Today on Quantum Vibe: Rinse and repeat Strip 2030 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2019-12-06
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Monday - Wednesday - Friday.
Dark plans fall like thunderbolts.
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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Same view as in previous panel, but the asteroid has popped away via Displacer.
Caption: After half a Standard Year of guided falling into the black hole's gravity well, the asteroid has built up a velocity of 1000 kilometers per second.
Caption: Then, while still 5 million kilometers out from the event horizon, it pops away using its onboard Displacement Engine ...
The asteroid pops back into view, now the black hole, is much more distant.
Caption: … only to re-appear more than 250 million klicks farther out.
Caption: One characteristic of the Displacement Engine is that an object retains its momentum (or lack of it) relative to the local gravity well, after Displacement.
Caption: So, it starts moving towards the black hole again at 1000 klicks per second, and also still accelerating.
Now the black-hole and its halo loom large in the panel again. Speed lines behind the rock are more intense.
Caption: After a good bit less than half a year, the rock is once again 5 million klicks from the event horizon, now moving at 3050 kilometers per second.
Caption: If it gets closer, time dilation effects from the gravity incline would become, well, inconvenient.
The asteroid pops into a position 250 million klicks away, and zooms off towards the black-hole.
Caption: But the drive systems, following their programming, pop the asteroid back out to a 250 million kilometer distance.
Caption: 'Rinse and repeat,' each cycle shortening in duration as the rock's velocity builds.
Caption: Eventually, the object is moving at close to nine-tenths of light-speed, relative to the local gravity well.
Caption: Time for the second phase.