Aggregate Sci-Fi Story Magazine #72

Another comic idea stirred up from completely different sources.

10k CommotionOkay, so this episode’s aggregated comic idea is that you have a woman with a missing hand because of some trauma. She has emotional issues from the accident and once again, has no direct means of making it to her rehabilitation clinic which is hours away, so she has to hitchhike. Two other women in a car helpfully pick her up and the most noteworthy thing about them is they have the strangest glasses on.

A conversation starts and the woman complains that the rehab isn’t doing much for her but thanks them for the ride. One of the women makes a call, then turns to the hitchhiker and asks if she’s interested in a real solution. Of course, the car is then attacked by armed goons, there’s a chase scene and the hitchhiker and one of the women have to escape and hoof it to a secret tech lab. The hitchhiker is given a number of cybernetic enhancements and makes personal insights and changes in her personality over time. This would be thematically linked to be in opposition to the aims of the goon organization and she decides to help this secret lab in their work.

Her adventures continue, while she continues to grow in capability and becomes an expert at using her built-in gadgets. The comic’s end scene is the woman sabotaging the plane she is in to destroy her attackers, then ripping away part of the airplane’s hull and air-surfing down to the ground. The last panel is just black, so you’ll have to wait and see if there is a story #2. Does she survive? Or was it just the glasses?

How did all of this come about?

From the June 2011 issue of Popular Science, we now officially have Sirius Cybernetic’s Peril – Sensitive Sunglasses. These glasses automatically detect glare and put up a small black square to block it, leaving the rest of the glasses clear. The inventor shrunk lcd screens down enough to fit into the frames and they instantly adjust to whatever degree of light there is at any moment. Unsurprisingly, this is being adapted for military and police purposes first.

And this led to my discovery of the Hitch Wiki. Best practices for hitchhiking!?! I should have known. It’s the clean version of Rule 43, after all.

In the same Popular Science magazine, they have a Batman style armored glove complete with flashlight, stunner, laser pointer, HD camera and forearm shield. There are also these raised areas on the back of the wrist that would probably leave a nice welt on an attacker as well as protecting the hand. Other things they are looking to add include a translator, chemical sensors and biometric sensors. It’s due to go to the LA Sheriff’s department for testing, so maybe one of you hooligans can report back to us on the welt thing later.

This is an Easter Egg not mentioned in the synopsis, but there should be somewhere we could work in Rule 23, never spill a Marine’s coffee.

And then people are being cyberneticized so they can walk again after being paralyzed. Then there was the Popular Science robotic/bionic hand. Strong enough to lift a chair but gentle enough to hold an egg (and it’s pretty easy to crack an egg.) In the June 2011 Wired magazine, they are making artificial bone from various materials Rattan wood, a calcium sludge based on abalone shells and styrofoam.

Also in that Wired issue was the stories of five people who fell 220 to 33,330 feet and survived. One had jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge, two others landed in mud or blackberry bushes and one was the guy who landed in the French rail station in 1943, suffering broken limbs and minor cuts plus an almost severed arm from crashing through the glass. The last was a stewardess who surfed down on a broken piece of fuselage after the plane she was in blew up. She fell the furthest.

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