Today on Quantum Vibe:
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First Seen: Mon 2011-10-31
Story & Art: Scott Bieser
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About the Patreon Contretemps [ Dec 18, 2018 ]
Patreon's recent moves to de-platform some popular YouTube personalities who have upset a censorious subset of progressives has alarmed all of us who value an ethic of open discussion, even when opinions expressed are sometimes quite difficult to tolerate. Maybe especially then.
I have had several Patrons drop out of the system and ask me to set up an account with an alternative subscriber service. However, there seems to be a Twitter-based activist group of "Social Justice Warriors" which can attack and shut down alternative services lest they become a haven for the wrong crowd. Maker-Support and SubscribeStar have both fallen victim to these racketeers.
Now, I know that some of my readers are here because they like my politics, but many others don't care about the politics but enjoy the stories. And all of you are important to me. But some of you want an alternative subscription service and I am open to any such that seems able to withstand assaults from the Blue Meanies. I have word of such a system in the works and will adopt it quickly if it pans out.
I'm also following Minds.com and Steamit.com, which offer a means for people to support creators, but they deal in crypto-currencies, which at present are not as easy for most people to deal with as their national currencies. But new innovations may change this, so I haven't written them off either.
In the meanwhile, I'm sticking with Patreon, out of financial necessity. If and when I make a move to either add an alternate service or replace Patreon, I will announce it here and elsewhere. And I understand those of you who cannot bring yourselves to consider supporting me through Patreon and will happily welcome you back when I can offer you a better choice.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!
Scott @ Alamo City Comic Con 2018! [ Oct 1, 2018 ]
Buckle up again Quantum Vibe fans, fall is here and in San Antonio, Texas, so is the Alamo City Comic Con 2018. Get your pens ready because Quantum Vibe creator and artist Scott Bieser will be on hand for the three day event, hanging out in the artist alley, drawing pictures, meeting fans and signing autographs.
Alamo City Comic Con 2018 runs October 26th through the 28th at the Alamo Dome, in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
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Exterior view of Circumluna 2 – a spaceport orbiting Luna at about 5,000 km. It has two docking-rings, a larger ring for interplanetary ships, and a smaller one for local traffic. In between is a fat torus of a habitation area. We see Luna looming large in the background
Caption: Circumluna 2, in orbit around Luna, is a busy way-station for interplanetary visitors.
Nicole: Our shuttle to Aldrinopolis leaves in two hours, so we have plenty of time.
Seamus and Nicole, with their luggage, emerge from a terminal gateway along with several other travelers.
Seamus: First we must visit the local Bank of Rivendell office, to get our money changed.
Nicole: Huh? Changed to what?
Medium 2-shot of Seamus and Nicole. Nicole looks incredulous.
Seamus: To 'miltons.' It's a fiat currency that is the only legal money on Luna.
Nicole: Fiat currency? Loonies don't like augrams or silgrams?
Seamus and Nicole enter the doors to a concourse shop front marked 'Bank of Rivendell.'
Seamus: Oh, your typical Lunan might, but the authorities strongly discourage using them.
Seamus: I'll let the account agent here explain it to you.
Nicole and Seamus stand before a tall desk behind which stands an android account agent.
Agent: I'll be happy to explain how this works, Ms. Oresme.
Agent: On Luna, all monetary exchanges are required by law to be made using the government's unit of account, the 'Milton.'
Medium close-up of the android, speaking.
Agent: We are happy to convert your augrams and silgrams into miltons for your use during your visit here.
Agent: Simply estimate how much money you'll need during your stay on Luna, and we'll give you a debit tab loaded with the amount in miltons.
Two-shot of Nicole and the agent.
Nicole: And then when I leave I can change back the miltons I have left over?
Agent: Er, no. The Capital Control Law of 489 forbids the conversion of miltons to foreign money.
Agent: Also, unless you have a trading license, you are not allowed to remove miltons from Luna or near-Lunar space.
Three-shot of Seamus, grinning wryly, Nicole, with a you-gotta-be-kidding expression, and the android agent.
Agent: When you leave you must surrender any remaining miltons with the Lunar Revenue office, also conveniently located here on Circumluna 2.
Agent: Of course, you can also spend your remaining miltons at the station gift shops.