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4th May '15 2:07:50 PM LeeM
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Post-1992 texts are taken from the original manuscript, restoring chapterization and some text that was cut from the original magazine publication.
1st Apr '14 5:37:57 PM WillBGood
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''Scanners Live in Vain'' was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. After being rejected by ''Astounding Science Fiction'' and other major magazines it finally appeared in 1950 in the more obscure ''Fantasy Book'' magazine as Smith's first professional publication. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''.

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''Scanners "Scanners Live in Vain'' Vain" was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. After being rejected by ''Astounding Science Fiction'' and other major magazines it finally appeared in 1950 in the more obscure ''Fantasy Book'' magazine as Smith's first professional publication. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''.
1st Feb '14 11:14:31 AM ReaderAt2046
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* DisabilitySuperpower: Severing the sensory nerves makes you immune to the Great Pain.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: A large part of the reason the Scanners vote to kill Adam Stone is that, in their Haberman state, they are incapable of realizing the outrage this will provoke among normal humans. Martel, who is still cranched at the time, recognizes that this could turn humanity against the Scanners.


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* HumanityEnsues: With his discovery having removed the need for Scanners, Stone works out how to undo the Haberman process, turning the Scanners back into humans. The regular Habermans, who were convicted criminals in the first place, are simply allowed to finally die.
26th Jan '14 5:29:13 PM Tuckerscreator
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Martel kills fellow scanner Parizianski to keep him from murdering Dr. Stone. The others assume Parizianski's death was an accident, and it's implied that Martel's knowledge of what he really did will haunt him afterward.]]
6th Jan '14 2:26:09 PM SharleeD
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: As pain is transmitted exclusively via the spinothalamic tracts and trigeminal nerves, it really shouldn't be necessary to sever the ''other'' neural pathways that carry hearing, scent, taste, proprioception, or tactile sensations to render someone immune to the Great Pain.
14th Aug '13 5:20:23 PM LeeM
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''Scanners Live in Vain'' was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''.

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''Scanners Live in Vain'' was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. After being rejected by ''Astounding Science Fiction'' and other major magazines it finally appeared in 1950 in the more obscure ''Fantasy Book'' magazine as Smith's first professional publication. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''.
12th Aug '13 9:40:38 PM Tuckerscreator
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"Scanners Live in Vain" was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''.

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"Scanners ''Scanners Live in Vain" Vain'' was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''.
12th Aug '13 9:40:23 PM Tuckerscreator
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* UncannyValley: {{In-universe}}. Because scanners do not feel, they either lip-read or yell their speech, walk awkwardly, and cannot form convincing expressions. Martel doesn't notice how strange and repulsing this is until he observes them while cranched.
12th Aug '13 9:33:20 PM Tuckerscreator
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* BlessedWithSuck
* {{Cyborg}}: The Scanners and Habermans.

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* BlessedWithSuck
BlessedWithSuck: The Scanners and Habermans are responsible for man's expansion into space. Unfortunately, this comes at the cost of their senses.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Losing their senses led to a loss of empathy and morality in scanners, letting them coldly consider murder as a viable answer.
* {{Cyborg}}: The Scanners and Habermans.



* OrganicTechnology: Adam Stone has basically discovered that the radiation that causes the Great Pain of Space not only ''affects'' life, it is ''absorbed'' by it. So, surrounding yourself with other living creatures will prevent you from feeling the pain yourself. He eventually settles on building a shield out of live oysters, since they lack any central nervous system to experience pain with.

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* MurderIsTheBestSolution: When the scanners hear that Adam Stone may have discovered a cure to pain of space, they vote to kill him so as to not render their jobs obsolete.
* OrganicTechnology: Adam [[spoiler:Adam Stone has basically discovered that the radiation that causes the Great Pain of Space not only ''affects'' life, it is ''absorbed'' by it. So, surrounding yourself with other living creatures will prevent you from feeling the pain yourself. He eventually settles on building a shield out of live oysters, since they lack any central nervous system to experience pain with. ]]
* ProfessorGuineaPig: [[spoiler:Once Stone was certain of his cure, he himself rode a ship that utilized it, and emerged unharmed.]]



* SenseLossSadness

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* SenseLossSadnessSenseLossSadness: Martel laments being dead to his senses when working.
** LimbSensationFascination: When he's "cranched", he can appreciate sight, hearing, and taste again.



* TitleDrop: When Martel is trying to talk the other Scanners out of assassinating Adam Stone. "Scanners live in vain! Thank God for that!"

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* TitleDrop: When Martel is trying to talk Thrice in the story. The title refers Adam Stone's possible cure for the pain of space, which would render the entire caste of scanners to be useless.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Chang, another scanner and friend of Martel's, who is skilled enough to act normal even while in scanning mode and is the only
other Scanners out of assassinating Adam Stone. "Scanners live in vain! Thank God for that!"scanner to vote against Stone's assassination.
11th Jun '13 4:35:32 PM Tuckerscreator
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"Scanners Live in Vain" was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''

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"Scanners Live in Vain" was a novelette-length story written by Creator/CordwainerSmith in 1945. It went on to be included in the first volume of ''The ScienceFiction Hall of Fame'' and in Robert Silverburg's ''Literature/ScienceFiction101''
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