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29th Apr '16 1:42:33 PM SqualidSalamandrine
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The ''Helliconia'' Trilogy, by Creator/BrianAldiss, is an epic sci-fi series that follows the lives of the HumanAliens that live on the titular planet. The trilogy's timeline stretches thousands of years, following certain influential characters as civilizations rise and fall. Set in a [[BinarySuns binary star system]], Helliconia has "years" of two different lengths. The "Small Year", about 480 days, is how long it takes for Helliconia to orbit its main star Batalix. The "Great Year", in which Helliconia and Batalix both orbit the much larger star Freyr, is over 1,800 Small Years.

Helliconia spends most of the Great Year as an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice planet]], as Batalix is much dimmer than Earth's sun[[note]]or, more accurately, Helliconia is farther from Batalix than Earth is from our sun[[/note]] and its highly eliptical orbit means that Freyr is too distant to provide any warmth. As the Great Year proceeds, though, the much larger and brighter Freyr comes into play, causing gradual but severe climactic changes. As such, Helliconia goes though extended "seasons" lasting centuries.

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The ''Helliconia'' Trilogy, by Creator/BrianAldiss, is an epic sci-fi series that follows the lives of the HumanAliens that live on the titular planet. The trilogy's timeline stretches thousands of a thousand years, following certain influential characters as civilizations rise and fall. Set in a [[BinarySuns binary star system]], Helliconia has "years" of two different lengths. The "Small Year", about 480 days, is how long it takes for Helliconia to orbit its main star Batalix. The "Great Year", in which Helliconia and Batalix both orbit the much larger star Freyr, is over 1,800 Small Years.

Helliconia spends most about half of the Great Year as an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice planet]], as Batalix is much dimmer than Earth's sun[[note]]or, more accurately, Helliconia is farther from Batalix than Earth is from our sun[[/note]] and its highly eliptical orbit means that Freyr is too distant to provide any warmth. As the Great Year proceeds, though, the much larger and brighter Freyr comes into play, causing gradual but severe climactic changes. As such, Helliconia goes though extended "seasons" lasting centuries.



* AlternativeCalendar: The world has 480 days, so the calendar is unsurprisingly different: The year has ten tenners (not months, since the planet lacks a moon), with six weeks of eight days. In summer, the day has 25 hours, each hour has 40 minutes and each minute 100 seconds. Quite metric. The digital watch shows three different times. In one time, the minute seems to have at least 80 seconds - but the other two don't.

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* AlternativeCalendar: The world has 480 days, so the calendar is unsurprisingly different: The year has ten tenners (not months, since the planet lacks a moon), with six weeks of eight days. In summer, the The day has 25 hours, each hour has 40 minutes and each minute 100 seconds. Quite metric. The digital watch shows three different times. In one time, the minute seems to have at least 80 seconds - but the other two don't.



** The Hoxneys, resembling zebras or horses, start life as crystalline beings.

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** The Hoxneys, resembling zebras or horses, start life hibernate in the long winter as crystalline beings.



* EndlessWinter: The Trilogy, set on the planet of the same name, involves a world in a highly elliptical orbit around its sun. Its summers last decades, but its winter lasts for ''over a thousand years''. [[spoiler:It's so severe that it acts as a de facto ResetButton on the civilization of the planet.]]

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* EndlessWinter: The Trilogy, set on the planet of the same name, involves a world in a highly elliptical orbit around its sun. Its summers last decades, centuries, but its winter lasts for ''over a thousand years''. [[spoiler:It's so severe that it acts as a de facto ResetButton on the civilization of the planet.]]



* HumanSubspecies: Several. Tend to be [[ButtMonkey treated horrible by both humans and phagors]]. One example is the "Maqi", hobbit-like creatures with 8 fingers on each hand and "keen eyesight" -- they're most commonly depicted as slaves.

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* HumanSubspecies: Several. Tend to be [[ButtMonkey treated horrible by both humans and phagors]]. One example is the "Maqi", "Madi", hobbit-like creatures with 8 fingers on each hand and "keen eyesight" -- they're most commonly depicted as slaves.



* LostTechnology: Due to the cyclical nature of civilization, the humans of Helliconia, despite starting at a near-stone age level, possess numerous devices that are much more advanced than they are capable of manufacturing, such as fine clocks or telescopes.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The human "gossies" and "fessups"; ancestral spirits seemingly able to be contacted by entering a trance. Despite this one possibly supernatural element, the rest of the series is firmly in the "mundane" category.

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* LostTechnology: Due to the cyclical nature of civilization, the humans of Helliconia, despite starting in some cases at a near-stone age level, possess numerous devices that are much more advanced than they are capable of manufacturing, such as fine clocks or telescopes.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The human "gossies" and "fessups"; ancestral spirits seemingly able to be contacted by entering a trance. The Earth humans using long distance empathy on Helliconia. Despite this one these two possibly supernatural element, elements, the rest of the series is firmly in the "mundane" category.



* ThePlague: Strikes cyclically, twice every Great Year (early in the spring and then in late fall). The first, "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Bone Fever]]", kills half of who it afflicts, and those that survive lose at least a third of their body weight (and keep it off, as anorexia is a permanent side-effect). The second is correspondingly called "The Fat Death", which makes you gorge on anything edible, including your fellow persons.

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* ThePlague: Strikes cyclically, twice every Great Year (early in the spring and then in late fall). The first, "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Bone Fever]]", kills half of who it afflicts, and those that survive lose at least a third of their body weight (and keep it off, as anorexia is a permanent side-effect). The second is correspondingly called "The Fat Death", which makes you gorge on anything edible, including your fellow persons.persons, again killing about half of its victims.



* ProlongedPrologue: In the first novel, the lengthy opening details the life and times of Yuli, a man who goes on to found the village where the plot takes place. The plot itself actually starts hundreds of years afterward, and has nothing to do with Yuli.

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* ProlongedPrologue: In the first novel, the lengthy opening details the life and times of Yuli, a man who goes on to found the village where the plot takes place. The plot itself actually starts hundreds of years 5 generations afterward, and has nothing to do with Yuli.
10th Aug '13 5:27:55 AM Viira
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Helliconia spends most of the Great Year as an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice planet]], as Batalix is much dimmer than Earth's sun[[hottip:*:or, more accurately, Helliconia is farther from Batalix than Earth is from our sun]] and its highly eliptical orbit means that Freyr is too distant to provide any warmth. As the Great Year proceeds, though, the much larger and brighter Freyr comes into play, causing gradual but severe climactic changes. As such, Helliconia goes though extended "seasons" lasting centuries.

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Helliconia spends most of the Great Year as an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice planet]], as Batalix is much dimmer than Earth's sun[[hottip:*:or, sun[[note]]or, more accurately, Helliconia is farther from Batalix than Earth is from our sun]] sun[[/note]] and its highly eliptical orbit means that Freyr is too distant to provide any warmth. As the Great Year proceeds, though, the much larger and brighter Freyr comes into play, causing gradual but severe climactic changes. As such, Helliconia goes though extended "seasons" lasting centuries.
23rd May '13 7:14:53 AM morenohijazo
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* EndlessWinter: The Trilogy, set on the planet of the same name, involves a world in a highly elliptical orbit around its sun. Its summers last decades, but its winter lasts for ''over a thousand years''. [[spoiler:It's so severe that it acts as a de facto ResetButton on the civilization of the planet.]]
30th Apr '13 10:13:22 AM Shnakepup
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The ''Helliconia'' Trilogy, by Creator/BrianAldiss, is an epic sci-fi series that follows the lives of the HumanAliens that live on the titular planet. The trilogy's timeline stretches thousands of years, following certain influential characters as civilizations rise and fall.

Set in a [[BinarySuns binary star system]], Helliconia has "years" of two different lengths. The "Small Year", about 480 days, is how long it takes for Helliconia to orbit its main star Batalix. The "Great Year", in which Helliconia and Batalix both orbit the much larger star Freyr, is over 1,800 Small Years.

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The ''Helliconia'' Trilogy, by Creator/BrianAldiss, is an epic sci-fi series that follows the lives of the HumanAliens that live on the titular planet. The trilogy's timeline stretches thousands of years, following certain influential characters as civilizations rise and fall.

fall. Set in a [[BinarySuns binary star system]], Helliconia has "years" of two different lengths. The "Small Year", about 480 days, is how long it takes for Helliconia to orbit its main star Batalix. The "Great Year", in which Helliconia and Batalix both orbit the much larger star Freyr, is over 1,800 Small Years.
30th Apr '13 10:12:55 AM Shnakepup
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* EndlessWinter: Helliconia has a highly elliptical orbit around its sun. Its summers last decades, but its winter lasts for ''over a thousand years''. [[spoiler:It's so severe that it acts as a de facto ResetButton on the civilization of the planet.]]
29th Apr '13 11:29:13 AM GilvaLepista
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* EndlessWinter: Helliconia has a highly elliptical orbit around its sun. Its summers last decades, but its winter lasts for ''over a thousand years''. [[spoiler:It's so severe that it acts as a de facto ResetButton on the civilization of the planet.]]
2nd Mar '13 9:28:04 AM MaxSinister
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* AlternativeCalendar: The world has 480 days, so the calendar is unsurprisingly different: The year has ten tenners (not months, since the planet lacks a moon), with six weeks of eight days. In summer, the day has 25 hours, each hour has 40 minutes and each minute 100 seconds. Quite metric. The digital watch shows three different times. In one time, the minute seems to have at least 80 seconds - but the other two don't.


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* SmallSecludedWorld: Some maggots are mentioned which live in nuts, and people in-story think that the maggots must be very surprised when someone eats the nut, and the maggots suddenly realize (if they could think) that the world is much bigger than they thought. Yuli, protagonist of the prologue, compares his companions who spent their whole life in a cave to the maggots.
* WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture: Summer has WikiWord names. The story is set in Earth's future, although the cultures on Helliconia have only reached the equivalent of Renaissance.
24th Jan '13 11:35:16 AM Xtifr
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The ''Helliconia'' Trilogy, by Brian Aldiss, is an epic sci-fi series that follows the lives of the HumanAliens that live on the titular planet. The trilogy's timeline stretches thousands of years, following certain influential characters as civilizations rise and fall.

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The ''Helliconia'' Trilogy, by Brian Aldiss, Creator/BrianAldiss, is an epic sci-fi series that follows the lives of the HumanAliens that live on the titular planet. The trilogy's timeline stretches thousands of years, following certain influential characters as civilizations rise and fall.
7th Sep '12 6:35:10 AM Shnakepup
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** The Phagors have inverted organs; their intestines are above their lungs, among having yellow blood.

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** The Phagors have inverted organs; their intestines are above their lungs, among having lungs. They also have yellow blood.
7th Sep '12 6:34:00 AM Shnakepup
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Helliconia spends most of the Great Year as an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice planet]], as Batalix is much dimmer than Earth's sun[[hottip:*:or, more accurately, Helliconia is farther from Batalix than Earth is from our sun]] and its highly eliptical orbit means that Freyr is too distant to provide any warmth. As the Great Year proceeds, though, the much larger and brighter Freyr comes into play, causing gradual but severe climactic changes. As such, Helliconia goes though extended "seasons" that lasting centuries.

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Helliconia spends most of the Great Year as an [[SingleBiomePlanet ice planet]], as Batalix is much dimmer than Earth's sun[[hottip:*:or, more accurately, Helliconia is farther from Batalix than Earth is from our sun]] and its highly eliptical orbit means that Freyr is too distant to provide any warmth. As the Great Year proceeds, though, the much larger and brighter Freyr comes into play, causing gradual but severe climactic changes. As such, Helliconia goes though extended "seasons" that lasting centuries.
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