History Literature / HammersSlammers

7th Apr '18 7:07:28 PM Imen1990
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* StateSec: The Iron Guard is hinted to be this trope. Personally loyal to President-For–Life Van Vorn, the Guard were "political bullies" rather than actual soldiers.
18th Dec '17 8:46:01 PM Scifiwriterguy
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* BeamSpam: One of the staple weapons in the novels is the vehicle-mounted tribarrel, a weapon with three rotating barrels that shoots energy blasts (called "bolts") so fast that the bolts leaving the weapon appear to be a solid line - not individual bolts. The weapons scale up, too - his tanks in the series have both a tribarrel ''and'' a 20cm "main gun" that can literally cook mountainsides with one shot. The tribarrel is based on a cross between the real-life MG42 machine gun and the Gatling gun, both of which have beam-spam-class rates of fire.

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* BeamSpam: One of the staple weapons in the novels is the vehicle-mounted tribarrel, a weapon with three rotating barrels that shoots energy blasts (called "bolts") so fast that the bolts leaving the weapon appear to be a solid line - not individual bolts. The weapons scale up, too - his tanks in the series have both a tribarrel ''and'' a 20cm "main gun" that can literally cook mountainsides with one shot. The tribarrel is based on a cross between the real-life MG42 machine gun and GAU-19, a three-barreled Gatling-type weapon firing .50 BMG rounds, an evolution of the Gatling gun, both of which have beam-spam-class rates of fire.weapons used during Drake's service in Vietnam.



* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons. Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor-piercing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets are "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy".

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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Averted, mostly. Powerguns (a form of energy beam weapon) are by far the most common high tech weapons. weapons, even if they do have some substantial shortcomings.[[note]]Limited firing duration due to heat buildup, high risk of vision damage without protection, and the reality that the plasma bolts "liberate their entire energy on the first object they touch," meaning that they're "just as likely to vaporize a leaf as an enemy." (Per description in ''Rolling Hot'')[[/note]] Some armies use railgun rifles instead of powerguns because they have better armor-piercing capabilities. However, railguns don't [[{{BFG}} scale up like powerguns do]], are no cheaper since, while their workings are much simpler, their barrels have to be [[BlingBlingBang made from diamond]], and are energy-intensive. [[FrickinLaserBeams Lasers]] are a no-go because they require a 400-lbs. fusion reactor to reach killing power, and explosive bullets are "just as likely bullets, while effective, must contend with the generally high level of armor used by vehicles and infantry alike. (Slammer armor is shown on more than one occasion to vaporize a leaf as an enemy".defeat high caliber and explosive projectiles, and even indirect EFP damage.)
6th Aug '17 5:52:51 PM megarotic
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* ReadTheFinePrint: This point is lampshaded several times. Mercenary contracts are organized and guaranteed by the Terran Bonding Authority, to ensure that both parties live up to their end of the deal. Mercs who go rogue can expect to be hunted down and killed (SEE: the novella ''Hangman''); clients who don't pay will be lucky if they are "only" abandoned (and not targeted) by their former employees (SEE: ''Paying the Piper'').

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* ReadTheFinePrint: This point is lampshaded several times. Mercenary contracts are organized and guaranteed by the Terran Bonding Authority, to ensure that both parties live up to their end of the deal. Mercs who go rogue can expect to be hunted down and killed (SEE: the novella short story ''Hangman''); clients who don't pay will be lucky if they are "only" abandoned (and not targeted) by their former employees (SEE: ''Paying the Piper'').
16th Jul '17 4:06:37 PM megarotic
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* ReadTheFinePrint: This point is lampshaded several times. Mercenary contracts are organized and guaranteed by the Terran Bonding Authority, to ensure that both parties live up to their end of the deal. Mercs who go rogue can expect to be hunted down and killed (SEE: the novella ''Hangman''); clients who don't pay will be lucky if they are "only" abandoned (and not targeted) by their former employees (SEE: ''Paying the Piper'').
22nd Apr '17 8:28:30 AM zarpaulus
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* SuicideByAssassin: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler: Joachim Steuben]] hired the sniper that killed him in "A Death In Peacetime."
27th Jan '17 1:02:04 PM StarSword
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* FantasticRacism: An interesting {{inversion}}: racism in the Slammerverse has actually gone ''backwards'' from skin color (20th century racism) to national origin (19th century racism), making white-on-white racism as likely as the other kinds. The Slammers, for example, are of Dutch descent, and in one of the early stories they get involved in a civil war between Dutch and French colonists.
9th Jan '17 2:48:23 PM dvorak
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* TeleportationSickness: Invoked. FTL induces cluster headaches because the human mind cannot fathom going so fast.
3rd Jan '17 12:34:29 PM dvorak
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* HandCannon: Pistols have 2 centimeter bores. This works out to having a 20 millimeter pistol. 20mm and up are ''grenade calibers''. Justified in that they're shooting the "powergun" energy beams, so there's no bullet and significantly less recoil than the barrel diameter would indicate for a typical firearm.
30th Nov '16 8:24:13 PM LexiDizzle
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** Appropriate considering the same description applies to [[NamedAfterSomebodyFamous Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben]], the badass Prussian drillmaster of the Continental Army during the American Revolution who is thought to have been gay.
25th Nov '16 1:12:57 AM PaulA
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In this particular story, the interrogated person comes from a heavily defended town, [[spoiler: a "red-pill target"]]. When the authorization [[spoiler: to nuke the town]] is given, the interrogator shares one last vision with the interrogated person - as he envisions [[spoiler: his baby girl's eyeballs melted by the nuclear blast]]. Both the interrogator and the interrogated individual were disconnected from the machine when it happened. DavidDrake does not write ''nice'' stories - perhaps because he WAS a interrogator assigned to the 11th Cavalry during Vietnam.

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In this particular story, the interrogated person comes from a heavily defended town, [[spoiler: a "red-pill target"]]. When the authorization [[spoiler: to nuke the town]] is given, the interrogator shares one last vision with the interrogated person - as he envisions [[spoiler: his baby girl's eyeballs melted by the nuclear blast]]. Both the interrogator and the interrogated individual were disconnected from the machine when it happened. DavidDrake David Drake does not write ''nice'' stories - perhaps because he WAS a interrogator assigned to the 11th Cavalry during Vietnam.
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