History Literature / TheFlightEngineer

31st May '16 3:30:16 PM StarSword
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* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:Not a good thing in this case. Turns out the Fibians who allied with the Mollies and are attacking the Commonwealth are rogue elements. Fleeing their pursuit, ''Invincible'' blunders into contact with the Fibian central government, leading to a BigDamnHeroes moment at the end of book three.]]



* RenegadeSplinterFaction: The third book reveals that [[spoiler: the Fibians allied with the Mollies are under a rogue queen.]]

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* RenegadeSplinterFaction: The third book reveals that [[spoiler: [[Turns out the Fibians who allied with the Mollies and are under a attacking the Commonwealth are rogue queen.]] elements. Fleeing their pursuit, ''Invincible'' blunders into contact with the Fibian central government, leading to a BigDamnHeroes moment at the end of book three.]]
31st May '16 3:28:09 PM StarSword
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* ''The Independent Command'': After a Fibian/Mollie raid on a Commonwealth vacation world, ''Invincible'' is sent on a solo mission to launch a reprisal against the Fibians. Then they discover that the monstrous Fibians may not be monsters after all...

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* ''The Independent Command'': After Captain Knott is injured in a Fibian/Mollie raid on a Commonwealth vacation world, Raeder is given command of ''Invincible'' is and sent on a solo mission to launch a reprisal against the Fibians. Then Pursued by a superior enemy force, they discover blunder into a discovery that the monstrous Fibians may not be monsters after all...
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9th Feb '16 12:49:13 PM Vios
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* InappropriatelyCloseComrades: It seems that relationships between officers and enlisted personnel is forbidden, but relationships between two officers would not be, since Chief Petty Officer Paddy Casey decides to apply for officer training so that he can get together with Second Lieutenant Cynthia Robbins.
12th Jan '15 6:11:21 PM StarSword
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*** Surprisingly, Peter Raeder is not the character who acts as a walking ShoutOut to Scotty. That honor falls to Cpo. Paddy Casey, among whose first lines is "she canna take the strain!"
* SpaceIsAnOcean: [[Franchise/StarTrek Doohan's roots]] show through; the terminology half of this trope is very heavily used. Space itself is not an ocean, however.

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*** Surprisingly, Peter Raeder is not the character who acts as a walking ShoutOut to Scotty. That honor falls to Cpo. CPO. Paddy Casey, among whose first lines is "she canna take the strain!"
* SpaceIsAnOcean: [[Franchise/StarTrek Doohan's roots]] show through; the terminology half of this trope is very heavily used. Space itself is not an ocean, however.
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* SpaceIsAnOcean: [[Franchise/StarTrek Doohan's roots]] show through; the terminology half of this trope is very heavily used. Space itself is not an ocean, however.
* SpaceIsNoisy: {{Conversed}}. At one point in ''The Privateer'' the viewpoint character mocks the inaccuracy in a ShowWithinAShow of a starship's position being given away by a crewman dropping something.
4th Jun '14 2:47:59 PM morenohijazo
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* ExtraDimensionalShortcut: Ships enter and exit hyper by accelerating to roughly 0.1''c'' towards a jump point. They then transit to another dimension, connected to maybe three or four other jump points.
21st Oct '13 12:56:26 PM StarSword
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** MrFixit: Chief Engineer Augie Skinner in theory. Raeder in practice, though officially he's just in charge of maintaining the fighters.
*** Also Cpo. Casey.

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** MrFixit: Chief Engineer Augie Skinner in theory. Raeder in practice, though officially he's just in charge of maintaining the fighters.
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fighters. Also Cpo. Casey.


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* FieldPromotion: At the end of ''The Independent Command'' General Scaragoglu gives a field commission to Casey as a favor to Raeder, so that Casey can legally propose to Robbins.
4th Jun '13 4:27:36 PM StarSword
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* CareerEndingInjury: Raeder's lost hand coupled with the limitations of prosthetics at the time meant he no longer had the dexterity necessary to fly a Speed.
21st Apr '13 7:57:24 PM NativeJovian
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* OldSchoolDogfighting: Played with for what little we see of fighter combat. Speeds chase each other's tails and loop around crazily and are armed with line-of-sight weapons, but the ranges are far greater than usual and, given the fact that capital ships avert SpaceFriction (see below), it's possible the Speeds were [[InvokedTrope specifically designed that way]].

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* OldSchoolDogfighting: OldSchoolDogfight: Played with for what little we see of fighter combat. Speeds chase each other's tails and loop around crazily and are armed with line-of-sight weapons, but the ranges are far greater than usual and, given the fact that capital ships avert SpaceFriction (see below), it's possible the Speeds were [[InvokedTrope specifically designed that way]].
14th Apr '13 6:38:20 PM Xtifr
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** In ''The Rising'' the ''Invincible'' works alongside a pair of destroyers called the ''{{Aubrey|-Maturin}}'' and the ''[[{{Aubrey-Maturin}} Maturin]]''. This is a reference to the books on both sides of the fourth wall.

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** In ''The Rising'' the ''Invincible'' works alongside a pair of destroyers called the ''{{Aubrey|-Maturin}}'' ''Literature/{{Aubrey|Maturin}}'' and the ''[[{{Aubrey-Maturin}} ''[[Literature/AubreyMaturin Maturin]]''. This is a reference to the books on both sides of the fourth wall.
13th Apr '13 8:47:03 AM StarSword
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* TheFederation: The Commonwealth isn't [[Franchise/StarTrek the original]], but it might as well be.



* InsectoidAliens: The narrator remarks in ''The Rising'' that the Fibians seem to be tailor-made to push all of humanity's insect-related fear buttons at once. They're basically {{giant spider}}s with stingers.

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* InsectoidAliens: The narrator remarks in ''The Rising'' that the Fibians seem to be tailor-made to push all of humanity's insect-related arthropod-related fear buttons at once. They're basically {{giant spider}}s with stingers.



* OldSchoolDogfighting: Averted despite the use of space fighters.

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* OldSchoolDogfighting: Averted despite Played with for what little we see of fighter combat. Speeds chase each other's tails and loop around crazily and are armed with line-of-sight weapons, but the use of space fighters.ranges are far greater than usual and, given the fact that capital ships avert SpaceFriction (see below), it's possible the Speeds were [[InvokedTrope specifically designed that way]].


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* StandardSciFiFleet: Giant freighters, frigates, destroyers, fleet carriers, fast carriers (''Invincible''), cruisers, fighter-bombers (Speeds), recon ships ([=WACCIs=]), the works.
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