History Literature / Leviathan

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.
2nd Jun '16 12:41:41 AM Doug86
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** The ending of the series distances it even further from our timeline: [[spoiler:the War ends on fairly amiable and equal terms instead of a Treaty of Versailles analogue (although the US still ends up joining the Darwinists). The Russian Revolution never happens, Austria-Hungary seems to have all but usurped Germany as head of the Clanker nations, Britannia still rules the waves and the odds of a parallel UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 happening are pretty slim. Although the Ottomans are mentioned as having undergone a revolt and there remains concern with the Japanese.]]

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** The ending of the series distances it even further from our timeline: [[spoiler:the War ends on fairly amiable and equal terms instead of a Treaty of Versailles analogue (although the US still ends up joining the Darwinists). The Russian Revolution never happens, Austria-Hungary seems to have all but usurped Germany as head of the Clanker nations, Britannia still rules the waves and the odds of a parallel UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII happening are pretty slim. Although the Ottomans are mentioned as having undergone a revolt and there remains concern with the Japanese.]]



* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial Flying whale battleships]] with electric (and later diesel) engines! Flying manta rays with [[GatlingGood Gatling guns]]! Robot elephants! Jewish mecha-golems! UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne battleships with Tesla cannons! Walking submersible warships!

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial Flying whale battleships]] with electric (and later diesel) engines! Flying manta rays with [[GatlingGood Gatling guns]]! Robot elephants! Jewish mecha-golems! UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI battleships with Tesla cannons! Walking submersible warships!



* ParentalAbandonment: Alek's parents are dead ([[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne of course]]) and [[DisappearedDad so is]] [[HeroicSacrifice Deryn's da.]]

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* ParentalAbandonment: Alek's parents are dead ([[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne ([[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI of course]]) and [[DisappearedDad so is]] [[HeroicSacrifice Deryn's da.]]
10th May '16 7:14:51 AM stopthattimerave
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* WhamLine: Warning: Behemoth gets a couple, particularly [[spoiler: "Can I trust you? Can I trust you, Deryn?"]] and [[spoiler: "Deryn Sharp was in love with him."]]

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* WhamLine: Warning: Behemoth ''Goliath'' gets a couple, particularly [[spoiler: "Can I trust you? Can I trust you, Deryn?"]] and [[spoiler: "Deryn Sharp was in love with him."]]
9th May '16 3:00:44 PM R1ck
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* WhamLine: Warning: Goliath gets a couple, particularly [[spoiler: "Can I trust you? Can I trust you, Deryn?"]] and [[spoiler: "Deryn Sharp was in love with him."]]

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* WhamLine: Warning: Goliath Behemoth gets a couple, particularly [[spoiler: "Can I trust you? Can I trust you, Deryn?"]] and [[spoiler: "Deryn Sharp was in love with him."]]
9th May '16 2:47:28 PM R1ck
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''Leviathan'' is the first book in a series by ScottWesterfeld that takes place in an alternate version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Europe. Some of the differences are that Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in the evening, as opposed to the afternoon, they have only one son... Oh, and Germans and Austrians use [[SteamPunk giant Walkers]] to fight the British and French [[LegoGenetics Fabricated Animals]]. Obviously, he took liberties with [[AlternateHistory history]].

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''Leviathan'' is a book series (and the first book in a series the series) by ScottWesterfeld that takes place in an alternate version of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Europe. Some of the differences are that Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in the evening, as opposed to the afternoon, they have only one son... Oh, and Germans and Austrians use [[SteamPunk giant Walkers]] to fight the British and French [[LegoGenetics Fabricated Animals]]. Obviously, he took liberties with [[AlternateHistory history]].



The book follows two characters - the Archduke's son, Prince Aleksandr, who is whisked off on the night of his parents' assassination to a secret hideaway in the Alps before his enemies can assassinate him. The second character is a girl, Deryn Sharp, who [[SweetPollyOliver poses as a boy]] in order to join the British Air Service and eventually finds herself aboard the ''Leviathan'', a massive [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial Flying Whale]] [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld Airship]] that is bound for the Ottoman Empire with one Dr. Nora Barlow, a Boffin[[note]]a scientist, in this case somebody who makes Fabricated Animals[[/note]] and her very secretive cargo. As a war between the fabricated Animal using "Darwinists" ([[SocialDarwinist not like that]]) and [[HumongousMecha Walker-using]] "Clankers" looms, Alek soon finds himself aboard the ''Leviathan'' as his enemies close in.

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The book series follows two characters - the Archduke's son, Prince Aleksandr, who is whisked off on the night of his parents' assassination to a secret hideaway in the Alps before his enemies can assassinate him. The second character is a girl, Deryn Sharp, who [[SweetPollyOliver poses as a boy]] in order to join the British Air Service and eventually finds herself aboard the ''Leviathan'', a massive [[FlyingSeafoodSpecial Flying Whale]] [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld Airship]] that is bound for the Ottoman Empire with one Dr. Nora Barlow, a Boffin[[note]]a scientist, in this case somebody who makes Fabricated Animals[[/note]] and her very secretive cargo. As a war between the fabricated Animal using "Darwinists" ([[SocialDarwinist not like that]]) and [[HumongousMecha Walker-using]] "Clankers" looms, Alek soon finds himself aboard the ''Leviathan'' as his enemies close in.
15th Apr '16 6:45:34 AM tinyhands
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* OrientExpress: Heavily involved in the climax. This version has robot arms and transports military material.

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* OrientExpress: Heavily involved in the climax.climax of ''Behemoth''. This version has robot arms and transports military material.



* WhamLine: Warning: Gloiath gets a couple, particularly [[spoiler: "Can I trust you? Can I trust you, Deryn?"]] and [[spoiler: "Deryn Sharp was in love with him."]]

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* WhamLine: Warning: Gloiath Goliath gets a couple, particularly [[spoiler: "Can I trust you? Can I trust you, Deryn?"]] and [[spoiler: "Deryn Sharp was in love with him."]]
15th Apr '16 6:37:40 AM tinyhands
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** To a milder extent, the ''Leviathan.'' During the encounter with the ''Goeben'' in the Mediterranean, the airbeast is shown to sense that the [[spoiler:Tesla cannon]] is dangerous, and causes structural damage in attempting to avoid it. Interestingly, [[GeniusBall it never does this again]]-- even when [[spoiler:Goliath, Tesla's attempt build a KillSat out of his eponymous Clanker LightningGun]] is readying to fire nearby.

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** To a milder extent, the ''Leviathan.'' During the encounter with the ''Goeben'' in the Mediterranean, the airbeast is shown to sense that the [[spoiler:Tesla cannon]] is dangerous, and causes structural damage in attempting to avoid it. Interestingly, [[GeniusBall [[SmartBall it never does this again]]-- even when [[spoiler:Goliath, Tesla's attempt build a KillSat out of his eponymous Clanker LightningGun]] is readying to fire nearby.
15th Apr '16 6:36:30 AM tinyhands
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the bonus chapter Alek wonders if women will ever start wearing their hair as short as Deryn's and dismisses the possibility.

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** To a milder extent, the ''Leviathan.'' During the encounter with the ''Goeben'' in the Mediterranean, the airbeast is shown to sense that the [[spoiler:Tesla cannon]] is dangerous, and causes structural damage in attempting to avoid it. Interestingly, [[GeniusBall it never does this again]]-- even when [[spoiler:Goliath, Tesla's attempt build a KillSat out of his eponymous Clanker LightningGun]] is readying to fire nearby.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: In the bonus chapter chapter, Alek wonders if women will ever start wearing their hair as short as Deryn's and dismisses the possibility.



* KingIncognito: Alek, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. Although he's the result of a morganatic[[note]]unequal in social rank[[/note]] marraige, Franz Ferdinand went to the Vatican and got a papal dispensation to make Alek heir, although it would only apply after the Emperor's death.

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* KingIncognito: Alek, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary. Although he's the result of a morganatic[[note]]unequal in social rank[[/note]] marraige, marriage, Franz Ferdinand went to the Vatican and got a papal dispensation to make Alek heir, although it would only apply after the Emperor's death.



* LaResistance: In Istanbul, there is the [[LaResistance Committee of Union and Progress]] which wants to remove the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and replace him with an elected government. They existed in real life too, and were successful the ''first'' time they tried to overthrow the sultan.

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* LaResistance: In Istanbul, there is the [[LaResistance Committee of Union and Progress]] which wants to remove the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and replace him with an elected government. They existed in real life RealLife too, and were successful [[RealityIsUnrealistic successful]] the ''first'' time they tried to overthrow the sultan.
13th Feb '16 12:00:25 PM TheBedazzledDementor
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* AHandfulForAnEye: Deryn takes down the ''Dauntless''' hijackers by throwing strong spices in their faces, incapacitating them via SensoryOverload. [[spoiler:It's also how they take down the sultan's walkers at the climax of the book.]]
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