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Strip 2041 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Tapa Por Deus
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First Seen: Mon 2020-01-06
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
Dark plans fall like thunderbolts.
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Quantum Vibe

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 2041

Panel 1
A very dour Bok is presenting a newscast, appearing in front of his Las Noticias Indelicadas logo (which is a bit different now.

Large text behind Bok: Tapa Por Deus?
Bok: It is now two days since the event some are calling the 'God-Strike', and we have updated casualty numbers..
Bok: Everyone and every thing inside Villa-Lobos Sphere, which took the direct hit, is gone. That number is 152,329 persons.
Panel 2
Closer shot on Bok

Bok: The adjacent spheres – Merielles, Cavalcanti, Portinary, Garibaldi, and De Sousa, show 1.2 million dead, with 475,231 persons injured but surviving.
Bok: As for the dead, so far more than 827 thousand back-ups have been recovered, so they might be resurrected.
Bok: However since most people keep their back-ups in or near their homes, the residents of Villa-Lobos, along with the less fortunate in the adjacent spheres … belong to the ages.
Panel 3
A high-angle shot of a make-shift emergency medical center. Patients on beds, doctors and nurses bustling about tending to them.
Caption (Bok): Make-shift medicos have been set up in unaffected spheres to handle the unprecedented number of injured, but they are being overwhelmed.
Caption: Anyone with medical skills who is able to assist is urged to contact Hermanos Unidos, Ajuda de Emergência, or Manos Amigos and register with them.

Panel 4
Back to Bok
Bok: Word of the attack has been spreading through human space, and condolences are pouring in from hundreds of worlds, along with some offers of aid.
Bok: Not to mention, a torrent of queries from anxious relatives, friends and investors seeking to learn about the fates of loved ones and business partners.
Bok: And amidst those condolences and queries they often ask: What's coming next?

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