11/22/21 – What Ruddock Wants

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, November 22, 2021.




Sometimes it is just an impasse.


  1. Pete Rogan

    I have to wonder who Ruddock thinks could be an enemy of the Stribs but a friend to coyotes. Or other non-Strib Galactic peoples. We might find out later.

    But he’s wrong about animosity being a basis for friendship. One time a surveyor was out at a golf course, taking stock of the way the streams flowed between the ponds. While he sat in his golf cart sketching, a fifteen-pound hare suddenly jumped into his lap. He was trying to cope with that when the hare leapt away, to be replaced by the thirty-five pound bobcat that had been chasing the hare.

    The struggle was brief but bloody (for the surveyor), until the bobcat was expelled from the cart. By that time the hare had long since made his getaway.

    From this experience I derived a business maxim: The enemy of my enemy doesn’t NEED to be my friend.

  2. Jude

    There are times when I really REALLY wish there was an upvoted icon besides comments. There are so many here that make me chuckle! Many times, they’re almost as good as your strip, Christopher.

  3. Muzhik

    Sudden thought: are there “waste recycling units” (i.e., “loos”) on the bridge? Or in a closet (a watercloset?) so it could be used without technically “leaving the bridge”? That always bothered me with those movies where the hero is hiding in a closet, waiting for a chance to strike. Why does he never seem to need to use the facilities?

    Come to think of it, you never see doors clearly leading to restrooms in any of the corridors of any of the ships in Star Trek.

    For that matter, are there food replicators and drinking fountains on the bridge?

    Suddenly I feel a tad peckish …

    1. Pete Rogan

      Stephen E. Whitfield, I believe, in his “The Making of Star Trek,” included a diagram of the bridge… which included a lavatory…. directly behind the main viewscreen. Self-conscious much?

      Considering the bridge had to be offset because, for dramatic effect, they didn’t want to show the turbolift opening directly behind the captain’s chair, I’m sure this is a bit of fluffery to confound, confuse and satisfy the fans who were saying, “Hey, where’s the head?” Or sometimes just, “So where’s the Captain’s Log?”

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