History Literature / Deathworld

8th Feb '18 1:57:50 PM FungusFromYuggoth
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* NamingYourColonyWorld: Jason's long-abandoned home world of Porgorstorsaand. In one novel, Jason is reading the encyclopedic entry on the planet, which appears to have been settled by Russian-speaking colonists, which proposes three theories on the strange name of the planet:

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* NamingYourColonyWorld: Jason's long-abandoned home world of Porgorstorsaand. In one novel, Jason is reading the encyclopedic entry on the planet, which appears to have been settled by Russian-speaking colonists, which proposes three four theories on the strange name of the planet:planet, three of them based on wordplays in Russian:



** The third version has to do with a later stage of the planet's development, when it became a brothel known throughout the galaxy. The brief period ended when a man named Saand, the owner of the planet-wide entertainment complex was overthrown and either exiled or crucified. His followers resisted for awhile, first openly, and then in secret. Supposedly, they were the ones, who gave the planet its eventual name: ''"'''Por'''nograficheskaya '''gor'''dost' '''stor'''onnikov '''Saand'''a"'' (translation, "Pornographic pride of Saand's followers").

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** The third version has to do with a later stage of the planet's development, when it became a brothel known throughout the galaxy. The brief period ended when a man named Saand, the owner of the planet-wide entertainment complex was overthrown and either exiled or crucified. His followers resisted for awhile, first openly, and then in secret. Supposedly, they were the ones, who gave the planet its eventual name: ''"'''Por'''nograficheskaya '''gor'''dost' '''stor'''onnikov '''Saand'''a"'' (translation, "Pornographic pride of Saand's followers"). By Jason's own admission, he likes this version the most.
** The fourth version is PlayedForLaughs as in it the colony is named by mistake. According to it, a Russian explorer vessel is the first one to come across the planet. One of the crew members on that vessel accidentally cuts himself with a "thermal knife", which appears to be some sort of heated VibroWeapon. After getting first aid he stores the event in the ship's log as ''Por. gor. stor. - S. A. And.'', shorthand for ''Porezalsya goryachey storonoy - Sergey [[{{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} Andreevich]] Andreev'', or "Cut [myself] with hot side - S. A. Andreev" in English. However, being in pain and angry about his accident, he logs the incident in the ''navigation'' log by mistake, instead of the general event log. When the ship then comes across the previously unknown planet, it parses the navigation log, discovers that there's a recent entry and assigns that "name" to the newly-discovered world. Jason finds this theory somewhat mundane, but remarks that it'd be cool if said Sergey A. Andreev had, in fact, become the abovementioned porn magnate Saand later.
27th Nov '17 5:40:53 PM FungusFromYuggoth
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Present in "In the Path of the Gods", the second part of "Return to Deathworld", unsurprisingly, as the whole thing is a somewhat wacky science-fiction retelling of the Argonaut myth, both as a story premise ''and'' in-universe (the events being subtly steered by -presumably- the not-quite-dead Dr. Solvitz, or so Jason suspects). The Pyrrans come across several planets consisting of more or less thinly veined SpaceOpera [[{{RecycledInSpace}} versions of the mythological tribes]] the original Argonauts visit. However, the crown goes to the planet of Egrisi, which is the Georgian name for...one of the Antiquity-era states that was located in contemporary Georgia, [[{{UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope}} the country]], that is (the real-life historic state corresponding to Colchis in the Argonaut myth). However, Egrisi is populated not so much by merely a FantasyCounterpartCulture to ancient Georgians, but more or less by contemporary Georgians [[{{RecycledInSpace}} IN SPACE]] - specifically, the planet is a blatant Expy of the popular late twentieth century Soviet/Russian tourist perception of Georgia. Granted, it's implied in the story that the original colonists on Egrisi were Georgians, but that kind of continuity in this 'verse suggests some ''serious'' cultural stasis.
27th Nov '17 5:10:26 PM FungusFromYuggoth
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* CoversAlwaysLie: Well, mischaracterize at the least. The cover for "Return to Deathworld" seen above shows two armed men and a woman (unarmed) walking through a HungryJungle - presumably Jason, Meta and Kerk. While Kerk is definitely the most impressive of the pack, Jason is clearly number two, taking point, looking all determined, while the clearly disquieted Meta is more or less hiding behind him like a DamselInDistress. Which is patently ridiculous, with Meta being a native-born Pyrran warrior, AmazonianBeauty and gold-standard ActionGirl who's saved Jason's hide a couple of times instead of the reverse. It's not even explained by a possible audience-oriented ValuesDissonance in the Russian novel [[labelnote: note]]In Eastern European genre fiction, even today, women are quite frequently relegated to supporting roles and the StayInTheKitchen archetype is much more prevalent than in -contemporary- Western genre fiction (even in stories penned by female authors sometimes), although things ''are'' slowly changing[[/labelnote]], since Meta's just as sharp and capable as always in the story itself (saving Jason's butt repeatedly once again, even), so it's a case of complete dissociation.
10th Oct '17 3:26:18 PM Geoduck
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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The only female characters who are given names or dialogue are Meta and Ijale; they share a single scene at the end of the second novel.
9th Oct '17 10:56:51 AM Geoduck
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"The Mothballed Spaceship" (1973) is a short story set in the same 'verse. A hostile armada is on its way to Earth. The Earth government contacts the Pyrrans and asks them to reactivate an ancient [[TheEmpire Imperial]] battleship that was mothballed after the First Galactic War, which is cheaper than building a fleet from scratch. Unfortunately, the ship's defense systems are programmed to destroy any object approaching it. Since no one knows the code to deactivate the defenses, Jason and Kerk must use other means of getting aboard before the armada arrives at Earth. Jason and Kerk direct a swarm of meteors past the ship in order to trigger its defenses, while approaching on small rocks in order to get past the cannons' firing arcs. Once aboard, Kerk dispatches the onboard defense systems, which try to fight off the intruders. When they get to the control center, the ship initiates a self-destruct sequence to keep it out of enemy hands. Jason and Kerk are unable to stop the countdown. Meta saves the day by figuring out the correct code just in time, as Jason has told her that it would have to be something simple and straightforward (just like the mind of an Imperial soldier). Meta realizes that the word is "haltu" ([[UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage Esperanto]] for "stop").

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"The Mothballed Spaceship" (1973) is a short story set in the same 'verse. A hostile armada is on its way to threatening Earth. The Earth government contacts the Pyrrans and asks them to reactivate an ancient [[TheEmpire Imperial]] battleship that was mothballed after the First Galactic War, which is cheaper than building a fleet from scratch. Unfortunately, the ship's defense systems are programmed to destroy any object approaching it. Since no one knows the code to deactivate the defenses, Jason and Kerk must use other means of getting aboard before the armada arrives at Earth. Jason and Kerk direct a swarm of meteors past the ship in order to trigger its defenses, while approaching on small rocks in order to get past the cannons' firing arcs. Once aboard, Kerk dispatches the onboard defense systems, which try to fight off the intruders. When they get to the control center, the ship initiates a self-destruct sequence to keep it out of enemy hands. Jason and Kerk are unable to stop the countdown. Meta saves the day by figuring out the correct code just in time, as Jason has told her that it would have to be something simple and straightforward (just like the mind of an Imperial soldier). Meta realizes that the word is "haltu" ([[UsefulNotes/EsperantoTheUniversalLanguage Esperanto]] for "stop").



* NamingYourColonyWorld: While the original novels never stated the name of Jason's home planet, the sequels call it Porgorstorsaand. In one novel, Jason is reading the encyclopedic entry on the planet, which appears to have been settled by Russian-speaking colonists, which proposes three theories on the strange name of the planet:

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* NamingYourColonyWorld: While the original novels never stated the name of Jason's long-abandoned home planet, the sequels call it world of Porgorstorsaand. In one novel, Jason is reading the encyclopedic entry on the planet, which appears to have been settled by Russian-speaking colonists, which proposes three theories on the strange name of the planet:
9th Oct '17 10:50:39 AM Geoduck
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* AntiAdvice: At the end of ''Deathworld 2'', Jason tells former barbarian Ijale that her life in civilization will go reasonably well as long as she sticks with Mikah, listens carefully to what he tells her and then does the exact opposite.

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* AntiAdvice: At the end of ''Deathworld 2'', Jason tells former barbarian barbarian/slave Ijale that her life in civilization will go reasonably well as long as she sticks with Mikah, listens carefully to what he tells her and then does the exact opposite.


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* HonorBeforeReason: Samon again, who clings to his beliefs no matter what.


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* TheLoad: Samon does nothing but cause Jason (easily avoidable) problems.


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* MedievalStasis: In the second novel, Jason sets out to smash the local example of this. He is rescued before he can achieve this, but he's at least shaken up the status quo.
18th Aug '17 10:17:41 AM ChronoLegion
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* FixingTheGame: When Jason starts winning a lot at the Cassylian casino, the dealer insists on changing the dice. The new dice look a little suspicious to Jason, and he manages to reveal them to be loaded by passing a magnetic ashtray over them, causing the dice to stick to it. At that point, a guard tries to grab Jason, but Kerk reaches out and snaps the guard's hand without so much as an effort. To be fair, though, Jason is himself cheating by using his weak MindOverMatter ability to have the dice land the way he wants. He justifies it by stating that the casinos rig the games in their favor anyway, so he's just evening the odds.
18th Aug '17 9:51:32 AM ChronoLegion
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* BerserkButton: Don't ever tell a Pyrran that he or she is losing, or mention the declining population of the city, or even say the word "grubber". This is likely to be the last thing you say. Jason makes that mistake and is nearly killed by Kerk, but the leader of the junkmen has been offworld and knows how to keep his temper in check. Before telling the same thing to Meta, Jason asks her to unload her gun. As soon as he speaks the words, he sees her furiously pressing the trigger on her gun in his direction.

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* BerserkButton: Don't ever tell a Pyrran that he or she is losing, or mention the declining population of the city, or even say the word "grubber". This is likely to be the last thing you say. Jason makes that mistake and is nearly killed by Kerk, but the leader of the junkmen has been offworld and knows how to keep his temper in check. Before telling the same thing to Meta, Jason asks her to unload her gun. As soon as he speaks the words, he sees her furiously pressing the trigger on her gun in his direction. After calming down a bit, she admits she probably should've just snapped his neck.
1st Feb '17 11:17:12 AM ChronoLegion
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* NamingYourColonyWorld: While the original novels never stated the name of Jason's home planet, the sequels call it Porgorstorsaand. In one novel, Jason is reading the encyclopedic entry on the planet, which appears to have been settled by Russian-speaking colonists, which proposes three theories on the strange name of the planet:
** If going by English, then it could be a strange joining of "Pore Gore Store Sand", except the phrase is meaningless in the current word order.
** The second version is the most likely, but also the most boring. At the early settlement stage, the planet was centered around a military base/warehouse. Hence, the name is a shortening of ''"'''Por'''t-'''gor'''od-'''stor''' '''s'''trategicheskoy '''a'''viatsii i '''a'''rtillerii '''n'''azemnogo '''d'''islotsirovaniya"'' (roughly translated, "Port-city-storage of strategic aviation and ground-based artillery").
** The third version has to do with a later stage of the planet's development, when it became a brothel known throughout the galaxy. The brief period ended when a man named Saand, the owner of the planet-wide entertainment complex was overthrown and either exiled or crucified. His followers resisted for awhile, first openly, and then in secret. Supposedly, they were the ones, who gave the planet its eventual name: ''"'''Por'''nograficheskaya '''gor'''dost' '''stor'''onnikov '''Saand'''a"'' (translation, "Pornographic pride of Saand's followers").
11th Oct '16 5:52:51 PM nombretomado
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* SpaceColdWar: Cassylia and Darkhan are planets in the same star system. Being at the same level of development, they're bitter rivals. After a destructive war between them 200 years before the events of the first novel, they're maintaining a ColdWar-like state. Each ship visiting the other world is equipped with a SelfDestructMechanism with buttons all over the ship. A single press of the button overloads the ship's reactor and blows it to kingdom come, along with half of whatever city happens to be nearby. This prevents local authorities from violating the neutrality by illegally searching and seizing ships. Nothing is revealed about Darkhan in the official novels. In ''Deathworld vs. Filibusters'', the planet is portrayed as a MiddleEast-like place with religion playing the primary role and the planet's economy maintained by easily-accessible resources. Hence their hatred of the Cassylians and their sinful ways. Naturally, when Kerk and Jason are running away from Cassylian authorities, who want to take their casino winnings from them, the best ship to flee the planet is on a Darkhan ship. A Cassylian cop tries to force his way aboard only to be smugly reminded by a ship's officer of the SelfDestructMechanism.

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* SpaceColdWar: Cassylia and Darkhan are planets in the same star system. Being at the same level of development, they're bitter rivals. After a destructive war between them 200 years before the events of the first novel, they're maintaining a ColdWar-like Cold War-like state. Each ship visiting the other world is equipped with a SelfDestructMechanism with buttons all over the ship. A single press of the button overloads the ship's reactor and blows it to kingdom come, along with half of whatever city happens to be nearby. This prevents local authorities from violating the neutrality by illegally searching and seizing ships. Nothing is revealed about Darkhan in the official novels. In ''Deathworld vs. Filibusters'', the planet is portrayed as a MiddleEast-like place with religion playing the primary role and the planet's economy maintained by easily-accessible resources. Hence their hatred of the Cassylians and their sinful ways. Naturally, when Kerk and Jason are running away from Cassylian authorities, who want to take their casino winnings from them, the best ship to flee the planet is on a Darkhan ship. A Cassylian cop tries to force his way aboard only to be smugly reminded by a ship's officer of the SelfDestructMechanism.
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