History Literature / Leviathan

28th Jul '17 2:58:05 PM jamespolk
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* FollowTheLeader: In-universe, ''The Perils of Pauline'' inspire a number of movies that sound rather similar. [[AluminumChristmasTrees The same thing occurred in real life.]]

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* FollowTheLeader: In-universe, ''The Perils of Pauline'' ''Film/ThePerilsOfPauline'' inspire a number of movies that sound rather similar. [[AluminumChristmasTrees The same thing occurred in real life.]]
10th Jun '17 10:14:27 AM nombretomado
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted; all the real historical figures who appear (including Dr. Barlow, UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, William Randolph Hearst and Pancho Villa) or get mentioned (Emperor Joseph of Austria, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, WinstonChurchill, etc.) are given their real names. [[spoiler: And at least one celebrity gets most ''thoroughly'' harmed when Alek electrocutes Tesla with his own walking stick.]]

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Averted; all the real historical figures who appear (including Dr. Barlow, UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla, William Randolph Hearst and Pancho Villa) or get mentioned (Emperor Joseph of Austria, Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, WinstonChurchill, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, etc.) are given their real names. [[spoiler: And at least one celebrity gets most ''thoroughly'' harmed when Alek electrocutes Tesla with his own walking stick.]]



* WinstonChurchill: Lord of the Admiralty.
12th May '17 7:01:06 PM ElSquibbonator
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** The biggest discrepancy is that living creatures should be ridiculously fuel-inefficient, far more so than diesel powered engines. Nevertheless, the Allies' biggest advantage is the quantity and diversity of fabricated creatures they can draw on, while the Central Powers' wear-and-tear and reliance on fuel is repeatedly pointed out and exploited.
** The upkeep required of large numbers of military-standard living animals would also be a logistical nightmare, but the fabricated creatures just keep recycling their own waste, keeping themselves clean, and remaining in their designated habitats even during crisis conditions. If applying the same level of realism that is displayed by the Clanker powers, the streets of Darwinist countries should be paved with feces.

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** The biggest discrepancy is that living creatures should be ridiculously fuel-inefficient, fuel-''in''efficient, far more so than diesel powered engines. Nevertheless, the Allies' biggest advantage is the quantity and diversity of fabricated creatures they can draw on, while the Central Powers' wear-and-tear and reliance on fuel is repeatedly pointed out and exploited.
** The upkeep required of large numbers of military-standard living animals would also be a logistical nightmare, but the fabricated creatures just keep recycling their own waste, keeping themselves clean, and remaining in their designated habitats even during crisis conditions. If applying the same level of realism that is displayed by the Clanker powers, the streets of Darwinist countries should be [[RoadApples paved with feces.feces]].
6th Nov '16 1:29:36 AM ProxyComment26
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** In fact, fighting-krakens are apparently common enough in the Darwinist naval forces that some of the Clanker warships are outfitted specifically to combat them, equipped with giant mechanical arms ending in scissor-like claws for severing kraken tentacles.
6th Nov '16 1:19:20 AM ProxyComment26
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* ShoutOut: Nene claims the world is on a [[Literature/{{Discworld}} turtle resting on elephants all the way down.]]

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Nene claims the world is on a [[Literature/{{Discworld}} turtle resting on elephants all the way down.]]


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** The surname of the ''Leviathan'''s captain is Hobbes: possibly a reference to the philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who wrote a manuscript in 1651 also titled ''Leviathan''.
29th Oct '16 9:32:43 AM morenohijazo
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* BiotechIsBetter: Somehow Fabricated Beasts are almost always portrayed as better than Clankers despite the problems listed above under Artistic License Physics.

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* BiotechIsBetter: Somehow Fabricated Beasts are almost always portrayed as better than Clankers despite the problems listed above under Artistic License Physics. A couple of times, the titular living airship takes on Clanker planes and zeppelins two-to-one and wins. Of course, it's packed with flechette bats and strafing hawks that can ZergRush the Clankers and breed reinforcements for the next battle.
10th Oct '16 11:52:04 AM zarpaulus
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* BiotechIsBetter: Somehow Fabricated Beasts are almost always portrayed as better than Clankers despite the problems listed above under Artistic License Physics.
20th Sep '16 1:34:11 PM Azvolrien
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A second book, ''Behemoth'', was released October 5, 2010. The last book in the trilogy, ''Goliath'', was released on September 20th, 2011. Westerfeld also wrote a bonus "fanfiction" chapter [[http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/2011/12/bonus-goliath-chapter-and-art/ on his blog]] and commissioned a new piece of art for Christmas 2011.

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A second book, ''Behemoth'', was released October 5, 2010. The last book in the trilogy, ''Goliath'', was released on September 20th, 2011. Westerfeld also wrote a bonus "fanfiction" chapter [[http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/2011/12/bonus-goliath-chapter-and-art/ on his blog]] and commissioned a new piece of art for Christmas 2011.
2011. Finally, a companion book titled ''The Manual of Aeronautics'', featuring full-colour illustrations of the creatures and machines from the series (and several that weren't), was published in 2012.
24th Jul '16 10:37:35 AM nombretomado
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In this version of history, when CharlesDarwin came up with the theory of evolution, he also discovered the 'threads of life', or DNA - and, more importantly, how to manipulate them and construct new creatures. Fast forward 50 years, and you find London crawling with fabricated elephants and giant oxen instead of cars, and gecko/parrot hybrids are used to send messages.

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In this version of history, when CharlesDarwin UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin came up with the theory of evolution, he also discovered the 'threads of life', or DNA - and, more importantly, how to manipulate them and construct new creatures. Fast forward 50 years, and you find London crawling with fabricated elephants and giant oxen instead of cars, and gecko/parrot hybrids are used to send messages.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Westerfield makes liberal use of this. There's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Joseph_I_of_Austria Emperor Franz Joseph]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria Archduke Franz Ferdinand]] and his wife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie,_Duchess_of_Hohenberg Sophie]], CharlesDarwin, WinstonChurchill, and UsefulNotes/ThePope ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_X Pius X]]... unless it's [[AlternateHistory someone different]]). For those who appear in person, Darwin's granddaughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Barlow Nora Barlow]] is a major character. ''Behemoth'' introduces [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Souchon Wilhelm Souchon]], a certain Serbian scientist called [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Villa Pancho Villa]], and William Randolph Hearst.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Westerfield makes liberal use of this. There's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_Joseph_I_of_Austria Emperor Franz Joseph]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archduke_Franz_Ferdinand_of_Austria Archduke Franz Ferdinand]] and his wife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophie,_Duchess_of_Hohenberg Sophie]], CharlesDarwin, WinstonChurchill, UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill, and UsefulNotes/ThePope ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Pius_X Pius X]]... unless it's [[AlternateHistory someone different]]). For those who appear in person, Darwin's granddaughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_Barlow Nora Barlow]] is a major character. ''Behemoth'' introduces [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Souchon Wilhelm Souchon]], a certain Serbian scientist called [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Villa Pancho Villa]], and William Randolph Hearst.



* OneManIndustrialRevolution: CharlesDarwin.

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* OneManIndustrialRevolution: CharlesDarwin.UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin.
2nd Jun '16 12:42:39 AM Doug86
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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Played with in the afterword of each book, where Westerfeld explains that the books are based off of actual events of {{World War One}}, and elaborates on which elements are kept mostly the same and which have been altered for the sake of atmosphere.

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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: Played with in the afterword of each book, where Westerfeld explains that the books are based off of actual events of {{World War One}}, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and elaborates on which elements are kept mostly the same and which have been altered for the sake of atmosphere.
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