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23rd Aug '15 3:12:01 AM Fireblood
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* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: In ''Sinister Barrier'' Earth is populated by Vitons, EnergyBeings who exist outside visible spectrum and feed upon human emotions: from pain and anguish to joy. Oh, and when they die, they [[ParanoiaFuel turn into ball lightnings]]. Though it's never made clear if Vitons originated on Earth in parallel with humans, if they created humans or if they came from another planet and enslaved humans -- people who think of Vitons in their presence are killed to maintain TheMasquerade, thus the researchers tend to die quickly ([[TheUnmaskedWorld until the cataclysmic reveal]] halfway through the novel).

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* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: In ''Sinister Barrier'' Earth is populated by Vitons, EnergyBeings who exist outside visible spectrum and feed upon human emotions: from pain and anguish to joy. Oh, and when they die, they [[ParanoiaFuel turn into ball lightnings]]. Though it's never made clear if Vitons originated on Earth in parallel with humans, if they created humans or if they came from another planet and enslaved humans -- people who think of Vitons in their presence are [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade killed to maintain maintain]] TheMasquerade, thus the researchers tend to die quickly ([[TheUnmaskedWorld until the cataclysmic reveal]] halfway through the novel).
2nd Jun '15 5:16:43 AM LongLiveHumour
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* AnarchyIsChaos: {{Averted}} in "...And Then There Were None". In it, an anarchic-libertarian community of Gands (they derive the name from MahatmaGandhi) is pretty orderly, and also utterly pacifistic—they employ passive resistance when the Earth military tries to coerce them.

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* AnarchyIsChaos: {{Averted}} in "...And Then There Were None". In it, an anarchic-libertarian community of Gands (they derive the name from MahatmaGandhi) UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi) is pretty orderly, and also utterly pacifistic—they employ passive resistance when the Earth military tries to coerce them.
24th Jan '15 1:19:28 PM Korodzik
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His most popular work is the 1957 futuristic spy-thriller, ''Wasp'', about a lone spy injected onto a hostile alien planet to cause as much disruption as possible. Other well-known novels include 1939's ''Sinister Barrier'', where mankind is secretly owned and controlled by aliens, and the humorous ''Next of Kin'' (aka ''The Space Willies''), where a lone misfit captured by aliens conducts psychological warfare on them. He also wrote a large number of short stories, including "Alamagoosa", which won the first-ever HugoAward for Best Short Story.

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His most popular work is the 1957 futuristic spy-thriller, ''Wasp'', ''Literature/{{Wasp}}'', about a lone spy injected onto a hostile alien planet to cause as much disruption as possible. Other well-known novels include 1939's ''Sinister Barrier'', where mankind is secretly owned and controlled by aliens, and the humorous ''Next of Kin'' (aka ''The Space Willies''), where a lone misfit captured by aliens conducts psychological warfare on them. He also wrote a large number of short stories, including "Alamagoosa", which won the first-ever HugoAward for Best Short Story.



* AgentProvocateur: James Mowry, the hero of ''Wasp'', is sent down alone to an alien planet to stir up as much trouble as he possibly can.



* LaResistance: ''Wasp'' involves a man named James Mowri being sent to a hostile alien world in order to cause dissent and chaos and prepare it for an imminent invasion by [[PlanetTerra Terran]] forces. The planet is part of the large Sirian Empire, whose fascist-like government rules with an iron fist and its StateSec Kaitempi is feared by all. Mowri's primary task is to make it appear as if LaResistance exists in the form of ''Dirac Angestun Gesept'' (the Sirian Freedom Party). This involves sending threats signed by D.A.G., lists of people killed (most names are made up), and stickers with anti-government slogans. He then starts hiring local contract killers to take out government and Kaitempi officials and placing fake wire taps on government buildings to build up paranoia. By this point, the Kaitempi is convinced LaResistance is real and a major threat to Imperial stability. The final phase of the plan (which Mowri is forced to speed up due to the imminent invasion) involves diverting the attention of the government and Kaitempi away from space by sabotaging naval ships. After the successful invasion, Mowri finds out that many others like him have been sent to other Sirian worlds. In fact, he is being immeately reassigned to a world where the "wasp" sent there has gone silent.
26th Dec '14 7:41:59 PM tkzv
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* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: In ''Sinister Barrier'', Earth is populated by Vitons, EnergyBeings who exist outside visible spectrum and feed upon human pain and anguish. Oh, and when they die, they [[ParanoiaFuel turn into ball lightnings]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The short story "Displaced Person" implies that God Himself may be an example of this trope.

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* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: In ''Sinister Barrier'', Barrier'' Earth is populated by Vitons, EnergyBeings who exist outside visible spectrum and feed upon human emotions: from pain and anguish. anguish to joy. Oh, and when they die, they [[ParanoiaFuel turn into ball lightnings]].
lightnings]]. Though it's never made clear if Vitons originated on Earth in parallel with humans, if they created humans or if they came from another planet and enslaved humans -- people who think of Vitons in their presence are killed to maintain TheMasquerade, thus the researchers tend to die quickly ([[TheUnmaskedWorld until the cataclysmic reveal]] halfway through the novel).
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: The short story "Displaced Person" implies that God Himself may be an example of this trope. Either that or wrongfully imprisoned.
22nd Apr '14 8:12:13 PM Fireblood
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* AnarchyIsChaos: {{Averted}} in "...And Then There Were None". In it, an anarchic-libertarian community of Gands (they derive the name from MahatmaGandhi) is pretty orderly, and also utterly pacifistic—they employ passive resistance when the Earth military tries to coerce them.
16th Mar '14 6:05:08 AM shokoshu
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* {{Masquerade}}: This trope got nuked from orbit and thrown into a black hole in ''Legwork''. Harasha Vanash is an alien with perfect [[MassHypnosis hypnosis]] powers, so his masquerade should be perfect. How mankind still becomes his undoing? [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Legwork.]] Seems that [[Characters/HarryPotterMinistryOfMagic some people]] haven't learnt the moral yet.
19th Oct '13 7:02:58 PM LeeM
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* AfterTheEnd: "Dear Devil" takes place after a nuclear and biological holocaust, when humanity is reduced to isolated pockets of survivors. A benign Martian visitor, equipped with a flying sled and a food machine, is able to gather many of the survivors together and relaunch civilization over the course of several years. By the time more Martians arrive, the humans worship their "devil" as their hero and savior.


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* HeelFaceTurn: In "I am Nothing", a planetary dictator calls off his invasion of a neighboring planet after seeing the devastating effect the war has had on one little girl.
18th Apr '13 9:44:51 PM Xtifr
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* LaResistance: ''Wasp'' involves a man named James Mowri being sent to a hostile alien world in order to cause dissent and chaos and prepare it for an imminent invasion by [[PlanetTerra Terran]] forces. The planet is part of the large Sirian Empire, whose fascist-like government rules with an iron fist and its StateSec Kaitempi is feared by all. Mowri's primary task is to make it appear as if LaResistance exists in the form of ''Dirac Angestun Gesept'' (the Sirian Freedom Party). This involves sending threats signed by D.A.G., lists of people killed (most names are made up), and stickers with anti-government slogans. He then starts hiring local contract killers to take out government and Kaitempi officials and placing fake wire taps on government buildings to build up paranoia. By this point, the Kaitempi is convinced LaResistance is real and a major threat to Imperial stability. The final phase of the plan (which Mowri is forced to speed up due to the imminent invasion) involves diverting the attention of the government and Kaitempi away from space by sabotaging naval ships. After the successful invasion, Mowri finds out that many others like him have been sent to other Sirian worlds. In fact, he is being immeately reassigned to a world where the "wasp" sent there has gone silent.
18th Apr '13 9:41:15 PM Xtifr
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* DwindlingParty: In ''Somewhere a Voice'', a group of people shipwrecked in hostile alien jungle are trying to reach an Earth outpost. [[spoiler:Only the dog is alive when rescuers find them.]] The story is more about bigotry and WhatMeasureIsANonHuman, with the viewpoint character [[spoiler:initially]] considering most of the characters (all Earth humans) inferior.
17th Oct '12 1:27:07 AM Xtifr
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* AgentProvocateur: James Mowry, the hero of ''Wasp'', is sent down alone to an alien planet to stir up as much trouble as he possibly can.
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