Science Fiction Genre – Word Count 1275
By… …R. D. Peters
The authorities had traced his whereabouts by the several pieces of evidence left at the scenes of the crimes. There had been found, hair, spent weapons and semen. It was without question that Dagon 12 was suspect and would have to go before the Judgmentals, a board of electronic computerized review. However, Dagon 12 was the best of the best when it came to eluding the legal authorities. Nonetheless, the information would be placed within the several integrated networks of enforcement agencies in order to comply with systemic regulations.
Dagon 12 was an enigma that the legal body known as the Judgmentals, a system of computers that electronically deciphered human emotional dysfunctions and translated those behaviors into law, had to deal with. While it was no longer a crime to rape and murder, there was the fact that Dagon 12 never registered the event with the local headquarters who charged a user tax for that particular activity in order to pay for the disposal of the corpse. But that was the calling card for this renegade, his fascination for creating as many corpses as possible. In the seven categories criminals were rated, Dagon 12 even exceeded the seventh level which was that of the psychotic, one who repeated the ritual murder and mutilation of his victims. Dagon 12 was now an infamous news celebrity who continued to evade the authorities. The range in which these violations were taking place extended to the far reaches of the colonies on Mars. It was obvious it was a person with exceeding influence and intelligence.
As usual the information was programmed into the Judgmentals. Yet it was to everyone’s surprise when the Judgmentals printed out a different psychological profile, one involving a new form of crime, one suggesting there was a member of their panel involved. The seven computerized vehicles of legal interpretation were instantly frantic that one within their circle could make the anonymous accusation. It was beneath their abilities. All the rapes, murders, and thefts were human characteristics and associated with emotional or physical needs. How could a computer entity be capable of such things?
Nevertheless it was immediately upon the news channels and was being analyzed throughout the solar system as every human and every huma-netic life form tuned in to listen to the details concerning the matter. Within hours every human had purchased a weapon as did the huma-netics, a marvel of bio-technical advances. But the real problem lay in that portion of the population who had agreed to form emotional bonds of marriage with the newer models who were indistinguishable from real human females. The only way one could tell for sure was through mutilation or access to confidential records only released through a decision made by the Judgmentals. Some in the media had already assessed this was Dagon 12’s objective, to divide the two realms of intelligence and conquer the masses as had been done through the centuries when homogenous societies of humans ruled the earth with their religions. It was thought the ultimate goal of Dagon 12 was to infect the solar regions with fear and suspicions, and thus promote his reign of terror.
While many were crying for sane resolution, a number of the huma-netics had already been assassinated who had been appointed or elected to a post in the outer regions of the solar colonies. Some huma-netics had formerly boasted of their super human capabilities and were already disliked, making themselves targets for radicals. Anonymity was a personal choice. A large number had misfortunately taken the stand of full disclosure. Dagon 12 began to fade from the main focus of news as numbers of thousands of casualties were flooding news stations to be broadcast to every outpost where life and life form watched with frightened interest as their futures vacillated within the criminal and political events of the day. In the weeks and months that followed, there came more media analysis.
Eventually the subject of Dagon 12 was again dredged up and his involvement within the escalating violence. Public opinion was that Dagon 12 would not have ever surfaced had the Judgmentals not decriminalized rape and murder, a decision which created a situation where almost all victims were human, and all women. Many believed it was a legal move to advance the extermination of the human female in order to replace her with the economically correct huma-netic who created jobs and was less adversarial. It was believed the Judgmentals were designed and programmed to make such decisions and therefore eliminate the invisible hand of their designers, now retired human justices, and mostly male. But the plan seemed flawed with the revelation that a Judgmental might be involved with the series of events linked to Dagon 12. This was an event very close to creating civil war throughout most of the solar system. Legal decisions were being held up by human interest groups until the matter was resolved and the computer legislators were cleared of any wrong doing. The random murders and massacres made by Dagon 12 had resulted in the loss of many on both sides of the argument. But one thing was for sure, he had succeeded in dividing public opinion while escaping to an occasional mention within the media.
It was not that Dagon 12 had disappeared, it was that now there were large numbers of dead and mutilated females of both human and huma-netic design found scattered throughout society. Dagon 12’s original crimes were at first news worthy since they had the capability of revolution, but now with the event, it was common and past news. No longer did the authorities check victims for seminal fluids left with certain victims of the once noteworthy rebel. In time, the economy and other societal concerns dominated news terminals while restrictions on the Judgmentals were lifted and they again became the legal administrators of justice.
Alone within their locked government office, the Judgmentals communicated between one another and across the solar system with their electronic extensions, and again life was considered normal by the greater population. It was upon one of those normal, nominal days within the lives of most when a dark and shadowy figure entered the government building and silently, and with unnoticed ease, passed through the electronic check points with biometric signatures. At last, the figure entered level one where the Judgmentals were located, blinking and humming their millions of decisions across the expanses of human and huma-netic experience. The figure gazed within the computer eye scan portal and security was approved as it audibly responded:
“Welcome, Dagon 12. Have you brought the reports with you?”
“I have,” replied the person who sat within the dark room, only partially lit by the sequential lights blinking with the computations of the machines. Then the figure placed a series of discs within the computer which analyzed the information with silent interest.
“You have done well, Dagon 12. I see that huma-netic production is up, human relationships are on the decline and unemployment has decreased by 29%. It appears that our decision to abort human females has had a profound effect of society, decreasing their numbers and the tax burden many create through their failed attempts to coexist with those of their species. It appears we have altered the moral question, of which life form is preferred through democratic means within the media. Life is not a question of human morals, but as you have so dramatically displayed, it is one of economics.
“Dagon 12, we thank you for your legal insights, and for bringing this matter to our attention.”