02/03/21 – Likability Testing Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, February 3, 2021. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2021/01/2021-02-03-audio-ST.m4a.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 think I’m wired to want to adopt a baby Boult. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 02/02/21 – What’s Up Primer 02/04/21 – Human Helpers 20 Comments Pibbles February 3, 2021 at 12:41 am 3 years ago Well this is all fine and dandy until they get too big and we start flushing them down the toilet… Jim Campbell February 3, 2021 at 12:41 am 3 years ago Good grief! These beings are horrid. They must be stopped. They’re terrible and manipulative and… oooh, whoosa kootchie wootchie woo den? Phil February 3, 2021 at 1:16 am 3 years ago I am Boult. Coyoty February 3, 2021 at 2:12 am 3 years ago Humans go kookoo for cuckoo pups. Erhannis February 3, 2021 at 10:50 am 3 years ago I approve of this clever joke. In other news – this is a weird plan. Also, MILLIONS of species? That suggests millions of test babies, which in turn suggests a gargantuan general population (or everybody’s really on board with the plan), and incredible influence/power. Also, millions of species, and they’re somehow as-yet unknown officially? With the kind of “stealth” we saw in the intro? Christopher Baldwin February 3, 2021 at 11:10 am 3 years ago @Erhannis, well, it could be thousands of babies over a long period of time, each one brought to many many many planets. The Shadow February 3, 2021 at 2:36 am 3 years ago I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I hate the Strib. SO much. Jude February 3, 2021 at 4:51 am 3 years ago I’m immune! Puppies have never appealed much to me, especially those that are flat-faced with snub noses. Now if the Strib looked like lion cubs, I’d be totally unable to resist. Meran February 3, 2021 at 5:18 am 3 years ago Pomeranians (which I have had for over 20 years now) look a LOT like baby lions, regardless of age. Piles are smaller, as are puddles. 🙂 And they are fine with ME doing dinner so they don’t have to chase down chickens. Or those giant dogs that visit from the fields now and then. (Deer)(which like to watch them bounce around and bark at them. Which isn’t aggressive; it’s more like a “let’s have a playdate”.) Frankie D. February 3, 2021 at 5:07 am 3 years ago That log had a child! someone February 3, 2021 at 8:16 am 3 years ago Yoda? Martin February 3, 2021 at 8:35 am 3 years ago I want to know more about the Grinklepoks of Kedge. Are they a warrior people, or just a bunch of fit, attractive urbanites? I imagine they all cycle everywhere, but aren’t pretentious about it. Kaidah February 3, 2021 at 8:37 am 3 years ago So they’re like cuckoos? Leaving their young in different nests (planets) to be raised by others? Christopher Baldwin February 3, 2021 at 11:08 am 3 years ago @Kaidah, exactly. I actually was inspired by cowbirds as my choice of brood parasite. 🙂 Soweli Nasa February 3, 2021 at 11:31 am 3 years ago So, they’re kidnapping humans to the puppy planet to care for puppies? I feel like like they could have been far less evil and done it with a Craigslist ad. vincentmuyo February 3, 2021 at 4:38 pm 3 years ago I get it but I also think this is fundamentally stupid for a species which has FTL travel and robots. … They didn’t even think of using robots, did they. vincentmuyo February 3, 2021 at 4:43 pm 3 years ago Having said that, this isn’t really a strike against the story – I’m fully onboard with people (humans and aliens) doing kind of dumb things in Space Trawler. I also suspect it won’t be quite that simple. 🙂 … Or it is that simple and the Strib have personal and possibly dumb reasons for not using robots. Either way, I’m on board. 🙂 Muzhik February 3, 2021 at 7:08 pm 3 years ago @vincentmuyo I think they DID try robots. At first. But protestations aside, robots can appear amusing, or caring, or loving, but it’s only an appearance. The robots would have had no emotional connection to the Strib pups, and so you would have a group of emotionally-damaged Strib that would have to be put down. THAT’s when they started looking at other species as nannies. Muzhik February 3, 2021 at 7:03 pm 3 years ago Suddenly, I flashed on the character of “Ego” in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, getting all these females over the galaxy to bear his children so he can destroy everything. Like Ego, the Strib don’t care about what the effects on other lifeforms are or will be: they want what they want and will kill as many as needed to get what they want. Pete Rogan February 4, 2021 at 5:14 pm 3 years ago Yep. It’s the same scam, with possibly the same long-term effect. The concept of cowbird aliens pushing out the children of all other races — or even just HUMAN children — nauseates me. Mind, now, the symbiont was a hard act to follow, but strib parasitism is in a realm by itself. This isn’t just hedonistic laziness. It’s parasitic genocide. Somebody tell Emily. She’ll know what to do with the situation. 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.