05/08/19 – A Bazillion Dollars






  1. I get the feeling that Anesu is opening up a big can of, well, snakes in setting the slinten pods loose on the universe.

    I still don’t understand why they need *individual* jetpacks, so I’m taking it as read that the author, too, thinks that a bunch of snakes zooming around with individual jetpacks sounds adorable. 🙂

    1. Russell Styles

      I’m guessing that each jetpack would be for a pod, not an individual snake. They are small, 30-40 billion would not be out of line for the whole world. Plus they won’t depopulate the world completely.

  2. Kaidah

    There’s a typo in the last panel. The ‘T’ is missing from “can’t” in Choan’s speech bubble.

    And yes, Slinten pods zooming around on tiny little jetpacks does sound adorable.

  3. Efogoto

    The Slintens aren’t really so much shapeshifters (like a werewolf, for instance) as masters of disguise (to use a VERY loose definition of mastery) when acting in a pod. Each Slinten of any pod seems to remain an individual within the disguise. Separating them to have each use its own jetpack would reduce their capabilities, it seems to me, especially if they need a quorum in a pod to be successful manipulators of emotions.

  4. Kat

    I’m not sure that’s a typo in the last panel. If you think about how a lot of Americans pronounce things, we don’t clearly enunciate that last ‘t’ in “can’t” a lot of the time. I just tried that sentence myself–no hard ‘t’ sound.

    Then again, maybe it *is* a typo and Chris wasn’t overthinking it as much as I am… 😀

  5. Peter Rogan

    Until it’s demonstrated, people don’t really understand how much their peculiar aesthetics influence the decisions of the wealthy and powerful. What is the modern shibboleth? WEALTH CREATES TASTE, there we go. Somebody’s sense of humor defines the future for millions, and you just have to live with it. Or die, makes no difference to the powerful. They can get votes from, oh, just about anywhere.

  6. Randall R. Besch

    4.7 billion jet packs designed for the “snakes”? That is quite a huge amount by our reckoning. Something we as a civilization could not do. Besides very fast and precise manufacturing capability you would need very large quantities of the materials to construct them with. You would need a galactic style civilization to do it.

    They may not look cute to me in Slinten pods, but it will be quite the panoramic scene when they are all in flight!

    The Slinten reminds me of the Naga who really aren’t serpents (they have eyelids, and ears ) and could shape-shift after a fashion with illusions. But their material’s they use do reflect their non-human minds and aesthetics. They do have hands and are a powerful species.

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