History Literature / Excession

18th Oct '17 5:32:04 AM mack
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* ShaggyDogStory: In the end, [[spoiler: the Excession disappears without a trace, reporting back to its unseen allies that the universe is "unready" to meet them. The Affront is allowed to continue existing in its present state, and the conspiracy of Minds is apparently punished, having failed in their efforts. None of the characters seem to experience any sort of change; Byr is still enamored with the Affront, Dajeil shows no remorse for killing Byr's child or isolating herself for 40 years, the ''Killing Time'', ''Attitude Adjuster'' and ''Not Invented Here'' all succeed or fail at their tasks with little impact on anything. Even characters initially introduced as potentially major figures, like Zreyn and Gestra, have almost no presence in the plot. Things continue as usual for the Culture, in other words.

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* ShaggyDogStory: In the end, [[spoiler: the Excession disappears without a trace, reporting back to its unseen allies that the universe is "unready" to meet them. The Affront is allowed to continue existing in its present state, and the conspiracy of Minds is apparently punished, having failed in their efforts. None of the characters seem to experience any sort of change; Byr is still enamored with the Affront, Dajeil shows no remorse for killing Byr's child or isolating herself for 40 years, the ''Killing Time'', ''Attitude Adjuster'' and ''Not Invented Here'' all succeed or fail at their tasks with little impact on anything. Even characters initially introduced as potentially major figures, like Zreyn and Gestra, have almost no presence in the plot. Things continue as usual for the Culture, in other words.]]
16th Sep '17 7:27:23 PM Sadsharks
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* InformedAttribute: Ulver Seich is described in her first scene as a {{"famed scholastic overachiever since the age of three" ChildProdigy}}, but shows no particular intellectual capabilities during the story, and is characterized almost solely from that point on as a vain, shallow AlphaBitch.

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* InformedAttribute: Ulver Seich is described in her first scene as a {{"famed [[ChildProdigy "famed scholastic overachiever since the age of three" ChildProdigy}}, three"]], but shows no particular intellectual capabilities during the story, and is characterized almost solely from that point on as a vain, spoiled, shallow AlphaBitch.
16th Sep '17 7:26:34 PM Sadsharks
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* InformedAttribute: Ulver Seich is described in her first scene as a [["famed scholastic overachiever since the age of three" ChildProdigy]], but shows no particular intellectual capabilities during the story, and is characterized almost solely from that point on as a vain, shallow AlphaBitch.

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* InformedAttribute: Ulver Seich is described in her first scene as a [["famed {{"famed scholastic overachiever since the age of three" ChildProdigy]], ChildProdigy}}, but shows no particular intellectual capabilities during the story, and is characterized almost solely from that point on as a vain, shallow AlphaBitch.
16th Sep '17 7:25:53 PM Sadsharks
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* InformedAttribute: Ulver Seich is described in her first scene as a [["famed scholastic overachiever since the age of three" ChildProdigy]], but shows no particular intellectual capabilities during the story, and is characterized almost solely from that point on as a vain, shallow AlphaBitch.


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* ShaggyDogStory: In the end, [[spoiler: the Excession disappears without a trace, reporting back to its unseen allies that the universe is "unready" to meet them. The Affront is allowed to continue existing in its present state, and the conspiracy of Minds is apparently punished, having failed in their efforts. None of the characters seem to experience any sort of change; Byr is still enamored with the Affront, Dajeil shows no remorse for killing Byr's child or isolating herself for 40 years, the ''Killing Time'', ''Attitude Adjuster'' and ''Not Invented Here'' all succeed or fail at their tasks with little impact on anything. Even characters initially introduced as potentially major figures, like Zreyn and Gestra, have almost no presence in the plot. Things continue as usual for the Culture, in other words.
10th Jul '17 12:50:05 PM Malady
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* SubspaceOrHyperspace: The Excession, which shocks every AI Mind which sees it as it is somehow connected to Infraspace and Ultraspace simultaneously, acting as a bridge between three universes at once.
17th Apr '17 2:59:06 PM Malady
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* MacGuffinTitle: Also a OneWordTitle.



* ObfuscatingInsanity: The ''Sleeper Service''[[spoiler:; it's an SC ship pretending to be Eccentric]].



* ObfuscatingInsanity: The ''Sleeper Service''[[spoiler:; it's an SC ship pretending to be Eccentric]].

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* ObfuscatingInsanity: The ''Sleeper Service''[[spoiler:; it's an SC ship pretending to be Eccentric]].OneWordTitle: Also a MacGuffinTitle.
18th Dec '16 2:03:19 PM Xtifr
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'''''Excession''''' is the fourth [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novel, written by [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]. It concerns the reactions of individuals (mostly Minds) of the Culture (and other interspatial species) to the discovery of an unknown and enigmatic artifact: The Excession.

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'''''Excession''''' ''Excession'' is the fourth [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novel, written by [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]. It concerns the reactions of individuals (mostly Minds) of the Culture (and other interspatial species) to the discovery of an unknown and enigmatic artifact: The Excession.
26th Oct '16 7:34:41 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: To borrow a phrase from another Culture novel, the ''Killing Time'' rips through an entire battle fleet like a berserk raptor plunged into a nest of kittens.
8th Jul '16 8:22:25 PM Discar
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* AnachronicOrder: The book has two plot lines: One running normally* and detailing the reactions to the Excession, and a second that consists of flashbacks about Byr and Dajeil's life.
--> *Mostly normally. There are several different plot threads that meet up at or towards the end of the book, but they're only linear with respect to their own plot thread and the eventual merge. All the plot threads have fairly disparate time lines, and successive events on different threads may not be linear. In some cases the second thread presented may have already happened, it just hasn't directly influenced the first thread yet.
* AppropriatedAppellation: The Affront were called as such as criticism of their behavior, but they [[InsultBackfire took it as a compliment]] and started calling themselves that.
** At the end of the book, the Excession also announces it is adopting that name.

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* AnachronicOrder: The book has two plot lines: One running normally* normally and detailing the reactions to the Excession, and a second that consists of flashbacks about Byr and Dajeil's life.
--> *Mostly normally. There are several different plot threads that meet up at or towards the end of the book, but they're only linear with respect to their own plot thread and the eventual merge. All the plot threads have fairly disparate time lines, and successive events on different threads may not be linear. In some cases the second thread presented may have already happened, it just hasn't directly influenced the first thread yet.
* AppropriatedAppellation: The Affront were called as such as criticism of their behavior, but they [[InsultBackfire took it as a compliment]] and started calling themselves that.
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that. At the end of the book, the Excession also announces it is adopting that name.



** Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.
*** Not least is that they genetically altered their own females to make sex ''painful''.

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** Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.
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Affront. Not least is that they genetically altered their own females to make sex ''painful''.



* MacGuffin: The Excession drives about half the plots in the book, despite doing nothing more than sitting there being mysterious.

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* MacGuffin: MacGuffin:
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The Excession drives about half the plots in the book, despite doing nothing more than sitting there being mysterious.
5th Jul '16 8:51:21 PM Discar
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** Which is in and of itself fairly impressive when you're dealing with a civilization that is technologically advanced enough that there aren't a whole lot of mysteries left. See OutsideContextVillain below.

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** Which is in and of itself fairly impressive when you're dealing with a civilization that is technologically advanced enough that there aren't a whole lot of mysteries left. See OutsideContextVillain OutsideContextProblem below.



* OutsideContextVillain: The TropeNamer based on the Outside Context Problem, of which the Excession itself is a prime example.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: The TropeNamer based on the Outside Context Problem, TropeNamer, of which the Excession itself is a prime example.
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