History Literature / OldMansWar

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]]".
14th Jul '17 2:40:11 PM Kafkesque
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* OlderThanTheyLook: All CDF soldiers, owing to the whole BrainUploading thing. Zoe hangs a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] on it in ''The Last Colony'' by calling (the apparently 30-something) John "[[AffectionateNickname ninety-year-old dad]]".


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* YoungerThanTheyLook: Unlike the CDF, who are [[OlderThanTheyLook older people in younger bodies]], the Special Forces are "newborns" who have been inhabiting an adult body from their inception. Your average Special Forces member is a toddler or grade-schooler by regular human reckoning; high-ranking, experienced members may be in their teens.
28th Jun '17 10:34:42 PM LBHills
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* ''The End of All Things'': The sequel to ''The Human Division''. Despite what the name suggests, Scalzi has confirmed that this novel is by no means necessarily the final chapter in the Old Man's War universe. However, it will resolve the previous book's titular human division (between Earth and the Colonial Union), and reveal the nature and extent of [[spoiler: TheConspiracy exacerbating the division and playing the Earth, the CU, and the Conclave against one another]].

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* ''The End of All Things'': The sequel to ''The Human Division''. Despite what the name suggests, Scalzi has confirmed that this novel is by no means necessarily the final chapter in the Old Man's War universe. However, it will resolve It resolved the previous book's titular human division (between Earth and the Colonial Union), and reveal revealed the nature and extent of [[spoiler: TheConspiracy exacerbating the division and playing the Earth, the CU, and the Conclave against one another]].
24th Jun '17 10:57:20 PM LBHills
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** Comments from veterans that he's served with suggest that it's not an act: he really is that way.

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** Comments from veterans that he's served with suggest that it's not an act: he really is that way.hateful, contemptuous and sadistic.
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