Today on Quantum Vibe: Discouraging hazards Strip 190 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2011-09-09
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - 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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Nicole and Seamus sitting on the bed, looking fully comfortable now. Seamus looks amused.
Seamus: Yes, that archaic vulgarity sums up the situation nicely.
Seamus: We have known – or at least suspected – dark matter since the middle of the 1st Century B.S.A.*, when it was noticed that galactic rotations didn't seem to follow the laws of gravity.
Caption: *B.S.A. = Before Space Age, which began in 1957 C.E.
Close-up on Seamus, looking a bit dreamy-eyed as if remembering events from long ago.
Seamus: Dark matter neither emits nor reflects any radation, and can only be detected by its gravitational effect.
Seamus: Originally, it was thought that the stuff was suffused more or less evenly throughout the galaxy, as tiny, discreet particles which would pass right through ordinary matter without incident.
Seamus inset against a shot of the Brahmaputra being pulled off course by an unseen body.
Seamus: Only later did we learn the truth – that dark matter is 'clumpy,' just as normal matter is.
Seamus: It's been estimated that the dark mass which pulled the Brahmaputra off course was a quarter that of Jupiter.
Looking past Nicole at Seamus.
Seamus: There appear also to be much more numerous 'rogue bodies' of normal matter drifting between the stars than we'd thought. Planetoids, dust clouds, and so on.
Seamus: With hazards such as these, and no practical super-luminal drive possible, interstellar exploration has been largely abandoned.