History Literature / TerminalWorld

12th Nov '15 12:34:50 PM FF32
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* HollywoodTourettes: Meroka, caused by her constant trips across the zones. Crossing the zones causes subtle changes in brain chemistry, with repeated trips causing symptoms like this.



* TourettesShitcockSyndrome: Meroka, caused by her constant trips across the zones. Crossing the zones causes subtle changes in brain chemistry, with repeated trips causing symptoms like this.
23rd Aug '15 8:05:10 AM Saber15
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* JustifiedTitle: The world is succumbing to a slow, inexorable death as the winters are growing longer and harsher, and the forests around Spearpoint are slowly thinning out. It also has a second meaning: [[spoiler: The world is a ''Terminal'' world as in ''aircraft terminal'', with an interstellar portal under its surface, reached by the tunnel that runs down the core of Spearpoint and its counterpart in the Bane.]]

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* JustifiedTitle: The world ''Terminal World's'' planet is succumbing to a slow, inexorable death as the winters are growing longer and harsher, and the forests around Spearpoint are slowly thinning out. It also has a second meaning: [[spoiler: The world is a ''Terminal'' world as in ''aircraft terminal'', with an interstellar portal under its surface, reached by the tunnel that runs down the core of Spearpoint and its counterpart in the Bane.]]
23rd Aug '15 8:04:39 AM Saber15
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* InSeriesNickname: Several characters only call Quillion by the nickname "Cutter".



* InSeriesNickname: Several characters only call Quillion by the nickname "Cutter".
23rd Aug '15 8:04:07 AM Saber15
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* JustifiedTitle: The world is succumbing to a slow, inexorable death as the winters are growing longer and harsher, and the forests around Spearpoint are slowly thinning out. It also has a second meaning: [[spoiler: The world is a ''Terminal'' world as in ''aircraft terminal'', with an interstellar portal under its surface, reached by the tunnel that runs down the core of Spearpoint and its counterpart in the Bane.]]
3rd May '15 8:03:03 PM WillBGood
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* FanOfThePast: Ricasso, the leader of Swarm, is curious about history and has dedicated part of his life into researching/exploring the history of the world. This is noted as being somewhat eccentric of him; most the other characters in this CrapSackWorld are too busy trying to survive than to try and learn more about the world.See the ScienceIsUseless entry below.

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* FanOfThePast: Ricasso, the leader of Swarm, is curious about history and has dedicated part of his life into researching/exploring the history of the world. This is noted as being somewhat eccentric of him; most the other characters in this CrapSackWorld CrapsackWorld are too busy trying to survive than to try and learn more about the world.See the ScienceIsUseless entry below.



* ScienceIsUseless: The attitude of most people in this world, due to it's general CrapSackWorld nature and the limitations of the zones. Why bother trying to research new technology when it won't work in your particular zone anyway?

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* ScienceIsUseless: The attitude of most people in this world, due to it's its general CrapSackWorld {{crapsack|World}} nature and the limitations of the zones. Why bother trying to research new technology when it won't work in your particular zone anyway?
7th Jun '14 7:14:38 PM Kalaong
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* ForbiddenZone: The Bane, a zone in which functionality is so restricted that no living thing is capable of surviving. Sure enough, the heroes end up having to cross it.* HideYourOtherness:

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* ForbiddenZone: The Bane, a zone in which functionality is so restricted that no living thing is capable of surviving. Sure enough, the heroes end up having to cross it.it.
* HideYourOtherness:
21st May '14 10:35:02 AM MozeeToby
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** Young looking is debatable. The story is implied to take place on Mars, which makes Quillon's "anywhere from 10 to 15" years old remark equivalent to 20-30 Earth years. This is actually one of the first hints of "Earth's" real identity.
15th Apr '14 6:21:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ForbiddenZone: The Bane, a zone in which functionality is so restricted that no living thing is capable of surviving. Sure enough, the heroes end up having to cross it.

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* ForbiddenZone: The Bane, a zone in which functionality is so restricted that no living thing is capable of surviving. Sure enough, the heroes end up having to cross it.* HideYourOtherness:
** Quillon has to keep getting his constantly re-growing "wing buds" amputated in order to keep on passing as human. This becomes an issue when he's forced to leave Spearpoint.
** Not only that, but his eyes being to turn an unnatural blue - not just the iris, but the ''whole eye'' - forcing him to wear sunglasses to keep his cover.



* MasqueradeMaintenance: Quillon has to keep getting his constantly re-growing "wing buds" amputated in order to keep on passing as human. This becomes an issue when he's forced to leave Spearpoint.
** Not only that, but his eyes being to turn an unnatural blue - not just the iris, but the ''whole eye'' - forcing him to wear sunglasses to keep his cover.
17th Sep '13 2:08:58 PM Xelloss08
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** The parable about the brothers Spirit and Oppurtunity certainly counts. While the way it's presented in the story seems like a fairly fantastical, exaggerated creation myth, reading between the lines neatly explains the setting of the story: [[spoiler:The names refer to the martian rovers, implying the story actually takes place on a terraformed Mars, not Earth]].

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** The parable about the brothers Spirit Soul/Spirit and Oppurtunity Fortune/Opportunity certainly counts. While the way it's presented in the story seems like a fairly fantastical, exaggerated creation myth, reading between the lines neatly explains the setting of the story: [[spoiler:The names refer to the martian rovers, implying the story actually takes place on a terraformed Mars, not Earth]].Earth]].
* BadassGay: Meroka is stated early on to be a lesbian, and is quite the badass.
* BaldWomen: Kalis, whose head is shaved to display the tectomancer mark on the back of her head. [[spoiler:It's fake, designed to distract attention from her daughter's real mark]].
* BrainFood: Vorgs/want/brain. Give/vorgs/brain. Vorgs/need/more/brain.
* BurnTheWitch: A significant danger for tectomancers.



* {{Cyborg}}: Tulwar is a steampunk cyborg. The carnivorgs count as well; they were once fully mechanical, but have adapted to integrate living tissue into their composition.



* ForbiddenZone: The Bane, a zone in which functionality is so restricted that no living thing is capable of surviving. Sure enough, the heroes end up having to cross it.
* InSeriesNickname: Several characters only call Quillion by the nickname "Cutter".



* MarkOfTheSupernatural: All tectomancers have a large red birthmark in the shape of a six-pointed star on the back of their head.



* TheMutiny: One is planned against Ricasso. [[spoiler:But it fails]].
* {{Nanotechnology}}: The angels have nanotech in their bloods.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: They're bio-engineered humans.



* RayGun: The Angel Gun which Quillon briefly wields.



* SpaceElevator: Ricasso speculates that this might've been the original purpose of Spearpoint. Later on he abandons this hypothesis [[spoiler:when they discover the second tower in the Bane. It's no where near the equator, which is where a SpaceElevator would have to be located]].

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* ShootOutTheLock: Quillion tries this with a pistol, and fails. Meroka then tries with a volley-gun and succeeds.
* SpaceElevator: Ricasso speculates that this might've been the original purpose of Spearpoint. Later on he abandons this hypothesis [[spoiler:when they discover the second tower in the Bane. It's no where nowhere near the equator, which is where a SpaceElevator would have to be located]].



* TreasureChestCavity: The angel which warns Quillion to flee has the pieces of an advanced weapon surgically embedded inside its body for Quillion to extract after its death.
* TrenchCoatWarfare: In her introductory scene, Meroka opens her coat to reveal a sub-machine gun, a revolver, an automatic, a blunderbuss, a crossbow, and a varied assortment of knives.
* WakingUpAtTheMorgue: The angel who brings a message to Quillion.
* WingedHumanoid: The angels.



* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Swarm, featured prominently on the cover of the novel,is a mobile city of zeppelins.

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* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Swarm, featured prominently on the cover of the novel,is novel, is a mobile city of zeppelins.
30th Jul '13 6:24:47 PM Sheora
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''Terminal World'' is a sci-fi novel by author AlastairReynolds. It's a stand-alone story, distinct from his usual ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' [[TheVerse universe]]. Taking place thousands of years into a [[CrapsackWorld bleak future]], the novel concerns the [[AfterTheEnd last remaining city of mankind]], the strange reality warps around it that limit the [[TechnologyLevels level of technology]] people can build, and a [[TheExile doctor's exile]] from that city into the wastelands outside.

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''Terminal World'' is a sci-fi novel by author AlastairReynolds.Creator/AlastairReynolds. It's a stand-alone story, distinct from his usual ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' [[TheVerse universe]]. Taking place thousands of years into a [[CrapsackWorld bleak future]], the novel concerns the [[AfterTheEnd last remaining city of mankind]], the strange reality warps around it that limit the [[TechnologyLevels level of technology]] people can build, and a [[TheExile doctor's exile]] from that city into the wastelands outside.
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