12/15/10 Defining Art


It’s an interesting thing, death in Science Fiction. With technology so advanced, if  the author wants to make sure the reader won’t think the character will be brought back to life, the author can’t just shoot or dismember the character, the character really needs to be disintegrated.

We won’t even TALK about cloning.

Last reminder, for domestic USA readers, you can still order merch before Chirstmas! Go to the Baldwin Topatoco store! Deadline info is this:

USPS EXPRESS: December 21
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UPS 3-DAY, 2-DAY, AND OVERNIGHT will all be shipped on the next day until December 21.


  1. Kiteway

    This community’s lack of lamentation for Emily’s coat is disgraceful, I tell you, simply disgraceful! For how long has our most beloved of garments laid upon the firm shoulders of our most beloved of blond bad-ass heroines? And this is the kind of thanks it gets? Oh, cruel world! To have such people, such coat ignorers, in it!

    I can only assume this means a wardrobe upgrade? 😀

  2. stevegallacci

    Got a feeling he’s too intense to say dead, but was a bit surprised by his profession of love, too tough for that kind of thing, ya know. And, if not some miraculous reserection, perhaps he was keeping a real-time updated clone salted away…

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  4. Captain Jack

    Growp! Growp, get up for God’s sake! Get up!

    They’ve killed Growp! They’ve killed Growp! Those lousy stinking yellow fairies! Those horrible atrocity-filled vermin! Those despicable animal warmongers! They’ve killed Growp! Take that! Take this! Take that, you green slime! You black hearted, short, bow-legged…

  5. McGee

    I saw that coming – you took the best of the Samurai mixed with tragic love wrapped it in turtleneck and trench coat and we get the best bad ass I’ve seen for awhile.

    He died a warriors death. Hells yeah he did!

  6. Ah, I love it when something awesome (“only I can kill you”) is taken to the extreme (“I love you, and will die to prevent someone else from killing you”). What a BA.
    So it looks like he’s gone for good, but what about his hand? I can’t see where it went… MAKE IT AUTONOMOUS.

  7. JKCarroll

    @Kiteway? Dude? They live on a ship that can fabricate a bedroom set as well as a pistol and ammo with equal ease. I have a hunch that replicating her coat will be no biggie.

    And @Christopher, why NOT talk about cloning!? Maybe you’re just saying that to keep us from SUSPECTING that is what’s lurking up your sleeve! … Unless that’s what you WANT us to think! All the while using that as a distraction while you prepare to introduce Growp’s evil twin…

    Ooooh, your mind is truly devious, sir!

  8. invisifan

    Growp reminds me of Captain Ahab (hand, foot — not much difference in space :-p) … but don’t tell Emily that – I don’t think she’d approve of the implication !! 😀

  9. JKCarroll

    @Herandar, thanks! I’ve been wracking my brains trying to remember where that movie reference was from. I was PRETTY sure it wasn’t from “Apocalypse Now” or “The Thin Red Line”, and DEFINITELY sure it wasn’t “South Park” (but it’d be pretty cool if it was!) but where! Where?

  10. Prairie

    I KNEW it! I knew he was in love with her… trying to kill her was just Growp’s way of dipping her pigtails in the ink jar. I actually think it is fine that he is dead. Oddly, I’m more concerned with the fact that Emily’s awesome jacket is destroyed.

  11. Dranorter

    Oh man I thought those stun guns weren’t capable of killing!! Why has everyone just used them on stun? … Now nobody is safe.

    Also @matt me too! I figured it would be some horrifying mouth which would keep the makeouts from happening after Growp confessed his love for Emily.

  12. Tgs

    @Daniel : yeah man, the turtle-neck has died – what a shame. There is always other poor fashion choices to consider – the mullet wearing Bogan, the cheongsam wearing fatties, the builders crack jeans hanger, any bloke wearing stretch denim, etc.,

    oh – the white wife-beater … any of those could have died before the turtle-neck skivvy wearer …

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