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commented on Dick Tracy
about 1 month ago
The Hong Kong Cavs! Me so happy!! Hoping it is post 8th. dimension events.
commented on Endtown
2 months ago
Coming into the discussion late on the strip going on hiatus, but what?when? how long? And what kind of content to fill the space during? I’m wondering, in part, about some fannish material to provide content during. I’ve got some shamelessly fannish stories that I could polish up and have available if he’ll have it.
Totally off topic for the current strip- Thinking about quantifying Amesworth radiation in terms of atomic destruction rates. So, perhaps something like milligram per kilogram per second as a start point. That is a nice round number and probably well within a start point for biological symptoms to start, if the presumption of hydrogen atom annihalation is at work.
Actually, grenades are to be used from cover, as the potentially leathal fragmentation radius is a lot further than most people can throw. The blast effect on normal grenades is pretty limited, so the fancy type must be awfully potent.
Looks like they’ve got a dust leak coming through the various elevator ducts. This could be bad, or at least very inconveinant for Endtown. Our heroes may have to use the dittos to cover the topside damage and strike out on their own without that protection. This could test how well or even if the satillite system is working.
An aside on the landscape, wonder if there is anything out there beyond dust and the occational ruin, as the whole setting could be more metaphoric/symbolic than “realistic”? My pet images include areas only lightly hit by Amesworth, skeletonized trees and raw bedrock where the dust has rinsed off high ground, for example. But that is only my nit-picky hard SF side, so turning everything into dust world is perfectly fine. Arron’s art and story-telling has a somewhat European flavor, with more symbolic/fantastic elements than what I’m used to in US SF. (or at least the kind of stuff I was reading in my formative days)
commented on Endtown
3 months ago
People closing their eyes for more than an instant when they speak? Really? Wow. (seriously, it seems like a really “why would anyone do that, don’t they want to maintain contact and visual feedback” kind of thing) I just thought it was a dramatic convention. Really.
Not a critique of the strip, but a general question about the common gimmick in all kinds of narritives, of an individual closes eyes/spaces out to comment and things happen around him/her for a surprise. Does anyone actually DO that? Or is it just a bit of dramatic stupid to let things happen? In this instance, its a cute little progression in the story, but I see the same sort of thing used to death for all kinds of absurd situations.
There is a world of difference between radiologically “detectable” and “contaminated”. And levels of contamination versus individual exposure rates and all that get awfully subjective and complicated. But regarding the surface conditions, who knows how extensive the deeply dusted areas are? My impression is that the setting is somewhere in the middle of North America (or equivelent) so you’d have lots of fairly flat land with enough population to justify a fairly thurough saturation strike. I’d hope there would be areas that suffered less attention (the world’s total area is REALLY big, and it seems unlikely anyone would go to the trouble to make enough bombs to burn EVERYTHING) And I’m wondering about still unknown mutant survivor populations too isolated or unable or unwilling to reveal themselves.
If my totally fannish WAG on Amesworth radiation is even close to the answer, then the residual rads would “decay” water, preventing accumulations in the heavily dosed areas. But even without that speculation, the heavily dosed areas are thick with dust (that doesn’t seem to cake down) which would allow any rain fall to drain down out of reach. Any area that might become saturated would be just a mass of mud.
commented on Endtown
4 months ago
Wondering about the extent of the dusted areas. As the setting suggests mid-continental US (if not in name, then in effect) the vast areas with substaintial populations would require equally vast nuclear/zero bomb saturation strikes. So there may be several thousand miles worth of dusted terrain. I’d hope (and my fan fiction assumes) that areas so distant from targetable populations may have survived, or at least suffered only slight/temporary Amesworth exposure, and have a recoverable biology. (my fan fic goes even further, and assumes areas hit with “conventional” nuclear fallout may not have “needed” zero bomb attention, so Chernobyl-like islands of survival may exist)
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