|First appearance||"G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero" #64 (Oct. 1, 1987)|
|Voiced by||Jerry Houser|
|Alter ego||Seymour P. Fine|
Sci-Fi is a character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic books and animated series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's laser trooper and debuted in 1986.
His real name is Seymour P. Fine, and his rank is that of corporal E-4. Sci-Fi was born in Geraldine, Montana.
Sci-Fi's primary military specialty is infantry, and his secondary military specialty is electronics. Sci-Fi is known for being patient and taking his time, traits which aid him in aiming a laser over long distances for extended periods of time. When Sci-Fi braces his weapon and sights in on a target, he becomes as immobile as a rock, with no discernible movement of any kind. At a range of 2 1/2 miles, the impact spot of laser light will jump one hundred feet for every one thousandth of an inch movement at the source. Sci-Fi transcends mere stillness to hold that spot on target, long enough to burn through that source.
Sci-Fi took a leave of absence to complete his master's degree in electrical engineering, returning with the skill set necessary to enact unparalleled enhancements to the security systems in G.I. Joe headquarters.
As part of the Star Brigade aeronautical group, Sci-Fi was the designated pilot for the G.I. Joe Starfighter.
In the Marvel Comics G.I. Joe series, he first appeared in issue #64 in a small cameo and appeared fully in #65. He is a supporting character in the storyline running through issues #145 - 149. He is part of the G.I. Joe sub-team, the Star Brigade, which includes Space Shot, Roadblock and Payload. Teaming with the Oktober Guard, they destroy an asteroid that was headed for Earth.
Sci-Fi makes an appearance in issue 25 of the Devil's Due G.I. Joe series. He is part of a demolitions team sent in to destroy EMP generators on Cobra Island. Led by the Joe Mercer, the team does so, but not without the deaths of Flash, Mainframe and the rookie Joe member, 'Hacker'. Jinx, another member of the team, survives.
G.I. Joe Vs. Transformers
In the 2007 crossover, Sci-Fi is the first to make an effective attack on Cobra's enslaved Transformer troopers, shooting Frenzy through the eye. He is assisted in this by Flash.
Sci-Fi first appeared in the second season G.I. Joe episode "Arise, Serpentor, Arise!" Pt. 1. He was voiced by Jerry Houser. In the episode, he and Low-Light upstage Wetsuit and Leatherneck during target practice.
In the episode "My Brother's Keeper," Sci-Fi accompanies Sgt. Slaughter in a mission to prevent Doctor Mindbender and the Dreadnoks from abducting a handicapped scientist named Dr. Jeremy Penser from a science fiction convention. When Slaughter goes to get Sci-Fi, he is seen watching The Transformers.
Sci-Fi appeared in DiC's G.I. Joe animated series with Jerry Houser reprising his role.
Sci-Fi is a supporting character in the Joe novel 'Fool's Gold'. His simulation training pays off as he pilots the space shuttle, the USS Defiant, through several maneuvers that end up saving the Earth from a doomsday weapon.
He is also a supporting character in 'Serpentor and the Mummy Warrior'.
Sci-Fi's figure is briefly featured in the fiction novel 6 Sick Hipsters. In the story, the character Paul Achting spent four years collecting G.I. Joe figures to set up a battle scene between the Joes and Cobra. As he imagined the characters in his head, he described four of the Joes on front lines of the battle: Hawk, Leatherneck, Wet Suit, and Sci-Fi "stood in procession, weapons raised, adrenaline pumping feverishly. Anxious for another victory over the dreaded Cobra". He described how "Sci-Fi's lackadaisical attitude was in check today. The laser trooper in the neon green jumpsuit was leading the charge. Out front, it would be his battle cry that the enemy would hear first".