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* ''Literature/TheWorthingSaga''



!!!Worthing Saga
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: PlayedForDrama in "Lifeloop", when a movie star does it to a fellow actress. [[ThrowItIn While the camera is rolling]]. After she wraps the shoot with some brilliant improv and gets her HumanPopsicle vacation, she wakes up years later and finds out that [[DrivenToSuicide he was dead serious]].
* {{Arcology}}: One story goes into some detail about the creation of modular arcoplexes designed to be expanded upon as the population grew, and link to one another if two should meet. Despite their creator's protests that "huge tracts of unspoiled land" would be set aside, after hundreds or thousands of years, eventually all of them met, creating a CityPlanet (and utterly destroying the natural environment, of course, making it a major subversion of this trope).
* BlankSlate: Suspended animation has the side effect of completely erasing the memories of those who undergo it, which usually isn't a problem since the memories can be recorded beforehand and reinserted. When the main character is piloting a colony ship to another planet, a ship from a hostile faction attacks his ship and destroys the section in which the recordings were kept, so he winds up taking care of "adult infants" on the planet they come to. Some of them develop different personalities (generally for the better) as they acquire new memories and new experiences. However, parts of who they were are retained, and it's furthermore stated that giving them the memories of other people would probably have caused insanity.
* CityPlanet: Capitol. Its development into a City Planet from a world that's heavily developed, but is still famous for its wildlife, is depicted in the short story "Skipping Stones".
* ContemptibleCover: Even Card hated the original one.
* ContinuityReboot: Many of the plots in the novel were set up in earlier short stories, but Card didn't have access to those stories when writing the novel, so details are noticeably different. He later got them again, and included the ones he liked in one edition of the novel as a sort of AlternateContinuity (the rest are now CanonDiscontinuity.)
* CryonicsFailure: Not only are some of the colonists killed, but the remainder all have their personalities, which have to be stored on hard disk prior to cryo, wiped--leaving Jason the task of singlehandedly raising 99 adult-sized kids. (Oh, and the one guy whose personality ''did'' survive? Jason's ArchEnemy.)
* HealingVat: Used in ''Hot Sleep'' when the protagonist is being healed/reconstructed after "proving he's a survivor".
* HoldingOutForAHero: An entire planet of telepaths and telekinetics has, from altruistic motives, eliminated pain on all the worlds. They heal any injuries instantly, they block grief at death (which is only from old age), etc. They finally figure out this has turned all of mankind into slaves, and commit mass suicide. Of course then when Pain returns, no one is equipped to deal with it...
* HumanPopsicle: In addition to being used for colony ships, it is also used by non-migratory citizens. In fact, it's a status symbol in the empire: the more valuable you are to it, the more you stay frozen. The series projects the decay of a society through the fact that the richest people can afford to undergo routine stasis and "live" practically forever while poorer people live regular lives that are literally a fraction as long.
* IcyBlueEyes: Are part of a genetic package that includes telepathy and (eventually, after copious inbreeding) various other PsychicPowers.
* LossOfIdentity:
** Explores this trope in quite some depth as it relates to memory. Every time someone enters suspended animation, their memories are completely wiped from their brain, and must be restored from a recording. Such recordings are rather fragile, and if yours breaks, you'd best restart your life from the beginning and relearn what you've forgotten, as trying to live with someone else's memories, knowing that they made choices that your instincts tell you are wrong, tends to cause insanity.
** The setting also has telepaths, who are subject to a lesser version of this trope. The memories of other people are just as real to them as their own, and if they happen to find a memory they'd rather not have, too bad--it's a part of them forever. The knowledge that they're still themselves tends to ward off insanity, though.
** One story in the setting, "Lifeloop", deals with this trope from an entirely different direction: the relationship between actors and their roles. The main character acts in real-time, unscripted porn films that are filmed over the course of several days, and has learned to fit herself perfectly to her roles. The actor she's matched with for one assignment breaks the fourth wall and confesses that he loves her, not the character she's playing. She goes along, improvising with him, but completely fails to realize that he isn't acting as well.
* LostColony: The Worthing Saga concerns a Lost Colony, odd due to the fact that the Colony actually (re)discovers the rest of the human race before being found themselves due to their development of Psychic Powers.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: Jason gives a long list of all the bad things he's never done, but remembers anyway because others did them.
* MindProbe
* ModernStasis: Humanity's best and brightest are "honored" with faux-immortality by being turned into Human Popsicles for years, decades, or centuries at a time. Science and culture progress proportionally more slowly as a result.
* MortonsFork: When Jason is suspected of having the Swipe, he's tested on three extremely hard astronomy problems, two of which his examiner knows the answers to and the third of which nobody has solved yet. He's really, really smart, so he solves the first two and gets partway through the third without using the Swipe at all. They try to kill him anyway, figuring he must have done ''something'' inhuman to achieve as much as he did. (One assumes that, given his previously established intelligence, if he'd done badly they would have assumed he was doing so deliberately and something was up, so there really was no way out here.)
* NecessarilyEvil: Abner Doon engineers the fall of The Empire, believing it has caused humanity to stagnate. He is compared to a gardener and humanity to a tree that must be pruned. Said pruning involves a galaxy-wide universal rebellion that almost certainly cost millions if not billions of lives, but all that happens offscreen.
* OccultBlueEyes: IcyBlueEyes are part of a genetic package that includes telepathy and (after copious amounts of inbreeding) various other PsychicPowers.
* PsychicPowers
* SingleBiomePlanet: Capitol, a planet-wide city ("ecumenopolis") like [[StarWars Coruscant]] and [[Literature/{{Foundation}} Trantor]]
** One of the short stories details how it got to be that way. It turns out it had quite vibrant plant life, before the construction completely wiped it out.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics
* TransferableMemory: The cold sleep used to enable starflight has the unfortunate side effect of completely wiping a person's memory. The solution: spheres which record the subject's memory and replay it into the subject's brain.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The setting has a particularly sub-par method of "immortality"--go into a comatose state for an indefinite amount of time, and you won't be any older when you come out of it. Just about everyone who can use this does so, but outsiders tend to realize this sort of extended life doesn't allow for any more time spent doing things, and does result in your poorer friends dying significantly before you. (Also, it messes up their society: all their greatest artists and scientists spend so much time sleeping that their rate of creation slows down significantly).
* TheVerse
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* ''Literature/HomecomingSaga''



!!!Homecoming Saga
* AdamAndEvePlot: Sixteen people (only four of whom had no genetic connection to someone else in the group) from the planet Harmony were selected to [[EarthThatWas return to Earth]] and re-establish the human population. It was established that since the Oversoul (the [[MasterComputer supercomputer]] that had been running the planet for millennia) had been running a breeding program for just this situation, any recessive traits that would pop up in such a closed population had been bred out of them (it was also revealed that Harmony was not the only such human-populated planet, nor was it the first to return to Earth).
* AdultsAreUseless: Justified. When one of the teenagers asks the oversoul why no one in the older generation is standing up to Elemak's tyranny in ''Earthfall'', it explains that they don't dare while he's holding their children hostage. The children being held are free to act (apart from being locked up).
* AltarTheSpeed: The main character and his three brothers get quickie weddings with women they barely know so that they'll have someone to repopulate the Earth with. Somewhat justified in that, in their culture, marriages usually last for one year with the option to renew, meaning that most of the parties involved are accustomed to a pretty cavalier attitude toward the whole thing.
* AncientConspiracy: The true nature and purpose of the Oversoul could be considered an ancient conspiracy.
* DoubleInLawMarriage: Brothers Nafai and Issib marry sisters Luet and Hushidh.
* EarthThatWas: The Earth was rendered uninhabitable by human wars, and mankind departed for Harmony, as well as at least forty other planets.
* AGodAmI: The Keeper of Earth is never outright stated to be God (or even Gaia), but with the stunts She (as the Keeper is usually called) pulls off (sending an image of Nafai's face to a Digger girl 1,000 years before he was born, chasing the bulk of humanity off with a spontaneous Ice Age), She might as well be.
* GrapesOfLuxury: Dol feeds Meb grapes just prior to them having sex for the first time in ''The Call of Earth''.
* HomeworldEvacuation: The Earth was rendered uninhabitable by human wars, and mankind departed for Harmony, as well as at least forty other planets.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Humanity were such bastards that the Keeper of Earth more or less chased us off to the stars, and genetically altered the populations to receive signals from The Oversoul (super-computers designed to steer mankind's development away from weapons of mass destruction and other planet raping tech). Harmony's Oversoul outright states that he meant to last for a millennium or so before preparing for a trip back to Earth. Humans had been on Harmony for around 50,000,000 years and were no better than when they first arrived. Of course, this was only half of the Aesop. The full Aesop was "since humans can't be any better by their own devices, they just have to trust in God."
* IfItsYouItsOkay: The token homosexual character decides that he really doesn't mind sleeping with his wife, once they realize that [[MandatoryMotherhood they really don't have much choice]] [[PairTheSpares about getting married]].
* InstantExpert: When the refugees from a high-tech society end up living off the land, they need to relearn things like making/using bows and arrows. So they go to their computer god and ask. Unfortunately, transferring thoughts from one mind to another is painfully impossible, so they end up receiving muscle memory instead, as that's just reflex rather than conscious thought.
* MagicFromTechnology: The deity of a human colony world, the Oversoul, is in fact an AI in orbit around the planet, which provides certain favored characters with "magical" devices to get them to return to Earth because the society it created is breaking down. Humanity is developing resistance to the Oversoul's Mormonism-inducing mind-control, leading to an outbreak of atheism and violence.
* MedievalStasis: The colony has been operating on a pre-technological level for thousands of years. This is a plot point; their technology level is being deliberately held back.
* NowILayMeDownToSleep: The first half of the fourth book (dealing with a crisis during an interstellar voyage with most of the characters in SuspendedAnimation) is titled "If I Should Wake Before I Die".
* PairTheSpares: [[InvokedTrope Invoked.]] The colony ship was gender-balanced, and everyone involved in the project was expected to get married. Zdorab, being gay, paired with the spare female.
* ProfessionalSexEd: This is an accepted practice in Basilica, referred to as hiring an "Auntie" for a young man's first time.
* RagnarokProofing: The technology was all designed to be self-repairing even on the stuff doing the repairs, and last a very long time regardless... but it's been forty ''million'' years since this stuff was built. Naturally, some of it broke down anyway and characters are amazed that even more isn't broken.
* RefusedByTheCall: Elemak becomes the sworn enemy of his younger half-brother, Nafai, mostly because the Oversoul chose Nafai over him, thereby stealing his legacy. (He was slated to be heir to their father's trading fortune, before Volemak signed on 100% to the Oversoul's cause.) The Oversoul admitted later that Elemak would have been Its first choice as leader, but couldn't trust Elemak not to hijack the entire expedition for his own purposes.
* SchizoTech: A benevolent mind-controlling computer keeps anyone on the planet Harmony from thinking of anything that might lend itself to large-scale warfare, with the end result that they have advanced computers, but the horse-pulled wagon is a new invention in the story.
* StupidityInducingAttack: To prevent humanity from developing to a point where it can potentially wipe itself out, the Oversoul can make those who delve into forbidden ideas suddenly stupid or forgetful until they move on to something else. It takes a lot of willpower for a human being to overcome this. This ability is so powerful that at one point the Oversoul does it to ''itself''.
* WaifProphet: Luet.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Elder brother variation. Protagonist Nafai longs for the love and approval of his eldest brother, Elemak. He ''knows'' this isn't very rational, as Elemak is an openly bullying JerkAss who sees Nafai as a useless mama's boy responsible for ruining his life, and would happily crush his head with a rock.
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* ''Literature/{{Robota}}''
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* ''Literature/{{Robota}}''



* AGodAmI: The Keeper of Earth is never outright stated to be God (or even Gaia), but with the stunts She (as the Keeper is usually called) pulls off (sending an image of Nafai's face to a Digger girl 1,000 years before he was born, chasing the bulk of humanity off with a spontaneous Ice Age), She might as well be.
* GrapesOfLuxury: Dol feeds Meb grapes just prior to them having sex for the first time in ''The Call of Earth''.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Humanity were such bastards that the Keeper of Earth more or less chased us off to the stars, and genetically altered the populations to receive signals from The Oversoul (super-computers designed to steer mankind's development away from weapons of mass destruction and other planet raping tech). Harmony's Oversoul outright states that he meant to last for a millennium or so before preparing for a trip back to Earth. Humans had been on Harmony for around 50,000,000 years and were no better than when they first arrived. Of course, this was only half of the Aesop. The full Aesop was "since humans can't be any better by their own devices, they just have to trust in God."



* InstantExpert: When the refugees from a high-tech society end up living off the land, they need to relearn things like making/using bows and arrows. So they go to their computer god and ask. Unfortunately, transferring thoughts from one mind to another is painfully impossible, so they end up receiving muscle memory instead, as that's just reflex rather than conscious thought.
* MagicFromTechnology: The deity of a human colony world, the Oversoul, is in fact an AI in orbit around the planet, which provides certain favored characters with "magical" devices to get them to return to Earth because the society it created is breaking down. Humanity is developing resistance to the Oversoul's Mormonism-inducing mind-control, leading to an outbreak of atheism and violence.
* MedievalStasis: The colony has been operating on a pre-technological level for thousands of years. This is a plot point; their technology level is being deliberately held back.




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* ProfessionalSexEd: This is an accepted practice in Basilica, referred to as hiring an "Auntie" for a young man's first time.
* RagnarokProofing: The technology was all designed to be self-repairing even on the stuff doing the repairs, and last a very long time regardless... but it's been forty ''million'' years since this stuff was built. Naturally, some of it broke down anyway and characters are amazed that even more isn't broken.
* RefusedByTheCall: Elemak becomes the sworn enemy of his younger half-brother, Nafai, mostly because the Oversoul chose Nafai over him, thereby stealing his legacy. (He was slated to be heir to their father's trading fortune, before Volemak signed on 100% to the Oversoul's cause.) The Oversoul admitted later that Elemak would have been Its first choice as leader, but couldn't trust Elemak not to hijack the entire expedition for his own purposes.
* SchizoTech: A benevolent mind-controlling computer keeps anyone on the planet Harmony from thinking of anything that might lend itself to large-scale warfare, with the end result that they have advanced computers, but the horse-pulled wagon is a new invention in the story.
* StupidityInducingAttack: To prevent humanity from developing to a point where it can potentially wipe itself out, the Oversoul can make those who delve into forbidden ideas suddenly stupid or forgetful until they move on to something else. It takes a lot of willpower for a human being to overcome this. This ability is so powerful that at one point the Oversoul does it to ''itself''.
* WaifProphet: Luet.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Elder brother variation. Protagonist Nafai longs for the love and approval of his eldest brother, Elemak. He ''knows'' this isn't very rational, as Elemak is an openly bullying JerkAss who sees Nafai as a useless mama's boy responsible for ruining his life, and would happily crush his head with a rock.



* BlankSlate: Suspended animation has the side effect of completely erasing the memories of those who undergo it, which usually isn't a problem since the memories can be recorded beforehand and reinserted. When the main character is piloting a colony ship to another planet, a ship from a hostile faction attacks his ship and destroys the section in which the recordings were kept, so he winds up taking care of "adult infants" on the planet they come to. Some of them develop different personalities (generally for the better) as they acquire new memories and new experiences. However, parts of who they were are retained, and it's furthermore stated that giving them the memories of other people would probably have caused insanity.
* CityPlanet: Capitol. Its development into a City Planet from a world that's heavily developed, but is still famous for its wildlife, is depicted in the short story "Skipping Stones".



* HoldingOutForAHero: An entire planet of telepaths and telekinetics has, from altruistic motives, eliminated pain on all the worlds. They heal any injuries instantly, they block grief at death (which is only from old age), etc. They finally figure out this has turned all of mankind into slaves, and commit mass suicide. Of course then when Pain returns, no one is equipped to deal with it...



* LossOfIdentity:
** Explores this trope in quite some depth as it relates to memory. Every time someone enters suspended animation, their memories are completely wiped from their brain, and must be restored from a recording. Such recordings are rather fragile, and if yours breaks, you'd best restart your life from the beginning and relearn what you've forgotten, as trying to live with someone else's memories, knowing that they made choices that your instincts tell you are wrong, tends to cause insanity.
** The setting also has telepaths, who are subject to a lesser version of this trope. The memories of other people are just as real to them as their own, and if they happen to find a memory they'd rather not have, too bad--it's a part of them forever. The knowledge that they're still themselves tends to ward off insanity, though.
** One story in the setting, "Lifeloop", deals with this trope from an entirely different direction: the relationship between actors and their roles. The main character acts in real-time, unscripted porn films that are filmed over the course of several days, and has learned to fit herself perfectly to her roles. The actor she's matched with for one assignment breaks the fourth wall and confesses that he loves her, not the character she's playing. She goes along, improvising with him, but completely fails to realize that he isn't acting as well.
* LostColony: The Worthing Saga concerns a Lost Colony, odd due to the fact that the Colony actually (re)discovers the rest of the human race before being found themselves due to their development of Psychic Powers.



* ModernStasis: Humanity's best and brightest are "honored" with faux-immortality by being turned into Human Popsicles for years, decades, or centuries at a time. Science and culture progress proportionally more slowly as a result.



* NecessarilyEvil: Abner Doon engineers the fall of The Empire, believing it has caused humanity to stagnate. He is compared to a gardener and humanity to a tree that must be pruned. Said pruning involves a galaxy-wide universal rebellion that almost certainly cost millions if not billions of lives, but all that happens offscreen.
* OccultBlueEyes: IcyBlueEyes are part of a genetic package that includes telepathy and (after copious amounts of inbreeding) various other PsychicPowers.



* TransferableMemory: The cold sleep used to enable starflight has the unfortunate side effect of completely wiping a person's memory. The solution: spheres which record the subject's memory and replay it into the subject's brain.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The setting has a particularly sub-par method of "immortality"--go into a comatose state for an indefinite amount of time, and you won't be any older when you come out of it. Just about everyone who can use this does so, but outsiders tend to realize this sort of extended life doesn't allow for any more time spent doing things, and does result in your poorer friends dying significantly before you. (Also, it messes up their society: all their greatest artists and scientists spend so much time sleeping that their rate of creation slows down significantly).



* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Lampshaded when scientist Carol Jeanne Cocciolone's marriage to her marriage-counselor husband falls apart due in part to the latter's adultery, mother issues verging on an Oedipus Complex, and latent homosexuality.
-->'''Carol Jeanne:''' Who theraps the therapist?




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* RestrainingBolt: Lovelock, the genetically enhanced capuchin, is conditioned to value the needs of his human companion above all else, and also to react to sexual stimuli with excruciating pain (to prevent any unauthorized breeding).



* BrownNote: The protagonist, Ansset, can manipulate people psychologically with his singing. At one time, he causes a sadistic man to disembowel himself by showing the sadist the depth of his own evil through a song.



!!!Treasure Box
* GenreShift: ''Treasure Box'' turns out to be [[spoiler:one of Card's "tales of dread"]], but you don't realize it's in that genre until well into the story, about the same time the main character does.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: The weird rich people eat food that appears to be the platonic ideal of food, the best food you could possibly imagine, every bite perfection. [[spoiler:Turns out that's because you ''are'' imagining it.]]

!!!Wyrms
* BrainInAJar: ''Wyrms'' features talking disembodied heads kept alive by some kind of leech.
* RazorFloss: The heroine keeps a strand of this in her hair for use as a weapon in case of an assassination attempt.
* LosingYourHead: The heads in jars, which are kept alive by bio-engineered alien worms, and are chemically conditioned to never lie. The king keeps them as advisors, and many of them openly hate him, and were his enemies in their former lives. They can't speak unless someone pumps the bellows that push air through their vocal cords.



* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: In ''Treasure Box'', the weird rich people eat food that appears to be the platonic ideal of food, the best food you could possibly imagine, every bite perfection. [[spoiler:Turns out that's because you ''are'' imagining it.]]

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* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: In ''Treasure Box'', RapeAndSwitch: ''Hamlet's Father'' has as part of its backstory Hamlet's father raping pretty much the weird rich people eat food that appears to be entire male cast (except maybe Polonious), turning the platonic ideal lot of food, the best food you could possibly imagine, every bite perfection. [[spoiler:Turns out that's because you ''are'' imagining it.]]them gay.
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* ''Literature/{{Robota}}''



* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Discussed in ''Robota'', eventually concluding that non-visible augmentations are perfectly safe psychologically. Making yourself look like a robot, on the other hand, is generally connected to rejection of humanity, and hence to TranshumanTreachery. (Incidentally, this setting has no RidiculouslyHumanRobots, so robots that embrace emotion ignore this rule.)
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* Following Bean and Peter Wiggin: ''Ender's Shadow'', ''Shadow of the Hegemon'', ''Shadow Puppets'', ''Shadow of the Giant'', ''Shadows in Flight''.
* A prequel series about the beginning of the Formic War includes ''Earth Unaware'' and ''Earth Afire''.

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* Following Bean and Peter Wiggin: ''Ender's Shadow'', ''Shadow of the Hegemon'', ''Shadow Puppets'', ''Shadow of the Giant'', ''Shadows in Flight''.
Flight''. Another, ''Shadows Alive,'' is planned and is expected to connect the hanging threats from ''Children of the Mind'' and '' Shadows in Flight.''
* A prequel series about the beginning of the First Formic War includes ''Earth Unaware'' Unaware'', ''Earth Afire'', and ''Earth Afire''.
Awakens''. A second prequel series about the Second Formic War picks up a few years after, with ''The Swarm.''
* And Card has released chapters from another work in progress, Fleet School, which appears to be a sequel following training for the interstellar merchant fleet at the old Battle School, and part of a new series with the working title Children of the Fleet.
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