07/11/12 Skepticism In The Room Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Theoretically I’m arriving with the huge moving truck tonight as this posts. Wish me luck it all went well! For your entertainment, here is Emily Taylor if she were starring in “A Fistful of Dollars.” First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 07/09/12 Curiosity’s Sake 07/16/12 What Defines Us 66 Comments Rocco July 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm 8 years ago You could have heard a drink drop. Me July 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm 8 years ago it means he can have sex with an eeb Joal July 10, 2012 at 9:29 pm 8 years ago And finally it is revealed that there is a shock severe enough to cause Dimitri to drop his drink. I wonder if he’s thinking what I’m thinking. stevegallacci July 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm 8 years ago Awoo, not another interstellar Johnny Appleseed. Unless, it is JUST Eebs and Earthers. It would also mean that the two planet’s ecologys are dangerously compatible/vulnerable to each other. If we’re talking really early life, there are natural mechanisms (massively unlikely, but not totally impossible) for one of the biomes to inocculate the other. More likely (and within the devious range of our Author) are time travelers or someone out there playing to a REALLY long game. babylon_tom July 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm 8 years ago That is a completely incredigigible underfeasible incomprepossible plot twist. Luke, I am your … well, it’s worse than this … Sabreur July 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm 8 years ago … what. I… huh. This has implications. Tony July 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm 8 years ago Double Rainbow!!! What does it even mean?!?!!? RedWyvern July 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm 8 years ago Eebs are actually the evolutionary descendants of dinosaurs who left the earth to escape extinction. Prior Semblance July 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm 8 years ago @stevegallacci I’d imagine that it’s just humans and eebs (or maybe a small group of species), if it was everyone then red-9 would have no scientific basis for saying it was impossible and surely this isn’t the first cross-species DNA comparison in recent galactic history. CKidd July 11, 2012 at 12:19 am 8 years ago I like where this comic is going……. War Pig July 11, 2012 at 12:31 am 8 years ago Seems to me that Dmitri shares more DNA with Hugh Heffner than anyone. cartoonasaurus July 11, 2012 at 1:01 am 8 years ago Wow. Now THAT’S a moment… John Lenton July 11, 2012 at 3:37 am 8 years ago Yup. Emily is Daisy Kutter. http://www.boltcity.com/daisy.htm ronald July 11, 2012 at 4:04 am 8 years ago The fact that Yuri gave herself cat-like features (what with the fur and all, you know) implies she also took DNA from catlike torture guy Flineous. Lord Morgue July 11, 2012 at 5:12 am 8 years ago I think Dimitri just realised he may have got the entire Eeb crew pregnant. J Fred Slowvehicle July 11, 2012 at 5:27 am 8 years ago Wait. Wut? I thouight Emily _did_ star in “Fistful of Dollars”… Chaucer59 July 11, 2012 at 5:48 am 8 years ago So, no doubt Dmitri will visit Eebongbongwhatsis–not realizing he’s been catapulted into the past during the trip–where he will naturally have unprotected sex with all the Eeb Magnons. Sarah P. July 11, 2012 at 6:35 am 8 years ago @John Lenton: Wow, the resemblence is indeed uncanny! I wonder if Dimitri will pull a Yuri and give himself some superpowers. Although yeah, the fact that Yuri put on permanent cat ears (that have yet to shrivel or atrophy) does mean that physiology is compatible with humans too. Fascinating… pastordan July 11, 2012 at 6:44 am 8 years ago Can I be the first to say “Uh-oh”? Joanna July 11, 2012 at 6:53 am 8 years ago In which the plot positively curdles. I love it. Nathanyel July 11, 2012 at 6:59 am 8 years ago At least Red-9 also sealed the wounds, without scars. CompaniaHill July 11, 2012 at 7:49 am 8 years ago I wonder if Yuri’s telekinetic power are actually enabled by the triple combination of her own DNA, the DNA in the fragment of Eeb brain she acquired *and* the DNA from Flineous’s ears? Or maybe her telekinetic powers only activated because she lost all her limbs. That would suck. “I want telekinetic power.” “Okay, get the Eeb DNA and the ax.” Eww. CompaniaHill July 11, 2012 at 7:50 am 8 years ago Oops, I meant “laserblade” of course… 🙂 Night-Gaunt July 11, 2012 at 8:41 am 8 years ago If all interstellar life uses the same amino acids, there are others not in use here, it would lower the compatibility problem. And if you had the ability to make any graft fully consonant with your DNA compliment then graftings would be unlimitless. I just wish Yuri wasn’t in stasis all the time but she needs her R-complex toned down so she won’t have the urge to kill and destroy. EternalLurker July 11, 2012 at 9:18 am 8 years ago Oh, so THAT’S why humans are such dicks. Stewart July 11, 2012 at 9:23 am 8 years ago “Oh, so THAT’S why humans are such dicks.” This. Corpore Metal July 11, 2012 at 9:55 am 8 years ago Frankly, I’m far more surprised the Dmitri never ran a approxiscan on the Eebs many weeks or months before then to see if he could get busy with them. I mean it seems to be his usual mode. Every new organism he comes across: Can I have sex with it? What? He never did this with the Eebs? Or maybe he avoided doing so because they were engineered to be a slave species. And he just couldn’t bring himself to cross that line. (Which means he does have a heart under that drinkin’, fornicatin’, shootin’ witty but mostly detached exterior.) Christopher July 11, 2012 at 11:36 am 8 years ago I’m excited that you all seem as excited as I am about this twist. <3 Muzhik July 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm 8 years ago @stevegallacci, re: the time traveler hypothesis (wherein Dimitry really DOES get to have sex with his great-great-great-etc. grandmother), not really. I’m thinking the Eebs (aka Homo Sapiens Eeb) would be a prior sapient race on Earth, prior to their destruction/enslavement and the rise of that wild and crazy species known as Homo Sapiens Sapiens. And yes, while that would mean that the GOB, for the past 1,000,000 years or so (give or take an epoch) has been using Eeb slaves to do all their work for them, it just means that the entire GOB has been in a creative stagnant pool for the past 1,000,000 years (give or take a few draak-sim rotations). IOW, NO OTHER SPECIES has been doing any creative work, since they’re just able to tell the Eebs to do it for them. This is with the notable exception of the Mihrrgoots, who invented the Dark Light Speed Drive all by themselves. The Mihrrgoots also prove that creativity really does turn you into a real d*ck. Duck. I meant to say duck. (Never mind…) Max July 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm 8 years ago Haha! What CBob July 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm 8 years ago The question that comes to my mind is, what would this mean RE: the legal status of humans in the GOB if this ever got out? Bigbenhoward July 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm 8 years ago “Ow! Oh, I thought you meant like a high-five. Oh well.” *drinks* Kathleen July 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm 8 years ago WHAT Richard Robertson July 11, 2012 at 6:48 pm 8 years ago The rise of “Homo Eebian Sapians” begins… I know I see some artwork for this, but I just can’t quite get it to germinate. Suggestions anyone? Random Guy July 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm 8 years ago L. Ron Hubbard was right? Nah. Prairie July 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm 8 years ago omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg! super awesome delicious plot, now with extra twistberries!! just take the entire paradigm of human history and give it a little turn, like… *this* and Dmitri’s drink falls in slow motion to the floor. And lol at “double rainbow” and “eeb magnons” Snail July 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm 8 years ago OMG OMG OMG PLOT TWIST! I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it’s entirely believeable and jaw-dropping shocking in a “MAKES SENSE BUT OMG SUDDEN PLOT TWIST” kind of way — and even though I accepted “human/eeb brain merger because it’s wacky scifi technology”, this makes a million times more sense and I appreciate it. 😀 Snail July 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm 8 years ago Also, I read, “Give me some skin,” and interpreted as Red-9 asking for a high-five. >_> Hahaha. Gnavin July 12, 2012 at 6:59 am 8 years ago The implications are… What? I mean, I’m as surprised as anyone, but I have no idea what this might imply, to be honest. I’m sure I’ll find out, though ^_^ coffeeteacoffee July 12, 2012 at 9:40 am 8 years ago You know this means that Eebs are also related to …mice, monkeys, pigs, all the other species we share some chunk of DNA with, which is, like, damn near everything… so I suppose the drink-dropping implication is…uh, we’re all galactic brothers, and all that…is this news, what am I missing here? Spyder July 12, 2012 at 11:04 am 8 years ago I think the implication are more as follows – Humans are sentient(given their reception at GOB this does not seem to be in doubt) but Eebs are not(again this is from the point of view of the GOB) – But now it is revealed that Humans and Eeb are closely related, close enough for an Eeb brain graft to take succesfully in a Human . . . Think about what would happen if this got out! Niall July 12, 2012 at 11:36 am 8 years ago I think the most fascinating implication is what the common ancestor must have been. Earth’s a dark planet and the Eebs never left their planet, so that implies that either we don’t know about interplanetary travel or a common ancestor visited both planets. Although I’m sure Dimitri has a more important implication in mind that we haven’t thought of. Muzhik July 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm 8 years ago @Richard Roberson, we’ll probably have to consult a real biologist on this, BUT I think the correct designations would be “Homo Sapiens Eebian” (them) and “Homo Sapiens Sapiens” (us). This whole double sapiens deal is because some scientists argue that one of our ancestors should be called “Homo Sapiens Neanderthalensis” rather than “Homo Neanderthalensis”; i.e., we’re cousins instead of direct descendants. To say “Homo Eebian” puts them in the same evolutionary path as Homo Erectus and Homo Habilis. @Coffeeteacoffee, it means we REALLY need to win the war to have Eebs declared sentient/sapient. If we’re that close to Eebs and the Eebs are being held as slaves, what does that bode for us and our solar systems enormous deposits of darkhuenium? @Niall, what is our common ancestor? I’m voting for the Lemur! coffeeteacoffee July 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm 8 years ago So, did someone already succeed in creating non-telekinetic Eebs (and seeded the Earth with them) or did someone already succeed in creating telekinetic humans (that would be the Eebs). And what aspect of this is Dimitri freaking out about? Aside from the risk to the Earth if it’s classed as a potential threat to the GOB? stevegallacci July 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm 8 years ago I suspect the common ancestor might be more on the level of some early bacteria rather than proto-hominid or some such. Very basic DNA compatability could have a three or four billion year separation and still be viable. coffeeteacoffee July 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm 8 years ago Oh. Dimitri himself is an now available compatible being whose brain could be harvested. That might not be a comfortable thought. KarlMonster July 13, 2012 at 12:17 am 8 years ago OMG! Dimitri *dropped* his drink!!!!1!! Dimitri couldn’t drop his drink if he was stunned, fornicating in zero gravity AND was using both hands and at least one foot to … um … entertain his … um … companion. I mean, just look – Dimitri is having his skin ripped off, but he doesn’t drop his drink. OK, yeah, that’s cause it’s on the table. But the point is that something unusual just happened. … so I’m guessing that he’s just realized where the tea cookie recipie came from. Marten B July 13, 2012 at 1:53 am 8 years ago Great twist! Check the first frame spelling of non-telekinetic, though. CompaniaHill July 13, 2012 at 8:58 am 8 years ago KarlMonster: “… so I’m guessing that he’s just realized where the tea cookie recipie came from.” Hee hee hee! Michael July 13, 2012 at 11:08 pm 8 years ago Did ANYONE else notice that Dimitri’s arm healed INSTANTLY? Tapestry July 14, 2012 at 6:24 am 8 years ago Dun dun DUUUUUN! Muzhik July 14, 2012 at 10:01 am 8 years ago Wow. This must be a REEEEAALY popular strip! This is the first time I can remember where the comments stretched out to 2 pages! Pedro July 14, 2012 at 11:06 am 8 years ago I love the Emily doodle you made. Thanks, Chris! See you next Convergence! Joraiem July 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm 8 years ago Not sure if this was Dimitri’s thought or not, but the first thing I thought of was: “Ohhh so Dimitri can literally BREED the telekinesis out of the Eebs.” *wink wink nudge nudge* Pudgimelon July 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm 8 years ago I think one of the biggest concerns Dimitri might have is that if it can be shown that Eebs and Humans share a common ancestor, then the GOB might just declare Humans non-sentient. That would total screw their plans to get Earth to present the Eebs cause to the Galactic Council. Earth would go from being a “dark planet” inhabited by non-space-faring sentient beings (with rights) to an “uninhabited” planet with RICH mineral deposits ripe for plunder in the outer reaches of its system. Now, of course, its possible to have sentient and non-sentient species that share common ancestors (chimps and people), but the GOB doesn’t seem to be the kind of group that would allow facts to get in the way of political convenience or economic gain. So this seems like something Dimitri and the Eebs should keep to themselves. HurDur July 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm 8 years ago Pudg, no two species on earth share a common ancestor, so your point is kind of lost. Snow_Cat July 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm 8 years ago Well, it would seem that the problem of creating non-telekenetic ebbs was solved some time ago. jediadept July 15, 2012 at 3:17 am 8 years ago Eebs and Homo Sapiens come from the same stock… that explains why the little guys are so twisted. jediadept July 15, 2012 at 3:22 am 8 years ago Pudgimelon, you’re not factoring in Earths’ Cetacea population Pudgimelon July 15, 2012 at 5:03 am 8 years ago HurDur, whales and hippos do, raccoons and pandas do, etc… it’s called evolution. Look it up. zb July 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm 8 years ago Dimitri has just realized that such a perfect satire of human nature as the Eebs can mean only one thing: He and everyone and everything he knows is actually fictional. The Irken armada will now arrive. Far July 18, 2012 at 7:12 am 8 years ago Maybe that’s what happen to the dinosaurs, the Ebbs took exception to being eaten, so the Ebbs left Earth and dropped an asteroid on the dinos. Pingback: Spacetrawler - 09/26/12 Human And Eeb History Crestlinger December 6, 2012 at 10:33 am 8 years ago WTF! Something made him drop his booze! Ada December 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm 8 years ago For the benefit of other latecomers, here’s the link to the first page of comments: https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2012/07/10/spacetrawler-240/comment-page-1/#comments Thomas August 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm 7 years ago So what would the compatibility ratio be like? Leave a Reply to Crestlinger Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.