Before I start with some new content, I’d like to share an awesome web comic I found recently. http://falsepositivecomic.com/
It is an anthology of fantasy & science fiction accompanied by gorgeous artwork and great storytelling. The stories have a Philip K. Dick feel to them while still being pretty original. Some storylines and characters end up intertwining throughout the anthology. I recommend it, and I’m subscribed and awaiting more.
In the meantime, I’ve been fairly busy with my day job, and finding time to get writing or even artwork done is left only so much time during the week. I got the idea to have a few of my characters to have philosophical discussions as a serial feature on the blog. These chats may or may not end up in the novel project they’re associated with, but it gives a bit of insight into the thoughts of the characters themselves and how they interact with each other. Some discussions reflect my own meanderings on certain topics, as well as events the characters may be enduring.
So I give you the first iteration of Random Character Chats.
This chat occurs between two characters; Daya, a female operative trained since childhood, and Tark, a genetically engineered male chimpanzee operative.
Daya: “Why do you think it is we choose savagery even when we know better? Even when we have all the foresight to see where it leads?”
Tark: *Shrugs* “Because we’re still animals. The only real difference being that we mask our savagery with subtlety, under the guise of being ‘civilized’. Even as a genetically altered chimpanzee, I’m still given to moments of heightened aggression. Though, I probably have a little more impulse control than my wild cousins. I think it’s in the wiring. Not much can undo millions of years of evolution, and aggression is a key part of why both our species got this far.”
Daya: “So, in other words, we’re doomed because we’re aggressive assholes?” *Laughs dryly*
Tark: “Yep, pretty much.”
Daya: “Gives me such hope for the future…”
Tark: “Don’t give up, Sunshine. There’s still a slim chance that at some point someone could change the game. Someone who makes a sacrifice to transcend biological constraints, and maybe lead us all to become something better. Hopefully, something with the conviction to heed its own foresight.”
Daya: “That’s a hell of a thought.” *Stares at Tark*
Daya: “You really are the most insightful ape I know.”
Tark: *Grunts sarcastically at Daya* “Shut it. I’m the ONLY insightful ape you know.”
That’s all for now. Will get more chats up soon, maybe some artwork if I can. Thanks for reading!