Today on Quantum Vibe: The Oresme Shield Strip 1092 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Tue 2015-05-12
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Lea Jean Badelles Sci-Fi Adventure Monday - Wednesday - Friday.
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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Caption: 'Fortunately Seamus' notes regarding the Miyaki Shield were helpful after all. They gave us a framework upon which to build a different sort of shield. One that would prevent a displacement engine from transiting inside a defined boundary.
Rather like Seamus' E.M. Shield, it worked in both directions. One could neither teleport into nor out of the shield bubble. Unfortunately, early versions of the shield also worked like the E.M. Shield in that moving through one in normal space-time would ruin a Murphy Drive engine.
This presented quite a conundrum until I figured out that we could protect the Drive engine by shutting it completely down and then surrounding it with another shield bubble.
Remembering Seamus' story, I made certain this new tech would be called the Oresme Shield.
Nicole, Li and Moe looking very frustrated at a large monitor. On some side-monitors we can see various 'MALFUNCTION' indicators.
Caption: 'And so, with two months to spare, we black-boxed our technology and offered it for sale to all comers. Harry was smarter about marketing than we were, though. It came in two packages, the Murphy Drive and the Oresme Shield. We were able to get more income for the Shield as a defense against the Drive.
And as Murphy had predicted, we became very wealthy. Li and I had lived in Castle Hodge-Podge for a while but later we moved out and converted it into a museum. It seemed fitting to me, and gratifying in that it really pissed-off the Children of Armageddon.
I collected seven honorary doctorates, wrote a dozen books, and had five homes at one point. My favorite was the former Jovian moonlet Carme which we moved into an orbit around Saturn, inclined so as to give us some spectacular views of his rings.'
Nicole relaxes by a poolside, next to a mansion, under a dome through which we see some of Carmes' landscape and Saturn looming large in the sky.