Today on Quantum Vibe: Unavoidable side-effect Strip 151 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2011-07-18
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Mondays.
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.
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Nicole, Seamus and the Pilot inside the shuttle. Nicole is peering at her holographic display.
Nicole: Okay, we're at the 250 meter mark – now.
Seamus: Hit the lowest left icon, and a requester for range should come up.
Seamus: Set it at 50 meters.
Focus on Pilot, we can see Seamus behind him.
Pilot: I have just lost the beacon to Ishtar.
Pilot: Also, I've lost radar. What gives?
Seamus: I'm afraid this is an unavoidable effect of my EM-shield.
Focus on Nicole and her display. She still sees multiple blips on her screen but they look different.
Nicole: I'm still seeing the traffic – but it looks different.
Seamus: Ah, very good!
Closer shot on Nicole, looking confused.
Nicole: But what am I – hey, wait a minute!
Nicole: There's a new blip that wasn't there before – 12 hundred klicks away and closing at 7 klicks per second!
Close-up on Seamus, grinning triumphantly.
Seamus: AH-HA! I knew it!
Seamus: They can cloak their radar signature but they can't hide their mass.
Looking forward in the shuttle cabin from the rear – we see that one of the covered boxes has glowing lights showing through the tarp covering.
Pilot: Your device can detect gravitic-field displacements that small?
Seamus: Indeed it can.
Seamus: I developed it to detect small asteroids but this application works as well.
Exterior of the shuttle, rocketing through space, now it has a faint bubble around it.
Pilot: But why the EM-shield?
Seamus: Unless I miss my guess, our interlopers are trying to take control of your shuttle remotely, via wireless.
Three-shot of Nicole, Pilot and Seamus inside the shuttle, focus on Pilot and Seamus.
Pilot: To what end?
Seamus: Most likely to board and kidnap us. We have valuable information.