12/19/19 – Ship Rules

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, December 19, 2019.




It’s a relief to have a young character in this story, someone who can unabashedly naturally just laugh.


  1. ronald

    Sure, Aitana can laugh NOW, but if Ruddock ever decides that she poses a “serious” treat to Emily’s authority, he won’t be nearly so cute. After all, Emily’s the Alpha of their “pack” and as every canine knows, YOU MUST OBEY THE ALPHA.

    1. ronald

      There’s no telling how many robots are on board; Galactic technology extends as far as sentient doors. Even the approxiscans themselves are, in effect, robots, as seen by the chatty one that Aitana stole and which is presumably safely ensconced in her pocket even now (too bad it’s been programmed to not tell the crew anything about its original owners). If it’s mechanical and it can engage in prolonged conversation, it’s a robot. More or less. 🙂

      Hopefully, the artist will eventually depict Emily’s ship’s robots. Perhaps Aitana will insist on being introduced to each and every one of them because, hey, kids, right? Or perhaps Emily will get fed up with her human guests challenging her authority, start putting things to a vote, and then rig the vote with robots programmed to agree with everything she says. Unless they don’t. 🙂

  2. When you are lip syncing animals in animation, you kind of have to give them people mouths. They didn’t do that for the recent Lion King and it looked weird. I guess you don’t have to do that for comics. I get the impression that Ruddock’s untranslated language is coyote yips, whines and woofs.

  3. Muzhik

    Maybe Aitana can convince Ruddock to shower with her. As the “cub” of the pack, she’ll need extra protection against the evil liquid soaking her (admittedly sparse) fur on her arms and legs.

    If she can learn to give a good coyote massage, he might learn to enjoy the showers.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Soweli Nasa, with CGI you can make any mouth sync to the words. What they do with foreign animation too. Or make the animal fully CGI these days.

    Ruddock is a great foil and the way he is drawn the stances and expressions sell the character.

  5. ronald

    Out of nowhere, maybe Emily has some holo-recordings (or whatever) of some of her past bad-assery fighting Growp and other characters whom I don’t recall as easily. Viewing those might teach her new crew a thing or two about a thing or two.

  6. TB

    I’m impressed that the coyote not only knows how old it is in years, but can handle concepts like “under twelve.”

    A scanner like Emily’s that can apparently tell how old a person is would not be a popular app on Earth.

  7. Pete Rogan

    You know, this comes to me late. Wouldn’t that approxiscan of the Puppies that Aitana stole know who the Puppies are, where they’re from, and who Kregger is in regards to their scheme? Come to think of it, how much of that scheme DOES that approxiscan know?

    Time for some machine interrogation. IGOR! Fetch the sticky keyboard and the kinked USB cable! (Or OBLIGEY-BOT, if that’s easier)

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