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4th Sep '15 6:30:33 PM Prfnoff
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'''Genome''' (''Геном'', Genom) is a science fiction trilogy by the popular Russian sci-fi and fantasy author SergeyLukyanenko. The setting of the two novels and a short story is a faraway future, where humanity is a vast interstellar [[TheEmpire Empire]] and one of the galactic superpowers. In the novels, the author addresses such issues as [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]], [[CloningBlues cloning]], and [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill free will]].

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'''Genome''' ''Genome'' (''Геном'', Genom) is a science fiction trilogy by the popular Russian sci-fi and fantasy author SergeyLukyanenko.Creator/SergeyLukyanenko. The setting of the two novels and a short story is a faraway future, where humanity is a vast interstellar [[TheEmpire Empire]] and one of the galactic superpowers. In the novels, the author addresses such issues as [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]], [[CloningBlues cloning]], and [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill free will]].
20th Mar '15 9:56:07 AM ChronoLegion
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* TheNoseKnows - an easy way of telling a [[BeePeople Zzygou]] female from a human woman (if the Zzygou is in disguise) is by the strong smell. As it turns out, the Zzygou naturally produce mercaptan (a compound typically added to natural gas, giving it its distinct smell) and are unaware that a smell can be offensive. They have since learned to block the production of the odor at great personal discomfort.
20th Mar '15 9:38:45 AM ChronoLegion
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* WetwareCPU - the prequel novel takes place prior to the invention of gel-crystals. As such, FTL travel requires several humans to be plugged into the navigation system to act as processors for the complex five-dimensional calculations. While this is happening, the "processor" shuts down and only wakes up on arrival. The people who do this are well-paid, but there is a horrible side effect. After a number of such trips, the frontal lobe starts to atrophy due to disuse. Eventually, the "processors" stop making any decisions altogether and no longer wishes to leave the ship. The person still survives, but only as a vegetable.
20th Mar '15 9:35:07 AM ChronoLegion
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* ParentalAbandonment - the prequel novel starts with the protagonist's parents volunteering to commit suicide to get their son a government stipend. Naturally, they don't bother asking him first, and only tell him after it's already too late (they have already taken the 24-hour poison). He resents them for this decision for a decent chunk of the novel.
20th Mar '15 9:32:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* DeadLittleSister - the detective-spesh investigating the murder finds out that Alex's older brother was killed many years before in a skirmish between a Zzygou ship (commanded by the victim) and his own patrol ship. However, Alex explains that he has only met his brother a handful of times, as the brother was a government-sponsored child, who was almost immediately sent to an Imperial boarding school, and doesn't feel any particular kinship with him. The detective-spesh accepts this as the truth.



* GreatDetective - Peter "C-the-Forty-Forth" Valk is a detective-spesh from the planet Zodiac, who prefers to be called SherlockHolmes and adopts the mannerisms of his literary prototype (such as smoking a pipe and playing the violin) and even finds a doctor named Watson to be his sidekick (a female doctor named Jenny Watson). Like any detective-spesh, he lacks any human emotion, except for his absolute devotion to law. It's stated that detective-speshes solve over 90% of their cases. There is a reason the original Peter Valk has been cloned at least 44 times, and all of his clones have lived up to the name.



** One of the few casualties of a Zzygou merchant ship's attack on a provincial planet Volga is a bookstore owner named Yuri "C the 2nd" Semetskiy. This is a reference to the fact that many Russian sci-fi authors tend to put a bit character named Semetskyi into their novels who usually get killed off, following a tradition started when Lukyanenko accidentally killed a character by that name in one of his early books, causing the RealLife Yuri Semetskiy (a sci-fi publisher) to first complain and then demand that he be "killed" in all of the author's books.

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** One of the few casualties of a Zzygou merchant ship's attack on a provincial planet Volga is a bookstore owner named Yuri "C the 2nd" "C-the-Second" Semetskiy. This is a reference to the fact that many Russian sci-fi authors tend to put a bit character named Semetskyi into their novels who usually get killed off, following a tradition started when Lukyanenko accidentally killed a character by that name in one of his early books, causing the RealLife Yuri Semetskiy (a sci-fi publisher) to first complain and then demand that he be "killed" in all of the author's books.
20th Mar '15 9:20:26 AM ChronoLegion
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* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace - using the tunnels is tricky. Only navigator-sheshes (or rare Natural navigators) are capable of successfully plotting a course through the five-dimensional space. It's even stated that there is actually only one tunnel in the universe. Since humans are unable to perceive five dimensions (or even four), it appears that there are multiple tunnels. Maneuvering inside a tunnel is impossible. The exit point depends on the entry vector and the speed of the drive pulsation. There are also stories from old spacers who claims to have seen ghost ships or even mirror images of their own ships in the tunnel. Alex admits that they're all probably made up.


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* VoluntaryShapeshifting - the killer turns out to be a particular kind of spesh capable of, among other things, assume another person's physical appearance and even specialization.
20th Mar '15 9:13:22 AM ChronoLegion
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* LesYay - it's mentioned that, for some reason, the UnusualUserInterface of a spaceship has a tendency to get women to be more attracted to other women, even if they're normally straight.

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* [[invoked]] LesYay - it's mentioned that, for some reason, the UnusualUserInterface of a spaceship has a tendency to get women to be more attracted to other women, even if they're normally straight.straight. It may or may not have something to do with the fact that FTL travel used to be fatal to non-[[HumanPopsicle frozen]] women prior to the advent of the genetic age.
20th Mar '15 9:12:26 AM ChronoLegion
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* ADataWithRosiePalms - Alex remembers his school's sex ed class, where the instructor was explaining to the boys proper masturbation technique. Justified, since society's views on sex have changed drastically since modern times. Additionally, Alex is a pilot, and pilots are expected to spend a long time in space, potentially away from any sexual partners.

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* ADataWithRosiePalms ADateWithRosiePalms - Alex remembers his school's sex ed class, where the instructor was explaining to the boys proper masturbation technique. Justified, since society's views on sex have changed drastically since modern times. Additionally, Alex is a pilot, and pilots are expected to spend a long time in space, potentially away from any sexual partners.
20th Mar '15 9:12:02 AM ChronoLegion
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* KissMeImVirtual - during downtime, Alex plugs in a gel-crystal full of erotic simulations and goes into VR. When the system asks for parameters, he eliminates anything relating to [[BoldlyComing sex with aliens]], homosexuality, or BDSM, but lets the system randomly generate a scenario. Unfortunately for him, the scenario turns out to involve gerontophilia (i.e. sexual preference for the elderly), and he rejects the old woman and exits the program. He then realizes that, by all rights, he could not have rejected her, since his pilot-spesh conditioning would require him to take care of anyone under his "wing". This is one of the first indications that the serum he took prior to that is starting to work.
20th Mar '15 9:07:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* ADataWithRosiePalms - Alex remembers his school's sex ed class, where the instructor was explaining to the boys proper masturbation technique. Justified, since society's views on sex have changed drastically since modern times. Additionally, Alex is a pilot, and pilots are expected to spend a long time in space, potentially away from any sexual partners.
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