History Literature / EightWorlds

16th Nov '16 9:56:05 AM facet
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** In ''Steel Beach'': Opening line: "'In five years, the penis will be obsolete' said the salesman." This subsequent pitch is mostly ignored by the protagonist, since exotic replacement equipment is so mundane advertisers announce the "sexual millenium" on a regular basis.

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** In ''Steel Beach'': Opening line: "'In five years, the penis will be obsolete' said the salesman." This subsequent pitch is mostly ignored by the protagonist, since exotic replacement equipment is so mundane advertisers announce the "sexual millenium" millennium" on a regular basis.
12th Aug '16 4:14:15 AM JustKnown
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* TerminallyDependentSociety: Without access to Earth, society is fragile and very dependent on technology. In ''Steel Beach'', when the Central Computer (CC) [[AIIsACrapshoot goes insane]], they realize just how dependent they are.
* ThirdLawOfGenderBending: Despite being a serial GenderBender herself, Hildy Johnson, in ''Steel Beach'', insists that there are still "girl things" and "boy things" when it comes to dress and behavior, because otherwise there would be little point in changing gender in the first place. This serves to underscore that EasySexChange has become so easy in Hildy's world (you can get a sex change in a beauty shop or a tattoo parlor) that some people are willing to change sex just to facilitate a relationship or even just to suit their clothes.

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* TerminallyDependentSociety: Without access to Earth, society is fragile and very dependent on technology. In ''Steel Beach'', when the Central Computer (CC) [[AIIsACrapshoot goes insane]], they realize just how dependent they are.
are. Even the title ''Steel Beach'' is a metaphoric reference to the problem humanity faces trying to create and expand a society where they're dependent upon technology for everything right down to the air they breath.
* ThirdLawOfGenderBending: Despite being a serial GenderBender herself, Hildy Johnson, Johnson insists in ''Steel Beach'', insists Beach'' that there are still "girl things" and "boy things" when it comes to dress and behavior, because otherwise there would be little point in changing gender in the first place. This serves to underscore that EasySexChange has become so easy in Hildy's world (you can get a sex change in a beauty shop or a tattoo parlor) that some people are willing to change sex just to facilitate a relationship or even just to suit their clothes.



* UnreliableCanon: The novels in the series frequently contradict each other when it comes to matters that could be called canon. Varley has admitted that he doesn't like going back to re-read his old works, and doesn't really care about the overall canon.

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* UnreliableCanon: The novels in the series frequently contradict each other when it comes to matters that could be called canon. Varley has admitted that he doesn't like going back to re-read his old works, and doesn't really care about the overall canon. He even prefaced ''The Golden Globe'' with a "Declaration of Independence" from Canon. It's not the canon itself he objects to, it's keeping track of (and limiting himself to) all of the picky details required to maintain a consistent timeline for a true "future history".
14th Mar '16 6:29:47 PM JustKnown
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* NoNudityTaboo: more due to obsolescence (sealed environments) than anything else. Most people still wear something (even if it's just a hat or a blouse) as a means of personal expression. TheissTitillationTheoryNudity plays a hand as well; if everyone is nude, nudity is boring.

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* NoNudityTaboo: more due to obsolescence (sealed environments) than anything else. Most people still wear something (even if it's just a hat or a blouse) as a means of personal expression. TheissTitillationTheoryNudity expression or badge of office - otherwise how could you tell who's working from who's not? TheissTitillationTheory plays a hand as well; if everyone is nude, nudity is boring.boring. For example, when Cricket is introduced in ''Steel Beach'' she's nude except for a blouse and a newspaper guildsman's fedora, and she mainly wore the blouse because she knew it would catch Hildy's eye better than nudity would.



* PornWithPlot: Parodied in ''The Golden Globe'', where the audience expects graphic sex scenes in all media, leading to the actor protagonist performing a very... interesting... version of the balcony scene from Shakespeare's ''Romeo and Juliet''.

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* PornWithPlot: Parodied in ''The Golden Globe'', where the audience expects Globe'': most audiences expect graphic sex scenes in all media, leading to the actor protagonist performing a very... interesting... version of the balcony scene from Shakespeare's ''Romeo and Juliet''.
14th Mar '16 4:35:05 AM JustKnown
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* NoNudityTaboo: more due to obsolescence (sealed environments) than anything else. Most people still wear something (even if it's just a hat or a blouse) as a means of personal expression. TheisseTitillationTheoryNudity plays a hand as well; if everyone is nude, nudity is boring.

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* NoNudityTaboo: more due to obsolescence (sealed environments) than anything else. Most people still wear something (even if it's just a hat or a blouse) as a means of personal expression. TheisseTitillationTheoryNudity TheissTitillationTheoryNudity plays a hand as well; if everyone is nude, nudity is boring.
14th Mar '16 4:33:51 AM JustKnown
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* NoNudityTaboo: more due to obsolescence (sealed environments) than anything else.

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* NoNudityTaboo: more due to obsolescence (sealed environments) than anything else. Most people still wear something (even if it's just a hat or a blouse) as a means of personal expression. TheisseTitillationTheoryNudity plays a hand as well; if everyone is nude, nudity is boring.
1st Jan '16 8:10:44 AM tricksterson
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: As far as can be deciphered the aliens kicked out humanity because they are telepathic and incapable of recognizing non-telepaths as sentient. Since they have since restored the Earth's ecology to a pristine condition they may have considered us some type of infection.
21st Oct '15 11:05:23 AM Morgenthaler
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** ''OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'' (and its infamous film adaptation) has a man whose consciousness is loaded into a computer to keep him alive after his body is misplaced.

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** ''OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'' ''Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank'' (and its infamous film adaptation) has a man whose consciousness is loaded into a computer to keep him alive after his body is misplaced.
21st Oct '15 11:02:45 AM Morgenthaler
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** preventing this drives the plot of "OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank".
** a pain fetishist assassin is quickly driven insane by a paralytic toxin that deadens all sensation except sight and sound in ''TheGoldenGlobe''.

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** preventing this drives the plot of "OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank"."Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank".
** a pain fetishist assassin is quickly driven insane by a paralytic toxin that deadens all sensation except sight and sound in ''TheGoldenGlobe''.''Literature/TheGoldenGlobe''.
2nd Oct '15 3:44:05 PM Darekun
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Novels in the series include ''The Ophiuchi Hotline'', ''Steel Beach'', and ''The Golden Globe''. ''Steel Beach'' was nominated ofor a HugoAward in 1993. The 1979 short story, "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank", was made into a [[Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank Made-For-TV movie]].

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Novels in the series include ''The Ophiuchi Hotline'', ''Steel Beach'', and ''The Golden Globe''. ''Steel Beach'' was nominated ofor for a HugoAward in 1993. The 1979 short story, "Overdrawn at the Memory Bank", was made into a [[Film/OverdrawnAtTheMemoryBank Made-For-TV movie]].



* {{Asexual}} a recognized orientation bound to be mentioned any time Varley introduces a character without apparent genitals. For example, Hildy briefly wonders what her apprentice Brenda's lack of genitalia implies before concluding that it's none of her business. Boss Tweed, a character in Opiuchi Hotline who actually is asexual, retains false genitalia specifically to head off this sort of speculation.

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* {{Asexual}} a recognized orientation bound to be mentioned any time Varley introduces a character without apparent genitals. For example, Hildy briefly wonders what her apprentice Brenda's lack of genitalia implies before concluding that it's none of her business. Boss Tweed, a character in Opiuchi Ophiuchi Hotline who actually is asexual, retains false genitalia specifically to head off this sort of speculation.



** ''The Opiuchi Hotline'': Having a partner who is attentive to your needs is more important than their nominal (or in some cases, purely notational) gender.

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** ''The Opiuchi Ophiuchi Hotline'': Having a partner who is attentive to your needs is more important than their nominal (or in some cases, purely notational) gender.



** Finally, ''The Opiuchi Hotline'' has literal [[MaleToFemaleUniversalAdaptor male to female universal adaptors]] that allow characters who go in for radically modified genitals to "dally" with their more conservative counterparts.

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** Finally, ''The Opiuchi Ophiuchi Hotline'' has literal [[MaleToFemaleUniversalAdaptor male to female universal adaptors]] that allow characters who go in for radically modified genitals to "dally" with their more conservative counterparts.



** One character in ''The Opiuchi Hotline'' is a spacer who has used MagicPlasticSurgery to [[{{Transhuman}} modify her body until she's literally just a cylinder with an arm on each end.]] Varley's protagonist gives her credit for coming up with a very creative solution for the question of where a crotchless woman would keep her genitals but Varley (perhaps wisely) [[FetishFuel doesn't specify what that solution was.]]

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** One character in ''The Opiuchi Ophiuchi Hotline'' is a spacer who has used MagicPlasticSurgery to [[{{Transhuman}} modify her body until she's literally just a cylinder with an arm on each end.]] Varley's protagonist gives her credit for coming up with a very creative solution for the question of where a crotchless woman would keep her genitals but Varley (perhaps wisely) [[FetishFuel doesn't specify what that solution was.]]



* {{Transhuman}}: The series is filled with transhumanism. Even though human genetic experimentation is technically illegal there's always surgery, symbionts, cybernetics and nanotechnology so it's not unusual for people to modify their bodies (sometimes radically) to suit a specific environment, fad, fetish, or job. While the people who go for the most radical physical modifications tend to be professional spacers (who tend to discard things like legs and feet that are not very useful in zero gravity) most people are so cyberized the lunar central computer admits to tapping the unused portions of their brains for additional processing power. In ''The Opiuchi Hotline'' society has become so fluid that the very concept of humanity is breaking down even as aliens who are even further along that path offer to adopt "human" as their cultural identity since they've lost nearly all semblance of their own.

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* {{Transhuman}}: The series is filled with transhumanism. Even though human genetic experimentation is technically illegal there's always surgery, symbionts, cybernetics and nanotechnology so it's not unusual for people to modify their bodies (sometimes radically) to suit a specific environment, fad, fetish, or job. While the people who go for the most radical physical modifications tend to be professional spacers (who tend to discard things like legs and feet that are not very useful in zero gravity) most people are so cyberized the lunar central computer admits to tapping the unused portions of their brains for additional processing power. In ''The Opiuchi Ophiuchi Hotline'' society has become so fluid that the very concept of humanity is breaking down even as aliens who are even further along that path offer to adopt "human" as their cultural identity since they've lost nearly all semblance of their own.
9th Sep '15 8:29:20 PM JustKnown
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* SpaceAmish: ''The Golden Globe'' includes genuine Amish living on the moon, who befriend Sparky at one point. They are just like the real Amish in that they are they are neither ignorant of nor resistant to the modern world surrounding them, they're just very particular about which aspects of that world they choose to accept.

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* SpaceAmish: ''The Golden Globe'' includes genuine Amish living on the moon, who befriend Sparky at one point. They are just like the real Amish in that they are they are neither ignorant of nor resistant to the modern world surrounding them, they're just very particular about which aspects of that world they choose to accept.embrace.



* Transexual: common via EasySexChange.

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* Transexual: common via EasySexChange. Or, from the character's perspective ''uncommon'' due to EasySexChange: the very concept has become obsolete since the changes are complete and the "transition" takes a couple of hours at most.
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