FCBD ’09 wrap up

Just wanted to thank everyone who came out to see Scott and I at our respective signings this weekend. If you missed out on our FCBD story, Why Atomic Robo Hates Dr. Dinosaur, well, pity isn’t quite the right word. It’s a little bit like missing out on the moon landing of FCBD stories.

If you live on the East Coast (i.e. the best coast) or subscribe to Heavy Ink, then Atomic Robo and the Shadow From Beyond Time #1 comes out this Wednesday. The West Coast (i.e. the dumb coast) got it last week and the reviews are pretty damn good. Well, except from this guy, but since he opens with a complaint about a joke that doesn’t exist before complaining that historical people exist in historical comics, I’m going to go out on a limb and say he missed the point by several miles.

  • mad2physicist

    Hm, perhaps someone already commented on this, but…
    Robo is supposed to be a genius. Yet he tells Dr. Dinosaur that if he ‘stays still’ for just 1 second (via time travel) he’d be lucky to still be within the orbit of the non-planet at the end.
    Two problems: first, ‘staying still’ is relative, according to general relativity (heck, according to Gallileo!). In fact the earth travels on a geodesic for the most part, and I would bet the time travel would involve following one too, and the one which you were following when you started.
    Second, worst case scenario, he can’t go faster than light, so he can at most end up one light-second away. Light takes eight minutes (give or take) to reach us from the sun, and it takes a little over a second for light to get to the moon from the earth’s surface. So worst case scenario, a 1-second jump would place Dr. Dinosaur still well within the orbit of the moon.

    However, I loved the story, and also, I really appreciate the fact that Brian and Scott go to such lengths to get the science/history right. I just can’t resist pointing out the ‘genius scientist’ Robo’s little gaffe. (And for the record, yes, I realize that maybe time travel avoids the usual ‘c’ limit, and there’s a completely different limit that Robo was referring to. However, from the dialogue, it sounded like he was talking about normal motion, since he kept talking about the movement of the earth, the solar system, etc. and implying that Dr. Dinosaur would ‘stay still’ until returning to our time)

  • mad2physicist

    Hm, perhaps someone already commented on this, but…
    Robo is supposed to be a genius. Yet he tells Dr. Dinosaur that if he ‘stays still’ for just 1 second (via time travel) he’d be lucky to still be within the orbit of the non-planet at the end.
    Two problems: first, ‘staying still’ is relative, according to general relativity (heck, according to Gallileo!). In fact the earth travels on a geodesic for the most part, and I would bet the time travel would involve following one too, and the one which you were following when you started.
    Second, worst case scenario, he can’t go faster than light, so he can at most end up one light-second away. Light takes eight minutes (give or take) to reach us from the sun, and it takes a little over a second for light to get to the moon from the earth’s surface. So worst case scenario, a 1-second jump would place Dr. Dinosaur still well within the orbit of the moon.

    However, I loved the story, and also, I really appreciate the fact that Brian and Scott go to such lengths to get the science/history right. I just can’t resist pointing out the ‘genius scientist’ Robo’s little gaffe. (And for the record, yes, I realize that maybe time travel avoids the usual ‘c’ limit, and there’s a completely different limit that Robo was referring to. However, from the dialogue, it sounded like he was talking about normal motion, since he kept talking about the movement of the earth, the solar system, etc. and implying that Dr. Dinosaur would ‘stay still’ until returning to our time)

  • http://www.nuklearpower.com Brian!

    1. Staying still is relative in space-time. If you travel purely through time it’s not altogether clear how that maps out real space-time. I imagine it would depend upon the method of time travel.

    2. It’s entirely possible that Robo was exaggerating for comedic effect.

    Lastly, I don’t know that I’d call Robo a “genius”. We’re trying to avoid the “my computer brain is amazing” trope that’s always associated with robot characters. He’s very bright, but genius is probably pushing it.

  • http://www.nuklearpower.com Brian!

    1. Staying still is relative in space-time. If you travel purely through time it’s not altogether clear how that maps out real space-time. I imagine it would depend upon the method of time travel.

    2. It’s entirely possible that Robo was exaggerating for comedic effect.

    Lastly, I don’t know that I’d call Robo a “genius”. We’re trying to avoid the “my computer brain is amazing” trope that’s always associated with robot characters. He’s very bright, but genius is probably pushing it.