Today on Quantum Vibe: Real space-time Strip 2028 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2019-12-02
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
Dark plans fall like thunderbolts.
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.
Updates delayed by Thundersnow [ Feb 21, 2021 ]
Scott's home and studio were without electric power for three days after the freak winter ice/snow storm hit Texas last week. That plus needing a day to recover and recuperate has eaten up his buffer of strips and put him a week behind schedule. We regret that a one-week pause in uploads is unfortunately necessary.
A large, long, dark asteroid is barely visible against the stellar background. Some speed lines to indicate it's moving along its length, in ¾ aspect to foreground-right
Caption: In the year 568 SA, the invention of the Oresme-Murphy Discontinuous Displacement Engine made instantaneous travel between distant locations, even across millions of light-years, not only possible, but common-place.
Caption: As one result, technology enabling swift travel through real space-time languished.
The asteroid is now seen in side-view. We can see a bit of machinery on the back end of it.
Caption: Gravity drives only work well in the vicinity of large masses. Solar sails only work well near bright stars.
Caption: Fusion and ion drives are limited by the amount and weight of the fuel they can carry. More fuel means more mass means more fuel required to achieve a desired rate of acceleration.
The asteroid is now moving away.
Caption: For such practical reasons, the fastest spacecraft rarely exceed one-tenth of light-speed – roughly 30,000 kilometers per second.
Caption: And achieving that speed requires 3 Standard days of acceleration at more than 10 times the gravity of Old Terra. Across 4.5 billion kilometers.
The asteroid is farther away now.
Caption: However, if one wants to accelerate a large mass up to a large fraction of light-speed, within a reasonable time-frame, the Displacement Engine does offer part of a solution.
Caption: But using it does require some patience. Plus, a willingness to risk oblivion.