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14th Feb '17 11:33:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* PracticalEffects: An in-universe example. In the prequel, Captain Stas mentions a new retro-action flick set in BibleTimes being made using real-life actors, sets, and special effects. No CGI at all, which is unheard of in that day and age. Even the actors are going to be hypnotised to believe that it's all real. The movie is called ''The Wise Man of Nazareth''.
14th Feb '17 10:45:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* ISurrenderSuckers - In his Iney-induced dream, Lion spent five years fighting a war on Iney's side. In the dream, Lion had a close friend, who was killed, when they were ambushed by their unspecified enemy. Lion was the only survivor. So, he raised his hands as if in surrender... and then killed all the enemies surrounding him with a small weapon he had on his wrist. Strangely, no one considers it a war crime.
31st Jan '17 6:30:13 AM ChronoLegion
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: Soon after Tikkirey arrives to Avalon and starts working for the Phages, his boss asks him to recycle a defective [[LivingWeapon plasma whip]] that has failed to bond with any Phage. At the recycler, the whip suddenly bonds to Tikkirey, and he can't bring himself to destroy it. He throws a bunch of trash in the recycler that matches the whip's weight and metal content and delivers the receipt to his boss as proof of destruction. Later on, the whip saves his life, when he goes ice skating on a frozen lake and falls through the ice. Captain Stas arrives and tells him that the whip was a test of loyalty... and Tikkirey has failed. However, the fact that the whip has bonded itself to Tikkirey changes things, as this has never happened before. They admit that being bonded to a whip would make it really difficult to destroy it and let him stay.
27th Jan '17 6:42:13 AM ChronoLegion
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* InterfaithSmoothie - an unclear example, but Captain Stas mentions some kind of "Catholic jihad" on Earth.
27th Jan '17 5:25:06 AM ChronoLegion
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* BrainComputerInterface - in the prequel, neuroshunts are brain implants with a port on one side of the head. Most people have them, and they're required for most jobs. They allow a direct interface with a computer. Most newer models are also equipped with radio plugins that allow people to control small appliances and the like but deliberately don't have the bandwidth of a direct cable connection (for security purposes). Often enough, a shunt one has as a child determines the kinds of jobs one can do as an adult. Additionally, for adults, it's far more difficult, dangerous, and expensive to upgrade a neuroshunt. Some of those who can afford it don't do it out of principle, not seeing the point of upgrading to a newer model every year (sounds familiar, doesn't it?). In the novel, [[KidHero Tikkirey]] has a Creative Gigabit 101, which is a very respectable shunt on his backwater planet. Then he arrives to a prosperous world and is told that his "advanced" model is sub-par at best by local standards.
27th Jan '17 5:17:02 AM ChronoLegion
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* ExplainExplainOhCrap - in the prequel, this is how Captain Stas figures out how [[spoiler:Iney is brainwashing entire planetary populations to join their federation. He tells Tikkirey that Iney produces many popular virtual shows... then realizes that, in order to watch them, people have to plug in with their [[BrainComputerInterface neuroshunts]], opening themselves up to covert influence]].
23rd Jan '17 10:49:19 AM ChronoLegion
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* NoWomansLand - A mild example in ''Dances on the Snow''. According to Captain Stas, because women can only survive FTL travel as {{Human Popsicle}}s, human civilization has been developing as overly masculine: logical, serious, slightly aggressive and adventurous, maybe even kind and just, but only if it doesn't go against logic. Women tend to be treated as second-class citizens, especially by spacers, who treat them as "cargo." Without women's input to balance the rationality with emotion, people (even women) are conditioned to think in this manner. This appears to change by ''Genome'', as advances in genetic engineering allow women to endure FTL travel without being frozen.
11th Jan '17 10:10:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter - while Earth isn't mentioned much, there are indications that the ecological situation on the planet has radically changed since the 21st century. For example, Odessa, Ukraine, is mentioned to be located in or near a rainforest. Apparently, there are lions in that rainforest, which is a little odd, since lions don't typically live in rainforests.
11th Jan '17 5:26:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* 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.

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* 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).Watson, although [[Series/{{Elementary}} that's no longer so strange]]). 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.
11th Jan '17 5:23:47 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.

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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. Even after only five years (a standard contract), a person has to spent a decade relearning how to make decisions. The simplest choices (say, between three kinds of lemonade) become painful ordeals.
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