History Literature / XeeleeSequence

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* ''Xeelee: Vengeance'' (upcoming short story collection)

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* ''Xeelee: Vengeance'' Vengeance''
* ''Xeelee: Redemption''
(upcoming short story collection)



* AlternateUniverse: ''Vengeance'' and ''Redemption'' are set in a second timeline that changes most of what we know from the rest of the series. Characters and personalities are taking very different paths, especially for people like Michael and Harry Poole.



** When the universe was ten million years old, many worlds were warmed by the afterglow of the Big Bang itself, where the sky was still glowing with a comfortable heat. The whole universe was then habitable, where you could potentially find liquid water on any planet surface, no matter how far from a star.



* GemstoneAssault: The projectiles (dubbed Probes by humans) launched from the Cache to the human habitats on Earth, the Moon and Mars are diamond rough spheres.



* TheNightThatNeverEnds: The end of ''Vengeance'': [[spoiler:Earth is moved into a new orbit in the Oort Cloud, where the sunlight is a million times as dim. Harry Poole even uses this exact phrase when describing the situation]].



* NomDeMom: Michael Poole inherits his surname from his mother Gina Poole instead of his father Dan Bazalget.

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* NomDeMom: In the Poole clan, a tradition that lasts for many generations is that children inherit their mother's Poole surname - both Michael Poole inherits his Pooles took the surname from his mother their mothers Gina Poole instead of his father Dan Bazalget.and Muriel Poole.



* OlderThanTheyLook: [[FountainOfYouth Anti-Senescence]] treatment makes it difficult to determine the true age of a human.



* RammingAlwaysWorks: When every weapon the humans have at their disposal fail to move the Xeelee Probe hurtling towards Earth by any meaningful distance, Michael Poole resorts to ramming his ship (except for the lifedome) into it. Unfortunately, even the force of a GUT drive isn't enough to scratch the Probe's shell made from Xeelee construction material.



* ShoutOut: One of the simulations enacted by Martian Virtuals during the events of ''Xeelee: Vengeance'' is named 'Barsoom', and involves mostly naked, red-skinned, egg-laying human-like beings, apparently based on the works of a certain Discovery-era (read: 20th century) [[Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs author]]. [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Sounds familiar]]?



* VirtualGhost: Virtuals, basically a copy of a living human's personality stored in a computer.

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* VirtualGhost: Virtuals, basically a copy of a living human's personality stored in a computer. Many of them inevitably outlive the original humans.
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* BenevolentPrecursors: The Xeelee are one of the first species to develop and gain sentience after the universe's formation; indeed, their progenitors are older than physics as we know them today. They rarely take direct interest in messing with lesser civilisations, and are usually benevolent in the rare case they do. [[spoiler:Their ultimate goal is to provide a way for all baryonic species to escape the doomed universe and the photino birds via Bolder's Ring]].



* {{Egopolis}}: The capital of the tiny humans in ''Flux'', Parz City, shares its name with Jasoft Parz and Luru Parz, two humans who collaborated with the Qax regime.

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* {{Egopolis}}: The capital of the tiny humans in ''Flux'', Parz City, shares its name with Jasoft Parz and is most likely named after Luru Parz, two humans who collaborated with the Qax regime.Parz.



* EldritchAbomination: The Xeelee are creatures made of the raw fabric of the universe twisted into arcane forms that lived and forged long forgotten civilisations in the first billionth of a second of the universe's existence and have watched the passing of aeons. They were here when the primal forces diverged from each other, when the universe shifted from an opaque plasma soup to a transparent world of blackness and stars, when civilisations cried out against the first birth of the atom.

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* EldritchAbomination: The Xeelee are creatures made of the raw fabric of the universe twisted into arcane forms that lived and forged long forgotten civilisations in the first billionth of a second of the universe's existence and have watched the passing of aeons. They were here when the primal forces diverged from each other, when the universe shifted from an opaque plasma soup to a transparent world of blackness and stars, when civilisations cried out against the first birth of the atom. It is hinted that Xeelee have combined with their technology (and possibly symbiotes) to such a degree that they have no real 'body'.



* EmpireWithADarkSecret: The Silver Ghosts spend a million years denying [[spoiler:the bloody civil war that followed the death of their sun]], and they don't want anyone else to learn about its existence either.

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* EmpireWithADarkSecret: The Silver Ghosts spend a million years denying [[spoiler:the bloody civil war that followed the death of their sun]], and they don't want anyone else to learn about its existence either. But that doesn't compare to the skeletons that the Coalition keeps in its closet.



* TheFogOfAges: Luru Parz claims that the pharaohs can remember events from throughout their lives, but no more or less clearly than a normal person. Sometimes, events may bring forth a distinct memory that hadn't been recalled in several thousand years.
-->'''Luru Parz:''' The scientists used to say that the human brain can accommodate only perhaps a thousand yearsí experience. It isnít as simple as that. Of course we edit our memories, all the time. We construct stories; otherwise we could not survive in a chaotic, merciless universe that cares nothing for ''us''. If I think back to the past, yes, perhaps I can retrieve a fragment of a story I have lived. But I live on, and on, and on, and if I look back now I canít be sure if I am visiting a memory, or a memory of a memoryÖ Sometimes it seems that everything that went before today was nothing but a dream. But then I will touch the surface of a Conurbation wall, or I will smell a spice that was once popular in Port Sol, and my mind will be flooded with places, faces, voices ó not as if it were ''yesterday'', but as if it were ''today''. And do you know what? I ''regret''. I regret what is lost, people and places long vanished. Of course it is absurd. There isnít room in the universe for them all, if they had lived. And besides I ''chose'' to leave them behind. But I regret even so. Isnít that foolish?



* TheFogOfAges:
-->'''Luru Parz:''' The scientists used to say that the human brain can accommodate only perhaps a thousand yearsí experience. It isnít as simple as that. Of course we edit our memories, all the time. We construct stories; otherwise we could not survive in a chaotic, merciless universe that cares nothing for ''us''. If I think back to the past, yes, perhaps I can retrieve a fragment of a story I have lived. But I live on, and on, and on, and if I look back now I canít be sure if I am visiting a memory, or a memory of a memoryÖ Sometimes it seems that everything that went before today was nothing but a dream. But then I will touch the surface of a Conurbation wall, or I will smell a spice that was once popular in Port Sol, and my mind will be flooded with places, faces, voices ó not as if it were ''yesterday'', but as if it were ''today''. And do you know what? I ''regret''. I regret what is lost, people and places long vanished. Of course it is absurd. There isnít room in the universe for them all, if they had lived. And besides I ''chose'' to leave them behind. But I regret even so. Isnít that foolish?



* LightWorlder: The inhabitants of the generation ship ''Nord'' have slim bodies, arms only a little shorter than legs, and long toes, not as long as fingers but capable of grasping and manipulation - a body built for zero gravity.



* LongLived: No pharaoh is truly immortal; it's just that they couldn't foresee a time when they would die, and count their lives in tens of millennia or more. The most enduring of them, Luru Parz, lives for nearly 1 million year.



* ManBitesMan: Borno does this to the [[spoiler:Black Ghost]] after all of his crew's weapons turn out to be useless against this creature. [[spoiler:It actually works]].

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* ManBitesMan: Borno does this resorts to biting the [[spoiler:Black Ghost]] Black Ghost after all of his crew's weapons turn out to be useless against this creature. [[spoiler:It actually works]].
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* GlobalWarming: Earth in the 2040s is a world drastically diminished. Global warming has raised sea levels drastically shifted climates around the world, devastating the biosphere and displacing entire nations.

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* GlobalWarming: Earth in the 2040s is a world drastically diminished. Global warming has raised sea levels drastically and shifted climates around the world, devastating the biosphere and displacing entire nations.


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* HomeworldEvacuation: The liberation of Earth from Qax rule was caused when Jim Bolder fires the starbreaker gun at the Qax homeworld's sun, forcing them to abandon Earth and try to save as many individuals as possible before their world burns.


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* RetCon: In ''The Xeelee Flower'' (the very first story written in the series), the Xeelee seem like an advanced species somewhat similar to humans, having buildings, doors, rooms, handguns, and nightfighters have tiny hand-operated control panels. Later books (from ''Exultant'' onward) depict them as eldritch beings totally bound up with their technology (part spacetime defect symbiotes) such that one can't really distinguish between themselves and their technology.
23rd Apr '17 7:28:24 PM Steam_Lord
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* BlobMonster: Swimmer-with-Somethings looks disturbingly like a flayed human, immersed in a kind of gummy soup within which smaller creatures swom.

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* BlobMonster: Swimmer-with-Somethings looks disturbingly like a flayed human, immersed in a kind of gummy soup within which smaller creatures swom.swim.
13th Apr '17 6:47:14 AM HTD
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* EldritchAbomination: The Xeelee are creatures made of the raw fabric of the universe twisted into arcane forms that lived and forged long forgotten civilisations in the first billionth of a second of the universe's existence and have watched the passing of aeons. They were here when the primal forces diverged from each other, when the universe shifted from an opaque plasma soup to a transparent world of blackness and stars, when civilisations cried out against the first birth of the atom.



* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Half of ''The Sun-People'' is told from the point of view of an unidentified alien whose homeworld is first visited by the humans during the story. The alien refers to humans as the 'Sun-people', bizarre, otherworldly and seemingly destructive creatures that ultimately turn out to be benevolent.

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Half of ''The Sun-People'' is told from the point of view of an unidentified a Toolmaker alien whose homeworld is first visited by the humans during the story. The alien refers to humans as the 'Sun-people', bizarre, otherworldly and seemingly destructive creatures that ultimately turn out to be benevolent.


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* StarKilling: The Xeelee starbreaker gun is aptly named indeed. This is also the goal of the photino birds, who seek to turn all stars in the universe into white dwarfs.


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* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: In some interviews when asked about it, Baxter says any human attempts to comprehend Xeelee 'culture' and 'society' would be equal as an ant somewhere in Africa trying to comprehend workings and behaviour of the UN.
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* ArchEnemy: The Xeelee and the photino birds are at irreconcilable odds because each species is fundamentally seeking to threaten the ideal habitat of the other. Seemingly as a unified species, the Xeelee have concerned themselves with defeating the photino birds for almost the entire history of the universe.


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* CoolGate: Bolder's Ring is a [[spoiler:portal to other universes, meant to provide an escape for the Xeelee and other baryonic species if the universe was destroyed]].


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* TheRemnant: After each universal mass extinction, small enclaves of the survivors would survive in one manner or another, witnessing the universe becoming progressively colder and slower.
23rd Feb '17 4:56:10 AM HTD
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* ''Xeelee: Vengeance'' (upcoming short story collection)



* AlienSea: On the Core of Cores, there are oceans of some quasi-liquid material, thick and red as blood; they lap at lands that thrust above the general spherical surface.



** To the tiny {{Artificial Human}}s that inhabit the neutron star in which ''Flux'' takes place: 'Air' is the neutron superfluid in which they live; 'plants' and 'animals' are, respectively, the sessile and mobile indigenous lifeforms of the star (the 'plants' are in turn divided into 'trees' and 'grasses'); 'wood' is the building material made from the 'trees'; 'leaves' are the edible appendages of the 'trees'; 'wheat' is the 'grass' cultivated for food ('bread'); 'Air-pigs' are the main 'animals' used as livestock; 'Air-boars' are the savage cousins of the Air-pigs; and there are also 'animals' called 'spin-spiders' and 'rays'.
** The Squeem and the Titan fauna are sometimes described as 'fish', 'spiders', 'birds' or 'lilies', despite being aliens that only physically resemble these animals and plants.

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** The term 'photino bird' is one, as these creatures are obviously not birds, or even matter at all.
** To the tiny {{Artificial Human}}s Starfolk that inhabit the neutron star in which ''Flux'' takes place: 'Air' is the neutron superfluid in which they live; 'plants' and 'animals' are, respectively, the sessile and mobile indigenous lifeforms of the star (the 'plants' are in turn divided into 'trees' and 'grasses'); 'wood' is the building material made from the 'trees'; 'leaves' are the edible appendages of the 'trees'; 'wheat' is the 'grass' cultivated for food ('bread'); 'Air-pigs' are the main 'animals' used as livestock; 'Air-boars' are the savage cousins of the Air-pigs; and there are also 'animals' called 'spin-spiders' and 'rays'.
** The Squeem and Squeem, the Titan fauna and the lifeforms of Beta are sometimes described as 'fish', 'spiders', 'birds' 'birds', 'whales', 'trees' or 'lilies', despite being aliens that only physically resemble these animals and plants.



* CombatClairvoyance: The Integrality's Adepts have a limited precognitive ability. They could see a few minutes, or less, into the future, and only aspects of it that concerned their own surroundings Ė their own destiny. That few minutes' edge made them formidable soldiers, enough to let them get out of the way of the next bullet.



* DysonSphere: The setting of ''The Lakes of Light'' is a star encased wholly by a sphere made up of Xeelee construction material.

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* DysonSphere: The setting of ''The Lakes of Light'' is a star encased wholly by a sphere made up of Xeelee construction material. During the Xeelee Scourge, the Xeelee take care of the human vermin by encasing their star systems within such spheres.


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* HeavyWorlder: The human colonists on the Rustball evolved a squat, short body plan with thick, powerful limbs to adapt to their new home's strong gravity.


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* TheMultiverse: The universe floats in a greater space, called the Bulk, of many extra dimensions. There are many universes floating parallel to each other in the Bulk, like pages in a book. These other universes can be reached through engineering, like wormholes.


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* ThirdEye: The space whales of Beta have a total of three eyes.


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** Each chapter of ''The Venus Generations'' take place a century after the previous one.


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* {{Transhuman}}: The various species of Weaponised, modified from humans by scientists of the Integrality.
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** The Snowflake is a regular tetrahedron built around the remains of a black dwarf. It measures over ten million miles along its edges. How it maintains its structure in the gravity well of the star remains unknown. While possessing about the same mass as the Earth, it has been puffed out like candy-floss, filled with struts, threads and whiskers of iron, like delicate scaffolding. It has a fractal architecture with the tetrahedron motif, repeated again and again, on all scales. [[spoiler:It is actually a gigantic computer created by the Snowmen to record anything in the universe up to the quantum level]].



* TheBlacksmith: [[Myth/KingArthur The wizard Merlin]], here known under his Welsh name Myrddin, is depicted in ''Coalescent'' as an iron-making genius.

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* TheBlacksmith: [[Myth/KingArthur The wizard Merlin]], here known under his Welsh name Myrddin, the genius advisor of Artorius and supposedly a wizard]], is depicted in ''Coalescent'' as an iron-making genius.



* {{Cyborg}}: The Spline genetically engineered themselves to be organic starships, and support themselves by being hired by various alien empires. The employers can mount whatever weapons or equipment they want in each Spline, as long as it doesn't adversely affect the Spline's health.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: It is hard to consider the Coalition as anything but the villains of the Third Expansion. The Silver Ghosts and the Xeelee have no interest in fighting the humans, but they stand in the path of humanityís expansion.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: It is hard to consider the Coalition as anything but the villains of the Third Expansion. They murdered every single piece of sapient life they came across that was not human. The Silver Ghosts and the Xeelee have no interest in fighting the humans, but they stand in the path of humanityís expansion.


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* SelfDuplication: Each photino bird is a perfect copy of its parent.


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* TheWatcher: At some point of their evolution, the Snowmen turned themselves completely toward the philosophy that to record events - and only to record - was the highest calling of life. They took apart their world and rebuilt it as a monstrous storage system. They used all the material at their disposal to freeze as much data as they could in an artificial structure called the Snowflake, making near-optimal use of matter, by recording information right down to the thermodynamic limit set by the background temperature of the Universe. As the universe cools down they can store more data.
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* CallingParentsByTheirName: Michael Poole casually calls his father Harry Poole by his first name.

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* CallingParentsByTheirName: Michael Poole casually calls his father Harry Poole by his first name. Later in her life Hank Poole starts to do the same thing to her mother, as generation differences are kinda blurred when her own son became a centenarian.



* FloatingContinent: The first generations of human colonists on Venus live in cities floating in the Venusian sky.



* GenderBlenderName: The protagonist of ''The Venus Generations'' is a woman named Hank Poole.



* HopelessWar: Humans stand no chance against the Xeelee, just like how [[spoiler:the Xeelee have no hope of defeating the photino birds - in fact, with time travel, they can barely ''escape'' the Photino Birds, after many resets.]].



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: It is hard throughout to consider the Coalition as anything but the villains of the Third Expansion. The Silver Ghosts and the Xeelee have no interest in fighting the humans, but they stand in the path of humanityís expansion.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: It is hard throughout to consider the Coalition as anything but the villains of the Third Expansion. The Silver Ghosts and the Xeelee have no interest in fighting the humans, but they stand in the path of humanityís expansion.


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* TakenForGranite: The microscopic aliens from Beta Pegasi are able to force carbon dioxide into a form of silicate-like rock that superficially resembles chalk.
* TeleFrag: When the reality dust entities shifted Callisto virtually instantaneously a few thousand kilometres or so, a Xeelee was killed by being trapped under the ice (a method that seemed to act by both encasing the Xeelee in the ice and impaling it because Callisto suddenly occupied the same space the Xeelee was in).
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** ''Ring'' ends in the ''[[TimeAbyss very]]'' far future [[spoiler: where, while the Photino Birds rule the Universe, all stars have died and proton decay is decomposing their corpses. Michael Poole with NothingLeftToDoButDie kills himself by falling into a neutron star]]
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