History Literature / HouseOfSuns

1st Nov '15 6:27:28 PM ZerroDefex
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* BabyPlanet: The planetoid where Abigail Gentian was raised.
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* BabyPlanet: The planetoid where Abigail Gentian was raised. While it does not appear to host an atmosphere it does have much stronger gravity than it should.
1st Nov '15 6:26:30 PM ZerroDefex
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* BabyPlanet: The planetoid where Abigail Gentian was raised.
28th Apr '15 1:56:13 PM Shnakepup
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Except the Lines. Individually known as "shatterlings", the Gentian Line is composed of [[DwindlingParty slightly under]] [[SendInTheClones a thousand clones]] made from a woman who lived in the 31st century. They individually [[WalkingTheEarth roam the galaxy]], flitting from star to star at near the speed of light, skipping over the ages via {{time dilation}}. Their purpose is the explore and catalogue civilizations. Every quarter million years they all come together to share their experiences and combine their knowledge. They've existed for the past six million years, witness to the constant grind of civilization.
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Except the Lines. Individually known as "shatterlings", the Gentian Line is composed of [[DwindlingParty slightly under]] [[SendInTheClones a thousand clones]] made from a woman who lived in the 31st century. They individually [[WalkingTheEarth roam the galaxy]], flitting traveling from star to star at near the speed of light, skipping over the ages via {{time dilation}}. Their purpose is the explore and catalogue civilizations. Every quarter million years they all come together to share their experiences and combine their knowledge. They've existed for the past six million years, witness to the constant grind of civilization.
22nd Oct '14 1:16:13 AM Sydney2013
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* OurGiantsAreBigger: Curators of the Vigilance
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* OurGiantsAreBigger: Curators of the VigilanceVigilance, who can grow to be as large as ''starships''.

* ReactionlessDrive * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld : The Shatterlings are about 6.4 '''million''' years old, though "only" a couple hundred thousand of those are spent awake.
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* ReactionlessDrive ReactionlessDrive: The starships in this setting use "pseudo-thrust" to attain near-light speeds. * ReallySevenHundredYearsOld : ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Shatterlings are about 6.4 '''million''' years old, though "only" a couple hundred thousand of those are spent awake.
22nd Oct '14 1:11:43 AM Sydney2013
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* BigDumbObject: The Vigilance.
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* BigDumbObject: The Vigilance.Vigilance, a massive Dyson swarm which archives all human knowledge. May qualify as a Big ''Smart'' Object.
28th Jan '14 10:21:46 AM ilyatay
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* OurGiantsAreBigger: Curators of the Vigilance
30th Jul '13 4:52:50 PM Sheora
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''House of Suns'' is a novel by Welsh Sci-fi author AlastairReynolds, set in [[BroadStrokes more or less]] the same universe as the novella [[http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/fall-2008/audio-thousandth-night-by-alastair-reynolds/ Thousandth Night]].
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''House of Suns'' is a novel by Welsh Sci-fi author AlastairReynolds, Creator/AlastairReynolds, set in [[BroadStrokes more or less]] the same universe as the novella [[http://subterraneanpress.com/index.php/magazine/fall-2008/audio-thousandth-night-by-alastair-reynolds/ Thousandth Night]].
14th Jun '13 6:26:34 AM Shnakepup
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Reworded and pared down
Six million years in the future, the entire galaxy is a UsedFuture. Tens of thousands of human civilizations have risen and fallen; the galaxy's been united under a single banner [[EternalRecurrence too many times to count]]. In the face of deep time, each galactic federation always falls. No one group endures. Except the Lines. Individually known as "shatterlings", the Gentian Line is composed of [[DwindlingParty slightly under]] [[SendInTheClones a thousand clones]] made from a woman who lived in the 31st century. They individually [[WalkingTheEarth roam the galaxy]], flitting from star to star near the speed of light, skipping over the ages via {{time dilation}}. Their purpose is the explore and catalogue civilizations, and every 250,000 years or so they all come together once again to share their experiences and coalesce their knowledge. They've existed for the past six million years, witness to the constant grind of civilization. Campion and Purslane are two shatterlings who're running late to the most recent Line reunion, having been delayed by an unwanted and dour guest. On top of this, they've been secretly commiting the crime of being monogamous [[ScrewYourself lovers]] (against the Line's traditional panamory) and traveling together (frowned on as against the "spirit of chance and adventure" in taking unique paths), and they need to edit their travelogues before they get to the Line reunion. As they rush to drop their guest off with the mysterious "Vigilance" civilization, they are sidetracked by a shady ship-dealer who attempts to kidnap them and dissemble their ship for parts. They manage to outwit him and in the process rescue an amnesiac android named Hesperus, a member of the relatively long-lived and advanced [[MechanicalLifeforms Machine People]]. Returning him to his people would put the Gentian Line on very good terms with them, so Campion and Purslane see him as a scapegoat they can use as an excuse for their lateness to the Reunion. After all, how can you punish tardiness when they've brough such an eminent guest? Things aren't quite what they seem, however. Hesperus is discovered to have a [[UnroboticReveal human arm]] underneath his metal exterior, a fact that even he can't explain due to his amnesia. And their passenger, Dr. Meninnx, mysteriously dies during their journey to the reunion. But the worst of all is when they get to the Reunion planet... and find it utterly wiped out. Someone is attempting to wipe out the line. Someone who has intimate knowledge of the Line's secrets, and due to the sheer timescales involved, must keep a ''very'' long grudge.
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Six million years in the future, the entire galaxy is a UsedFuture. Tens of thousands of human civilizations have risen and fallen; the fallen. The galaxy's been united under a single banner [[EternalRecurrence too many times to count]]. In the face of deep time, each galactic federation always falls. No one group endures. endures. Except the Lines. Lines. Individually known as "shatterlings", the Gentian Line is composed of [[DwindlingParty slightly under]] [[SendInTheClones a thousand clones]] made from a woman who lived in the 31st century. They individually [[WalkingTheEarth roam the galaxy]], flitting from star to star at near the speed of light, skipping over the ages via {{time dilation}}. Their purpose is the explore and catalogue civilizations, and every 250,000 civilizations. Every quarter million years or so they all come together once again to share their experiences and coalesce combine their knowledge. They've existed for the past six million years, witness to the constant grind of civilization. Campion and Purslane are two shatterlings who're who are running late to the most recent Line reunion, having been delayed by an unwanted and dour guest. On top for a variety of this, they've been secretly commiting the crime of being monogamous [[ScrewYourself lovers]] (against the Line's traditional panamory) and traveling together (frowned on as against the "spirit of chance and adventure" in taking unique paths), and they need to edit reasons. Fortunately, during their travelogues before travels, they get to the Line reunion. As they rush to drop their guest off with the mysterious "Vigilance" civilization, they are sidetracked by a shady ship-dealer who attempts to kidnap them and dissemble their ship for parts. They manage to outwit him and in the process rescue an amnesiac android named Hesperus, a member of Hesperus. Returning him to the relatively long-lived and advanced [[MechanicalLifeforms Machine People]]. Returning him to his people People]], a society of advanced robots, would put the Gentian Line on very good terms with them, so Campion and Purslane see him as a scapegoat they can use as an figure that will excuse them for their lateness to the Reunion. After all, how can you punish tardiness when they've brough such an eminent guest? Reunion. Things aren't quite what they seem, however.seem. Hesperus is discovered to have a [[UnroboticReveal human arm]] underneath his metal exterior, a fact that even he can't explain due to his amnesia. And their passenger, Dr. Meninnx, another guest of theirs mysteriously dies during their the journey to the reunion. But the worst of all is that when they get to the Reunion planet... and planet, they find it utterly wiped out. Someone out. Turns out, someone is attempting to wipe out the line. Line. Someone who has intimate knowledge of the Line's secrets, and due to the sheer timescales involved, must keep who keeps a ''very'' long grudge. grudge.

* AIIsACrapshoot: Subverted: [[spoiler:In the past, a robot culture emerged. Humanity, fearing this trope, created a virus which was designed to only kill the robots on command, not before. The virus malfunctioned, though, and the result was genocide. The eponymous House of Suns erased this event from history and work to keep it under wraps.]]
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Subverted: [[spoiler:In the past, a robot culture emerged. Humanity, fearing this trope, created a virus which was designed to only kill infected all the robots on command, not before. with a kill-switch, to be used only in case humanity felt it needed to be. The virus malfunctioned, though, malfunctioned and the result was activated anyway, initiating a genocide. The eponymous House of Suns erased this all references to the event from history and work maintain a conspiracy to keep it under wraps.that way.]]

* BodyHorror: The far-future torture technique called 'sectioning'.
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* BodyHorror: The far-future torture technique called 'sectioning'."sectioning", in which the victim is gradually cut into smaller and smaller pieces while being kept alive (with advanced technology).
14th Jun '13 2:41:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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* HumansAreBastards: [[spoiler:The Lines come into contact with a curious, benign robotic civilization spawned from human technology. The Lines develop a virus to disable the robots if they pose a threat to human civilization, triggered remotely.]] Except, [[spoiler: The virus suddenly goes off and begins wiping out the civilization, and the Lines desperately cover it up by ignoring the robots, and then cover it up, by wiping out entire human civilizations and indvidual Lines.]]
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* HumansAreBastards: HumansAreTheRealMonsters: [[spoiler:The Lines come into contact with a curious, benign robotic civilization spawned from human technology. The Lines develop a virus to disable the robots if they pose a threat to human civilization, triggered remotely.]] Except, [[spoiler: The virus suddenly goes off and begins wiping out the civilization, and the Lines desperately cover it up by ignoring the robots, and then cover it up, by wiping out entire human civilizations and indvidual Lines.]]
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