Today on Quantum Vibe: A matter of semantics Strip 703 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2013-11-01
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke 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.
Deadline Extended, Oh My! [ Nov 29, 2021 ]
We've extended our Indiegogo campaign to raise money to print a maximum of 500 copies of the hard bound, full color, deluxe edition of the alt-history adventure: Roswell, Texas. We figured folks might need a little more time to get in on what is sure to be a highly collectable collectable. And one hell-of-a coffee table conversation starter.
Exterior view of The Argosy flying through space.
Ringo (from ship): I hope you don't mind if I inquire about stories of pirate activity in this area, Captain?
Santos (from ship): Pirates? What Pirates? Don't listen to gossip, Senator.
At the Captain's table, Seamus is cajoling.
Seamus: Come now, Captain, I understand why the spaceliners would wish to keep such matters out of the public eye. But we're all adults here, and a long way from Terran space.
Seamus: You do have preparations made against an assault, yes?
Captain Santos lowers his head and speaks quietly.
Santos: Of course we have, do you take us for fools?
Seamus: No, but I would feel more secure if I knew what sort of defenses we have here.
Stockyard, Ringo and Seamus all lean towards Santos as he speaks.
Santos: I suppose I can trust you three.
Santos: We have four laser cannon in recessed mounts that can cover all angles of approach.
Santos: Five squads of combat 'bots you won't see unless they're called into action, in case we're boarded.
Stockyard and Ringo look uncomfortable.
Stockyard: Combat 'bots?
Ringo: I hope they can distinguish friend from foe.
Santos: Of course. They're not quite A.I.s but they're very sophisticated.
Seamus cocks an eyebrow as Santos explains.
Santos: They are linked to the ship's database, which includes biometrics of the crew complement and all of the passengers.
Santos: There is no chance of harming innocents.
Seamus smiles wryly at his own remark, but the others are not amused.
Seamus: 'Innocents' – I wonder if anyone aboard this ship is truly innocent.
Santos: Semantic games – you know what I mean, O'Murchadha.
Seamus grins an evil grin, and now the others look genuinely worried/confused.
Seamus: Don't under-estimate semantics, Captain Santos.
Seamus: The proper application of semantics, under the right circumstances, can change everything.