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Strip 1121 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Need to blow off some steam
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First Seen: Fri 2015-07-03
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Lea Jean Badelles
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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.

Quantum Vibe: This Means War (Part 1) - By Scott Bieser

Remembering L. Neil Smith [ Sep 6, 2021 ]

L. Neil Smith and Scott Bieser in 2009 after receiving the Prometheus Award for The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel.

I've been having a hard time putting words down here. This is my third attempt at putting together a suitable, or at least coherent, collection of remarks about my friend who discorporated this last August 27th.

I use the term discorporated because that was a euphemism favored by Robert A. Heinlein, the grand master of classic sci-fi who was the author Neil most admired and sought to model his own work upon. It seems appropriate here. One of Neil's most-prized possessions was a letter he received, early in his career, from RAH himself, who told the younger Neil that he had found the correct balance of action, romance, and philosophy in his stories.

I've only known Neil since the late 1990s (which was HOW many years ago? Geebus) but he had a fairly large impact on my life. I found him via The Libertarian Enterprise web-magazine and presumptuously sent a graphic of The Bill of Rights bursting through the Eurostyle don't do this symbol which I'd rendered out in 3D Studio Max, and was an improvement on the low-rez drawing he had put together himself.

So we exchanged e-mails and I made some more art for him on occasion and next thing I knew we were making The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel together and then I had moved from southern California to Cheyenne, Wyoming, partly to be closer to him as we collaborated on Roswell, Texas and Phoebus Krumm. However. after that Neil wanted to do a sequel to Roswell but I'd gotten tired of the 1950s and wanted to make stories set in the future – which I did when I embarked on my own QUANTUM VIBE series.

Were it not for Neil I don't think there would be a QUANTUM VIBE, or at least nothing closely resembling it. I learned much about storytelling by working with him, and by our association I acquired the core of an audience which sustains me to this day.

We remained friends and I continued to drive the 50 miles from Cheyenne to Fort Collins to hang out with him in the bleachers of the local ice-skating rink, where we chatted while also watching Neil's wife and daughter skating on the ice. On occasion I brought my sons down to join with them and I hope I wasn't too embarrassing as I stumbled around.

But then my wife, E.J., discorporated 40 years early and my family in Texas beckoned my sons and me home to heal, which we did. Neil continued writing stories, maintaining his optimism despite his declining health – he once told me he intended to be the world's first 400-year-old diabetic. I had hoped to return to Fort Collins once or twice to visit, but circumstances prevented me from making the trip, even for his Libertarian Futurist Society Lifetime Award acceptance in 2016.

Another friend of mine likes to speak of having an immortality project, something one does while in the world that makes an effect that continues after one has gone. Neil's immortality project, aside from his daughter Rylla, was his stories, which deserve to be remembered long after all of us have discorporated, ourselves.

-- Scott Bieser

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Transcript For Strip 1121

Panel 1
Bok is leaning against a wall in a corridor, talking on a, yes, smartphone. Although on this world they call these devices 'handys'.
Bok: Hey Zander, it's Bok. You make it home yet?
Zander (electronic, from handy): A little while ago. The power came back on not quite two ekostas after you, uh, left.
Zander: Fortunately the door closed itself, and nobody asked where you were.
Panel 2
Bok begins walking along the corridor.
Zander: Mom is on the warpath, though, wondering where I've been.
Bok: What, why didn't she call your handy?
Zander: I, uh, forgot to turn it back on after class. You know the rule about handies.
Bok: No blitz. Well, anyway, I'm coming by, if that's cool.
Panel 3
Cut to: Zander in his room. He's sitting at a workstation console in his bedroom, has a headset on.
Zander: Coming by? Why?
Bok (electronic): After today we need to blow off some steam. Party at Giovanni's.
Zander: But that's in Tower Five. How do we get there?
Panel 4
Bok is approaching the door to Zander's apartment.
Bok: Your old man's buggy, of course. I got my cert, remember?
Zander (electronic): Why would he, uh, lend us his buggy?
Bok: Leave that to me, glasshoppa.
Zander: I hate it when you call me that.
Panel 5
In Zander's apartment: Bok is speaking with Zander's parents, Nidas and Olypi, as Zander stands to the side, with that anxious aspie look.
Nidas: You want to use my cart?
Bok: There's a study group planned for the history class we're both in, in Tower Five.
Nidas: Why do you have to go so far? Can't you do this over the network?
Bok: Sure, but, well, Zander could use more, um, human contact, given his condition, wouldn't you agree?
Panel 6
Closer shot on the four. Bok is holding up a card for Nidas to see.
Nidas: I can't argue with that, and I appreciate what you do for him, but
Bok: And I have my certification, see?
Bok: With the radial rails being spotty in the evenings, it would really be safer to have personal transportation, wouldn't it?
Nidas: Well, all right. But be careful on the road, and get back here before 17, understood?

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