10/24/14 Prepare To Die


The jet pack was my Chekov’s gun. ;-)

Listening to T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King,” and I’m enjoying it much more than I should. The mournful love between the characters, the desperate desire to avoid war.

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  1. Ah, I figured she had an ace up her sleeve somewhere. I’d forgotten about the jet pack though.

    Bravo, well done.

  2. Oh man, the *CHUFF!* sure takes me back.

  3. Normally, I’d enter suspension of disbelief when faced with something like this, but since I know you’re trying to make One Way scientifically plausible: how the heck does he not faceplant with gravity enabled and the thrusters of his jetpack angled slightly upward?

  4. Seth, he probably would have if there wasn’t a Lamont there to cushion him. I don’t think his stopping was graceful.

  5. I love how the captain looks like he’s completely out of fucks to give in this. He’s freaking flying through the air on a jetpack after hearing the truth of what’s been going on his ship and attacking the man responsible, but he can’t be bothered to actually give a shit.

  6. “Plus, I’m drunk”

    Man, I miss Dimitri :) Time to go re-read some Spacetrawler.

  7. @Coyoty: No doubt, but it doesn’t look like he should have gotten that far. Look at panel 2: the jetpack is providing downward thrust in addition to gravity. He should not be airborne in the first place.

  8. The jetpack is on low and he’s using it to essentially control his fall?

  9. @DERF; Thanks for reminding…

    Spacetrawler (and especially Dimitri) is great!

  10. @Seth, it’s true. I guess I have three thoughts on it.

    1. maybe you’re right. Ha! ;-)
    2. If in the the far future when we’re traveling across galaxies, if we HAVEN’T invented a jet pack, I will be VERY disappointed.
    3. within the rocket are also micro rockets. Plus a gyroscope.

  11. @DERF Tell Dimitri HI for me!! “And to our mothers! We are good boys, may you always love us!!” (http://spacetrawler.com/2010/03/31/spacetrawler-28/)

  12. Huzzah! I was desperately hoping you’d redeem the Captain. Well played, sir!

  13. I agree with Stu; jetpack ’cause JETPACK. :p :D

  14. Lullaby Baxter’s “Jetpack” (a song my brother produced and co-wrote).

  15. “Something Vimes had learned as a young guard drifted up from memory. If you have to look along the shaft of an arrow from the wrong end, if a man has you entirely at his mercy, then hope like hell that man is an evil man. Because the evil like power, power over people, and they want to see you in fear. They want you to know you’re going to die. So they’ll talk. They’ll gloat.

    They’ll watch you squirm. They’ll put off the moment of murder like another man will put off a good cigar.

    So hope like hell your captor is an evil man. A good man will kill you with hardly a word.” ? Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms.

    So… Lamont evil, Francisco good?

  16. I would expect the pack to not have hot jets. And to fly like that some kind of a energy field to lighten the load.

    Oh boy is Lamont shocked. I’ve been shocked like that, didn’t fell the pain at first when by scratch pen when into my hand. Looks like he got it square in the heart. Amazing he is still standing for so long….

  17. Maybe Jetpacks were invented long ago, and it is a nice word, so they keep using it, even though this is an anti-gravity thruster? The emissions don’t really remind me of jets, anyway…

  18. Heck, forget thrust vectors. Any real jetpack would immediately burn your legs off. They work in comics, movies, and other stories for the same reason Miyazaki’s fantasy aircraft manage to fly in his movies: just because it looks so damn cool.

  19. Oh geeze I just realized I had the wrong URL entered for the feed here, and had the whole thing accidentally hidden anyway – stupid defaults. Guess I’ve got some CATCHING UP to do.

  20. Gyroscopes fix everything!

  21. Just don’t pull the knife out. A wound there, even after the heart stops pumping, is going to dump a H*LL of a lot of blood all over the place.

  22. Half expecting the captain to say to Orion next: “can I get laid now?” and then pass out before star and the captain are confined to their cells by the others who don’t believe them, LOL

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