History Literature / Worldwar

9th Jul '17 10:55:05 AM nombretomado
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''Worldwar'' is an AlternateHistory continuity by Creator/HarryTurtledove about an AlienInvasion during WorldWarII.

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''Worldwar'' is an AlternateHistory continuity by Creator/HarryTurtledove about an AlienInvasion during WorldWarII.
UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.



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, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Greater German]] ''[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Reich]]'', the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion, the UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom and UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan.)

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They land squarely in the middle of WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, 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, [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the Greater German]] ''[[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Reich]]'', the UsefulNotes/SovietUnion, the UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom and UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan.)



* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: Subverted. On the one hand, the Race expected to confront spearmen and armored knights on horseback only to end up confronting WorldWarII-era Earth. On the the other hand, despite the reduced technological gap it still remains a hard struggle.

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* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion: Subverted. On the one hand, the Race expected to confront spearmen and armored knights on horseback only to end up confronting WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era Earth. On the the other hand, despite the reduced technological gap it still remains a hard struggle.



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6th Jul '17 2:59:31 PM PaddyMurphy
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** On the micro level, there's an amusing illustration when British engineers first try to understand captured Race technology. The Race uses screws, just like we do. It's a very efficient fastener technology, so this case of parallel development isn't terribly surprising. But an arbitrary difference in standards ''does'' cause the boffins immense frustration until someone figures out the cause: Race screws are the opposite of ours.

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** On the micro level, there's an amusing illustration when British engineers first try to understand captured Race technology. The Race uses screws, just like we do. It's a very efficient fastener technology, so this case of parallel development isn't terribly surprising. But an arbitrary difference in standards ''does'' cause the boffins immense frustration until someone figures out the cause: Race screws are the opposite of ours.ours (i.e. they go in by turning them counterclockwise).
7th May '17 6:08:28 PM Golondrina
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** ''Homeward Bound'' contains a reference to a movie called ''[[Film/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 ''[[Film/SavingPrivateRyan Rescuing Private Renfall]]'' set during the invasion with JamesDean Creator/JamesDean playing the lead.
29th Mar '17 10:47:59 PM Alceister
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* NobodyPoops: Averted; differences in waste volume are a source of difficulty in the Race space plumbing when humans are aboard. Also, the Race are somewhat shocked that human plumbing is so good, and love hot showers. It is also revealed that the Race have probes that can detect uric acid- a component of urine -in the air, which they use to keep track of enemy populations and movements. The humans, however, discover this technology and deliberately pee on it, leading one technician to scream that ''four billion'' humans were approaching.

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* NobodyPoops: Averted; differences in waste volume are a source of difficulty in the Race space plumbing when humans are aboard. Also, the Race are somewhat shocked that human plumbing is so good, and love hot showers. It is also revealed that the Race have probes that can detect uric acid- acid -- a component of urine -in -- in the air, which they use to keep track of enemy populations and movements. The humans, however, discover this technology and deliberately pee on it, leading one technician to scream that ''four billion'' humans were approaching.
29th Mar '17 10:46:55 PM Alceister
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* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: After the first wave of invasion, this is the status quo between the human powers and the Race. Working together, the humans could eradicate the lands controlled by the Race, but only at the cost of getting obliterated themselves, and none of the majorr human powers like the others very much. Later, in "Homeward Bound," [[spoiler: the Race turns this around on humans: yes, the humans could use their FTL warships to obliterate the the Empire before any given world knew they were under attack. But the Race's slower-than-light ships are capable of being used as relativistic kill vehicles against Earth. The mass of a Race starship impacting the planet at 50% of the speed of light would not just obliterate human civilization, it would probably wipe out virtually all life and begin a new ice age.]]

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* MutuallyAssuredDestruction: After the first wave of invasion, this is the status quo between the human powers and the Race. Working together, the humans could eradicate the lands controlled by the Race, but only at the cost of getting obliterated themselves, and none of the majorr major human powers like the others each other very much. Later, in "Homeward Bound," [[spoiler: the Race turns this around on humans: yes, the humans could use their FTL warships to obliterate the the Empire before any given world knew they were under attack. But the Race's slower-than-light ships are capable of being used as relativistic kill vehicles against Earth. The mass of a Race starship impacting the planet at 50% of the speed of light would not just obliterate human civilization, it would probably wipe out virtually all life and begin a new ice age.]]
29th Mar '17 10:18:10 PM Alceister
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* TheAlliance: The Axis and Ally alliances put aside their differences in order to focus on their common enemy. However, characters from all sides repeatedly say that they wish they had not been interrupted, and hope to resume their own conflicts once the present situation is resolved.

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* TheAlliance: The Axis and Ally Allied alliances put aside their differences in order to focus on their common enemy. However, characters from all sides repeatedly say that they wish they had not been interrupted, and hope to resume their own conflicts once the present situation is resolved.
14th Mar '17 12:50:42 PM TychoMagneticAnomaly
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** Mordechai also realizes he'll need to stay away from the eager Farmer'sDaughter if he's to keep up the charade. Only a Jew would be circumcised in Poland at this time.

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** Mordechai also realizes he'll need to stay away from the eager Farmer'sDaughter FarmersDaughter if he's to keep up the charade. Only a Jew would be circumcised in Poland at this time.
14th Mar '17 12:50:00 PM TychoMagneticAnomaly
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** Mordechai also realizes he'll need to stay away from the eager [[Farmer'sDaughter]] if he's to keep up the charade. Only a Jew would be circumcised in Poland at this time.

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** Mordechai also realizes he'll need to stay away from the eager [[Farmer'sDaughter]] Farmer'sDaughter if he's to keep up the charade. Only a Jew would be circumcised in Poland at this time.
14th Mar '17 12:49:26 PM TychoMagneticAnomaly
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** Mordechai also realizes he'll need to stay away from the eager [[Farmer'sDaughter]] if he's to keep up the charade. Only a Jew would be circumcised in Poland at this time.
14th Feb '17 8:21:06 AM DeanMT94
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* CurbstompBattle: Partially averted. The Race is expecting their invasion of Tosev 3 to last an hour at most - which, of course, doesn't pan out. However, even with the massive technological leap that Humanity has taken since the arrival of the Race's probe, the Race does still succeed in conquering about two-thirds of the planet within about a week, and all meaningful resistance is largely confined to Europe, North America and eastern Asia. Certainly at the beginning of the series, this trope is played straight with most individual skirmishes between Humanity and the Race. Case in point: the first dogfight between Race killercraft and RAF and Luftwaffe fighters. Absolutely no doubt is left in anybody's mind - be they Lizard, Human or reader - that the Race is vastly superior.
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