History Literature / TheNumberOfTheBeast

17th Sep '17 6:07:54 PM nombretomado
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: In the last third of the book, many characters from other Heinlein books are encountered; including Lazarus Long, [[Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress Hazel Stone]], [[Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand Jubal Harshaw]], [[Literature/GloryRoad Oscar Gordon, Star, Dr. Rufo]], et al. Earlier on, characters from non-Heinlein books are seen or mentioned; including about a dozen [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] characters, [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the White Rabbit]], and [[Literature/{{Lensman}} Worsel]]. Most notably, some real people are mentioned, such as [[Creator/LewisCarroll Charles Dodgson]]. At the convention in the end of the book, several mentions are made that the characters are waiting for "Isaac, Bob, and Arthur," which is a not-so-subtle reference to the "Big Three" authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction: Creator/IsaacAsimov, Creator/RobertAHeinlein, and ArthurCClarke. Asimov actually gets discussed more than Heinlein, which is fitting as the two were old friends and colleagues.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: In the last third of the book, many characters from other Heinlein books are encountered; including Lazarus Long, [[Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress Hazel Stone]], [[Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand Jubal Harshaw]], [[Literature/GloryRoad Oscar Gordon, Star, Dr. Rufo]], et al. Earlier on, characters from non-Heinlein books are seen or mentioned; including about a dozen [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] characters, [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the White Rabbit]], and [[Literature/{{Lensman}} Worsel]]. Most notably, some real people are mentioned, such as [[Creator/LewisCarroll Charles Dodgson]]. At the convention in the end of the book, several mentions are made that the characters are waiting for "Isaac, Bob, and Arthur," which is a not-so-subtle reference to the "Big Three" authors of the Golden Age of Science Fiction: Creator/IsaacAsimov, Creator/RobertAHeinlein, and ArthurCClarke.Creator/ArthurCClarke. Asimov actually gets discussed more than Heinlein, which is fitting as the two were old friends and colleagues.
10th Apr '17 11:59:45 AM Sharlee
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* CosmicHorror: One of the first things Zeb asks the others, once they realize they're voyaging among their own favorite fictional realities, is whether anyone but him likes Creator/HPLovecraft ... because he'd rather they turn around and go home than risk ending up in a Verse where ''this'' trope prevails!
10th Jan '17 5:18:20 PM TheBigBopper
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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], and many other fictional worlds before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs and Carters (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.

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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, worlds of ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'', ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'', the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], ''Literature/LandOfOz'', and many other fictional worlds others before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs and Carters (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.
10th Jan '17 5:16:44 PM TheBigBopper
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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the Literature/{{Lensman}} series, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], and many other fictional worlds before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs and Carters (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.

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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the Literature/{{Lensman}} ''Literature/{{Lensman}}'' series, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], and many other fictional worlds before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs and Carters (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.
28th Apr '16 4:19:09 AM Tdarcos
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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the Literature/{{Lensman}} series, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], and many other fictional worlds before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.

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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the Literature/{{Lensman}} series, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], and many other fictional worlds before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs and Carters (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.
28th Apr '16 4:16:30 AM Tdarcos
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* IstanbulNotConstantinople: During one universe change, Hilda suspects the planet they have arrived on in this universe is the one named Barsoom, rather than the name from their own universe. Mars.
28th Sep '15 1:02:38 PM Lightblade
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* NudityEqualsHonesty: One of the alternate dimensions the protagonists spend a lot of time in is home to a variant of Christianity that equates nudity (as in the Garden of Eden) to innocence. So every Sunday you'll see families heading to church in their best clothes, only to strip before entering the sanctuary.
19th Jul '15 11:46:51 PM MartinTheMess
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* RedheadInGreen: With the Long extended family having multiple redheads, a nontrivial proportion of its cargo capacity is dedicated to storing their wardrobe of "endless formals in green". Even though they mostly go nude.

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* RedheadInGreen: With the Long extended family having multiple redheads, a nontrivial proportion of its their starship's cargo capacity is dedicated to storing their wardrobe of "endless formals in green". Even though they mostly go nude.
19th Jul '15 11:45:02 PM MartinTheMess
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* RedheadInGreen: With the Long extended family having multiple redheads, a nontrivial proportion of its cargo capacity is dedicated to storing their wardrobe of "endless formals in green". Even though they mostly go nude.
14th Jun '15 4:53:07 PM nombretomado
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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the Literature/{{Lensman}} series, JohnCarterOfMars, the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], and many other fictional worlds before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.

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The plot centers around four geniuses, Zebediah ("Zeb") John Carter, Dejah Thoris ("Deety") Burroughs, her father Jacob, and their friend Hilda Mae, who find themselves embarking on a zany romp through TheMultiverse thanks to Jacob's newly invented time machine. Along the way, they discover that every single fictional universe ever invented by anyone is real and can be accessed by shifting one's dimensional coordinates appropriately, which ends up taking them into the Literature/{{Lensman}} series, JohnCarterOfMars, Literature/JohnCarterOfMars, the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz stories]], and many other fictional worlds before they end up in the world of Heinlein's own archprotagonist Lazarus Long. Throughout this process, they are pursued by marauding interdimensional adversaries with the power to rewrite history, who end up possibly being controlled by a rival Author. The book ends with the Burroughs (as Zeb and Hilda have married Deety and Jacob, respectively) joining Lazarus Long's extended family and staging a convention for all the fictional heroes of the multiverse.



* DiamondsInTheBuff: Deety does this in direct {{Homage}} to ''JohnCarterOfMars''.

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* DiamondsInTheBuff: Deety does this in direct {{Homage}} to ''JohnCarterOfMars''.''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars''.



* MeaningfulName: Zebediah ''John Carter'' and ''Dejah Thoris'' Burroughs were both intentionally named (by their parents) for characters in the ''JohnCarterOfMars'' series. This is {{Lampshaded}} by the characters themselves, who are naturally both fans of it.

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* MeaningfulName: Zebediah ''John Carter'' and ''Dejah Thoris'' Burroughs were both intentionally named (by their parents) for characters in the ''JohnCarterOfMars'' ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series. This is {{Lampshaded}} by the characters themselves, who are naturally both fans of it.
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