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Quantum Vibe / Re: Space Hippies...
« Last post by Coyoty on December 01, 2019, 04:23:20 am »
I'm pretty sure we all suspect "Melissa" as being the combat gynoid formally known as "Hayami".

I suspected she was formerly known as Alyss.  But then the title of this story is "This Means War".
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Space Hippies...
« Last post by Sean Roach on November 30, 2019, 11:10:09 pm »
Well, I'm not convinced. I think she's just the impetus for Our Darling Quisling to show her true colors, as she's managing right now.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Space Hippies...
« Last post by Apollo-Soyuz on November 30, 2019, 09:03:47 pm »
I'm pretty sure we all suspect "Melissa" as being the combat gynoid formally known as "Hayami".

It occurs to me that she's in a primitive settlement helping out presumably only lightly enhanced humans, much the same way she sided with the bots on Venus23.

This makes me wonder if she has a strong pull to care for and protect humans. After all she was a bodyguard. At the very least she would probably go crazy if she took up exploring uncharted galaxies and was away from humans for years at a time.

In any event, she's probably found a great place to hide
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Space Hippies...
« Last post by bjdotson on November 30, 2019, 12:10:31 pm »
A random thought occurs to me; a good way to hide might be to create a new identity and transfer yourself into a tinman.
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Quantum Vibe / If you won't see reason, I'll MAKE you see reason!
« Last post by Sean Roach on November 29, 2019, 12:33:00 pm »
I think I figured out where Mr. Beiser is going with this. We've been introduced now to three people with grievances, only one of which is legitimate, but all of which weigh upon them.
Our stained paladin, Otto, from the last chapter, (he did continue to spy upon her without her consent), who can't win the affection of the girl he wants away from a tin-man menagerie. I really hope I'm wrong about him.
Alec, who fell into a reputation trap and is now forced to pay heavily to preserve his reputation. I suspect he'll be paying a heavier price still.
And Sandra, who can't get her fellow neoprimitives to see that Melissa Just Does Not Belong Here. Well, they'll see. They'll ALL see!

All three are in a situation where they are sure they're right, but can't get the consensus to agree.

I once read that only a minority of the American Colonists, dubbed Patriots today, were really all that big on throwing England out and setting up a new government. There were a lot of fence sitters and a good number of loyalists, who were driven off toward what is today Canada. Similarly, I understand Russia frequently backed a number of fellow-traveler groups with minority views in their quest to Russify Europe. Sparking a riot here, and then rolling in tanks to "restore the peace" and of course establish a puppet government.

It seems likely to me that some of all of these people are going to be pawns in an attempt to "establish order", along the lines they prefer, of course, in their respective areas. Human dating a tin-man? Absurd! Humans should only date humans, and humans of the opposite sex at that! Tin-man living in a primitivist colony against the wishes of (some of, okay, ONE of) the other colonists? Ridiculous! Having your name dragged through the mud when you DIDN'T EVEN DO ANYTHING WRONG? Of COURSE you should fight for that, (and betray your friends and ideals) to restore your perceived honor, (yeah, good luck with that.)

If we see any more establishing scenes, I suspect it will be more people who, in their minority opinion or position, can't make others agree with them. Except through force of arms.
And soon, someone will be coming by to offer up the use of their arms. In exchange for just a few minor things.

I hope the character I suspect we will soon meet has a name that translates to "scratch", or maybe "Faust".
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Space Hippies...
« Last post by DrakBibliophile on November 29, 2019, 10:06:56 am »
Second thought (based on Friday 11/29 Strip), I'm not sure if she's racist or "just plain nuts".  ;)

Neither are Hippies.

Both have working brains.

As for the woman, I'm not sure if she's "racist" or not.

She may be picking up "danger signals" associated with the "tin-woman".
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Space Hippies...
« Last post by DrakBibliophile on November 27, 2019, 09:58:17 am »
Neither are Hippies.

Both have working brains.

As for the woman, I'm not sure if she's "racist" or not.

She may be picking up "danger signals" associated with the "tin-woman".
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Space Hippies...
« Last post by Skull the Troll on November 27, 2019, 08:35:35 am »
Uh, oh, Space Hippies.  It never ends well with Space Hippies...

They really are far out, man.

Ones a hippy. The other one's just a racist who thinks well of themselves.
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Militia
« Last post by Skull the Troll on November 27, 2019, 08:34:51 am »
If Alyss did use the militia to attack another rich family there is a huge problem with that. Namely that militia is willing to be paid to use military force on its own citizens if a rich person pays them to, as opposed to whatever command structure the militia has saying that decastries is a threat. Decastrie could have paid the militia to stage a coup d'état then. The assurance agencies are police not soldiers. Just because Alyss contracts with an assurance agency doesnt mean she she doesnt want a private army. The assurance agency goes after people that attack you and gather evidence for arbitration. Actually defending yourself from the attack is left up to your own devices. If Alyss sends out her soldiers to take back property stolen from her without an assurance agency presumeably she gets sued. If they get caught that is. Even if you prefered to go the illegal route you would want one to not seem like somebody up to no good.

No matter what kind of governmental system you live in the concept that the rich and powerful can impose their will is always a problem. Just look at Alyss. If she was an evil person she could rule not only Bubbleopolis but probably the entire galaxy. After all, she could shut down all interstellar travel and trade at a moments notice. She has the wealth to overwhelm someone who was planning on taking over Bubbleopolis. (...and still is from my interpretation of the title)
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Quantum Vibe / Re: Militia
« Last post by lurkergao on November 27, 2019, 04:21:44 am »
If Alyss did use the militia to attack another rich family there is a huge problem with that. Namely that militia is willing to be paid to use military force on its own citizens if a rich person pays them to, as opposed to whatever command structure the militia has saying that decastries is a threat. Decastrie could have paid the militia to stage a coup d'état then. The assurance agencies are police not soldiers. Just because Alyss contracts with an assurance agency doesnt mean she she doesnt want a private army. The assurance agency goes after people that attack you and gather evidence for arbitration. Actually defending yourself from the attack is left up to your own devices. If Alyss sends out her soldiers to take back property stolen from her without an assurance agency presumeably she gets sued. If they get caught that is. Even if you prefered to go the illegal route you would want one to not seem like somebody up to no good.
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