History Literature / YearZero

27th Sep '16 10:40:04 PM FearlessSon
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* LawfulStupid: The major problem with the Refined, and the source of the central conflict of the plot. They have a sacred tenant of their galactic society that the rules that govern the art of any member species must be preserved when sharing it with all other species, in order to maintain the unique distinctiveness of that contribution. Unfortunately, as they have been [[AliensStealCable Stealing Cable from Earth]] for decades, that means Earth copyright laws ([[HumansAreBastards which are apparently the most myopic and short-sighted laws in galactic history]]) apply to every piece of media they have intercepted and recorded, despite none of those laws ever being reasonably expected to apply beyond humanity itself.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler:Judy may be a self-admitted power-hungry and ruthless AmoralAttorney, but she knows when the situation is bigger than her immediate concerns, adjusts to new information surprisingly quickly even if it is fantastic, and immediately figures out how to best apply her authority to Earth's advantage (because Earth's advantage is her advantage.)]]
22nd Sep '16 11:21:40 PM FearlessSon
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* GirlOnGirlIsHot: According to Carly, nothing attracts media attention like infidelity and female bisexuality. This is apparently true across all the many diverse species of the universe.
-->'''Carly''': It's like, an iron law of physics, or something.
23rd Feb '16 8:59:16 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: It turns out that [[spoiler:Bill Gates]] is an alien who's intentionally retarding Earth's technological development. [[spoiler:Although this is too prevent Earth from going through the great acceleration, a final period of rapid technological growth where 3 out 4 species wipe themselves out]]

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: It turns out that [[spoiler:Bill Gates]] is an alien who's intentionally retarding Earth's technological development. [[spoiler:Although this is too to prevent Earth from going through the great acceleration, a final period of rapid technological growth where 3 out 4 species wipe themselves out]]
23rd Dec '15 5:26:47 PM MarkLungo
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* BuffySpeak. The rest of the universe learned to speak American English, in part, by watching our sitcoms and reality TV. Thus it tends to pop up from time to time.

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* BuffySpeak. BuffySpeak: The rest of the universe learned to speak American English, in part, by watching our sitcoms and reality TV. Thus it tends to pop up from time to time.
23rd Dec '15 5:24:29 PM MarkLungo
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* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the only species that can create decent music. We, however, suck in all other artistic mediums.

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* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the only species that can create decent music. We, however, However, we suck in all other artistic mediums.
21st Dec '15 11:30:45 AM redandready45
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* FreakOut: An unfortunate cab driver flips out witnessing some of the alien tech.
* GreenAesop: Inverted. Carbon emissions ''saved'' humanity from an ice age.
8th Sep '15 4:44:08 AM redandready45
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* BadBoss: Judy Sherman is a minor example of this. While she loves terrorizing her staff, only some of it is purely for her own amusement. She also does it to test their mettle, to see if they are worthy of promotion.

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* BadBoss: Judy Sherman is a minor example of this. While she loves terrorizing her staff, only some of it is purely for her own amusement. She also does it to test their mettle, to see if they are worthy of promotion. She combines this with IronLady [[spoiler: telling off Nick's alien clients]].



* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the only species that can create decent music

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* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the only species that can create decent musicmusic. We, however, suck in all other artistic mediums.
1st May '15 11:56:48 AM MarkLungo
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Nick experiences this briefly when he [[spoiler:is forced to kill a group of attacking aliens in self-defense]].

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Nick experiences this briefly when he [[spoiler:is forced to kill a group of attacking aliens in self-defense]].[[KillingInSelfDefense self-defense]]]].
1st May '15 11:34:09 AM Cybishop
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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Many scenes in the book involve Nick getting into a bizarre conversation and using carefully chosen quotes to make it look like he's someone he's not or just make it look like he knows what's going on when he doesn't, and what was going on isn't revealed until it's over, if not much later. The book is arguably funnier on a second read, after you can understand what the parrot or other characters actually want.
17th May '14 2:04:31 PM shade6116
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** Alien music tends to cause splitting headaches in humans.

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** Alien music tends to cause splitting headaches in humans.music, if weaponized, would rank between chemical and biological warheads.
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