04/07/23 – Shields Locked Down Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, April 7, 2023. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/03/2023-04-07-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 That computer ain’t no dummy. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 04/05/23 – Empathy and Caring 04/10/23 – On Being Stuck 20 Comments Rikard April 7, 2023 at 1:35 am 8 months ago And shut-off the lip-reading ability, HAL. someone April 7, 2023 at 3:20 am 8 months ago Well, can they reach the shield batteries and disconnect them? russell April 8, 2023 at 1:42 am 8 months ago Logically, the batteries would be untouchable while the shields are running. Coyoty April 7, 2023 at 4:09 am 8 months ago Unless Ruddock unlocks the door, we’ll have to wait to see how Gentlekindness’ society develops from the Strib babies and their human caretakers’ unadulterated children. The Saprophyte April 7, 2023 at 3:28 pm 8 months ago Stay tuned for Spacetrawler IV: The Wrath Of Strib. Pete Rogan April 7, 2023 at 1:35 pm 8 months ago So Strib computers are just as hard to deal with as the Stribs themselves. Hmmm…. I wonder how long Strib civilization would last if they developed their own form of ChatGPT. My guess is that it might take as long as an hour for the mass shootings to begin. Two hours for them to finish. Ditto the Stribs. Fnordius April 9, 2023 at 12:35 pm 8 months ago The thing is, I suspect the Strib did not develop the AI, but instead it was yet another “gift” they “borrowed” from a species that was dumb enough to help them. The whole history of the Strib seems to be exploiting other species, tricking them into helping them and then moving on once they got what they wanted. FontLady April 7, 2023 at 7:04 pm 8 months ago You know? Somehow I just can’t bring myself to feel sorry for them. Demarquis April 7, 2023 at 8:48 pm 8 months ago Hah. They’re already in prison. May they stay there. I wonder how the battle is going? Rob C. April 7, 2023 at 11:23 pm 8 months ago I’ve lost track. Are Stribs still on their homeworld? Won’t they have machines to mine fuel from a planet or they don’t have the resources do that. Long-time Reader, First=time Commenter April 8, 2023 at 12:37 am 8 months ago They are on their home planet, however all their tech is stolen, so I doubt they have the ability to mine raw materials. I would guess that at best they have the ability to “re-manufacture” from other products–which is why the computer starts off with “I don’t have the tech” to build ships… russell April 8, 2023 at 1:41 am 8 months ago No, this is an empty colony world. Except for this one building one assumes. Funniest answer. C.B.VINCENT April 8, 2023 at 11:39 am 8 months ago Won’t Alkyine know whatever Science knew an be able to unlock the shields? russell April 8, 2023 at 1:33 pm 8 months ago They allowed the only person that knew the password to go on a dangerous mission. Bright. This is planet “gentle kindness”, implied to be an empty colony, not the home world. russell April 8, 2023 at 3:18 pm 8 months ago Seems like the ships – ship singular now – can go through the shields. After the battle, some soldiers can use remaining ship to go in and remove all personnel. Might take several trips to remove 20,000 puppies. Once they leave, destroy ship, planet unreachable for 200 years. Christopher Baldwin April 8, 2023 at 4:14 pm 8 months ago @Russell, they can leave, but not enter. I THINK I mentioned that at some point, but am not at my computer to find where. ???? (and there are no ships left on the planet) 0z79 April 8, 2023 at 8:06 pm 8 months ago So… that’s it. Until the Stribs figure out how to get off planet themselves, they’re truly stuck. One could even say they’re quarantined away from the galaxy at large until they grow the hell up. Pete Rogan April 8, 2023 at 10:24 pm 8 months ago Oh! Hey! THAT would work, wouldn’t it? With that, I’m getting another Dr. Pepper and some Lemonheads for the duration. Oh, and Christopher? The Strib ship computer queried by Ruddock confirms the one-way nature of the planetary shield in the comic of 17 August 2022. I forgot that myself. russell April 9, 2023 at 1:23 pm 8 months ago Only these two adults, a lot of kids, and a (very) few humans. Most are either on the home world, or in the fleet outside the shields. Survivors of the battle can go home, but not here. Yes, this is in essence a prison, barring someone strong enough to burst the shields. russell April 9, 2023 at 2:41 pm 8 months ago Another possible loophole – Does the shield cover the ENTIRE planet? If not, travel on ground to where shield is not, have someone pick you up. Or you know, convince the computer to shut it off. 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.