History Literature / Uplift

2nd Aug '16 8:10:29 PM PaulA
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* AliensNeverInventedTheWheel: Most species were uplifted straight from the stone age to anti-gravity, so things like paper and less advanced forms of flight are largely unknown to them.


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* DysonSphere: Retired species live in fractal worlds that are similar to dyson spheres built around red dwarf stars from hydrogen snow impregnated with carbon fibers. The structure also extends inward towards the star in fractal patterns to maximize "window space".


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* SpaceAmish: The Uplift Storm trilogy focuses on Jijo, an isolated planet illegally colonized by at least six separate species who all had their own reasons for wanting to leave Galactic society, a number of them even seeking to revert to their pre-Uplift state of sentience. They all essentially operate on BambooTechnology, which turns out to include [[spoiler:rockets]].
27th Jun '16 6:56:49 PM PaulA
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* AcePilot: While the series by and large avoids TwoDimensionalSpace, dolphins are one of the few species who truly have ''instincts'' for operating in three dimensions, which makes them valuable navigators. Of the protagonists, Keepiru and "Lucky" Kaa were selected for Streaker specifically for their piloting skill.

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* AcePilot: While the series by and large avoids TwoDimensionalSpace, TwoDSpace, dolphins are one of the few species who truly have ''instincts'' for operating in three dimensions, which makes them valuable navigators. Of the protagonists, Keepiru and "Lucky" Kaa were selected for Streaker specifically for their piloting skill.
14th Jun '16 6:30:12 PM zarpaulus
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Rety's impulsiveness obsession with escaping Jijo and living among sophisticated starfarers leads her to backstab, abandon or otherwise inconvenience numerous other parties throughout the second trilogy, particularly Dwer. Naturally, she winds up [[spoiler:getting dragged back to Jijo at the last possible moment and stranded.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Rety's impulsiveness impulsive obsession with escaping Jijo and living among sophisticated starfarers leads her to backstab, abandon or otherwise inconvenience numerous other parties throughout the second trilogy, particularly Dwer. Naturally, she winds up [[spoiler:getting dragged back to Jijo at the last possible moment and stranded.]]
14th Jun '16 5:57:13 PM TheWalkingAnomaly
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** If an alien species doesn't find humanity's "wolfling" nature to be an affront to their core beliefs and deserving of extermination (which, frankly, is most to damn near all of them), there is a reasonably good chance they find humans amusing, like the Tymbrimi, or interesting, as do the Synthians.
** The fellow settlers on Jijo end up taking a liking to parts of human nature and culture, but a particular mention must be made of a group of adolescents (mentioned above in Five-Token Band) who not only enjoy human novels, but one ([[Literature/TheCityAndTheStars Alvin]]) went so far as to name himself after a character from one, and nicknames his best friend after a character from another ([[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck]]).

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** If an alien species doesn't find humanity's humanity/Earthling's "wolfling" nature to be an affront to their core beliefs and deserving of extermination (which, frankly, is most (which seems to damn be most-to-damn near all of them), there is a reasonably good chance they find humans and/or their clients amusing, like the Tymbrimi, or interesting, as do the Synthians.
** The Most of humanity's fellow settlers on Jijo end up taking a liking to parts of human nature and culture, but a particular mention must be made of a group of adolescents (mentioned above in Five-Token Band) who not only enjoy human novels, but one ([[Literature/TheCityAndTheStars Alvin]]) went so far as to name himself after a character from one, and nicknames nicknamed his best friend friend, [[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck]], after a character from another ([[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck]]).another.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Rety's impulsiveness obsession with escaping Jijo and living among sophisticated starfarers leads her to backstab , abandon or otherwise inconvenience numerous other parties throughout the second trilogy, particularly Dwer. Naturally, she winds up [[spoiler:getting dragged back to Jijo at the last possible moment and stranded.]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Rety's impulsiveness obsession with escaping Jijo and living among sophisticated starfarers leads her to backstab , backstab, abandon or otherwise inconvenience numerous other parties throughout the second trilogy, particularly Dwer. Naturally, she winds up [[spoiler:getting dragged back to Jijo at the last possible moment and stranded.]]



* NonMammalMammaries: Sort of. The Tymbrimi are actually marsupials and as such their mammaries are present but invisible. However Athaclena still adjusts her body shape to subtly mimic the appearance of human breasts so she can appeal to Robert, making this more a case of "Mammal Non-Mammaries"

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* NonMammalMammaries: Sort of. The Tymbrimi are actually marsupials and as such their mammaries are present but invisible. However Athaclena still adjusts her body shape to subtly mimic the appearance of human breasts so she can appeal to Robert, making this more a case of "Mammal Non-Mammaries"Non-Mammaries".
14th Jun '16 5:41:23 PM TheWalkingAnomaly
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* AbusivePrecursors: Some patron and step-patron species are exceedingly cruel to their clients, not only mistreating individuals or severely discriminating and oppressing client species, but sometimes subjecting them to downright horrific species-wide genetic changes without consent. The worst (that we know of) are probably the Nr~klat (patrons of the Karrank%), the Tandu, and the Oaillie (inventors of the master rings); but the Fonnir, Soro, Pila, and Nght6 are also quite awful.

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* AbusivePrecursors: Some patron and step-patron species are exceedingly cruel to their clients, not only mistreating individuals or severely discriminating and oppressing client species, but sometimes subjecting them to downright horrific species-wide genetic changes without consent. The worst (that we know of) are probably the Nr~klat (patrons of the Karrank%), the Tandu, and the Oaillie (inventors of the master rings); but the Fonnir, Soro, Pila, and Nght6 [=Nght6=] are also quite awful.



* IntriguedByHumanity:
** If an alien species doesn't find humanity's "wolfling" nature to be an affront to their core beliefs and deserving of extermination (which, frankly, is most to damn near all of them), there is a reasonably good chance they find humans amusing, like the Tymbrimi, or interesting, as do the Synthians.
** The fellow settlers on Jijo end up taking a liking to parts of human nature and culture, but a particular mention must be made of a group of adolescents (mentioned above in Five-Token Band) who not only enjoy human novels, but one ([[Literature/TheCityAndTheStars Alvin]]) went so far as to name himself after a character from one, and nicknames his best friend after a character from another ([[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huck]]).



* {{Xenofiction}}: Many alien viewpoints with an emphasis on how their biology colours their thinking. such as a Tymbrimi being able to perceive emotions or traeki having trouble experiencing things in real time.

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* {{Xenofiction}}: Many alien viewpoints with an emphasis on how their biology colours their thinking. thinking, such as a Tymbrimi being able to perceive emotions or traeki having trouble experiencing things in real time.
13th Mar '16 3:34:09 PM ArchTeryx
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In hindsight, Dr. Metz's experiments with splicing DNA from [[spoiler:orcas]] into neo-dolphins was a ''really'' bad idea...[[spoiler:considering the one example, under stress, promptly went AxCrazy and started murdering and ''[[ImAHumanitarian eating]]'' his crewmates.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In hindsight, Dr. Metz's experiments with splicing DNA from [[spoiler:orcas]] into neo-dolphins was a ''really'' bad idea...[[spoiler:considering the one example, under stress, promptly gradually went AxCrazy and started murdering AxCrazy. After a MotiveRant, he murdered and ''[[ImAHumanitarian eating]]'' ate]]'' one of his crewmates.]]
13th Mar '16 3:30:05 PM ArchTeryx
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In hindsight, Dr. Metz's experiments with splicing DNA from [[spoiler:orcas]] into neo-dolphins was a ''really'' bad idea...

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In hindsight, Dr. Metz's experiments with splicing DNA from [[spoiler:orcas]] into neo-dolphins was a ''really'' bad idea...[[spoiler:considering the one example, under stress, promptly went AxCrazy and started murdering and ''[[ImAHumanitarian eating]]'' his crewmates.]]
29th Feb '16 6:13:11 PM ArchTeryx
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29th Feb '16 6:11:58 PM ArchTeryx
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* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:Keepiru, attempting to save Akki from K'tha-jon]]

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* YouAreTooLate: [[spoiler:Keepiru, attempting to save Akki from K'tha-jon]]K'tha-Jon. He arrives to find the dolphin-orca hybrid busily disemboweling Akki, leading to a brief HeroicBSOD.]]
23rd Dec '15 12:49:49 PM HiddenWindshield
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* DividedWeFall: In ''Startide Rising'', the fleets of aliens hunting the ''Streaker'' do not prevent fierce infighting among the dolphin crew. Fortunately, the aliens don't get along with each other, either.

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* DividedWeFall: DividedWeFall:
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In ''Startide Rising'', the fleets of aliens hunting the ''Streaker'' do not prevent fierce infighting among the dolphin crew. Fortunately, the aliens don't get along with each other, either.
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