01/14/20 – A Souvenir for Aitana Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 14, 2020. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/01/2020-01-14-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent As Robert Asprin wrote, “”if you think you’ve gotten a good deal from a Deveel, first count your fingers, then your limbs, then your relatives.” First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 01/13/20 – Ahhwwwoooooooooo! 01/15/20 – Aitana’s Map 20 Comments Coyoty January 14, 2020 at 12:08 am 4 years ago So if they got something for free, they’re mything something. I guess the ground dwellers are attentive after all if money is involved. Jude January 14, 2020 at 1:00 am 4 years ago Quick, Ruddock, follow the scent of that dicey so-called vendor. No, not that one, the other one. And judging from the last panel, it looks like the bored-to-death long-faced ground dweebs can ‘smile’ after all. DSL January 14, 2020 at 7:16 am 4 years ago Yeah, but that’s the sort of smile that has me making sure my wallet and watch are still there. Scorpinac January 14, 2020 at 4:08 am 4 years ago After all, one must never ignore sage advice, especially from someone who is a “Pervect” source of knowledge! russell styles January 14, 2020 at 11:46 am 4 years ago Yeah, they reminded me of them as well. Or the Deevils maybe. Not sure of spelling. Frankie D. January 14, 2020 at 6:55 am 4 years ago For some reason, I’m getting a David Pumpkins vibe off the guy in the last panel. Coyoty January 15, 2020 at 12:26 am 4 years ago “Any questions?” DSL January 14, 2020 at 7:18 am 4 years ago Someone up and _gives_ you something that enables your movements to be tracked? Not suspicious at all. Nope. russell styles January 14, 2020 at 11:46 am 4 years ago Attach it to some passing vehicle. KQY January 14, 2020 at 7:58 am 4 years ago I hope they are not soon to be Myth Inc In Action! 😉 p0indexterous January 16, 2020 at 12:20 am 4 years ago I saw what you did there. Well done! Daremonai January 14, 2020 at 8:38 am 4 years ago Or she happened to go to some kind of chamber of commerce information both. Tourist funnel areas like airports and train stations often have free maps. War Pig January 14, 2020 at 8:52 am 4 years ago And the maps are sponsored by merchants whose names and location on said map are prominently displayed. andreas January 14, 2020 at 8:55 am 4 years ago Love it that Emily who kind of was a self-exile from a dark planet when we met her now has the whole galaxy pegged. At one point we thought the universal constants were maths or perhaps fundamental physics, and expected alien species to communicate by sending Fibonacci sequences or Planck constants to establish rapport. As Stanislas Lem pointed out, we can hardly assume our ideas about maths and physics are widely, let alone universally shared. He suspected the true universal constants to be I) bureaucracy and II) Emily’s very notion that nobody would give out stuff for free. This nicely explains the silencium universii – the fact that nobody sends radio transmissions to us beginning with Pythagoras theorem and ending with free plans for fusion reactors. In the spacetrawler universe, the radio silence explained by the GOP’s designation of Earth as a dark planet. However, I suspect that Lem was right and that designation is mostly public relations; the real reason for the GOP not bothering with us is likely Emily’s very insight as the GOP only spends 0.4% of GDP on development aid (and that mostly goes to overhead). Nomi January 14, 2020 at 1:57 pm 4 years ago GOB? Or are you sneaking in references to Earth-nation politics? andreas January 14, 2020 at 5:14 pm 4 years ago Freudian slip 😉 Gregg Eshelman January 15, 2020 at 2:09 am 4 years ago One item that will have to be universal among sapient species is some method of organizing the elements in some fashion similar to our periodic table. That’s the Ah-Ha! piece in H. Beam Piper’s “Omnilingual”. The ancient Martians left behind a large amount of artifacts, including books, but nobody can decipher any of the writing. The explorers find that in the city they’re exploring a wind turbine atop a building was providing power to life support, and it failed in a way that wasn’t repairable. Soon after they find their first Martians, the last of their species. They’d gathered in one room, closed the door and lit a brazier to die from carbon monoxide rather than slowly asphyxiate. But on the wall of the room is the key to understanding the Martian language. A table of the elements. Not like out Periodic table but easy enough to work out what it represents, which provides an easy translation of their numbers and all the words for their names of the elements they know. I think it’d make a great episode in a SF video anthology, just change the setting to some Mars like planet orbiting another star. russell styles January 14, 2020 at 2:27 pm 4 years ago I’m beginning to understand why the Durns don’t want the Heins in the air. Pete Rogan January 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm 4 years ago Hair up on the back of my neck. You don’t have to roam the Galaxy to know that TANSTAAFL is universal: There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. Or the drinks would be half as much. There’s a payoff coming in something else. Only there’s no indication what. That’s probably deliberate; why give your secrets away when you can get so much more by being quiet about them? The map vendor disappearing is signal, too. But what does that mean? And how soon do they find out? I mean besides being before they’re ready for it? Emily, instincts UP! Night-Gaunt49 January 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm 4 years ago Why would any intelligence willingly send information using primitive radio waves? Every star out there sends radio waves and they are slow. The advanced ones would be using something we may have no idea of or it would considered fringe “science” at best. Also what if what we think of as natural going on out there some of is artificial, but on such a large scale it looks natural? We may be seeing it now and have mistaken it for just part of the natural order out there and some of it is made or destroyed by a species of incredible power and have been that way for centuries or longer. Radio waves? What if no one is listening on such a crowded frequency? Why would they think to bother? Looks like some of the intelligence bureau hands out a freebee to monitor them. Who would refuse something for free? Then clearing out when the hand off is done. I expect Emily understands. I wonder what she will do with the map? Leave a Reply 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.