“What the UESC never seemed to understand, and what I could never tell them, was that Strauss was not on their side. He didn’t lend them his talent for computational engineering out of goodwill; it was all to get his real allies back on track somehow. Mars or Tau Ceti; didn’t matter which.”
So, uh, am I the first person to draw Bernhard Strauss?
My theory, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, is that he was an agent of MIDA; that’s another agent behind him, one of the many who would seek out “volunteers” for their effort in the Third Martian War. I took a fair bit of influence from Brian Horton’s “Tiny Secrets” (The Art of X-Files, 1998).