History Literature / SkylarkSeries

14th Feb '17 8:51:17 PM ZeroSD
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* ThatsNoMoon: The ''Skylark of Valeron'' is a spaceship a thousand miles in diameter.

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* ThatsNoMoon: The ''Skylark of Valeron'' is a spaceship a thousand miles in diameter.diameter, and the DQ slightly larger.
14th Jan '17 2:21:08 PM MangaShoggoth
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** In sorting out the feud between the Osnomians and the Urvanians, Dick Seaton gives both sides the exact same knowledge of Fenachrone technology. Then he tells them to set aside their differences, promising to exterminate whichever race survives the war if they don't.

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** In sorting out the feud between the Osnomians and the Urvanians, Dick Seaton gives both sides the exact same knowledge of Fenachrone technology. Then he tells them to set aside their differences, promising to exterminate whichever race survives the war if they don't. Somewhat subverted in that he expects that of they do go to way the Osnomians will loose, and while he doesn't want to eradicate the Osnomians (currently allies and close friends), he would have no problem eradicating the Urvanians (who are complete strangers).
5th Nov '16 9:34:39 AM dlchen145
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* FauxAffablyEvil: As BadAss and intelligent as [=DuQuesne=] is, and even though he is willing to enter an EnemyMine situation when he needs it, it doesn't change the fact that his goal is to ''kill'' Seaton [[EvilIsPetty in order to have a monopoly on metal X]].

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* FauxAffablyEvil: As BadAss badass and intelligent as [=DuQuesne=] is, and even though he is willing to enter an EnemyMine situation when he needs it, it doesn't change the fact that his goal is to ''kill'' Seaton [[EvilIsPetty in order to have a monopoly on metal X]].
31st Oct '16 4:39:01 AM justanid
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-->''"I'm here to bring you a message: to tell you that humanity has never been conquered permanently and never will be so conquered. Humanity has triumphed and will continue to triumph over all the vermin infesting all the planets of all the solar systems of all the galaxies of all surveyed space."''
---> -- Dick Seaton

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-->''"I'm [[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/skylark_of_space_cover_1e.jpg]]
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->''"I'm
here to bring you a message: to tell you that humanity has never been conquered permanently and never will be so conquered. Humanity has triumphed and will continue to triumph over all the vermin infesting all the planets of all the solar systems of all the galaxies of all surveyed space."''
---> --> -- Dick Seaton
27th Mar '16 2:43:42 PM mlsmithca
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* BadAssBookworm: Richard "Dick" Seaton. This guy is a master marksman, tennis champion, hunter, trapper, intergalactic explorer, smiter of evil aliens, ''and'' a he's got a PhD in chemistry. He's not a bad engineer either. (And he's pretty good at sleight-of-hand...)

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* BadAssBookworm: Richard "Dick" Seaton. This guy is a master marksman, tennis champion, hunter, trapper, intergalactic explorer, smiter of evil aliens, ''and'' a he's got a PhD [=PhD=] in chemistry. He's not a bad engineer either. (And he's pretty good at sleight-of-hand...)
3rd Dec '15 10:39:29 AM BrendanRizzo
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* {{Catch-22 Dilemma}}: The Norlaminians are stuck technologically because their planet utterly lacks metal X, which is essential to put their advanced theory into practice. They do have primitive rockets, but all expeditions to the nearest X-rich solar system have failed. Though they can project themselves to other planets of their solar system, they cannot travel between stars this way, since that requires metal X.

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* {{Catch-22 {{Catch 22 Dilemma}}: The Norlaminians are stuck technologically because their planet utterly lacks metal X, which is essential to put their advanced theory into practice. They do have primitive rockets, but all expeditions to the nearest X-rich solar system have failed. Though they can project themselves to other planets of their solar system, they cannot travel between stars this way, since that requires metal X.
3rd Dec '15 10:38:41 AM BrendanRizzo
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* {{Catch-22 Dilemma}}: The Norlaminians are stuck technologically because their planet utterly lacks metal X, which is essential to put their advanced theory into practice. They do have primitive rockets, but all expeditions to the nearest X-rich solar system have failed. Though they can project themselves to other planets of their solar system, they cannot travel between stars this way, since that requires metal X.



* ExpansionPackWorld: In ''Skylark Three'' we learn that Osnome is just one inhabited planet in a solar system[[note]]or more accurately, small stellar cluster[[/note]] containing literally hundreds of worlds, which have the same culture and ProudWarriorRace attitudes. Since the planets have some level of contact before the heroes arrive, this introduces some FridgeLogic into the Kondal-Mardonale feud. It is later explained that the reason why the Urvanians did not try to conquer Osnome while it was divided was because none of those planets have access to metal X, which allows space flight.



* ExpansionPackWorld: In ''Skylark Three'' we learn that Osnome is just one inhabited planet in a solar system[[note]]or more accurately, small stellar cluster[[/note]] containing literally hundreds of worlds, which have the same culture and ProudWarriorRace attitudes. Since the planets have some level of contact before the heroes arrive, this introduces some FridgeLogic into the Kondal-Mardonale feud. It is later explained that the reason why the Urvanians did not try to conquer Osnome while it was divided was because none of those planets have access to metal X, which allows space flight.



* MortonsFork: The Norlaminians are stuck technologically because their planet utterly lacks metal X, which is essential to put their advanced theory into practice. They do have primitive rockets, but all expeditions to the nearest X-rich solar system have failed. Though they can project themselves to other planets of their solar system, they cannot travel between stars this way, since that requires metal X.
29th Nov '15 10:49:12 AM BrendanRizzo
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* EnergyBeings: The "pure intellectuals" -- immortal creatures made of thought.
** Arguably [[Franchise/StarTrek the Q continuum]] by any other name, except Smith did it first.
*** "Smith did it first" is a fairly safe bet in an awful lot of SF tropes, if Wells and Verne didn't get there before him. Arthur C. Clarke stated outright that "Smith holds all the original ''Star Wars'' patents", and he was sufficiently well informed about SF in general (as well as being personally acquainted with or a direct contemporary of many of its greats) that there seems little reason to doubt him.

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* EnergyBeings: The "pure intellectuals" -- immortal creatures made of thought.
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thought. Arguably [[Franchise/StarTrek the Q continuum]] by any other name, except Smith did it first.
*** ** "Smith did it first" is a fairly safe bet in an awful lot of SF tropes, if Wells and Verne didn't get there before him. Arthur C. Clarke stated outright that "Smith holds all the original ''Star Wars'' patents", and he was sufficiently well informed about SF in general (as well as being personally acquainted with or a direct contemporary of many of its greats) that there seems little reason to doubt him.
23rd Nov '15 2:13:13 PM BrendanRizzo
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** Arguably the Q continuum by any other name, except Smith did it first.

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** Arguably [[Franchise/StarTrek the Q continuum continuum]] by any other name, except Smith did it first.



* HigherTechSpecies: [[UnbuiltTrope Smith actually put more thought into this than most later writers would]]-- the reason that the majority of alien species in the series are more advanced than humanity, but haven't spread out to conquer the whole Galaxy, even though FasterThanLightTravel is so easy in this setting that humans figure it out before rocketry, is because to do so is dependent on a material so rare that most star systems completely lack it. If Seaton had not stumbled upon metal X by chance, then humans would not have worked out CasualInterstellarTravel either. Without this, the Dasorians and Norlaminians advanced as far as they could before their civilizations' power requirements stagnated them.



* NameOfCain: Marc [=duQuesne's=] name is a relatively subtle pun[[note]]compared to some other examples, like [[ComicBook/XMen Cain Marko]][[/note]] on "mark of Cain".

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* NameOfCain: Marc [=duQuesne's=] [=DuQuesne=]'s name is a relatively subtle pun[[note]]compared to some other examples, like [[ComicBook/XMen Cain Marko]][[/note]] on "mark of Cain".
16th Nov '15 6:31:14 PM BrendanRizzo
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* ParanoiaFuel:
** The Fenachrone have mapped out the entire galaxy. Furthermore, they could invade at any time they want.
** By the end of ''Skylark Three'', the heroes can project themselves anywhere, can destroy whole planets with ease, and can reconstruct a perfect record of what anyone did at any point in the past. [[BigBrotherIsWatchingYou Just imagine that kind of power in the hands of a totalitarian state.]]
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