History Literature / FallenDragon

21st Jun '16 11:07:28 AM Kalaong
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* SpacePirates

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* SpacePiratesSpacePirates: "[[InsistentTerminology Asset Realization]]." The various megacorporations based on Earth (which is still ''by far'' the richest, most industrious and populated planet) buy out struggling debt-laden founding companies in order to provide some kind of legal basis for dropping in, sterilizing an uninhabited area with gamma rays, then "[[AnOfferYouCantRefuse offering]]" to exchange local resources for Earth technological data. It's outright piracy as invasion fleets subjugate and pillage the colony planets for valuable industrial assets to sell at a profit thanks to the production costs being cut out, in exchange for information on how the colonies can produce more resources for them to pillage the next time. They even cow the populace - particularly administrators and their families - with ''{{Explosive Leash}}es.''



* TheWarOfEarthlyAggression: ...sort of. Earth itself isn't waging war on human colonies, but the various megacorporations based on Earth (which is still ''by far'' the richest, most industrious and populated planet) buy out struggling debt-laden founding companies in order to provide some kind of legal basis for their asset realisation missions. In practice, it's simple piracy as invasion fleets subjugate and pillage the colony planets for valuable industrial assets to sell at a profit thanks to the production costs being cut out.
29th May '16 8:38:00 PM Kalaong
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* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Implied to have driven all other forms of government into extinction; All governments on Earth and Amethi's sole political entity are corporations. Ordinary people can gain influence by buying a stake in the companies, which will enable them to gain voting influence in accordance with the size of their stake. Zantiu-Braun is the largest resultant MegaCorp, and the only human organization left large enough - and willing enough - to still be able to fund exploratory missions, although new colonies are now founded through one-shot wormholes and left to fend for themselves rather than via starship. [[spoiler: Z-B's ultimate motive is to elevate the human race via corporate stakeholding, which essentially means corporate socialism, in order for humanity to truly reach for the stars. The Board - which consists entirely of different batches of the Roderick clones - is divided on the best approach to do this, and the discovery of the dragons and their patternform technology is likely to cause an unprecedented split.]] Also implied to be the author's opinion; this is the best a scarcity-based society can do.

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* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Implied to have driven all other forms of government into extinction; All governments on Earth and Amethi's sole political entity are corporations. Ordinary people can gain influence by buying a stake in the companies, which will enable them to gain voting influence in accordance with the size of their stake. Zantiu-Braun is the largest resultant MegaCorp, and the only human organization left large enough - and willing enough - to still be able to fund exploratory missions, although new colonies are now founded through one-shot wormholes and left to fend for themselves rather than via starship. [[spoiler: Z-B's ultimate motive is to elevate the human race via corporate stakeholding, which essentially means corporate socialism, in order for humanity to truly reach for the stars. The Board - which consists entirely of different batches of the Roderick clones - is divided on the best approach to do this, and the discovery of the dragons and their patternform technology is likely to cause an unprecedented split.]] Also implied to be the author's opinion; this is the best a scarcity-based society can do.


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* TheSingularity: [[spoiler:Z-B's ultimate motive is to elevate the human race by eliminating the underclass through species-wide genetic modification - their belief is that providing welfare and education for people who lack the health and intelligence to make proper use of it is why starflight has become too expensive to maintain. The Board - which consists entirely of different batches of the Roderick clones - is divided on the best approach to do this; forcibly administering it akin to vaccination, or providing the treatments free of charge as per each individual's desires. The final conflict of the book is the pursuit of the dragons and their patternform technology to achieve one of those mutually exclusive goals]].
27th Feb '15 6:51:45 PM Neakal
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Simon Roderick looks to be one of these. [[spoiler: Subverted when Z-B's true ideals are revealed. Turns out, the Rodericks wanted the same thing Lawrence did all along...well, sort of. The irony is that when Lawrence learns of Z-B's objectives, he's past caring about anything other than going home.]] There ''is'' a particular Simon Roderick who favors more violent means to achieve his vision [[spoiler: but he is stopped by another copy]]. The book also mentions that there was also a version of Simon Roderick that turned AxCrazy. Instead of giving him a position of power, the company [[EvenEvilHasStandards institutionalized him an investigation into his upbringing]].

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Simon Roderick looks to be one of these. [[spoiler: Subverted when Z-B's true ideals are revealed. Turns out, the Rodericks wanted the same thing Lawrence did all along...well, sort of. The irony is that when Lawrence learns of Z-B's objectives, he's past caring about anything other than going home.]] There ''is'' a particular Simon Roderick who favors more violent means to achieve his vision [[spoiler: but he is stopped by another copy]]. The book also mentions that there was also a version of Simon Roderick that turned AxCrazy. Instead of giving him a position of power, the company [[EvenEvilHasStandards institutionalized him and started an investigation into his upbringing]].
27th Feb '15 6:51:02 PM Neakal
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Simon Roderick looks to be one of these. [[spoiler: Subverted when Z-B's true ideals are revealed. Turns out, the Rodericks wanted the same thing Lawrence did all along...well, sort of. The irony is that when Lawrence learns of Z-B's objectives, he's past caring about anything other than going home.]] There ''is'' a particular Simon Roderick who favors more violent means to achieve his vision [[spoiler: but he is stopped by another copy]]. There was also a version that turned AxCrazy but the company [[EvenEvilHasStandards institutionalized him instead of giving him power and started an investigation into his upbringing]].

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Simon Roderick looks to be one of these. [[spoiler: Subverted when Z-B's true ideals are revealed. Turns out, the Rodericks wanted the same thing Lawrence did all along...well, sort of. The irony is that when Lawrence learns of Z-B's objectives, he's past caring about anything other than going home.]] There ''is'' a particular Simon Roderick who favors more violent means to achieve his vision [[spoiler: but he is stopped by another copy]]. There The book also mentions that there was also a version of Simon Roderick that turned AxCrazy but AxCrazy. Instead of giving him a position of power, the company [[EvenEvilHasStandards institutionalized him instead of giving him power and started an investigation into his upbringing]].
27th Feb '15 6:48:34 PM Neakal
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Simon Roderick looks to be one of these. [[spoiler: Subverted when Z-B's true ideals are revealed. Turns out, the Rodericks wanted the same thing Lawrence did all along...well, sort of. The irony is that when Lawrence learns of Z-B's objectives, he's past caring about anything other than going home.]]

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* CloningBlues: There are multiple copies of Simon Roderick. This is revealed so casually that it can actually cause some confusion on the initial read.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Simon Roderick looks to be one of these. [[spoiler: Subverted when Z-B's true ideals are revealed. Turns out, the Rodericks wanted the same thing Lawrence did all along...well, sort of. The irony is that when Lawrence learns of Z-B's objectives, he's past caring about anything other than going home.]]]] There ''is'' a particular Simon Roderick who favors more violent means to achieve his vision [[spoiler: but he is stopped by another copy]]. There was also a version that turned AxCrazy but the company [[EvenEvilHasStandards institutionalized him instead of giving him power and started an investigation into his upbringing]].
5th Jan '15 12:19:14 PM nombretomado
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''Fallen Dragon'' is a science-fiction novel by PeterFHamilton, published in 2001. Unlike most of his works, this is a standalone novel. In the 24th century, the age of interstellar travel is drawing to a close thanks to the hideous expense of travelling by starship. The remaining starships are repurposed by Earth-based mega corporations into the only venture that remains profitable: "asset realisation", or the pillaging of colony planets in debt to the aforementioned corporations for material to sell. The plot follows several different threads, all woven together in a non-linear fashion. These threads mostly revolve around the early and late life of Lawrence Newton, a colony-born boy who dreamed of piloting exploratory starships who eventually became a jaded soldier in the employ of the biggest megacorporation, Zantiu-Braun; Denise Ebourn, a resistance fighter on Thallspring, one of the planets Zantiu-Braun is intent on invading. Both have big plans for Z-B's next jaunt to Thallspring...

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''Fallen Dragon'' is a science-fiction novel by PeterFHamilton, Creator/PeterFHamilton, published in 2001. Unlike most of his works, this is a standalone novel. In the 24th century, the age of interstellar travel is drawing to a close thanks to the hideous expense of travelling by starship. The remaining starships are repurposed by Earth-based mega corporations into the only venture that remains profitable: "asset realisation", or the pillaging of colony planets in debt to the aforementioned corporations for material to sell. The plot follows several different threads, all woven together in a non-linear fashion. These threads mostly revolve around the early and late life of Lawrence Newton, a colony-born boy who dreamed of piloting exploratory starships who eventually became a jaded soldier in the employ of the biggest megacorporation, Zantiu-Braun; Denise Ebourn, a resistance fighter on Thallspring, one of the planets Zantiu-Braun is intent on invading. Both have big plans for Z-B's next jaunt to Thallspring...
9th Dec '14 10:54:07 AM pagad
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* FutureFoodIsArtificial: Protein-cell refineries have eliminated the need to grow crops and raise livestock on Earth. Recursively, on Santa Chico [[spoiler: and in Arnoon Province]], people have again begun to grow food naturally because of biotechnological modification.

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* FutureFoodIsArtificial: Protein-cell refineries have eliminated the need to grow crops and raise livestock on Earth.livestock. As such, a prejudice has arisen amongst most people against eating "natural food", viewing it as both barbaric and wasteful, ''especially'' animal husbandry. This leads to the odd scenario in which Lawrence retches up a beef sandwich fed to him by a hippie girlfriend when he discovers it was made with "real" beef. Recursively, on Santa Chico [[spoiler: and in Arnoon Province]], people have again begun to grow food naturally because of biotechnological modification.
17th Jun '14 12:48:50 PM Kalaong
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* MegaCorp: Earth is run by these, and they have far more power than national governments. Zantiu-Braun is the largest, with one character commenting off-hand that Z-B own "half the bloody planet these days". Z-B is also the only corporation large enough - and willing enough - to still be able to fund exploratory missions, although new colonies are now founded through one-shot wormholes and left to fend for themselves rather than via starship. [[spoiler: Z-B's ultimate motive is to elevate the human race via corporate stakeholding, which essentially means corporate socialism, in order for humanity to truly reach for the stars. The Board - which consists entirely of different batches of the Roderick clones - is divided on the best approach to do this, and the discovery of the dragons and their patternform technology is likely to cause an unprecedented split.]]


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* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Implied to have driven all other forms of government into extinction; All governments on Earth and Amethi's sole political entity are corporations. Ordinary people can gain influence by buying a stake in the companies, which will enable them to gain voting influence in accordance with the size of their stake. Zantiu-Braun is the largest resultant MegaCorp, and the only human organization left large enough - and willing enough - to still be able to fund exploratory missions, although new colonies are now founded through one-shot wormholes and left to fend for themselves rather than via starship. [[spoiler: Z-B's ultimate motive is to elevate the human race via corporate stakeholding, which essentially means corporate socialism, in order for humanity to truly reach for the stars. The Board - which consists entirely of different batches of the Roderick clones - is divided on the best approach to do this, and the discovery of the dragons and their patternform technology is likely to cause an unprecedented split.]] Also implied to be the author's opinion; this is the best a scarcity-based society can do.
-->'''Lawrence Newton''': ''You can't have the poor voting themselves more welfare money. That's economic suicide.''
21st Sep '13 6:29:12 AM Odon
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17th Sep '13 11:14:00 AM Kalaong
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* FutureFoodIsArtificial: Protein-cell refineries have eliminated the need to grow crops and raise livestock on Earth. Recursively, on Santa Chico [[spoiler: and in Arnoon Province]], people have again begun to grow food naturally because of biotechnological modification.



* MeatVersusVeggies: Protein-cell refineries have eliminated the need to grow crops and raise livestock. As such, a prejudice has arisen amongst most people against eating "natural food", viewing it as both barbaric and wasteful, ''especially'' animal husbandry. This leads to the uniquely odd scenario in which Lawrence retches up a beef sandwich fed to him by a hippie girlfriend when he discovers it was made with "real" beef. Recursively, on Santa Chico [[spoiler: and in Arnoon Province]], people have again begun to grow food naturally because of biotechnological modification.
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