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16th Jan '17 3:37:28 AM dvorak
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* CassetteFuturism: That special sort of early 80's sci-fi where smallish personal computers are a thing but nobody could think of a better recording medium than magnetic tape. Tully makes an audio cassette of English for the computer, stated to be mobile, to translate into Chani.

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* CassetteFuturism: That special sort of early 80's sci-fi where smallish personal computers are a thing but nobody could think of a better recording medium than magnetic tape. Tully makes an audio cassette of English for the computer, stated to be mobile, to translate into Chani.Hani. Also; the crew is stated to have pagers on their waistbands.



* OperatorIncompatibility: The hani ship as recessed controls usually operated by the hani's retractable claws. Tully has to come up with a work-around.
* PlanetaryNation: Averted. The hani homeworld is noted to have multiple countries and languages.

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* OperatorIncompatibility: The hani ship as has recessed controls usually operated by the hani's retractable claws. Tully has to come up with a work-around.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Hani only wear breeches, no shirts. Of course, they don't have breasts unless pregnant or nursing.
* PlanetaryNation: Averted. The hani homeworld is noted to have multiple countries and languages. And cultures, Pyanfar is surprised to see a male Hani on a station.
16th Jan '17 3:25:46 AM dvorak
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* CassetteFuturism: That special sort of early 80's sci-fi where computers have tape decks but sit on a desk instead of having a dedicated mainframe room; like a UsefulNotes/Commodore64. Tully makes an audio cassette of English for the computer, stated to be mobile, to translate into Chani.

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* CassetteFuturism: That special sort of early 80's sci-fi where smallish personal computers have tape decks are a thing but sit on a desk instead nobody could think of having a dedicated mainframe room; like a UsefulNotes/Commodore64.better recording medium than magnetic tape. Tully makes an audio cassette of English for the computer, stated to be mobile, to translate into Chani.
16th Jan '17 3:20:08 AM dvorak
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* CassetteFuturism: That special sort of early 80's sci-fi where computers have tape decks but sit on a desk instead of having a dedicated mainframe room; like a UsefulNotes/Commodore64. Tully makes an audio cassette of English for the computer, stated to be mobile, to translate into Chani.
13th Dec '16 6:08:08 PM Doug86
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* StarfishAliens: The feline hani, apelike mahendo'sat, and doglike kif are the only anthropomorphic species. The insectoid stsho have three genders and [[ShapeshiftingSquick switch between them when stressed]]. Two (three?) others breathe methane instead of oxygen: the serpentine tc'a, who [[CthulhuMythos think with six brain lobes at once]] and ''reproduce'' when stressed and have symbiotic little bundles of sticks living on them, and the technologically superior knnn, black balls of hair that not even the tc'a can understand.

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* StarfishAliens: The feline hani, apelike mahendo'sat, and doglike kif are the only anthropomorphic species. The insectoid stsho have three genders and [[ShapeshiftingSquick switch between them when stressed]]. Two (three?) others breathe methane instead of oxygen: the serpentine tc'a, who [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos think with six brain lobes at once]] and ''reproduce'' when stressed and have symbiotic little bundles of sticks living on them, and the technologically superior knnn, black balls of hair that not even the tc'a can understand.
7th Dec '16 9:48:28 AM KhymChanur
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* HigherTechSpecies: The incomprehensible methane breathing knnn are this to the other spacefaring species (including humanity), at least in regards to starship technology. Specifically, the knnn's starships can use Hyperspace Lanes which are nonnviable to any other species, can change direction while travelling through Hyperspace, can pull non-hyperspace accelerations which would tear apart the ships (and smush the passengers) of any other species that tried them, and can synchronously enter hyperspace in groups, the last of which lets them drag unwilling starships along with them through hyperspace. Although they are technically a member of the seven species Compact, they regularly violate Compact laws, and there's nothing the other species can do about it.

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* HigherTechSpecies: The incomprehensible [[StarfishLanguage incomprehensible]] methane breathing knnn [[StarfishAlien knnn]] are this to the other spacefaring species (including humanity), at least in regards to starship technology. Specifically, the knnn's starships can use Hyperspace Lanes HyperspaceLanes which are nonnviable nonviable to any other species, can change direction while travelling through Hyperspace, {{Hyperspace}}, can pull non-hyperspace accelerations which would tear apart the ships (and smush the passengers) of any other species that tried them, and can synchronously enter hyperspace in groups, the last of which lets them drag unwilling starships along with them through hyperspace. Although they are technically a member of the seven species Compact, they regularly violate Compact laws, and there's nothing the other species can do about it.
8th Oct '16 7:46:31 PM Berrenta
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* InsaneTrollLogic: Parodied with a [[TimeCube Timecube-esque]] mahendo'sat who leaves a long rambling message about how to secure interstellar peace by arranging the stars to produce the right colors of light.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Parodied with a [[TimeCube Timecube-esque]] mahendo'sat who leaves a long rambling message about how to secure interstellar peace by arranging the stars to produce the right colors of light.
27th Sep '16 9:06:08 PM PaulA
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* AccidentalArt: In one of the novels the main characters must carry an important ''stsho'' dignitary on their starship as a passenger. Knowing that the stsho love the color white, they get their hands on whatever white furniture and decorations they can and hastily shove them into the stsho's room. It turns out that stsho art consists of abstract designs in infinite shades of white, and they'd created for their passenger a masterpiece of stsho interior design.


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* AnimalFacialHair: The Hani have beards and moustaches, along with manes. Both genders, which causes Tully some confusion at first.


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* BigCreepyCrawlies: The Chi, neon-yellow arthropodoids, and Knnn, hairy black arachnoids.


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* ColonyDrop: A ship coming into a system out of hyperspace is travelling at a very high fraction of the speed of light. In theory, it's possible for a ship to hop out of hyperspace, drop off an asteroid so that it's on a collision course for an inhabited world, and then hop back into hyperspace. Since the asteroid will itself being travelling at a very high fraction of light-speed, not only is it impossible to stop, it doesn't even need to be very big to cause massive amounts of destruction. This form of Colony Drop was never used in the series, but one of the antagonists did threaten its use.


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* ExtraParentConception: The stsho have three sexes, called "gtst", "gtste", and "gtsto", and form mating trios instead of mating pairs. None of the sexes can exactly be called male or female, since a stsho which fills the young-bearing role in one trio can simultaneously fill a non-young-bearing role in a different trio. Nothing beyond that is known, since the stsho are an extremely private and xenophobic race which refuses to share details of their biology with any other species. For further strangeness, sufficient psychological/emotional stress can cause a stsho to undergo "phasing" and spontaneously change sex as well as personality.


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* HigherTechSpecies: The incomprehensible methane breathing knnn are this to the other spacefaring species (including humanity), at least in regards to starship technology. Specifically, the knnn's starships can use Hyperspace Lanes which are nonnviable to any other species, can change direction while travelling through Hyperspace, can pull non-hyperspace accelerations which would tear apart the ships (and smush the passengers) of any other species that tried them, and can synchronously enter hyperspace in groups, the last of which lets them drag unwilling starships along with them through hyperspace. Although they are technically a member of the seven species Compact, they regularly violate Compact laws, and there's nothing the other species can do about it.


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* OperatorIncompatibility: The hani ship as recessed controls usually operated by the hani's retractable claws. Tully has to come up with a work-around.


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* TruceZone: Meetpoint station is at the intersection of six alien races' territories, where all of them come to trade.
27th Sep '16 8:23:26 PM PaulA
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Pagers and [[ComputerEqualsTapeDrive computer tapes]] presented alongside CasualInterstellarTravel.
27th Sep '16 7:36:59 PM PaulA
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* SexShifter: The stsho are somewhat prone to "phasing" with little warning, assuming a new gender and personality.
27th Sep '16 1:24:08 AM PaulA
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* IntelligentGerbils: The Hani species are essentially terrestrial lions given intelligence and stood on their hind legs. The way that the biological imperatives of a pride-grouping species would impact a sapient culture are shown, without rubbing it in the reader's face. It's "just" background.

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* IntelligentGerbils: IntelligentGerbil: The Hani species are essentially terrestrial lions given intelligence and stood on their hind legs. The way that the biological imperatives of a pride-grouping species would impact a sapient culture are shown, without rubbing it in the reader's face. It's "just" background.
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