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13th Feb '16 9:25:19 AM Specialist290
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Baslim the Cripple is much more than the simple beggar he poses as on Jubbulpore. We get snippets of what he's been up to as the story progresses, but we only see what Thorby witnesses firsthand. [[spoiler:Specifically, Colonel Richard Baslim is an agent sent by the Terran Hegemony to investigate and bring down a pervasive slave trafficking ring that uses Terran shipping companies as fronts for its criminal enterprises. Baslim is also a hero to and honorary member of the Free Traders because he was instrumental in rescuing one of their ships from said slavers.]]
24th Aug '15 12:09:05 PM RustyBill
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* {{Auction}}: This is where the novel opens, as Thorby is put up for sale. The novel's first line: "Lot ninety-seven," the auctioneer announced. "A boy."
28th Mar '15 12:27:45 PM binaroid
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* SpaceCossacks: The play Aunt Athena wrote for the Free Traders' Gathering, [[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory based on]] the origin of the ''Sisu'' itself, portrayed its first captain as a "saint with a heart of steel" who went into space because of his disgust with the "evil ways of fraki". Since the play was portrayed in-universe as [[StylisticSuck a poorly-written]] crowd-pleaser, it's safe to say this trope is how the People think of themselves.
28th Mar '15 12:12:28 PM ML4E
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* UsedFutureUsedFuture: The space port of Jubbulpore and its surroundings have this look. While the Free Traders ship ''Sisu'' isn't a ShinyLookingSpaceships, it is clean and luxuriously outfitted since it is the home of successful merchants. We don't see enough of Earth to really know its state.
28th Mar '15 12:07:13 PM ML4E
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* SpacePeople: The Free Traders live in nomadic clans whose homes are their starships. They are noted for being somewhat disdainful of planet-dwellers, whom they sometimes refer to as "fraki".
30th Dec '14 12:39:05 PM CheeseDogX
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** It's never said what exactly Baslim did that left the Traders so deeply in his debt. It's apparently something so shameful that no one wishes to discuss it. Hints throughout the book seem to indicate that a Trader ship was involved in the slave trade, and Baslim exposed them/brought them to justice.



* TechnologyMarchesOn: Just a single example computerized aiming systems widespread in that universe are apparently unable to plot and predict the target's behavior, and are only good for generating a firing solution ''here and now'', requiring the presence of a skilled operator who can subconsciously "feel" the target. This largely corresponds to how the naval radar-guided gunnery worked during WWII[[note]]Even if the WWII analogue radar directors ''already'' could follow the target, despite being primitive to the point of sometimes being ''mechanical'' -- as in, made of rods, cams and gears, not even relays[[/note]], and was already obsolete by the time the novel was published: in 1958 SAGE, the first computerized air defense system capable of automatically plotting and tracking the targets across the whole US, was starting to get online. Heinlein really didn't get computers at all.
30th Dec '14 9:58:45 AM CheeseDogX
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** It's never said what exactly Baslim did that left the Traders so deeply in his debt. It's apparently something so shameful that no one wishes to discuss it. Hints throughout the book seem to indicate that a Trader ship was involved in the slave trade, and Baslim exposed them/brought them to justice.
13th Nov '14 9:14:17 AM chuckg
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** And that 'megabuck' is considered to be an amount of money that Thorby, Leda, and several other young rich scions could all blow through in several weeks of holiday amongst the resorts and sports for the superrich... in other words, about a million dollars.
13th Nov '14 9:12:13 AM chuckg
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** The exact reasons behind the debt the People owe Baslim. It's hinted at one point that Baslim discovered that one of the Free Traders was engaged in slave trading, or had been themselves enslaved, and put an end to it, but nothing definite is ever said.
13th Nov '14 9:10:33 AM chuckg
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* FailedASpotCheck: A sergeant of the guard has a conversation with a fortune teller about how he is searching for Thorby, while Thorby is standing mere feet away pretending to be changing the letters on a theater marquee. Though from the nature of the conversation, it's possible the guy knew it was Thorby, and was trying to subtly tell him to run as far and fast as he can.

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* FailedASpotCheck: A sergeant of the guard has a conversation with a fortune teller about how he is searching for Thorby, while Thorby is standing mere feet away pretending to be changing the letters on a theater marquee. Though from marquee (although to be fair, Thorby is currently standing on a ladder with his head masked by the nature glare of the conversation, it's lights, so the only thing the guardsmen could see would be his feet) It's also entirely possible the guy knew it was Thorby, and was trying to subtly tell him to run as far and fast as he can.
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