Latest blog post: Redraw of chapter 1 is happening (2024-05-11)

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Those photo slides waited almost FOUR YEARS to be used in the comic! They were among the first-ever images I've created for this project.



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Keith Schiffner (transfer from Disqus)

and his big lie...y'all shot it down son. It only crashed after you initiated violence.

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Ratatosk (transfer from Disqus)

It did crash land, that's no lie.
The rest is just a sin of omission. ;)

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Keith Schiffner (transfer from Disqus)

Nope, a lie. You tell the whole story warts and all or you just lied. Which the beggers the question what other lies are you telling there goes any trust you may have ever had.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

It's only a lie if he steps off the podium without mentioning the missile, otherwise it's just limits of linear time. And now that he's started talking at all, it's a lie he has no real reason to tell.

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Keith Schiffner (transfer from Disqus)

Sounds like a lawyer or a politician defending someone else's lie.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Oh hey, look what he says on the very next page, less than 60 seconds of talking later (by implication, but he made it pretty plain). Just as a certain sounds-like-a-lawyer-or-politician predicted.

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Keith Schiffner (transfer from Disqus)

When I replied (morning my time) next page wasn't up yet. :)

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

True, but irrelevant. Seriously, take a moment and really think about how you spoke there, and how I spoke to you.

I pointed out that Bahin had only been talking for a few seconds and the "lie" you were so salty about was simply something he hadn't said yet, and was probably about to. I might have turned out to be wrong about that, which is why I did not mock anyone for saying otherwise.

It would have been so easy for you to say "hmm, all right, I'll wait and and watch him talk, and we'll see which of us is right." Instead you went straight for "no, he's already a liar, and you're a shill for defending him."

I'm not throwing shade on you for making a wrong prediction. I make wrong predictions all the time. What I'm throwing shade on you for is the sneering arrogance you chose to load your prediction with. Even being right wouldn't have justified that "you sound like a slimy lawyer" crack. Learn to disagree without throwing rotten eggs, it's easy and it has way less risk of those eggs ending up on your own face.

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Keith Schiffner (transfer from Disqus)

Sorry if that all came across as rotten eggs. I was being a snarky/flippiant. And he hasn't said they shot it down yet. Not on clear word.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Text failed to convey the "joke" part of "joke insult," as it often does when talking to strangers.

and "It crashed." "Did you shoot it down?!" "Here is why anyone would have shot it down..." seems like a pretty clear word to me.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Hey, if they already know where the Alliance fleet is, I wonder what happens if they just beam a message at them in plaintext explaining what happened and asking to open a diplomatic channel.

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glenn (transfer from Disqus)

That could actually work! The Alliance losses could be written-off because of their bad intelligence (not realizing the nature of the self-defense actions to begin with.) There were mistakes made on both sides, but the Alliance started it with their unintentional blunder into protected airspace.

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Man, the Alliance was less stealthy than they thought all the way down the line, weren't they? Can't even keep their oh-so-secure laser comms unobserved.

military [satellites]

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glenn (transfer from Disqus)

Yeah, NOBODY mentioned that the ship was shot down by one of their Air Defense Missiles. Ooops!

No sense making those nice people worry about that (or about what it might imply.)

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Lord Eric (transfer from Disqus)

Eh, no need to judge quite yet. That might be his next sentence.

It's hardly a shameful secret, even if the results are horrid. In Pronin's shoes, pretty much any nation's airbase commander would have shot down the intruder.

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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

Eh, I wouldn't tell you that either. It's an US problem now, not just a me.

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Greg C (Silence Echoes) (transfer from Disqus)

Ah keeping everyone in the loop! Good choice, usually problems arrive from nobody communicating but instead the Russian Government is just outright saying, "Yeah aliens landed in our nation."

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Chris Kotthoff (transfer from Disqus)

Also a good way to avoid another incident

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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

Or coordinate how to handle the next one.

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Greg C (Silence Echoes) (transfer from Disqus)

Exactly my point! How often in sci-fi does stuff like this happen? How often do people actually communicate what's going on?

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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

Even the Russians gotta see reason on ocassion.

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Greg C (Silence Echoes) (transfer from Disqus)

It's just so uncommon in science fiction. It's so pleasant to see here.






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Many homeworlds of the respective species are still divided into countries, but freshly established colonies on other planets are almost always monolithic and basically independent, since they sprawled from a single initial outpost, and time lag involved due to interstellar distances making remote management of the colony from a homeworld to be ineffective and frustrating at best.