04/16/20 – Needing a Host Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, April 16, 2020. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/04/2020-04-16-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 I feel like a plain button-up shirt might go well with the symbiont. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 04/15/20 – The Perimeter Plan 04/20/20 – Bored 11 Comments Night-Gaunt49 April 16, 2020 at 1:04 am 4 years ago “Who goes there?” Keith April 20, 2020 at 8:03 am 4 years ago who dat who say dat. Coyoty April 16, 2020 at 1:57 am 4 years ago It’s better than the alternative. “Hey, that jacket is too loud!” “You can hear it?” “No, it hurts my eyes, not my ears.” Pibbles April 16, 2020 at 2:40 am 4 years ago “We went to space to chase after bobble-headed, parent-snatching, murderous puppy aliens and you are questioning a talking sweater? Back me up talking coyote….oh wait, thats right, we left him with the Talking Storage.” >:| Joshua Kronengold April 16, 2020 at 3:24 am 4 years ago So, is the symbiont taking the form of a translucent jacket? Or one that matches exactly the color scheme of the sweater underneath it? Sardtok April 16, 2020 at 7:46 am 4 years ago Unless it’s also matching the colour scheme of the buildings behind it… The Shadow April 16, 2020 at 3:36 am 4 years ago I wouldn’t be too quick to believe the jacket, Tesfay. It was hanging in the coat check without being worn, and didn’t die. Rikard April 16, 2020 at 11:07 am 4 years ago So many innuendos (and innuendon’ts!) about Tesfay, the symbiont and going to bed. Just imagine the possible conversations his shipmates can overhear from his bedroom. Or bathroom. Or trying to remove it: “This is where I get you off!” Ba-dum-tish. Pete Rogan April 16, 2020 at 8:52 pm 4 years ago SYMBIONT SYMBIONT SYMBIONT SYMBIONT SYMBIONT SYMBIONT— I’m sorry, it’s a reflex. This thing is already in Tesfay’s nervous system. I don’t know what else it might be feeding on, but what symbionts usually want from their host is transportation. This thing is trying to get someplace else. For whatever purpose, it’s keeping to itself. Makes me wonder what it came here for, and what it got when it did. And how it managed to separate itself from its host. Because I bet the host didn’t have much to say about the matter, and may have been happy to see it gone. Heaven help us if it’s after something the puppy-people want or need. That will tend to rush things for reasons we’re not likely to discover… not before something awful happens. Night-Gaunt49 April 17, 2020 at 10:26 pm 4 years ago We only have its word it is a “symbiont” an not a “parasite”. Pete Rogan April 18, 2020 at 8:10 pm 4 years ago There are three levels of symbiosis: Mutual benefit, commensalism (where one benefits but the other neither gains nor loses) and parasitism. Given that two of the three are at best neutral to the host, I do not see a great deal of hope here. The situation is not helped by the symbiont being sentient. I presume that the symbiont in that case knows what it wants and why, and why it should conceal what it’s getting from the arrangement until it has it. Notice that the symbiont has said not a word about what it might want, nor the cost to the host. Therefore I treat it like a gun to the back, something you can’t ignore but you’d better be aware of where it’s steering you and what it says, because you might not get anything else out of it until it’s prize time — for it, not for the host. Is this relationship clownfish-sea anemone? Shark-remora? Or more aphid-Buchnera? Note that for that last, parasitism is a given, only it’s not between the two species. Stranger things, Horatio, much stranger. 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.