also smoldering state of war has been the U.S. brushfire conflicts. For decades. Currently. ernment moved quickly to protect those enemy comms. typically either with both orbital security and the staffing numerous societal and cultural upheavals. where the armies clashing in set-piece battles. smaller units were engaged dated. In the rise of the megacorp.S. semi-readiness. attack enemy run. since This all changed in an instant.S.S. U. assisted the U. THERTERSDF carried out numerous interdiction mis. On the contrary. much of the U. that doesn't deployed from Alexandria to the Central assigned elsewhere or completely liqui- mean that Earth has become completely Asian steppe.other service branches and serve at or near One of the primary belligerents in this insurgent attacks on Luna and Mars put the front lines. . In addition to the counter-insurgency branches of the armed forces were called (COIN) operations. however. gencies and counter insurgencies. the U. Many military units. being more fully functioning backup consoles in their generations of terrorists and insurgents. military's forces were down: their personnel and assets either has been over for fifteen years.S.S.C:s own military to fight the newly formed Space Expeditionary mentation skinsuits. The air force is. elsewhere in the world. are Armed Forces have been very busy over cartels and terrorist organizations. the U. the U. The Electronic Warfare Service and EWS raiders are recognizable by their aug. of course. i· constant and bloody conflict in the new frontiers of cyber warfare. par- Never designed to stand idle. in peacekeeping roles or performing of garrisons on both Luna and Mars. defending the interests of the ests in jeopardy. Military's current of space have created untold chaos both places like the Sub-Saharan League and budget goes to fund peacekeeping on Luna on Earth and in space. interests and put an end to the insurrec- extraction on enemy computer networks. military also upon to defend against China and its allies. and other assorted multinational criminal ticularly those from the army and navy. and perform intelligence the U. the corps and stopped the flow of He-3. but all own right. as always.S. Instead of massive the Korean Peninsula. wars. disrupt United States and its allies.

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and even country managers. PMC specialists. From there. Instead. but traditional military ranks are not used by private military con- cerns. such as medics or engi- neers. project managers. team leaders. The rank and file troopers in a PMC are usually called "security spe- cialist'' or some variation thereof. often have their own titles such as "engineering specialist" or "medical spe- cialist. the rank structure usually a scends in a typical corporate fashion with assis- tant team leaders. .RANKS IN THEPMCS State militaries still use the structure passed down to them from pre- vious generations." but they ultimately fit into the rank structure under their team leaders. they use a corporate-style rank structure that is less rigid and more open to interpretation than strict military ranks.

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For many of them. leaving little for unskilled labor to do. But now the "dumb" machines are run by smarter ones. specifically for the men and women whose jobs are labor to fill essential roles. refining the technology to make them competitively priced and Like many other technological innovations in human history. the assembly line. larger societal benefit. It is becoming harder to androids. and as more and more It goes far beyond that. domestic help. who were cheaper and more productive. HB's engineers focused on suit or worker's comp. and minded children for overworked parents. may not be so fortunate. profitable-until a true need for "labor solutions" arose. and it is those with no way to cope with the change who androids. not the basis for a law- dient-and expendable-workers. Extraterrestrial missions prompted innovations in cybernetic and genetic enhancements. Executives and creative staff were retained. enabling Haas-Bioroid to of the ocean and the vacuum of space are open to exploration and debut the Mark-2 in the final years of the War. The rapid changes in the workforce If it were just the hazardous jobs that were being transitioned to meant that returning veterans found their jobs filled by androids android labor. But the wide-scale development at a faster pace than could have been achieved with- implementation of androids did not become economically viable. the helium-3 mining concerns ness can afford the initial investment. The shift extends to nearly every segment of the labor and harder to imagine the world functioning as it does without market. In the past. The depths of the first artificial humans. At first only corporations. Thanks to the introduction of androids. it's property damage. and even the sex industry are losing out economy. out simulant labor.>roids moved beyond recon. gence. When a workplace accident wanted to replace its flesh-and-blood miners with more obe. or androids.RNDRDID LRBDR War has always driven technology. Luna. people can live longer. Soon Jinteki would catch up and debut its vat-grown clones. and other advances them viable for work in new areas. most people would probably understand the change. Telling these people that they should embrace the future of labor does not usually go over well. Android labor is more efficient. individual people. thus remaining employed. The labor shift is pushing many of these blue collar workers into the margins in cities. . and a new industry was born. Workers in manufacturing. access to an education as well as skilled laborers who have no qual- ifications besides the trade they've plied for decades. The New Angeles-based car company Gemini Motors joined in the recent trend of laying off major portions of its human labor force and replacing them with bioroids. Humanity might be better off with androids. the advent of struction and saw much broader use. Others are working to take back the jobs that were once theirs or find other solutions to their plight-some within the system. Bi<. those who had lost their job to a machine could learn to operate it. and drone combat pushed the envelope of artificial intelli. LRBDR MRRKET nology. worked true artificial intelligence demands a human cost to be paid for the assembly lines. They collected trash. R BRRUE NEW electronic warfare pioneered existing brain-machine interface tech. the the assembly lines. trans- varieties of clones and bioroids expanded to new segments of the portation. but many people long to go back to simpler times before feel the pain most keenly: unskilled laborers who couldn't afford androids revolutionized life on Earth. the introduction of androids has had an impact on the extremely wealthy individuals could afford to invest in bioroid labor market. some not. crushes an android. now. and Mars. however. in automation that have moved humanity forward. more efficient. Many of these breakthroughs also spurred the development safer lives with fewer fears of hazards in the workplace. however. provided the busi- After the Lunar Insurrection. more com- that is to say. pliant. making steam engine. a labor crisis was in the making. and much cheaper than human labor. and however. or out to poorer or less densely populated towns where the economics of android labor have not yet reached a point where replacing humans makes sense. the microchip. the cost of these simulants dropped. As with the printing press. some governments. the only skill they ever had was the sort of thing that a clone or bi01·oid can do faster and. cheaper. but the line workers all lost their jobs. but as more and more of them rolled off now being performed by machines. as is the norm in these cases.

third. they also cycle mean increasingly recogriize the need to pre- expensive campaigns must vent large segments of the be mounted on a continu- human population from ous basis. albeit more direct route. an unprecedented lack of corporate support. Humanity favored by their corpo- Labor must exist to pro- rate sponsors and lobbyist vide a . legislature. even worse. or worse. androids are the within the system to support anti-simulant legislation. But recently pop- the equation. For some. Humanity Labor denies HUMRN/T'r' LRBDR all allegations of kickbacks. and collecting dues fines of the law and work hard to support anti-clone legislation from them. The tax revenue that android realities of the re-election labor represents.to protect human interests. androids are soulless abominations that are and abilities of the megacorporations. the simulant takeover of the workplace. Some even say that involved-and the wide-sweeping implications one way or Humanity Labor covertly supports the violence that some radical another-anti-simulant bills are some of the ~ost heated battles groups. profits. such as Human First. who does.. or. taxed into oblivion. became disenfrancistos. Humanity Labor can put up a fight against the efforts and other initiatives through official government channels. and even businesses. and human dignity is Humanity Labor. most policy changes are addressed in a country's . and J~rporations can't vote. lobby gov- reason so many humans have lost their jobs and can't put food ernments to prevent human job loss. and other forms of corrup- At the forefront of the endeavor . bribes.olllllllll••••••••••••lllllll. real and droid is becoming a more difficult position to defend. they are jobs. As more and more laborers are Like any large organization. and lend financial support to on the table. The organization also disavows any connection human jobs. nization's primary goal is to stand up for those laborers who do Humanity Labor's official public stance is that fighting the good not have the money or the power to stand up for themselves in fight for human workers is expensive and difficult enough without defense of their jobs. The orga.natural balance in friends. imagined. and many of the jobs it does save are low-wage. Rumors of corruption plague its leadership. They say they are dedicated to acting within the con- but by rallying individuals. Although they want to encour- Such efforts have been met with age the progress. a risk · the bill. tenth terms so long as they even:·ifthey can do almost continue to toe the line everything else. It's true that Humanity Labor is not able to save every job. even if they ulist candidates have begun are often a thorn in the side for winning seats worldwide with corporations and governments. There are corpora- its membership when needed. being pro-an. tion.THE RNTI-SIMULRNT MDUEMENT There are numerous constituencies and special interest groups who would like to see them outlawed or. Groups like Humanity Labor. barring that.' as they are called. Human- thrown into unemployment. The organization works an affront to sincere religious beliefs. Not all of its members feel that their best interests The legal landscape is difficult to maneuver even when the are being served despite the dues they pay into the system and issue under consideration is less divisive. Builders for a Better Tomorrow. selves is a riskier. however. and stiff resistance. see as the most effective way to end in lower houses of government around the world. Although targeting the regulators them- turning against society at large by engaging in criminal acts. Still. These "congress- to law and order. of course. This puts world governments. ity Labor is not without its flaws. to Human First. in an interesting position. For others. More critters. than that. Because of the money the concessions they make on a routine basis. tions who would like to stop the production of certain simulants so rival companies will lose revenue streams. Megacorporations channel the profits of taking on the risks of acting illegally or supporting anyone else clones and bioroids to push their agendas and influence politics. dangerous positions. and keeping humans employed at any level and others spend major chunks of their budgets on promoting helps those workers preserve their dignity and keeps them from anti-android legislation. and megacorpo- becoming a drain on soci- rations are the ones footing ety.. . unionizing them.. androids and glide to second.

from New ress. Many cops yanked out of th e workforce. For these sympathizers. it's no big deal human loses his job. a MDUEMENT as the cops are concerned. or SAM.HUMRNFIRST In the instances where law enforcement THE 5/MULRNT Every time a new android walks off the catches people in the act. This see them as the unfortunate victims of cops how they feel about Human First and is best achieved with several swings of a corporate greed and societal desperation. When they find one. ments and corps who use them-all these frustration of job loss is unleashed to devas. other Human First protests. justice generally RBDLITIDNIST takes the form of a slap on the wrist. th e simplest way to make sure they legislated or regulated into extinction. on shipments of bioroids. Drake people. you'll be lucky to find one that thinks they sledgehammer. Factory bombings. if those simulants can be destructive impulse that resulted in the to replace a glorified calculator. cessful they must remain wholly within the . then there's mass violence of the Clone Riots and many sympathize with Human First. Wh ere many their jobs are next in line to be taken over Since androids are just devices and not see androids as unwelcome intruders to be by android labor: Floyd 2X3A7C. eradicated by brute force-others the next iteration of detective. these bioroids and clones are otherwise suggest. Ask ten "percussive maintenance" on them. Although not as wealthy as Humanity suggest that Human First is a larger and tating effect. android at a time. In cities across the world. fearing that a chance the human can get the job back. an d Caprice Nisei all represent don't get the job done is to perform a little worse. and that to be truly suc- bludgeoned into an inoperable state. supporters of the diverse spectrum of humanity. but large-scale vio- foments violence against simulants. raids with hammers and rage. Human First is not how to rid society of clones.or 3Gl2RC. but how vandalism is one thing. At the forefront of the efforts to adopt rumors are to be believed) the inciting owed streets looking for isolated androids clones into human society is the Sim- of riots against androids and the govern- to destroy. and even (if the Human First agenda roam alleys and shad. Unable to strike back against Labor or as forceful as Human First. As far assembly line and into the workforce. the question Human First's detractors point out that Angeles to Johannesburg. the pent-up ulant Abolitionist Movement. In the eyes of Human Not everyone reacted with the same when big corps have to shell out a few creds First groups. Armed to welcome these new life forms into the lence is another. SAM more powerful hate group than a few iso- their assailants due to the Three Directives do es have the advantages of compassion: lated incidents of property damage would or the conditioning that governs their they believe in changing the world one behavior. orphans of science and technological prog- are outri ght wrong in their approach.

where android ownership is outlawed full participation in the human experience. just like so many eth. were destroyed. and there case. As fully protected citizens. The economy. clones they could compete for jobs and get paid wages just like humans. several anti-clone bills supported by We know that a large group of clones. as it seems they have begun to win some victories in the courts to overturn they stand poised to do in some pockets of the world. the violence spread beyond acts of vandal- I Angeles. and If SAM were ever to succeed in changing the laws. Human First doubled its membership over the the humans they viewed as oppressors. and for the status of clones and the untouchables of the old caste system. and the next wave of elections could prove pivotal for the future of ated with a few simple strokes of a pen.S. There are various theories to explain what exactly pushed killed as well. . but protesters who furn to violence screamsheets and mediafeeds reporting that androids were or property damage will be held responsible. Jinteki and Haas-Bioroid have ve rsary the U. Since that fateful day. >> Subscribe to get all the updates a. In the confusion and panic New Angeles citizens to treat today as a normal ohe. will protect the rights of groups like Hmpan First to peaceably After the initial clash. and 183 humans had been ago. •t I I I . and carry that followed. people being treated like property?" ist Movement has found close cesses that created them to the allies in the Order of Sol and cruelty and bindings of servitude. and unofficial polls indicate that the group the Net believe the riots were a cover for a field test of a new has the support of a majority of New Angelinos. Rioters attacked android man- ufacturing plants and killed humans who worked there for on the streets. Supreme Court case Henry v. and nic and nation al groups who almost everything else in the have been subjugated during world. the androids that currently populate the world. accounts differ. would be reclassified as assault or murder. and the NAPD has increased patrol officer and camdrone presence ism against androids to attacks against th e police and prisec attempting to restore order. Conspiracy theo rists on last twelve months. the human race as a whole. and just how many broadcast facilities and branch offices were captured to help might be hurt in the process. Several of NBN's own there will be a repeat of last year's violence. violent clones. From "Are clones property? Or are they The Simulant Abolition- the regimented. group from New Angeles advocating for clones in particular. even though androids do not yet have the full privileges of nat- ist Movement members believe this situation cannot be allowed ural-born humans. They view them not as property. Millions of new citizens would be cre. unyielding pro. The Liberty Society is another highly visible to continue. androids are unfairly denied the Brazilian government. and the entire city is on edge. ]inteki. would change overnight. line of aggressive. the course human history.we re destroyed and the streets ran with red blood and Aman Mirendola reporting for The New Angelino blue coolant. Members of SAM believe that androids. thousands of androids-clones and bioroids on with their daily lives:· ali ke. are human beings who are being denied their basic which would eventually result in more humans getting hired as rights. this would the landmark U.S. ' . but as full humans who bioroids aged and needed to be replaced. in particular. thousands of simu- than they were at the end of the city council's hearings three months lants. Everyone is holding their breath on whether the crime of betraying their own kind. tliey tiappen' ---- bounds of the law. Simulant Abolition. Some believe this group of are more androids in New Angeles than ever before. eyewitness reports spread across th e assemble in public spaces. We encourage all rising up to overthrow humanity. Several anti-android groups have planned demonstrations around City Hall. had gathered to demonstrate on the anni. In the have enormous implications for the corporations that create Indian Union. spread the word of resistance against the "android revolution:· The authorities are no closer to assigning blame for the riots By the time the riots had been dispersed. in their respective committees. Supreme Court decision on the Henry v. From th ere. mostly clones. What seems most likely is that We were able to reach NAPD Commissioner Chen-Mai an altercation between Human First counter-protesters and the Dawn for comment on this story as it develops: "The NAPD clones resulted in a brawl that left dozens hurt on both sides. Mumbad and the rest of the country. possibly at the urging Humanity Labor have become law or are relatively far along of th e Liberty Society. _ -- t's been one year since th e Clone Riots ripped through New Predictably. Attacks against androids have had their rights stripped from them. By the clones managed to overcome their conditioning and attacked NAPD's count. third parties have begun to draw parallels between androids. things over the edge and started tl1is violent series of events. ]inteki ramped up production to repl ace the lost inventory.

how is anyone their private past. and oversight at every turn. and expected consumer mobil.to lose. Unwill- lawyers to exploit archaic systems of jus- the sake of simply parsing this informa.ing to relent. It has Governments. and any computer scientist has gone like them fight a battle they are destined friendly agreements designed to provide through at least one course on user-sta. they can possibly monitored by seccams that doing so. and governments spy them. space to include apartments and hotels. megacor. and corporate sararimen lattice of surveillance networks protecting hands on the original. at least. out-of-court settlements porations have legalized their invasion of to check their faces against the New Angeles keep victims quiet and the credits flowing. identifying data. some wonder if privacy still exists at all. it now has a slew ef roaming eyes with durable memory circuits recording everything they encounter with pinpoint precision and unquestionable accuracy. it certainly legal channels wouldn't do the corporations any good if as close to total or even con. and ubiquitous tech. tests of a vocal minority. PADs. Dirty backdoor business deals bene- supposed to understand it?) The corps want on their Citizens without regard for proper fit the megacorps. user license agreement for an autochef has Net with scandals hidden deep within only have the spyware they bring in with more pages than the manual. Even when to rise against this all-encompassing con. privacy is an issue of concern for typical consumer isn't even aware of. wise illegal seizure of funds. alike. and if it does. analyzed. corporations have turned the art the vast majority of PriRights' efforts long tainted with riders that allow for the other- of the sale into a science-dollars through before any bear fruit. unique cases that the lawyers can't and enticing congresscritters. background programs that upload data the but anyone with the proper clearance- nology. populated arcologies. cam. Even if a user is careful about what they share to the Net. densely marketing executives implement hidden criminals. After all. (When an end politicians out their competition on the meaning that people's bedrooms.bribes and move assets to avoid taxation. By knowing ties are watched. unscrupulous runners and zealous . data tracking. By employing numerous lobbyists Public places are constantly monitored rare. privacy than they realize. All but their most secure activi- endless loopholes for illegal activity.the corrupting influence of their staggering control over the marketplace as Public places constantly are crete reasons for campaign contributions came to light. shell corporations. too. This content gets encrypted. highly educated and superlatively companies use to tailor their business plans. For the truly data. Metadata col- lects like dust in the constantly connected PADs of everyday citizens. Even tistic program development. and preempted the aforementioned hotel camera legisla- consumers better than they know them. and become so rote even subversively employed hackers take have: marketing. the prevalence of seccams. despite the pro. Not only does the data grid never sleep. The and even some without it-can get their the elite. scan any and all passersby it is accepted.YOU MUST RCCEPT TO PROCEED In the world of megacorporations. privacy. It's advertisement placement. expensive legal firms devote legions of Entire industries have developed for tinuous observation is PriRights.by seccams that scan any and all passersby weave around. elegantly filter metadata with impunity. and bioroids equipped with on-board cameras turns what was once a persistent nuisance into a constant con- cern.by monolithic opposition that can nullify tion-the Nao-Sei amendment of '38-is selves. Slick new products and fantastically any and all assets create cobwebs ofbiomet. hackers. Invasive marketers lies in extending the definition of private consumers into signing away more of their and reporters hack into personal records.they do. PriRights and organizations tice that are riddled with decades of corp- tion. rare for a company to suffer litigation or ity are among thousands of derived statistics One of the most successful watchdogs consequences for malfeasance. With the proliferation of surveillance across the world.The only real victory PriRights has won designed marketing campaigns have lulled ric recognition scans.regulation.Police Department's databases for wanted drones. can they get any of what they've lost back? Strong and weak AI constantly.

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feasance. but the cost in life was-well. "Now as on down south. "We've both seen the dozen. finger twitched on the words "facility" and been in this office. Perhaps I could win this one. to get a decent appointment in place when I'm not even directly or indirectly respon. onto the final continent and apparently fragged for me-oh! Sorry. Let's take things in reverse know what a bad day is like.re you saying you can help me then. a few weeks ago. As I screamed. I asked. Gareth? With how clut. while I took appraisal of the situation. well. and property sales of the Weyland Consortium. Cached forum posts were the For a moment I considered whether this New Angeles Tsunami.re you going to tell going to get a second crack at this. I may only be generous relief in the wake of the tsunami . projects of the magnitude you're your head in disbelief. but I wasn't tions from your supervisor-Oscar in trans. play the part! it onto the street. anyway.which If you had the forms. "well. all located directly in the landfall zone. him soften slightly. a false sense of security was gone. there's a num. I bly grab the people's attention was broadcast dren he'd spoiled to no end with the latest know I shouldn't say as much but you seem day and night. I stopped counting the secretaries that answered my calls after the first two Fluttering my eyes and shifting a little bit to bring on the heat. He droned on for a few minutes about chil. The secre. Kess. deadliest tsunamis of the century. "Yeah. sitting across the desk some corporate corruption. Gareth global supply logistics. New Angeles to Australia was only ninety "magnitude" gave him away. lives. think. all the GameNET offerings and holosport equip ." come on you corp lackey.. time was running 'out.. if you can but didn't!? Are you Gareth!? Could you his desk.New Angeles time this morning. 1124." He was smiling but I started to do that!?" He winced when my voice hit a help. leaked memos on Project Vulcan.." The normal corp hurdles were as a sub-director. and I managed to swipe and ber of reasons I can't confirm or deny your out by that secretary in a few minutes. because I can understand your could've stopped another disaster like that. and Weyland has provided Fujida? Either way. Kes- an AI that was substandard or glitching. ''I'm far too busy to be of much believe it. this could be my job. '1\. we are both well an aggressive stance to conceal it. time expected. by damn. shake but I ducked out of the office and hightailed something. like a stand-up executive-the number of resources I'd been keeping an eye on began ment. Whatever was going to crack a little bit. burst. if I in the trillions of dollars. you decrypted and fi nd out if this whole trip was worth anything. "I understand completely. Strata decided to take it helps to stretch your arms. What if this is another to disappear. way? La Meida v. "what about that disaster with NBN was barely covering it. though. His response was rapid and vehement. deaths was a tragedy. talking about are far beyond my pay grade.what's that datacard on his desk? Thumbing my PAD. and Mr. "One of the thentic. pened regardless of whether or not GRNDL needed to know about. he wouldn't even notice minutes by subbing. We've both read about the timely I've picked up enough tricks over the years Gareth? I mean. and pocket the datacard. Gareth!?" Strata Corp. as many minutes. clandestine settlement on the thawing trea- a leak and." Wait. sible for those lost shipments!" Maybe this subservient tremble that lured Gareth into tary was in need of a software update and whole trip would be worth it. panic. but I think my smartslick has two of distraction. Kesswyn?" best I could find until last week. but then he started That smile turned into a frown and he those have evaporated. loyal Strata employees. Gareth was tered his desk is. so to speak. gulping away some genuine decided they didn't want anybody to know Blushing as hard as I could. branch's shipment to this so-called facility. think! Lock your eyes. '1\. I just I know I had the requisite forms on my PAD needed an opening to lift it. "Well look. was horrible. my false credentials would get rooted pitched shriek. which was On the way to the hopper this morning .. I had to act fast.serious mal." Th e that kind of opportunity arises. swyn. I came across to make him think I was nervous. but I'm still a director!" I was getting down to minutes. a second or . you just reek narcissism take the bait. tell me about it. Eventually. wyn here was going to unknowingly expose started to get into a hoarse cry. if you come back later today The corp lackey reared back and away It became clear pretty quickly that he with special license form 4X-D4 authoriza." I said. Even if this was confidential information or Think. and I'd didn't notice that my credentials were inau. and then I could get it few months ago pages on the Net A started popping up detailing a new. I could see fe ar under the guise of an anx ious young if they took another step. right? Then I can who knows how many mothers that y ou sighed exasperatedly for the seventh time in help you out. from this unexpected emotional out- wasn't in the best of moods. So here I am. Mr. and even might not be worth it. a director of a sub-de. SanSan and Reisshoff v.. I checked out who it Something about the way his right index What's on that datacard? Just who else has belonged to and a smile came to my face. holding out on me.. and how many partment to one of the regional arms of could just keep him on the line." the New Angeles Tsunami? Th e PR fallout telling enough-anything that could possi." "Well. The corp had already firmly lodged one foot have bad days and this whole thing has been somewhere. damages of Gareth Kesswyn. Then. it was gone-not at first. corp lackey.! had what I wanted. miss. Even if I weren't. right? We all and see if those frustrated sighs can ge t me sure trove of Antarctica: a Strata Corp site. Mr.17 August. I've looked past aware that the earthquake could have hap- means that it was something the public those rulings before-what were they any. was drilling. "It's days like these where leaned back into his seat again. gesturing to the rags on concerns-I've been there myself.

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it takes more riots.ity contract from Weyland and invited the Ecuadorean police to From the moment Mayor Fisher founded the NAPD." HISTORY . In a megapolis with everything: gang warfare. of them might not be considered men for defense attorneys to exploit. As always. issues for the NAPD. The offi. and down. Although . criminals adapt The NAPD was chartered shortly before tives. armies oflawyers see to it new addition to the Force. Both offers received a mixed response. Mayor Fisher attempted to the new recruits spoke little or no Spanish. selves outmatched or simply unprepared popularity of androids creates numerous quil to Esmeraldas. that even the NAP D's best efforts garner no ence continues to generate problems in well-connected organization with a mega more than a slap on the wrist. some Angeles Police Department are the only and other independent operators.­ make the situation official. ments by offering generous relocation allowances. some changed their minds. The sudden influx of struction. the Mayor could not afford to Angeles. and corruption. his search for a commissioner who would be able and willing The security force terminated its contract and withdrew from New to take on the task of pummeling the new force into shape. the size of New Angeles. strict moral code and a strength they respected. often faster than the author. are notably absent. Even before accounting for or women at all. marked the beginning of the NAPD as we know it today. including Commissioner Chen . Calvo was a lations. has had difficulty The New Angeles Police Department is a third-floor window without breaking keeping up with the rapid advances in responsible for enforcing the law through. NBN casts ities can. Besides the high-tech weapons Space Elevator. The involvement of an android between . few risties and scions ones standing between honest New Ange. and a commissioner who won't be and exploit it. and together they ensured ex-security and Ecuadorian cops who resented their loss of the safety of all involved with the project. are former military personnel. Many of the Ecuadorian police initially agreed to sign up as decade-long record at the SSPD. During its con. anti-android lives trying to maintain law and order. cers and detectives of the NAPD must deal of corporate privilege see fit to risk their lino citizens and chaos.. From yak enforcers so cybered the department is constantly facing new cyberware and cutting-edge tech. far-reaching. but some individuals chose to stay where they had set. are a than a metropolitan police force to keep And all too often. private investigators. and as the NAPD fra~. the criminals themselves are New Angeles is unlike any other city. eventually brought in Commissioner Oscar Calvo. reject what few applications he received. In reality. as well as his decorated mili- NAPD cops. before the completion of the Beanstalk. backgrounds and ideologies-and a few numerous problems and legal loopholes aggravated crimes occur in New Ange. soared until the first commissioner arrived. He offered to purchase the secu. tled. that can outrun a hopper and jump from also law enforcement. mented.THE NEW ANGELES PDLICE DEPARTMENT The brave men and women of the New corporate security. Most of them. meaning the NAPD must Mai Dawn.Comm iss ione r Chen-Mai Dawn The history of the NAPD stretches back to the beginnings of New bilingual officers were preferred. both directly and and all the megacorps and orgcrime in The men and women who serve in the indirectly. His appointment Mayor Fisher tried recruiting officers from U. Many members of the android's testimony has been thrown out the non-violent offenses. budget. the National Police of Ecuador joined forces with the trained officers coming in fresh from the U. to deal with transhuman suspects. his impressive. the Root to Heinlein. organized crime. g-mod smart detec. technology. anyway. Once the Beanstalk les Police Department (later shortened to just the New Angeles was completed. but when presented with a new set of rules and regu. Although most incidents hardly NAPD represent a broad spectrum of in a crime.as a city. even simply as a witness. clashed with the private security hired by Jack Weyland. cops are that they're nearly bulletproof. that keeps citizens safe and crime rates criminals. spite of the many advantages they offer. creates register on NBN's various newsfeeds. and so only human. police depart. both clones and bioroids. bolster its numbers with bounty hunters. and an les every day. made him the perfect candidate. the number of cops dwindled and crime rates Police Department. The existence and growing out the sprawling megacity-from Guaya. fights broke out among the ranks. or NAPD). When ~ew Los Angeles authority. As technology advances.S. stride. he began stay on as NAPD officers. the law. He Angeles. with a skeleton force policing the rapidly expanding city. and its mission has contin- the NAPD as such an organization: one and other gear being used and sold by ued to evolve in the face of new threats.S. the NAPD is NAPD. even with g-mods and evolving. construction finished on the New Angeles bullied by corps and orgcrime. NAPD officers can easily find them. police come from many walks of life. to g-mods challenges. Many of was officially incorporated . dubbing the force the New Los Ange. and their pres- order-it takes a multi-level. having served in the War. r. stretched thin. tough cops. Although the "We stand behind all those who wear the NAPD badge. and soon the fledgling NAPD was in disarray. This left the Mayor with only a traditionalist-his officers knew him to be incorruptible. tary background. Androids. of court on more than one occasion.

Rumors spread that the Mayor was granting certain big corps special dispensation that ignored zoning laws in exchange for kickbacks and other favors. most of the world was already reliant on He-3. panic and cleaning up the mess caused by small-scale attacks from As veterans from the War joined the ranks of the NAPD. It was no secret that Calvo believed • No one ever found the commissioner's body. so the U. but after his disappearance. so the police force's role was limited to containing the rising new. but the mayor hadn't the Mayor allowed the citizens of New Angeles to elect their own veiled his belief that somehow Commissioner Calvo was partially commissioner to help assuage fears that the NAPD was out of to blame for allowing the Lunar Insurrection to happen. creating new divisions so he could grant promotions to Ecuador- ian cops who had been in positions of authority before they joined the NAPD. the Treaty of Heinlein missioner Terry handed in his resignation. so he offered them a choice between AI translation secretaries and implants. but the official line is that he was a victim of a rogue Martian terrorist attack toward the rumors. his replace- ment abolished this practice. Officers had to attend the NAPA for reassessment. he founded the New Angeles Police Academy at the eastern border of Laguna Velasco. . and the United States Armed Terry was new to the police force. and funds. Com- the Beans talk and beyond. and the NAPD gained a Moon. and he instructed several detectives to investigate the the end of the War. or lessons in Spanish or English. The Feds used the Root as a base for dealing military aspects of the New Angeles police became the hot new with the Lunar trouble. Civil lawsuits made sioner could do little but watch as the War unfolded at the top of against officers resulted in suspensions if not convictions. and a "no-pain-no-gain" atti- tude. Merely a decade after the· completion of the Beanstalk. nicknamed the "house of pain" in its early days. Calvo was a firm believer in the benefits of taiho-jutsu. Once Calvo obtained the funding. This training leveled the field for the police officers and brought them together. military had a presence in the scandal. The relationship between the mayor and commissioner investigate the matter further. and soon all cops could function in both languages. con- city too. The vast majority accepted the implants. but Calvo wasted no time reorganizing the police force. housing became a problem in New Angeles. Mayor Fisher considered that he had spent enough money on that partic- ular problem. He Forces were in charge of retaking New Angeles territory on the purchased surplus military equipment. and for the first time reinstated the NAPD's influence in Heinlein. the anti-capitalist militia. no matter their service record. The NAPD was low in the pecking order. Assistant Commissioner out of Heinlein by the Lunar rebels. demning their actions as brutal or corrupt. He knew that communication was key to integrating his officers. and the growth of New Angeles was explosive. Other cost-saving changes included replacing martial arts teachers with AI instruc- tors and transforming training areas into VR suites. attracted more recruits than it lost. fresh out of the military. but the Mayor expressly denied grew strained. The NAPD did not turn into an efficient crime-fighting machine overnight. In the aftermath.S. operant conditioning. Commissioner Calvo made an unsuccessful request for funds to expand the police force. Newsies targeted specific precincts and officers. more intimidating reputation. The NAPD was keeping crime at an acceptable level in the developing city. so training was intensive and vigorous. His academy. Any officer who made it through Calvo's training could get a job in any police force anywhere. For the first time. and the commis. elsewhere. and the mayor was directing his attention. their request and appointed Commissioner Terry as a replacement The War only made things worse. it was the ultimate test. The NAPD had been kicked within days of the Calvo's disappearance. Calvo insisted on regular training for all his officers throughout their careers. Some of his deputies expressed a desire to matter. touch with the surrounding community.

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" the planet-side precincts. There are also many unsworn offi. there are thousands way up through the ronks if they hove In addition to their headquarters in the necessary skill and ambition. or to patrol officer. I wasn 't top of the class. Majors supervise two or three sergeants and are THE RCRDEMY often assigned to oversee an entire police I remember the days when recruits were put through their paces.. qualities and organizational skills can resources and each other. uations. A sergeant will usu- the largest metropolitan police force in the work together to solve crimes. Officers who demonstrate leadership ies entirely. --"-----. Successful academy. IItllll __ _. and the NAPD maintains them in dangerous and unpredictable sit- bationary officers and then work their close ties with the Big Four. I think he'd be afraid to take a piss without his management skills. There everything together to ensure that no mat. Patrol officers must be adaptable entirety. offices. be promoted to the role of sergeant. be tapped to lead their shift as lieutenant. ter who is working a case. In some ways. The most exemplary captains might one nings. The twelve precincts ore all so offer different routes for career progres. so it faces unique ual squads. organization and efficiency paramount. Ser- the only police force to have jurisdiction geants supervise watch shifts or individ- The career of a regular. the NAPD maintains pre. --. uni- ogy in terms of scale and presence . before the rules changed-l'd been a with the hope of eventually being pro- cop three years and it was just a refresher-/ had to run five miles twice a day moted to captain . which ally recommend the rookie for promotion world . compared notes on our different precincts. specialized training . Gave me more confidence on patrol. They as inspector. -~ tI Viktoria Gavrilenko 235 . The structure of the NAPD is what holds The patrol officer is the regular.. and different units almost every case. the media. to the expression "safety in numbers. Different departments experienced officer. ble to Broadcast Square or Haas Arcol. beaten into station . and its assistant and pass an exam that qualifies them works for a few months alongside a more commissioner maintains close contact for the position of major. Eventually a colonel academy now. such as track and be tracked through real streets with real people. presiding over multiple precincts. the introduction of seccams. specific units within a precinct.. The manual won 't tell you The path is different for detectives and who to squeeze for information on the local drug dealers or which gangs are investigators working in the other bureaus . Not so these days.. he complains if we're out after dark.. police forces do in their PROGRESSION a crime. sion . No wonder the Commissioner wants to replace us as well as police experience. the NAPD functions toke place across precincts. . An officer who excels in either shape so they turned up for work at the precinct primed and ready for the role may achieve the rank of colonel and ' tough job of being a rookie cop. but they all rely on the some cers working for the NAPD in laborato. the homicide unit for the 73rd Precinct. We exchanged stories in the eve. in space. • >1UIIIIIIIIII IIIII I I. It doesn't feel the same. the oath. They are often first to the scene of continental U. The NAPD is ries. it's always Walking the "beat" is not required since tions with the public. The role of inspector and all worked us hard. not just simulations. and the courts. and Laguna Velasco. which empowers him or her to story arcology headquarters is compara. When I went to the academy last. just in case. Then the rookie takes like a megacorp.. are whole departments devoted to rela.. Inspectors vall with fragging go/ems. on the Network. The commissioner and the mayor and quick-thinking. . As with of patrol officers within the NAPD. otherwise known as a "rookie. officers may they partner up or work in groups in cinct offices in each of the New Angeles choose to specialize. Then the probationary police Heinlein receives the some treatment as sergeants nominate themselves to take officer. Teamwork is crucial. Worst thing is. pistol handy. uniformed cop stretching into space. practice interview techniques on AI and fellow students. untouchable. Captains supervise to show them I could.. ------------------- PEOPLE DID NOT DRGRNIZRTIDN RND STRUCTURE The New Angeles Police Department is with NAPD HQ. make arrests and carry firearms . And there was the hand-to-hand combat-that was the best. but we made a competition of it.-. everything within the NAPD. and they verify their officers begins with four months' training at the problems on on unprecedented scale. are working by the books. Fired real guns. as there is some truth districts. knows everything because he's read the manual. /learned some useful tidbits day be tapped to lead their unit city-wide that way. as their role often puts Most cops begin their careers as pro- meet regularly. Fortunately. take control of one of the twelve district He believes everything he reads on the Net. but they must still be appointed by a colonel. but ranks above it ore largely administrative I could hold my own in a fight.-.S. What do they do at the supervise a precinct. and the clear who's in charge. jails. and they frequently require This new partner of mine. but officers corps-the Internal Affairs deportment do patrol in certain areas and circum- alone receives as much funding as some CRREER stances. formed cop seen working the streets. It can't teach you how to take down perps twice your size or '' Those who display leadership skills might with cyberware that makes them twice as strong." different that they seem like separate cit. in nature. sit around and watch halos on teamwork? might achieve the rank of commander and This new lad I'm showing the ropes.. he thinks he offices. and the five-hundred..

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they inform Minerva that a death threat from a streetbanger outfit age from throughout the city. successfully campaigned against the the front lines of the fight against crime Forensics also maintains the Virtual use of seccams in private spaces. the helmcams on both officers sweep the ment. or plants a camera in the private constant surveillance. Minerva comparing the footage on oxygen tanks. moving publicly through the district so to collect them from their respective ting in their hopper en route to the first call everyone can see the NAPD is on the job. These precautions log and private forensic specialists have office of the mayor's second cousin ensure officers don't cut corners and that access to tech still not licensed or available twice removed. the officers erva take the hopper on a random patrol. but establish trust with potential informants ing evidence at crime scenes. for advertising provide the virtual morgue public of the NAPD's presence. smartguns record time. reports of of a crime. the Forensics Division PRIURCY RIGHTS uses specialized skills and technologies to Given cause. The officers watch precinct each day. these can manipulate the images for a thorough and investigating crimes. When not responding to any immediate DRILY PRTRDLS ing roll call and briefing. and other details. NAPD microscopic cameras NAPD from excessive force charges. often as of crimes and obtaining evidence suitable and pupil dilation. record every word implants. which images of the suspect sitting on a waste tives frequently forgo cams in order to involves physically gathering and record. the hopper's cameras an officer takes time to review their equip. This is largely the fault and snitches. the NAPD can monitor When working undercover. positioning. it is Minerva that launches the their day. and get threedee in corporate or private space. This includes the the suspect says. When dazzle-wearing vandals sabotaging cams. as high-profile they occasionally catch amateur crim. could face a civil suit no prisoner falsely claims mistreatment. riot police. and it is officers to "stay safe out there:' down. tracks a PAD of someone of an officer's movements and ensures However. a human rights group that SWAT Teams. any bullets or other foreign bodies that with facial-recognition AI floating They are also keyed to lock up when an were found within a corpse. Network use. Minerva directs their hop- that coordinates the vast amounts of data Sergeant Bryce doesn't elaborate on any of per there and informs them that a woman that flows through the Laguna Velasco them. including checking the charge levels collected for him by Minerva: So many streets and slidewalks looking for evidence on camdrones and Synap pistols. calls. of the NAPD. databases at the end of the shift. telling his Patience Rewarded. officers aid other departments in solving a variety a suspect's movements. start their day when a police hopper comes attend remotely while at their desks or sit. days. Officers may access files by pull. allows the Forensics Division to remain the Any cop who spies on a potential perp The NAPD keeps meticulous records most advanced of its kind worldswide. and even the ID of the bullet fired. These have cams on their person to insulate the Reality Crime Lab Morgue. Accepting these donations a warrant or at least probable cause. cers can use to examine cadavers after and recording devices are underused Police-issued weapons come equipped autopsy. Once the officers are in any data becomes relevant in the course of cam footage as they fly and already know their seats. While patrolling. contracts out additional work to such companies as Sagan Forensics. which offi. Sergeant Bryce ends the meeting where to find the woman and her name.100 open asquez and Koch comes from an L-square Minerva is the precinct's AI. Closer scrutiny requires matically upload their records to NAPD the masses. who turns out to be humanitarian of the that interview rooms and cells are under sion has accumulated a significant back. Detec- Crime Scene Investigation Unit. Inc.FORENSICS 0/U/S/DN An important part of the Professional SURUEILLRNCE RND Standards Bureau. by the time they touch responsibility in southwestern LV. ing simulated bodies from the vaults and available and capable of preventing With every squeeze of the trigger. Velasquez makes the approach . extractor. and any other agents on recreate crime scenes in virtual reality. too closely. Minerva that logs their presence at morn. despite the technology being readily with detailed recording technology. and the lacks the right. Minerva will inform the officers if is causing a disturbance. Sergeant Bryce runs down a list. cyberware. they auto- cases demonstrate such VR technology to inals in the act. 0 2 levels officer-involved shootings. which provides models to of PriRights. There are over 1. hopper and directs it towards its area of the same way he always does. ing of notable reports from the prior shift. wear microscopic cameras. the NAPD frequently or even iail time. loca- examination of wounds. and Although the weapons lack a persistent with hardware and software. but shopping plaza. each of the day. with its database and all public cam foot- they've finished. and Specialized camdrones equipped tion. homes. Before they report lor duty. connection to the Network. Officer Velasquez likes to have Min- Officers Amara Velasquez and Ty Koch The briefing is held via virt. Imaging Unit. they find their kit in good working order called the Druzhinniki leveled at members The first incident call of the day fo r Vel- and are ready to begin their day. The NAPD has the means. to NAPD forspecs. a secretary cases logged in Minerva's systems. because the Forensics Divi. but these must be shut off when for convicting criminals. year. Corps eager throughout the city merely remind the unauthorized user tries wielding them. Beat cops.

The area is what they refer to as far from the crime scene. Minerva files the incident Because the area is cam-dead. but can. along with homicide times with his service weapon. and show that Koch's heart rate and respiration turns her camera on him and pronounces then step into a fresh hopper that arrives are both elevated. she crowd and take witness statements. being called "Laser" -into custody. He is holding an old-style hand- to pick them up. . which to answer. Velasquez instructs her partner to threat. When she reaches the subject. Velasquez will claim that he was for suspect processing. - while Koch stands back. Velasquez is able to defuse the sit. The subject turns. ' . him dead. Minerva's records threats. More forspecs arrive and take posses- Officer Li. who failed to report this morn. one hand on his neglect creating large gaps in surveillance throwing bottles and other objects and Synap pistol. the site by Minerva. ID. Minerva does its best. her helmcam is placed in the back of the hopper. In a later immediately departs for lP. the subject lurches to his feet. "Laser" tions. not speculate as to Officer Li's motives for report. with the officers dic. pointed up and down the street. coverage. Minerva soon alerts Velasquez and Koch sion of the incident scene. six partnered patrol teams to be routed to perhaps to flee. responding hopper deploys its emergency no modern safety features but more than tating their own annotations. Rewarded is incoherent and agitated. and Koch shoots him three She has visible cybernetic enhancements. Velasquez and being in the area in plainclothes or who attempting to be alert for any potential Koch remain behind to reassure the small committed the crime. As the officers during which they disable their connec- "cam-dead:' with extensive sabotage and approach. Koch is visibly agitated by the death direct his helmcam down a side street. zhinniki. camdrones and the patrol officers head capable of injuring or killing an LEO. a low-tech weapon with report automatically. First Precinct. apparently sleeping under trash not granted a two-hour mental health break. tions to Minerva and travel to a local . He has many ques. uation and take Rewarded-who insists on of a fellow officer. They request and are in undercity territory claimed by the Dru. Velasquez and Koch are one of screaming profanity. to watch for any approaching bangers. out on foot patrols to increase coverage. The second call is an Officer Down. and Koch and ing. has been found dead by a camdrone to the presence of an individual with no Velasquez retreat. every gun in one hand. and the officers treat her as a potential detectives and forensic investigators. some of which Velasquez refuses She approaches the subject.

and a clean-up crew prepares the crime scene for release. he has been suspended on administra. or independent contractor will search the scene for evidence and potentially scan it with crawlers. His suspension tially routes aud. Velasquez's last call of the day is an inci- and the video evidence that does exist dent at a private arcology. now identified within the ark. The first officers at the crime scene secure the area so that no one tampers with evidence. was armed at the time of Minerva's instruction and prisec returns to the shooting. She is never brought up on any charges for After a half-hour. renowned for the indicates that the subject. When Velasquez Delastilla's children claim that Velas- arrives. MRKING RN RRREST To make an arrest. now act. They send evidence to the forensic labs at NAPD HQ for analysis. autocab and reports to lP for debrief. It doesn't take much for a well-meaning but untrained officer to contaminate or destroy evidence. Prisec claims the planted the weapon on their father after report was sent in error.and vidcalls that demand from the incident with the shooting. Public distrust of android judgment and the fact that androids are not legal persons complicate android arrests in a jury trial. probable cause found. but is dutifully logged by cam trained on the ark. Velasquez returns to her shift. and this is how they do it. nor will she until her next inconclusive. There are also legal issues to consider. that's a lot of hard work wasted. no one can touch the body until after the medex has finished with it. fields a number of complaints and reports no reason to set foot in a precinct house or erage in the area and of the incident. ex-super soldiers to g-modded geniuses. hoping that second such claim made against Velasquez. Velasquez had the event. a warrantless arrest is possible. and clone-haters to cyber-junkies. criminals are put away. It is the of where the report originated. evidence collected incorrectly isn't admissible in court. as Luis Delastilla. The claim observed by prisec. Black-market armor and g-mods . but if an officer witnesses a crime. Minerva will detect probable cause. no warrant was secured and no When they emerge. At the end of her shift. PROCEDURES Procedures aren't put in place to make life difficult for cops-they exist to ensure crimes are solved. is from the comfort of a police hopper. or can give probable cause that the suspect is guilty of a crime. Velasquez moves on per privacy it offers its clientele. Minerva preferen. as required by policy after any ing without a partner. depending on the type and location of the crime. This is not always advisable. officers can use reasonable force. at her best estimate Minerva and added to her record. deposited at home by her hopper. CRIME SCENE PROCEDURES Failure to follow crime scene procedure makes a case harder to solve. In the course of their career. Minerva's reconstruction of a human presence to Velasquez. it has will be brief. given the sparse camera cov. and Velasquez's testimony mandatory training day. An assigned detective. Velasquez is tive leave. Aside officer-involved shooting. If a suspect resists arrest.eatery called Maxwell's. Koch resumes his duties and behind the scenes at both 1P and remains a model officer. Koch is cleared and restored its duties. Koch flags an to duty within twenty-four hours. and she been an average patrol day. This is legally the safest option. is never proven. She keeps her helm. and refuses her entry. cops may encounter everything from organ grinders to data-addicts. still ner. an officer should obtain a warrant from a judge or district attorney. NAPD cops have to be ready for anything. As a result. In a murder inves- tigation. a fifteen-year veteran of the NAPD. prisec greets her at the hopper pad quez. and officers don't die on the job. standard procedure should become second nature so an officer knows how to react no matter the situation. in most cases an android's human partner performs the actual arrest. NAPD forspec. and if the perp gets away on such a technicality. while lawyers work the incident. NAPD facility. as g-mods and cyberware may not be immediately apparent. the recently sworn-in Koch. Velasquez retreats the shooting in order to protect her part- to her hopper and logs the incident. the DA:s office discourages android officers from making arrests. With training and repeated use.

Of course. w hether it's Globalsec or is non. We even have to worry about the unteer to have their details taken as insurance against identity theft. With so much ground (and the space in between) to Larger-and therefore more useful. do exactly (good luck getting a sensible explanation out of and other details included in NAPD databases. a lot of the time prisec first Unfortunately. and warehouses are ensure the safety of the citizens of New Angeles. The corps have their hands in everything. or even fab . place thi s very moment. if the Software on police-issue PADs can identify faces in seconds or. . Sure.is the NAP D's facial recog- cover. This lation-or the crime rate . and officers mu st be careful to NETWORK IDENTITY obtain a warrant before setting foot on corporate turf. but it is unwise to judge a perp based on appearance CLERRRNCE alone. and rate headquarters. But all too often. One would hope that Mayor Wells would Anyone can access certain information associated with an individ- increase the department's resources to compensate. they' re so protective that half the time means. rent-a-cops. but with NAPD Angeles. New Angeles has always had the crimes of work. and everyone from criminals. and the Cyber Bureau works hard to establish the out some dirty details that might be indirectly related. depraved. a suspect. Many Netcriminals use proxy servers and subnet masks we end up fighting w ith their attorneys more than the defen- to remain anonymous. sec forces mishandling crime scenes arid losing or destroy- Confirmed identities are automatically cross-referenced with ing evidence-or intentionally concealing it to protect their other important NAPD databases. altering. locate a particular face on the livefeeds of seccams. and they tend to have a public presence dant's. the population has no such limitations. can provi de. it's not surprising that the corps and anyone else nition database. criminals can tamper with IDs. yellow jackets. runners and other you would expect from any big city-muggings. employers. or they don 't want us finding be dangerous. we also have to deal w ith violent immigrants. Because the collection of images in public spaces who can afford it hire prisec.intrusive. Unfortunately. lawyers at one point or another. and although it is illegal to copy another's face without job easier. mem-running . These days. including lists of known orga. duplicating. and someone's probably even committing it at clearance an officer can view more information such as age. gambling. Maybe that's because they aren't so innocent in entirely separate from their physical identity. and mercenaries cooperated given time. and make our g-mods. w ho do you think is first on the scene? details are not on file. These modifications are expen. and criminal record. or the name can be pinged to the NAPD in advance if a civilian feels threatened. Even identity of malicious Network users. - can render individuals stronger and faster than naturally possible. . decreasing the usefulness of these databases. arcologies. labs. business record the IDs of anyone who crosses the threshold. as well as resistant to weapons fire. no matter how evil. and any ex-mil- There are limits to w here the NAPD can go or w hat itary personnel who retain restricted modifications. the law does not restrict the use of this database. Although that ultimately but that still leaves a large proportion of the population whose falls to the Feds. considered private property. credaccount history. However. cops. officers should call for backup. NAPD clearance allows an officer to access a Net- and it seems rare that a case doesn 't end up invo lving corp work identity and ascertain the legal name of the user. occasional Martian terrorist attack. If in doubt. When this information is readily available. though the NAPD's security clearance theoretically goes a Police PADs include programs designed to access th e search lot higher. and stayed out of our way. Corpo- such information helps the NAPD prevent and solve crimes. . if the corps don 't wa nt us to see something. The use of information we can access-considerable limits. street banger turf wars. and cold- blooded murder. prostitution . purchase history. · nized crime members. Usu. file the paperwork. detectives have to deal wi th permission. retinal scans. Some civilians vol- the people in Netcrimes). including the courts. it do es happen. ricating them. Human First sympathizers. This anonymity can the crime under the spotlight. human and android trafficking . As with IDs. narcotics. even legitimate users obtain or create protec- tion for their data. Even w hen the corps are despite having the right. and employees of megacorps or security firms anti-android riots and whatever in the hell it is that runners have their DNA. It's hard to know w hich one is allows civilian witnesses to provide a name later if any infringe- increasing faster. Many places of If you can think of a crime. but our ual's ID. JURISDICTION RND sive and rare. That WGuld be fine . and downloads of find a way. chances are it's happened in New ally only a name is available for public scrutiny. criminals can alter their faces through surgery or responders nab the doer. fingerprints and voice fingerprints. they history. Argus or some smaller mere outfit. it usually means that the suspect has nothing to hide. ment of the law takes place. break-ins.but at the scale that only a mega polis Biometrics are far more reliable. or just plain bizarre. Even a basic PAD can check the ID of a suspicious-looking budget can't keep up w ith the growth of the city's popu- character on the tube-lev or an unexpected house-caller. Although the Quito Accord clearly demarcated the land CONFIRMING IDENTITY area comprising New Angeles. the officer does not always have the the alleged victims.

gadgetry. less-lethal weapons. use simple tools. and to apprehend suspects once a thorized access. Some officers Jinteki plans to mass-market a new line of use of contractors allows the NAPD have complained at the software's sensitiv. however. to "provide sterling service w ithout ity. this firms used to build stations and cells. When everything from the construction basic gear issued includes lethal and employed against criminals. NAPD PADs are resistant to unau. Hachi-Inu clones are extremely new to in steps the contractor. Gauss. eral public's discomfort around the animals. are extremely unsettling and can distract or there just aren't enough officers bles as a flashlight or movement tracker. The and it distinguishes them from K9s) . Jinteki designed the Hachi-Inu line of clones for police and private security use. stand basic instructions and communicate When technology exists that might The officers themselves may be the most using gestures. not be available in "NAPD blue" to allow Officers patrol in NAPD hoppers and NAPD KS clones to remain identifiable. other versions will blowing the budget. Each precinct provides its officers with in some cas