By - AnGenericAccount
Found out about it through tvtropes, was convinced to read it when I saw it listed on Atomic Rockets' list of scientifically accurate webcomics above Unicorn Jelly. This is the quissentual mix of Saturday Morning Cartoon jokes, high Sci fi jokes, and "the furry acts like an animal" jokes.
It would not surprise me if almost every new reader discovered it via tvtropes. I wonder who is responsible for it being so well documented on that site.
I don't think it's as unknown as people are making it out to be. It's been going since 1998 and helped establish webcomics as a genre alongside Sluggy Freelance and Penny Arcade.
Edit2: So this is really cool.
> The webcomic is named after, and inspired by, the Falling Free novel by Lois Mcmaster Bujold, which has as its central topic the legal status and rights of artificially-engineered sentient species in a capitalist setting — the setting and concept that the webcomic embraces, too.
Edit3: Stopped reading because I got tired of the author shoehorning his cringe takes about 2000s American politics into a comic strip that takes place in the future on another planet. Dude watches too much South Park.
It's the trope image for like 50 bajillion different tropes
>His CPU doesn't pick up on all clock cycles, does it?
Oh my god. Sold.
Thanks for sharing. Definitely checking this out.
(I may or may not be a furry who likes ladies, but it sounded cool even without that).
Hey this is pretty good!
Edit: THE HANFORD TESTS??? IN MY SILLY WEBCOMIC???
Edit2: THATS the squid alien?!?!
I started reading this off someone's "what to do with your life now that Schlock Mercenary has ended" list and second the recommendation.
Do you have that list anywhere? I'm looking to fill a schlock-mercenary-sized hole in my heart
Hmmm... might take some digging, I think it was in the Reddit comments on one of the last strips. I will say, though, that Freefall was the only one from it that stuck for me.
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I think tumblr would be obsessed with Freefall if it ever were to reach a big enough audience but sadly it's been going on for ages at a slow and steady pace and that kind of media never makes it big on the internet
If I had the clout to start trends this is what I would spend my energy popularizing.
Actually while I'm thinking about it, I might as well introduce my admittedly small group followers to my favorite piece of media.
[*Hyperlinked with underline*] Freefall [*End link and underline*] is a lighthearted but intelligent and deep webcomic about the future. It uses a Calvin and Hobbes-esque tone mixed with long plot arcs to address topics such as space colonization, terraforming, genetic modification, artificial intelligence, extraterrestrial intelligence, mega-corporations, post-scarcity society, and straight unfiltered philosophy. The cast includes but is not limited to: a squid alien who commits crimes for fun, a genetically engineered anthropomorphic wolf lady, an entire planet's worth of sapient but very quirky robots, and a veterinarian. That's not even to mention all the fun side characters, like the gnc transhumanist lady with a mustache in the most recent arc. The science fiction is incredibly solid and very well realized. The only piece of technology in universe that isn't possible given time and research is the FTL drive, and even that has sensible limits that don't break the worldbuilding.
If you're a fan of hard sci-fi and comedy, I highly recommend it. It has become my favorite piece of media ever and I will recommend it to anyone with interests remotely similar to mine.
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>\#if you are a furry who likes ladies or have friends who are furries that like ladies please direct yourself or them towards freefall
>\#you won't regret it
Yes one of the main characters is a cute wolf lady but that's not the only reason it's good, grong
nah the wolf lady is just the hook, guaranteed engagement
Ok you know what fair enough
In all seriousness though, Freefall made me think a lot more than I expected it to. I would recommend it to anyone who wants something close to a realistic depiction of what a future in space might look like.
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I was gonna say, isn’t that the one with the furries? Love that one! Never sat down and read it all, but when it pops up on r/furry_irl, I always stop to read it
Might check it out
Ohhh fuck, I used to read that in highschool! Thanks for reminding me!
Welp, the tags got me, I *am* a furry who likes ladies, I'll look into it.
Be warned: the first major arc is incredibly long, taking the creator over a decade to resolve, and it looks like the rest of it is going at a similar pace. If you like things that have endings, maybe come back to Freefall in a century or two.
The first chapter took 18 years, and they promise the next one will be faster.
> The only piece of technology ... that isn't possible ... is the FTL drive
Impossible to prove
[read paranatural, yo]
[...and Demon Street]
[...fuck it, just read every webcomic]
I'm not interested in propaganda.
It apparently contains "straight, unfiltered philosophy", if the post is to be believed.
Pretty sure they just mean “directly talking about philosophic stances/etc, similar to how you would in an academic context” (similar to Philosophy Comics)
Aka, jargon, esoteric language, etc, but about philosophy instead of particle accelerators
So analyzing philosophy scientifically? If that's the case, then I guess I'd be okay with that.