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21st Sep '17 6:33:58 AM Silverblade2
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** In "Flatlander", Beowulf Shaeffer briefly meets a race car enthusiast who {{cosplay}}s as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. (ImpossiblyCoolClothes and BodyPaint are fashionable on Earth.) The same story also references Oliver Wendell Holmes' "One-Hoss Shay" ("all at once and nothing first").

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** In "Flatlander", Beowulf Shaeffer briefly meets a race car enthusiast who {{cosplay}}s as SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.ComicBook/TheJoker. (ImpossiblyCoolClothes and BodyPaint are fashionable on Earth.) The same story also references Oliver Wendell Holmes' "One-Hoss Shay" ("all at once and nothing first").
2nd Sep '17 6:30:20 PM SuddenFrost
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** Humans from Earth, AKA "Flatlanders" have so little survival instinct the only reason they haven't gone extinct is because Earth itself is all but wrapped in rubber foam and its ecosystem has been scrubbed of every threat right down to the common cold. The richest flatlander alive goes on a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatlander_%28short_story%29 joyride]] to an unknown world simply because it's "distinctive", refuses to pay to learn exactly ''why'' it's "distinctive", and once in orbit, the MadeOfIndestructium General Products hull of his space yacht disintegrates. ''He still wants to land and look around.'' Rich boy's friend Beowulf Shaeffer puts his foot down, says, "We have no hull" and turns the boat around. [[spoiler:Turns out the planet is made of '''{{antimatter}}'''.]]* TooManyHalves: From ''Destiny's Forge'':

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** Humans from Earth, AKA "Flatlanders" have so little survival instinct the only reason they haven't gone extinct is because Earth itself is all but wrapped in rubber foam and its ecosystem has been scrubbed of every threat right down to the common cold. The richest flatlander alive goes on a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatlander_%28short_story%29 joyride]] to an unknown world simply because it's "distinctive", refuses to pay to learn exactly ''why'' it's "distinctive", and once in orbit, the MadeOfIndestructium General Products hull of his space yacht disintegrates. ''He still wants to land and look around.'' Rich boy's friend Beowulf Shaeffer puts his foot down, says, "We have no hull" and turns the boat around. [[spoiler:Turns out the planet is made of '''{{antimatter}}'''.]]* ]]
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TooManyHalves: From ''Destiny's Forge'':
2nd Sep '17 6:28:38 PM SuddenFrost
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** In ''Destiny's Forge'', Pouncer's mother was named [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries M'Ress]], and his mate is named [[Creator/CordwainerSmith C'Mell]].

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** In ''Destiny's Forge'', Pouncer's mother was named [[WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries M'Ress]], and his mate is named [[Creator/CordwainerSmith C'Mell]]. The name of the reputation-based currency used on Kzinhome, ''strakh'', comes from Creator/JackVance's short story "The Moon Moth". Also see WholePlotReference below.



* TooManyHalves: From ''Destiny's Forge'':
-->'''[[ColonelBadass Tskombe]]''': Half a sense of adventure, half a sense of duty, half no better plan for my life.
-->'''[[LadyOfWar Cherenkova]]''': That's three halves.
-->'''Tskombe''': If I was smart enough to do math I wouldn't be in the infantry.
* ToServeMan: Kzinti have hunted and eaten humans on colony worlds they conquered during the Man-Kzin wars.
** It's illegal (at least in Human-controlled space) for replicators to make human blood for food purposes, but they're ''capable'' of it.



** Humans from Earth, AKA "Flatlanders" have so little survival instinct the only reason they haven't gone extinct is because Earth itself is all but wrapped in rubber foam and its ecosystem has been scrubbed of every threat right down to the common cold. The richest flatlander alive goes on a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatlander_%28short_story%29 joyride]] to an unknown world simply because it's "distinctive", refuses to pay to learn exactly ''why'' it's "distinctive", and once in orbit, the MadeOfIndestructium General Products hull of his space yacht disintegrates. ''He still wants to land and look around.'' Rich boy's friend Beowulf Shaeffer puts his food down, says, "We have no hull" and turns the boat around. [[spoiler:Turns out the planet is made of '''{{antimatter}}'''.]]

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** Humans from Earth, AKA "Flatlanders" have so little survival instinct the only reason they haven't gone extinct is because Earth itself is all but wrapped in rubber foam and its ecosystem has been scrubbed of every threat right down to the common cold. The richest flatlander alive goes on a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flatlander_%28short_story%29 joyride]] to an unknown world simply because it's "distinctive", refuses to pay to learn exactly ''why'' it's "distinctive", and once in orbit, the MadeOfIndestructium General Products hull of his space yacht disintegrates. ''He still wants to land and look around.'' Rich boy's friend Beowulf Shaeffer puts his food foot down, says, "We have no hull" and turns the boat around. [[spoiler:Turns out the planet is made of '''{{antimatter}}'''.]]]]* TooManyHalves: From ''Destiny's Forge'':
-->'''[[ColonelBadass Tskombe]]''': Half a sense of adventure, half a sense of duty, half no better plan for my life.
-->'''[[LadyOfWar Cherenkova]]''': That's three halves.
-->'''Tskombe''': If I was smart enough to do math I wouldn't be in the infantry.
* ToServeMan: Kzinti have hunted and eaten humans on colony worlds they conquered during the Man-Kzin wars.
** It's illegal (at least in Human-controlled space) for replicators to make human blood for food purposes, but they're ''capable'' of it.
31st Aug '17 5:58:29 AM Doug86
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* BornLucky: The Pierson's Puppeteers manipulated human fertility laws to produce lucky humans. In ''{{Ringworld}}'', Teela Brown is the most obvious product. By ''Safe At Any Speed'' (chronologically the last KnownSpace story), the "Teela gene" has spread to the entire human species.

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* BornLucky: The Pierson's Puppeteers manipulated human fertility laws to produce lucky humans. In ''{{Ringworld}}'', Teela Brown is the most obvious product. By ''Safe At Any Speed'' (chronologically the last KnownSpace Known Space story), the "Teela gene" has spread to the entire human species.



** Niven codified the Rules of Laser Combat in the KnownSpace series:

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** Niven codified the Rules of Laser Combat in the KnownSpace Known Space series:



* OrganTheft: This trope originated with KnownSpace.

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* OrganTheft: This trope originated with KnownSpace.Known Space.
25th Jul '17 7:45:20 PM Kalaong
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*** For an example of Tnuctipun thinking, consider the Bandersnatch: when the Tnuctipun designed an artificial lifeform as a food source, they ''deliberately made them sentient.''

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*** For an One particularly Bastardly example of Tnuctipun thinking, consider thinking was the Bandersnatch: when Bandersnatchi; an engineered life form that turned yeast into an irresistible food source for Thrintun. Specifically, the part of "whitefoods" that Thrintun found irresistible were their ''brains'', which meant they let the Tnuctipun designed an artificial lifeform engineer that organ to be as a food source, they ''deliberately made large as possible - thereby making them sentient.''''sentient'', enabling them to act as spies.
14th Jul '17 2:19:23 PM bfunc
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* WarriorPoet: The Kdatlyno are an entire ''race'' of [[WarriorPoet Warrior Poets]].

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* WarriorPoet: The Kdatlyno are an entire ''race'' of [[WarriorPoet Warrior Poets]]. At least one of them is also very good at sculpture; a museum on Jinx has several of his sculptures, which are designed to be ''felt'' (well, sensed with radar, but humans don't have that sense, so...). A Puppeteer suggests a human try licking them, as his tongue is probably more sensitive than his fingertips.
14th Jul '17 1:39:35 PM bfunc
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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!''' Even with This means that it's a drive that can you get you from any given human world to your choice of others in Known Space reactionless drives, that means in no more than eleven hours, but it takes around eight hours won't get you to go ''anywhere.''''any'' other world outside the system in less than ten.
14th Jul '17 1:19:02 PM bfunc
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: It occurs in Known Space, but is always [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in one way or another, usually because rather than English, it's Interworld. The sentiment is the same since humans developed Interworld, ensuring that humans have the easiest time pronouncing the language...

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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: It occurs in Known Space, but is always [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in one way or another, usually because rather than English, it's Interworld. The sentiment is the same since humans developed Interworld, ensuring Interworld. Speaker-To-Animals, a Kzin linguist, complains that humans Interworld isn't a very good name because nonhumans have the easiest time difficulty learning or pronouncing it.
** Kzin: humans won
the language...Man-Kzin wars, so they get to dictate what language is used for Earth-Kzin communications.
** Kdatlyno: were Kzinti slaves before being liberated by humans, so also didn't have a lot of leverage on the choice of language.
** Puppeteers: don't much care because they're master linguists and can pronounce ''anything'' (in stereo, if they want; their own language is generally described by humans as orchestral music).
** Outsiders: live in an environment that is pretty inhospitable to humans/kzinti/kdatlyno/puppeteers and vice versa, so there's not a lot of "small talk". For business dealings, they speak to humans (through a designated translator) in the humans' chosen language and (presumably) to other species in that species' own language.
** Pak: are virulently xenophobic and communicate with other species primarily through weapons.
** Grogs: are telepathic, so language isn't an issue; they'll pull it out of the brain of whomever they're communicating with as needed.
** Bandersnatchi: highly intelligent but can't speak at all, so pronunciation isn't an issue.
14th Jun '17 1:40:09 AM bfunc
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** In most of these cases they aren't ''completely'' alone, but Louis Wu introduced the concept of "sabbatical" ... when the pressures of social interaction start getting to you, you get in a spaceship and fly off by yourself until you can't stand the solitude any more. A lot of his friends later adopted the practice as well, but Louis is generally regarded as unusual because his are so much longer than typical.
14th Jun '17 1:06:23 AM bfunc
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*** For an example of Tnuctipun thinking, consider the Bandersnatch: when the Tnuctipun designed an artificial lifeform as a food source, they ''deliberately made them sentient.''
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