History Literature / StarDoc

22nd Aug '16 7:16:27 PM FarseerLolotea
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* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: ''Shockball'' has an amusing scene of the {{omniglot}} Duncan and Cherijo arguing over names for their baby, with Cherijo shooting down his alien-derived suggestions because she can't pronounce them ("It has to have vowels"), and Duncan saying what the various Anglophone names she suggests mean in alien languages. He also comments that the reason he likes ''her'' name is because it doesn't mean ''anything'' in any of the however-many languages he knows (it's actually an acronym).

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* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: ''Shockball'' has an amusing scene of the {{omniglot}} Duncan and Cherijo arguing over names for their baby, with Cherijo shooting down his alien-derived suggestions because she can't pronounce them ("It has to have vowels"), and Duncan saying what the various Anglophone names she suggests mean in alien languages.languages ("Dianthe" sounds too much like one species' word for "dirty water," and "Daniel" like another's for the imperative form of "to jump around screaming," specifically). He also comments that the reason he likes ''her'' name is because it doesn't mean ''anything'' in any of the however-many languages he knows (it's actually an acronym).
7th May '16 10:02:30 PM StarSword
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* ContinuityNod: The spinoffs stand on their own but often mention events from the main series and vice versa. ''Shockball'' makes a brief reference to a shockball player named Jory Rask, who becomes the protagonist of ''Blade Dancer''. ''Blade Dancer'' in turn gives a quick summary on the current relationship between the League and the Jorenians (i.e. all diplomatic ties broken over the question of Cherijo Grey Veil's [[InhumanableAlienRights personhood]]) after Jory tries to barter passage to Joren, and a later book has Duncan and Cherijo

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* ContinuityNod: The spinoffs stand on their own but often mention events from the main series and vice versa. ''Shockball'' makes a brief reference to a shockball player named Jory Rask, who becomes the protagonist of ''Blade Dancer''. ''Blade Dancer'' in turn gives a quick summary on the current relationship between the League and the Jorenians (i.e. all diplomatic ties broken over the question of Cherijo Grey Veil's [[InhumanableAlienRights personhood]]) after Jory tries to barter passage to Joren, and a later book has Duncan and Cherijo leave Marel in Jory's care.
4th Mar '16 7:47:23 PM StarSword
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* InhumanableAlienRights: A central conflict of the series through ''Rebel Ice'' stems from a League court decision in ''Stardoc'' that Cherijo, as a genetically engineered clone, is legally nonsentient and the property of her creator Dr. Joseph Grey Veil. The citizens of Kevarzangia Two, whom Cherijo had saved from an epidemic, uniformly disagreed with the decision but the judge was unwilling to overrule Terran law. Kao Torin's clan took a more direct approach and simply staged an armed assault on the courthouse after the verdict; the Jorenian government broke off all diplomatic ties with the League afterward. [[spoiler:Joseph dies helping her escape at the climax of ''Shockball'', and in ''Rebel Ice'' the Jorenians acquire sufficient leverage to force the League to drop their grievance and arbitrate an end to the war with the Hsktskt in the process.]]

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* InhumanableAlienRights: A central conflict of the series through ''Rebel Ice'' stems from a League court decision in ''Stardoc'' the fact that Cherijo, as a genetically engineered clone, is legally nonsentient and the property of her creator Dr. Joseph Grey Veil.Veil according to Terran law (a law which Joseph himself lobbied for). The citizens of Kevarzangia Two, whom Cherijo had saved from an epidemic, uniformly disagreed with the decision but the judge was unwilling to overrule Terran law. Kao Torin's clan took a more direct approach and simply staged an armed assault on the courthouse after the verdict; the Jorenian government broke off all diplomatic ties with the League afterward. [[spoiler:Joseph dies helping her escape at the climax of ''Shockball'', and in ''Rebel Ice'' the Jorenians acquire sufficient leverage to force the League to drop their grievance and arbitrate an end to the war with the Hsktskt in the process.]]
4th Mar '16 7:45:49 PM StarSword
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* ContinuityNod: The spinoffs stand on their own but often mention events from the main series and vice versa. ''Shockball'' makes a brief reference to a shockball player named Jory Rask, who becomes the protagonist of ''Blade Dancer''. ''Blade Dancer'' in turn gives a quick summary on the current relationship between the League and the Jorenians (i.e. all diplomatic ties broken over the question of Cherijo Grey Veil's [[InhumanableAlienRights personhood]]) after Jory tries to barter passage to Joren, and a later book has Duncan and Cherijo



* FictionalSport: Shockball seems to be something resembling UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, with the contact rules and attitude to fouls of street-fighting. Oh, and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the ball will give you a nasty electric shock if you hold it too long]].



* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: ''Shockball'' has an amusing scene of the {{omniglot}} Duncan and Cherijo arguing over names for their baby, with Cherijo shooting down his alien-derived suggestions because she can't pronounce them ("It has to have vowels"), and Duncan saying what the various Anglophone names she suggests mean in alien languages. He also comments that the reason he likes ''her'' name is because it doesn't mean ''anything'' in any of the however-many languages he knows (it's actually an acronym).
* InhumanableAlienRights: A central conflict of the series through ''Rebel Ice'' stems from a League court decision in ''Stardoc'' that Cherijo, as a genetically engineered clone, is legally nonsentient and the property of her creator Dr. Joseph Grey Veil. The citizens of Kevarzangia Two, whom Cherijo had saved from an epidemic, uniformly disagreed with the decision but the judge was unwilling to overrule Terran law. Kao Torin's clan took a more direct approach and simply staged an armed assault on the courthouse after the verdict; the Jorenian government broke off all diplomatic ties with the League afterward. [[spoiler:Joseph dies helping her escape at the climax of ''Shockball'', and in ''Rebel Ice'' the Jorenians acquire sufficient leverage to force the League to drop their grievance and arbitrate an end to the war with the Hsktskt in the process.]]



* ScrewYourself: [[spoiler:Grey Veil]] fancied himself too good for anyone except his OppositeSexClone.
** He's also implied to have [[spoiler:anally raped one of his male clones to infect the latter with syphilis]]. All in the name of science, [[BlatantLies of course]].

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* ScrewYourself: [[spoiler:Grey Veil]] fancied himself too good for anyone except his OppositeSexClone.
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OppositeSexClone. He's also implied to have [[spoiler:anally raped one of his male clones to infect the latter with syphilis]]. All in the name of science, [[BlatantLies of course]].
4th Mar '16 7:23:02 PM StarSword
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* ArtificialLimbs: In ''Blade Dancer'' Jory has a prosthetic knee due to a serious injury while playing shockball. It's later smashed by her blade dancer school rival, and she ends the book with a prosthesis from the knee down.
8th Dec '15 9:25:36 AM NTC3
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----!! The series provides examples of the following tropes:
17th Jun '15 1:08:29 AM FarseerLolotea
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* KaleidoscopeEyes: Duncan's eyes have no set color.
20th Dec '14 10:42:28 AM shimaspawn
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* [[spoiler:AbusivePrecursors: The Jxin.]] You don't find out the full extent of their status as such until fairly late in the series.

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* [[spoiler:AbusivePrecursors: The AbusivePrecursors: [[spoiler:The Jxin.]] You don't find out the full extent of their status as such until fairly late in the series.



* [[spoiler: CloneByConversion:]] In ''Plague of Memory'' Cherijo's long-dead first love, Kao Torin, is sighted on the Hsktskt homeworld. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a genetically altered Hsktskt, created from DNA extracted from Kao's corpse which was [[BurialInSpace buried in space]] by Jorenian custom.]]

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* [[spoiler: CloneByConversion:]] CloneByConversion: In ''Plague of Memory'' Cherijo's long-dead first love, Kao Torin, is sighted on the Hsktskt homeworld. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a genetically altered Hsktskt, created from DNA extracted from Kao's corpse which was [[BurialInSpace buried in space]] by Jorenian custom.]]
24th Aug '13 1:20:45 PM Vasha
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''Stardoc}' and its sequels, collectively known by the title of the first book, are a series by American romance novelist S.L. Viehl that are best described as part SpaceOpera and part MedicalDrama.

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''Stardoc}' ''Stardoc'' and its sequels, collectively known by the title of the first book, are a series by American romance novelist S.L. Viehl that are best described as part SpaceOpera and part MedicalDrama.
18th Jun '13 4:53:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FantasticRacism: [[HumansByAnyOtherName Terrans]] have a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch mostly-deserved bad reputation]] for being [[HumansAreBastards rabid xenophobes]]. Extraterrestrials can only even ''visit'' [[PlanetTerra Terra]] on a limited basis, and certainly aren't allowed to ''live'' here [[spoiler:legally, resulting in underground communities of aliens and "[[HalfHumanHybrids breeds]]"]]. As a result, no one likes ''us'' much, either.

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* FantasticRacism: [[HumansByAnyOtherName Terrans]] have a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch mostly-deserved bad reputation]] for being [[HumansAreBastards [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters rabid xenophobes]]. Extraterrestrials can only even ''visit'' [[PlanetTerra Terra]] on a limited basis, and certainly aren't allowed to ''live'' here [[spoiler:legally, resulting in underground communities of aliens and "[[HalfHumanHybrids breeds]]"]]. As a result, no one likes ''us'' much, either.
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