History Literature / OldMansWar

8th May '16 3:41:40 PM AFP
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** [[Spoiler: Equilibrium]] does almost nothing but this throughout ''The Human Division.''

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** [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Equilibrium]] does almost nothing but this throughout ''The Human Division.''



* TheLoad: What the SF forces worry John Perry will be when he asks to drop with them on Coral. [[They change their minds when he carries a wounded Jane across half a battlefield.]]

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* TheLoad: What the SF forces worry John Perry will be when he asks to drop with them on Coral. [[They [[spoiler: They change their minds when he carries a wounded Jane across half a battlefield.]]
20th Dec '15 4:27:42 PM nombretomado
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** In ''Old Man's War,'' a whale-like species known as the [[TheSilmarillion Finwe]] gets a brief mention.

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** In ''Old Man's War,'' a whale-like species known as the [[TheSilmarillion [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Finwe]] gets a brief mention.
19th Oct '15 7:55:18 PM GiantSpaceChinchilla
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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted. The CDF creates a spectrum of oddities built out of human DNA - ranging from 'pretty green people' to 'space tortoises'. Also, every CDF soldier has a computer in their head, and Special Forces soldiers utilize this to the level of Synchronization.

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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted. The CDF creates a spectrum of oddities built out of human DNA - ranging from 'pretty green people' to 'space tortoises'. Also, every CDF soldier has a computer in their head, and Special Forces soldiers utilize this to the level of Synchronization.{{Synchronization}}.


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* SmartGun: the Colonial Marines' weapons are biometrically locked, computer-controlled and programmable {{Swiss Army Gun}}s. Special Forces can also control the gun remotely.
2nd Oct '15 9:29:31 AM zarpaulus
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** It is faster and more efficient to raise speed-grown SuperSoldier[=s=]. The CU prefers to transfer adult consciousnesses because these soldiers are [[FantasticRacism more trusted]] than the speed-grown Special Forces.

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** It is faster and more efficient to raise speed-grown SuperSoldier[=s=].{{Super Soldier}}s. The CU prefers to transfer adult consciousnesses because these soldiers are [[FantasticRacism more trusted]] than the speed-grown Special Forces.
2nd Oct '15 1:30:02 AM GrandPrincePaulII
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* BrainUploading: Central to the series. It has become much faster and simpler to create a SuperSoldier body and then import an adult consciousness into it, than to raise speed-grown soldiers.

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* BrainUploading: Central to the series. It has become much faster and simpler to create a SuperSoldier body and then import an adult consciousness into it, than to speed-grown soldiers
** It is faster and more efficient to
raise speed-grown soldiers.SuperSoldier[=s=]. The CU prefers to transfer adult consciousnesses because these soldiers are [[FantasticRacism more trusted]] than the speed-grown Special Forces.
6th Sep '15 5:45:04 PM nombretomado
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** In ''Old Man's War'', two of Perry's fellow recruits are named [[NeilGaiman Gaiman]] and [[DaveMcKean McKean]].

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** In ''Old Man's War'', two of Perry's fellow recruits are named [[NeilGaiman [[Creator/NeilGaiman Gaiman]] and [[DaveMcKean McKean]].
4th Aug '15 8:51:40 PM kufat
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* ''The Human Division'': Takes up the where the series left off, dealing with the fallout from ''The Last Colony'' and bringing back old characters while introducing new ones. Serialized as a "season" of short stories/chapters, it was released in weekly e-episodes, with each installment featuring unique cover art by illustrator John Harris. [[http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/04/09/the-human-division-episode-thirteen-earth-below-sky-above-is-now-live-an-announcement-about-the-future/ A second "season" has been confirmed.]]

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* ''The Human Division'': Takes up the where the series left off, dealing with the fallout from ''The Last Colony'' and bringing back old characters while introducing new ones. Serialized as a "season" of short stories/chapters, it was released in weekly e-episodes, with each installment featuring unique cover art by illustrator John Harris. [[http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/04/09/the-human-division-episode-thirteen-earth-below-sky-above-is-now-live-an-announcement-about-the-future/ A second "season" has been confirmed.]]
13th Jul '15 7:49:32 PM Noc
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** [[Spoiler: Equilibrium]] does almost nothing but this throughout ''The Human Division.''



* TheLoad: What the SF forces worry John Perry will be when he asks to drop with them on Coral. [[They change their minds when he carries a wounded Jane across half a battlefield.]]



* ModernStasis: Earth

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* MildlyMilitary: Heavily averted in ''Old Man's War,'' where professionalism and discipline are repeatedly displayed to be the only things standing between CDF soldiers and being eaten by aliens.
** It occurs to some extent in ''The Ghost Brigades,'' though, justified by the characters being SuperSoldiers taught to fight from birth: being an effective soldier is ingrained deeply enough into their identity that strict military discipline is redundant. But even they stick to business once they're on the clock, though.
** Seen later on in Heather Lee's squad in ''The End Of All Things,'' who spend most of their episode bickering and debating the CU's response to colonial unrest.
* ModernStasis: EarthEarth, [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by the Colonial Union.



* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted. The CDF creates a spectrum of oddities built out of human DNA - ranging from 'pretty green people' to 'space tortoises'.

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* NoSocialSkills/PsychopathicManchild: A common opinion of the Special Forces soldiers, combat-trained clones who rarely have ages in the double digits. They resent it, and ''The Ghost Brigades'' shows that this is mostly due to ElectronicTelepathy being their preferred mode of communication.
* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Averted. The CDF creates a spectrum of oddities built out of human DNA - ranging from 'pretty green people' to 'space tortoises'. Also, every CDF soldier has a computer in their head, and Special Forces soldiers utilize this to the level of Synchronization.
13th Jul '15 7:23:52 PM Noc
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** In ''The Human Divison,'' a quartet of unmodified Earth soldiers attempt this on Harry. He takes it in stride.


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** Suffered briefly by Jane Sagan, but she seems to be at peace with it by the end of ''Old Man's War.''


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** Averted in ''The Human Division.'' [[spoiler: Well, Earth Station ''does'' get blown up, but it's designed well enough to self-destruct rather than land intact on the city beneath it.]]


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** And when aliens finally start getting speaking roles about midway through the series, it almost graduates to a [[WorldOfSnark Galaxy of Snark]]. One character, eavesdropping on some bickering among his mixed-species captors, notes that [[LampshadeHanging sarcasm must be a near-universal trait of intelligent species]].


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* TheDogBitesBack: Rafe Daquin against the TheConspiracy in the first episode of ''The End of All Things.'' It's glorious.


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** Also [[spoiler: Captain Coloma]] at the end of all things.


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** Also, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters The Colonial Union]]: a fascist, xenophobic, and violently expansionistic state that keeps its own people in the dark and farms them to populate colonies and die in endless wars.


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** Progressively averted over the course of the series, however, especially in ''The Human Divison'' when the focus shifts from the Colonial Union's military to its diplomatic corps.
12th Jul '15 4:57:54 PM Noc
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* BolivianArmyEnding: Near the end of ''The Ghost Brigades, [[spoiler:Harvey]] is left alone on a planet swarming with hostile Obin, with days until possible rescue. The next chapter [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome strongly implies he survived]].


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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: The CDF leadership seems to feel this way in regards to their alien neighbors. It's not an entirely uncommon feeling: if nothing else, spacefaring races almost categorically refuse to share planets with each other, and exterminating someone else's colony prior to establishing your own is common practice.
** Subverted, however, by the narrative itself (which doesn't seem to agree with this), and by the fact that enough people eventually got fed up with this to form the [[TheFederation Conclave]].
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