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21st Dec '15 9:40:41 AM Veanne
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* AsteroidThicket: Averted. In "Pirx's Tale" the spaceship Pirx is on was maneuvering in an asteroid cloud for several hours without actually seeing one asteroid.

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* AsteroidThicket: Averted. In "Pirx's Tale" the spaceship Pirx is on was maneuvering in an asteroid cloud for several hours without actually even seeing one asteroid.asteroid, although people not in the business tend to [[RealityIsUnrealistic expect it]] like it's in the movies.



* ShoutOut: In "Pirx's Tale" the narrator mentions reading [[RayGunGothic early science-fiction books]] and thinking they are absolutely ridiculous and unrealistic with their [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe female alien spies]], [[AIIsACrapshoot rebelling computers]] and [[TheEmpire evil alien empires]]. Could also count as a TakeThat to other Sci-Fi writers - the book in question sounds suspiciously like [[IsaacAsimov Asimov's]] ''Stars, like dust''.

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* ShoutOut: In "Pirx's Tale" the narrator mentions reading [[RayGunGothic early science-fiction books]] and thinking they are absolutely ridiculous [[SoBadItsGood ridiculous]] and unrealistic with their [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe female alien spies]], [[AIIsACrapshoot rebelling computers]] and [[TheEmpire evil alien empires]]. Could also count as a TakeThat to other Sci-Fi writers - the book in question sounds suspiciously like [[IsaacAsimov Asimov's]] ''Stars, like dust''.



* {{Zeerust}}: The bigger computers still run on punchhole cards, and satellites communicate with Morse code.

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* {{Zeerust}}: The bigger larger computers still run on punchhole punch hole cards, and satellites communicate with using Morse code.
21st Dec '15 9:37:08 AM Veanne
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The main focus of the books is, unsurprisingly, on space travel and how mankind uses and is changed by it. Another main theme is how robots and computers act and evolve, with a healthy, realistic dose of WhatMeasureIsNonHuman.

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The main focus of the books is, unsurprisingly, on space travel and how mankind uses and is changed by it. Another main theme is how robots and computers act and evolve, with a healthy, realistic dose of WhatMeasureIsNonHuman.WhatMeasureIsANonHuman



* AbsentAliens: Played straight, [[spoiler: subverted (maybe?) in "Pirx's Tale"]]

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* AbsentAliens: Played straight, [[spoiler: and subverted (maybe?) in "Pirx's Tale"]]



* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: In ''The Test'', even though it's more of a simulation.]]
* AndIMustScream: A temporal version appears in "The Conditional Reflex": students of the Institute must pass a test where they have to endure sensory deprivation for as long as possible. After several hours, this becomes... troubling.

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* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: In ''The Test'', even though it's more of actually a simulation.]]
* AndIMustScream: A temporal version appears in "The Conditional Reflex": students of the Institute must pass a test where they have to endure sensory deprivation for as long as possible. After several hours, this becomes... troubling.



* ContinuityNod: In "The Inquest" Pirx discovers a fly on his ship and mentions that he hates them. This is a nod to the very first story, where flies were responsible for some tomfoolery [[spoiler: like almost crashing into the freaking moon.]]
* CrushKillDestroy: The robot in ''The Hunt'' seems to run on this - it was a mining robot before it broke down.

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* ContinuityNod: In "The Inquest" Pirx discovers a fly on his ship and mentions that he hates them. This is a nod to the very first story, where flies were responsible for some tomfoolery [[spoiler: like almost crashing ''crashing'' into the freaking moon.]]
* CrushKillDestroy: The robot in ''The Hunt'' seems to run on this - it was a mining robot before it broke down.went nuts.



* InstantAIJustAddWater: Subverted, as the computers and robots usually show just one trait of human intellect at a time.

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* InstantAIJustAddWater: Subverted, as the computers and robots usually only show just one trait of human intellect at a time.time.
** But they are silicon crystal-based, with the inherent variety, and Pirx does muse about the individuality it may or may not give them.



** Robots ''behaving'' surprisingly human is a central motif to at least two of the stories.

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** Robots ''behaving'' in surprisingly human is a ways are central motif to at least two of the stories.



* SceneryGorn: In "Ananke", [[spoiler: the crashsite of the ''Ariel''.]]

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* SceneryGorn: In "Ananke", [[spoiler: the crashsite crash site of the ''Ariel''.]]



* UniversalUniverseTime: It's inverted, as every planet, moon and spaceship has its own time, often leading to extreme jetlags for the ships' crews.

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* UniversalUniverseTime: It's inverted, Inverted, as every planet, moon and spaceship has its own time, often leading to extreme jetlags for the ships' crews.
21st Dec '15 9:33:26 AM Veanne
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''Tales of Pirx the Pilot'' is a collection of short stories by Creator/StanislawLem, first published in 1968 in Poland, and was translated to English in 2 parts (''Tales of Pirx the Pilot'' & ''More Tales of Pirx the Pilot'').

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''Tales of Pirx the Pilot'' is a collection of short stories by Creator/StanislawLem, first published in 1968 in Poland, and was translated to English in 2 two parts (''Tales of Pirx the Pilot'' & ''More Tales of Pirx the Pilot'').



In this future, interplanetary spacetravel is already normal, and mankind has begun to colonize the solar system. The bulk of the stories are thus set either in solar space or on the moon, as "Luna" represents one of the most important bases of humanity. Later on in the book, Mars is also being colonized, and there are fleet bases in the constellation of Aquarius, implying that mankind is able to travel at least as far as 11 light years.

The main focus of the books is, unsurprisingly, on space travel and how mankind uses and is changed by it. Also, another main theme is how robots and computers act and evolve to help humanity with its travels between the planets.
The future itself is described in rather [[UsedFuture gritty tones]], and tries its best to be realistic with the usage of science, which pushes it to the "Hard" side of the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.

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In this future, interplanetary spacetravel [[CasualInterplanetaryTravel travel withing the Solar System]] is already normal, an everyday thing, and mankind has begun to colonize the solar system. The bulk of the it. Most stories are thus set either in solar space or on the moon, as "Luna" represents one of the most important bases of humanity. Later on in the book, Mars is also being colonized, and there are fleet bases in the constellation of Aquarius, implying that mankind is able to travel at least as far as 11 light years.

The main focus of the books is, unsurprisingly, on space travel and how mankind uses and is changed by it. Also, another Another main theme is how robots and computers act and evolve to help humanity evolve, with its travels between the planets.
a healthy, realistic dose of WhatMeasureIsNonHuman.
The future itself is described in rather [[UsedFuture gritty tones]], tones]] and tries its best to be realistic with the usage of science, which pushes it to the "Hard" side of the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.quite [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hard SF]] ([[Creator/StanislawLem The author]] was known for being HardOnSoftScience).
8th Aug '14 5:31:50 AM Veanne
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* ShoutOut: In "Pirx's Tale" the narrator mentions reading [[RayGunGothic early science-fiction books]] and thinking they are absolutely ridiculous and unrealistic with their [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe female alien spies]], [[AIIsACrapshoot rebelling computers]] and [[TheEmpire evil alien empires]]. Could also count as a TakeThat to other Sci-Fi writers - the book in question sounds suspiciously like [[IsaakAsimov Asimov's]] ''Stars, like dust''.

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* ShoutOut: In "Pirx's Tale" the narrator mentions reading [[RayGunGothic early science-fiction books]] and thinking they are absolutely ridiculous and unrealistic with their [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe female alien spies]], [[AIIsACrapshoot rebelling computers]] and [[TheEmpire evil alien empires]]. Could also count as a TakeThat to other Sci-Fi writers - the book in question sounds suspiciously like [[IsaakAsimov [[IsaacAsimov Asimov's]] ''Stars, like dust''.
8th Aug '14 5:30:39 AM Veanne
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* FateWorseThanDeath: The crew of the ''Blue Star''/''Korolian'' in "Terminus". [[spoiler: The ship is hit by a meteor shower, destroying parts of it. Yet some of the crew manage to survive, trapped and seperated from each other on different decks. They were still able to communicate with Morse code using the pipes, if only to tell each other they were slowly running out of air...]]
** And then [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler: The ship's robot somehow "catches on" the personalities of the dying crew and keeps them in his electronic brain. When Pirx, on the different ship he captains, encounters this robot, already a rusting heap of junk, it repairs pipes, beating out the Morse code as used by the said crew. And when Pirx tries to communicate with them ''[[AndIMustScream they reply]]''. He then [[MercyKill orders the destruction of the robot]] due to the "total decay of brain function".]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: The crew of the ''Blue Star''/''Korolian'' in "Terminus". [[spoiler: The ship is hit by a meteor shower, destroying parts of it. Yet some of the crew manage to survive, trapped and seperated separated from each other on different decks. They were still able to communicate with Morse code using the pipes, if only to tell each other they were slowly running out of air...]]
** And then [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler: The ship's robot somehow "catches on" the personalities of the dying crew and keeps them in his its electronic brain. When Pirx, given the captain's chair on the different ship he captains, refitted and renamed ship, encounters this robot, already a rusting heap of junk, it repairs pipes, beating beats out the Morse code as used by the said crew.crew on pipes, while it's mending the pipes. And when Pirx tries to communicate with them ''[[AndIMustScream they reply]]''. He then eventually [[MercyKill orders the destruction of the robot]] due to the "total decay of brain function".]]



* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: [[spoiler: "The Inquest" has a ship's crew with some of them with them.]]

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* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: [[spoiler: "The Inquest" has a ship's crew with some of them with them.among the ship's crew. It's a test of their spaceman capability.]]



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Despite the used future setting, the stories have a rather optimistic tone of mankind somehow getting on.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Despite For all the used future setting, [[UsedFuture grit in the setting]], the stories have a rather optimistic tone of mankind somehow getting on.
8th Aug '14 2:27:39 AM Veanne
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* AbsentAliens: Played straight, [[spoiler: subverted in "Pirx's Tale"]]

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* AbsentAliens: Played straight, [[spoiler: subverted (maybe?) in "Pirx's Tale"]]



* CrushKillDestroy: The robot in ''The Hunt'' seems to run on this.

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* CrushKillDestroy: The robot in ''The Hunt'' seems to run on this.this - it was a mining robot before it broke down.



** And then [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler:A ship's robot somehow "catches on" the personalities of the dying crew and keeps them in his electronic brain. When Pirx, on the different ship he captains, encounters this robot, already a rusting heap of junk, he does some repairs still in the rhythm of the Morse code used by the said crew. And when Pirx tries to communicate with them ''[[AndIMustScream they reply]]''. He then [[MercyKill orders the destruction of the robot]] due to the "total decay of brain function".]]

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** And then [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler:A [[spoiler: The ship's robot somehow "catches on" the personalities of the dying crew and keeps them in his electronic brain. When Pirx, on the different ship he captains, encounters this robot, already a rusting heap of junk, he does some it repairs still in the rhythm of pipes, beating out the Morse code as used by the said crew. And when Pirx tries to communicate with them ''[[AndIMustScream they reply]]''. He then [[MercyKill orders the destruction of the robot]] due to the "total decay of brain function".]]



** more like XanatosSpeedChess, really - it all boiled down to Pirx being unpredictable.



* ShoutOut: In "Pirx's Tale" the narrator mentions reading [[RayGunGothic early science-fiction books]] and thinking they are absolutely ridiculous and unrealistic with their [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe female alien spies]], [[AIIsACrapshoot rebelling computers]] and [[TheEmpire evil alien empires]]. Could also count as a TakeThat to other Sci-Fi writers.

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* ShoutOut: In "Pirx's Tale" the narrator mentions reading [[RayGunGothic early science-fiction books]] and thinking they are absolutely ridiculous and unrealistic with their [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe female alien spies]], [[AIIsACrapshoot rebelling computers]] and [[TheEmpire evil alien empires]]. Could also count as a TakeThat to other Sci-Fi writers.writers - the book in question sounds suspiciously like [[IsaakAsimov Asimov's]] ''Stars, like dust''.



* SpaceMadness / SanitySlippage: In "The Patrol" Pirx goes through one of those. [[spoiler:He gets better, though.]]

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* SpaceMadness / SanitySlippage: In "The Patrol" Pirx goes through one of those. [[spoiler:He [[spoiler: He gets better, though.]]



* UniversalUniverseTime: It's inverted, as every planet, moon and spaceship has its own time often leading to extreme jetlags for the ships' crews.
* UsedFuture: So much there are shady South-American companies cashing in on the human garbage orbiting Mercury.
* VirtualTrainingSimulation: [[spoiler: In "The Test". Pirx doesn't know about it, though.]]
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: "Albatross". Two fully staffed starships are lost in an nuclear accident, and the protagonist can only watch.]]

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* UniversalUniverseTime: It's inverted, as every planet, moon and spaceship has its own time time, often leading to extreme jetlags for the ships' crews.
* UsedFuture: So much used there are shady South-American companies cashing in on the human garbage orbiting Mercury.
* VirtualTrainingSimulation: [[spoiler: In "The Test". Pirx doesn't know about it, though.which is the point of the test (they're testing new pilots coping skills in an actual crisis situation).]]
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: "Albatross". Two fully staffed starships are lost in an nuclear accident, and all the protagonist can only do is watch.]]
5th Dec '12 9:18:09 AM mlsmithca
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** And then [[ItGotWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler:A ship's robot somehow "catches on" the personalities of the dying crew and keeps them in his electronic brain. When Pirx, on the different ship he captains, encounters this robot, already a rusting heap of junk, he does some repairs still in the rhythm of the Morse code used by the said crew. And when Pirx tries to communicate with them ''[[AndIMustScream they reply]]''. He then [[MercyKill orders the destruction of the robot]] due to the "total decay of brain function".]]

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** And then [[ItGotWorse [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]]. [[spoiler:A ship's robot somehow "catches on" the personalities of the dying crew and keeps them in his electronic brain. When Pirx, on the different ship he captains, encounters this robot, already a rusting heap of junk, he does some repairs still in the rhythm of the Morse code used by the said crew. And when Pirx tries to communicate with them ''[[AndIMustScream they reply]]''. He then [[MercyKill orders the destruction of the robot]] due to the "total decay of brain function".]]
4th Sep '12 5:31:37 AM troymacgill
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In this future, interplanetary spacetravel is already normal, and mankind has begun to colonize the solar system. The bulk of the stories are thus set either in solar space or on the moon, as "Luna" represents one of the most important bases of humanity. Later on in the book, Mars is also being colonized, and there are fleet bases in the constellation of Aquarius, implying that mankind is able to travel at least as far as 11 lightyears.

The main focus of the books is, unsurprisingly, on space travel and how mankind uses and is changed by it. Also, another main theme is how robots and computers act and evolve to help humanity with it's travels between the planets.
The future itself is described in rather [[UsedFuture gritty tones]], and tries it's best to be realistic with the usage of science, which pushes it to the "Hard" side of the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.

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In this future, interplanetary spacetravel is already normal, and mankind has begun to colonize the solar system. The bulk of the stories are thus set either in solar space or on the moon, as "Luna" represents one of the most important bases of humanity. Later on in the book, Mars is also being colonized, and there are fleet bases in the constellation of Aquarius, implying that mankind is able to travel at least as far as 11 lightyears.

light years.

The main focus of the books is, unsurprisingly, on space travel and how mankind uses and is changed by it. Also, another main theme is how robots and computers act and evolve to help humanity with it's its travels between the planets.
The future itself is described in rather [[UsedFuture gritty tones]], and tries it's its best to be realistic with the usage of science, which pushes it to the "Hard" side of the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.
11th Aug '12 2:21:57 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThePlan: In "The Inquest", bordering on a GambitPileup and TakeAThirdOption. It's kind of hard to explain.



* XanatosGambit: In "The Inquest", bordering on a GambitPileup and TakeAThirdOption. It's kind of hard to explain.
1st Aug '12 6:04:51 PM Noxie
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The stories follow Pirx, a cadet at the "Institute", an academy for astronauts in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near future]], as he makes his way through the ranks of student, patrol pilot, and finally [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture astrogator (read: captain of a spaceship)]].

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The stories follow Pirx, a cadet at the "Institute", an academy for astronauts in the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near future]], as he makes his way through the ranks of student, patrol pilot, and finally [[WeWillUseWikiWordsInTheFuture astrogator (read: captain of a spaceship)]].
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