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12th Aug '15 1:30:21 PM morenohijazo
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* CosmicHorrorReveal: The first three books are about a young female detective who solves mysteries in space while trying to discover TheConspiracy that caused her to lose three years' worth of memories. In the fourth book, she pretty much wipes out the conspiracy. And then, suddenly, the StarfishAliens start to show up, and the rest of the series is about her and her allies trying to prevent one faction of the aliens from attempting to re-write history so that Earth becomes more like their homeworld - which would make it uninhabitable to humans.
6th Apr '15 6:53:22 AM Folamh3
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* DescentIntoAddiction: Sparta starts taking various pharmaceuticals in an attempt to counteract the drugs that erased part of her memories. Instead, she ends up severely addicted to one of the drugs, and by the end of the book, she's caused such severe damage to her own brain from drug abuse that she loses her enhanced perception abilities.
3rd Mar '15 5:50:23 AM morenohijazo
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* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: The last book in the series is very thematically and stylistically different from the previous five. Most of its events are narrated in the first person by Prof. Forster, Sparta and Blake are seen entirely through other characters' eyes, and at one point, they and Forster go back in time to Ancient Mycenae. At another point, the book awkwardly diverts for three chapters to a first-person account by Klaus Muller, a Swiss deep-sea engineer who stumbles across the world ship.
13th Jan '15 5:53:02 PM MarkLungo
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* ScottishEnglish: Angus [=McNeill=] is a Scotsman, so his dialogue is lightly tinged with a Scottish accent.

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* ScottishEnglish: UsefulNotes/ScottishEnglish: Angus [=McNeill=] is a Scotsman, so his dialogue is lightly tinged with a Scottish accent.



* {{Zeerust}}: Preuss began writing the series back in the eighties, and of course, every book was an expansion of an older story that Clarke had written (the first book was an expansion of ''Breaking Strain'', which was written back in 1948 and first published in 1954.) Naturally, a lot of the technology sounds horribly dated to modern readers.

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* {{Zeerust}}: Preuss began writing the series back in the eighties, and of course, every book was an expansion of an older story that Clarke had written (the first book was an expansion of ''Breaking Strain'', which was written back in 1948 and first published in 1954.) Naturally, a lot of the technology sounds horribly dated to modern readers.readers.
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10th Dec '14 6:55:17 PM SkyCaptain
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Originally published in 1999, the series has fallen into obscurity thanks to its original publisher going under in 2006.

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Originally published starting in 1999, 1988, the series has fallen into obscurity thanks to its original publisher going under in 2006.
23rd Aug '14 12:34:43 AM Tanrage
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* TwoDecadesBehind: The technology of the future presented in the novels is extrapolated from technology back in the 80s. By the time the first book was published in the late 90s, its description of how future computers would work seemed pretty dated.
23rd May '14 6:49:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* BinarySuns: The last two books reveal that the "Nemesis theory" is correct. The Sun has a companion star in the form of a black hole. The world-ship uses it to jump back in time.
22nd Apr '14 9:28:08 AM PistolsAtDawn
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* StartingANewLife: In the first book, Sparta spends something like two years setting up a new life for herself as "Ellen Troy" after escaping from a mental hospital.
2nd Mar '14 10:08:05 PM StrixObscuro
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* GoMadFromTheIsolation: In the first book, Sparta is described as struggling to avoid crying herself to sleep during the years that she spends training to become a Space Board Inspector, because she's horribly lonely but also afraid that socializing might cause her to expose something about her past. In the fourth book, she suffers a nervous breakdown after a combination of prolonged isolation from others and a steadily-worsening drug habit.


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* GreyAndBlackMorality: While the Free Spirit is pretty unambiguously evil, it's not entirely clear that the Council of Worlds or Salamander are much better.
2nd Mar '14 1:39:29 PM StrixObscuro
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* SocietyMarchesOn: Back in the eighties, when Preuss began working on the series, being outed as gay or lesbian could ruin your career, and this is used as unspoken leverage by Sparta to get Sondra Sylvester to cooperate with the investigation into the ''Star Queen'' sabotage, and eventually leads to [[spoiler:Sylvester snapping and killing Vincent Darlington]]. While there are still places in the modern world where gays and lesbians are forced to stay in the closet, it's hard to believe that the North Continental Treaty Alliance, which includes several countries that now have marriage equality, would be one of those places.
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