History Literature / TheWarAgainstTheChtorr

10th Nov '16 5:45:05 AM Kalaong
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* ExtremeOmnivore: The ''entire'' Chtorran ecosystem, but especially the worms, which consume roughly a tenth of their weight in protein every day - a third if they're forced to subsist on vegetation - and they can grow to weigh '''over a ton.'' Thus, the worms hate any kind of food that isn't alive and screaming. It's an uphill battle to get worms to eat ''fresh hamburger'' instead of the feeder's hand. Captured worms are thus [[EatTheDog fed stray dogs]] - ''lots'' of them.

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* ExtremeOmnivore: The ''entire'' Chtorran ecosystem, but especially the worms, which consume roughly a tenth of their weight in protein every day - a third if they're forced to subsist on vegetation - and they can grow to weigh '''over a ton.'' ''' Thus, the worms hate any kind of food that isn't alive and screaming. It's an uphill battle to get worms to eat ''fresh hamburger'' instead of the feeder's hand. Captured worms are thus [[EatTheDog fed stray dogs]] - ''lots'' of them.
10th Nov '16 5:44:43 AM Kalaong
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* GotVolunteered: ZigZagged with the UriahGambit -- it's made clear that there are legal precedents involving the use of soldiers on dangerous missions, and in the first novel Duke Anderson tells [=McCarthy=] he ''does'' have the option of refusing to go on a dangerous mission, but then he'll be on the first chopper out of here because a soldier who won't take risks is useless to him. In the second, one of his superiors notes he has an asterisk(''Jim: Yeah, I'm sitting on it.'') - meaning those legal precedents have been ''waived.'' This means he's either part of the [[HiveMind Telepathy Corps]], pissed someone off enough that they want him KIA'd, or he's gained a reputation for ''[[WhyWontYouDie surviving]]'' dangerous missions. Specifically, [[spoiler:he was once set to guard a worm with a weapon experts had concluded wouldn't work on worms and killed it ''anyway''. By book four his superiors just say "screw it" and abandon him in a pink storm - along with several other soldiers. He only gets out that time by finding intel too valuable to sacrifice ''and'' spending his last remaining political favor.]]

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* GotVolunteered: ZigZagged with the UriahGambit -- it's made clear that there are legal precedents involving the use of soldiers on dangerous missions, and in the first novel Duke Anderson tells [=McCarthy=] he ''does'' have the option of refusing to go on a dangerous mission, but then he'll be on the first chopper out of here because a soldier who won't take risks is useless to him. In the second, one of his superiors notes he has an asterisk(''Jim: Yeah, I'm sitting on it.'') - meaning those legal precedents have been ''waived.'' This means he's either part of the [[HiveMind Telepathy Corps]], pissed someone off enough that [[TheUriahGambit they want him KIA'd, KIA'd]], or he's gained a reputation for ''[[WhyWontYouDie surviving]]'' dangerous missions. Specifically, [[spoiler:he was once set to guard a worm with a weapon experts had concluded wouldn't work on worms and killed it ''anyway''. By book four his superiors just say "screw it" and abandon him in a pink storm - along with several other soldiers. He only gets out that time by finding intel too valuable to sacrifice ''and'' spending his last remaining political favor.]]
10th Nov '16 5:43:36 AM Kalaong
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* ExtremeOmnivore: The ''entire'' Chtorran ecosystem, but especially the worms, which consume roughly a tenth of their weight in protein every ''day'' - a '''third''' if they're forced to subsist on vegetation. Thus, the worms hate any kind of food that isn't alive and screaming. It's an uphill battle to get worms to eat ''fresh hamburger'' instead of the feeder's hand. Captured worms are thus [[EatTheDog fed stray dogs]] - ''lots'' of them.

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* ExtremeOmnivore: The ''entire'' Chtorran ecosystem, but especially the worms, which consume roughly a tenth of their weight in protein every ''day'' day - a '''third''' third if they're forced to subsist on vegetation. vegetation - and they can grow to weigh '''over a ton.'' Thus, the worms hate any kind of food that isn't alive and screaming. It's an uphill battle to get worms to eat ''fresh hamburger'' instead of the feeder's hand. Captured worms are thus [[EatTheDog fed stray dogs]] - ''lots'' of them.
6th Nov '16 11:06:07 AM Kalaong
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* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]. Very much averted. Gerrold is one of the first openly gay sci-fi authors, and has [[WriteWhoYouKnow integrated his experiences into the series]]. [=McCarthy=] and Ted are bisexual, there are numerous gay characters, and in all cases their sexuality is considered no more important than their race. The author even subverts his own work through [[CampGay Randy Dannenfelser]] who is the personification of every negative gay stereotype in existence. Homophobia is present, but it's roughly as accepted as chauvinism was in UsefulNotes/TheEighties - not a career-ender like casual racism, but considered an annoying character flaw. Notably, ''[=McCarthy=] himself'' is mildly homophobic, as most of the homosexuals he's met have been... about as well-adjusted as everyone else in his [[CrapsackWorld war-torn world]]. Notably, he lost his virginity to narcissistic jerk Ted - who [[NotStayingForBreakfast brushed him off the following morning]] - midway through the first book, and Dannenfelser is an obnoxious ObstructiveBureaucrat who enjoys calling [=McCarthy=] "sister" simply to [[ItAmusedMe piss him off]].

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* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]. Very much averted. Gerrold is one of the first openly gay sci-fi authors, and has [[WriteWhoYouKnow integrated his experiences into the series]]. [=McCarthy=] and Ted are bisexual, there are numerous gay characters, and in all cases their sexuality is considered no more important than their race. The author even subverts his own work through [[CampGay Randy Dannenfelser]] who is the personification of every negative gay stereotype in existence. Homophobia is present, but it's roughly as accepted as chauvinism was in UsefulNotes/TheEighties - not a career-ender like casual racism, but considered an annoying character flaw. Notably, ''[=McCarthy=] himself'' is mildly homophobic, as most of the homosexuals he's met have been... about as well-adjusted as everyone else in his [[CrapsackWorld war-torn world]]. Notably, he lost his virginity to narcissistic jerk Ted - who [[NotStayingForBreakfast brushed him off the following morning]] - midway through the first book, morning]], and Dannenfelser is an obnoxious ObstructiveBureaucrat who enjoys calling [=McCarthy=] "sister" simply to [[ItAmusedMe piss him off]].
6th Nov '16 11:05:23 AM Kalaong
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* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]. Very much averted. Gerrold is one of the first openly gay sci-fi authors, and has [[WriteWhoYouKnow integrated his experiences into the series]]. [=McCarthy=] and Ted are bisexual, there are numerous gay characters, and in all cases their sexuality is considered no more important than their race. The author even subverts his own work through [[CampGay Randy Dannenfelser]] who is the personification of every negative gay stereotype in existence. Homophobia is present, but it's roughly as accepted as chauvinism was in UsefulNotes/TheEighties - not a career-ender like casual racism, but considered an annoying character flaw. Notably, ''[=McCarthy=] himself'' is mildly homophobic, as most of the homosexuals he's met have been... about as well-adjusted as everyone else in his [[CrapsackWorld war-torn world]]. Notably, he lost his virginity to narcissistic jerk Ted midway through the first book, and Dannenfelser is an obnoxious ObstructiveBureaucrat who enjoys calling [=McCarthy=] "sister" simply to [[ItAmusedMe piss him off]].

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* [[HideYourLesbians Hide Your Gays]]. Very much averted. Gerrold is one of the first openly gay sci-fi authors, and has [[WriteWhoYouKnow integrated his experiences into the series]]. [=McCarthy=] and Ted are bisexual, there are numerous gay characters, and in all cases their sexuality is considered no more important than their race. The author even subverts his own work through [[CampGay Randy Dannenfelser]] who is the personification of every negative gay stereotype in existence. Homophobia is present, but it's roughly as accepted as chauvinism was in UsefulNotes/TheEighties - not a career-ender like casual racism, but considered an annoying character flaw. Notably, ''[=McCarthy=] himself'' is mildly homophobic, as most of the homosexuals he's met have been... about as well-adjusted as everyone else in his [[CrapsackWorld war-torn world]]. Notably, he lost his virginity to narcissistic jerk Ted - who [[NotStayingForBreakfast brushed him off the following morning]] - midway through the first book, and Dannenfelser is an obnoxious ObstructiveBureaucrat who enjoys calling [=McCarthy=] "sister" simply to [[ItAmusedMe piss him off]].
6th Nov '16 11:00:19 AM Kalaong
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''The War Against the Chtorr'' is an incomplete sci-fi series by David Gerrold about an invasion of Earth by an [[HordeOfAlienLocusts entire alien ecosystem]], set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Just about everyone in TheGovernment has become an ObstructiveBureaucrat, save the odd MagnificentBastard. The rest of the world has forced the United States to accept [[HoistByHisOwnPetard crippling economic treaties]] to keep it from engaging in the odd GovernmentConspiracy. Then TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt begins. First a series of [[AlienInvasion alien]] plagues [[DepopulationBomb wipes out most of humanity]], and then aliens (much) bigger than microbes begin popping up. The invaders consist mainly of giant worms, insects, plants and other, ''extremely'' unpleasant stuff. They eat everything, resulting in massive environmental damage, but they ''really'' like to [[ToServeMan eat people]]. Then [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]].

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''The War Against the Chtorr'' is an incomplete sci-fi series by David Gerrold about an invasion of Earth by an [[HordeOfAlienLocusts entire alien ecosystem]], set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Just about everyone in TheGovernment has become an ObstructiveBureaucrat, save the odd MagnificentBastard. The rest of the world has forced the United States to accept [[HoistByHisOwnPetard crippling economic treaties]] to keep it from engaging in the odd GovernmentConspiracy.WarForFunAndProfit. Then TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt begins. First a series of [[AlienInvasion alien]] plagues [[DepopulationBomb wipes out most of humanity]], and then aliens (much) bigger than microbes begin popping up. The invaders consist mainly of giant worms, insects, plants and other, ''extremely'' unpleasant stuff. They eat everything, resulting in massive environmental damage, but they ''really'' like to [[ToServeMan eat people]]. Then [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]].
3rd Nov '16 5:41:44 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; accede to their demands in ways that benefit the US 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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** 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; accede to their demands in ways that benefit the US 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.preserved with acrylic beforehand. 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?"
30th Oct '16 11:07:07 AM nombretomado
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* AdaptationExpansion: The {{GURPS}} sourcebook was actually well-received, and even included a few things from Gerrold's notes that ''still'' haven't made it into the series yet.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} sourcebook was actually well-received, and even included a few things from Gerrold's notes that ''still'' haven't made it into the series yet.
27th Oct '16 9:46:10 AM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Subverted in "A Season for Slaughter", when [=McCarthy=]'s badass takedown of an [[TheNeidermeyer arrogant major]] has serious consequences both political and personal. [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Obstructive Bureaucrats]] are just as much a threat to the war effort as the man-eating worms.



* 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:'''[[UriahGambit 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 - which 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."]]

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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:'''[[UriahGambit 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 - which was chosen specifically because it was nearly useless against giant alien worms. The only reason he survived was because he is a CrazyPrepared '''''{{Badass}}''''' '''''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."]]
24th Sep '16 12:33:23 PM morenohijazo
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* ExtremeOmnivore: The ''entire'' Chtorran ecosystem, but especially the worms, which consume roughly a tenth of their weight in protein every ''day'' - a '''third''' if they're forced to subsist on vegetation. Thus, the worms hate any kind of food that isn't alive and screaming. It's an uphill battle to get worms to eat ''fresh hamburger'' instead of the feeder's hand. Captured worms are thus [[EatTheDog fed stray dogs]] - ''lots'' of them.


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* DeadlyDustStorm: The so-called 'cotton candy plant' creates huge duststorms that knock helicopters out of the sky, explode like grain silos, cause thousands of deaths by clogging up people's lungs, and fuel the next stage in HostileTerraforming by providing food for Chtorran lifeforms while smothering Earth plants and animals.


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* ExtremeOmnivore: The ''entire'' Chtorran ecosystem, but especially the worms, which consume roughly a tenth of their weight in protein every ''day'' - a '''third''' if they're forced to subsist on vegetation. Thus, the worms hate any kind of food that isn't alive and screaming. It's an uphill battle to get worms to eat ''fresh hamburger'' instead of the feeder's hand. Captured worms are thus [[EatTheDog fed stray dogs]] - ''lots'' of them.
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