History Literature / TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls

16th Dec '15 10:15:33 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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8th Nov '15 1:23:49 AM Tdarcos
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Set initially in the same universe as ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', ''The Cat Who Walks Through Walls'' is one of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's later works. It features yet another soldier-of-fortune in the character of Richard Ames, a retired colonel who begins the story living on a cushy space station. His easy life is quickly upended when he marries Gwen Novak, who is secretly a Time Agent, and on a mission to save the universe. Richard and Gwen are chased across the galaxy by unknown enemies, and eventually take refuge in a multiverse paradise, populated by many familiar characters from other Heinlein books, including [[Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand Jubal Harshaw]] and the ubiquitous [[AuthorAvatar Lazarus Long]], the latter of whom tries to recruit Richard into his TimePolice. Lazarus' ultimate goal is to rescue Mycroft Holmes, a dormant supercomputer with the power to perfectly predict the consequences of time manipulations.

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Set initially in the same universe as ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'' and ''Literature/TheRollingStones'', ''The Cat Who Walks Through Walls'' is one of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's later works. It features yet another soldier-of-fortune in the character of Richard Ames, a retired colonel who begins the story living on a cushy space station. His easy life is quickly upended when he marries Gwen Novak, who is secretly a Time Agent, and on a mission to save the universe. Richard and Gwen are chased across the galaxy by unknown enemies, and eventually take refuge in a multiverse paradise, populated by many familiar characters from other Heinlein books, including [[Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand Jubal Harshaw]] and the ubiquitous [[AuthorAvatar Lazarus Long]], the latter of whom tries to recruit Richard into his TimePolice. Lazarus' ultimate goal is to rescue Mycroft Holmes, a dormant supercomputer with the power to perfectly predict the consequences of time manipulations.
14th Jun '15 10:56:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: {{Discussed|Trope}} and {{Deconstructed|Trope}} -- Lazarus' team attempted to assassinate Hitler a few times, but every attempt made things worse in ForWantOfANail fashion. One such timeline [[FarnhamsFreehold ended in nuclear Armageddon]] and another resulted in [[RevoltIn2100 the U.S. becoming a fundamentalist theocracy]].

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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: {{Discussed|Trope}} and {{Deconstructed|Trope}} -- Lazarus' team attempted to assassinate Hitler a few times, but every attempt made things worse in ForWantOfANail fashion. One such timeline [[FarnhamsFreehold [[Literature/FarnhamsFreehold ended in nuclear Armageddon]] and another resulted in [[RevoltIn2100 [[Literature/RevoltIn2100 the U.S. becoming a fundamentalist theocracy]].
6th May '15 2:12:48 AM KeithTyler
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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: {{Discussed|Trope}} and {{Deconstructed|Trope}} -- Lazarus' team attempted to assassinate Hitler a few times, but every attempt made things worse in ForWantOfANail fashion. One such timeline ended in nuclear Armageddon and another resulted in the U.S. becoming a fundamentalist theocracy.

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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: {{Discussed|Trope}} and {{Deconstructed|Trope}} -- Lazarus' team attempted to assassinate Hitler a few times, but every attempt made things worse in ForWantOfANail fashion. One such timeline [[FarnhamsFreehold ended in nuclear Armageddon Armageddon]] and another resulted in [[RevoltIn2100 the U.S. becoming a fundamentalist theocracy.theocracy]].
13th Nov '14 9:18:02 AM chuckg
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* RetGone: One of the members of Lazarus' TimePolice force is a Lensman. After he [[spoiler:shoots Richard]] in a fit of anger, they arrange to have him removed from existence. The effect is described as like seeing him rubbed out by an invisible eraser, followed immediately by the mortal wound that he inflicted vanishing.

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* RetGone: One of the members of Lazarus' TimePolice force is a Lensman. After he [[spoiler:shoots Richard]] in a fit of anger, and so they arrange to have him removed from existence. The effect is described as like seeing him rubbed out by an invisible eraser, followed immediately by the mortal wound that he inflicted vanishing.
13th Nov '14 9:16:50 AM chuckg
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* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Lazarus and his enemies at times seem to be playing this sort of game, in a Sherlock and Moriarty fashion, over who can be more successful at making their manipulations stick. At one point, an entire planet is [[EarthShatteringKaboom nova bombed]] by their adversaries, after which his team of genius mathematicians figures out a scheme to rescue all its people just prior to the event, so that the attack appeared to be successful but nobody was actually lost.

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* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Lazarus and his enemies at times seem to be playing this sort of game, in a Sherlock and Moriarty fashion, over who can be more successful at making their manipulations stick. At one point, an entire planet starbase is [[EarthShatteringKaboom nova bombed]] by their adversaries, after which his team of genius mathematicians figures out a scheme to rescue all its people just prior to the event, so that the attack appeared to be successful but nobody was actually lost.
13th Nov '14 9:15:31 AM chuckg
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* ActionGirl: Despite Richard's attempts at machismo, Gwen is a far superior combatant.

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* ActionGirl: Despite Richard's attempts at machismo, machismo and his own significant military experience, Gwen is still a far superior combatant.
13th Oct '14 3:06:00 AM Sahira
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* TheNounWhoVerbed: The title.
4th Feb '14 9:50:03 AM Fighteer
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* KinkySpanking: Young Gretchen offers to let Richard spank her as a blatant sexual proposal. He turns her down, telling her to grow up first. Thanks to TimeTravel, she does, and reinstates the offer. Richard also repeatedly threatens to do this to Gwen, but we never see him carry it out.
2nd Feb '14 1:39:57 AM XFllo
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* SpankTheCutie: Young Gretchen offers to let Richard spank her. He turns her down, telling her to grow up first. Thanks to TimeTravel, she does, and reinstates the offer. Richard also repeatedly threatens to do this to Gwen, but we never see him carry it out.
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