10/30/23 – Choan Has Arrived

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 30, 2023.


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She is so good as assessing!


    1. Hexrowe

      Well, she clearly has _some_ empathy, considering she’s more than once risked her own life and well being for those of others with no expected profit, it’s just not as deeply felt as some people. So, limited.

      1. Zeebob Thoomquist III, Esquire

        Oh, I dunno, I kinda think that Choan feels plenty of joy and amusement in her life. It rather looks like that’s what she lives for — doing it for the shits and giggles, as it were. 🙂

  1. Totematika

    I’m so used to people look at me like panel 5, but they usually have more eyes.

    Also by now I learned not to make that face in panel 4, cause it makes people try to avoid me for some reason.

    Not sure if I’m just more socially functional than Choan, or simply less smart.

  2. russell

    She’s basically a high functioning autistic.

    There are some like her on earth. Read about one such, good with electronics. Designed some amplifiers for Deep Purple I think it was.

    Called the Savant syndrome. Some of the low functioning ones used to be called Idiot Savants.

  3. Coyoty

    “That was placement testing. We were assessing where we should place you.”
    “Oh! You want to train me in one of your institutions?”
    “Ah, yes, we want to place you in an institution. A remote one.”

  4. Griffin

    Yea. Saw it coming this sorta way somehow… Let’s see if she actually learns from it instead of brushing it off. (Though her effort to save her people does suggest she learned *something*).

  5. Pete Rogan

    Well, we knew this about Choan, when? Two weeks ago? And we knew from the start that the Stribs could dope the Bupillions like hayseeds from Lower Back Pain, Arkansas. So if this is what they meant to illumine for her, it’s a wasted trip.

    Worse, it lowers my estimation of the Bupillions quite a bit. If they already knew she was a construct, a deliberately-diminished being artificially augmented to technological superiority, then they should have known they could expect no event to alter her basic deconstructed biology. I mean, really! Ruddock had a greater impact on Choan’s thinking by biting her leg and asking to be returned home.

    The Bupillions thus have less understanding of Choan than Ruddock. How much does anyone want to bet the Bupillions will do no better than to send her home with her ill-gotten tech and failed insight? They don’t seem to have anything else in mind. No wonder the Stribs cheated them of so much.

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