History Creator / SheriSTepper

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* FixingTheGame: In ''Marianne, the Matchbox, and the Malachite Mouse'', Marianne's sorcerous husband goes into a high-stakes game armed with a pair of dice he's enchanted to throw any number he requires -- even if the number he requires is 1.
12th Jul '14 9:49:34 PM Bergamot
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* In ''Beauty'', it turns out the title character's beauty is ''literally'' a curse: [[spoiler: she is fated to be the living repository of the entire concept of human beauty.]] In a more practical sense, her beauty attracts all kinds of unwanted attention, including [[RapeAsDrama a rapist]], [[HandsomeLech a sleazy older man]], [[TheFairFolk the lecherous King of the Fairies]], and [[TheDevil the Devil himself.]]

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* ** In ''Beauty'', it turns out the title character's beauty is ''literally'' a curse: [[spoiler: she is fated to be the living repository of the entire concept of human beauty.]] In a more practical sense, her beauty attracts all kinds of unwanted attention, including [[RapeAsDrama a rapist]], [[HandsomeLech a sleazy older man]], [[TheFairFolk the lecherous King of the Fairies]], and [[TheDevil the Devil himself.]]
12th Jul '14 9:48:49 PM Bergamot
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* In ''Beauty'', it turns out the title character's beauty is ''literally'' a curse: [[spoiler: she is fated to be the living repository of the entire concept of human beauty.]] In a more practical sense, her beauty attracts all kinds of unwanted attention, including [[RapeAsDrama a rapist]], [[HandsomeLech a sleazy older man]], [[TheFairFolk the lecherous King of the Fairies]], and [[TheDevil the Devil himself.]]
20th Mar '14 7:43:42 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheTrueGame'' series[[note]]''King's Blood Four'', ''Necromancer Nine'', ''Wizard's Eleven'', ''The Song of Mavin Manyshaped'', ''The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped'', ''The Search of Mavin Manyshaped'', ''Jinian Footseer'', ''Dervish Daughter'', ''Jinian Star-Eye''[[/note]]



* ''The True Game'' series
** ''The Books of the True Game: Peter'':
*** ''Kings Blood Four''
*** ''Necromancer Nine''
*** ''Wizard's Eleven''
** ''Mavin Manyshaped'':
*** ''The Song of Mavin Manyshaped''
*** ''The Flight of Mavin Manyshaped''
*** ''The Search of Mavin Manyshaped''
** ''The Books of the True Game: Jinian'':
*** ''Jinian Footseer''
*** ''Dervish Daughter''
*** ''Jinian Star-Eye''



* AntiMagic: The 'muties' in ''The True Game'' series suppress the gifts of all nearby Gamesmen.



* BadPowersBadPeople: In ''The True Game'' series, with lampshade-hanging from a scholar who remarks that in every case he's aware of, the unpleasant powers always go to unpleasant people who actually enjoy having them.



* FunctionalMagic: ''The True Game'' series has not one but two detailed and structured systems of magic. One is described rather better than the other.



* GenderRestrictedAbility: In the world of the True Game, several of the Talents are gender-limited, or at least rare in one or another sex. Healers and Midwives, for example, appear to be mostly female, while Armigers, Sentinels, and possessors of Necromantic Talents appear to be mostly male. Harpies and Queens are of course always female, while Kings and Princes are of course always male. (Though given that many women amongst the Gamesmen are encouraged to hide or deemphasize their talents, it's hard to know how common certain talents really are amongst them.)
* GeniusLoci: In ''The True Game'' series, there are several examples of Genius Loci such as forests, roads, and pools. [[spoiler:It is revealed in the final trilogy that the planet it self also is sentient, and contemplating committing suicide.]]
* {{Glamour}}: The True Game series has certain characters who possess the talent of Beguilement, which makes the wielder seem more attractive and charismatic when it is used. Powerful Beguilers can make themselves seem irresistibly attractive even if their true bodies are deformed or disfigured.



* PlanetaryRomance: In ''The True Game'' series



* ShapeshifterBaggage: In the "Mavin Manyshaped" trilogy shapeshifters can increase their mass by incorporating additional organic material (Mavin uses a sack of grain at one point), but decreasing their mass (beyond discarding the additional material) is not directly addressed.
** There is a conversation between Peter and Maven implying that shifter simply consolidate their neural net when forming smaller shapes, as well as a subsequent scene in which Mavin made soup out of the "discard". But it is the only time this problem and solution is mentioned.



* TongueTied: In ''The True Games'' series a character is unable to speak about certain information, but is able to write it down. Even further, any character who reads this information will then find ''themselves unable'' to speak the same information.
20th Mar '14 7:07:34 PM PaulA
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* BodyHorror: It's found in spades in Tepper's novels. In ''Shadow's End'', in exchange for humans being permitted to live on the planet Dinadh, [[spoiler: when a woman experiences her first pregnancy she is then gang-raped by a native race called the Kachis. Several Kachis grow in her womb, eating the human foetus for sustenance. When the woman goes into labour, if there isn't a special container to restrain the Kachis when they are born, they will proceed to attack the woman.]] In ''Gibbon's Decline and Fall'' the main villain [[spoiler: envisions a world where women exist in mindless suspended animation, the only part of their body utilised is the womb in order to create more men for his "perfect reality."]] It seems that Tepper's pre-author career working for Planned Parenthood gave her plenty of personal {{Nightmare Fuel}}. See also the novel ''Sideshow'' for dinka-jins.

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* BodyHorror: It's found in spades in Tepper's novels. In ''Shadow's End'', in exchange for humans being permitted to live on the planet Dinadh, [[spoiler: when a woman experiences her first pregnancy she is then gang-raped by a native race called the Kachis. Several Kachis grow in her womb, eating the human foetus for sustenance. When the woman goes into labour, if there isn't a special container to restrain the Kachis when they are born, they will proceed to attack the woman.]] In ''Gibbon's Decline and Fall'' the main villain [[spoiler: envisions a world where women exist in mindless suspended animation, the only part of their body utilised is the womb in order to create more men for his "perfect reality."]] It seems that Tepper's pre-author career working for Planned Parenthood gave her plenty of personal {{Nightmare Fuel}}.material for this trope. See also the novel ''Sideshow'' for dinka-jins.



* CallASmeerpARabbit: In the novel ''Grass'' there is a native breed of animal specifically called the Hippae, but those who live on the planet of Grass commonly refer to them as "mounts" and ride them in their fox hunt. Due to some miscommunication, offplanet equestrians arrive to join in the hunt and encounter what can only be classed as {{Nightmare Fuel}} - the Hippae [[spoiler: are three times as large as horses, their neck is covered in spiny barbs, and with their vicious intelligence they control the hunt and those who ride upon them]]. The Foxen and the Hounds aren't much like foxes or hounds, either. Tepper initially leaves the reader just as much in the dark as to the nature of the Hippae as she does the offplanet tourists.

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* CallASmeerpARabbit: In the novel ''Grass'' there is a native breed of animal specifically called the Hippae, but those who live on the planet of Grass commonly refer to them as "mounts" and ride them in their fox hunt. Due to some miscommunication, offplanet equestrians arrive to join in the hunt and encounter what can only be classed as {{Nightmare Fuel}} the horrifying reality - the Hippae [[spoiler: are three times as large as horses, their neck is covered in spiny barbs, and with their vicious intelligence they control the hunt and those who ride upon them]]. The Foxen and the Hounds aren't much like foxes or hounds, either. Tepper initially leaves the reader just as much in the dark as to the nature of the Hippae as she does the offplanet tourists.
20th Mar '14 2:08:05 AM PaulA
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* TwoPartTrilogy: The Marianne trilogy is the inverted form, a duology followed by a single-volume sequel.
20th Mar '14 2:02:51 AM PaulA
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* AuthorTract

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* AuthorTractAssimilationPlot: The Hobbs Land Gods in the Arbai Trilogy unite those under their influence into a collective hive-mind. [[spoiler:They're actually primarily a psionic communication device, and people retain their individuality.]] In the third novel, ''Sideshow'', the planet Elsewhere has planetary-government mandated diversity as a countermeasure to this.
* AuthorTract: Much of Tepper's work reads as thinly disguised, feminist utopianism, particularly ''The Gate to Women's Country'' and ''The Revenants''. ''Beauty'' paints a rather extreme picture of the human race's 'destruction' of Earth's environment.



* CallASmeerpARabbit: In the novel ''Grass'' there is a native breed of animal specifically called the Hippae, but those who live on the planet of Grass commonly refer to them as "mounts" and ride them in their fox hunt. Due to some miscommunication, offplanet equestrians arrive to join in the hunt and encounter what can only be classed as {{Nightmare Fuel}} - the Hippae [[spoiler: are three times as large as horses, their neck is covered in spiny barbs, and with their vicious intelligence they control the hunt and those who ride upon them.]] Tepper initially leaves the reader just as much in the dark as to the nature of the Hippae as she does the offplanet tourists.
** Also the "Hounds" and "Foxen" (archaic plural of "fox").

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* BrideAndSwitch: Towards the end of ''The Companions'', main character Jewel does this to her ex-husband, who is still infatuated with her. She has the identity of the fake bride concealed by telling him that veiling the bride until the wedding night is a tradition of the planet she now lives on. On the wedding night itself, she uses [[AppliedPhlebotinum scent-language shenanigans]] to de-infatuate him with herself and re-infatuate him with his new bride. He doesn't mind, but his mother doesn't take it well.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: In the novel ''Grass'' there is a native breed of animal specifically called the Hippae, but those who live on the planet of Grass commonly refer to them as "mounts" and ride them in their fox hunt. Due to some miscommunication, offplanet equestrians arrive to join in the hunt and encounter what can only be classed as {{Nightmare Fuel}} - the Hippae [[spoiler: are three times as large as horses, their neck is covered in spiny barbs, and with their vicious intelligence they control the hunt and those who ride upon them.]] them]]. The Foxen and the Hounds aren't much like foxes or hounds, either. Tepper initially leaves the reader just as much in the dark as to the nature of the Hippae as she does the offplanet tourists.
** Also the "Hounds" and "Foxen" (archaic plural of "fox").
tourists.



* GenderRestrictedAbility: In the world of the True Game, several of the Talents are gender-limited, or at least rare in one or another sex. Healers and Midwives, for example, appear to be mostly female, while Armigers, Sentinels, and possessors of Necromantic Talents appear to be mostly male. Harpies and Queens are of course always female, while Kings and Princes are of course always male. (Though given that many women amongst the Gamesmen are encouraged to hide or deemphasize their talents, it's hard to know how common certain talents really are amongst them.)



* {{Glamour}}: The True Game series has certain characters who possess the talent of Beguilement, which makes the wielder seem more attractive and charismatic when it is used. Powerful Beguilers can make themselves seem irresistibly attractive even if their true bodies are deformed or disfigured.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: In Tepper's ''The Fresco'', [[spoiler:a miracle is faked to allow the eponymous fresco to be repainted]].
* HalfIdenticalTwins: In ''Sideshow'', two of the main characters are ''conjoined'' twins of different genders. This is justified in that they were both born intersexed, with ambiguous genitalia. The doctors asked their parents for their opinion on what to do, and while the father was certain that the first one was male (the Virgin Mary had told him so), the mother thought it would be nice to have a little girl. Naturally, the two run into some problems at puberty, since they share a circulatory system, but they each identify as the gender they were assigned and raised as.



* LadyLand: Is used in ''Six Moon Dance'' and ''TheGateToWomensCountry''.
* MisterSeahorse: Found in Tepper's ''The Fresco''.
* NoWomansLand: For examples just close one's eyes and point at any random Tepper book.

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* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: In ''The Family Tree'', a magical force of nature shows up to force humanity to live in a more ecological way. Among its traits is causing magical abortions on women pregnant with their third or later child, and making third or later children under the age of two disappear without a trace. Presumably murdered, though they never find the bodies. (It is, by the way, presented as a benevolent force.)
* LadyLand: Is used in ''Six Moon Dance'' and ''TheGateToWomensCountry''.
''Literature/TheGateToWomensCountry''.
* MisterSeahorse: Found in Tepper's In ''The Fresco''.
Fresco'', some aliens temporarily stranded on Earth pick on a group of powerful conservative American men to incubate their young, reasoning that since the men are opposed to abortion, they'll agree that it is their duty to help the aliens out. The men are not happy, especially when it turns out the young aliens will have to eat their way out of their bodies. The whole incident provides an {{anvilicious}} moral: don't force others to do what you aren't willing to do yourself.
* NoWomansLand: For Many examples. ''Raising the Stones'', ''Sideshow'', ''Shadow's End'', and ''Gibbon's Decline and Fall'' offer examples just close one's eyes and point at any random Tepper book.of entire planets that are women-unfriendly.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In ''Grass'' the main character has a dream/vision of heaven in which an angel has a conversation with God. Instead of the traditional bird wings it sports dragonfly wings which she notes make more anatomical sense.



* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: Ranges from Level 6 in ''Grass'', to level 9 in ''TheGateToWomensCountry''.
* StarfishAlien: Many, but especially the rather strange life-cycle in ''Grass''. Spoilered, as it's a major plot point. [[spoiler: All three are stages in the Foxen lifecycle which runs from eggs; to unintelligent slug-like Peepers; to Hounds, a semi-intelligent and vicious predator; to intelligent, but malignant, Hippae; to hyper-intelligent, but [[ContemplateOurNavels navel-gazing]], Foxen.]]
** Foxen themselves are bizarre and near-incomprehensible to look at, [[spoiler: even to people who've made friends with them]].
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: In Tepper's ''The Fresco''

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* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: Ranges from Level 6 in ''Grass'', to level 9 in ''TheGateToWomensCountry''.
''Literature/TheGateToWomensCountry''.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: In ''Gibbon's Decline and Fall'', Sophie, one of the central group of friends, is described as radiantly and effortlessly beautiful. However, she is disturbed by any sort of male lust towards her (including the MaleGaze, even when it's not acted on), and her friends help her by fashioning an "ugly" disguise, including drab makeup, large glasses, baggy clothes, unflattering hair, and a giant book to carry around, the ''Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire'' by Edward Gibbon. [[spoiler:Later in the book it is revealed that she was genetically engineered by a [[OneGenderRace female-only society]], who failed to consider the consequences of making someone perfect in appearance. Being raised without any males around explains her discomfort when suddenly exposed to them at university.]]
* StarfishAlien: Many, but especially the rather strange life-cycle in ''Grass''. Spoilered, as it's a major plot point. [[spoiler: All three are stages in the Foxen lifecycle which runs from eggs; to unintelligent slug-like Peepers; to Hounds, a semi-intelligent and vicious predator; to intelligent, but malignant, Hippae; to hyper-intelligent, but [[ContemplateOurNavels navel-gazing]], Foxen.]]
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Foxen]]. Foxen themselves are bizarre and near-incomprehensible to look at, [[spoiler: even to people who've made friends with them]].
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: In Tepper's ''The Fresco''
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* VillainousIncest: Duchess Alicia in ''The Waters Rising'' clearly lusts after her father [[spoiler:[[NotBloodRelated who, unknown to her is not actually her father]]]] and has relations with [[spoiler:The Old Dark Man who actually is, although she thinks he might be her grandfather]] and her half-brother.
20th Mar '14 12:50:23 AM PaulA
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* {{Ruritania}}: The micronations of Alpenlicht and Lubovosk, tucked away somewhere where Iran, Turkey, and the Soviet Union get their borders muddled up in the mountains, in the Mariane trilogy.

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* {{Ruritania}}: The micronations of Alpenlicht and Lubovosk, tucked away somewhere where Iran, Turkey, and the Soviet Union get their borders muddled up in the mountains, in the Mariane Marianne trilogy.
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* {{Ruritania}}: The micronations of Alpenlicht and Lubovosk, tucked away somewhere where Iran, Turkey, and the Soviet Union get their borders muddled up in the mountains, in the Mariane trilogy.
2nd Mar '14 9:47:10 AM fq
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** This troper remembers a conversation between Peter and Maven implying that shifter simply consolidate their neural net when forming smaller shapes.
** And this troper remembers in a subsequent scene that Mavin made soup out of the "discard". But it is the only time this problem and solution is mentioned.

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** This troper remembers There is a conversation between Peter and Maven implying that shifter simply consolidate their neural net when forming smaller shapes.
** And this troper remembers in
shapes, as well as a subsequent scene that in which Mavin made soup out of the "discard". But it is the only time this problem and solution is mentioned.
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