04/04/22 – Book 9 Chapter 13 — Gentlekindness Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, April 4, 2022. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2022/04/2022-04-04-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 Cowardice is often simply a better plan for survival. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 04/01/22 – Other Advanced Tech 04/06/22 – The Strangest Thing 19 Comments Rikard April 4, 2022 at 2:08 am 2 years ago Self-interest, which we are taught creates the best out-comes, shines again. If only we could do it in real life when some warmonger or other calls for doing violence to others: “Sure thing, only me and the lads have voted and you’re first through the breach this time, that’ssquare with you mr CEO/congressman, isn’t it?” Wouldn’t be much war then if the leaders had to go in the first wave. Zeebob Froomchik III, Esq. April 5, 2022 at 5:56 pm 2 years ago I’d vote for that, as a basic requirement for any bellicose legislator! “So, Congressman Chickenhawk, it sounds like you’re volunteering to enlist in our forces that you just dispatched to Elbonia. Congratulations! You’ll get to experience the VA first-hand — provided you survive the war you just started…” Carl K April 4, 2022 at 3:51 am 2 years ago Shouldn’t this be chapter 14? someone April 4, 2022 at 4:50 am 2 years ago Why should it? https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2019/10/09/100919-book-9-chapter-1-earth/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2019/12/18/121819-book-9-chapter-2-durnheim-3/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2020/03/16/031620-book-9-chapter-3-lapatrak/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2020/06/01/060120-book-9-chapter-4-galactic-organizational-body/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2020/09/02/090220-book-9-chapter-5-earth-revisited/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2020/10/05/100520-book-9-chapter-6-the-calama-void/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2020/12/09/120920-book-9-chapter-7-planet-2672-wezwez/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2021/01/18/011821-book-9-chapter-8-the-strib-ship/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2021/02/22/022221-book-9-chapter-9-alkyine-quort/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2021/03/29/032921-book-9-chapter-10-neutron-stardust/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2021/05/19/051921-book-9-chapter-11-boukinar/ https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2021/08/18/081821-book-9-chapter-12-the-baltivakk/ I don’t see another chapter 13 already here. someone April 4, 2022 at 4:55 am 2 years ago Why should it? The chapters so far have been 1. Earth 2. Durnheim-3 3. Lapatrak 4. G.O.B. 5. Earth Revisited 6. The Calama Void 7. Planet 2672-Wezwez 8. The Strib Ship 9. Alkyine Quort 10. Neutron Stardust 11. Boukinar 12. The Baltivakk and now: 13. Gentlekindness Or is that a superstition thing about skipping the number 13? Efogoto April 4, 2022 at 5:47 pm 2 years ago Because strip 02/11/22 – Diller Conversation is labelled Chapter 13 — Plant Gentlekindness. Efogoto April 4, 2022 at 6:06 pm 2 years ago Hail Tpyos, Lord of Acucracy! I beg thee accept my donative “Plant” for “Planet”, your faithful servant, Egotofo. Christopher Baldwin April 4, 2022 at 9:42 pm 2 years ago Oh goodness. :-/ will fix. Hades April 4, 2022 at 6:44 am 2 years ago As someone who is actively being a boring parent raising two small (but fairly rambunctious) boys, I gotta say…that’s a tough choice. Hmm. SteelRaven April 4, 2022 at 11:53 am 2 years ago Something familiar about the two crazy puppy aliens in the first panel but I can’t put my finger on it… maybe I just seen to many crazy people in the last decade screaming for murder vs responsibility that I can automatically see this a a familiar response. Demarquis April 4, 2022 at 3:55 pm 2 years ago Cue 199 Strib ships suddenly realizing the better part of valor. Blue Moon Station April 4, 2022 at 5:31 pm 2 years ago Just FYI, the title card for this chapter already showed up a couple months ago, in https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/2022/02/11/021122-diller-conversation/. Not just the same number, but the same name. Probably why some people were thinking that this should be chapter 14. Christopher Baldwin April 4, 2022 at 9:42 pm 2 years ago Oh goodness. :-/ will fix. Pete Rogan April 4, 2022 at 8:56 pm 2 years ago “To die is to be a counterfeit, for he is but the counterfeit of a man who hath not the life of a man; but to counterfeit dying, when a man thereby liveth, is to be no counterfeit, but the true and perfect image of life indeed. The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have sav’d my life.” –Sir John Falstaff, “Henry IV,” Part 1, Act 5, Scene 4 Or, to translate to modern English, better to be a real surviving pretend corpse than a fake hero who becomes a dead fake non-hero corpse. Nice twist of logic there, which I note at least one Strib is not ashamed to adopt. The Stribs in the small scale prefer overwhelming force against an unsuspecting opponent. They have assiduously avoided encountering any hostiles in any number, itself a rare skill, and it is entirely likely that they will, in this instant, scarper. Font Lady April 4, 2022 at 10:19 pm 2 years ago Turn tail? Pete Rogan April 5, 2022 at 8:50 pm 2 years ago Minstrel: [singing] Brave Sir Robin ran away… Sir Robin: No! Minstrel: [singing] bravely ran away away… Sir Robin: I didn’t! Minstrel: [singing] When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled. Sir Robin: I never did! Minstrel: [singing] Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about, and valiantly, he chickened out. Sir Robin: Oh, you liars! Minstrel: [singing] Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat. A brave retreat by brave Sir Robin. One of my favorite short pieces by Neil Innes, better known at the time as a fellow member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band under Vivian Stanshall. The Minstrel, for his pains, was later eaten. Tough life, showbiz. tlhonmey April 5, 2022 at 1:01 pm 2 years ago I’m sorry, the whole alien intervention thing seems rather contrived. Maybe if you’d tied it in more explicitly with the rumors about this section of space being haunted or something. TheWreck April 5, 2022 at 11:21 pm 2 years ago That’s the thing about the Universe; you don’t know what you don’t know until you’re suddenly confronted by something you didn’t know! tlhonmey April 6, 2022 at 12:56 pm 2 years ago Something we didn’t know is fine, and Diller’s luck could explain it showing up at the last possible second. Just more tie in with the purple folks being why this region of space is thought of as haunted would make it seem less like Purpura ex Machina. 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.