09/24/20 – Turning Around

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, September 24, 2020.




Like clockwork.


  1. russell styles

    I’ve had serious doubts about whether most of the aliens in this strip are really sentient beings, or just smart animals like the kangaroo and Coyote.

    Stangor seems to be smarter than humans if anything.

        1. M.A.

          I talk to my cat all the time. All she says is “Meow”. Is that really conversation? (Although I must say I’ve had exchanges with other humans which were similarly content-free…)

    1. Rex Vivat

      The fact that the translator chip is able to make communication with animals possible implies that animals (or at least, coyotes and kangaroos) are actually sapient and we just couldn’t figure each other’s languages.
      (And, by the way, depending on who you ask or your exact definition, animals are sentient, even in the real world. Sentience and sapience are not the same thing.)

  2. Pete Roullard

    Yippee! I have been on pins and needles waiting to see if Stangor and Ruddock actually did manage to get aboard and why haven’t we seen them yet?! And here they are in a truly heroic on stage entrance!! And putting the plot suddenly into hyperdrive, too!!! —> and congrats to Christopher B for this achievement!

  3. Pete Rogan

    And the switcheroo goes through, and we’re back on the Trail of the Space Puppies! (Play the theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” cut with passages from “Yakety Sax” from the Benny Hill show) Five Earthlings and a reformed criminal on a stolen starship known for its old-fashioned dishonorable name.

    What could go wrong?

    We’ll find out Monday, I guess. Time enough to imagine, oh, all sorts of criminal folly and errant but well-intentioned mischief along the way.

    Not to mention the secret project the puppy-aliens need all these Earth people for. I can hardly wait.

  4. Muzhik

    And what, pray tell, could possibly go wrong?

    AAIIEEEE! Thanks, Steven. Whatever happens now is all on you. I know mercenary captains who would be willing to kill their own crew if they EVER uttered those cursed magical words.

    (Well, not “know” in a 3-dimentional sense. It’s more like having read every single strip of “Schlock Mercenary” for the past 20 years and having developed a healthy respect for Capt. Kaff Tagon. But it’s almost the same.)

    But, truly, are our leeless feeders doomed to spend all that time on Earth bereft of all companionship save for Mr. Zorrilla?


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