History Literature / AngelStation

27th Jul '15 7:25:49 AM ChronoLegion
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* Main/YouAreNumberSix: Members of the Main/ServantRace created by The Beloved's people to crew and maintain them are given designations based on their function and a number - for example, General Volitional Twelve. He's not a "general" in the military sense, but his function is non-specific (i.e. general-purpose).

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* Main/YouAreNumberSix: Members of the Main/ServantRace created by The Beloved's people to crew and maintain them are given designations based on their function and a number - for example, General Volitional Twelve. He's not a "general" in the military sense, but his function is non-specific (i.e. general-purpose).general-purpose).
* ZeroGSpot: Beautiful Maria engages in microgravity sex with her temporary LoveInterest from a rival merchant family. She has just suffered a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from the security staff of a casino Ubu Roy and she tried to cheat, so she hopes the low gravity will lessen the pain. Of course, they still end up tumbling through the entire cargo bay, with her partner having to use pieces of debris to keep her from floating away from him.
17th Jul '15 7:09:36 AM ChronoLegion
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* FasterThanLighTravel: Achieved by using captured singularities to open wormholes of sort. The jump itself is instantaneous, although it releases deadly radiation, which is why there is a legal NoWarpingZone near any inhabited planet, station, or moon. It's impossible to trace a jump, but every ship is required by law to keep unaltered navigation logs, which must be presented to any official upon request (the logs are considered to be government property). This is likely done to prevent any [[SpacePirates piracy]] by openly showing where a ship's crew got their cargo. What's interesting is that ships are always build around already-captured black holes, not the other way around. They can also be equipped with special "claws" for capturing newly-discovered singularities, which can be sold to shipyards for a profit.

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* FasterThanLighTravel: FasterThanLightTravel: Achieved by using captured singularities to open wormholes of sort. The jump itself is instantaneous, although it releases deadly radiation, which is why there is a legal NoWarpingZone near any inhabited planet, station, or moon. It's impossible to trace a jump, but every ship is required by law to keep unaltered navigation logs, which must be presented to any official upon request (the logs are considered to be government property). This is likely done to prevent any [[SpacePirates piracy]] by openly showing where a ship's crew got their cargo. What's interesting is that ships are always build around already-captured black holes, not the other way around. They can also be equipped with special "claws" for capturing newly-discovered singularities, which can be sold to shipyards for a profit.
17th Jul '15 7:09:24 AM ChronoLegion
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* FasterThanLighTravel: Achieved by using captured singularities to open wormholes of sort. The jump itself is instantaneous, although it releases deadly radiation, which is why there is a legal NoWarpingZone near any inhabited planet, station, or moon. It's impossible to trace a jump, but every ship is required by law to keep unaltered navigation logs, which must be presented to any official upon request (the logs are considered to be government property). This is likely done to prevent any [[SpacePirates piracy]] by openly showing where a ship's crew got their cargo. What's interesting is that ships are always build around already-captured black holes, not the other way around. They can also be equipped with special "claws" for capturing newly-discovered singularities, which can be sold to shipyards for a profit.
17th Jul '15 7:02:59 AM ChronoLegion
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* HumansAreBastards: This is one of the things General Volitional Twelve finally figures out about humanity. He realizes that The Beloved's lucrative dealings with humans will eventually result in the greedy humans exploiting the LivingShip race, but [[spoiler:his attempts to warn her result in her having him terminated and melted down into organic paste to be fed to other drones]].
17th Jul '15 7:00:40 AM ChronoLegion
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* HumanResources: The drones used by The Beloved's people only exist for as long as they're useful. If one's use has run out or it goes insane, it is killed and processed into organic matter to be fed to the other drones. They don't mind. [[spoiler:This is the fate of General Volitional Twelve near the end of the novel for trying to warn The Beloved of her eventual downfall due to her interactions with humans]].
17th Jul '15 6:56:33 AM ChronoLegion
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* Main/OrganicTechnology: Pretty much the only tech The Beloved have as a race - but how! However, their major deficiency is computers. Their biological equivalents are woefully inadequate for plotting proper interstellar jumps. Which is why the ones Ubu Roy offers The Beloved, which are ''merely'' mining computers, are still vastly superior to what The Beloved has, as they are capable of performing calculations at faster-than-light speeds using something called "[[AppliedPhlebotinum macromolecules]]".

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* Main/OrganicTechnology: Pretty much the only tech The Beloved have as a race - but how! However, their major deficiency is computers. Their biological equivalents are woefully inadequate for plotting proper interstellar jumps. Which is why the ones Ubu Roy offers The Beloved, which are ''merely'' mining computers, are still vastly superior to what The Beloved has, as they are capable of performing calculations at faster-than-light speeds using something called "[[AppliedPhlebotinum macromolecules]]". In exchange, Ubu Roy learns that The Beloved can produce high-quality pharmaceuticals in great numbers based on samples he literally feeds her.
17th Jul '15 6:55:14 AM ChronoLegion
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* RogueProtagonist: Beautiful Maria and Ubu Roy. They do their best to avoid being affiliated with any interstellar corporation and try to stay afloat. They end up breaking tons of laws (including exposing an inhabited moon to deadly radiation and falsifying navigation logs, both high crimes). This ends up paying off in the end, and they start their own company and absorb their competition.

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* RogueProtagonist: Beautiful Maria and Ubu Roy. They do their best to avoid being affiliated with any interstellar corporation and try to stay afloat. They end up breaking tons of laws (including exposing an inhabited moon to deadly radiation and falsifying navigation logs, both high crimes). This ends up paying off in the end, and they start their own company and absorb their competition. While she's not a protagonist, The Beloved's situation is similar among her people, and she ends up striking it big by trading with Ubu Roy and Beautiful Maria.
17th Jul '15 6:53:52 AM ChronoLegion
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* AdjectiveNounFred: Beautiful Maria is actually legally named "Beautiful Maria". When talking to some Angel Station officials, they accidentally refer to her as "Ms. Roy", given her brother's name. She corrects them, much to their confusion.



* Main/OrganicTechnology: Pretty much the only tech The Beloved have as a race - but how!

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* Main/OrganicTechnology: Pretty much the only tech The Beloved have as a race - but how!how! However, their major deficiency is computers. Their biological equivalents are woefully inadequate for plotting proper interstellar jumps. Which is why the ones Ubu Roy offers The Beloved, which are ''merely'' mining computers, are still vastly superior to what The Beloved has, as they are capable of performing calculations at faster-than-light speeds using something called "[[AppliedPhlebotinum macromolecules]]".


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* RogueProtagonist: Beautiful Maria and Ubu Roy. They do their best to avoid being affiliated with any interstellar corporation and try to stay afloat. They end up breaking tons of laws (including exposing an inhabited moon to deadly radiation and falsifying navigation logs, both high crimes). This ends up paying off in the end, and they start their own company and absorb their competition.


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* {{Sexbot}}: Their "father" bought one during Ubu Roy and Beautiful Maria's [hor]monal phase to keep himself some company and satisfy his urges, since his "children" were too busy screwing one another all over the ship. After his suicide, Ubu Roy decides to sell the bot to cover some of their debts. As he's approaching her with a shock prod, the bot frantically tries to seduce him to let her stay. He refuses.
17th Jul '15 6:43:08 AM ChronoLegion
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* SpaceStation: The titular Angel Station is an enormous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_torus Stanford torus]]. It's a key interstellar hub in that part of space.
5th Jan '15 5:28:57 AM SolariusScorch
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* BlindJump: In the book, FTL travel is achieved by using captured black holes (contained within each ship) to open a tear in space-time. Proper calculations are necessary to "ride out the wave" to the proper destination. The protagonists make a random jump, hoping to find a system that will have "catchable" black holes to sell. A similar jump puts a Main/LivingShip (also looking to capture and sell singularities) in the same system, resulting in the events of the book.

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* BlindJump: Main/BeePeople: Only the Main/LivingShip is considered a member of the alien race of The Beloved; its subjects are more or less just drones (well, mostly).
* Main/BlindJump:
In the book, FTL travel is achieved by using captured black holes (contained within each ship) to open a tear in space-time. Proper calculations are necessary to "ride out the wave" to the proper destination. The protagonists make a random jump, hoping to find a system that will have "catchable" black holes to sell. A similar jump puts a Main/LivingShip (also looking to capture and sell singularities) in the same system, resulting in the events of the book.



* FixingTheGame: Beautiful Maria is [[{{Main/Technopath}} genetically-engineered with an ability to manipulate electrons with telekinesis]]. As a way of making money while they look for a contract, she plays a game (with a decent payout) that simulates navigating a ship through a field of black holes. Using her ability, she's able to win consistently by intercepting and altering computer signals before they appear on the screen. Ubu then suggests going for a big score and cheating at the roulette at a big casino on the titular space station. By that point, all casino games are electronic in nature, so Maria feels she has a good chance. She ends up winning a lot, but both are then taken to a back room, where it's revealed that the casino monitors all machines and detects any attempts at hacking them. Their only curiosity is the fact that Maria doesn't appear to have any equipment with her. They start beating on both of them. Even when Maria admits her ability, the [[CassandraTruth casino owners don't believe her]]. They are thrown out the back of the casino badly beaten and without their winnings.
* Main/LivingShip: The alien mothership is both living and [[[Main/SapientShip sapient]].

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* FixingTheGame: Main/FixingTheGame: Beautiful Maria is [[{{Main/Technopath}} genetically-engineered with an ability to manipulate electrons with telekinesis]]. As a way of making money while they look for a contract, she plays a game (with a decent payout) that simulates navigating a ship through a field of black holes. Using her ability, she's able to win consistently by intercepting and altering computer signals before they appear on the screen. Ubu then suggests going for a big score and cheating at the roulette at a big casino on the titular space station. By that point, all casino games are electronic in nature, so Maria feels she has a good chance. She ends up winning a lot, but both are then taken to a back room, where it's revealed that the casino monitors all machines and detects any attempts at hacking them. Their only curiosity is the fact that Maria doesn't appear to have any equipment with her. They start beating on both of them. Even when Maria admits her ability, the [[CassandraTruth casino owners don't believe her]]. They are thrown out the back of the casino badly beaten and without their winnings.
* Main/HiveMind: The Beloved. However, this is [[Main/DiscussedTrope not as simple as it seems]].
* Main/InsectoidAliens: Many servants of The Beloved, like the navigator race, are insectoid or crustacean-like.
* Main/LivingShip: The alien mothership is both living and [[[Main/SapientShip [[Main/SapientShip sapient]].


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* Main/OrganicTechnology: Pretty much the only tech The Beloved have as a race - but how!


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* Main/StarfishAliens: With some alien servant forms, most notably those of specialized but simple function (like cleaning).
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