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Quantum Vibe
Strip 458 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Adileh Satrapi
Strip 458 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2012-10-05
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Monday & Thursday.
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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: Château Périlleux - By Scott Bieser

End Of The War [ Jun 3, 2024 ]

Today's strip wraps up Part 3 of QUANTUM VIBE: This Means War, and also wraps up the whole story.

Still, there is cover art to be done, and I should have a draft ready for next Monday's update, if not the finished art. We plan to run a crowdfunding campaign for the printed book in September. And, after that?

Afterwards we start with a new story, set almost 400 years before This Means War, as Alyss tells her grandchildren the story of how she helped establish an early colony outside the home solar system.

We will see some older characters return, and some new characters populating this story. In the weeks before I begin this new story (I haven't settled on a title for it yet,) I'll post some character designs and development art, so keep coming back.

See you soon.

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Transcript For Strip 458

Panel 1
Back at the drawing room -- Seamus, Xie-Po, and Peng-Bo are seated in the overstuffed chairs, with Seamus and Pen-Bo's turned a bit to face the holoscreen. It is divided into 3 sections, the middle of which is filled with the head-and-shoulders of Alideh Satrapi. Her name is displayed underneath.
Adileh: It's been too long, Seamus, although I thought I wouldn't be seeing you again for another several weeks.
Adileh: You're looking much better, by the way.

Panel 2
Closer shot on Alideh's image on the holoscreen.
Alideh: Mr. Peng-Bo, I understand you're willing to pay Mr. Po's heirs 12 million augrams -- I mean, Jinke, for their shares in our project.
Alideh: Without knowing much of anything about it.

Panel 3
2-shot of Peng-Bo and Alideh's image on the screen.
Alideh: I'm not sure whether you're very clever or a world-class fool.
Alideh: Nevertheless, I may agree, if Seamus gives his endorsement, and I have your guarantee you are buying in on your own account and not for HuoJinGong.

Panel 4
Medium shot of Alideh's image. She is winking.
Alideh: It will be interesting to see how Dr. Diamondi responds.
Alideh: Be well, Seamus, and don't do anything I wouldn't do.

Panel 5
Two-shot of Xie-Po and Peng-Bo, the latter cocking an eyebrow at Seamus.
Peng-Bo: This is twice now I have heard a reference to HuoJinGong, in an adverse sense.
Peng-Bo: Why is this important to your partners?

Panel 6
Looking past Peng-Bo at Seamus. Behind him, the butler approaches with a cart laden with covered food-dishes.
Seamus: Don't take it personally, but we generally prefer to avoid ... mercorp entanglements. Even with Muc Ar Foulain. We like our independence.

Panel 7
The butler has set a tray with a covered dish in front of Seamus. It hovers in place as the butler lifts the cover off the dish. Seamus looks approvingly at the food.
Seamus: Also, there is some, ah, discomfort with HuoJinGong's policy of treating androids and other sapient AI constructs as property rather than persons ...
Seamus: This looks very good, thank you.

Panel 8
Three shot, Xie-Po reacts with some anger, while Peng-Bo is poker-faced as the android waiter sets a hover-tray in front of him. Seamus digs into his meal.
Xie-Po: Arrogant nonsense! If not for HuoJinGong there would BE no androids!
Peng-Bo: Xie-Po, please. Dr. O'Murchadha's candor is informative.

Quantum Vibe Story Contents © 2024 Scott Bieser
Framing Graphics © 2024 Big Head Press