History Literature / KnownSpace

23rd Aug '16 6:23:27 PM zarpaulus
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* HumanityCameFromSpace: Or at least, ''Homo habilis'' did, in the form of Pak breeders.
20th Aug '16 9:04:55 AM ZarbiNerada
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** The Pak colonist protectors have a MassOhCrap when tree-of-life doesn't grow right in the oolony.

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** The Pak colonist protectors have a MassOhCrap when tree-of-life doesn't grow right in the oolony.colony.
20th Aug '16 8:57:07 AM ZarbiNerada
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** Phssthpok has another one when he catches engine problems with just enough time to stop the ship exploding.

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** Phssthpok has another one when he catches engine problems with problems--and just barely has enough time to stop the ship exploding.



** Jack Brennan and Einar Nillson have OhCrap moments when they realize they have this overwhelming urge to eat this alien root.

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** Jack Brennan and Einar Nillson have OhCrap moments when they realize they have this overwhelming urge to eat this unknown alien root.
20th Aug '16 8:56:04 AM ZarbiNerada
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* OhCrap: The plot of ''Protector'' runs on these.
** The Pak colonist protectors have a MassOhCrap when tree-of-life doesn't grow right in the oolony.
** Phssthpok has an OhCrap when his native Valley of Pitchok is nuked and his life expectancy is now tied to that of his youngest granddaughter.
** The Pak protectors have a MassOhCrap when they realize [[spoiler:local space is becoming inhospitable]].
** Phssthpok has another one when he catches engine problems with just enough time to stop the ship exploding.
** Nick Sohl and Einar Nillson have one when they realize a local smuggler has taken it into his head to contact the Outsider himself.
** Jack Brennan and Einar Nillson have OhCrap moments when they realize they have this overwhelming urge to eat this alien root.
** Alice Jordan and Nate La Pan have OhCrap moments with [[spoiler:Nillson's ever-worsening condition and ultimate death]].
** Brennan has one when he realizes what Phssthpok will do if he realizes humanity lacks the Pak's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
** Brennan has one years later when he realizes [[spoiler:the Pak have evacuated their homeworld and are coming here]].
** Truesdale has one when he realizes just what [[AntiHero Brennan's]] [[NecessarilyEvil plan]] for [[spoiler:the people of Home]] is.
** [[spoiler:The people of Home]] have a MassOhCrap when they realize that [[spoiler:whatever this new virus is, it's spreading itself intelligently]].
12th Aug '16 1:07:14 AM SuddenFrost
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* CursedWithAwesome: Becoming a protector gives one [[SuperStrength superhuman strength]] and [[LightningBruiser reflexes]], [[SuperToughness skin like leather armor]] and an [[MyBrainIsBig enlarged brain]] providing {{super intelligence}}, which means protectors have nearly perfect abilities to [[InstantExpert master any skill]], [[TheStrategist outwit any opponent]] and [[GadgeteerGenius reverse-engineer any technology]]. The downside is looking like a freak, [[CantHaveSexEver having no reproductive organs or ability to have sex]], and no free will: protectors are totally ruthless and xenophobic, and will cheerfully commit genocide against any species they consider to be a threat to their bloodline.

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* CursedWithAwesome: Becoming a protector gives one [[SuperStrength superhuman strength]] and [[LightningBruiser reflexes]], [[SuperToughness skin like leather armor]] and an [[MyBrainIsBig enlarged brain]] providing {{super intelligence}}, which means protectors have nearly perfect abilities to [[InstantExpert master any skill]], [[TheStrategist outwit any opponent]] and [[GadgeteerGenius reverse-engineer any technology]]. The downside is [[PowerUpgradingDeformation looking like a freak, freak]], [[CantHaveSexEver having no reproductive organs or ability to have sex]], and no free will: protectors are totally ruthless and xenophobic, and will cheerfully commit genocide against any species they consider to be a threat to their bloodline.
12th Jun '16 5:43:44 PM Pavlov
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* AutoKitchen: Usually produce bricks with different layers of "meat", "vegetable", and "fiber".

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* AutoKitchen: Usually Primitive versions usually produce bricks with different layers of "meat", "vegetable", and "fiber"."fiber". Later models produce a homogeneous blend out of any available plant tissue.
3rd Jun '16 2:08:21 PM Kalaong
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* TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay: Even with the Quantum II hyperdrive (which travels a light-year every 75 seconds), the Andromeda Galaxy is still centuries away.
** [[WritersCannotDoMath Which is odd]] because 1ly/75s is 420000 times the speed of light so it should take less than a decade. Yes, that's a long trip, but it's short compared to the travel times of the colony slowboats that founded the early human worlds. Possibly justified in that none of the intelligent species seems to be psychologically capable of remaining in hyperspace for long (more than perhaps a week) without periodically dropping out to reassure themselves the universe is still there,

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* TheMilkyWayIsTheOnlyWay: Even with the Quantum II hyperdrive (which travels a light-year every 75 seconds), seconds - ''420,000 times lightspeed'' - enough to get to another galaxy in a decade), the Andromeda Galaxy is still centuries away.
** [[WritersCannotDoMath Which is odd]]
away because 1ly/75s is 420000 times the speed of light so it should take less than a decade. Yes, that's a HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace - long trip, but it's short compared to the travel times of the colony slowboats that founded the early human worlds. Possibly justified in that none of the intelligent species seems to be psychologically capable of remaining in hyperspace journeys inflict psychological trauma on passengers, and the ship is instantly destroyed if it travels within several light hours of a star. Beowulf Shaeffer attempts to visit the galactic core and nearly has a stress-induced breakdown due to having to dodge stars non-stop for long (more than perhaps a week) without periodically dropping out to reassure themselves the universe is still there,hours on end.
3rd Jun '16 1:55:32 PM Kalaong
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## Most hyperdrives just need to be Neptune’s distance from a star to work - two light hours ; the Q-II needs to be ''five'' - ‘''Pluto’s!''' Even with Known Space reactionless drives, that means it takes around eight hours to go ''anywhere.''

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## Most hyperdrives just need to be Neptune’s distance from a star to work - two light hours ; the Q-II needs to be ''five'' - ‘''Pluto’s!''' '''Pluto’s!''' Even with Known Space reactionless drives, that means it takes around eight hours to go ''anywhere.''
3rd Jun '16 1:51:53 PM Kalaong
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A recurring and invoked theme: thanks at first to easy organ transplants and then boosterspice, many stories have people over a century old - think of your grandparents embarrassing attitudes towards class, gender and race, but with young, vital bodies. Thus, many people remember a time when criminals were rehabilitated instead of being made into transplant stock, when the slightest violent tendencies weren't considered mental illness, when history books weren't edited at the drop of a hat. Some have become calculatingly immoral, saying, "TheGovernment brainwashes and kills people whenever they feel like. What does morality even mean when every cop is a mental rapist and/or a murderer?"
** A creepy example is Gil Hamilton's girlfriend, a doctor who doesn't so much treat illnesses as replace failing organs - she's careful not to talk shop with Gil, as it reminds her that her transplant stock is not so much raw materials as parts of executed criminals or even seizures from their stockpiles of murder victims, making her more a Literature/{{Frankenstein}} then a healer.
3rd Jun '16 12:13:04 PM Kalaong
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** The Quantum II hyperdrive that the Puppeteers discover is AwesomeButImpractical: it's ''musixch'' faster (about 75 seconds per light year). Unfortunately, there are ‘’loads’’ of catches;

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** The Quantum II hyperdrive that the Puppeteers discover is AwesomeButImpractical: it's ''musixch'' ''much'' faster (about - about 75 seconds per light year). years. Unfortunately, there are ‘’loads’’ ''loads'' of catches;



## There’s no intermediate setting. With most hyperdrives, a pilot can leave the helm unattended for hours at a time. If he does so in a Q-II for more than two, he’s liable to crash into a star.

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## There’s no intermediate setting. With most hyperdrives, a pilot can leave the helm unattended for hours at a most of the time. If he one does so in a Q-II for more than two, he’s liable ''two minutes'', they’re almost certain to crash into a star.star. It doesn't have an on-off switch, it has a grip that has to be kept or the drive turns off.
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