History Literature / CitizenOfTheGalaxy

2nd Mar '17 5:47:31 PM binaroid
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** MarsNeedsWomen: The raid happens while ''Sisu'' is on the planet of StarfishAliens where they have to trade by silent auction because of no common language. The ship's supercargo decides to put the confiscated smut out with the rest of their trade goods instead of having it incinerated. The response is immediate, and the aliens eventually work out an exchange rate of one carved jewel per individual page.

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** MarsNeedsWomen: The raid happens while ''Sisu'' is on the planet of StarfishAliens where they have to trade by silent auction because of no common language. The ship's supercargo decides to put the confiscated smut out with the rest of their trade goods instead of having it incinerated. The response is immediate, and the aliens eventually work out an exchange rate of one carved jewel per individual page. The bachelors of the ''Sisu'' swiftly offer their remaining {{Porn Stash}}es for the common good.



* ChasteHero: As usual for a Heinlein juvenile-novel hero, Thorby has a gift for missing other characters' romantic overtures, even after still other characters mention it to him. He's still not above feeling pleasantly embarrassed by some engineered romantic moments, and does show symptoms of TheDulcineaEffect when the situation seems to warrant it.

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* ChasteHero: As usual for a Heinlein juvenile-novel hero, Thorby has a gift for [[ObliviousToLove missing other characters' romantic overtures, overtures]], even after still other characters mention try to explain it to him. He's still not above feeling pleasantly embarrassed by some engineered romantic moments, and does show symptoms of TheDulcineaEffect when the situation seems to warrant it.



* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at the Free Trader ceremony, despite first taking Thorby to a Terran Guard base; the base commander orders Krausa to be shuttled back to the ceremmony ASAP.

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* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at During the Free Trader ceremony, despite first taking Traders' gathering, Krausa risks missing a memorial ceremony for both his late mother and Baslim in order to bring Thorby to a Terran Guard base; base and honor Baslim's last wishes. As soon as the base commander discovers that Krausa is about to miss the ceremony, he orders Krausa the Free Trader captain to be shuttled driven back to the ceremmony ASAP.Gathering using a fast air car.



* ExactWords: Thorby's first experience on the ''Sisu'' is as a "fraki" who is literally ignored by the crew to the best of their ability -- until the Chief Officer of the ship, Captain Krausa's mother and superior officer, hears the message and concludes that Baslim's request to care for Thorby "as if you were I" means that Krausa must adopt the boy himself.

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* ExactWords: Thorby's first experience on the ''Sisu'' is as a "fraki" who is literally ignored by the crew to the best of their ability -- until the Chief Officer of the ship, Captain Krausa's mother and superior officer, hears the message Baslim left for the ''Sisu'' and concludes that Baslim's request to care for Thorby "as if you were I" means that Krausa must adopt the boy himself.



* KissingCousins: "Uncle" John tries to foist Leda on Thorby, and she isn't completely against the idea. Thorby is {{Squick}}ed out at first, until he goes over their lineage in his head and realizes that, at least by Free Trader standards, she's not taboo. He still remains against the idea though, because he intends to stay a ChasteHero.

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* KissingCousins: At the Rudbek estate, "Uncle" John tries to foist Leda on Thorby, and she isn't completely against the idea. Thorby is {{Squick}}ed out at first, until he goes over their lineage in his head and realizes that, at least by Free Trader standards, she's not taboo. He still remains against the idea though, because he intends to stay a ChasteHero.ChasteHero and doesn't want to hurt her by being an absentee husband because of the X-Corps.


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* NotBloodSiblings: Defied with Mata, Thorby's adopted niece. Although the two grow close after some BelligerentSexualTension during Thorby's training as a fire control officer, she's [[NotBloodSiblings technically part of the same moiety (group of the Sisu's crew treated as blood relations)]]. Mata's brother Jeri acts as a chaperone, but the Sisu's Chief Officer (Thorby's adoptive grandmother) takes swift action to trade her to another Free Trader vessel as soon as possible once Mata asks to be adopted into the other moiety to become a legitimate potential mate. As the sociologist Margaret explains to Thorby as soon as this is explained to him, this form of the incest taboo exists for valid reasons in the culture of the People, and Grandmother did the right thing.
27th Dec '16 4:33:14 PM binaroid
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* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at the Free Trader ceremony.

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* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at the Free Trader ceremony.ceremony, despite first taking Thorby to a Terran Guard base; the base commander orders Krausa to be shuttled back to the ceremmony ASAP.


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* ExactWords: Thorby's first experience on the ''Sisu'' is as a "fraki" who is literally ignored by the crew to the best of their ability -- until the Chief Officer of the ship, Captain Krausa's mother and superior officer, hears the message and concludes that Baslim's request to care for Thorby "as if you were I" means that Krausa must adopt the boy himself.


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* PassiveAggressiveKombat: The Sisu's crew use both formalized descriptions of their positions (e.g. "Starboard Second Assistant Cook") and overly specific familial relations (e.g. "Cross-Cousin-in-Law by Marriage") to refer to each other, depending on a social situation. The sociologist Margaret Mader explains that the excessive politeness of the ship's society is used as an escape valve to avoid tensions that would otherwise lead them to come to blows: "you could go through a day and not utter a phrase not found in the Laws of Sisu." Thorby briefly tries to put this into practice early in his training as a fire control officer.
27th Dec '16 3:09:12 PM Narsil
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* DeadlyEuphemism: On Jubbulpore, "shortened" is slang for "beheaded".
3rd Dec '16 1:06:25 PM Xtifr
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'''''Citizen of the Galaxy''''' is a science fiction novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein first published as a serial in 1957.

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'''''Citizen ''Citizen of the Galaxy''''' Galaxy'' is a science fiction novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein first published as a serial in 1957.
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.
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