Thursday July 4, 2002
It's fitting that we be treated to the description of a tremendous explosion on July 4th, when Americans everywhere are setting off explosions. It would have been even more fitting had the explosion actually been featured in today's strip, but we're not going to skip ahead in the storyline just to align the BLAM with a particular DATE.

(This raises an interesting question: what does the conversion of half a stellar mass sound like? After all, some sort of matter must be present for the wave-propagation effect that we think of as "sound" to occur. It's possible that the obliterated shell of stellar matter propelled outward by the blast would transmit kinetic energy in a way that could be percieved as noise, but after doing the math we suspect that it would hurt your ears. In fact, it would do so much damage to your hearing that we are inclined to misspell 'deafness' with the substitution of a second 'd' for that wholly unnecessary 'f.')

Hopefully this year's Independence Day celebrations will NOT feature even a SINGLE total-conversion bomb. Happy Birthday, America! Stand back when you light those fuses.

Book 2: The Teraport Wars
Part III: F'Sherl-Ganni or Cut Bait

Transcript

Petey:We estimate that some nine trillion f'sherl-ganni are still in habitats in this system, and will be here when that bomb lets go.
Petey:The fleet can escape, and the prison modules should all be safe by then, but we can execute no rescue on that scale.Oh, and every system within a hundred light-years will be destroyed or completely sterilized. Minimum safe distance is five hundred lights.
Petey:It will be a tragedy of unimaginable proportions, captain.
Petey:Unimaginable for you, that is. Obviously since I can do the math, I can imagine it.
Tagon:Thanks for the clarification, Petey.
PDCL:(Close up view)