Wetwire: Visionaries Parts One-Three Collected
by Erik Rodgers
“Ever since scientists discovered that some people’s brains could be enhanced with an ESP-like ability to see into the future, they have been trying to improve the ability. Usually by experimenting on clones. Basically, they’re trying to build a better brain. That’s how they created L-42869- the most valuable piece of technology ever.
“L-42869 isn’t a device— she’s a clone. More specifically, she’s a WetWire - a clone that’s farmed for experimentation. Harvested from a genetic strand that produces these ESP-like abilities (called PRESCIENTS), L-42869 can do more than just glimpse the future. She can slip into it, even shape it. Only now she’s been stolen from the Farm. This is where I come in. Who am I?
“I’m Adam. Until yesterday I was a Zone Enforcer. Now they’ve enlisted me to track down L-42869. Why me? Well I’m a Prescient clone as well, only I’m from the First Generation. One of the few left. They let us have regular lives. Turns out that was a bad idea. We had emotional issues that clouded our minds and made us ineffective. But that wasn’t the worst of it.
“It turns out that all clones suffer from an illness called ASP- Anti-simeostasis Pathology- the overwhelming desire to kill other clones like you so that you can be ‘original’. They discovered this 15 years ago when us First Gens all went crazy and started the GREAT CRISIS. So now they keep clones in separate regional Zones, so that we don’t interact and, well, try and kill each other.
“Not all the Clones obey the law, though. Some remove their Zappers and jump the Borders. Others join a cult called GERTRUDE’S GARDEN where they try to brainwash themselves into loving one another. Creepy stuff. Anyway, they think that it was the Gardeners who stole L-42869. Rumor has it that the Gardeners think that L-42869 will become their new leader, and spark an uprising to free the clones and overthrow the EGOS.
“Egos, by the way, are what we call natural born humans. They think they’re better than everyone else. And they run everything. Will they be overthrown by the clones someday? I hope so. Not because I think that’ll make anything better. I think that if it ever happens, then the clones will finally blow everyone up and end this whole improbable and useless thing they call life.
“Well, anyway, what’s an outdated and emotionally troubled First Gen to do?”
- Erik Rodgers, January 2012
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