KRQT/Io Channel 17
Civilian TV news broadcast
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a very special day for all of us here at Io's Channel 17 News. Ever since the
government established the Io colony as the Nexus 6 proving grounds, Io has
been a center of controversy for some time. But today, members of the Tyrell
Corporation, the FCA, and the Army have agreed to stop by and give us
permission to interview them in order to shed a little light on the Nexus
project. Sitting to my right, we have Stephen Wauldron, division head of the
FCA on Io; Colonel Tannhauser, base commander of Ft. Orion; Daniel Frey and
Joshua Foster, who are civilian instructors that work with the Replicants on
the daily basis. And last, but most certainly not least, we have Richard
Halford, department chief of Tyrell's Io division. Thank you all for coming
Halford, can you give our audience a little background on the Replicants that
are stationed on Io?"
Halford gave a
smile to the reporter. "The Replicants are a Nexus 6 model, built by the
Tyrell Corporation. They are a very genetically advanced human clone, and
thanks to our implant technology, can be pre-programmed for whatever job that's
"But why use a clone? Many would argue
that robotics would be a much better pursuit, given some of the conditions that
the Replicants are expected to be working in."
and began a thoughtful answer. "There are many good arguments for robotics,
but the main one I would point out is that the current state of technology for
robots is just not that advanced yet. Some day it will be, but for right now,
it's just not there. With Genetics, we're dealing with a proven science that
has been around since Adam and Eve, and at the Tyrell Corporation, we've
perfected a way to speed it up, and mass produce it to a higher degree of
“Another thing to consider is that, with
robotics, you'd have to develop an entire line of machinery that would be
usable by the robots. The tools they would need, whatever transportation they
would require - all of these things would have to be specially manufactured
towards the individual type of robot. When you stop and think of all the
different companies out there that have tried to pursue robotics, you'd be
running into a lot of logistics problems of making sure that the robots had
what they needed to function properly.
Replicants, it's a lot simpler. They can work with any type of machinery that
any human can, which means that they'd be able to use what's already there,
what we already use now. This saves an incredible amount of resources, time and
then turned to Wauldron. "Professor Wauldron, thanks for appearing on our
"Thanks for having me."
"Your job is to evaluate the Replicants, and
determine if they are safe to use, am I correct?"
"So tell us, in your opinion, are they living up
"Well...we've still got more tests to run, but so
far they really have done well. Right now we've got them doing a lot of mining
duties that ordinarily would have been done by companies."
"But when will they begin taking on some of the
military duties or some of the civilian jobs?
Most of our viewers are watching this while they're on the job, because
of the manpower crisis. Many people are
complaining about working sixteen hour shifts just to keep up with their
workloads, and expect the Replicants to start relieving some of the load."
nodded. "Right now we're understaffed as well. But to those people I would
say please be patient, it's very important that we make sure the Replicants are
completely safe for the civilian population on Io to co-exist with. They have
done well, and I don't think it will be very long before they are able to start
doing some of the jobs that are done by the civilians right now."
Tannhauser, do you feel they will be able to do any of the duties currently
done by the military forces on Io?"
right now, we are teaching them some things that most privates go through in
boot camp, like marching, military protocol, and physical exercise...But until
we get the final verdict from the FCA, I won't sign off on the orders to train
them with weapons. And this is for their safety as well as ours."
Tannhauser's reply was drenched in his southern accent.
certainly put in a lot of effort around the base, given the size of the base
walls and the amount of firepower you've installed in them. If it's okay, I'd
like to show the viewers a clip we made earlier, which shows the capabilities
of some of the base's defenses."
The TV screen behind them quickly flashed to a picture of the news
crew, Colonel Tannhauser, and Daniel. Daniel held Jacob up by his falconry
gauntlet. Jacob let out a little squawk, really just wanting to stretch his
wings and chase mice.
everyone knows, this is just a demonstration of the automated tracking systems
here on the base, I wouldn't hurt a feather on Jacob here for anything..."
Tannhauser nodded over to Daniel, who removed Jacob's helmet and released the
over to where Foster was standing, also wearing a gauntlet. Mounted in the
walls surrounding them, huge wall-mounted automated multi-barreled chain guns
followed and tracked Jacob as he swooped down alongside the gate. Jacob swooped
down alongside the wall, practicing his dive attacks, but then quickly shot up
towards Foster's arm. The wall mounted guns followed Jacob independently. Tannhauser looked back towards the control
tower and signaled for the crew to stop tracking. The guns retracted inside
their orb mounts.
"Wow, very impressive, Colonel," the
reporter exclaimed. "Is it true that the men stationed here have named
this ‘Tannhauser Gate’?"
suppose they did...Not my idea, but it's an honor given all the hard work they
put into making all the systems work. These computers can track up to
seventy-five different targets on their own, without any assistance from the
controllers if need be. It took a lot of
work to get all that set up and running right, so I had to ride a lot of backs
until it was done. But they did a great job, as you can tell," Tannhauser
stated, with a little pride.
began in the audience. The reporter motioned for the clip to stop.
"What a gorgeous bird. Does the bird belong to
you?" he asked, looking towards Daniel. "How long have you had
He's a few years old, they couldn't tell me for certain. His name is
"Jacob...what a great display. What prompted you
to take a bird all the way to Io?"
"The vets on earth told me he wouldn't live long
on earth, with the way things are going, with the environment and all."
"What a great bird. So I understand you both are
instructors to the Replicants here on Io?"
sort of. We've basically been managing their work in the mines for now, but
actually I was supposed to instruct them in basic infantry. But they haven't
been signed-off for weapons training, so for right now I am helping out with
the mining operation."
what's your take on the Replicants? I understand you and Mr. Foster have been
working very closely with them. Are they ready to be allowed to mix with the
rest of the population on Io yet?"
"Well.." Daniel looked
over at Tannhauser and Wauldron, knowing full well he really couldn't divulge
too much. "I'm not at liberty to say very much, but can tell you that they
have worked very hard, and have done a good job." Foster nodded as Daniel
gave his answer.
broke the silence. "I would like to make this offer on camera."
Wauldron and Tannhauser shot each other a quick glance, bracing themselves for
what might come next.
like to use this opportunity, on camera, to ask both the FCA chief and Io's
base commander to give this station the opportunity to interview a Replicant,
so they can see for themselves that there is no danger, and also to show the
viewers at home where their hard earned tax dollars are going."
eyes went a little wide, and Tannhauser just covered his mouth. Neither one was
ready for Halford's proposal, but at the same time neither one could justify not allowing it.
how about guys? It would be a wonderful chance to show everyone back on earth
what all the fuss is about."
"Well...Yes, I can see that happening in the near future."
Wauldron tried to hide his reluctance, doing his best acting job.
looked back at the camera, and gave a phony smile. "That will have to
suffice us for now. We're out of time, but again, thanks to FCA Chief Stephen
Wauldron, Io's commanding officer Colonel Tannhauser, base instructors Joshua
Foster and Daniel Frey."
the HELL was he thinking..." Tannhauser grumbled as he paced Wauldron's
office. Wauldron propped up his legs
over his desk, looked inside a drawer and pulled out a bottle of bourbon, and a
couple of shot glasses. He filled one and offered it to Tannhauser, and then
began to fill one for himself.
I don't drink." Tannhauser lamented as he quickly swallowed the shot.
Wauldron savored his for a moment, then finished it.
another shot to Tannhauser, who reluctantly accepted. Wauldron could tell there
was something else on his mind.
"It's the immigration deadlines. People really
don't want to immigrate, but they're trying to sell the colonies like it's some
golden ticket to living the life they had before Terminus."
briefly thought about things as he poured himself another shot. He clicked on
the TV set in his office, which started showing a news clip of politicians
gearing up for the next set of elections. He took another drink, but this time
a little more slowly.
the feeling that changes are coming our way, Tann. People are angry. And I mean
fed up. They're fed up with living in areas that can barely support an
environment, they're fed up because they've got to work seven days a week,
they're fed up because they have to eat fish and rice instead of steak and
potatoes, and they’re fed up being told to stay in because the rain every other
day might be poison." He looked over at Tannhauser, who was listening and
aren't ready, Tann. I can't prove that scientifically or psychologically, but
we need more time to work with them. And when I say 'them', I mean the humans
as well as the Replicants. If we can't properly evaluate them, we have also had
no way of preparing ourselves to safely work around the Replicants, without
saying or doing something that jars their psyche. And before you know it, the
pentagon will have us sticking rifles in their hands."
He pointed a
thumb back at the election coverage. An extremely angry, overtly religious
neo-conservative representative spouted off his displeasure with the lack of
progress on Io, and was demanding that funding be cut off.
"This will not make it any easier. When you get
this many people fed up, there's going to be changes."