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First Seen: Mon 2019-05-06
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Gus Mendes
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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 1946

Panel 1
The whole gang is in a flying tractor pulling a wagon. Wendy and Bob are on the tractor and the rest are huddled together in a seat-less flying trailer.

Caption: Wendy was gracious enough to let me have my break (and Areum, too). Then we clambered into a rather graceless machine.
Wendy: Sorry to make you ride in the wagon. My mini-bus is in the repair shop.
Panel 2
Diana shades her eyes against the overhead lights as she gazes out over a 'field' of growing victuals extending to a negatively curved horizon. Areum is sitting next to her.
Caption: At least I got to view for real the vast, emerald waves of, uh, ornikale or tomaccoli or whatever that was. I just wished it wasn't so farckin bright.
Areum: Why does Bob make you nervous? He doesn't seem aggressive.

Panel 3
Now we can also see Alyss sitting with the other two. Maybe the backs of the Martello brothers' heads. Alyss responds to Areum's question.
Alyss: I met Diana on a slave world ruled by demented arti-folk, and Bob resembles one of their enforcer-bots.
Alyss: An enforcer flash-fried my hand and was about to kidnap a small group of us when Diana bashed its brains out with a shovel. And so we escaped.

Panel 4
Areum is looking at Diana with a bit of awe. Diana looks uncomfortable. Dominic hooks a thumb at her and is talking to Guido.
Areum: You … never mentioned that.
Diana: I don't like to talk about it.
Dominic: What'd I tell you? Under that meek exterior is the heart of a lioness.
Guido: Hey, you're always lion about the women you like.

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