Hey guys, let’s try something new — a comment thread for the comics this week. I got a formspring question about a place to talk about Starslip, so let me provide you with one.
I found it interesting that you didn't have comments on your comics, seeing as those have been fairly standard with many webcomics.
As for the comic itself, I'm considering several possibilities: The engine could be stopped because of some command sent controlling their drive (unlikely, because Why?). The commands could be being used to help cover something up (likely, but What? and How?). And the commands could be used to commandeer people's ships for a giant army (scary thought, but the drive couldn't control people's weapons… could it?).
My guess? It's a remote shut-down command, so that if the sinister cabal that helped designed the drive is ever, say, on the run, they can shut down their pursuers, or similar.
The energy of the nebula they're stuck in just happens to imitate the "shutdown" signal, which is why the drive went haywire when they entered it.
Or something like that.
I'd say that implemented in software, something like that would be hard to miss on an independent source code audit (if they ever did one). However, implemented in the silic… errr… in whatever they build their chips from when no one was looking would be considerably hard to spot (one of those thingies called "an undocumented feature"…) In fact it would probably be stashed away as a "factory test mode/pin/bit/doohickey" that are not part of standard spec at all and that nobody gives a crap about since they're not supposed to be interfering with normal use after the chips leave the factory – if done right, one might even claim some amount of plausible deniability of it being a mere (though rather suspiciously convenient) "silicon error" after the fact…
It's probably much simpler, it's a present from the sentient being that copied their ship of course.
Great idea Kris. Thanks for the comment space.
I am indeed worried about Dahk… and I have a few questions…..
Is each Moliff's cat-brain generated during the reproduction process? Or was each stolen and implemented into each current Moliff? I'm thinking no on the latter question… I'm instead thinking "stolen" means "borrowed" in Monday's comic.
Very interesting storyline either way.
AE 35 is another homage to 2001: a space odyssey.
Welcome to web 2.0, Starslip.
With the revelation about Moliff anatomy, I just become 200% more interested in Dahk.
I especially like the interaction between Mr. Jinx and Dahk. Hopefully this won't be deathbed confession.
More of a deathbowl confession, really.
weeeeeee! look at me I wrote something! The power is overwhelming!
Between the mystery about the new drive and now the news about the Moliff development, we have some interesting developments going on–good stuff!
I'm curious as to whether or not this has to do with any of the storylines Kris said he's trying to wrap up….it's possible that the location at which the shift drive is controlled is so remote that it's in the future; so either it's Elderbeams doing this to prevent something worse, Katakaris trying to kill them, or Deep Time.
The fact that this activated at this VERY specific time might mean this has something to do with……time!
*entropic migration drive
I really like the shades. Makes it more dynamic for me.
Knowing the strip is on its way toward an ending really raises the stakes of storylines like this. I'm excited!
I am glad of a place to comment.
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