History Literature / RevelationSpace

12th Jun '18 8:05:54 AM hullflyer
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* AntiMatter: Used as a weapon of mass destruction, and as a highly efficient fuel. Ack-am launchers fire tiny pellets of normal matter containing a magnetic confinement field for the antimatter. [[spoiler: Sylveste has a pinhead of anti-matter in his eye, used to coerce the Triumvirate into helping him]]

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* AntiMatter: Used as a weapon of mass destruction, and as a highly efficient fuel. Ack-am launchers fire tiny pellets of normal matter containing a magnetic confinement field for the antimatter. [[spoiler: Sylveste [[spoiler:Sylveste has a pinhead of anti-matter in his eye, used to coerce the Triumvirate into helping him]]



** The sealed [[spoiler: advanced Amarantin city]] is initially presented as this; it's a gargantuan shell surrounded by solid rock.

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** The sealed [[spoiler: advanced [[spoiler:advanced Amarantin city]] is initially presented as this; it's a gargantuan shell surrounded by solid rock.



** And, of course, at the end when it's revealed that [[spoiler: the neutron star Hades is actually a ''giant alien supercomputer'']].

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** And, of course, at the end when it's revealed that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the neutron star Hades is actually a ''giant alien supercomputer'']].



* CultureChopSuey : A given, with humanity being quite a cosmopolitan mix during the events of the trilogy, especially on old and densely inhabited colony worlds like Yellowstone. Nationalities play a far lesser role than back on [[EarthThatWas Earth]] and the main new political and social divisions are purely ideological factions (such as the Conjoiners, the Demarchists, the Ultranauts, etc.). Some characters' names give obvious hints about a great mixing of nationalities.

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* CultureChopSuey : CultureChopSuey: A given, with humanity being quite a cosmopolitan mix during the events of the trilogy, especially on old and densely inhabited colony worlds like Yellowstone. Nationalities play a far lesser role than back on [[EarthThatWas Earth]] and the main new political and social divisions are purely ideological factions (such as the Conjoiners, the Demarchists, the Ultranauts, etc.). Some characters' names give obvious hints about a great mixing of nationalities.



* {{Cyborg}} : A lot of the future factions of humanity have {{Transhuman}}ist trappings, at least as far as having with various brain implants. The Conjoiners are a whole society of these, the Ultras and Demarchists less so.

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* {{Cyborg}} : {{Cyborg}}: A lot of the future factions of humanity have {{Transhuman}}ist trappings, at least as far as having with various brain implants. The Conjoiners are a whole society of these, the Ultras and Demarchists less so.



* EternalEnglish : [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Though the stories are all in English via TranslationConvention, it is clearly stated that human languages 500 years in the future have continued to further evolve. Notable examples are the two main languages: [[LatinLand Norte]] (Spanish + English) and [[CanadaEh Can]]-[[FarEast asian]] (Quebecois French + Cantonese). In a throwaway comment, Volyova mentions that her native language is [[FutureSlang Russish]] ([[http://www.alastairreynolds.com/rs-universe/rs-glossary/ described by Reynolds as Russian + English]]).

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* EternalEnglish : EternalEnglish: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Though the stories are all in English via TranslationConvention, it is clearly stated that human languages 500 years in the future have continued to further evolve. Notable examples are the two main languages: [[LatinLand Norte]] (Spanish + English) and [[CanadaEh Can]]-[[FarEast asian]] (Quebecois French + Cantonese). In a throwaway comment, Volyova mentions that her native language is [[FutureSlang Russish]] ([[http://www.alastairreynolds.com/rs-universe/rs-glossary/ described by Reynolds as Russian + English]]).



* FantasticSlurs : Yellowstonian Demarchists call Conjoiners "spiders" and rogue Demarchists, Skyjacks and Ultras "zombies". The "spider" nickname was also used by the Coalition for Neural Purity seen in the chronologically earliest installments of the series. Conjoiners refer to baseline humans as "the retarded".
** InSeriesNickname : The Yellowstonians (and apparently people from other terrestrial planets as well) often refer to themselves as "Stoners".

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* FantasticSlurs : FantasticSlurs: Yellowstonian Demarchists call Conjoiners "spiders" and rogue Demarchists, Skyjacks and Ultras "zombies". The "spider" nickname was also used by the Coalition for Neural Purity seen in the chronologically earliest installments of the series. Conjoiners refer to baseline humans as "the retarded".
** InSeriesNickname : InSeriesNickname: The Yellowstonians (and apparently people from other terrestrial planets as well) often refer to themselves as "Stoners".



* GratuitousRussian : Volyova, but only when she gets particularly frustrated or angry (so it's mostly limited to swear words or snarky comments).

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* GratuitousRussian : GratuitousRussian: Volyova, but only when she gets particularly frustrated or angry (so it's mostly limited to swear words or snarky comments).



* OmnidisciplinaryScientist : Dan Sylveste and his father, Calvin. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by their very long lifespan, immense wealth and use of assistive technology (mind-expanding cybernetics, AI personas that help them do science, etc.) designed to help them live up to this trope.
* PoweredArmor : The [[AMechByAnyOtherName "suits"]] are a very versatile example of this trope. Powerful enough to probably wipe out an entire modern-day army. Slightly subverted in that the suit will "take over" if it deems the situation too dangerous to trust to relatively-slow human reflexes (at which point the person inside becomes little more than glorified cargo).

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* OmnidisciplinaryScientist : OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Dan Sylveste and his father, Calvin. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by their very long lifespan, immense wealth and use of assistive technology (mind-expanding cybernetics, AI personas that help them do science, etc.) designed to help them live up to this trope.
* PoweredArmor : PoweredArmor: The [[AMechByAnyOtherName "suits"]] are a very versatile example of this trope. Powerful enough to probably wipe out an entire modern-day army. Slightly subverted in that the suit will "take over" if it deems the situation too dangerous to trust to relatively-slow human reflexes (at which point the person inside becomes little more than glorified cargo).



* ProjectedMan : Many of the "entoptic" simulations and personal avatars are presented as this.

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* ProjectedMan : ProjectedMan: Many of the "entoptic" simulations and personal avatars are presented as this.



* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay : Averted. Related to the ShownTheirWork entry.

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* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay : SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Averted. Related to the ShownTheirWork entry.



** Not only do they kill the star, but they do so by first building a gigantic machine to take apart the system's gas giant, then use the material they recovered from ''that'' to produce the star-killing weapon - which is so large and so massive that a character notes it shouldn't even be possible for it to ''exist'' without collapsing in on itself. When they fire their weapon at the star, it doesn't just kill the star - [[spoiler: it turns it into a astronomically [[AwesomeButImpractical huge Flamethrower.]] ]]

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** Not only do they kill the star, but they do so by first building a gigantic machine to take apart the system's gas giant, then use the material they recovered from ''that'' to produce the star-killing weapon - which is so large and so massive that a character notes it shouldn't even be possible for it to ''exist'' without collapsing in on itself. When they fire their weapon at the star, it doesn't just kill the star - [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it turns it into a astronomically [[AwesomeButImpractical huge Flamethrower.]] ]]
12th Jun '18 8:01:08 AM hullflyer
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* GreyGoo: [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] the Melding Plague. It absolutely devastates [[spoiler:Chasm City]], horrible killing thousands of people and mutating the affected landscape. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that it only attacks ''nanotech'', meaning that normal matter (and baseline humans without any nanotech in their body) are completely unaffected. However, in specific circumstances, it can be beneficial [[spoiler: as shown at the end of the novel, when a plague-infested Captain is implied to have ''become the ship'' and saves Khouri and Volyova's asses]].

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* GreyGoo: [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] regarding the Melding Plague. It absolutely devastates [[spoiler:Chasm City]], horrible horribly killing thousands of people and mutating the affected landscape. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that it only attacks ''nanotech'', meaning that normal matter (and baseline humans without any nanotech in their body) are completely unaffected. However, in specific circumstances, it can be beneficial [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as shown at the end of the novel, when a plague-infested Captain is implied to have ''become the ship'' and saves Khouri and Volyova's asses]].
12th Jun '18 7:59:52 AM hullflyer
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* GodzillaThreshold: Mademoiselle considers destroy an entire populated planet with the ''Nostalgia For Infinity'''s [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Hell-Class weapons]] to be preferable to allowing [[spoiler:Daniel Sylveste to travel to [[BigDumbObject Cerberus]] and unwittingly re-awaken the Inhibitors, for [[PrecursorKillers a very good reason]].]]

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* GodzillaThreshold: Mademoiselle considers destroy destroying an entire populated planet with the ''Nostalgia For Infinity'''s [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Hell-Class weapons]] to be preferable to allowing [[spoiler:Daniel Sylveste to travel to [[BigDumbObject Cerberus]] and unwittingly re-awaken the Inhibitors, for [[PrecursorKillers a very good reason]].]]
8th Apr '17 5:42:57 AM Feris
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* CyborgHelmsman: The crews of interstellar spacecraft have formed their own culture, and most of them are cyborgs. A more extreme example is John Brannigan, a starship captain who became infected with a [[TheVirus nanotechnological virus]], [[BodyHorror causing his mind and body]] to merge with his ship in a very disturbing way. Even before the virus, he is described as being more robot than man, with the only visible trace of his humanity being his dreadlocks and the skin around his highly [[GasMaskMooks modified]] [[ElectronicEyes face]].
8th Apr '17 5:42:08 AM Feris
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* {{Cyborg}} : A lot of the future factions of humanity have {{Transhuman}}ist trappings, at least as far as having with various brain implants. The Conjoiners are a whole society of these, the Ultras and Demarchists less so.


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* {{Cyborg}} : A lot of the future factions of humanity have {{Transhuman}}ist trappings, at least as far as having with various brain implants. The Conjoiners are a whole society of these, the Ultras and Demarchists less so.
* CyborgHelmsman: The crews of interstellar spacecraft have formed their own culture, and most of them are cyborgs. A more extreme example is John Brannigan, a starship captain who became infected with a [[TheVirus nanotechnological virus]], [[BodyHorror causing his mind and body]] to merge with his ship in a very disturbing way. Even before the virus, he is described as being more robot than man, with the only visible trace of his humanity being his dreadlocks and the skin around his highly [[GasMaskMooks modified]] [[ElectronicEyes face]].
18th Sep '16 3:11:52 PM Fallingwater
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* LostTechnology: it's mentioned offhandedly during the novel that the Conjoiners are no longer building lighthuggers, and since they alone know the secrets of the engines nobody else can build - or fix - the only vehicles that allow humanity to travel the stars. The ships do repair themselves, but as the Nostalgia for Infinity's dilapidated interiors show there are limits, and accidents do happen.
18th Sep '16 3:03:23 PM Fallingwater
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* DramaticUnmask: When Dan finds [[spoiler:Sajaki's empty powersuit, revealing that the "Sajaki" he thought had been accompanying him and talking to him was actually the Sun Stealer]].

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* DramaticUnmask: When Dan finds [[spoiler:Sajaki's empty powersuit, revealing that the "Sajaki" he thought had been accompanying him and talking to him was actually the Sun Stealer]].



* MoreThanMindControl: When it's not simply driving it's hosts mad, the [[EldritchAbomination Sun Stealer]]'s influence on people is implied to be this. For example, [[spoiler:Dan Sylveste's]] urge to go to Resurgam, despite [[spoiler:there being no good reason to go there, let alone found a colony and begin archaeological digs]].

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* MoreThanMindControl: When it's not simply driving it's its hosts mad, the [[EldritchAbomination Sun Stealer]]'s influence on people is implied to be this. For example, [[spoiler:Dan Sylveste's]] urge to go to Resurgam, despite [[spoiler:there being no good reason to go there, let alone found dig for a colony and begin archaeological digs]].research]].
18th Sep '16 3:02:08 PM Fallingwater
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* MileLongShip: Lighthuggers are roughly 4 km tall.

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* MileLongShip: Lighthuggers are have a length of roughly 4 km tall.four kilometres.
18th Sep '16 3:00:38 PM Fallingwater
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* GreyGoo: [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] the Melding Plague. It absolutely devastates [[spoiler:Chasm City]], horrible killing thousands of people and mutating the affected landscape. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that it only attacks ''nanotech'', meaning that normal matter (and baseline humans without any nanotech in their body) are completely unaffected.

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* GreyGoo: [[PlayingWithTropes Played with]] the Melding Plague. It absolutely devastates [[spoiler:Chasm City]], horrible killing thousands of people and mutating the affected landscape. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that it only attacks ''nanotech'', meaning that normal matter (and baseline humans without any nanotech in their body) are completely unaffected. However, in specific circumstances, it can be beneficial [[spoiler: as shown at the end of the novel, when a plague-infested Captain is implied to have ''become the ship'' and saves Khouri and Volyova's asses]].
18th Sep '16 2:45:46 PM Fallingwater
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* AnyoneCanDie

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* AnyoneCanDieAnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:of the primary cast, the only one who remains unambiguously alive throughout the ordeal is Ilia Volyova. Khouri, Sylveste and Pascale are also alive in the end, but only through resurrection.]]
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