History Literature / TheStainlessSteelRat

2nd Oct '17 8:52:12 PM intastiel
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* ImprovisedLockpick: Jim once picks a lock with the wires connected to his ShockCollar on a rare occasion when he had been strip-searched thoroughly enough to deprive him of his regular tools.
16th Aug '17 7:24:48 PM PaulA
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* AIGettingHigh: At the end of ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted]]'', the victory party has everyone drinking, except for the resident AI, who has a robot pour some electrolyte into a dry battery. It starts slurring words very quickly.

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* AIGettingHigh: At the end of ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The ''The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted]]'', Drafted'', the victory party has everyone drinking, except for the resident AI, who has a robot pour some electrolyte into a dry battery. It starts slurring words very quickly.
16th Aug '17 2:40:23 PM nitrokitty
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* AIGettingHigh: At the end of ''[[Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted]]'', the victory party has everyone drinking, except for the resident AI, who has a robot pour some electrolyte into a dry battery. It starts slurring words very quickly.
15th May '17 7:32:09 PM nombretomado
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** It appears that planets, back in colonisation days, were claimed by monocultural ethnic groups. Thus a planet occupied by a troll-like alien life form discovers its [[TheTroubles very Irish, Gaelic-speaking former owners are now fighting a guerilla war to kick them out]]. Elsewhere a planet colonised by Spanish-speaking South Americans inevitably becomes a corrupt BananaRepublic ruled by TheGeneralissimo. And the Grey Men speak Japanese.

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** It appears that planets, back in colonisation days, were claimed by monocultural ethnic groups. Thus a planet occupied by a troll-like alien life form discovers its [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles very Irish, Gaelic-speaking former owners are now fighting a guerilla war to kick them out]]. Elsewhere a planet colonised by Spanish-speaking South Americans inevitably becomes a corrupt BananaRepublic ruled by TheGeneralissimo. And the Grey Men speak Japanese.
15th Apr '17 10:10:30 AM Theriocephalus
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That is, until a heist goes wrong, and Jim finally gets caught. Not by the police -- nor by intergalactic law enforcement. He gets caught by the Special Corps, an organization that uses criminals to catch criminals (headed by Harold Peters Inskipp [[note]] a.k.a. "Inskipp the Uncatchable", formerly the greatest criminal in the galaxy until he was forcibly recruited the same way and eventually became the top guy[[/note]]. See, Jim is a TechnicalPacifist who sincerely believes that it's wrong to kill people [[note]]non-lethal violence is fine [[/note]], including bad guys and people who might be trying to kill ''him''. This puts him head and shoulders above the kind of villains that this organization deals with, who are perfectly willing to kill people, sometimes ''en masse''. And, well, if you need to deal with a mass-murdering supervillain and the local police force isn't even equipped to handle a simple bank robbery, who better to forcibly recruit than the less dangerous sort of criminal?

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That is, until a heist goes wrong, and Jim finally gets caught. Not by the police -- nor by intergalactic law enforcement. He gets caught by the Special Corps, an organization that uses criminals to catch criminals (headed headed by Harold Peters Inskipp [[note]] a.k.a. "Inskipp the Uncatchable", formerly the greatest criminal in the galaxy until he was forcibly recruited the same way and eventually became the top guy[[/note]]. See, Jim is a TechnicalPacifist who sincerely believes that it's wrong to kill people [[note]]non-lethal violence is fine [[/note]], including bad guys and people who might be trying to kill ''him''. This puts him head and shoulders above the kind of villains that this organization deals with, who are perfectly willing to kill people, sometimes ''en masse''. And, well, if you need to deal with a mass-murdering supervillain and the local police force isn't even equipped to handle a simple bank robbery, who better to forcibly recruit than the less dangerous sort of criminal?



* AbsentAliens: Several of the early books claim humans are the only sentient species. Then, in ''The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You,'' it turns out the far side of the galaxy is inhabited by several dozen extremely unpleasant-looking ones. After some initial strife, they make peace with the humans - and become unimportant for the rest of the series.

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* AbsentAliens: Several of the early books claim humans are the only sentient species. Then, in ''The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You,'' You'', it turns out the far side of the galaxy is inhabited by several dozen extremely unpleasant-looking ones. After some initial strife, they make peace with the humans - -- and become unimportant for the rest of the series.
17th Dec '16 7:14:40 PM BiffJr
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That is, until a heist goes wrong, and Jim finally gets caught. Not by the police -- nor by intergalactic law enforcement. He gets caught by the Special Corps, an organization that uses criminals to catch criminals (headed by Harold Peters Inskipp -- a.k.a. "Inskipp the Uncatchable", formerly the greatest criminal in the galaxy until he was forcibly recruited the same way and eventually became the top guy). See, Jim is a TechnicalPacifist who sincerely believes that it's wrong to kill people (non-lethal violence is fine), including bad guys and people who might be trying to kill ''him''. This puts him head and shoulders above the kind of villains that this organization deals with, who are perfectly willing to kill people, sometimes ''en masse''. And, well, if you need to deal with a mass-murdering supervillain and the local police force isn't even equipped to handle a simple bank robbery, who better to forcibly recruit than the less dangerous sort of criminal?

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That is, until a heist goes wrong, and Jim finally gets caught. Not by the police -- nor by intergalactic law enforcement. He gets caught by the Special Corps, an organization that uses criminals to catch criminals (headed by Harold Peters Inskipp -- [[note]] a.k.a. "Inskipp the Uncatchable", formerly the greatest criminal in the galaxy until he was forcibly recruited the same way and eventually became the top guy). guy[[/note]]. See, Jim is a TechnicalPacifist who sincerely believes that it's wrong to kill people (non-lethal [[note]]non-lethal violence is fine), fine [[/note]], including bad guys and people who might be trying to kill ''him''. This puts him head and shoulders above the kind of villains that this organization deals with, who are perfectly willing to kill people, sometimes ''en masse''. And, well, if you need to deal with a mass-murdering supervillain and the local police force isn't even equipped to handle a simple bank robbery, who better to forcibly recruit than the less dangerous sort of criminal?
2nd Dec '16 10:39:30 AM Geoduck
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* CoversAlwaysLie: As demonstrated by the page image. Jim generally doesn't run around in space-armor and really doesn't like using guns.
24th Jul '16 8:25:08 AM Omeganian
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* TheCycleOfEmpires: The League is an attempt to reassemble all the [[LostColony Lost Colonies]] of an Empire which fell about a thousand years ago, and is still far from done. In ''The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You'', we see an AlternateTimeline where this Empire (or a similar one) apparently never fell due to the need to fight an alien invasion.
18th May '16 11:54:51 AM Generality
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* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: Jim makes this almost fatal mistake when he first confronts criminal psychotic Angelina. Bringing down an arrest, he refuses to believe the ditzy, hysterical, beautiful airhead he sees is anything more than a low-level mook and gangster's moll. He therefore ignores her and focuses on arresting her accomplice - who is brooding, intense-eyed and unshaven and looks like an Evil Genius. In the confusion, she escapes, having conned diGriz into thinking she's insignificant. While he is arresting the hired help, she slays two policemen and steals an escape pod, evading laser fire and tractor beams with some skilled stunt-flying.
6th Dec '15 1:08:59 PM EvilMidnightLurker
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** It appears that planets, back in colonisation days, were claimed by monocultural ethnic groups. Thus a planet occupied by a troll-like alien life form discovers its [[TheTroubles very Irish, Gaelic-speaking former owners are now fighting a guerilla war to kick them out]]. Elsewhere a planet colonised by Spanish-speaking South Americans inevitably becomes a corrupt BananaRepublic ruled by TheGeneralissimo.

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** It appears that planets, back in colonisation days, were claimed by monocultural ethnic groups. Thus a planet occupied by a troll-like alien life form discovers its [[TheTroubles very Irish, Gaelic-speaking former owners are now fighting a guerilla war to kick them out]]. Elsewhere a planet colonised by Spanish-speaking South Americans inevitably becomes a corrupt BananaRepublic ruled by TheGeneralissimo. And the Grey Men speak Japanese.
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