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Strip 392 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Here they come
Strip 392 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2012-06-29
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
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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 392

Panel 1
Claud, Antigone, Hari, and Seamus standing outside the police center. A stretch hover-limo is parked on the street behind them. Hari is holding a small package under his left arm, with his right hand he points toward the building.
Antigone: They're late. I wonder what's going on?
Hari: Here they come.

Panel 2
Emerging from the building, Nicole (wearing her Sun-Divers jacket over her Anysuit, which isn't working properly) clings to George Ringo's arm as if she fears being dragged away. Behind them, Buford (dressed in the street clothes she was arrested in) follows, carrying a small pack.
Antigone (OP): Who's that with them?
Panel 3A
Medium close-up on Nicole. Her farraday-crown has been removed revealing a head with 8 days' growth of hair, with bald patches where the crown's bars were. She looks like a Holocaust/evil barber survivor.
No dialog.

Panel 3B
Close-up on Seamus, looking at Nicole. He looks shocked and appalled.
No dialog.
Panel 4
Hari steps forward to greet Ringo and Nicole, as Buford hangs back. He takes her hand gently in his.
Hari: Great to see you, Nicole.
Hari: Great work, George.
George: I couldn't have done it without some help from our friends.

Panel 5
George leads Nicole over to Claud. He smiles gently and holds her hand.
George: Claud's vid expose really sent the cockroaches scurrying, and destroyed our adversaries' resolve.
Claud: When you're recovered I hope I can get an exclusive.
Nicole: You bet, Claud.

Panel 6
Next up is Antigone, she and Nicole embrace.
George: Ms. Stone dug up the dirt that Claud dished, and, well, I doubt Rando Greene will be victimizing any women again for a long time.
Nicole: Thanks, Antigone.
Antigone: Glad to help, honey.

Panel 7A
Nicole stands before Seamus, looking up at him quizzically. There is an awkward silence.
No dialog.

Panel 7B
Nicole stands before Seamus, looking up at him quizzically.
Nicole: Uh, do I know you?

Panel 8A
Nicole stands before Seamus. Seamus looks pained. Nicole's eyes widen.
Seamus: I've lost quite a bit of weight, but surely you remember me?

Panel 8B
Nicole throws herself into embrace with Seamus. Both shedding tears.
Nicole: I'd know that voice anywhere, Seamus.

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