I love the spaceman pieces in my clip art collection. There’s just so many of them, and nearly every time I see one it makes me wanna do some sort of Martian Chronicles “clueless morons in space” story around it.

This one’s far wordier than I wanted it to be, but I couldn’t think of a good way to be more economical given the story I wanted to tell.

*-=ShoEboX=-*

Grammar … nitpicker … cannot … resist …

That should be “HEAD” of each Earthman, unless you’re implying that each Earthman in the future will have more than one head. Maybe that guy on the ladder is hiding his second head in the thing on his back.

ACK! I actually fixed one similar grammatical mistake in that same sentence, but was apparently too busy patting myself on the backs to catch the other one. Will fix tonight, dammit! For now, I recommend applying a small square of tape to your monitor.

-=’Box=-

Another nitpick: If you’re on their planet, they’re the natives and you’re the alien. Regardless, I love the spaceman ones, too!

So… Only the males could become high priests and learn the secrets of higher mathematics? Are you saying that women have no place in religion or that they are too stupid to understand higher mathematics?

These are the types of comments you get for NOT running the strip past Mrs. Shoebox prior to posting…

This is indeed really quite clever. Kind of makes me wonder what I might come up with by looking at random, bad clipart of spacemen.

Now cutting him into smaller pieces for fractals I would understand, but factorials

@ grammar nitpickers: remember that just because you have expectations of the author, the narrator/astronaut might still be making these mistakes in character.

@rgl: Factorials work because you find the factorial of a number (symbolized by an exclamation point) by multiplying it by every positive integer smaller than itself. For example, five factorial — written as 5! — is 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1. Factorials are key in combining things or in changing the order of things.

Of course, if you’re looking for weird mathematical cults, the Pythagoreans already beat you to it. They believed that it was wrong to eat beans, for example, and that any number could be expressed as a ratio of two integers. The proof that the square root of two cannot be thus represented is fairly trivial, but the priests tried to keep it from the laity anyway since it threatened the tenets of the faith. (That’s why there’s a mathematical term and a psychological term for “irrational”.)

Parthenogenesis! Six syllables IS a bit wordy.

You need to make sure your copyright is secure. Otherwise this is going to show up badly done in a future incarnation of Star Trek.

Maybe it doesn’t matter, but I’m not totally sure if the resulting war that lasted for centuries was because of the diplomatic mission 20 years later? Or if the war started with the first contact?

@jan: The first contact was equal to the second. The resulting war was the result of multiplied misunderstandings of those two. It’s sort of a religious war, so it is based on their founding premise. I am grateful that Sliders never reached that point.