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Alcubierre Drive

The keen-eyed among us may have thought that the “drive” in DRIVE appears similar to an Alcubierre Drive. I say similar because the physics of how the drive in DRIVE works is different in a few key ways. I’d say more, but it might reveal some…story stuff…too soon.

In any case! NASA Advanced Propulsion Lead, Dr. Harold White, proposed an updated version of an Alcubierre Drive at the SpaceVision 2013 conference. It’s a great watch, in and of itself, but I thought you guys might be interested to see the theoretical ship designs proposed around the 40-minute and 42-minute mark. Hmmm. HMMMMMM.

Life Debts

We’ve only gotten hints of the relationship between the Captain and Nosh throughout the strip — but the fact that Nosh feels he owes her multiple “life debts” goes back to the first five or ten strips in the story.

Here, for example.

…I’d be curious to see what else folks have ferreted out about that relationship, using only hints from various chronologies or random phrases that have sprinkled their way across the story.


As a series of books, DUNE is almost unrivaled, in my mind. I’ve re-read the series multiple times over my life…and the scope of the story directly inspired my scifi strip, DRIVE.

But it’s also a great source for taffy jokes.