History Creator / DamonKnight

11th Aug '17 12:13:38 AM PaulA
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* DeadPersonImpersonation: In ''Beyond the Barrier'', there is a triple. [[spoiler:As part of a long game plan a dangerous creature called a Zug implants himself in the human hunting it. Controlling the hunter, the Zug goes back in time and finds a crashed bomber with its crew dead. It selects the body that most resembles its host and takes all of its ID, then disposes of the body. It goes on to live that person's life, unaware of the deception, until it gets the chance to use it in the far distant future.]]


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* TheDitz: Katha in ''Dio''.
* DumbBlonde: Inverted in ''Dio'' (also called ''The Dying Man''). Claire, the player who falls in love with Dio, is blonde, but is more thoughtful and introspective than most people in her class. Her brunette friend Katha is a complete airhead.


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* HealingFactor: In ''Dio'' or ''The Dying Man'', humanity has genetically engineered itself into drop-dead-gorgeous immortality. Regeneration is part of the package -- injuries hurt, and you try to avoid them, but you're okay. It's when the lead character has this fail on him (along with suddenly losing the ability to levitate), that he knows something's really wrong.


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* PigMan: The alien Kanamit in "To Serve Man" are described as looking like bipedal pigs.


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* VideoPhone: ''Dio''/''The Dying Man'' takes place in a far-off almost-utopian future. We have videophones, still called phones. They appear to be stand-alone consoles with built-in light-up phonebooks where you choose the sector, group and name of the person you're calling. Operators have been replaced by robots called autosecs. Because most people move around a lot, frequent updates of your registration are important.
* WeAllLiveInAmerica: "Rule Golden" has a BBC news reporter say "In Commons today..." But omitting the article like that is an Americanism; any real Brit would at least say "in the Commons", and a BBC announcer would more likely say "in the House of Commons", which after all takes only about half a second longer.
* WeWillAllFlyInTheFuture: In ''Dio'' (or ''The Dying Man''), humans have genetically engineered themselves into gorgeous, model-quality (or better) immortals who all have the ability to levitate. This ability is a plot point in the first couple of pages, where the title character suddenly loses it (in midair).
* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: In the far-off future of ''The Dying Man''/''Dio'', humanity has engineered itself into immortal, Olympic/model quality perfection, including regeneration of injured body parts. Dio finds out he's going to die and has lost all his immunities. Since the old diseases were never eradicated, he's lucky all he catches is a cold.
11th Aug '17 12:04:34 AM PaulA
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* ChurchOfHappyology: Referred to as "Diarrhetics" in one of his short stories.

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* ChurchOfHappyology: Referred to as "Diarrhetics" (and described as a fad on the same level as silly putty) in one of his short stories."A Likely Story".



* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: "To Serve Man" (the actual story, as opposed to the TV adaptation) attempts to get around this by saying that English and Kanamit share certain linguistic quirks and double meanings. (It also depicts the translation as less like codebreaking than the TZ episode; the people in the story use a Kanamit-English phrasebook as a starting point for the translation.)

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* ConvenientlyPreciseTranslation: The twist of "To Serve Man" (the actual story, as opposed to depends on the TV adaptation) eponymous phrase having an exact equivalent in the alien language, with the same ambiguity of meaning. The story attempts to get around this by saying that English and Kanamit share certain linguistic quirks and double meanings. (It also depicts the translation as less like codebreaking than the TZ episode; the people in the story use a Kanamit-English phrasebook as a starting point for the translation.)meanings.
10th Oct '16 10:21:34 AM Trueman001
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Damon Knight (1922-2002) was an American author, editor and professional critic of SpeculativeFiction, and a founding member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Clarion Writers Workshop. He wrote many novels and short-stories, including the famous story "To Serve Man", which is the basis for our trope, ToServeMan. He is also credited with popularizing the term "IdiotPlot".

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Damon Knight (1922-2002) (19222002) was an American author, editor and professional critic of SpeculativeFiction, and a founding member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Clarion Writers Workshop. He wrote many novels and short-stories, including the famous story "To Serve Man", which is the basis for our trope, ToServeMan. He is also credited with popularizing the term "IdiotPlot".
25th Mar '16 11:42:25 PM CaptEquinox
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* TheAgeless: Humanity is this in the far future, with accompanying {{Flight}} and HealingFactor -- with the exception of the Planner Dio, in the novella ''Dio''/''The Dying Man''. He's a brilliant architect on his way to find out what mortality is like, and it becomes reflected in his work.
28th Jan '16 5:56:40 PM PaulA
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In 2002, SFWA renamed their Grand Master award in his honor, calling it the DamonKnightMemorialGrandMasterAward. Knight himself had won the award in 1995.

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In 2002, SFWA renamed their Grand Master award in his honor, calling it the DamonKnightMemorialGrandMasterAward.UsefulNotes/DamonKnightMemorialGrandMasterAward. Knight himself had won the award in 1995.
28th Nov '15 10:12:00 AM NTC3
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Damon Knight was an American author, editor and professional critic of SpeculativeFiction, and a founding member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Clarion Writers Workshop. He wrote many novels and short-stories, including the famous story "To Serve Man", which is the basis for our trope, ToServeMan. He is also credited with popularizing the term "IdiotPlot".

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Damon Knight (1922-2002) was an American author, editor and professional critic of SpeculativeFiction, and a founding member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Clarion Writers Workshop. He wrote many novels and short-stories, including the famous story "To Serve Man", which is the basis for our trope, ToServeMan. He is also credited with popularizing the term "IdiotPlot".
21st Aug '15 11:35:04 AM Trueman001
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* ArtisticLicenseLinguistics: "Rule Golden" has a {{Creator/BBC}} news announcer say "In Commons today...". But this is an Americanism; a real Brit would at the very minimum say "in ''the'' Commons", and a real BBC announcer would most likely say "in the House of Commons", which after all takes only about half a second longer to say.
24th Mar '15 4:07:45 PM EverybodyHatesBilly
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* VegetarianVampire: Spoofed in the short story "[[SdrawkcabName Eripmav]]", in which the vegetarian vampire is killed via a [[IncrediblyLamePun steak]] [[{{Feghoot}} through the heart]].

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* VegetarianVampire: Spoofed in the short story "[[SdrawkcabName Eripmav]]", in which the vegetarian vampire is killed via a [[IncrediblyLamePun [[spoiler:[[IncrediblyLamePun steak]] [[{{Feghoot}} through the heart]].heart]]]].
24th Mar '15 4:05:08 PM EverybodyHatesBilly
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* {{Feghoot}}: "Eripmav" is a setup for a stake/steak pun.

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* {{Feghoot}}: "Eripmav" is a setup for a stake/steak [[spoiler:stake/steak]] pun.
24th Mar '15 4:04:20 PM EverybodyHatesBilly
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* ImAHumanitarian: "To Serve Man" is a short story about a race of pig-like aliens called the Kanamit who offer Earth the benefits of their science in exchange for groups of earthlings to visit their planet. The title refers to that of a book which one of the characters managed to obtain.[[spoiler: The book is revealed to be . . . a cookbook.]]

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* ImAHumanitarian: "To Serve Man" is a short story about a race of pig-like aliens called the Kanamit who offer Earth the benefits of their science in exchange for groups of earthlings to visit their planet. The title refers to that of a book which one of the characters managed to obtain.[[spoiler: [[ItWasHisSled The book is revealed to be . . .be... a cookbook.]]
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