I love science-fiction.

In this year, the 50th anniversary of STAR TREK, that love is stronger than ever.  This genre, starting with Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, has enabled us to explore complicated polemics in entertaining ways.  Whether you like your sci-fi “hard” with Clarke or “social” with Dick, it can help you look at the world around you with different eyes.

In DANGER COMICS’ new rippin’, sci-fi yarn coming this Fall, THE VANGUARDIAN, we will meet an ancient, cosmos-faring race, the ENLILIANS.   The Enlilians lived on a planet much closer to the galactic center than us.  The planet was not dissimilar to Earth other than it was part of a binary star system – fairly common in our galaxy.  At some point in the distant past, they realized that one of there suns was going to turn into a black hole.  Consequently, the other sun would be cannibalized by it, rendering their planet inhabitable.  As a race, they had to prepare to leave.

After a few more eons, what was left of the Enlilian race was ready to depart on a cosmic ark.  However, to ensure their survival, they created an artificial intelligence.  To this OVERSEER, they abdicated all responsibility and will in their search for worlds to seed, and were on their way.

Would you abdicate all your humanity to a construct in order to survive?  Would we as a species?  We already rely on machines to make our lives more efficient.  We’re not too far from letting them think for us, too.  That would be the end of free will.  For the Enlilians, this has already happened.  Let’s hope we never meet them.

“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not.  Both are equally terrifying” – Arthur C. Clarke

Next week, more tidbits about the new post-ANOMALIES yarns.  Until then, thanks for your continued support of DANGER.

Karl – the Karltoonist for DANGER COMICS