01/15/20 – Aitana’s Map

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 15, 2020.




Who doesn’t want a half-eaten sandwich, am I right?


  1. Buck

    Ruddock keeping things on track! I love this little guy. Would he eat my face, if he happened across my corpse in the desert? Absolutely, but it wouldn’t be personal or anything. Just coyote things. I wonder what’s filling that ecological niche on that planet?

  2. Gregg Eshelman

    Convergent design of trash barrels. The simplest shape, a cylinder. Make it of thin metal to reduce weight and cost. Roll in a few ribs for improving rigidity when one end is open.

    Result? Alien trash barrel looks remarkably like a 55 gallon barrel on Earth. Probably very close to the same capacity, no matter what unit of volume is common on this planet. Someone likely makes steel (or whatever metal this one is made of) drums from them.

    1. Gregg Eshelman

      ‘Course immediately after I hit post, I looked at the comic again and noticed the house in panel 3 sorta reminds me of the house in “Psycho”, from the right angle, if you squint a bit.

  3. Pete Rogan

    Instincts not good enough when you have a ‘helpful’ coyote around. Makes me wonder what Ruddock did to not be with his pack when it was devoured by cougars.

    It’s wise to be distrustful of those who seem to be ‘just lucky’ and survived whatever disaster befell their troop, or their pack, or their family. You don’t know what they did to escape their doom or if it hastened the doom of others. You’re only ‘lucky’ with a live hand grenade if it goes off someplace you ain’t.

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