History Literature / TheWarAgainstTheChtorr

13th May '16 6:18:41 AM Kalaong
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** Okay, the Uncle Ira conspiracy must be stated in full to be believed. It begins when a [[spoiler:periodic UsefulNotes/GulfWar escalates into a reverse CubanMissileCrisis. The Third World then gets its act together for five seconds and demands that the US stand down or get [[NukeEm nuked]]. [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent The President]] at the time submits rather than start WorldWarThree, and the US is forced to disband its military and make multibillion-dollar reparations. This is when the conspiracy is hatched; pretend to obey, and in ways that benefit the US secretly. Instead of sending money, they send food and machines, forcing US industries to be redesigned to meet those demands. The US suffers a short depression, but loads of super-technology is developed in the process, causing an economic boom despite the treaties, and making the world even more dependent on US technology (complete with the aforementioned TrojanHorse chips). Space technology is developed, to supply the Third World with energy from solar-power satellites - requiring US expertise to maintain, and enabling them to develop space; thanks to a lunar colony, they have [[ColonyDrop mass drivers]]. And half a million teachers are sent into the Third World to bring them up to speed; and teach them American values.]]

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** Okay, the Uncle Ira conspiracy must be stated in full to be believed. It begins when a [[spoiler:periodic UsefulNotes/GulfWar escalates into a reverse CubanMissileCrisis. The Third World then gets its act together for five seconds and demands that the US stand down or get [[NukeEm nuked]]. [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent The President]] at the time submits rather than start WorldWarThree, and the US is forced to disband its military and make multibillion-dollar reparations. This is when the conspiracy is hatched; pretend accede to obey, and their demands in ways that benefit the US secretly.secretly. The military was disbanded, but reformed as a Peace Corps-like "Teamwork Army" which specializes in public works; the physical labor conditions them every bit as well as boot camp, and people who build stuff for a living tend to be ''very'' territorial - once the invasions start, it only takes one month of combat training to transform into a quality army. Weapons platforms like [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks tanks]] and [[GunshipRescue gunships]] were sank in the sea - but secretly sealed in glassite first. Instead of sending money, they send food and machines, forcing US industries to be redesigned to meet those demands. The US suffers a short depression, but loads of super-technology is developed in the process, causing an economic boom despite the treaties, and making the world even more dependent on US technology (complete with the aforementioned TrojanHorse chips). Space technology is developed, to supply the Third World with energy from solar-power satellites - requiring US expertise to maintain, and enabling them to develop space; thanks to a lunar colony, they have [[ColonyDrop mass drivers]]. And half a million teachers are sent into the Third World to bring them up to speed; and teach them American values.]] As WATC predates ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' by [[OlderThanTheyThink more than a decade]], the XanatosGambit should technically be called the Uncle Ira Gambit; "What if we only ''pretended'' to lose?"



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25th Feb '16 5:46:51 PM Theriocephalus
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* {{SavedFromDevelopmentHell}}: According to the author's Facebook page, Book 5 has been completed. Neat!
19th Feb '16 5:27:04 AM Kalaong
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* RightHandVersusLeftHand: A major gripe of [=McCarthy=]'s, especially in "A Season for Slaughter", vis-a-vis his covert employers the Uncle Ira Group. The Uncle Ira Group on the other hand are constantly annoyed by his habit of going off half-cocked at {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s instead of trusting them to handle things behind the scenes. ''He'' is constantly annoyed because for the past three-and-a-half books, they never bothered to correct his assumption that he was TheOnlyOne focused on the enemy instead of gaming the system. ''Very'' justifiably, too, as the ''literal'' previous time he met the actual leader of the group - the ''first'' time they ''met'' - [[spoiler:'''the UIG tried to feed him to a giant alien worm.''' And the only reason he survived was because he, on his own initiative, actually learned how to use the weapon they gave him beforehand - a weapon was chosen specifically because it was nearly useless against giant alien worms. The only reason he survived was because he is a CrazyPrepared '''''{{Badass}}''''' who practiced on the weapon the night before.]]

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* RightHandVersusLeftHand: A major gripe of [=McCarthy=]'s, especially in "A Season for Slaughter", vis-a-vis his covert employers the Uncle Ira Group. The Uncle Ira Group on the other hand are constantly annoyed by his habit of going off half-cocked at {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s instead of trusting them to handle things behind the scenes. ''He'' is constantly annoyed because for the past three-and-a-half books, they never bothered to correct his assumption that he was TheOnlyOne focused on the enemy instead of gaming the system. ''Very'' justifiably, too, as the ''literal'' previous time he met the actual leader of the group - the ''first'' time they ''met'' - [[spoiler:'''the UIG tried to feed him to a giant alien worm.''' And the only reason he survived was because he, on his own initiative, actually learned how to use the weapon they gave him beforehand - a weapon was chosen specifically because it was nearly useless against giant alien worms. The only reason he survived was because he is a CrazyPrepared '''''{{Badass}}''''' who practiced on the weapon the night before.]] He nearly dies fighting it, would have been killed on the operating table if a strongheaded nurse hadn't ''assaulted'' the officer that ordered it, and afterwards they infer that they'll kill him if he takes it personally instead of heading back to work. "Don't drink your orange juice."]]



* WalkThisWay: [=McCarthy=] is saddled with [[TheNeidermeyer Major Bellus]] who accidentally walks near a grove of shambler trees: {{Man Eating Plant}}s hosting [[TheSwarm an entire ecology of carnivorous symbiotes that swarm]] when they sense the vibrations of nearby prey. [=McCarthy=] points out that these vibrations are relayed by the creeper vines lying all around them, and the only way ''not'' to trigger them is to walk out of range at five meters per hour. Cue a SillyWalk that (as [=McCarthy=] enjoys pointing out to Bellus) is being relayed via cameras to an extensive internet audience hoping they'll die in an interesting and horrible fashion. [[spoiler:Eventually Bellus breaks down under the strain and begs for his life, so to conclude this HumiliationConga [=McCarthy=] walks out normally, saying they were never in any danger as the shambler grove was uninhabited. This stunt destroys Bellus career; unfortunately it also earns [=McCarthy=] the ire of his superiors who try to get rid of him with an UriahGambit.]]

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* WalkThisWay: [=McCarthy=] is saddled with [[TheNeidermeyer Major Bellus]] who accidentally walks near a grove of shambler trees: {{Man Eating Plant}}s hosting [[TheSwarm an entire ecology of carnivorous symbiotes that swarm]] when they sense the vibrations of nearby prey. [=McCarthy=] points out that these vibrations are relayed by the creeper vines lying all around them, and the only way ''not'' to trigger them is to walk out of range at five meters per hour. Cue a SillyWalk that (as [=McCarthy=] enjoys pointing out to Bellus) is being relayed via cameras to an extensive internet audience hoping they'll die in an interesting and horrible fashion. [[spoiler:Eventually Bellus breaks down under the strain and begs for his life, so publicly resigning from the military at [=McCarthy=]'s request. Then to conclude this HumiliationConga [=McCarthy=] walks out normally, saying they were never in any danger as the shambler grove was uninhabited. This stunt destroys Bellus career; unfortunately it also earns [=McCarthy=] the ire of his superiors who try to get rid of him with an UriahGambit.]]
5th Aug '15 4:08:15 PM PoonDragoon
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So far there are four books out; the fifth has been [[{{Vaporware}} coming out real soon since 1994]]; there are supposed to be seven altogether.

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So far there are four books out; out, with the fifth has been [[{{Vaporware}} coming out real soon since 1994]]; [[{{SavedFromDevelopmentHell}} completed, after over 20 years]], but awaiting publication; there are supposed to be seven altogether.



* {{SavedFromDevelopmentHell}}: According to the author's Facebook page, Book 5 has been completed. Neat!



* {{Vaporware}}: Book 5, so far. A particularly tragic example of vaporware, as the last book ended on a cliffhanger.
** The entire fandom is dreading the possibility of AuthorExistenceFailure; Gerrold is 71 as of 2015.
3rd Jul '15 8:05:14 AM ImmortalFaust
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Most people don't believe in the Chtorrans until the worms start moving into towns and eating people. Even then the Fourth World Alliance insists on downplaying the invasion, until a captive worm [[strike: escapes]][[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident is let loose]] and starts chomping its way through their delegates.

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* ArbitrarySkepticism: Most people don't believe in the Chtorrans until the worms start moving into towns and eating people. Even then the Fourth World Alliance insists on downplaying the invasion, until a captive worm [[strike: escapes]][[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident escapes]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident is let loose]] and starts chomping its way through their delegates.
7th Mar '15 12:21:37 PM Kalaong
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* RightHandVersusLeftHand: A major gripe of [=McCarthy=]'s, especially in "A Season for Slaughter", vis-a-vis his covert employers the Uncle Ira Group. The Uncle Ira Group on the other hand are constantly annoyed by his habit of going off half-cocked at {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s instead of trusting them to handle things behind the scenes. ''He'' is constantly annoyed because for the past three-and-a-half books, they never bothered to correct his assumption that he was TheOnlyOne focused on the enemy instead of gaming the system. ''Very'' justifiably, too, as the ''literal'' previous time he met the actual leader of the group - the ''first'' time they ''met'' - [[spoiler:'''the UIG tried to feed him to a giant alien worm.''' And the only reason he survived was because he, on his own initiative, actually learned how to use the weapon they gave him beforehand - a weapon was chosen specifically because it was nearly useless against giant alien worms. The only reason he survived was because he is a CrazyPrepared '''''{{Badass}}''''' who practiced on the weapon the night before.]]
2nd Feb '15 9:10:37 PM Kalaong
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** The entire fandom is dreading the possibility of AuthorExistenceFailure; Gerrold just turned 66.

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** The entire fandom is dreading the possibility of AuthorExistenceFailure; Gerrold just turned 66.is 71 as of 2015.
2nd Feb '15 9:06:09 PM Kalaong
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** Technically everything. No matter how harmless, or relatively harmless, it looks, it can probably kill you. Early in the first book, [[{{Jerkass}} one]] [[{{Redshirt}} of]] [[{{Mook}} the soldiers]] gets his finger bitten off by a Chtorran millipede. Losing the finger didn't kill him, it was the multiple infections caused by the alien microorganisms that were transferred by the bite that did. Cotton Candy plants look like ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It's not until they go through a massive "bloom" and throw clouds of pink, sticky filamentous goo all over everything that the problems start: massive destruction of neighboring ecosystems, gooping up machinery (rain just makes it stickier), oh and incidentally causing humans who inhale the dust clouds to cough their lungs out in bloody chunks.

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** Technically everything. No matter how harmless, or relatively harmless, it looks, it can probably kill you. Early in the first book, [[{{Jerkass}} one]] [[{{Redshirt}} of]] [[{{Mook}} the soldiers]] gets his finger bitten off by a Chtorran millipede. Losing the finger didn't kill him, it was the multiple infections caused by the alien microorganisms that were transferred by the bite that did. Cotton Candy plants look did.
*** Most notably is the "Cotton Candy" plant, which ''looks''
like ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and is the one of the few things in the invading ecosystem that seems non-threatening. It's not until they go through a massive "bloom" and throw clouds of pink, sticky filamentous goo pink dust all over everything that the problems start: massive destruction of neighboring ecosystems, gooping up machinery (rain just makes it stickier), oh and incidentally causing humans who inhale First, the dust clouds is as fine and flammable as grain dust - it floats clear up to the cloud layer, and ''knocks aircraft right out of the sky''. Then it falls to the ground, acting as the terrestrial equivalent of an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upwelling upwelling]], particularly for Chtorran life - most notably, it's full of Chtorran micro-organisms, so anyone who inhales it get ''multiple strains'' of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionnaires%27_disease Legionnaires' disease]], cough their lungs out in bloody chunks.chunks. After it rains, it becomes a sea of sticky goo that dries into a solid shell, killing all Terrestrial life beneath it.
7th Jul '14 6:44:15 AM HaroldHill
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->''"Life is short. Then you die. Then the worms eat you. [[EatenAlive Be grateful it happens in that order]]."''

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->''"Life is short.hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. [[EatenAlive Be grateful it happens in that order]]."''
16th May '14 12:10:33 AM Odon
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* ShowerOfAngst: McCarthy gets a short one in "A Rage For Revenge", right after the renegades have captured him and it becomes clear they're going to try to brainwash him.

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* ShowerOfAngst: McCarthy [=McCarthy=] gets a short one in "A Rage For Revenge", right after the renegades have captured him and it becomes clear they're going to try to brainwash him.
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