History Literature / SectorGeneral

5th Nov '16 3:50:10 PM Xtifr
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* {{Heavyworlder}}: Several species, notably FROB Hudlar (spherical body plan with six radially symmetric tentacles) and FGLI Tralthan (resembling a hexapedal elephant), represent the "short and wide" version of this trope. On the flipside, LSVO Nallajim and GLNO Cinrusskin both hail from very low-gravity worlds and exemplify the "big and skinny" version (LSVO are avian, while GLNO are insectile).

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* {{Heavyworlder}}: Several species, notably FROB Hudlar (spherical body plan with six radially symmetric tentacles) and FGLI Tralthan (resembling a hexapedal elephant), represent the "short and wide" version of this trope. On the flipside, LSVO Nallajim and GLNO Cinrusskin both hail from very low-gravity worlds and exemplify the "big and skinny" version (LSVO are avian, while GLNO are insectile).


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* {{Lightworlder}}: LSVO Nallajim and GLNO Cinrusskin both hail from very low-gravity worlds and exemplify the "big and skinny" version (LSVO are avian, while GLNO are insectile).
30th Sep '16 4:14:43 PM LondonKdS
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* ShoutOut: The FOKT code for the Gogleskans is a Shout Out to a Scottish SF fan organisation called the Friends Of [[Creator/KurtVonnegut Kilgore Trout]].
15th Jun '16 6:58:15 AM EryliaStarheart
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* HospitalParadiso: Thoroughly averted. Sector General is a nightmare of a facility that caters to the sickest patients in the galaxy, but people come there precisely ''because'' of that; a patient won't dare die once it arrives on account of all the high-powered talent devoted to its care. A physician or surgeon who can survive a residency at Sector General can pretty much take its pick of attending positions throughout the galaxy.

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* HospitalParadiso: Thoroughly averted. In spite of having top notch equipment and comfort provisions on par with luxury hotels, Sector General is a nightmare of a facility that caters routinely has to the deal with sickest patients in the galaxy, but galaxy and nightmarish emergency scenarios. This is the entire reason for it existence; people come there precisely ''because'' of that; a patient won't dare die once it arrives on account of all the high-powered talent devoted to its care. A physician or surgeon who can survive a residency at Sector General can pretty much take its pick of attending positions throughout the galaxy.
15th Jun '16 6:47:46 AM EryliaStarheart
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** A short story prequel explains that Orligians have been using stasis guns against humans by default. Unfortunately, mishandled objects in stasis were extremely prone to spontaneous explosion; no surprise humans considered this weapon a particularly deadly and devious implement that not only "destroyed" anything with one shot, but also prevented any attempt at recovery.
11th Jun '16 3:47:03 PM LondonKdS
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* SeriesContinuityError: The [[ILoveNuclearPower ionising-radiation metabolising]] and {{HiveMind}}ed Telfi are described as insectoid in one book and reptilian in another.

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* SeriesContinuityError: The [[ILoveNuclearPower ionising-radiation metabolising]] and {{HiveMind}}ed {{Hive Mind}}ed Telfi are described as insectoid in one book and reptilian in another.
11th Jun '16 3:46:30 PM LondonKdS
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* SeriesContinuityError: The [[ILoveNuclearPower ionising-radiation metabolising]] and {{HiveMind}}ed Telfi are described as insectoid in one book and reptilian in another.
11th May '16 7:32:13 PM PaulA
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* FirstContactFauxPas: The Orligian-Human War started with the first face-to-face meeting between the two races, when a friendly gesture by one of the humans was misinterpreted as an attack by the Orligians, resulting in a fight that each side believed had started with an unprovoked attack by the other side.
14th Apr '16 9:32:14 PM PaulA
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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: In a twist on the revered icon version, the bodies of the Orligian and Human who initiated the peace process that ended the Orligian-Human War were displayed in stasis as part of a war memorial for two hundred years. The twist is that they weren't ''dead'' -- Grawlya-Ki and [=MacEwan=] met as the sole survivors of a space battle, and [=MacEwan=] was dying of his injuries when an Orligian rescue party arrived. After Grawlya-Ki explained what he'd learned, a decision was made to put [=MacEwan=] into stasis until medical science had advanced enough to save his life, and Grawlya-Ki insisted on going into stasis too so he could see for himself that his new friend was all right.



* [[HotScientist Hot Doctor]]: Murchison goes back to medical school, eventually becoming one of the best pathologists in the hospital.

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* [[HotScientist Hot Doctor]]: HotScientist: Murchison goes back to medical school, eventually becoming one of the best pathologists in the hospital.



* HumanPopsicle: The Orligians have a technology for freezing objects (including people) into stasis. It was first used during the Orligian-Human War as a weapon -- not only would an enemy ship in stasis no longer be a threat, but giving it a big enough bump would cause the stasis to fail catastrophically and the ship to explode -- but it was later adapted and refined as a medical tool, used to halt the deterioration of a patient in critical condition until assistance was available.



* PettingZooPeople: Orligians and Nidians, the only species that share their head/body/limb arrangement, and hence the classification DBDG, with Earth-humans, look respectively like anthropomorphic dogs and bears.

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* PettingZooPeople: Orligians and Nidians, the only species that share their head/body/limb arrangement, and hence the classification DBDG, with Earth-humans, look respectively like anthropomorphic dogs bears and bears.dogs.



* [[HumanPopsicle Sentient Popsicle]] - see the DeadGuyOnDisplay example.



* WarMemorial: When the Earth-human/Orligian war ended, two mortally wounded soldiers from a battlefield were put into suspended animation and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay put on display]] as a war memorial. They were revived when medical science had progressed to the point that their lives could both be saved.

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* WarMemorial: When the Earth-human/Orligian war ended, a memorial was erected on the Orligian homeworld (and subsequently replicated elsewhere) depicting the greatest victory of the war: not a battle, but the aftermath of one, and two mortally wounded soldiers from a battlefield were put into suspended animation and [[DeadGuyOnDisplay put on display]] as a war memorial. They were revived when medical science had progressed marooned pilots who chose to start a conversation instead of finish each other off, thereby initiating the point that their lives could both be saved.peace process.
27th Feb '16 4:54:20 PM Bissek
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: On one hand, there are no cross-species diseases (a virus from one species simply will not infect or affect a creature from another, though the entire station still jumps whenever someone but mentions that term) and every kind of environment up to and including the [[ILoveNuclearPower reactor core]] is inhabited. On another, there's no mention of beings that require a ''different mix'' of a particular type of atmosphere, and some foodstuffs are cross-species.

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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: On one hand, there are no cross-species diseases (a virus from one species simply will not infect or affect a creature from another, though the entire station still jumps whenever someone but mentions that term) and every kind of environment up to and including the [[ILoveNuclearPower reactor core]] is inhabited. On another, there's no mention of beings that require a ''different mix'' of a particular type of atmosphere, and some foodstuffs are cross-species.cross-species (Menus on the station clearly label what species can eat what foods, though there isn't anything that can be eaten by everybody).
16th Nov '15 5:30:15 AM Prioris
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* BuxomIsBetter: Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design... despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.
** Yes, but it's rather differently distributed. No doubt it's the ventral/dorsal asymmetry of Human females that makes them look 'unbalanced' to aliens.

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* BuxomIsBetter: Murchison receives attention due to her anatomy, especially when she puts on a [[LatexSpaceSuit skintight diving suit]] to visit the aquatic wards. Subverted and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later on, as [[HumansThroughAlienEyes most of the aliens wonder]] how human females can stand upright, let alone walk with such a top-heavy, imbalanced design... despite the fact that adult ''men'' generally have greater upper-body mass than women and are thus literally more top-heavy.
** Yes, but it's rather differently distributed. No doubt it's the ventral/dorsal asymmetry
imbalanced, asymmetric masses of Human females that makes them look 'unbalanced' to aliens.tissue hanging off their chest walls.



** Or as a Nidian male teaching doctor explains to his students alien gender issues are a subject it is safest to avoid altogether.

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** Or as a Nidian male teaching doctor explains to his students students: alien gender issues are a subject it is safest to avoid altogether.



* LanguageOfTruth: DBLF Kelgians. Their rippling fur spells out their emotions at all times, so they just never developed the concept of the lie and are always brutally, bluntly honest.
** Also, their fur adds context and nuance to their speech. So without understanding what the fur "says", it's like [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything communicating by text without any body language cues]].

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* LanguageOfTruth: DBLF Kelgians. Their rippling fur spells out their emotions at all times, so they just never developed the concept of the lie and are always brutally, bluntly honest.
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honest. To those who can't read the nuances of fur adds context and nuance to their speech. So without understanding what the fur "says", it's patterns, speaking with a Kelgian is rather like [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything communicating by text without any body language cues]].



* NightmareFuel: In-universe, every species in the hospital is acutely terrifying to at least one other species. Since there are 65 of them at last count, that's an awful lot of permutations. However, nobody lets it get in the way of their work and uncontrollable xenophobia is grounds for immediate dismissal. (This is also why Sector General does not treat psychiatric patients, even if they have physical problems; there is simply no way to provide a nonthreatening environment for them.)

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* NightmareFuel: In-universe, every species in the hospital is acutely terrifying to at least one other species. Since there are 65 of them at last count, that's an awful lot of permutations. However, nobody lets it get in the way of their work work, and uncontrollable xenophobia is grounds for immediate dismissal. (This is also why Sector General does not treat psychiatric patients, even if they have physical problems; there is simply no way to provide a nonthreatening environment for them.)
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