Comic 462 - Extreme Altitude Aeroplankton
10th Oct 2019, 12:00 AM in Cryptids in Space!
Extreme Altitude Aeroplankton
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
The inspiration for the space high altitude trilobites came for a dream I once had, which was similar to the middle panel here, with this creatures frolicking in the upper atmosphere.

In real life, there is indeed aeroplankton. I don't know though if any of those organisms can even come close to reaching the boundary to outer space, but I guess that may be unlikely...
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Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
Check out Velikovsky's flies.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ah, I think I found what you mean...
I was already vaguely aware of Velikovsky, and also already knew cryptozoological concepts somewhat similar to what I am presenting here, like for example air rods.
But I haven't yet encountered both in the same context before.
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
Yes... speaking of that, you sure know Conan Doyle's story of the cloud monsters in the upper atmosphere?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I heard about a classic author writing a story like that, but I wouldn't have been able to recall that it was Doyle.

I found the story you most likely mean.
I'll have to take some time for reading it in detail - but skimming through it, I was amused by the mention of an air-jungle existing above Wiesbaden! :-D
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
Yes, There's a german translation in a collection of Doyle's science-fiction stories.
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
As for me: when it comes to enthusiasm with science stuff, I find more common ground with Selene.

I mean, I dig tech, just not for its own sake.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I promise we will get back to the action very soon (as already heralded by the last panel - the Maerc software did its work well...), but before that there is still one extra-nerdy page to bear...
(How nerdy? Well, I do not shy away from using friggin' chemistry as a plot point. That's how nerdy...)
Cartoonist_at_Large edit delete reply
Cartoonist_at_Large
Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace Trilobites!!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
If there can be Pigs in Spaaaaaace, why not trilobites? ;-)
Taily edit delete reply
Taily
Aw, I love trilobites! Honestly if there was ever a critter to survive in space, it would be a trilobite.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Either those, or the incredibly tough tardigrades...