History Literature / MethuselahsChildren

15th Mar '16 2:17:29 AM morenohijazo
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* MortalityPhobia: Mary Sperling, one of the oldest members of the LongLived Howard family, allows herself to be assimilated into an alien HiveMind because she's afraid of dying.
1st Nov '15 5:16:22 PM Kalaong
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* KarmaHoudini: Slayton Ford was half a second away from ordering the Howard Families sterilized or executed to the last man, woman and child, as his constituency was going mad from being denied immortality. He takes Lazarus' alternative of interstellar exile, and even joins them as the mob would see what he had done as theft of a treasure the Howards were hoarding, but the man was essentially [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]]. And since the Howards tended to avoid politics, they are pathetic at large-scale administration - so he is quickly elected as civil head of the New Frontiers expedition.

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* KarmaHoudini: Slayton Ford was half a second away from ordering the Howard Families sterilized or executed to the last man, woman and child, as his constituency was going mad from on the verge of rioting, thinking they were being denied immortality. He takes Lazarus' alternative of interstellar exile, and even joins them as the mob would see what he had done as theft of a treasure the Howards were hoarding, but the man was essentially [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]]. And since the Howards tended to avoid politics, they are pathetic at large-scale administration - so he is quickly elected as civil head of the New Frontiers expedition.
31st Oct '15 8:06:23 AM Kalaong
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* KarmaHoudini: Slayton Ford was half a second away from ordering the Howard Families sterilized or executed to the last man, woman and child, as his constituency was going mad from being denied immortality. He takes Lazarus' alternative of interstellar exile, and even joins them as the mob would see what he had done as theft of a treasure the Howards were hoarding, but the man was essentially [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]]. And since the Howards tended to avoid politics, they are pathetic at large-scale administration - so he is quickly elected as civil head of the New Frontiers expedition.



* WeAreAsMayflies: Poor Slayton Ford is an ordinary short-lived human forced to live among mature adults twice his age, and he initially suffers a crushing inferiority complex because of it. [[spoiler: This is later alleviated when his experience as a civil administrator, a role in which their tendency to avoid politics makes him far superior to any Howard, results in his election as civil head of the New Frontiers expedition.]]

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* WeAreAsMayflies: Poor Slayton Ford is an ordinary short-lived human forced to live among mature adults twice his age, and he initially suffers a crushing inferiority complex because of it. [[spoiler: This is later alleviated when his experience as a civil administrator, a role in which their tendency to avoid politics makes him far superior to any Howard, results in his election as civil head of the New Frontiers expedition.]]
30th Sep '14 8:25:21 PM ThatGuyYouKnowThatGuy
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* NoodleIncident: Multiple references are made to the "2012 meeting of the Howard families" but no one will actually discuss what happened. This gag rolls on in to the sequel Literature/TimeEnoughForLove.
9th Mar '14 5:04:37 PM aaron-em
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* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: The second aliens that the ''New Frontiers'' colonists encounter are vastly superior, both technologically and mentally, to humans. Those humans who attempt to join their HiveMind are destroyed or [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven mad]] by it, as it's too powerful for their psyches to withstand.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Poor Slayton Ford is an ordinary short-lived human forced to live among mature adults twice his age, and he suffers a crushing inferiority complex because of it.

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* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: The second aliens that first met by the ''New Frontiers'' colonists encounter are kept more or less as pets by unseen intelligences vastly superior, both technologically greater than human. Slayton Ford volunteers to serve as the first human who meets such an intelligence directly, and mentally, to humans. Those humans who attempt to join their HiveMind are destroyed or [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven mad]] by the shock nearly destroys his mind outright, inducing severe psychosis; he later gets over it, but can no longer remember anything about the experience which caused it, which his doctor regards as it's too powerful for their psyches a healthy adaptation to withstand.
an insuperable shock.
* WeAreAsMayflies: Poor Slayton Ford is an ordinary short-lived human forced to live among mature adults twice his age, and he initially suffers a crushing inferiority complex because of it.it. [[spoiler: This is later alleviated when his experience as a civil administrator, a role in which their tendency to avoid politics makes him far superior to any Howard, results in his election as civil head of the New Frontiers expedition.]]
9th Mar '14 2:41:45 PM zarpaulus
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* FasterThanLightTravel: Several iterations are used. The ''New Frontiers'' is intended to be a slower-than-light, [[GenerationShips generational colony ship]], but Andy Libby invents an inertialess "light pressure drive" that allows the ship to accelerate to near-lightspeed. The first journey to find a habitable planet occurs at a relativistic scale, but then the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens that they encounter on the second planet they visit show the PunyEarthlings how to build a true FTL drive. Their return trip to Earth is much, much faster.

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* FasterThanLightTravel: Several iterations are used. The ''New Frontiers'' is intended to be a slower-than-light, [[GenerationShips generational colony ship]], but Andy Libby invents an inertialess "light pressure drive" that allows the ship to accelerate to near-lightspeed. The first journey to find a habitable planet occurs at a relativistic scale, but then the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens that they encounter on that planet make it clear to the PunyEarthlings that they're not welcome by kicking them and their ship out at FTL speeds. And then the aliens on the second planet they visit show the PunyEarthlings teaches them how to build a true their own FTL drive. Their return trip to Earth is much, much faster.drives.
12th Mar '13 9:32:55 AM zarpaulus
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* SleeperStarship: The ''New Frontiers''.

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* SleeperStarship: The ''New Frontiers''.Frontiers'' was intended as a Generation Ship but the hundreds of thousands of Howards overtaxed the ship's life support and most had to go into cold sleep.
12th Mar '13 9:31:36 AM zarpaulus
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* SleeperStarship: The ''New Frontiers''.
23rd Sep '12 7:49:26 AM Fighteer
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* LawfulNeutral: Ford's only concern is the good of all mankind.
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