History Literature / XeeleeSequence

20th Nov '17 3:44:20 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. It is hinted that Xeelee have combined with their technology (and possibly symbiotes) to such a degree that they have no real 'body'.

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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'.'body'.
** The anti-Xeelee is an artificial intelligence created by the Xeelee billions of years ago (or billions of years ahead, in the far future) to ensure their great projects would be completed. The anti-Xeelee is an incorporeal entity made of probability quantum wave functions which fill the universe like a spiderweb. The anti-Xeelee awareness is spread across the entire universe and is not bound by the restraints of time or space. It is also acausal - in the sense thereís no beginning or end to it, it's always there in some form or another. As a particle with a negative vector in time, its main job is to travel backwards in time.



* EnergyAbsorption: Its exotic properties allow Xeelee construction material to absorb energy in a perfect way, one hundred percent efficient. In fact, it "grows" from radiant energy, causing energy weapons to not only be useless but also 'restore' anything made of Xeelee construction material. It is, however, susceptible to be damage from spacetime flaws or weapons that distort and/or change spacetime itself (like monopoles, singularities, starbreakers etc).



* HoistByTheirOwnPetard / NiceJobFixingItVillain: Thank you so much for discharging the star-disrupting gun right next to your own sun, [[spoiler: [[WhatAnIdiot Qax]]]]!

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* HoistByTheirOwnPetard / NiceJobFixingItVillain: HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Thank you so much for discharging the star-disrupting gun right next to your own sun, [[spoiler: [[WhatAnIdiot Qax]]]]!


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* HostileTerraforming: The Photino Birds are this on a universal scale: they engineer every single star in the universe, shortening their lifespan by billions of years, in order to make the universe more suitable for themselves.
7th Oct '17 10:52:21 AM nombretomado
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* AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit: The Xeelee have absolute mastery over the entirety of all baryonic matter in universe. Entire galactic clusters are just bricks to these guys.
** Future humans make it to Type III and try to attack the Xeelee by shooting a ''whole neutron star'' at them like a bullet. The Xeelee brush this off as though it were insignificant... because it absolutely was. In the endgame of the war between the Xeelee and the Photino Birds, the Xeelee used hypermassive knots of cosmic string as missile-to-missile defense against ''weaponized galaxies''.
** There's also [[spoiler:the Photino Birds, creatures of dark matter against whom the Xeelee fight a multi-billion year existential war and '''lose''']], who have absolute mastery over all the ''dark matter'' in the universe (which outmasses regular baryonic matter by about 9 to 1), because they ''are'' the dark matter in the universe. [[note]]The ''real'' unbeatable advantage, though, is their mastery of ''time''. They can live [[StableTimeLoop infinitely long]], can temporally duplicate themselves at any time (defying NeverTheSelvesShallMeet), and can travel anywhere, any''when'' instantly. Basically, they pervade the entire timeline of the universe, forwards ''and'' backwards; the only way to beat them is to work ''outside'' of time, and not even the Xeelee can do that.[[/note]]
28th Sep '17 11:37:49 PM HTD
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* MentalFusion: The Transcendence, the emergent gestalt of a collective consciousness with billions of posthumans. This collective consciousness is made from individuals but they are not overwhelmed by the greater whole and maintain their individuality.
* MergedReality: The Restoration plan of the Transcendence is to have merge every possible timeline into a single universe so that any and all possible humans will exist in this single universe regardless of logic.


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* SeeingThroughAnothersEyes: The second level of the Transcendence's Witnessing is Hypostatic Union: not just watching the subject but experiencing everything they experience. Through Hypostatic Union the Transcendence can go through the thoughts and experiences of anyone, even dead people.
17th Aug '17 10:04:56 PM HTD
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* 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.

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* 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. Monopole cannons have been put to use, a weapon that was humanity's best in the Exultant war period. The Squeem and Qax will most likely be unable to enslave humanity: even if they found the humans on Cold Earth or scattered, they already have technology that could win the war.



* DeityOfHumanOrigin: The Transcendence is a collective group of immortal posthumans who are attempting to evolve into a form of godhood, in effect leaving their humanity behind.

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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: The Transcendence is a posthuman collective group consciousness with billions of immortal posthumans humans spread across the galaxy who are attempting to evolve into a form of godhood, in effect leaving their humanity behind.



** [[spoiler:The entire universe is this for the baryonic species: there's no way to prevent the photino birds from making the universe uninhabitable for them. The goal of the Xeelee is to provide a way out of the universe for all baryonic species via Bolder's Ring]].



* FlashStep: The people on the ''Nord'' have the ability to teleport by effort of will, called Skimming.



* RockMonster: The colonists of the desert planet Baynix II ditched their carbon-based bodies for slower silicon models which leave them resembling motionless, man-shaped monoliths.



** ''Formidable Caress'' also ends with one:

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** ''Formidable Caress'' also ends with one:one (which leads to ''Vengeance''):
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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.
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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.
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