History Literature / KnownSpace

19th Oct '17 12:35:33 PM Kalaong
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-->'''Chmeee:''' "With such a weapon, I could boil the Earth to vapor."
-->'''Luis Wu:''' "Shut up."
-->'''Chmeee:''' "It was a natural thought, Louis..."

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-->'''Chmeee:''' "With such a weapon, I could boil the Earth to vapor."
-->'''Luis
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'''Luis
Wu:''' "Shut up."
-->'''Chmeee:'''
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'''Chmeee:'''
"It was a natural thought, Louis..."



* LaResistance: A ZigZaggingTrope in "A Gift From Earth". On Plateau, the Crew rule and the Colonists serve. Any crime by a Colonist results in them being [[OrganTheft butchered for organ transplants]]. The Crew are opposed by a dissident organization calling themselves the "Sons of Earth". Pretty standard except [[spoiler: the zig; the Crew keep [[BigBrotherIsWatching close tabs]] on the organization, and whenever they need spare parts, they arrest and break up a few of them. They're ''husbanding them like cattle.'' And when they receive the titular "gift from earth" -- a series of medical breakthroughs that drastically reduce the need for transplants -- '''they kill every Son of Earth''', both because the Colonists would revolt if they thought the organ banks weren't needed any more yet were still being killed wholesale, and because they didn't need a steady supply of organs anymore. Then the zag; the last three rebels include a psychic assassin capable of [[PerceptionFilter vanishing from sight and memory]], so they win by default and force the Crew to abdicate]].



* LosingYourHead: Happens to Nessus the Puppeteer. Of course, as his brain isn't located in ''either'' of his heads, this isn't as drastic an injury for him as it would be for a human being.
** Hilariously lampshaded in Louis Wu's thoughts as he's using his belt to staunch the bleeding. "You put a tourniquet around his ''neck'', doctor?"

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* LosingYourHead: Happens a few times - notably ''non-lethally.''
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to Nessus the Puppeteer. Of course, as his brain isn't located in ''either'' of his heads, this isn't as drastic an injury for him as it would be for a human being.
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being. Hilariously lampshaded in Louis Wu's thoughts as he's using his belt to staunch the bleeding. "You put a tourniquet around his ''neck'', doctor?"doctor?"
** Gil gets his head chopped off in "Procustes", and survives thanks to a state-of-the-art nanotech {{autodoc}}; specifically, ''his'' body is lost, so his friends put his head in the doc along with his ''murderer's'' body as biomass.


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* PerceptionFilter: "Plateau Eyes" is a psychic ability to influence the optic nerves of anyone whose attention is focused on the user. When he is excited or frightened, people focused on him are compelled to contract the pupils of their eyes, and thereby lose that focus to the point of short-term memory loss even if he has just threatened them with a weapon. [[spoiler:Trained users can ''expand'' the pupil, putting people in a [[HypnoticEyes hypnotic trance]].]]
10th Oct '17 2:50:12 AM Kalaong
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* NotSoDifferent: Organleggers tend to treat ARM cops like this as [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame a kind of snub]]; in their eyes, there's very little difference between how they and the government kill people for their organs -- the ARM's official source of transplant stock is citizens executed for {{Felony Misdemeanor}}s such as ''traffic violations'', and they aren't at all shy about claiming the seized stockpiles of organleggers. Gil admits [[VillainHasAPoint they have a point]]; he immigrated to Earth for a new arm, and had a serious crisis of conscience when he discovered it came from a murder ''victim'' instead of an executed murderer.



** Louis Wu quotes Isaiah 1:18 ("Come, let us reason together") in ''The Ringworld Engineers'', but only as a literary reference and not in the context of any religious meaning..

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** Louis Wu quotes Isaiah 1:18 ("Come, let us reason together") in ''The Ringworld Engineers'', but only as a literary reference and not in the context of any religious meaning..meaning.



* PsychoactivePowers: Gil Hamilton's telekinetic arm works this way. It's limited to the range of his real arm, because that's how he visualizes the power -- except that he can [[PortalPicture reach into sufficiently realistic projected images]] and touch objects that ''[[DepthDeception appear]]'' to be within arm's reach.

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* PsychoactivePowers: Gil Hamilton's telekinetic arm "imaginary arm" works this way. It's limited to the range of his real arm, because that's how he visualizes the power -- except that he can [[PortalPicture reach into sufficiently realistic projected images]] and touch objects that ''[[DepthDeception appear]]'' to be within arm's reach. In "The Defenseless Dead", he gives a contact a screaming freakout by reaching through a HolographicTerminal and picking a pencil -- [[spoiler:though this is actually because the contact is actually the villain of the piece, who killed the contact and used him for a BrainTransplant -- he freaked out because he knew Gil would figure this out the instant he touched his head]]. He trains this ability further, and in "The Patchwork Girl" this enables him to search huge swaths of the lunar surface by sweeping the arm through a scaled-down high-definition hologram.
8th Oct '17 8:22:44 PM PaulA
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Within [[TheVerse the setting itself]], "Known Space" refers to a relatively small portion of the Milky Way, centered around Earth and its colonies, and including eight other starfaring alien species and ''their'' colony worlds (there is no current [[TheFederation all-encompassing political body]] in Known Space, and each species governs its own planets). The fictional universe also includes things that are found outside of "Known Space" proper (that is, the space that is regularly travelled by humans and the aliens around them), such as the {{Ringworld}}, the Puppeteer Fleet of Worlds (by way of which the Pierson's Puppeteers are fleeing the Milky Way), and the homeworld of the Pak, found somewhere close to the galactic core. The stories span approximately one thousand years of future history, from the first human explorations and colonizations of the Solar System ([[IWantMyJetpack in the 1970s and 1980s]]) to the year 3122 (the year the chronologically last Known Space story, ''Safe At Any Speed'', takes place).

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Within [[TheVerse the setting itself]], "Known Space" refers to a relatively small portion of the Milky Way, centered around Earth and its colonies, and including eight other starfaring alien species and ''their'' colony worlds (there is no current [[TheFederation all-encompassing political body]] in Known Space, and each species governs its own planets). The fictional universe also includes things that are found outside of "Known Space" proper (that is, the space that is regularly travelled by humans and the aliens around them), such as the {{Ringworld}}, Literature/{{Ringworld}}, the Puppeteer Fleet of Worlds (by way of which the Pierson's Puppeteers are fleeing the Milky Way), and the homeworld of the Pak, found somewhere close to the galactic core. The stories span approximately one thousand years of future history, from the first human explorations and colonizations of the Solar System ([[IWantMyJetpack in the 1970s and 1980s]]) to the year 3122 (the year the chronologically last Known Space story, ''Safe At Any Speed'', takes place).



** ''Fate Of Worlds'' (novel, written in collaboration with Edward M. Lerner); also the [[FullyAbsorbedFinale sequel]] to ''[[{{Ringworld}} Ringworld's Children]]''.

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** ''Fate Of Worlds'' (novel, written in collaboration with Edward M. Lerner); also the [[FullyAbsorbedFinale sequel]] to ''[[{{Ringworld}} Ringworld's Children]]''.''Literature/RingworldsChildren''.



* ''{{Ringworld}}'' (novel)
** ''[[{{Ringworld}} The Ringworld Engineers]]'' (novel)
** ''[[{{Ringworld}} The Ringworld Throne]]'' (novel)
** ''[[{{Ringworld}} Ringworld's Children]]'' (novel)

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* ''{{Ringworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' (novel)
** ''[[{{Ringworld}} The Ringworld Engineers]]'' ''Literature/TheRingworldEngineers'' (novel)
** ''[[{{Ringworld}} The Ringworld Throne]]'' ''Literature/TheRingworldThrone'' (novel)
** ''[[{{Ringworld}} Ringworld's Children]]'' ''Literature/RingworldsChildren'' (novel)



* AmbiguousEnding: ''Fate of Worlds'' says right on the cover that it is "The explosive finale to the ''{{Ringworld}}'' '''and''' the Fleet of Worlds series. A lot is tied up at the end, but it's hardly tied off neatly. Niven and Lerner left ''plenty'' to work with should they decide to write more.

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* AmbiguousEnding: ''Fate of Worlds'' says right on the cover that it is "The explosive finale to the ''{{Ringworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' '''and''' the Fleet of Worlds series. A lot is tied up at the end, but it's hardly tied off neatly. Niven and Lerner left ''plenty'' to work with should they decide to write more.



* AscendedExtra: The Hindmost (the political leader of all the Puppeteers) is mentioned in passing in the original ''{{Ringworld}}'' novel, but becomes a major character in later sequels.

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* AscendedExtra: The Hindmost (the political leader of all the Puppeteers) is mentioned in passing in the original ''{{Ringworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' novel, but becomes a major character in later sequels.



* InterspeciesRomance: "Rishathra" is sex between the various hominid species native to the {{Ringworld}}. It is used for diplomatic purposes or when meeting new tribes. It's also apparently a form of birth control for those species that get pregnant every time they mate amongst their own.

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* InterspeciesRomance: "Rishathra" is sex between the various hominid species native to the {{Ringworld}}.Literature/{{Ringworld}}. It is used for diplomatic purposes or when meeting new tribes. It's also apparently a form of birth control for those species that get pregnant every time they mate amongst their own.



* KillSat: The {{Ringworld}} is defended by a magnetically controlled X-Ray laser made by fluorescing solar flares (yes, you read that right), with a beam the width of Earth's moon.

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* KillSat: The {{Ringworld}} Literature/{{Ringworld}} is defended by a magnetically controlled X-Ray laser made by fluorescing solar flares (yes, you read that right), with a beam the width of Earth's moon.



* LoveIsInTheAir: {{Ringworld}} vampires have super-pheromones that induce a [[DistractedByTheSexy very distracting]] mating frenzy in their victims. "Essence of Vamp" is a popular perfume among City Builders...

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* LoveIsInTheAir: {{Ringworld}} Literature/{{Ringworld}} vampires have super-pheromones that induce a [[DistractedByTheSexy very distracting]] mating frenzy in their victims. "Essence of Vamp" is a popular perfume among City Builders...



* MythologyGag: ''Betrayer of Worlds'' has several call-aheads to the ''{{Ringworld}}'' novels in Louis' thoughts which he won't later remember (see under VictoryGuidedAmnesia).
* {{Nanomachines}}: Used in autodocs and {{Ringworld}} meteor patches.

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* MythologyGag: ''Betrayer of Worlds'' has several call-aheads to the ''{{Ringworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' novels in Louis' thoughts which he won't later remember (see under VictoryGuidedAmnesia).
* {{Nanomachines}}: Used in autodocs and {{Ringworld}} Literature/{{Ringworld}} meteor patches.



* RubberForeheadAliens: On the {{Ringworld}}, with the exception of the garden maps and food animals, pretty much all life is some sort of strange Hominid species. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since they all evolved from the same common ancestor as human beings from Earth.

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* RubberForeheadAliens: On the {{Ringworld}}, Literature/{{Ringworld}}, with the exception of the garden maps and food animals, pretty much all life is some sort of strange Hominid species. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since they all evolved from the same common ancestor as human beings from Earth.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In Niven's later works "Fly-By-Night" and ''{{Ringworld}}'s Children'', humans have started using the title "LE" (Legal Entity) to address members of intelligent species who aren't prisoners or fugitives. One reason for this seems to be to give kzinti a legal basis for hunting particular sentient beings as prey. No other author has tried using the term "LE" in their Known Space stories.

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In Niven's later works "Fly-By-Night" and ''{{Ringworld}}'s Children'', ''Literature/RingworldsChildren'', humans have started using the title "LE" (Legal Entity) to address members of intelligent species who aren't prisoners or fugitives. One reason for this seems to be to give kzinti a legal basis for hunting particular sentient beings as prey. No other author has tried using the term "LE" in their Known Space stories.



* TooDumbToLive: The Kzinti. Between their room temperature I.Q.s and their uncontrollable hair-trigger tempers they lose every single fight they get into with anyone. The Man-Kzin Wars books are especially full of this trope; by ''{{Ringworld}}'' we get a main character kzin who is only somewhat stupid and inept.

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* TooDumbToLive: The Kzinti. Between their room temperature I.Q.s and their uncontrollable hair-trigger tempers they lose every single fight they get into with anyone. The Man-Kzin Wars books are especially full of this trope; by ''{{Ringworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' we get a main character kzin who is only somewhat stupid and inept.



** Played straight with the various hominid species of the {{Ringworld}}. The initial Pak breeders mutated over three million years on the ring and evolved into different ecological niches which the Pak did not plant (generally those niches normally filled by creatures that killed and ate Pak breeders). With the exception of some transplanted aliens on the Ringworld's continent-sized "garden maps" in the middle of oceans hundreds of thousands of miles wide, there wasn't so much as an insect that will harm humanoids present, until hominids (and in some cases, other originally harmless species) evolved to fill the role.

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** Played straight with the various hominid species of the {{Ringworld}}.Literature/{{Ringworld}}. The initial Pak breeders mutated over three million years on the ring and evolved into different ecological niches which the Pak did not plant (generally those niches normally filled by creatures that killed and ate Pak breeders). With the exception of some transplanted aliens on the Ringworld's continent-sized "garden maps" in the middle of oceans hundreds of thousands of miles wide, there wasn't so much as an insect that will harm humanoids present, until hominids (and in some cases, other originally harmless species) evolved to fill the role.



* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: In ''Betrayer of Worlds'', Louis Wu (70 years before the events of ''{{Ringworld}}'') accepts a job from Nessus with the understanding that his memory of it will be erased afterwards. (It's not even much of a victory because TheBadGuyWins, which becomes a SequelHook for ''Fate of Worlds''.)

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* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: In ''Betrayer of Worlds'', Louis Wu (70 years before the events of ''{{Ringworld}}'') ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'') accepts a job from Nessus with the understanding that his memory of it will be erased afterwards. (It's not even much of a victory because TheBadGuyWins, which becomes a SequelHook for ''Fate of Worlds''.)
8th Oct '17 8:18:41 PM PaulA
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Originally, the stories set in Known Space were set in two separate [[TheVerse universes]]. The first, composed mainly of Niven's [[AsteroidMiners Belter]] stories, the Gil "The Arm" Hamilton mysteries, and the novels ''World Of Ptaavs'', ''A Gift From Earth'' and ''Protector'', were about the initial colonization of the solar system, and the use of slower-than-light travel to colonize planets in other solar systems. The second universe was set much farther into the future and was composed of the Beowulf Shaeffer and Louis Wu stories, as well as a handful of other short stories. The two [[TheVerse universes]] were combined in Niven's short story ''A Relic Of The Empire'', which featured elements of the Thrintun Empire (from the novel ''World Of Ptaavs'', one of the Belter stories) being dealt with by people from his faster-than-light setting.

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Originally, the stories set in Known Space were set in two separate [[TheVerse universes]]. The first, composed mainly of Niven's [[AsteroidMiners Belter]] stories, the Gil "The Arm" Hamilton mysteries, and the novels ''World Of Ptaavs'', ''A Gift From Earth'' and ''Protector'', ''Literature/{{Protector}}'', were about the initial colonization of the solar system, and the use of slower-than-light travel to colonize planets in other solar systems. The second universe was set much farther into the future and was composed of the Beowulf Shaeffer and Louis Wu stories, as well as a handful of other short stories. The two [[TheVerse universes]] were combined in Niven's short story ''A Relic Of The Empire'', which featured elements of the Thrintun Empire (from the novel ''World Of Ptaavs'', one of the Belter stories) being dealt with by people from his faster-than-light setting.



* ''Literature/{{Crashlander}}'' (fix-up novel, assembled out of various Beowulf Shaeffer stories)



* ''Protector'' (novel)

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* ''Protector'' ''Literature/{{Protector}}'' (novel)



* BorrowedBiometricBypass: In the ''Known Space'' universe, [[OrganTheft organleggers were known to harvest people for their organs]]. In one "Gil the ARM" story, it's noted that eyes are particularly in demand by criminals, to get past retina scanners with transplanted eyes taken from organlegger victims.



* ColonyDrop: In ''World of Ptavvs'', a stasis field moving at relativistic speed slams into Pluto, punching it into a new orbit.



* OrganTheft: This trope originated with Known Space.

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* OrganTheft: This trope originated with Known Space. Early Known Space stories ''thoroughly'' explored the dangers of transplant technology outstripping organ synthesis, to the point where lawmakers would obsessively change laws to make all crimes into death sentences just to keep up with the demand for organs. With the price of organs being so high due to demand, it's almost inevitable that illegal organ harvesting becomes a frequent concern, enough so that the process becomes known as "organlegging", a {{Portmanteau}} of "organ" and "bootlegging".



* ZeroGSpot: Zero-g sex is far from uncommon, due to zero-g "sleep fields" which work anywhere.

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* ZeroGSpot: Zero-g sex is far from uncommon, due to zero-g "sleep fields" which work anywhere. The problems of low gravity sex are discussed in ''The Patchwork Girl''.
7th Oct '17 10:43:38 AM nombretomado
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* AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit: The only explanation for the Puppeteer Fleet of Worlds. Or how the Pak managed to accelerate the Ringworld's rotation to 770 miles per second.
** Nobody knows the full technological capability of the Outsiders, because the cost to answer any questions required to find out would bankrupt the economy of Known Space entirely. Fortunately they are merchants rather than conquerors. Admittedly, their living environment of near-absolute-zero temperature and zero atmosphere makes them an unlikely candidate for a conqueror, although there is sufficient evidence that they would be capable of destroying any or all planets in Known Space. However, a species that follows starseeds between stars at sublight speed for [[AC:that information is not available within the limits of your financial resources]] is unlikely to be interested in casual destruction of ephemeral hotlife.
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.
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