Today on Quantum Vibe: I shall fear no evil Strip 1095 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2015-05-15
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Lea Jean Badelles Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly
100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five
centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various
off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The
story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along
with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.
We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Program. [ Mar 1, 2021 ]
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We're back at Nicole and Li's mansion on Carme, by the poolside. Nicole, dressed in a terry-cloth robe, is doing something with her personal Screen as Li, swimming-trunked and drying himself with a towel, looks on.
Li: Will we ever give up our fantasy of gods watching over us?
Nicole: Unlikely. It seems to satisfy some deep-seated need in us. Maybe it reassures us, makes us feel more safe.
Li gestures theatrically as he speaks. Nicole shoots him a wry sideways glance.
Li: Yeah, for though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.
Li: Because I'm the meanest sumbitch in the valley.
Nicole: I guess you could say that.
Li squats down to become eye-level with Nicole.
Li: Hey, you're not turning misanthrope on me, are you?
Nicole: Of course not, darling. I love humanity.
Nicole: It's the people I can't stand.
Nicole begins a rant.
Nicole: I mean, I developed the Oresme Shield and thought I could leave it at that.
Nicole: But no! Shit-head children keep coming up with exploits to defeat it!
Nicole: Don't they realize what they're doing? The potential for annihilation they're playing with?
Nicole: We have to keep coming up with fixes. It's a race with no end!
Li puts his arm across Nicole's shoulders and busses her on the cheek.
Li: Sure. It's the same with cybernetic systems. I started out as a hacker myself once, remember?
Li: But it's a race you don't have to run anymore. Stephanie has put together a great team.
Nicole: Yeah, thank the odd gods we have a genius daughter.
Nicole leans a bit into Li's neck.
Nicole: Her smartest move was hiring Kimberly as her in-house hacker.
Li: Yeah, Kimberly finds exploits faster than anyone, so Steph's team can develop fixes before someone else can do any damage.
Nicole and Li both stand, with Li taking her hand.
Li: Well, the packers should be done by now. Shall we depart?
Nicole: You think I'm going to move half-way across the galaxy dressed like this?
Li: Why not? It will take less than an hour.
Hand in hand, they walk back towards the mansion.
Nicole: I don't go anywhere without my Sun-Shooter jacket, you know that.
Li: That's why I told the packers to leave it out with your anysuit.
Nicole: You're a wise man, Li. That's why I love you.
Li: I love you too, darling.