Today on Quantum Vibe: First of Two Fivedays Strip 1992 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2019-08-19
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Gus Mendes Sci-Fi Adventure Monday - Wednesday - Friday.
Creepy moves in darkness dares discovery.
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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Diana walks up out of a white void to speak to the reader:
Diana: Hey there.
QUANTUM VIBE is
taking a break for the next few fivedays.
Or, ‘Weeks,’ as you
Is that right?
Calendars can be confusing when moving from one world to another. Zytemond has its own calendar, calibrated to take into account that world’s rotational and orbital periods.
It’s kind of like that everywhere
in Human space.
Each world has its own calendar, its own day-lengths, its own year-lengths, and various intervals in-between.
About the only time measure that’s the same everywhere is the second.
The engineers made sure of that, raising warnings of dire consequences should any of the basic ‘ISO’ measures be changed. But especially, the second.
But within an inter-galactic civilization, with on-going trade of goods and services, many saw the need for some sort of common, standard calendar, so everyone knows what day it is, when payments and deliverables are due, and so forth.
Most worlds conduct local affairs by local calendars, but inter-world trade by a new Standard, Universal time system that was first implemented in the 700th year of the Space Age. Or, about three centuries ago from my perspective.
In Bubbleopolis, everyone uses the standard calendar and clock.
The new standard system
is extensievely decimalized.
There are 100 seconds in a minute, 50 minutes in an hour, 20 hours in a day, 300 days in a year.
We also have ‘fivedays,’ and five of those in a ‘cycle.’
Zander has put together a spreadsheet with the calculations, which will also tell you what year this is according to the old ‘gregorian’ calendar you readers use.
I’ve uploaded it to the QUANTUM VIBE Patreon page where it can be seen and downloaded by patrons at the $2.50 level and above.
Next week, my friend Bok will offer some background for the next story arc.