History Literature / GloryRoad

29th Feb '16 5:32:07 PM Rakked
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* AuthorTract: The broader setting seems to exist largely to praise Heinlein's favored views of society, particularly in the political and sexual realms. Large portions of the novel are devoted to long speeches on the subjects.
21st Sep '15 6:33:48 PM nombretomado
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* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Horses with eight legs (which are a ShoutOut to Sleipnir, Odin's horse in NorseMythology).

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* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Horses with eight legs (which are a ShoutOut to Sleipnir, Odin's horse in NorseMythology).Myth/NorseMythology).
21st Sep '15 6:33:34 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Numerous shout outs to myth, legend and the few fantasy novels in existence in 1963, including references to NorseMythology, ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and Cyrano de Bergerac (the Never-Born).

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* ShoutOut: Numerous shout outs to myth, legend and the few fantasy novels in existence in 1963, including references to NorseMythology, Myth/NorseMythology, ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and Cyrano de Bergerac (the Never-Born).
8th Sep '15 9:28:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Star is Rufo's grandmother, but looks much younger, due to the way their society's LongevityTreatment permits the recipient to choose their desired physical age. Star wants to look youthful and Rufo wants to look like an old curmudgeon.


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* SupernaturallyYoungParent: Star is Rufo's grandmother, but looks much younger, due to the way their society's LongevityTreatment permits the recipient to choose their desired physical age. Star wants to look youthful and Rufo wants to look like an old curmudgeon.
7th Aug '15 11:21:41 AM dvorak
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* AmazonianBeauty: Star is constantly described as a giantess, but Oscar still finds her beautiful.
22nd Nov '14 9:08:21 PM Angeldeb82
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TheHero, Oscar Gordon, is a dashing ne'er-do-well who gets through life mainly by figuring out creative ways to avoid any real responsibility, while practicing such esoteric arts as swordsmanship. The DistressedDamsel, Star, is in reality an Empress, who is seeking out Oscar because a very sophisticated computer analysis determined him to have precisely those qualities needed to rescue the [[MacGuffin Egg of the Phoenix]], a device containing all the accumulated wisdom of millennia of Emperors and vital to ruling the Twenty Universes. She is accompanied by a shifty fellow by the name of Rufo who seemingly embodies all the [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighting]] tricks known to mankind.

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TheHero, Oscar Gordon, is a dashing ne'er-do-well who gets through life mainly by figuring out creative ways to avoid any real responsibility, while practicing such esoteric arts as swordsmanship. The DistressedDamsel, DamselInDistress, Star, is in reality an Empress, who is seeking out Oscar because a very sophisticated computer analysis determined him to have precisely those qualities needed to rescue the [[MacGuffin Egg of the Phoenix]], a device containing all the accumulated wisdom of millennia of Emperors and vital to ruling the Twenty Universes. She is accompanied by a shifty fellow by the name of Rufo who seemingly embodies all the [[CombatPragmatist dirty fighting]] tricks known to mankind.



* {{Flynning}}: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and averted -- Oscar's final duel with the Eater of Souls is decidedly ''not'' play fighting.

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* {{Flynning}}: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] {{Discussed|Trope}} and averted -- Oscar's final duel with the Eater of Souls is decidedly ''not'' play fighting.



* [[ShoutOut/{{Literature}} Shout Out]]: Numerous shout outs to myth, legend and the few fantasy novels in existence in 1963, including references to NorseMythology, ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and Cyrano de Bergerac (the Never-Born).

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* [[ShoutOut/{{Literature}} Shout Out]]: ShoutOut: Numerous shout outs to myth, legend and the few fantasy novels in existence in 1963, including references to NorseMythology, ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and Cyrano de Bergerac (the Never-Born).
6th Jul '14 5:24:14 PM Tallens
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* DyingTruce: After Oscar Gordon manages to mortally wound the Never-Born (AKA The Eater of Souls), he and it talk for a while before it dies.
11th Feb '14 9:52:54 AM Fighteer
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Star is Rufo's grandmother, but looks much younger, due to the way their society's LongevityTherapy permits the recipient to choose their desired physical age. Star wants to look youthful and Rufo wants to look like an old curmudgeon.

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Star is Rufo's grandmother, but looks much younger, due to the way their society's LongevityTherapy LongevityTreatment permits the recipient to choose their desired physical age. Star wants to look youthful and Rufo wants to look like an old curmudgeon.



* FountainOfYouth: Longevity therapy is standard in Star's culture (very similar in principle to that discussed in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''). She herself has lived several centuries and has Oscar treated the same way, unknowingly.


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* LongevityTreatment: Longevity therapy is standard in Star's culture (very similar in principle to that discussed in ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''). She herself has lived several centuries and has Oscar treated the same way, unknowingly.
11th Feb '14 9:51:46 AM Fighteer
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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Grandmother actually, in an immortality (or something similar) take on the trope. Star is Rufo's grandmother, but looks much younger due to their both undergoing the [[ImmortalityInducer "longevity treatment"]] but having differing preferences as to desired physical age.

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Grandmother actually, in an immortality (or something similar) take on the trope. Star is Rufo's grandmother, but looks much younger younger, due to the way their both undergoing society's LongevityTherapy permits the [[ImmortalityInducer "longevity treatment"]] but having differing preferences as recipient to choose their desired physical age.age. Star wants to look youthful and Rufo wants to look like an old curmudgeon.



* TheAgeless: Star is described in this fashion when Oscar first sees her and finds it difficult to place her exact age. It actually turns out to be a pretty accurate assessment of her age and that of others from her culture.

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* TheAgeless: Star is described in this fashion when Oscar first sees her and finds it difficult to place her exact age. It actually turns out to be a pretty accurate assessment of her age and that of others from her culture.



* BigLabyrinthineBuilding: The Mile-High Tower, where the bad guys hid the Egg. It's so elaborate, in fact, that hundreds of Star's spies died figuring out the route to its hiding place.

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* BigLabyrinthineBuilding: The Mile-High Tower, where the bad guys hid the Egg. It's so elaborate, in fact, elaborate that hundreds of Star's spies died figuring out the route to its hiding place.



* BrainUploading: Of a sort -- the Egg contains the recorded memories of thousands of years of Emperors/Empresses, and part of each Emperor's job is to use the Egg to imprint himself with the memories of all his predecessors.
* TheCallLeftAMessage: In this case, a newspaper ad.

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* BrainUploading: Of a sort -- the The Egg contains the recorded memories of thousands of years of Emperors/Empresses, and part Emperors/Empresses. Part of each Emperor's job is to use the Egg to imprint himself with the memories of all his predecessors.
their predecessors, and leave their own memories in turn.
* TheCallLeftAMessage: In this case, After giving him a newspaper ad.[[NakedFirstImpression glancing over]] on Île du Levant, Star recruits Oscar by printing a classified ad [[BatmanGambit specifically tailored to be irresistible to him]].



* DagwoodSandwich: Oscar offers to create one for a girl he meets at a party on Center. Primitive Earth culture at least has this novelty to offer.
* DangerouslyCloseShave: Related to CongruentMemory, above, Rufo and Oscar start a semi-serious RunningGag with the DeadlyEuphemism, "shaving a corpse."

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* DagwoodSandwich: Oscar offers to create one for a girl he meets at a party on Center. Primitive Center, primitive Earth culture having at least has this novelty to offer.
* DangerouslyCloseShave: Related to CongruentMemory, above, Rufo After their conversation about [[CongruentMemory the source of Rufo's shaving skills]], he and Oscar start a semi-serious RunningGag with the DeadlyEuphemism, "shaving a corpse."
11th Feb '14 9:45:53 AM Fighteer
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Star is shocked to find out that sex is a salable commodity in Oscar's reality. In her world, a woman's sexuality is considered an integral part of her spiritual existence and it can not be bought and sold, only partaken of as a gift of the woman. She's also upleasantly surprised to find out that Oscar turned down the sexual advances of their host's daughter and wife the night before. While he was perfectly willing to bed the wife, the Oscar deflated at the thought of bedding the daughter; she just looked too young for him and triggered his age taboo. Their host was so insulted that he turned down their gift that he expelled them from his home at first light. After the problem was explained, however, Oscar ended up with the host's wife and older daughter.
* BotheringByTheBook[=/=]ObstructiveBureaucrat: Oscar remarks "Regardless of T.O., all military bureaucracies consist of a Surprise Party Department, a Practical Joke Department, and a Fairy Godmother department. The first two process most matters, as the third is very small; the Fairy Godmother Department is one elderly female GS-5 clerk usually out on sick leave."

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Star is shocked to find out that sex is a salable commodity in Oscar's reality. In her world, a woman's sexuality is considered an integral part of her spiritual existence and it can not be bought and sold, only partaken of as a gift of the woman. She's also upleasantly unpleasantly surprised to find out that Oscar turned down the sexual advances of their host's daughter and wife and daughters the night before. While he was perfectly willing to bed the wife, the Oscar deflated at the thought of bedding the youngest daughter; she just looked too young for him and triggered his age taboo. Their host was is so insulted that he Oscar turned down their gift that he expelled expels them from his home at first light. After the problem was is explained, however, Oscar ended ends up with the host's wife and older daughter.
* BotheringByTheBook[=/=]ObstructiveBureaucrat: Oscar remarks remarks, "Regardless of T.O., all military bureaucracies consist of a Surprise Party Department, a Practical Joke Department, and a Fairy Godmother department. The first two process most matters, as the third is very small; the Fairy Godmother Department is one elderly female GS-5 clerk usually out on sick leave."
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