Today on Quantum Vibe: Practical physics, practical philosophy Strip 750 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2014-01-17
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke Bieser Sci-Fi Adventure Mondays.
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.
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Two-shot of Moe, showing pain from the memories she is relating, and Nicole, who looks moved.
Moe: And we were the 'privileged' ones!
Moe: The hoi polloi has it much rougher – dorms with no privacy, inadequate food and medical care … they are being ground down to nothing!
Moe: Because the mercorps can always find new peons to replace those who fall.
Moe: Or, escape.
Angle to focus a bit on Seamus, who is salute-gesturing in acknowledgment of Moe's mention.
Moe: Pretty soon I met Seamus, who was on Ganymede to help install a new environment-control system he'd invented.
Moe: Hired me as his assistant, he did, and he taught me a lot about practical physics.
Pan to the side and we now see that Hernandez has joined in the conversation.
Hernandez: He hired me, too. It was a big project.
Hernandez: Seamus also taught me a lot about practical philosophy.
Hernandez stands closer to Nicole, who glares at him. Murphy looks coolly at him.
Nicole: Did he teach you how to cut out people's tongues?
Hernandez: Sure. Turns out a simple carpet knife is a handy tool for the job.
Hernandez kneels in front of Nicole, who continues glaring at him.
Hernandez: Sorry, bad joke.
Hernandez: What Seamus taught me is that collateral damage is not excusable.
Herhandez: So with his help, we will see to it that no innocents are harmed.
Nichole is still antagonistic, but talking. Hernandez is reaching his hand up to his temple.
Nicole: How do you define 'innocent'?
Nicole: And even if you could pull off such a miracle, what gives you the right gives you the right go around maiming and killing people you judge to be deserving?
Hernandez has taken off his visor, and we see his full face for the first time. It turns out he's Asian rather than Latino, with alluring almond-shaped eyes.
Hernandez: Everyone has the right, but few have the means.
Hernandez: But unlike most others with the means, we are willing to ourselves to be judged, by someone fair-minded.
Close-up on Nicole, who is looking surprised by the revelation.
Hernandez (OP): So I leave it up to you, Nicole Oresme. I will live or die by your choice now.
Close-up on Nicole, pupils dilated and mouth slack, head slightly tilted, surprise turning to adoration.
Hernandez (OP): Declare I'm a criminal and I will submit to whatever authority you deem appropriate.
Hernandez: Or, work with us.