History Literature / TheStainlessSteelRat

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.
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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''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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** 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.
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