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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #45 on: March 02, 2018, 11:39:58 AM »
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"Huh. Chocolate, egg whites, cream... but it doesn't say what size moose to use. Must be a misprint."

"Okay, so we don't have the luxurious French chocolate; we'll just substitute...a moose!"

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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #46 on: March 03, 2018, 12:06:19 AM »
Well, here she is - Monique.

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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #47 on: March 05, 2018, 09:17:10 AM »
Mmmm...very attractive, even though she's evil!  We have an Adrianna and a Monique who work here at the school.  Both are quite fetching.

Hope we do get the chance to see Leela kicking some shiny metal.

Doesn't Bender have some Moose Chow™ in his compartment?  Just ask any Alaskan - that's the best way to attract 'em.
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #48 on: March 05, 2018, 09:34:05 PM »
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Mmmm...very attractive, even though she's evil!  We have an Adrianna and a Monique who work here at the school.  Both are quite fetching.

I think it's been a while since I've run across either of those names. The name of the adventurer that MTC and I are working on came from a truck driver that delivers to work here.

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Doesn't Bender have some Moose Chow™ in his compartment?  Just ask any Alaskan - that's the best way to attract 'em.

I don't know about attracting them, but I know if you hit one with your car, that's pretty much all she wrote for you. You'll be up in heaven playing harps and such...
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2018, 09:39:26 PM »
...as the Planet Express crew are led through the strange city of the psionics, Bender searches for the moose his recipe calls for...

As the four quickly walked toward the downtown, they neared a smaller shopping district. Leela thanked Kenvan, and complimented him on his work. “I completely underestimated you…”
   “Where I come from, it isn’t always the biggest, tallest kid who wins the brawl - I’m sorry to admit that I was the class bully. Right now we have to get through that shopping district and try to blend in...follow my lead.”
   While the three followed Kenvan, they got to see how ordinary psionic mutants carry on their lives. Shopkeepers made their wares float over to their customers - a woman made an ice cream cone float over to a happy girl. Customers ordered what they wanted without saying a word...they even disciplined their children without speaking. A young man called for a taxi cab without saying a word - a typical thing here, as peepers were often utilized as cab drivers. Unbeknownst to them, Kenvan wanted to hail a cab this way, but he was afraid of broadcasting their position to the enemy. He knew of a government safe house a few blocks from the shopping district - if they could only get to it. Surely Adriana was looking for them by now. If only they hadn’t taken his wrist thingee.

   Bender walked around the streets of the city, calling out. “Here moosey! Here moosey moosey! How do ya call these stinkin’ things anyway? This city ain’t exactly contaminated by ‘em. Maybe I can find a 12-point buck and split the difference. Here moosey!”

   As expected, Gibson and some thugs weren’t far behind Leela and her friends. He reacted with frustration to Monique. “Where are they?”
   “I don’t know.”
   “Well scan, by galaxy.”
   “I am scanning.”
   “Well, scan harder.
   Monique stopped. “They came through here. I sense fear...like fearful animals.”
   “Normals. They know the hunt is on. They’ve got to be moving to some sort of safehouse, but where? We’ll keep moving this way.”
   As they started to move through the crowd, they shoved several people out of the way. One fellow sent a telepathic message back to Gibson after reading his thoughts. “Oh yeah? Up yours, pal.”
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #50 on: March 10, 2018, 10:13:23 PM »
...the evil psionics find that they're close to their prey...

A police officer chatted with Adriana. “Where to you think they went to?”
“They’re probably trying to make their way toward the starport, but first there’s a safehouse they’ll try to make for  - that’s what I would do under the same circumstances. They’re in trouble if they get corned by Gibson - he’ll have extra movers with him. Let’s get going.”

As Kenvan made his way near a food stand, the vendor called out to him. “Ya hungry for lunch?”
“Maybe some other time...I’m in a bit of a hurry…”
“Three normals...boy, is you in the wrong neighborhood.”
Kenvan quickly glanced back at the man. “Biggot.”
As soon as the four were far enough away, the shopkeep made a quick call on his wrist thingee. “Boss Gibson? Yeah, this is Millburn. You lookin’ for a bunch of normals runnin’ around the market area? They stuck out like a sore thumb.”
“Why...have you seen them?”
“Yeah...they just left my stand. One was a cyclops.”
“Just for that, I’ll bring the whole gang by for lunch next week.”
“I’ll hold you to that…”
Boss Gibson turned off his wrist thingee. “Now we know exactly where they’re going...and which direction they’re taking to get there. Follow me. Monique, keep your scanning up - let me know when you have them.”
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #51 on: March 12, 2018, 11:27:35 AM »
Perhaps Bender will blunder onto the scene?

Hopefully he's not one of the few robots who have the delta brain wave.  Or is that an added feature in Momcorp's newest models?
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #52 on: March 12, 2018, 12:30:42 PM »
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Perhaps Bender will blunder onto the scene?

Oh now, I can't just give that away - it just wouldn't be right (I guess that's a yes...).

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Hopefully he's not one of the few robots who have the delta brain wave.  Or is that an added feature in Momcorp's newest models?

That's always been a tough question; it's hard for me to imagine that his positronic brain would be sensitive to telepathic manipulation the same way a human brain would be. Sort of like a hydraulic pump being just like a human heart. Buuuuut Clifford Simak did write about a telepathic robot. I think for my purposes, no...although he is just as sensitive to the power of a telekinetic, as he's just like any other object.
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #53 on: March 12, 2018, 11:10:49 PM »
it's hard for me to imagine that his positronic brain would be sensitive to telepathic manipulation...

Ah-ha, more shades of Saint Asimov...
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #54 on: March 13, 2018, 07:58:48 AM »
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Ah-ha, more shades of Saint Asimov...

He's your go-to guy for anything robotic, or even psionics...although Dune is pretty neat in the area of psionics. Remember that Dune actually had a war between humans and AI computers, which led to bible verses like: "Man shall not make a machine in his image."
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #55 on: March 14, 2018, 08:12:16 AM »
While the psionics get closer, the PE gang run across Bender...and he has a friend with him.

Kenvan had a worried look on his face, and Leela asked him about it. “What’s up?”
“A telepath is scanning like crazy around here…it’s got to be them.”
“I get it,” Amy told him in an excited tone, “it’s like a submarine using an active sonar ping - you can pick that up, can’t you?”
Kenvan shook his head in agreement. “Just like a big submarine. When he catches us out here, he’s going to have some friends with him. Let me do the talking.”
As the Planet Express crew got closer to the safehouse, Leela grabbed Kenvan’s arm.
“That voice…”
“What?”
“Don’t you hear it?”
Bender was walking towards them, with a fairly large moose on a rope. He pointed to the animal as he lectured to it. “And don’t you dare bite me again - this’ll all be over soon enough. I know how to do these things humanely...”
“Bender...what are you doing out of the ship? And what the hell is this...thing?
Bender paused. “Uh oh...I...uh…you mean the moose here? I had to uh...borrow it - they wouldn’t let me buy it outright.”
“Never mind - I don’t even want to know. I’ve got a use for you. You up for a gaslight job?”
The robot got a devious, almost human grin. “A gaslight...what kind?”
“A double Monty Python - with a little Red Dwarf on the side. Fry, I’m going to need you too. Bender - do you still have that thing you stole from the Professor?”
Bender placed his hand on his chest as he mocked his best offended look. “Stole? Why I never…” Leela’s eye stared at his electronic eyes. “Stole is such a harsh word, Leela. Absconded. Obtained. Requisitioned.”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Stole. Pinched. Ripped-off. Do you have it on you?”
Kenvan tried to get Leela’s attention. “Guys - our friends have found us…”
Bender looked confused. “But what do I do with the moose here?”
“Tie him up to that parking meter and get over here.”
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #56 on: March 18, 2018, 11:17:25 PM »
As the psionics approach, Leela and Bender try a dangerous gambit...

Gibson walked up with Monique and a couple of other psionics. “Miss Leela...you’ve run us all over the downtown. I have to admit your escape was pretty original, futile, but original. Just give up Mr. Fry there and the rest of you can go on your way.”
Leela threw her arm around Fry’s shoulder and pulled him close. “You can’t have him - he’s mine.”
“Oh, come now. I just want to borrow him for a few weeks to study in my lab. You can have him back after that. We’ll even compensate him for his time with us.”
“He doesn’t want to be studied by you - you’ll just use it for your own evil deeds anyway. We’ve made our delivery here on your planet, and now we’re going home.”
“My dear, I’m not going to argue with you on this; you’re going to make me take drastic measures.” Gibson lifted his hand up.
“You’ve forced me to do this. Bender - engage self-destruct protocol.”
Bender began to walk toward the psionics. When he spoke, it was in a monotone robotic voice. “ENGAGING SELF-DESTRUCT PROTOCOL.”
Gibson roared with laughter. “This is funnier than the jokes you told earlier. Call off this farce and just send Fry over here. We won’t hurt him.”
Bender opened his door and showed off a military shell. Gibson immediately recognized it as an M283 proximity shell from a small robotic howitzer. The size of a large bottle of beer, the ball bearings inside of it could kill the lot of them if it went off.
“That can’t be real...can it?” He looked over at Monique. “Scan her - that’s got to be a fake. They’re bluffing...”
“I can’t scan her...she’s too close to the redhead. He’s shielding her.”
“What about the other girl…”
Monique winced. “More…”
“More what?”
“More bloody porno! Her mind is a bleeding cesspool!!”
Gibson knew he had to make a decision - if he was wrong about his hunch, they all could end up dead or injured. He stretched out his hand, and Bender slowly rose about 20 feet up into the sky.  He didn’t explode...at least at that point. From the other side of the street, a woman’s voice called out to Gibson.
“Let them all go.”
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #57 on: March 19, 2018, 12:53:24 AM »
As the psionics approach, Leela and Bender try a dangerous gambit...


Bender opened his door and showed off a military shell. Gibson immediately recognized it as an M283 proximity shell from a small robotic howitzer. The size of a large bottle of beer, the ball bearings inside of it could kill the lot of them if it went off.



That little scene makes me think of the episode Time Keeps on Slippin' where the Professor creates his Mutant Atomic Supermen, including Thorias, who has a cannon in his chest. I could easily picture Bender packing along the same sort of cannon.

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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #58 on: March 19, 2018, 08:01:43 AM »
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That little scene makes me think of the episode Time Keeps on Slippin' where the Professor creates his Mutant Atomic Supermen, including Thorias, who has a cannon in his chest. I could easily picture Bender packing along the same sort of cannon.

The actual weapon, which exists today, is quite insidious - the round goes out to say a helicopter, and then explodes these ball bearings into the vehicle; it doesn't even need to strike the target to blow it to smithereens.
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Re: "Psionics in the City"
« Reply #59 on: March 25, 2018, 01:23:25 PM »
In our finale, we'll find out what Bender took from the Professor, and whether he noticed or not...

He turned, and hurled Bender in the direction of Adriana Summers. With an outstretched hand, she caught the airborne robot mid-flight. “I’m just as strong as you, if not stronger.” She then tossed Bender aside with a wave of her hand, and he fell to the street with a metallic thump. He slowly got up.
“Sheesh,” he said, “the term ‘throw down’ takes on a whole new meaning with you guys - I sure got thrown down.”
Gibson produced a smile. “Adriana - pleasure seeing you here.”
“Stow it Gibson, I’m not here on social business. You’ve been harrassing normals again.”
“Have not…”
“You smashed their car and took them prisoner.”
“Hah, did not. They had an air-car accident. We even offered our help.”
“And you just happened to be right there.”
“Yes...nearby. What are you trying to imply?”
“Just let them go and we can talk about this later.”
“They’re free to go - all except for the redhead. I would like my lab to study him a bit.”
“He’s not one of your slaves or pets - he’s an Earth citizen, and he’s free to go back to his ship.”
“We’ve had this conversation before - they’re beneath our station, and they’re here to serve us. When I’m done with him, he’s free to go back to his little normal planet.”
Leela interrupted the conversation. “Why don’t we ask Fry? Go over there Fry and tell Doctor Frankenstein what you think of his grandiose plan…”
Philip J. Fry walked over to Gibson, and stared him in the eye; he spoke with rare intestinal fortitude and pride. “You can’t have me, because Leela here already does.” He then turned to Monique. “She fancies me - and now I bloody well know it.”
Fry got closer to Monique’s face and said, “Boo!” She quickly pulled back.
As Fry walked back toward the others, the girls couldn’t help but further taunt the woman scanner.
Leela pounded her fist into her palm several times. “The offer for a rumble still stands…”
Amy put her two cents in. “We’d still make a good team, you and I…”
Monique pointed at Amy. “You - shut up!”
Gibson conceded defeat. “Okay...you all win - you’re very clever. But I still need to know one thing - Mr. Bender, you had a real military munition in your door…”
Bender opened his door and pulled out the shell. Gibson’s eyes got wide as he began to screw off the top, and Bender took a drink from it. “Twenty year old scotch whiskey - I liberated this from our Professor. He thinks I don’t know about it - I do. He he he...”
Gibson just shook his head.
Adriana added her last bit before he left. “Mr. Gibson, the normals are coming - you can’t stop that. Our city will grow into a vital interstellar community, and we will be a member of the DOOP worlds. We’ll talk more about this at the office tomorrow.”
As Gibson and his friends left, Leela chatted with Adriana. “Can we grab a ride?”
“Of course! It’s good to see you guys are alright.”
“No worse for the wear.”
“You know that I can’t do much to him for this.” Adriana continued. “He’s a sly trickster with our laws.”
“I kind of got that. Back to your dream - are you going to be able to pull it off?”
“I certainly hope so...but it’s going to be slow going with people like him to trip us up.” She opened the van door for Leela and her friends. “At least let me buy you a meal at the starport before you guys leave.”
“We just might take you up on that, Miss Summers.”
Poor Bender looked dejected. “But I was gonna cook for you guys. That’s what I needed  the moose for - it wasn’t easy getting that thing. Could I substitute goat? Or maybe a horse?”
Leela just stared at the robot - he bought them enough time for Adriana to arrive. “Bender, we need to work with you a bit in the kitchen…”
“Manta ray maybe? I hear humans love manta ray...”
“No. Now we do need to figure out what to do with that stupid moose.”
Bender untied the animal, and smacked it on the rump; as it ran away, he lamented: “If it comes back to me, it was meant to be mine. If it doesn’t it was never mine to begin with.”
Leela gave him that mean-eyed look. “It was never yours to begin with, idiot - you stole it, remember?”
Adriana let out a sigh as she glanced at Leela. “I’ll call animal control.”
“I’m going to call the Professor and keep him up to date on how our delivery went; then we’ll discuss with Bender here what humans eat and what they don’t.” Leela tapped her wrist-thingee and gave Farnsworth a blow-by-blow on what happened.
“So...what are you up to back on Earth?”
“Oh, I don’t know. I’ve got a special stash of scotch I’d like to nip at before I turn in.”
“Uh...about that scotch.” She looked at Bender. “Well...hear that? He’s shouting. You’re boned.”
“Bender!!”
The errant robot pulled the shell back out of his door and took the lid off again. “Well, bombs away!”

The End

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