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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''.
11th Oct '16 11:05:46 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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* EnergyEconomy: The intergalactic currency units are energy credits. The captain even refuses a detour since the energy required would use more energy than his crew makes in a year.


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* HumanMomNonhumanDad: Mother is human; father is... well, actually human as well. Thing is, he's an ''Atlantean'' human, off a different genetic road.


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* NeuroVault: In ''The Search for Snout'', it's revealed near the end that the main character has a secret piece of data in his brain that will allow the villain to literally destroy time.


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* {{Ultraterrestrials}}: In ''The Search for Snout'', a boy believed his DisappearedDad was an alien, but upon meeting him in space, finds out that he's a scientist from {{Atlantis}} who traveled into space before it fell, became immortal, and had adventures on alien worlds before returning to live on Earth (and then he disappeared because an alien he'd ticked off on his adventures found him and wanted to harm his family).


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* WorthlessYellowRocks: It's mentioned in the first book that energy credits are galactic society's basic unit of exchange. "Makes more sense than gold," Grakker comments (rather condescendingly) to Rod. "Not much you can do with gold once you've got it."
11th Oct '16 7:45:11 PM PaulA
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* [[ADogAteMyHomework Aliens Ate My Homework]]: See the title. It was actually the truth, but due to the circumstances, it came across as a RefugeInAudacity joke.


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* ADogAteMyHomework: "Aliens ate my homework." It was actually the truth, but due to the circumstances, it came across as a RefugeInAudacity joke.
8th Oct '16 8:27:59 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Of the five alien crew members, two are roughly male, 1 female, 1 plant that uses male pronouns, and 1 with no equivalent in Earth's biology that considers male or female pronouns insulting. When Rod's cousin asks why there is only one female, she explains that the sheer diversity of species means they don't even pay attention to that kind of thing anymore.

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** Of the five alien crew members, two are roughly male, 1 female, 1 plant that uses male pronouns, and 1 with no equivalent in Earth's biology that considers male or female pronouns insulting. When Rod's cousin asks Madame Pong why there is only one female, she explains that the sheer diversity of species means they don't even pay attention to that kind of thing anymore.
30th Sep '16 11:36:32 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* 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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** Ah-Rit Alber-Ite changed his name to Arthur "Art" Allbright when he settled on Earth.
30th Sep '16 11:28:15 PM AnoneMouseJr
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Also known as the ''AliensAteMyHomework'' series.

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Also known as the ''AliensAteMyHomework'' ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' series.



* BittersweetEnding: BKR is ultimately stopped, the Albright family is finally united, and Rod will even be able to return to space in the future. 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.]]

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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. However, [[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.air, though they state that their finally bringing BKR to justice as a result of disobeying orders will also be taken into consideration.]]



* CannotTellALie: Rod. That's why the first book is named such. (The one significant time he ''does'' lie (he lies at the end of the first book), near the end of the series, BKR sees through it.)
* 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's no longer on the same planet.]]
* EldritchLocation: Dimension X

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* BondCreatures: According to Seymour, a Chibling's first life directive is to find and bond to the first sapient creature they encounter. After that, they're partners for life, or until so firmly rejected that they give up and die.
* CannotTellALie: Rod. That's why the first book is named such. (The The one significant time he ''does'' lie (he lies lie, at the end of the first book), near the end of the series, book, BKR sees through it.)
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* 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's no longer he got word that BKR was on his way to Earth and fled the same planet.planet to keep certain crucial information out of his hands.]]
* EldritchLocation: Dimension XX, home of Reality Quakes, a portal network and a layer of macaroni-like stuff that naturally grows in the sky.



* FantasticHonorifics: The "Tar" of Tar Gibbons is an honorific meaning "Wise and beloved master who could kill me with his little finger if he so wished."

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* FantasticHonorifics: The "Tar" of Tar Gibbons is an honorific meaning "Wise and beloved master warrior who could kill me with his little finger if he so wished."



* {{Homage}}: The overall series outline draws inspiration from the first four ''Franchise/StarTrek'' movies: book 1 sets up the plot, book 2 [[spoiler: has a character with psychic abilities apparently dying partway through but ultimately revealed to be NotQuiteDead, book 3 has that same character getting better after his crewmates disobey orders from their superiors (not to mention the title being a direct reference), and book 4 has the characters finally returning home after a long and difficult mission that saves the world from a terrible fate, and facing a trial for their actions afterward]].



* PlantAliens: Phil is a (dead ringer for a) sunflower.
* PunnyName: Phil O'Dendron.

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* PlantAliens: Phil Philogenus esk Piemondum (Phil for short) is a (dead dead ringer for a) a sunflower.
* PunnyName: Phil O'Dendron.PsychicPowers: The Mentat trains its students in these. Among other things, Mental Masters can connect to other's minds to read or implant information. Snout even manages to slow down time for Rod for a minute or so, giving him time to duck an enemy's punch.



* 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.]]



* StarfishAliens

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* StarfishAliensStarfishAliens: 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".



** Of the five alien crew members 2 that are roughly male, 1 female, 1 plant that uses male pronouns, and 1 with no equivalent in Earth's biology that considers male or female pronouns insulting. When Rod's cousin asks why there is only one female, she explains that the sheer diversity of species means they don't even pay attention to that kind of thing anymore.

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** Of the five alien crew members 2 that members, two are roughly male, 1 female, 1 plant that uses male pronouns, and 1 with no equivalent in Earth's biology that considers male or female pronouns insulting. When Rod's cousin asks why there is only one female, she explains that the sheer diversity of species means they don't even pay attention to that kind of thing anymore.
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