History Literature / OldMansWar

14th Jun '18 4:22:24 PM PaulA
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** ''Ghost Brigades'' has a horrifying sequence in which [[spoiler: the trope is taken literally]].
14th Jun '18 8:59:25 AM TheSaddleman
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''Old Man's War'' makes it appear as if the storyline takes place in the near future, albeit one in which space travel is more advanced and space elevators are an actual thing - but with enough references to real-world modern-day technology (cars, etc.) to suggest not too far ahead. It's not until ''Ghost Brigades'' that we learn that it's actually quite a bit further into the future, [[spoiler: but Earth's day-to-day cultural and technological development has been held back.]]



** ''Ghost Brigades'' has a horrifying sequence in which [[spoiler: the trope is taken literally]].



** ''The Ghost Brigades'' introduces the Gamerans, whose collective name [[Franchise/{{Gamera}} is itself a shout out]], and who take their individual names from science fiction writers, including [[Creator/CharlesStross Stross]] and [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin Martin]].

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** ''The Ghost Brigades'' introduces the Gamerans, whose collective name [[Franchise/{{Gamera}} is itself a shout out]], and who take their individual names from science fiction writers, including [[Creator/CharlesStross Stross]] and [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin Martin]]. The members of the Special Forces are similarly assigned surnames that are shoutouts to famous scientists of the past.
14th Jun '18 8:52:29 AM TheSaddleman
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* HotterAndSexier: A literal application of the trope with regards to the CDF soldiers, who have had their minds transferred from their aging human bodies into newly created bodies that are far sexier and attractive than their originals. So much so, that basic training allows time for CDF recruits to have as much sex as they can handle as they get used to and enjoy their new bodies before getting down to proper instruction.
21st Aug '17 11:36:14 AM CosmicFerret
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** ''The Ghost Brigades'' introduces the Gamerans, whose collective name [[{{Gamera}} is itself a shout out]], and who take their individual names from science fiction writers, including [[Creator/CharlesStross Stross]] and [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin Martin]].

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** ''The Ghost Brigades'' introduces the Gamerans, whose collective name [[{{Gamera}} [[Franchise/{{Gamera}} is itself a shout out]], and who take their individual names from science fiction writers, including [[Creator/CharlesStross Stross]] and [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin Martin]].
18th Aug '17 11:36:59 AM Random888
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* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: Roanoke, which is very much ''intended'' to act like its namesake.

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* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: Roanoke, which is very much ''intended'' to act like [[UsefulNotes/TheLostColonyOfRoanoke its namesake.namesake]].
3rd Aug '17 5:06:15 PM PaulA
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* EasySexChange: Doesn't show up in the novels themselves, but [[WordOfGod in an interview]], Scalzi said that a transgender soldier would be given a body that matched their gender identity as part of the effort to insure that soldiers liked themselves.
3rd Aug '17 5:03:21 PM PaulA
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* DeusExMachina: The Consu are [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens far ahead of every other species]] and willing to share bits of their technology... for a horrific price. First, the ones asking must fight and win against a force of Consu. Sometimes this is enough, but other times they may demand the deaths of thousands of the asker's own species as a sacrifice.
3rd Aug '17 3:21:33 PM BattleMaster
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* DeusExMachina: The Consu are [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens far ahead of every other species]] and willing to share bits of their technology... for a horrific price. First, the ones asking must fight and win against a force of Consu. Sometimes this is enough, but other times they may demand the deaths of thousands of the asker's own species as a sacrifice.



** The Consu. Curiously enough, though, that dogma makes them ''less'' dangerous than they might be - they could easily steamroll everyone else in the galaxy, but their philosophy/religion calls on them to fight 'fairly' in their continued effort to help other races 'perfect' themselves. In their eyes, it's a species-wide EarnYourHappyEnding: in the eyes of most of their neighbors, it's random, scary mayhem.

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** The Consu. Curiously enough, though, that dogma makes them ''less'' dangerous than they might be - they're so advanced that they could easily steamroll everyone else in the galaxy, but their philosophy/religion calls on them to fight 'fairly' in their continued effort to help other races 'perfect' themselves.themselves so they limit themselves to using the same level of tech as their opponents. In their eyes, it's a species-wide EarnYourHappyEnding: in the eyes of most of their neighbors, it's random, scary mayhem.
3rd Aug '17 2:58:42 PM BattleMaster
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* EasySexChange: Doesn't show up in the novels themselves, but [[WordOfGod in an interview]], Scalzi said that a transgender soldier would be given a body that matched their gender identity as part of the effort to insure that soldiers liked themselves.
14th Jul '17 2:42:19 PM Kafkesque
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* AffectionateNickname: In ''The Last Colony'', John has a tendency to call Zoe "teenage daughter" whenever he's ribbing her; she gets back at him by calling him "[[OlderThanTheyLook ninety-year-old dad]]".
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