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[[caption-width-right:294:The Eden imagery is your guess as much as mine.]]
In TheSeventies, Tanith Lee wrote two short novels entitled ''Don't Bite The Sun'' and its {{sequel}} ''Drinking Sapphire Wine.'' These novels were later collected into a single volume as ''Biting the Sun''.

The dome cities of Four BEE, Four BAA and Four BOO exist on a planet that is mostly desert. Within the cities, men and women can live forever in near-total hedonism, in the midst of luxurious surroundings with lots of bizarre, beautiful amusements. "Jang", the younger immortals, are expected to be wild, crazy, impulsive teenager/college student types, eventually graduating to become "Older People". Every morning sparkles with radiant sunshine and ends with a gorgeous sunset. Bodies are amazingly glamorous or cutely outre. Robots and androids do all the work.

The protagonist is bored senseless.

The story follows her ([[GenderBender sometimes him]]) as she tries to find something to give her life a bit more meaning. Eventually, of course, this gets her on the wrong side of the city's android authorities...
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'''Tropes present in this book include:'''

* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]
* BodyBackupDrive: Everyone in the cities is promptly picked up and has their "life-spark" transferred into a new body of their choosing upon death. Some characters actually take advantage of this to get around the normal time limit for body changes.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Lots and lots and lots of crystal spires. Togas are never explicitly mentioned, but in this society anything is possible.
* DeathIsCheap: Due to the "life-spark" being rescued and placed in a new body upon death, death is ''never'' permanent. Even when someone decides they're done with life for real, their personality is simply wiped and placed in a new body.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* DesignerBabies
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Danor,]] though see above.
* EveryoneIsBi ''and/or'' NoBisexuals: All the relationships we see until the end of part 2 are opposite-sex, but not necessarily opposite-gender (e.g. the protagonist and Danor.) The one same-sex couple we do see is implied to be more of an IfItsYouItsOkay situation (one of the participants is male-identifying but stuck in a female body.) Basically, all the sex changes make it a little complicated.
* FreeLoveFuture: And ''how!''
** ...although it is considered highly scandalous for Jang to have sex out of marriage; a typical chat-up line is 'Do you want to get married for a couple of hours?'.
* FutureSlang: A scattering of words, mainly swears.
* NoNameGiven: The protagonist.
* SuicideIsPainless: "Suiciding" is commonplace among Jang who want a new body outside of the usual time limit between changes. It's not exactly painless so much as ''consequence''-less -- the protagonist shares a fatal plane crash with a friend, and later grumbles "Why do you have to do it that way -- it ''hurts''". The friend replies "Pain is a reality."
* SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Danor, [[spoiler:at least when he/she tries to play along with the social norms.]]
* TitleDrop
* UterineReplicator: Attempting to have a kid with yourself this way is not recommended.
* WingedHumanoid: One of many options for the bodies people design themselves, appearing a couple times.

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[[quoteright:294:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BitingTheSun_1811.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:294:The Eden imagery is your guess as much as mine.]]
In TheSeventies, Tanith Lee wrote two short novels entitled ''Don't Bite The Sun'' and its {{sequel}} ''Drinking Sapphire Wine.'' These novels were later collected into a single volume as ''Biting the Sun''.

The dome cities of Four BEE, Four BAA and Four BOO exist on a planet that is mostly desert. Within the cities, men and women can live forever in near-total hedonism, in the midst of luxurious surroundings with lots of bizarre, beautiful amusements. "Jang", the younger immortals, are expected to be wild, crazy, impulsive teenager/college student types, eventually graduating to become "Older People". Every morning sparkles with radiant sunshine and ends with a gorgeous sunset. Bodies are amazingly glamorous or cutely outre. Robots and androids do all the work.

The protagonist is bored senseless.

The story follows her ([[GenderBender sometimes him]]) as she tries to find something to give her life a bit more meaning. Eventually, of course, this gets her on the wrong side of the city's android authorities...
----
'''Tropes present in this book include:'''

* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]
* BodyBackupDrive: Everyone in the cities is promptly picked up and has their "life-spark" transferred into a new body of their choosing upon death. Some characters actually take advantage of this to get around the normal time limit for body changes.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Lots and lots and lots of crystal spires. Togas are never explicitly mentioned, but in this society anything is possible.
* DeathIsCheap: Due to the "life-spark" being rescued and placed in a new body upon death, death is ''never'' permanent. Even when someone decides they're done with life for real, their personality is simply wiped and placed in a new body.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* DesignerBabies
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Danor,]] though see above.
* EveryoneIsBi ''and/or'' NoBisexuals: All the relationships we see until the end of part 2 are opposite-sex, but not necessarily opposite-gender (e.g. the protagonist and Danor.) The one same-sex couple we do see is implied to be more of an IfItsYouItsOkay situation (one of the participants is male-identifying but stuck in a female body.) Basically, all the sex changes make it a little complicated.
* FreeLoveFuture: And ''how!''
** ...although it is considered highly scandalous for Jang to have sex out of marriage; a typical chat-up line is 'Do you want to get married for a couple of hours?'.
* FutureSlang: A scattering of words, mainly swears.
* NoNameGiven: The protagonist.
* SuicideIsPainless: "Suiciding" is commonplace among Jang who want a new body outside of the usual time limit between changes. It's not exactly painless so much as ''consequence''-less -- the protagonist shares a fatal plane crash with a friend, and later grumbles "Why do you have to do it that way -- it ''hurts''". The friend replies "Pain is a reality."
* SufficientlyAdvancedTechnology
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Danor, [[spoiler:at least when he/she tries to play along with the social norms.]]
* TitleDrop
* UterineReplicator: Attempting to have a kid with yourself this way is not recommended.
* WingedHumanoid: One of many options for the bodies people design themselves, appearing a couple times.
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28th Jun '12 11:07:29 AM NifT
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In TheSeventies, Tanith Lee wrote two short novels entitled ''Don't Bite The Sun'' and its {{sequel}} ''Drinking Sapphire Wine.'' These novels were later collected into a single volume as ''Don't Bite the Sun''.

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In TheSeventies, Tanith Lee wrote two short novels entitled ''Don't Bite The Sun'' and its {{sequel}} ''Drinking Sapphire Wine.'' These novels were later collected into a single volume as ''Don't Bite ''Biting the Sun''.
14th Jun '12 3:16:00 PM ccoa
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* {{Immortality}}: Type IV, see SuicideIsPainless below.
30th Mar '12 11:21:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* EveryoneIsBi ''and/or'' NoBisexuals: All the relationships we see until the end of part 2 are opposite-sex, but not necessarily opposite-gender (e.g. the protagonist and Danor.) The one same-sex couple we do see is implied to be more of an [=~If It's You, It's Okay~=] situation (one of the participants is male-identifying but stuck in a female body.) Basically, all the sex changes make it a little complicated.

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* EveryoneIsBi ''and/or'' NoBisexuals: All the relationships we see until the end of part 2 are opposite-sex, but not necessarily opposite-gender (e.g. the protagonist and Danor.) The one same-sex couple we do see is implied to be more of an [=~If It's You, It's Okay~=] IfItsYouItsOkay situation (one of the participants is male-identifying but stuck in a female body.) Basically, all the sex changes make it a little complicated.
14th Feb '12 5:53:49 PM Umi
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30th Jan '12 10:13:14 AM ccoa
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* BodyBackupDrive: Everyone in the cities is promptly picked up and has their "life-spark" transferred into a new body of their choosing upon death. Some characters actually take advantage of this to get around the normal time limit for body changes.
28th Oct '11 9:58:41 AM SomeSortOfTroper
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18th Sep '11 4:56:32 PM frogpatrol
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18th Sep '11 4:55:30 PM frogpatrol
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In TheSeventies, Tanith Lee wrote a pair of related novels entitled ''Don't Bite The Sun'' and ''Drinking Sapphire Wine.'' These novels were later collected into a single volume under this title.

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In TheSeventies, Tanith Lee wrote a pair of related two short novels entitled ''Don't Bite The Sun'' and its {{sequel}} ''Drinking Sapphire Wine.'' These novels were later collected into a single volume under this title.
as ''Don't Bite the Sun''.
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