History Literature / RodAlbrightAlienAdventures

1st May '17 8:24:29 AM Owlorange1995
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* NotSoDifferent: Despite coming from te same utopian society as the good aliens, BKR has the same barbaric traits humans are accused of having, and he proves himself to be far worse than any Earth-based species.
4th Mar '17 6:16:00 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Book 1, chapter four, is titled "In Which I Become an Interstellar Criminal".
25th Feb '17 6:07:15 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: As discussed in book 4, negatrons (a powerful force generated by negative thinking) do this, having a subtle but deeply destructive effect that slowly wears away at everything around them. BKR apparently spent some time trying to channel them into a weapon, but is never confirmed to have had any success with it.



* SeeingThroughAnothersEyes: [[spoiler: In book 4, when he finally establishes a mental link with Snout on his own, Rod sees through Snout's eyes. Later, after getting transferred out of Seymour's body and back into his own, he finds he can still see through Seymour's eye as well.]]



* SharingABody: [[spoiler: Rod winds up doing this with Seymour for the last chapter or so of ''The Search for Snout'' and much of ''Aliens Stole My Body''. He gets his own body back in the next-to-last chapter of the latter book.]]

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* SharingABody: [[spoiler: Rod winds up doing this with Seymour for the last chapter or so of ''The Search for Snout'' and much of ''Aliens Stole My Body''. During this time, he finds he can temporarily seize control of their shared body, but only does it in an emergency - i.e., when others' lives are at stake. He gets his own body back in the next-to-last chapter of the latter book.]]


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* WhenDimensionsCollide: Book 2 reveals that BKR and Smorkus Flinders were working on this, intending to create a permanent door between Dimension X and Dimension Q that would eventually fuse them into one dimension "where reality can shift like sand". However, after Smorkus Flinders is taken into captivity and BKR subsequently ''escapes'' from custody, he decides to focus on one of his other, older plans.
23rd Feb '17 6:38:37 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Grakker delivers one to Elspeth in book 2 when she tells him "You're not the boss of me!". While it goes unheard by the reader, Rod describes it as Grakker telling Elspeth "exactly what he thought of her attitude, her antics and her lack of discipline".

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Grakker delivers one to Elspeth in book 2 when she tells him "You're not the boss of me!". While it goes unheard by the reader, Rod describes it as Grakker telling Elspeth "exactly what he thought of her attitude, her antics antics, and her lack of discipline".
23rd Feb '17 6:37:50 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Grakker delivers one to Elspeth in book 2 when she tells him "You're not the boss of me!". While it goes unheard by the reader, Rod describes it as Grakker telling Elspeth "exactly what he thought of her attitude, her antics and her lack of discipline".



* SeriesContinuityError: Book 1 states that BKR has been on Earth for twelve years. However, book 2 states that Rod hadn't seen his father in "nearly three years", and book 3 subsequently states that Ah-rit fled when he found out BKR was on his way to Earth. If the latter is true, either the "twelve years on Earth" part is an error on the part of the Galactic Patrol, or BKR's time on Earth was retconned to be much shorter.

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* SeriesContinuityError: Book 1 states that BKR has been on Earth for twelve years. However, book 2 states that Rod hadn't seen his father in "nearly three years", and book 3 subsequently states that Ah-rit fled when he found out BKR was on his way to Earth. If the latter is true, either the "twelve years on Earth" part is an error on the part of the Galactic Patrol, or BKR's time on Earth was retconned to be much shorter. Then again, it's also said that BKR ''had'' been ''looking'' for Ah-rit for almost ten years at that point, so it's possible he just dropped out of sight when Ah-Rit did and the GP assumed he was on Earth all that time.
16th Oct '16 2:19:18 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* PercussiveMaintenance: Problems with the crew's language implants are usually solved by a good whack to the back of the user's head by Madame Pong.


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* TranslatorMicrobes: The language implants used by the crew to speak English (though they don't seem to be perfect). Rod, Seymour and Elspeth also get them so they can speak Standard Galactic.
15th Oct '16 10:11:04 PM AnoneMouseJr
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Also known as the ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' series.

A children's series written by Creator/BruceCoville in TheNineties, it tells the story of sixth-grader Rod Allbright, whose life is changed forever when a tiny spaceship crashes into his room and he's recruited to help its occupants in their mission of capturing an intergalactic criminal who's been hiding on Earth for twelve years.

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Also '''Rod Allbright Alien Adventures''', also known as the ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' series.

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series, is a children's series written by Creator/BruceCoville in TheNineties, it TheNineties. It tells the story of sixth-grader Rod Allbright, whose life is changed forever when a tiny spaceship crashes into his room and he's recruited to help its occupants in their mission of capturing an intergalactic criminal who's been hiding on Earth for twelve years.some time.



* CoolStarship: Pretty much all of them, but special note goes to Ah-Rit's ship, the ''Jean'' (named for his wife), which is described as sleek and powerful.

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* CoolStarship: Pretty much all of them, but special note goes to Ah-Rit's Ah-rit's ship, the ''Jean'' (named for his wife), which is described as sleek and powerful.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: ''Aliens Stole My Body'' begins with an author's note stating that Rod is the real writer and Coville just publishes the manuscripts that Rod sends him occasionally. The same note theorizes that Rod chose him either because he already had a reputation for publishing alien stories, or because they live in the same area.



* SeriesContinuityError: Book 1 states that BKR has been on Earth for twelve years. However, book 2 states that Rod hadn't seen his father in "nearly three years", and book 3 subsequently states that Ah-Rit fled when he found out BKR was on his way to Earth. If the latter is true, either the "twelve years on Earth" part is an error on the part of the Galactic Patrol, or BKR's time on Earth was retconned to be much shorter.

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* SeriesContinuityError: Book 1 states that BKR has been on Earth for twelve years. However, book 2 states that Rod hadn't seen his father in "nearly three years", and book 3 subsequently states that Ah-Rit Ah-rit fled when he found out BKR was on his way to Earth. If the latter is true, either the "twelve years on Earth" part is an error on the part of the Galactic Patrol, or BKR's time on Earth was retconned to be much shorter.



** Ah-Rit Alber-Ite changed his name to Arthur "Art" Allbright when he settled on Earth.

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** Ah-Rit Alber-Ite Ah-rit Alber Ite changed his name to Arthur "Art" Allbright when he settled on Earth.
15th Oct '16 10:01:40 PM AnoneMouseJr
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A children's series about a 12-year old that has a tiny spaceship crash into his room, and ends up helping the aliens on their mission.

Written by Creator/BruceCoville in TheNineties, the series in chronological order is: ''Aliens Ate My Homework'', ''I Left My Sneakers In Dimension X'', ''The Search for Snout'' (or ''Aliens Stole My Dad'' if you live in the UK), and ''Aliens Stole My Body''.

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A children's series about a 12-year old that has a tiny spaceship crash into his room, and ends up helping the aliens on their mission.

Written
written by Creator/BruceCoville in TheNineties, it tells the story of sixth-grader Rod Allbright, whose life is changed forever when a tiny spaceship crashes into his room and he's recruited to help its occupants in their mission of capturing an intergalactic criminal who's been hiding on Earth for twelve years.

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series in chronological order is: consists of four books:

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''Aliens Ate My Homework'', Homework'' (1993)
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''I Left My Sneakers In Dimension X'', X'' (1994)
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''The Search for Snout'' (or (titled ''Aliens Stole My Dad'' if you live in the UK), and UK) (1995)
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''Aliens Stole My Body''.Body'' (1998)



* AlienLunch: Grakker's people raise worms to eat.

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* AlienLunch: AlienLunch:
** Tar Gibbons likes to grab little flying bugs out of the air for his snacks.
** In book 2, while being held in Castle Chaos, Rod and Elspeth are fed a horrible-looking mess that appears to be mostly plant parts. The "best-tasting" thing is a red sphere described as tasting like a mixture of chocolate and olives seasoned with mucus.
** On the other hand, Dimension X is also home to ''kispa-dinka'', which resembles boiled macaroni and grows in the sky. When Rod finally tastes it, he finds it sweet and slightly spicy, and quite enjoys it.
** Book 3 reveals that
Grakker's people raise worms to eat.eat. Later in the book, Rod is mentioned to have found a couple of alien dishes he likes, including scrambled squibbish, which resembles "moldy rat tails sauteed in eyeball sauce". Elspeth, when convinced to try it, says it "tastes like chicken".
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: She's actually Rod's maternal ''cousin'', but Elspeth [=McMasters=] fills such a role in books 2 onward. Played straight with Spar Kellis who, when he sees her behavior, mentions he has a sister like that.



* CryoPrison: In ''The Search for Snout'', placing troublemakers in suspended animation is used as a punishment aboard the alien ship ''Ferkel''.
* DisappearedDad: Rod's father left his family many years before the first book under mysterious circumstances, and hasn't been heard from since. [[spoiler:It's because he got word that BKR was on his way to Earth and fled the planet to keep certain crucial information out of his hands.]]

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* CryoPrison: In ''The Search for Snout'', placing troublemakers in suspended animation is used as a punishment aboard the alien ship ''Ferkel''.
''Ferkel''. It's also said that [[spoiler: BKR's gang will probably just be put back in suspended animation after their trial.]]
* DisappearedDad: Rod's father left his family many three years before the first book under mysterious circumstances, and hasn't been heard from since. [[spoiler:It's because he got word that BKR was on his way to Earth and fled the planet to keep certain crucial information out of his hands.]]



* ForTheEvulz: Everything BKR does is for this, such as his plan to merge our dimension with Dimension X and his later plan to freeze time. Grakker notes in both cases that BKR is well aware that he would be affected just like everyone else, but as long as he can hurt people, he just doesn't care.

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* ForTheEvulz: Everything BKR does is for this, such as his plan to merge our dimension with Dimension X and his later plan to freeze time. Grakker notes in both cases that BKR is well aware that he would be affected just like everyone else, but as long as he can hurt people, he just doesn't care. And in the latter case, when time stops forever, he'll be frozen at the exact moment of his greatest triumph.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Grakker has a HairTriggerTemper and can be quite vicious, but he is genuinely a good person, and ''way'' better than his nemesis BKR.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: The perpetually cranky Grakker has a HairTriggerTemper and can be quite vicious, but he is genuinely a good person, and ''way'' better than his nemesis BKR.



* ParentalSubstitute: For much of the series, Rod is the only father his twin siblings Linda and Eric have. Somewhat downplayed in that they still have their mother.



* Really700YearsOld: Rod's father is actually 35,000 years old.

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* Really700YearsOld: Rod's father is actually 35,000 years old. But through suspended animation and relativity, he's physically around eighty.



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: At one point, Arnie the school bully tries to have his dad sue Rod's mother, because Rod (with a little alien help) ducked his fist and he broke it against the school's wall. While there's no way that it would hold up in court, Rod's mother mentions that she can't afford the trouble.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: At one point, Arnie the point in book 1, school bully Arnie Markle tries to have his dad sue Rod's mother, because Rod (with a little alien help) ducked his Arnie's fist and he broke it against the school's wall. While there's no way that it would hold up in court, Rod's mother mentions that she can't afford the trouble.



* SeriesContinuityError: Book 1 states that BKR has been on Earth for twelve years. However, book 2 states that Rod hadn't seen his father in "nearly three years", and book 3 subsequently states that Ah-Rit fled when he found out BKR was on his way to Earth. If the latter is true, either the "twelve years on Earth" part is an error on the part of the Galactic Patrol, or BKR's time on Earth was retconned to be much shorter.



-->'''Grakker''': Do ''you'' come from a swamp planet?
* SpaceIsMagic
* StarfishAliens: The cast includes Tar Gibbons (member of a multi-gendered species), Phil the Plant, and Edgar/Seymour (member of a symbiont species which splits into two bodies as part of its life cycle). On the psychological side, Captain Grakker uses a computerized implant to experience different moods. Known modules include "diplomatic", "docility", "berserk", "battle" (which Tar Gibbons thinks is poorly programmed), "judicial" and "open mind".

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-->'''Grakker''': Do "Do ''you'' come from a swamp planet?
* SpaceIsMagic
planet?"
** He did ''live'' in a swamp though.
* StarfishAliens: The cast includes Tar Gibbons (member of a multi-gendered species), Phil the Plant, and Edgar/Seymour (member of a symbiont species which splits into two bodies as part of its life cycle). On the psychological side, Captain Grakker uses a computerized implant to experience different moods. Known modules include "diplomatic", "docility", "berserk", "battle" (which Tar Gibbons thinks is poorly programmed), "judicial" and "open mind". A "patience" module is also mentioned, and apparently they had more than one of it on hand - Madame Pong notes early in ''The Search For Snout'' that she needs to requisition a new one, because Grakker's short-circuited his way through their entire inventory.


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* TitleDrop: Both "Aliens ate my homework" and "I left my sneakers in Dimension X" appear in dialogue or narration of the first two books. Averted with books 3 and 4 though.
15th Oct '16 10:01:31 AM AnoneMouseJr
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* BittersweetEnding: BKR is ultimately stopped, the Albright family is finally united, and Rod will even be able to return to space in the future. [[spoiler:However, the entire Ferkel crew must stand trial going against the Galactic Patrol's orders, and their ultimate fate is left up in the air, though they state that their finally bringing BKR to justice as a result of disobeying orders will also be taken into consideration.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: BKR is ultimately stopped, the Albright Allbright family is finally united, and Rod will even be able to return to space in the future. [[spoiler:However, the entire Ferkel crew must stand trial going against the Galactic Patrol's orders, and their ultimate fate is left up in the air, though they state that their finally bringing BKR to justice as a result of disobeying orders will also be taken into consideration.]]



* MassiveNumberedSiblings: When Rod undergoes a mind probe by the Ting Wongovia, he experiences the other being's memory of hatching among his three-hundred and fifty-eight egg-brothers and egg-sisters, including Flinge Iblik/Snout.



* PlantAliens: Philogenus esk Piemondum (Phil for short) is a dead ringer for a sunflower.

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* PlantAliens: Philogenus Phillogenus esk Piemondum (Phil for short) is a dead ringer for a sunflower.
11th Oct '16 11:06:04 PM PaulA
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* CryoPrision: In ''The Search for Snout'', placing troublemakers in suspended animation is used as a punishment aboard the alien ship ''Ferkel''.

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* CryoPrision: CryoPrison: In ''The Search for Snout'', placing troublemakers in suspended animation is used as a punishment aboard the alien ship ''Ferkel''.
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