History Literature / SkylarkSeries

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.]]
16th Nov '15 6:23:00 PM BrendanRizzo
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* EvilIsCool: [=DuQuesne=]. Come on, admit it.
16th Nov '15 6:22:22 PM BrendanRizzo
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* EveryoneIsArmed: by ''Skylark [=DuQuesne=]'', all the heroes are in the habit of going constantly armed... and need to. Even as early as ''Skylark Three'', they [[TwentyFourHourArmor wear armor whenever they are out in public]] in order to defend themselves against [=Duquesne=]'s minions.

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* EveryoneIsArmed: by ''Skylark [=DuQuesne=]'', all the heroes are in the habit of going constantly armed... and need to. Even as early as ''Skylark Three'', they [[TwentyFourHourArmor wear armor whenever they are out in public]] in order to defend themselves against [=Duquesne=]'s [=DuQuesne=]'s minions.



* FantasticRacism: Kondalians believe that they are superior to Mardonalians, and vice-versa. [[ValuesDissonance Note that the Kondalians are among the good guys.]]

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* FantasticRacism: FantasticRacism:
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Kondalians believe that they are superior to Mardonalians, and vice-versa. [[ValuesDissonance Note that the Kondalians are among the good guys.]]]]
** The Fenachrone believe that they are superior to ''[[AbsoluteXenophobe everybody]]''. This extends to calling themselves "supermen" and believing that no other species stands a chance against their military might. To be fair, they're right about that second part before the LensmanArmsRace starts.



* 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]].



* 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]].



* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Kondal and Mardonale are in the middle of one at the time of FirstContact. Also, the heroes get involved in these against the "evil" races and the same fate is planned for the Urvanians before the existence of the Fenachrone changes the dynamic. Given that the Fenachrone and Chlorans have no problem doing it to others, the heroes' willingness to go to this extreme is at least understandable.

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* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: GuiltFreeExterminationWar:
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Kondal and Mardonale are in the middle of one at the time of FirstContact. Also, the heroes get involved in these against the "evil" races and the same fate is planned for the Urvanians before the existence of the Fenachrone changes the dynamic. Given that the Fenachrone and Chlorans have no problem doing it to others, the heroes' willingness to go to this extreme is at least understandable.



* MindOverMatter: the ultimate expression both of sentient life within the universe (the Immortals) and Dick Seaton's research.

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* MindOverMatter: the The ultimate expression both of sentient life within the universe (the Immortals) and Dick Seaton's research.



* ParanoiaFuel: The Fenachrone have mapped out the entire galaxy. Furthermore, they could invade at any time they want.

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* ParanoiaFuel: ParanoiaFuel:
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The Fenachrone have mapped out the entire galaxy. Furthermore, they could invade at any time they want.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.]]



* ProudWarriorRace: The Osnomians.
** The Urvanians and the Fenachrone also qualify, even though the latter are the enemy (as are the former, temporarily).

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* ProudWarriorRace: The Osnomians.
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Osnomians. The Urvanians and the Fenachrone also qualify, even though the latter are the enemy (as are the former, temporarily).



* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Rovol has little patience for Seaton's unwillingness to relax. When Seaton tells Crane that he thinks that talking about their work is forbidden while the Norlaminians are on break, Rovol scolds him the way one would a child.

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* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Rovol has little patience for Seaton's unwillingness to relax. When Seaton tells Crane that he thinks that talking about their work is forbidden while the Norlaminians are on break, Rovol scolds him the way one would a child.



* TheAlliance: Seaton and Crane create one of these to fight off the Fenachrone, by visiting all the inhabitable planets in Osnome's system, to convince the locals to join them in their cause. Most wind up hailing Seaton as their "Overlord".



* TheAlliance: Seaton and Crane create one of these to fight off the Fenachrone, by visiting all the inhabitable planets in Osnome's system, to convince the locals to join them in their cause. Most wind up hailing them as "Overlords".
16th Nov '15 5:39:39 PM BrendanRizzo
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* DirtyBusiness: The reaction most of the humans have to [[spoiler:completely exterminating the Fenachrone]]. However, despite Seaton saying he doesn't have the stomach for the act before doing so, and feeling bad about it after [[spoiler:blowing up their planet]], he is visibly angry when he finds out that he has to delay it for a short time.
* DistantFinale: Actually in ''Skylark Three'', even though it's only the second book of the series. The epilogue is set many thousands of years in the future, after TheAlliance has grown into a Galaxy-spanning civilization, [[GenerationXerox ruled by Seaton's distant descendant]]. Apparently they celebrate the anniversary of the Fenachrone's destruction with [[ShowWithinAShow a film recounting Seaton's exploits]] -- [[UnreliableNarrator which actually justifies some of the story's]] MoralDissonance.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The home world of the Fenachrone [[spoiler:is reduced to ashes]].


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* GenerationShip: The Party of Postponement try to escape the Fenachrone's home world in one of these: they have enough supplies to last a century, and they intend to settle in as distant a galaxy as possible. [[MoralDissonance The heroes kill them all anyway.]]


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* HowDoIShotWeb: Seaton has trouble using the projector at first -- he would often be off his target by light-years.
16th Nov '15 4:30:34 PM BrendanRizzo
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* {{90% of Your Brain}}: The misconception that humans use only 10% of their brains is repeated here.

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* {{90% of Your Brain}}: NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: The misconception that humans use only 10% of their brains is repeated here.
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