History Literature / GreatShip

2nd Dec '16 6:39:42 AM Theriocephalus
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* AlternateUniverse: Hyperfiber is so strong because it spreads any impact or heat damage across thousands of dimensions. In a more straight example, The Tila from ''Mere'' have quantum structures in their brain that causes an "aura" around objects they see - which they interpret as glimpses of thousands of alternate realities.

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* AlternateUniverse: Hyperfiber is so strong because it spreads any impact or heat damage across thousands of dimensions. In a more straight example, The the Tila from ''Mere'' have quantum structures in their brain that causes an "aura" around objects they see - which they interpret as glimpses of thousands of alternate realities.



* ApocalypseHow: ''Mere'' ends with [[spoiler: a binary star collapsing in on itself, wiping out all life in the system]]
* AscendedExtra: [[spoiler: The leeches, which supposedly committed mass suicide in ''Marrow,'' return in ''The Well of Stars'' and reveal themselves as The Bleak.]]

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* ApocalypseHow: ''Mere'' ends with [[spoiler: a binary star collapsing in on itself, wiping out all life in the system]]
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* AscendedExtra: [[spoiler: The leeches, which supposedly committed mass suicide in ''Marrow,'' return in ''The Well of Stars'' and reveal themselves as The the Bleak.]]



* BFS: Quite possiblu the largest one ever portrayed in fiction. At the climax of ''The Well of Stars,'' [[spoiler: the Polypond attempts to break out what lies at the core of Marrow by boring through the entire Greatship with a hyperfiber blade with black holes around its rim.]] This device was also previously used to break down most of the planets that used to exist in the Well.

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* BFS: {{BFS}}: Quite possiblu the largest one ever portrayed in fiction. At the climax of ''The Well of Stars,'' [[spoiler: the Polypond attempts to break out what lies at the core of Marrow by boring through the entire Greatship with a hyperfiber blade with black holes around its rim.]] This device was also previously used to break down most of the planets that used to exist in the Well.



* BlobMonster: [[spoiler: The polypond is essentially a macro-scale version of one, being able to cover the entire surface of the Greatship and having different feelers, sensors and appendages throughout its body.]]

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* BlobMonster: [[spoiler: The polypond is essentially a macro-scale version of one, being able to cover the entire surface of the Greatship Great Ship and having different feelers, sensors and appendages throughout its body.]]



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* LivingForeverIsAwesome

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* [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfDistance SciFi Writers Have No Sense of Distance]]: Averted. The Great Ship will take hundreds of thousands of years to complete one circle around the Milky Way. Travel is extremely slow - a small ship spends 900 years accelerating to near lightspeed in order to reach the Great Ship.

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* [[SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfDistance SciFi Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Distance]]: Averted. The Great Ship will take hundreds of thousands of years to complete one circle around the Milky Way. Travel is extremely slow - a small ship spends 900 years accelerating to near lightspeed in order to reach the Great Ship.
14th Apr '16 6:12:18 AM mdwall
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* WasOnceAMan: [[spoiler: The polypond]]



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Defied with [[spoiler: the polypond]]. Another being that was her ''sister'' of sorts in the sense that [[spoiler: they were born of the same species on the same planet before the being that became the polypond was ejected into deep space to eventually reach the dark nebula]] tells her that, rather than pitying her, she would do the same thing to her again and would send her ''into the sun'' instead this time around.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: ''The Well of Stars'' shows that one of the Greatship's more secluded caverns holds an order of monks that voluntarily refuse immortality treatments so that they can learn the answer the great mystery of what lies beyond death for themselves.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Defied with [[spoiler: the polypond]]. Another being that was her ''sister'' "sister" of sorts in the sense that [[spoiler: they were born of the same species on the same planet before the being that became the polypond was ejected into deep space to eventually reach the dark nebula]] tells her that, rather than pitying her, she would do the same thing to her again and would send her ''into the sun'' instead this time around.
14th Apr '16 6:09:07 AM mdwall
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* UltmateLifeform: [[spoiler: The polypond is a single biological consisting of liquids spreads across a multitude of engineered planets throughout a nebula. It proves to be ''more than a match'' for the Greatship, which is larger than Jupiter and has all of the finest weapons, equipment and crew in the galaxy at its disposal.]]

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* UltmateLifeform: UltmateLifeForm: [[spoiler: The polypond is a single biological consisting of liquids spreads across a multitude of engineered planets throughout a nebula. It proves to be ''more than a match'' for the Greatship, which is larger than Jupiter and has all of the finest weapons, equipment and crew in the galaxy at its disposal.]]



* VillainWoobie: Defied with [[spoiler: the polypond]]. Another being that was her ''sister'' of sorts in the sense that [[spoiler: they were born of the same species on the same planet before the being that became the polypond was ejected into deep space to eventually reach the dark nebula]] tells her that, rather than pitying her, she would do the same thing to her again and would send her ''into the sun'' instead this time around.


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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Defied with [[spoiler: the polypond]]. Another being that was her ''sister'' of sorts in the sense that [[spoiler: they were born of the same species on the same planet before the being that became the polypond was ejected into deep space to eventually reach the dark nebula]] tells her that, rather than pitying her, she would do the same thing to her again and would send her ''into the sun'' instead this time around.
14th Apr '16 6:06:56 AM mdwall
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* AscendedExtra: [[spoiler: The leeches, which supposedly committed mass suicide in ''Marrow,'' return in ''The Well of Stars'' and reveal themselves as The Bleak.]]



* BFS: Quite possiblu the largest one ever portrayed in fiction. At the climax of ''The Well of Stars,'' [[spoiler: the Polypond attempts to break out what lies at the core of Marrow by boring through the entire Greatship with a hyperfiber blade with black holes around its rim.]] This device was also previously used to break down most of the planets that used to exist in the Well.



* BlobMonster: [[spoiler: The polypond is essentially a macro-scale version of one, being able to cover the entire surface of the Greatship and having different feelers, sensors and appendages throughout its body.]]



* CliffHanger: ''The Well of Stars'' ends with [[spoiler: the polypond having bored into the Greatship down to Marrow, only to be foiled at the last second by the leeches, AKA The Bleak. Taking control of the ship, they twist it around and succeed in destroying the hyperfiber blade, which resulted in the Greatship being cut in half into two hemispheres.]] This book was released in 2002 and there's been no announcement of direct sequel yet, so we have no idea how ''anyone'' turned out after that.



* ElectronicEyes: Mere gets these in ''Mere'', to [[AuraVision see the world in a way similar to the Tila]]

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* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler: The leeches]]
* EldritchAbomination: [[spoiler: The polypond]] proves to be one in the end. It's also suspected that whatever is [[spoiler: imprisoned at the heart of Marrow]] might qualify, but no one has learned the exact nature of it yet.
* ElectronicEyes: Mere gets these in ''Mere'', to [[AuraVision see the world in a way similar to the Tila]]Tila]].
* EnergyBeings: It's proposed in ''Marrow'' that this might be what the Builders really were. It's theorized that, in a younger universe, they may have emerged and created the Greatship without using physical bodies, which might explain why there wasn't a single shred of DNA, dead cells or any other sign of life on the Greatship until humanity came aboard.


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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: The Polypond]].


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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Mere convinces one of the polypond's worlds to relate to her enough to reveal that it plans to crack apart the Greatship with a blade made of hyperfiber and black holes in order to free what's beneath Marrow.]] It tells her that, for what it's worth, it's sorry about everything.


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* UltmateLifeform: [[spoiler: The polypond is a single biological consisting of liquids spreads across a multitude of engineered planets throughout a nebula. It proves to be ''more than a match'' for the Greatship, which is larger than Jupiter and has all of the finest weapons, equipment and crew in the galaxy at its disposal.]]
* TheUnReveal: It's revealed in ''The Well of Stars'' that a single member of the Waywards got to see what was imprisoned beneath Marrow, but it's never revealed what they saw.
* VillainWoobie: Defied with [[spoiler: the polypond]]. Another being that was her ''sister'' of sorts in the sense that [[spoiler: they were born of the same species on the same planet before the being that became the polypond was ejected into deep space to eventually reach the dark nebula]] tells her that, rather than pitying her, she would do the same thing to her again and would send her ''into the sun'' instead this time around.


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* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: The Polypond in ''The Well of Stars'' wants to destroy to open up Marrow and free what's inside, but not out of malice. It genuinely believes that the process of creating the universe was never finished and that freeing Marrow's prisoner or prisoners will complete it.]]
30th Nov '15 4:58:13 PM Saber15
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* CerebusSyndrome: The whimsical first part of ''The Memory of Sky'' when Diamond is a child gives way to the darker second and even darker third part when Diamond is an adult. In an interview, Reed stated that the first part was originally conceived as a sort of [[YoungAdultLiterature young adult novel]] before being reworked.
8th Apr '15 11:29:14 PM chochlik
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* PlanetSpaceship: The Great Ship itself is larger than Jupiter. The interior of the ship has [[StarshipLuxurious hundreds of thousands of enormous caverns which are inhabited by the passengers]]. The ship has fourteen adjustable fusion engines on one end, each of which is large enough to fit several dozen Earth-sized planets within their nozzles.

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* PlanetSpaceship: The Great Ship itself is larger than Jupiter. The interior of the ship has [[StarshipLuxurious hundreds of thousands of enormous caverns which are inhabited by the passengers]]. The ship has fourteen moon-sized adjustable fusion engines on one end, each of which is large enough to fit several dozen Earth-sized planets within their nozzles.end.
31st Jan '15 11:05:13 AM Colin_Fredericks
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In the distant future, an [[PlanetSpaceship enormous ship larger than many worlds]] is discovered streaking towards the Milky Way at a third the speed of light. The near-immortal, {{TransHuman}} descendants of humanity are the first set foot on the enormous ship, and the first to claim it. The ancient reactors are warmed up, and life is nurtured inside the millions of enormous caverns inside the ship's hull. A burst from the moon-sized engines catapults the ship around a brown dwarf, setting it into the galactic plain, where humanity sells berths on the Great Ship in exchange for worlds, information, and technology. The nearly indestructible hyperfiber hull makes the Great Ship NighInvulnerable, a very desirable feature to the nearly immortal, fantastically rich sentient entities in the galaxy, who desire something safer than a planet to reside on. Technology, colonization rights, pledges of assistance, and information is sold for the right to reside on the Ship.

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In the distant future, an [[PlanetSpaceship enormous ship larger than many worlds]] is discovered streaking towards the Milky Way at a third the speed of light. The near-immortal, {{TransHuman}} descendants of humanity are the first set foot on the enormous ship, and the first to claim it. The ancient reactors are warmed up, and life is nurtured inside the millions of enormous caverns inside the ship's hull. A burst from the moon-sized engines catapults the ship around a brown dwarf, setting it into the galactic plain, plane, where humanity sells berths on the Great Ship in exchange for worlds, information, and technology. The nearly indestructible hyperfiber hull makes the Great Ship NighInvulnerable, a very desirable feature to the nearly immortal, fantastically rich sentient entities in the galaxy, who desire something safer than a planet to reside on. Technology, colonization rights, pledges of assistance, and information is sold for the right to reside on the Ship.
25th Jan '15 7:30:10 PM Saber15
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* MeatMoss: Follownig the Polypond war, the Greatship is covered in a living sea.
25th Jan '15 7:18:31 PM Saber15
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* TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay: No known species have ventured (far) out of the Milky Way due to the lack of FasterThanLightTravel or communications despite almost every interstellar species having become nigh-immortal {{Trans Human}}s. The [[PlanetSpaceship Great Ship]] was discovered streaking towards the the Milky Way - at a significant fraction of the speed of light - from an almost completely empty section of the sky, and was completely covered in impact craters from a steady stream of collisions from its billion year long flight. However, at the climax of ''The Well of Stars'', it is [[spoiler: revealed that a ship has been chasing the Great Ship across the universe; when they seize control after the Polypond war, they activate the ship's [[ReactionlessDrive true engines]] and begin the flight back into intergalactic space with the ship's passengers still on board]]
25th Jan '15 7:14:16 PM Saber15
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The ''Great Ship'' universe is a [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly "hard" science fiction setting]], as it eschews FTL travel and many other staples of standard SpaceOpera

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The ''Great Ship'' universe is a [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness fairly "hard" "hard"]], MundaneDogmatic science fiction setting]], setting, as it eschews FTL travel and many other staples of standard SpaceOpera
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