The universe crumbling around him, Vanderbeam has a dream that will either sustain him with thoughts of Jovia or torment him with impossibilities!!
Oh, so is it really a dream? I thought perhaps Beams had been transported into another universe or something.
Perhaps this is a far universal outlier of the original Star-skip drive.
You are awesome.
This was inspired by Far Beyond the Stars. Y/Y?
Had this thought too!
Interesting turn of events. I'm waiting to see where this goes, and whether this consummation of their love is considered…canon.
I figured that this was reality, and Starslip is the dream…
Nah, I can come out right now and say that Starslip is real.
Oh good, I was starting to worry you were just making it all up.
Beams is the dreamer and the dream.
Feels almost like a mirror to the original Chronomantic storyline (which seemed similarly like a non sequitur at first).
Might Kris be channeling "The Inner Light" from Star Trek: TNG?
Its much more similar to "Fay Beyond the Stars" from DS9.
Man, that's exactly how it goes when I make a joke in a dream, too. I end up trying to explain it six different ways and then forget where I am or who I was talking to.
Even in his dreams, Vanderbeam is still Vanderbeam!
My thought when Vanderbeam woke up in that hovel, was that he had been shifted by Katarakis to another timeline, much as the whole crew was when they found themselves and the Paradigm disgraced and assigned to cataloguing space dust. In a timeline with a lower-technology Earth and Vanderbeam with Jovia — and in the infinity of probability at least one such timeline must exist — he would be unable to do anything to stop Katarakis, and might not even want to leave.
I'm glad this isn't the case, as it would have been an absolutely terrifying twist otherwise.
"Starslip is real, this is a dream." Heh. Reminds me of when DC comics started coming out with "imaginary stories." Of course, they meant that those stories were not part of continuity, but isn't ALL fiction imaginary?
Alan Moore has done more to ruin comics with his quote than with any of the stories he's written!
Which Lieven is this? Lieven van Lathem? Lieven de Witte? Lieven Onajetplane?
I thought that last one was John Denver?
"x cubic light years across" ?
I was thinking the same thing, actually. Kinda imprecise way of speaking for an engineer, but maybe she's adapted her mode of speech to Vanderbeam's comprehension level.
Ignoring the above ridiculous nitpick, Straub's writing has taken a had a really noticeable upswing the last month or two. These strips are gold.
He should end his comics ALL THE TIME.
Seven light years across . . . . unless breadth is expressed in volumetric units due to multiple dimensionality characteristics. Perhaps breadth is a retronym and width is used for simple linear distance.
While Starlip is still going, i wanted to register my love for this dramatic swerve you've made with the strip. I'll miss the Starslip universe when you close the door, but I'll also miss the Kris Straub character building, interactions, and plotting.
Last panel today made me realise that Vandermean really looks like a muppet. Then it dawned on me… maybe everyone in Starslip is a muppet??? Someone should make a Starslip puppet show!
(No, it's a terrible idea and it would be terrible.)
Man I really want you to do some sort of historical comic next.
I don't comment on comic forums, ever, but I had to record how much I have enjoyed this one. It's been brilliant. I did not twig the depth of the storylines and characterisation, well, okay maybe a little bit… anyway, the conclusion is quite clearly planned and well-plotted and everything else that makes things worth following.
Yes, I'm offering gushing praise; yes, I am like some kind of squeeing fan, but it is deserved.
Mr Straub, at the risk of inflating your ego, you have made some random person on the internet who you don't even know very happy with your medium.
Thank you. I can't wait to see how this ends but I also don't want it to because I don't want it to end.
Wait, the universe is crumbling… and a major female character just got pregnant…
OH DEAR GODS IT'S CHECKERBOARD NIGHTMARE ALL OVER AGAIN AAAAAAAAAA
Is he somehow dreaming of the secret location of that which he seeks in reality?
Tune in next week when Chex is Katarakis.
"Second star to the left, and straight on till morning!"
…You watched Andromeda, didn't you?
Deep Time to the rescue? Or are they going to present additional obstacles?
Matters approach singularity, and a pregnancy often ends matters.
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