History Literature / Deathworld

15th Jan '16 7:44:30 PM nombretomado
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* {{Crossover}}: With Harrison's own ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, although the connection is shaky. Both 'verses share a similar background: a vast [[TheEmpire Empire]] collapses, leaving many [[LostColony Lost Colonies]] and a single unifying language. Also, the Special Corps is present in both 'verses with Inskipp at the helm. However, a key difference involves the existence of Earth as a major power in the ''Deathworld'' 'verse and the fact that Earth has been destroyed millennia before the events of ''The Stainless Steel Rat''. While some fans try to reconcile that by claiming that ''Deathworld'' takes place earlier than ''The Stainless Steel Rat'', one novel in the latter series clearly states that Earth was destroyed by He long before the Martian colonists started spreading to the stars (to the point where most can't even recall the name of the planet, thinking it was called "Dirt" or something).
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* {{Crossover}}: With Harrison's own ''TheStainlessSteelRat'' ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' series, although the connection is shaky. Both 'verses share a similar background: a vast [[TheEmpire Empire]] collapses, leaving many [[LostColony Lost Colonies]] and a single unifying language. Also, the Special Corps is present in both 'verses with Inskipp at the helm. However, a key difference involves the existence of Earth as a major power in the ''Deathworld'' 'verse and the fact that Earth has been destroyed millennia before the events of ''The Stainless Steel Rat''. While some fans try to reconcile that by claiming that ''Deathworld'' takes place earlier than ''The Stainless Steel Rat'', one novel in the latter series clearly states that Earth was destroyed by He long before the Martian colonists started spreading to the stars (to the point where most can't even recall the name of the planet, thinking it was called "Dirt" or something).
30th Oct '15 9:02:07 AM ChronoLegion
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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.
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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.
30th Oct '15 8:54:55 AM ChronoLegion
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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.
30th Sep '15 12:30:21 PM roxana
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* IUhYouToo: "You fight well." is how a Pyrrhan says "I love you." This gives Meta problems as her love interest Jason does not in fact fight particularly well and she admits that that isn't at all what she wants to say to him.
7th Aug '15 10:51:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* ObstructionistPacifist: Mikah Samon is a "pacifist" who opposes Jason's plan to foment revolution (and later a war of consolidation) on [[StrandedInSpace the planet they've crashed on]], even though in the existing political system most people are slaves and all the factions are too busy keeping a tight grip on their own technological monopolies for anyone to actually make any progress. His "principled resistance" led him to betray Jason twice (once to the gang he was undermining and again later to his chosen victors' enemies), the second time causing Jason to take a wound he [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow wouldn't have survived if rescuers from his homeworld hadn't found them.]]
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* ObstructionistPacifist: Mikah Samon is a "pacifist" who opposes Jason's plan to foment revolution (and later a war of consolidation) on [[StrandedInSpace [[Film/StrandedInSpace the planet they've crashed on]], even though in the existing political system most people are slaves and all the factions are too busy keeping a tight grip on their own technological monopolies for anyone to actually make any progress. His "principled resistance" led him to betray Jason twice (once to the gang he was undermining and again later to his chosen victors' enemies), the second time causing Jason to take a wound he [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow wouldn't have survived if rescuers from his homeworld hadn't found them.]]
25th Jul '15 9:53:25 PM nombretomado
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31st Mar '15 6:29:29 PM jormis29
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''Deathworld 3'' (AKA ''The Horse Barbarians'', 1968) has Jason inviting Pyrrans on their first "professional pioneer" adventure. The planet Felicity is rich in mineral ores but attempts as re-settling it (it's also a LostColony) were foiled by the local nomadic clans, who despise any permanent structure with religious fervor. The nomads are heavily reminiscent of the [[TheHorde Mongols]] before their invasion of China. The clans are joined by a charismatic and powerful leader named [[GenghisKhan Temujin]] to fight off the invaders. Jason and the Pyrrans pretend to be yet another clan with Kerk as the chief of the clan and Jason as a WanderingMinstrel who married into it (Jason, try as he might, doesn't look like a Pyrran). However, Temujin unmasks Jason and throws him into a pit. Jason survives the fall and finds a passageway through cliffs to the coastal lowlands (which are normally inaccessible to the nomads living on the plateau). There he finds a whole other culture of farmers with primitive firearms. Jason comes back to Temujin, pretending to be a demon, and offers him the chance to conquer the rest of the continent. Meanwhile, the Pyrrans receive a distress call from Pyrrus and rush back home, leaving Jason. Unfortunately, they're too late, and the city is overrun by the animals and plants with few survivors beyond those living among the grubbers. After helping with relief efforts, they rush back to Felicity. Jason leads the horde through the cliffs onto the unsuspecting farmers, whom Temujin conquers with ease. However, the chief is smart enough to realize that this conquest has done to his people what the conquest of China has done to the Mongols. The nomads have tasted the comfortable life of the farmers and have settled down. The nomadic way of life is no more. For this, Temujin puts Jason into a prison, believing that the demon can't be killed by any weapon. Kerk arrives, frees Jason, and kills Temujin in a duel.
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''Deathworld 3'' (AKA ''The Horse Barbarians'', 1968) has Jason inviting Pyrrans on their first "professional pioneer" adventure. The planet Felicity is rich in mineral ores but attempts as re-settling it (it's also a LostColony) were foiled by the local nomadic clans, who despise any permanent structure with religious fervor. The nomads are heavily reminiscent of the [[TheHorde Mongols]] before their invasion of China. The clans are joined by a charismatic and powerful leader named [[GenghisKhan [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan Temujin]] to fight off the invaders. Jason and the Pyrrans pretend to be yet another clan with Kerk as the chief of the clan and Jason as a WanderingMinstrel who married into it (Jason, try as he might, doesn't look like a Pyrran). However, Temujin unmasks Jason and throws him into a pit. Jason survives the fall and finds a passageway through cliffs to the coastal lowlands (which are normally inaccessible to the nomads living on the plateau). There he finds a whole other culture of farmers with primitive firearms. Jason comes back to Temujin, pretending to be a demon, and offers him the chance to conquer the rest of the continent. Meanwhile, the Pyrrans receive a distress call from Pyrrus and rush back home, leaving Jason. Unfortunately, they're too late, and the city is overrun by the animals and plants with few survivors beyond those living among the grubbers. After helping with relief efforts, they rush back to Felicity. Jason leads the horde through the cliffs onto the unsuspecting farmers, whom Temujin conquers with ease. However, the chief is smart enough to realize that this conquest has done to his people what the conquest of China has done to the Mongols. The nomads have tasted the comfortable life of the farmers and have settled down. The nomadic way of life is no more. For this, Temujin puts Jason into a prison, believing that the demon can't be killed by any weapon. Kerk arrives, frees Jason, and kills Temujin in a duel.

* TheHorde: The Mongol-inspired barbarians on Felicity fear permanent structures and destroy them on sight (as they do with the mining rig set up by the first re-settlers). In fact, the leader who gathers the clans together is named after GenghisKhan (born Temujin). After being tricked into conquering the lowland farmers, the nomads settle down, just like the Mongols eventually settled down after conquering China and forming the Yuan Dynasty (although it was Genghis Khan's grandson). Temujin is smart enough to realize that their nomadic way of life is over, but he's powerless to stop it.
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* TheHorde: The Mongol-inspired barbarians on Felicity fear permanent structures and destroy them on sight (as they do with the mining rig set up by the first re-settlers). In fact, the leader who gathers the clans together is named after GenghisKhan UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan (born Temujin). After being tricked into conquering the lowland farmers, the nomads settle down, just like the Mongols eventually settled down after conquering China and forming the Yuan Dynasty (although it was Genghis Khan's grandson). Temujin is smart enough to realize that their nomadic way of life is over, but he's powerless to stop it.
30th Dec '14 12:12:01 AM nombretomado
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'''''Deathworld''''' (first novel published in 1960) is a series of three novels and a short story by the American science fiction author HarryHarrison. The novels are set in the distant future. The hero, Jason [=dinAlt=], is a ProfessionalGambler who possesses erratic PsychicPowers which he uses to cheat at casinos (he justifies that the casinos stack the odds in their favor anyway, he's just making it fair). While on a gambling trip to the casino on the planet Cassylia, he is approached by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who is the ambassador and de-facto leader of colonists on planet Pyrrus). Kerk wants Jason to turn a large sum of money (27 million credits) into an immense sum by gambling at the government-run casino. Using his weak MindOverMatter abilities, he is able to turn the dice just the right way and win over 3 billion credits. Kerk and Jason manage to get off the planet just in time, despite the officials' efforts to take back the money. Being intrigued by Kerk's description of his homeplanet as the [[DeathWorld deadliest world ever colonized]], Jason decides to follow Kerk.
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'''''Deathworld''''' (first novel published in 1960) is a series of three novels and a short story by the American science fiction author HarryHarrison.Creator/HarryHarrison. The novels are set in the distant future. The hero, Jason [=dinAlt=], is a ProfessionalGambler who possesses erratic PsychicPowers which he uses to cheat at casinos (he justifies that the casinos stack the odds in their favor anyway, he's just making it fair). While on a gambling trip to the casino on the planet Cassylia, he is approached by a man named Kerk Pyrrus (who is the ambassador and de-facto leader of colonists on planet Pyrrus). Kerk wants Jason to turn a large sum of money (27 million credits) into an immense sum by gambling at the government-run casino. Using his weak MindOverMatter abilities, he is able to turn the dice just the right way and win over 3 billion credits. Kerk and Jason manage to get off the planet just in time, despite the officials' efforts to take back the money. Being intrigued by Kerk's description of his homeplanet as the [[DeathWorld deadliest world ever colonized]], Jason decides to follow Kerk.
21st Jul '14 7:43:36 AM Elementis
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* ObstructionistPacifist: Mikah Samon is a "pacifist" who opposes Jason's plan to foment revolution (and later a war of consolidation) on [[StrandedInSpace the planet they've crashed on]], even though in the existing political system most people are slaves and all the factions are too busy keeping a tight grip on their own technological monopolies for anyone to actually make any progress. His "principled resistance" led him to betray Jason twice (once to the gang he was undermining and again later to his chosen victors' enemies), the second time causing Jason to take a wound he [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow wouldn't have survived if rescuers from his homeworld hadn't found them.]]
14th Dec '13 10:59:47 PM Discontent
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Not a trope anymore.
* HotMom: Meta tells Jason in the first novel that she had two children before they met. One of them died. This is the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment last we hear of this]]. Then again, Pyrrans aren't big on familial ties. Of course, it's likely she had them when she was very young.
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