History Literature / Marsbound

20th Jun '16 7:20:06 PM Awesomesauce210
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16th Apr '16 2:12:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: About as hard as TheForeverWar; relies on realistic technology with the only real caveat being that the Earth can somehow afford it all! Sure there are Aliens, but they're hardly LittleGreenMen. Some of the technology may push the bounds of disbelief, but this can be [[HandWave Hand Waved]] somewhat by saying that most of the truly "out there" technology (like Free Energy and ArtificialGravity) really comes from a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien (see below).

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* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: About as hard as TheForeverWar; ''Literature/TheForeverWar''; relies on realistic technology with the only real caveat being that the Earth can somehow afford it all! Sure there are Aliens, but they're hardly LittleGreenMen. Some of the technology may push the bounds of disbelief, but this can be [[HandWave Hand Waved]] somewhat by saying that most of the truly "out there" technology (like Free Energy and ArtificialGravity) really comes from a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien (see below).
10th Jul '14 2:50:53 PM rexpensive
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The novel spawned two sequels: ''Starbound'', and (the presently unwritten) ''Earthbound'' (which is, in no way whatsoever, related to ''EarthBound''); the tropes of which are all included below:

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The novel spawned two sequels: ''Starbound'', and (the presently unwritten) ''Earthbound'' (which is, in no way whatsoever, related to ''EarthBound''); ''Videogame/EarthBound''); the tropes of which are all included below:
24th Jul '13 3:43:13 AM Viira
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* ShoutOut: One must admit: The description of the Others as part synthetic, part organic, faceless, timeless beings who live far out of reach of any human influence; plan millenia in advance for the day when any intelligent species becomes technologically advanced enough to be considered a possible threat so that they can initiate a centuries-long preemptive campaign to exterminate them; whose motives are unknown and quite probably completely incomprehensible to our puny, short-lived minds; and seem to be able to assimilate the genetic material of other species into their own composition; and seem to act mostly through organic servants of their own design based on said genetic material ''[[MassEffect sounds pretty familiar]]''! Ah, yes. [[spoiler: "Others"]].

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* ShoutOut: One must admit: The description of the Others as part synthetic, part organic, faceless, timeless beings who live far out of reach of any human influence; plan millenia in advance for the day when any intelligent species becomes technologically advanced enough to be considered a possible threat so that they can initiate a centuries-long preemptive campaign to exterminate them; whose motives are unknown and quite probably completely incomprehensible to our puny, short-lived minds; and seem to be able to assimilate the genetic material of other species into their own composition; and seem to act mostly through organic servants of their own design based on said genetic material ''[[MassEffect ''[[Franchise/MassEffect sounds pretty familiar]]''! Ah, yes. [[spoiler: "Others"]]."Others".
1st Apr '13 1:41:57 PM Xtifr
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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: ''Especially'' on the ''Ad Astra''!
** Carmen and pilot Paul barely know each other for three months before gettin' crazy with it.

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* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: ''Especially'' on the ''Ad Astra''!
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Astra''! Carmen and pilot Paul barely know each other for three months before gettin' crazy with it.it.
* ExoticExtendedMarriage: A rare but not unusual feature of The Future in this series. In the second book, ''Starbound'', the selected starship crewmembers from Earth are a married triple.



* FreeLoveFuture: While the start of Marsbound has a more traditional take on monogamous relationships, by the time of ''Starbound'' (and to a lesser degree, the third act of ''Marsbound''), monogamous relationships have started to become viewed as antiquated; a holdover from the old days when women were viewed as property. While there is still the resultant jealousy in the future, for the most part men and women are allowed to sleep around as they wish. There are even "Triunes" -- Three way marriages.

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* FreeLoveFuture: While the start of Marsbound has a more traditional take on monogamous relationships, by the time of ''Starbound'' (and to a lesser degree, the third act of ''Marsbound''), monogamous relationships have started to become viewed as antiquated; a holdover from the old days when women were viewed as property. While there is still the resultant jealousy in the future, for the most part men and women are allowed to sleep around as they wish. There are even "Triunes" -- Three "Triunes"--[[ExoticExtendedMarriage three way marriages.marriages]].
* AnImmigrantsTale: It starts out this way, with Carmen struggling to fit in with the people of Mars, but takes an abrupt left turn soon enough.
31st Mar '13 3:14:25 AM Xtifr
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* BizarreAlienSexes: The Martians don't appear to have fixed sexes. Their reproduction is described as a wrestling match with several participants--and the winner gets to be the mother.
12th Dec '12 6:02:42 PM Xtifr
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The ''Marsbound'' series is [[HereWeGoAgain yet another]] realistic science fiction novel by American writer Joe Haldeman. Like his previous -- and more famous -- novel ''TheForeverWar'', ''Marsbound'' effectively de-glamorizes space travel as it appears in [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness softer]] works. Unlike ''The Forever War'', ''Marsbound'' is written from the PointOfView of an eighteen year old civilian girl, so the EverythingTryingToKillYou elements that made ''The Forever War'' so tense and perilous are not as prolific. That is not to say that ''Marsbound'' is all [[TastesLikeDiabetes sunshine and rainbows]]; there are plenty of things in the inner solar system that are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou trying to kill her]].

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The ''Marsbound'' series is [[HereWeGoAgain yet another]] realistic science fiction novel by American writer Joe Haldeman. Creator/JoeHaldeman. Like his previous -- and more famous -- novel ''TheForeverWar'', ''Literature/TheForeverWar'', ''Marsbound'' effectively de-glamorizes space travel as it appears in [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness softer]] works. Unlike ''The Forever War'', ''Marsbound'' is written from the PointOfView of an eighteen year old civilian girl, so the EverythingTryingToKillYou elements that made ''The Forever War'' so tense and perilous are not as prolific. That is not to say that ''Marsbound'' is all [[TastesLikeDiabetes sunshine and rainbows]]; there are plenty of things in the inner solar system that are [[EverythingTryingToKillYou trying to kill her]].
4th Dec '12 3:09:51 PM Lokimaros
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Of course you CantGetAwayWithNuthin, and when the misguided youths are called out on their shenanigans. Actually, Carmen storms off into the martian landscape [[TooDumbToLive alone, and in the middle of the night]], [[FailedAttemptAtDrama falls into a pit]], and [[ItGotWorse is left on the verge of death]]. TheEnd. [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere Don't look at me in that tone of voice]]! TheHeroDies, and [[BlatantLies this is the most anticlimactic novel of all time]].

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Of course you CantGetAwayWithNuthin, and when the misguided youths are called out on their shenanigans. Actually, Carmen storms off into the martian landscape [[TooDumbToLive alone, and in the middle of the night]], [[FailedAttemptAtDrama falls into a pit]], and [[ItGotWorse [[FromBadToWorse is left on the verge of death]]. TheEnd. [[MoveAlongNothingToSeeHere Don't look at me in that tone of voice]]! TheHeroDies, and [[BlatantLies this is the most anticlimactic novel of all time]].
9th Apr '12 8:20:55 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** The Others, hands down. Not only can they literally pull energy out of an AlternateDimension and use it to power essentially all their technology... [[spoiler: They can apparently ''[[BeyondTheImpossible assign the planet this energy comes from at will!]]]]''. They can apparently [[spoiler: suspend the passage of time]] within any arbitrary volume of space. This ability comes in handy when traveling the massive distances between star systems. It could be that they are just taking advantage of time dilation, and traveling at the speed of light, but that theory has enough evidence to stand against it on its own: For one thing, that would require getting ''to'' the speed of light... But since they have a theoretically unlimited amount of energy, this may not be impossible (as it takes an infinite amount of energy to move anything with mass at the speed of light).\\

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** The Others, hands down. Not only can they literally pull energy out of an AlternateDimension and use it to power essentially all their technology... [[spoiler: They can apparently ''[[BeyondTheImpossible assign ''assign the planet this energy comes from at will!]]]]''.will!]]''. They can apparently [[spoiler: suspend the passage of time]] within any arbitrary volume of space. This ability comes in handy when traveling the massive distances between star systems. It could be that they are just taking advantage of time dilation, and traveling at the speed of light, but that theory has enough evidence to stand against it on its own: For one thing, that would require getting ''to'' the speed of light... But since they have a theoretically unlimited amount of energy, this may not be impossible (as it takes an infinite amount of energy to move anything with mass at the speed of light).\\
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