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First Seen: Mon 2011-04-04
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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Cut to interior, cockpit of the Helio-Flyer. We can see Nicole barely illuminated by the lights on and in her helmet. She is alarmed but not quite panicked.
Caption: Roughly eight minutes previously ...
Nicole (thought): Ship's controls dead.
Nicole (thought): At least my suit is still working, and also my 'Plant.
Looking down at Nicole's suited left forearm. With her right hand she is touching an area on her left wrist, and a panel on the suit's forearm is opening.
Nicole (thought): In the simulator, this'd be 'game over.' But I do have one chance ...
Now, her gloved right hand has extruded small 'fingertips' from the ends of her gloved fingers, which are gripping small wires that have small USB-type mini plugs on the ends and pulling them out of her left forearm.
Nicole (thought): The interface between my plant and the bio-suit is still going strong.
Nicole: And the suit has a backup wire interface with the flyer's control hub.
With her right hand she plugs the wires leading out of her forearm into a socket on the left-side control console which had been hidden under a panel which is now open.
Nicole (thought): I can link through the bio-suit and straight into the control center!
Nicole (thought): I only have seconds … better get this right the first time.
We are suddenly outside, almost a thousand km above the Photosphere. But instead of the Helio-Flyer, we see Nicole herself – or rather, an impression of her. She appears solid white from head to toe, bald, and her eyes are the only facial feature we can see. She is posed as if still seated in the cockpit (which she is). She's also situated head-downward.
Nicole: Whoa! Damn!
Medium close-up of Nicole, assessing the situation. Curved lines and numbers surround her head.
Nicole (thought): It's like I've become the Helio-Flyer!
Nicole (thought): Good thing it was only the control systems that got fried. Everything else seems to be working.
Another full-body view of Nicole above the Photosphere, with various lines and numbers around her.
Nicole (thought): So, what's my situation?
Nicole (thought): Gak! Altitude 950km, velocity 390kps.
Medium close-up on Nicole – now we see her inside the cockpit, which is still dark. But her pupils are white.
Nicole (thought): Too high, too slow. First I'll bake, then I'll plunge. Gotta fix this now!