History Literature / TheStarsAreColdToys

21st Feb '18 11:16:23 AM ChronoLegion
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* ExactWords: When stealing a shuttle. The general in charge of the spaceport asks Pyotr if his grandfather is aboard. Having recently learned that he was adopted, Pyotr honestly answers that his grandfather is not aboard, and his confidence causes the General to hesitate. The General then asks where his grandfather and his assistant (using their names this time) are. Pyotr once again honestly replies that they're somewhere below him, clearly implying that they're on the ground when, in fact, they're on the same shuttle, just one level below.
21st Feb '18 11:03:57 AM ChronoLegion
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** Pyotr criticizes an alien temperature scale that uses the temperature of a healthy living body as a key reference, claiming that water is far older than flesh. This is similar to the arguments used in favor of the Celsius scale (uses water as reference) vs. Fahrenheit (originally used human body temperature as 100 before being adjusted).
9th Feb '18 10:30:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* SadisticChoice: As a kid, Nik Rimers used to write poetry, before his Mentor advised him to focus on other studies. One such poem has a lighthouse caretaker split between keeping the lighthouse on, but allowing thousands of birds to smash themselves on the cliff, blinded by the light, or turning it off, and allowing a ship to hit a reef, drowning the thousands of birds in its cargo hold.
24th Nov '17 11:05:10 AM nombretomado
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** When told by a Counter that there is a mathematical calculation that can put it in a temporary coma due to it being an impossible task, a human asks him if he means FermatsLastTheorem. When explained what it is, the Counter simply brushes off that the theorem is incorrect.

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** When told by a Counter that there is a mathematical calculation that can put it in a temporary coma due to it being an impossible task, a human asks him if he means FermatsLastTheorem.UsefulNotes/FermatsLastTheorem. When explained what it is, the Counter simply brushes off that the theorem is incorrect.
24th Oct '17 10:16:43 AM ChronoLegion
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* TheGameOfTheBook: Russian developer Akella has released a VideoGame/SpaceSimulator loosely based on the books.
24th Oct '17 10:11:59 AM ChronoLegion
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''The Stars Are Cold Toys'' (Звёзды холодные игрушки, Zviozdy holodnyie igrushki) is a duology by the famous Russian fantasy and science fiction author Creator/SergeyLukyanenko. This is the author's third SpaceOpera series and is heavily inspired by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers' Franchise/NoonUniverse. The duology consists of the novels ''The Stars Are Cold Toys'' and ''Star Shadow'' (Звёздная тень, Zviozdnaya ten') with the second novel taking place immediately after the first.

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''The Stars Are Cold Toys'' (Звёзды холодные игрушки, Zviozdy holodnyie igrushki) is a duology by the famous Russian fantasy and science fiction author Creator/SergeyLukyanenko. This is the author's third SpaceOpera series and is heavily inspired by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers' Franchise/NoonUniverse. The duology consists of the novels ''The Stars Are Cold Toys'' and ''Star Shadow'' (Звёздная тень, Zviozdnaya ten') with the second novel taking place immediately after the first.
first. Some editions package the duology as the ''Jump'' series.
29th Sep '17 12:02:30 PM ChronoLegion
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* ImprovisedWeapon: the Geometers, being {{Technical Pacifist}}s, have no weapons. They do, however, have plenty of devices that can easily double as weapons.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: the Geometers, being {{Technical Pacifist}}s, have no weapons. They do, however, have plenty of devices that can easily double as weapons. This includes powerful force fields, very effective laser cutters, and seismic probes, which are basically nuclear missiles.
26th Sep '17 3:49:38 AM ChronoLegion
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* NamingYourColonyWorld: The Geometers call their planet Homeland and their star Mother. The latter is a bit ironic, considering their children aren't raised by their parents past a very young age, instead being sent to boarding schools run by Mentors.
25th Sep '17 5:20:37 AM ChronoLegion
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* AlternateTechline: Early Geometer history somewhat parallels ours, but the planet's location near the galactic core has significantly affected their society. Night lighting wasn't as important due to the abundance of stars in the sky, so farming could be done at night as well. However, navigating by stars is all but impossible, so the Geometers were stuck on a single continent for centuries, even after developing steam engines. It took the creation of their versions of compasses and gyroscopic navigation equipment before they finally ventured beyond the shores of that continent and discovered others. Also, the abundance of stars affected their philosophy, and they have accepted early on that there had to be other intelligent beings out there in the galaxy.
22nd Aug '17 6:57:16 AM ChronoLegion
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* SpacePlane: Due to the invention of the jumper device, the Space Shuttle program is still alive and well in the US. Other countries have built their own versions (e.g. Europeans are using the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_(spacecraft) Hermes]]'' design), and Russians are using old Soviet designs, such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_(spacecraft) Buran]] and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-105 Spiral]]. When launching from Earth, boosters are used to get shuttles into orbit. When launching from or landing on alien worlds, {{Tractor Beam}}s are used instead.

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* SpacePlane: Due to the invention of the jumper device, the Space Shuttle program is still alive and well in the US. Other countries have built their own versions (e.g. Europeans are using the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermes_(spacecraft) Hermes]]'' design), and Russians are using old Soviet designs, such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buran_(spacecraft) Buran]] and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikoyan-Gurevich_MiG-105 Spiral]]. When launching from Earth, boosters are used to get shuttles into orbit. When launching from or landing on alien worlds, {{Tractor Beam}}s are used instead. All in all, there are hundreds of shuttles that have been built and even more in the process of being built, partly to increase humanity's presence and partly to make up for losses (ships never coming back, ships crashing on landing, ships exploding during launch). There were never enough pilots and jump navigators to crew them all, and it's mentioned that, at least in Russia, civilian pilots could now apply to be re-trained for space (previously, only military pilots could go into space). There are twenty spaceports across the world, on all inhabited continents, and twenty more being constructed. On average, there are fifty to seventy launches per day across the globe.
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