History Literature / TheStainlessSteelRat

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.
28th Nov '15 3:36:20 AM morenohijazo
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* StompyMooks: Subverted and exploited. Jim [=diGriz=] is trying to escape from soldiers inside a building. He avoids one pursuer making noise with heavy boots, then another soldier coming from another direction with loud boots, and ends up in a meeting with the chief of the pursuers. He then learns that the soldiers had been ordered to herd him into the meeting with their stomping.
29th Oct '15 8:37:19 AM AgProv
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* TakeThat: The books where Jim is conscripted into the military and subjected to all its mindless indignities, bureaucratic inanities and Neanderthal NCO's are Harrison's personal revenge against the United States Marine Corps, in which he was a draftee.
29th Oct '15 8:33:21 AM AgProv
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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.
11th Aug '15 3:23:55 PM Odon
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* ArmedBlag: Jim and Angelina keep robbing banks for fun after joining the Special Corps. FridgeLogic makes one wonder why societies so advanced they don't have much crime still have money to rob, but some planets are portrayed as being less developed than others, being former [[LostColony Lost Colonies]].

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* ArmedBlag: Jim and Angelina keep robbing banks for fun after joining the Special Corps. FridgeLogic makes one wonder why societies so advanced they don't have much crime still have money to rob, but some planets are portrayed as being less developed than others, being former [[LostColony Lost Colonies]].



* LostColony: ''The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted'' has the third act on a planet inhabited by humans totally forgotten by the rest of the galaxy until a militarized country finds them and decides to conquer them.

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* LostColony: LostColony:
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''The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted'' has the third act on a planet inhabited by humans totally forgotten by the rest of the galaxy until a militarized country finds them and decides to conquer them.them.
** This also turns out to be [[spoiler:the origin of the Grey Men, who assume they were deliberately abandoned on a frozen hell world, explaining their vendetta against the rest of humanity.]]
** Used to justify the AnachronismStew aspects of the series. Many planets are former lost colonies, and haven't caught up with everyone else on a technological level.
11th Aug '15 3:17:20 PM Odon
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* ArmedBlag: Jim and Angelina keep robbing banks for fun after joining the Special Corps. FridgeLogic makes one wonder why they still have money to rob, but some planets are portrayed as being less developed than others, being former [[LostColony Lost Colonies]].

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* ArmedBlag: Jim and Angelina keep robbing banks for fun after joining the Special Corps. FridgeLogic makes one wonder why societies so advanced they don't have much crime still have money to rob, but some planets are portrayed as being less developed than others, being former [[LostColony Lost Colonies]].
11th Aug '15 3:16:25 PM Odon
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* ArmedBlag: Jim and Angelina keep robbing banks for fun after joining the Special Corps. FridgeLogic makes one wonder why they still have money to rob, but some planets are portrayed as being less developed than others, being former [[LostColony Lost Colonies]].
11th Aug '15 3:12:44 PM Odon
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* BoxedCrook: In ''The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues'', Jim is caught trying to rob a mint, and secretly spared from execution on condition he undertakes a dangerous secret mission.

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* BoxedCrook: BoxedCrook:
** The entire premise of the Special Corps.
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In ''The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues'', Jim is caught trying to rob a mint, and secretly spared from execution on condition he undertakes a dangerous secret mission.
22nd Jun '15 6:05:52 PM PaulA
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* BackAlleyDoctor. Jim goes to a Back Alley Doctor to have whole body alteration surgery in ''The Stainless Steel Rat''. Now that's dedication to the art of disguise! Pretty understandable, considering his future wife saw right through his more ordinary (but still quite thorough) disguise and shot him nearly to death.

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* BackAlleyDoctor. Jim goes to a Back Alley Doctor to have whole body alteration surgery in ''The Stainless Steel Rat''. Now that's dedication to the art of disguise! Pretty understandable, considering his future wife the criminal he's tracking saw right through his more ordinary (but still quite thorough) disguise and shot him nearly to death.
22nd Jun '15 5:27:51 AM ShorinBJ
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* StableTimeLoop: The result of all the running around in ''The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World''. He (this is his name, which gets confusing) attacks the Special Corps by eliminating key elements in the past, prompting Jim to travel to 20th century Earth, where he first encounters He and disrupts his operation there. He travels to the time of the Napoleonic Wars, where he kills Napoleon and impersonates him, and Jim travels there and tries to kill him. He escapes and travels to the future, leaving Jim trapped in a collapsing time loop, but not before Jim throws a heavy object and messes up the controls on the time machine, sending He to sometime in our future. Insane as he is, He's memories fade, and pretty much the only thing he keeps is his hatred of Jim.

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* StableTimeLoop: The result of all the running around in ''The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World''. He (this is his name, which gets confusing) attacks the Special Corps by eliminating key elements in the past, prompting Jim to travel to 20th century Earth, where he first encounters He and disrupts his operation there. He travels to the time of the Napoleonic Wars, where he kills Napoleon and impersonates him, and Jim travels there and tries to kill him. He escapes and travels to the future, leaving Jim trapped in a collapsing time loop, but not before Jim throws a heavy object and messes up the controls on the time machine, sending He to sometime in our future. Insane as he is, He's memories fade, and pretty much the only thing he keeps is his hatred of Jim. Being functionally immortal, a long time passes, and Jim along with Angelina travels to shortly before Earth's destruction to confront He. At the end, He travels to 20th century Earth...and launches his time war on the Corps. Again, he doesn't get any older, so He just runs around and around the loop while Jim and Angelina go back to their time and get on with their lives. Pretty much a FateWorseThanDeath for He.
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