03/21/22 – Avoiding Existentialism

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, March 21, 2022.




It must be awfully tiring to be uber-powerful.


  1. Coyoty

    Before he leaves, the Purple Eye Guy will use his immortality stones to clear the Spacetrawler gang from the crimes they’ve been framed with, and keep the authorities from jailing them.

    They’re everlasting GOB-stoppers.

    1. tlhonmey

      Better question: Why are there life insurance agents in the realm of the immortals? Seems like maybe there’s something interesting going on on the far side of the portal.

      Or maybe just politics and stupidity. Hard to tell from here.

      1. TB

        There are always accidents. The one certainty of agelessness is that you’re going to die stupidly. And then your policy pays out. In such a society, your job would have a lot more to do with your life insurance rates than your age would.

        Hey, uber-powerful guy, if you’re so great, how come you don’t have binocular vision?

        1. rws

          Some actuary did the math. With the culture at hand, he figured that if all deaths from old age and disease were eliminated, average age at death would be around 800, if I remember correctly.

          Of course, if that were true, I suspect that we might become more cautious.

        2. tlhonmey

          I suppose it depends on whether they mean literally immortal or merely unaging. Or it could be a blend of both and while the power stones let them reincarnate it’s a hassle and so they have insurance to cover it.

          Oh, and you can get decent depth perception out of a single eye too if it’s sufficiently large. Which, proportionally, theirs appear to be. All a matter of how it focuses and how the brain controlling it does the math.

  2. Pete Rogan

    Mistake to admit the purpose of the power stones. That gives the Stribs a real good reason to try and get them back, no matter what species or universe has to die.

    Unless, consonant with what we’ve seen so far, their snark is worse than their spite.

    1. Tavis

      Good reason? Seems like convenient usefulness was enough reason for them to do so the first time around. That another species or universe would have to die as a result of their actions would just be inconsequential, if not a happy bonus.

  3. Night-Gaunt

    Immortal doesn’t mean invulnerable. Without regeneration you become a living trunk with head.

    Now if you do regenerate you might want to have a backup of your mind and brain so when you head grows back it won’t be a base start up.

    Rick Sanchez had Op. Phoenix that automatically downloads his intelligence et al into a backup clone.

    1. Muzhik

      “Schlock Mercenary” by Howard Tayler developed a plot line where a secretive government agency (about a thousand years in the future) developed a “blood nanny” (or “blood nanobots” or “nanites”) that would back up your brain into your skin, so that if you got a round through the brain, the nannys would rebuild your brain and restore it to the point from your last backup.

      (An excellent web comic, BTW. It’s finished its last storyline, but you can read all 20 years of it online at https://www.schlockmercenary.com/ — highly recommended if you ever served in any kind of military unit. Remember: There is no overkill. There is only “Open fire” and “Time to reload”. And: Close air support covereth a multitude of sins.)

      1. rws

        They also allowed you to backup to an offsite computer. The captain hand carried a nuclear bomb into a room and set it off.

        They brought him back from DNA sample and his latest backup.

        1. DSL

          I could go read the archive — I enjoy Schlock — but I’ll ask anyway: Did that storyline address the Transporter conundrum of whether the backup is you or a copy that thinks it’s you?

  4. Matt

    So normally Chris will say if he’s taking a day off or if something broke and that’s why there’s no update. I’ve seen nothing, does anyone know what’s going on?

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