Today on Quantum Vibe: Being practical Strip 216 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2011-10-17
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
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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A woman is standing next to a console with a large, wide viewscreen. At this angle we see a dull, rocky landscape with a very short horizon, and a dark sky with stars. The woman is facing away from the large viewscreen and looking at her personal Screen. So her face is in shadow, although silhouetted against a lighted panel on the far side of her. We can only tell that she has long, medium-blonde hair.
Caption: Far, far away ...
Voice from Screen: … love me for my mind, darling.
Shift angle so now we see the first woman (Dr. Diamondi) from a 3/4 rear view. On the right, another, dark-haired, middle-aged-appearing woman steps in through a doorway, carrying her own Screen under her arm.
2nd woman: Dr. Diamondi, I – oh!
2nd woman: Sorry if I'm interrupting a call.
The 2nd woman (Karen) stands before Dr. Diamondi, holding her Screen forth, with the leading edge angled towards the doctor, who we still see from a 3/4 rear view.
Dr. Diamondi: No, it's all right, Karen, I was just listening to voice-mail.
Karen: You wanted me to personally notify you when the R-84-gamma results were in.
Two-shot of Diamondi and Karen, from the necks down. Now Diamondi is holding forth her Screen, so that the two screens' leading edges are only a few inches apart. We can see a light-beam running between the two tablets at those edges.
Diamondi: Thanks. Just load them into my Screen and I'll review them after lunch.
Karen: You also asked me to remind you about the meeting with Sheridan and Trotman at 14:30.
Two-shot of Diamondi and Karen. Karen is turning to leave. Diamondi has a hand covering her face, in a gesture of weariness.
Diamondi: Ah. Right. I suppose I have to do this, don't I?
Karen: Perhaps it's best to get it done and out of the way, doctor.
Now Diamondi has turned towards the console – she rests her palms (and her Screen) on it, looking away from Karen, who is starting to walk away.
Diamondi: I wouldn't be lucky enough to see those two beaned by some stray meteors, would I?
Karen: They'd simply be replaced by a pair of new irritants.
Karen is walking out the door. Now we see Diamondi's face for the first time – high, broad forehead, broad cheekbones, pointed chin, generally elfin-looking, apparent age about 30.
Diamondi: Careful, Karen, you're becoming cynical.
Karen: Just being practical, doctor.
Reverse angle, truck back. We see Diamondi looking at the wide screen, which shows more of the landscape and just off center, the planet Saturn in quarter-phase.
Diamondi: Being practical is harder than it looks.