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Strip 479 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Due dilligence
Strip 479 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2012-11-05
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke Bieser
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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: 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 479

Panel 1
Back to the drawing room at the Po estate. Xie-Po, Peng-Bo, and Seamus are again seated around the table, in front of the holoscreen. Now in the rightmost panel is the image of Johanna Diamondi.
Diamondi: Sorry for the delay in my response, but I felt I should undertake some due diligence before responding.


Panel 2
Angled 2-shot of Peng-Bo and Diamondi. Peng-Bo is looking a bit apprehensive.
Diamondi: Fortunately, HuoJinGong keeps a mirror database at its facility on Rhea, so I was able to get some information quickly.
Diamondi: Your Mr. Peng-Bo appears to have had an ... interesting career.

Panel 3
Two-shot of Xie-Po and Peng-Bo, with the former casting a dubious glance at the latter.
Diamondi: Fifty-four years ago, as vice-admin for water services in Antoniadi Division, your decision to favor one monopoly delivery provider provoked mass protests and near-rioting.

Panel 4
Medium close-up on Peng-Bo, starting to get angry.
Diamondi: I do find it interesting how your Mr. Peng-Bo has managed to overcome these embarrassments and others to rise to directorship of NiuYaoRui Division.
Diamondi: Does this reflect his tenacious passion for power or a failing in the HuoJinGong vetting system?

Panel 5
Angled 2-shot of Diamondi and Seamus. Now Seamus looks a bit discomfited.
Diamondi: You really should choose your associates more carefully, Seamus.
Diamondi: Although, I suppose even the most seasoned among us can make mistakes.

Panel 6
Close-up on Diamondi, completing her transmission.
Diamondi: I admit I could have gotten the wrong impression from the database, so before I cast my vote I would like to hear how Mr. Peng-Bo responds to this message.
Diamond: Good-bye for now, and good luck, Seamus.

Panel 7
Two-shot of Xie-Po and Peng-Bo, both looking very angry.
Xie-Po: The nerve of that bitch!
Peng-Bo: Who does this -- this insolent yinhu think she is, insulting me this way?

Panel 8
Medium c/u on Seamus, with death in his eye, talking through cleched teeth.
Seamus: Most importantly to you, she is a fully-vested shareholder in this project you're seeking to join.
Seamus: But also, she is my fiancée. So I advise you to keep a civil tongue in your face, if you want to keep both of them.

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