History Literature / Leviathan

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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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.
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."]]
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