Today on Quantum Vibe: Money-changing Strip 226 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2011-10-31
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.
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.
Exterior view of Circumluna 2 – a spaceport orbiting Luna at about 5,000 km. It has two docking-rings, a larger ring for interplanetary ships, and a smaller one for local traffic. In between is a fat torus of a habitation area. We see Luna looming large in the background
Caption: Circumluna 2, in orbit around Luna, is a busy way-station for interplanetary visitors.
Nicole: Our shuttle to Aldrinopolis leaves in two hours, so we have plenty of time.
Seamus and Nicole, with their luggage, emerge from a terminal gateway along with several other travelers.
Seamus: First we must visit the local Bank of Rivendell office, to get our money changed.
Nicole: Huh? Changed to what?
Medium 2-shot of Seamus and Nicole. Nicole looks incredulous.
Seamus: To 'miltons.' It's a fiat currency that is the only legal money on Luna.
Nicole: Fiat currency? Loonies don't like augrams or silgrams?
Seamus and Nicole enter the doors to a concourse shop front marked 'Bank of Rivendell.'
Seamus: Oh, your typical Lunan might, but the authorities strongly discourage using them.
Seamus: I'll let the account agent here explain it to you.
Nicole and Seamus stand before a tall desk behind which stands an android account agent.
Agent: I'll be happy to explain how this works, Ms. Oresme.
Agent: On Luna, all monetary exchanges are required by law to be made using the government's unit of account, the 'Milton.'
Medium close-up of the android, speaking.
Agent: We are happy to convert your augrams and silgrams into miltons for your use during your visit here.
Agent: Simply estimate how much money you'll need during your stay on Luna, and we'll give you a debit tab loaded with the amount in miltons.
Two-shot of Nicole and the agent.
Nicole: And then when I leave I can change back the miltons I have left over?
Agent: Er, no. The Capital Control Law of 489 forbids the conversion of miltons to foreign money.
Agent: Also, unless you have a trading license, you are not allowed to remove miltons from Luna or near-Lunar space.
Three-shot of Seamus, grinning wryly, Nicole, with a you-gotta-be-kidding expression, and the android agent.
Agent: When you leave you must surrender any remaining miltons with the Lunar Revenue office, also conveniently located here on Circumluna 2.
Agent: Of course, you can also spend your remaining miltons at the station gift shops.