History Literature / Worldwar

20th Apr '16 1:02:54 AM aye_amber
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** ''Homeward Bound'' contains a reference to a movie called ''[[SavingPrivateRyan Rescuing Private Renfall]]'' set during the invasion with JamesDean playing the lead.

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** ''Homeward Bound'' contains a reference to a movie called ''[[SavingPrivateRyan ''[[Film/SavingPrivateRyan Rescuing Private Renfall]]'' set during the invasion with JamesDean playing the lead.
2nd Mar '16 8:16:16 AM adbrown
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* AliensMadeThemDoIt: The Race abducts humans to test their BizarreAlienBiology and see that everyone can mate with everyone all year round. Inverted in ''Colonization'', where [[AlienCatnip ginger]] puts Race females into heat out of season.

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* AliensMadeThemDoIt: The Race abducts humans to test their BizarreAlienBiology and see that everyone can mate with everyone all year round. This is decidedly NOT played for comedy, and The Race is forced to face consequences later on from one woman who didn't appreciate being experimented on. Inverted in ''Colonization'', where [[AlienCatnip ginger]] puts Race females into heat out of season.season, causing chaos among The Race who forget everything when "mating season" starts.
23rd Feb '16 2:56:48 PM SithkingZero
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Finally, a standalone book, ''Homeward Bound'', was added to the series. A whole bunch of humans get on a human-made starship and head towards the Race's homeworld, in an effort to negotiate a lasting peace between humans and the Race. The Race, for its part, is still contemplating the possibility of utterly destroying Earth to end the threat to the Empire, even though it would mean killing hundreds of millions of their own colonists. But in the end, they discover that it's already far too late to contain the humans, and they need to begin adapting to compete.

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Finally, a standalone book, ''Homeward Bound'', was added to the series. A whole bunch of humans get on a human-made starship and head towards the Race's homeworld, in an effort to negotiate a lasting peace between humans and the Race. The Race, for its part, is still contemplating the possibility of utterly destroying Earth to end the threat to the Empire, even though it would mean killing hundreds of millions of their own colonists. But in the end, they discover that it's already far too late to contain the humans, and they need to begin adapting to compete.compete, [[spoiler: especially since ''more'' Humans show up at Home in a ''second'' starship, this one having artificial gravity and a Faster-Than-Light stardrive]].



* CrapsackWorld: Aliens have invaded, and over half the planet is conquered by them. We drive them off, but the Nazis are still in power, and Jews are considered the ultimate traitors of the human race because they had to chose between the Nazis and the Race. Vast swaths of the planet are being ecologically devastated due to the Race's imported animals which strip the land bare. ''Multiple'' cities are hit with atomic bombs.



* LaResistance

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* LaResistanceLaResistance: Portions of the first six books are dedicated to groups working in Race-occupied territory, such as the Jews in Poland or the Chinese.



* MildlyMilitary: Major Samuel Yeager and Lieutenant Colonel Glen Johnson never receive orders from their immediate superior to halt their investigations into the US space station, neither is ever transferred to a different post to reduce their access to information, and neither even has their security clearance revoked. What they do get is a screaming fit from Curtis [=LeMay=] who, though a three-star general, has no authority over them due to the chain of command. The one person who gives them orders ''is not authorized to give them orders''

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* MildlyMilitary: Major Samuel Yeager and Lieutenant Colonel Glen Johnson never receive orders from their immediate superior to halt their investigations into the US space station, neither is ever transferred to a different post to reduce their access to information, and neither even has their security clearance revoked. What they do get is a screaming fit from Curtis [=LeMay=] who, though a three-star general, has no authority over them due to the chain of command. The one person who gives them orders ''is not authorized to give them orders''orders.''



* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Race. Played with, however, since in many ways they are more likely to honor agreements and treat their prisoners quite humanely (at least, the ones they do not experiment on).

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* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The Race. Played with, however, since in many ways they are more likely to honor agreements and treat their prisoners quite humanely (at least, the ones they do not experiment on). Ultimately, while they ''are'' reptiles, and they ''are'' trying to take over the world, it's shown as no different than if human soldiers tried to take over another nation.



* SexIsEvil: Well, not exactly evil. While the Race does find the reproductive process pleasant when they're in heat, they find the idea of ''always'' being horny abhorrent and terrifying. They do have a cultural reason for this abhorrence, since during mating season they become [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny so addled by horniness]] that the resulting orgy pretty much grinds their civilization to a halt for its duration.

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* SexIsEvil: Well, not exactly evil. While the Race does find the reproductive process pleasant when they're in heat, they find the idea of ''always'' being horny abhorrent and terrifying. They do have a cultural reason for this abhorrence, since during mating season they become [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny so addled by horniness]] that the resulting orgy pretty much grinds their civilization to a halt for its duration. Worse for them, since the females being in heat means that not only are the females out of commission, but thanks to the pheromones they secrete, ''so is every male in the vicinity.''



* SpaceAgeStasis: The Race has been technologically stagnant for 50,000 years or so. And since they believed that every species advances at their rate, they were expecting us to still be in the Dark Ages after just a millennium of preparing for an invasion.

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* SpaceAgeStasis: The Race has been technologically stagnant for 50,000 years or so. And since they believed that every species advances at their rate, they were expecting us to still be in the Dark Ages after just a millennium of preparing for an invasion. Justified, however, in that they had evidence from the ''two'' other races that they had conquered (the Rabotev and the Halessi) that their "slow and steady" method was the norm.
10th Feb '16 11:03:51 AM DovishHawk
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* InformedAbility: Sam Yeager is constantly mentioned to be the only human capable of thinking as the Race do, but no actual examples are provided of him doing it. All of his "insights" are common sense.

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* InformedAbility: Sam Yeager is constantly mentioned to be the only human capable of thinking as the Race do, but no few actual examples are provided of him doing it. All Most of his "insights" are common sense.
6th Feb '16 7:15:02 AM DovishHawk
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* InformedAbility: Sam Yeager is constantly mentioned to be the only human capable of thinking as the Race do, but few actual examples are provided of him doing it. Most of his "insights" are common sense.

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* InformedAbility: Sam Yeager is constantly mentioned to be the only human capable of thinking as the Race do, but few no actual examples are provided of him doing it. Most All of his "insights" are common sense.
6th Feb '16 7:08:51 AM DovishHawk
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* InformedAbility: Sam Yeager is constantly mentioned to be the only human capable of thinking as the Race do, but few actual examples are provided of him doing it. Most of his "insights" are common sense.
27th Jan '16 4:02:31 PM Theriocephalus
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* ALienKudzu: Once the humans and the Race find a form of peace, the Race starts importing large amounts of flora and fauna from their homeworld, causing serious ecological damage in the areas of Earth they occupy. In ''Homeward Bound'', this happens again when some mice the humans had brought to Home as food-testers are (accidentally) released and promptly multiply and go invasive. [[MoralMyopia The Race promptly throws a fit.]]

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* ALienKudzu: AlienKudzu: Once the humans and the Race find a form of peace, the Race starts importing large amounts of flora and fauna from their homeworld, causing serious ecological damage in the areas of Earth they occupy. In ''Homeward Bound'', this happens again when some mice the humans had brought to Home as food-testers are (accidentally) released and promptly multiply and go invasive. [[MoralMyopia The Race promptly throws a fit.]]
27th Jan '16 4:02:09 PM Theriocephalus
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* AlienInvasion

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* AlienInvasionAlienInvasion: The central plot point of the series.
* ALienKudzu: Once the humans and the Race find a form of peace, the Race starts importing large amounts of flora and fauna from their homeworld, causing serious ecological damage in the areas of Earth they occupy. In ''Homeward Bound'', this happens again when some mice the humans had brought to Home as food-testers are (accidentally) released and promptly multiply and go invasive. [[MoralMyopia The Race promptly throws a fit.]]
1st Dec '15 1:31:35 AM MAI742
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not really evil so much as morally gray, but Jager and the Race are both shocked and horrified at stories of Nazi concentration camps. Particularly the Race, for whom the idea of industrialized mass murder is something they've never imagined.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not really evil so much as morally gray, but Jager and the Race are both shocked and horrified at stories the measures taken in the name of Nazi concentration camps. German national security. Particularly the Race, for whom the idea of industrialized mass murder killing a whole demographic is something they've never imagined.imagined.
31st Jul '15 2:51:48 PM phoenix
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They land squarely in the middle of WorldWarTwo, to the absolute confusion of everyone involved. Through the eyes of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, of all nationalities, human and alien, we read about the humans desperately trying to survive, and the aliens desperately trying to win. The Race is forced to become more like humans, making hasty decisions and breaking protocol. It also turns out that ginger (the spice) is a powerful and highly addictive narcotic for the Race, which further strains their normal way of life. This takes up the four books of the ''Balance'' series (the original ''Worldwar'' series) and ends with a stalemate and truce between the Race and the human governments that managed to resist their invasion (the USA, [[NaziGermany the Greater German]] ''[[NaziGermany Reich]]'', the SovietUnion, the UnitedKingdom and ImperialJapan.)

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They land squarely in the middle of WorldWarTwo, to the absolute confusion of everyone involved. Through the eyes of LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, of all nationalities, human and alien, we read about the humans desperately trying to survive, and the aliens desperately trying to win. The Race is forced to become more like humans, making hasty decisions and breaking protocol. It also turns out that ginger (the spice) is a powerful and highly addictive narcotic for the Race, which further strains their normal way of life. This takes up the four books of the ''Balance'' series (the original ''Worldwar'' series) and ends with a stalemate and truce between the Race and the human governments that managed to resist their invasion (the USA, [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Greater German]] ''[[NaziGermany ''[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Reich]]'', the SovietUnion, the UnitedKingdom and ImperialJapan.)
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