History Literature / TheNumberOfTheBeast

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.
30th Dec '14 1:46:15 PM SolipSchism
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Crosswicking.
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* MoreThanThreeDimensions: ''Six''-dimensional travel is enabled by pushing on a gyroscope in just the right way.
2nd Dec '14 8:52:44 AM Fighteer
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Unnecessary RL commentary.
* {{Polyamory}}: Lazarus Long's extended family is poly. The Burroughs join them. Most of the details are not "good polyamory" as currently understood; there's a lot of "don't ask don't tell" (as opposed to open communication and consent). See also FreeLoveFuture.
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* {{Polyamory}}: Lazarus Long's extended family is poly. The Burroughs join them. Most of the details are not "good polyamory" as currently understood; there's a lot of "don't ask don't tell" (as opposed to open communication and consent). See also FreeLoveFuture.
13th Nov '14 9:27:22 AM chuckg
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* IgnoreTheFanservice: This is how Zeb and Deety clue to the fact that the "park ranger" accosting them is an alien; Deety's abrupt strip tease does not distract him or even engage his interest.[[note: Heinlein actually wrote this with a fair degree of subtlety. What twigs our heroes to the alien-ness isn't that he refused to look at her naked body at all (as that might simply have been out of politeness) -- its that the alien looked right at her strip-tease because her sudden hand movement drew his eye, then looked away from her as soon as he realized she wasn't reaching for a weapon. In other words, that he had zero emotional reaction to the difference between a naked woman and a clothed one, which was a glaring clue that he wasn't actually the white middle-class American he was pretending to be.]]
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* IgnoreTheFanservice: This is how Zeb and Deety clue to the fact that the "park ranger" accosting them is an alien; Deety's abrupt strip tease does not distract him or even engage his interest.[[note: [[note]] Heinlein actually wrote this with a fair degree of subtlety. What twigs our heroes to the alien-ness isn't that he refused to look at her naked body at all (as that might simply have been out of politeness) -- its that the alien looked right at her strip-tease because her sudden hand movement drew his eye, then looked away from her as soon as he realized she wasn't reaching for a weapon. In other words, that he had zero emotional reaction to the difference between a naked woman and a clothed one, which was a glaring clue that he wasn't actually the white middle-class American he was pretending to be.]][[/note]]
13th Nov '14 9:26:48 AM chuckg
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Technique should be praised.
* IgnoreTheFanservice: This is how Zeb and Deety clue to the fact that the "park ranger" accosting them is an alien; Deety's abrupt strip tease does not distract him or even engage his interest.
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* IgnoreTheFanservice: This is how Zeb and Deety clue to the fact that the "park ranger" accosting them is an alien; Deety's abrupt strip tease does not distract him or even engage his interest.[[note: Heinlein actually wrote this with a fair degree of subtlety. What twigs our heroes to the alien-ness isn't that he refused to look at her naked body at all (as that might simply have been out of politeness) -- its that the alien looked right at her strip-tease because her sudden hand movement drew his eye, then looked away from her as soon as he realized she wasn't reaching for a weapon. In other words, that he had zero emotional reaction to the difference between a naked woman and a clothed one, which was a glaring clue that he wasn't actually the white middle-class American he was pretending to be.]]
13th Nov '14 8:21:52 AM woodwardiocom
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* {{Polyamory}}: Lazarus Long's extended family is this. The Burroughs join them. See also FreeLoveFuture.
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* {{Polyamory}}: Lazarus Long's extended family is this.poly. The Burroughs join them. Most of the details are not "good polyamory" as currently understood; there's a lot of "don't ask don't tell" (as opposed to open communication and consent). See also FreeLoveFuture.
9th Nov '14 4:03:27 AM Alucard
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* MutuallyFictional: A core principle of the "World as Myth". See RecursiveCanon for more fun with this.
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