Quantum Vibe
Strip 750 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Practical physics, practical philosophy
Strip 750 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2014-01-17
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Zeke Bieser
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Quantum Vibe

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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Transcript For Strip 750

Panel 1
Two-shot of Moe, showing pain from the memories she is relating, and Nicole, who looks moved.
Moe: And we were the 'privileged' ones!
Moe: The hoi polloi has it much rougher dorms with no privacy, inadequate food and medical care they are being ground down to nothing!
Moe: Because the mercorps can always find new peons to replace those who fall.
Moe: Or, escape.

Panel 2
Angle to focus a bit on Seamus, who is salute-gesturing in acknowledgment of Moe's mention.
Moe: Pretty soon I met Seamus, who was on Ganymede to help install a new environment-control system he'd invented.
Moe: Hired me as his assistant, he did, and he taught me a lot about practical physics.

Panel 3
Pan to the side and we now see that Hernandez has joined in the conversation.
Hernandez: He hired me, too. It was a big project.
Hernandez: Seamus also taught me a lot about practical philosophy.

Panel 4
Hernandez stands closer to Nicole, who glares at him. Murphy looks coolly at him.
Nicole: Did he teach you how to cut out people's tongues?
Hernandez: Sure. Turns out a simple carpet knife is a handy tool for the job.

Panel 5
Hernandez kneels in front of Nicole, who continues glaring at him.
Hernandez: Sorry, bad joke.
Hernandez: What Seamus taught me is that collateral damage is not excusable.
Herhandez: So with his help, we will see to it that no innocents are harmed.

Panel 6
Nichole is still antagonistic, but talking. Hernandez is reaching his hand up to his temple.
Nicole: How do you define 'innocent'?
Nicole: And even if you could pull off such a miracle, what gives you the right gives you the right go around maiming and killing people you judge to be deserving?

Panel 7
Hernandez has taken off his visor, and we see his full face for the first time. It turns out he's Asian rather than Latino, with alluring almond-shaped eyes.
Hernandez: Everyone has the right, but few have the means.
Hernandez: But unlike most others with the means, we are willing to ourselves to be judged, by someone fair-minded.
Panel 8a
Close-up on Nicole, who is looking surprised by the revelation.
Hernandez (OP): So I leave it up to you, Nicole Oresme. I will live or die by your choice now.

Panel 8b
Close-up on Nicole, pupils dilated and mouth slack, head slightly tilted, surprise turning to adoration.
Hernandez (OP): Declare I'm a criminal and I will submit to whatever authority you deem appropriate.
Hernandez: Or, work with us.

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