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DianeDuane is an American fantasy and science-fiction author now living in Ireland. She was born in 1952, was first published in 1979, and has been writing sci-fi and speculative fiction almost continuously ever since. She has written in a ''lot'' of different universes. Here we go:

* The Literature/YoungWizards multiverse. This seems like it would fit in the "young adult" genre when you first pick it up; that facade is the book preparing to grab you by the heart and ''squeeze''. The series details the adventures of Nita Callahan and Kit Rodigruez, who are chosen by the PowersThatBe to become wizards and to help fight the Lone Power, creator of entropy, death, and most of the evil in the multiverse. Toward that end, they begin to learn [[LanguageOfMagic the Speech]], which is essentially the language in which the multiverse is "programmed". The Speech is used, among other things, for the creation and execution of spells, but calling it "magic" isn't quite right--all spells [[FunctionalMagic have to obey various scientific principles]], most notably the laws of thermodynamics. Due to its multi-universal nature, the Young Wizards 'verse has connections to many of Duane's other works.
** Literature/TheBookOfNightWithMoon (or Feline Wizards) Same 'verse, different protagonists. Centers around a team of cats who maintain the worldgates (wizardly mass transit system).
* ''Stealing the Elf-King's Roses'': Primarily set in two alternate universes which are part of the same "sheaf" of universes as ours. This sheaf of universes has developed worldgates which allow for routine interdimensional transportation and communications. Interuniversal relations are generally peaceful, but when a new one is discovered, things start to get messy. The book focuses on Lee Enfield, a detective who serves the deific manifestation of justice.
* ''Omnitopia Dawn'': First in a projected series, this book describes a financial and electronic war against the perfect MMORPG.
* ''Literature/TheTaleOfFive'': Duane's first series, still unfinished. A fantasy series with unconventional ideas about human relationships and sexuality.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': In addition to writing several comics and part of a TNG episode, Duane has written a number of Star Trek novels; these are generally regarded as among the best of the best by fans, although they occasionally contradict canon established in later books and films.
** ''The Wounded Sky'', an exploration of what happens when time no longer exists and a hole is ripped in the fabric of the universe. So, pretty much business as usual. What really put it on the map is also explores the true essence of the ''Enterprise'' crew.
** ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.
** ''Doctor's Orders'': what happens when [=McCoy=] is left in command of the Enterprise. (Answer: [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]. And a little bit of heartwarming.)
** The Literature/{{Rihannsu}} series, which delves even more in-depth into Romulan and Vulcan culture, and is generally the foundation for fanon concerning said species.
** ''Dark Mirror'', in which the ''Enterprise''-D is abducted by the MirrorUniverse. Later contradicted by Deep Space Nine which established that the Terran Empire had fallen after Mirror-Spock tried to reform it.
** ''Intellivore'', regarding a mobile soul-eating planet which is even more terrifying than it sounds.
* The Harbinger trilogy, for the StarDrive RPG 'verse.
* The Venom Factor, a trilogy of SpiderMan books.
* Three Space Cops books, written with her husband, Peter Morwood.
* Seven Net Force books, co-authored with Creator/TomClancy.
* And finally, a hefty pile of short stories, comic books, TV episodes, and one-off novels.

Diane Duane is officially OneOfUs, as she has edited this wiki several times, is very kind to fans (whom she will answer personally), and has been dubbed an Honorary Wanka by FandomWank. She's also a member of fandom herself, particularly ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', for which she has written the occasional fanfic. She has even written [[http://dduane.tumblr.com/youngwizards-30-day-otp-challenge a series of fanfics of Young Wizards]], wherein she [[BeyondTheImpossible appears as herself and converses about its canonicity with Nita and Kit]]. She [[LineToGod can be found on]] [[http://twitter.com/dduane Twitter]], [[http://dduane.tumblr.com Tumblr]], [[http://dduane.livejournal.com Livejournal]], and [[https://plus.google.com/101086882349363163093/ Google+]] and on [[http://www.youngwizards.com/forums/members/diane-duane.html the Young Wizards forums]], among other places.

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!!Works by Diane Duane with their own trope pages include:

* Literature/YoungWizards
** Literature/TheBookOfNightWithMoon {Feline Wizards}
* TheTaleOfFive

!!Tropes included in her ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels:
* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Starship]]: Klingons build good guns, but their main interest in starships is in blowing them up...
* AuthorAppeal: She seems to have something of a soft spot for [=McCoy=].
* BadassBoast:
** [=McCoy=] to the Klingon commander Kaiev in ''Doctor's Orders":
--> '''[=McCoy=]''': If you use that tone with me again, my boy, I'll open your ship up like a sardine tin, and later on I'll fish your corpse out of space and thaw it out and stitch it back together the old-fashioned way, with a needle and thread, and then I'll use your guts for garters.
---> And of course, [[spoiler: he was bluffing. He'd never do anything like that!]]
** At another point in the same book:
---> Think again, Commander. This is ''Enterprise''. She is more than one man, though that one man may have made her famous or among you, infamous. She is four hundred thirty-eight people to whom you're an interesting enough problem, but one that we're long used to solving.
* BawdySong:
** In ''The Wounded Sky'', "a bawdy ballad about the (improbable) offspring of the marriage between an Altasa and a Vulcan" is mentioned. It's a ShoutOut and StealthPun at once-- the original song is an Irish folk song about a Catholic and Protestant couple's child.
---> ''Oh I was the strangest kiddie that you ever have seen''\\
''My mother, she was orange and my father, he was green...''
** In that same book, we learn that "the filthiest spacers' song" that Captain Kirk knows is called "The Weird-Looking Thing With [[ExtraEyes All The Eyes]] And The Asteroid-Miner's Daughter".
** In ''Honor Blade'' a Rihannsu song called "The High Queen's Bastard Daughter" is mentioned twice, but no lyrics are given.
* BridgeBunnies: '''Strongly''' subverted, especially with Uhura. One example in ''Spock's World'' is when Kirk casually asks her about how one of her dissertations is shaping up, and she launches into a head-spinningly complex discussion of alien syntaxes, translation algorithms, and xenolinguistics that leaves Kirk utterly in the dust, privately ashamed for ever thinking that Uhura's job was some kind of glorified switchboard operator.
* TheCameo:
** The [[Series/DoctorWho Fifth Doctor]].
** And the lovely Hamalki scientist K's't'lk, a main character in ''The Wounded Sky'', pops back in to say hello several times, including ''Spock's World''.
* CanNotTellALie (explored for Vulcans in ''The Romulan Way'')
* CargoShip (played with in-universe in ''The Wounded Sky'')
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch (in ''My Enemy, My Ally'')
* ConLang: The Rihannsu language is this, both in reality and in-universe.
* CoolStarship:
** The ''USS Inaieu'' is a ''gigantic'' version of the ''Enterprise'', with four warp engines.
** The ''Bloodwing'' in the Rihannsu series. How cool? Well, it regularly defeats ships that are bigger and more powerful, including the ''Enterprise'' (to be fair, the ''Enterprise'' was the one ship that had defeated ''Bloodwing'', and they were about the same number of victories). Also, Romulan ships tend to have cool names or be named after cool people, things or legends, like the ''Rhea's Helm'' (see JackassGenie entry for what it was named after).
* ExactWords: In ''My Enemy, My Ally'', Kirk asks Ael for whom the Rihannsu ship ''Rea's Helm'' was named:
-->'''Ael:''' ''You would have liked him, Captain. He was a magician whose enemies captured him and forced him to use his arts for them. They told him they wanted him to make a helmet that would make the person who wore it proof against wounds. So he did - and when one of those who captured him tried it on, the demon Rea had bound inside the helmet bit the man's head off. A corpse will not care how you wound it...''
* EatDirtCheap: Narhat, the Horta.
* {{Fictionary}} (Rihannsu)
** Note that Rihannsu is a RetCon name for Romulans (here said to be just a human code name for them, explaining its source in Earth mythology), later adopted by other Star Trek authors - for example in Diane Carey's ''Final Frontier'', a Rihannsu first hears the word 'Romulan' and considers it to be rather vulgar-sounding.
* GeniusLoci: The planet in ''Intellivore''.
* GoingNative: The deep cover [[TheMole mole]] in ''The Romulan Way''
* GoodOldWays: The noble, old-school Romulans such as Ael and Senator tr'Khellian versus the younger cutthroat schemers like Subcommander tr'Annwhi
* HalfHumanHybrid: Spock's conception is discussed in ''Spock's World''.
* HeavyWorlder: The various [[StarfishAliens Denebian species]] are all built short and so massive that Starfleet builds special supersized ships for them - notably, the USS ''Inaieu''.
* HoldingTheFloor:
** [=McCoy=]'s '''epic''' filibuster in the Romulan Senate, to delay his execution until rescue can arrive.
** [=McCoy=] does it again in ''Spock's World'', giving a speech denouncing the calls for Vulcan secession. His speech is met with a standing ovation.
* HotScientist: Duane deliberately played with this in the back-cover blurb for ''TheWoundedSky'', describing K't'lk as "a pretty alien scientist" while distinctly failing to mention that she is also [[spoiler:a ''giant glass spider'']].
* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Spock boosted the ''Enterprise'' Rec Room computer with a few too many upgrades, and now she's fully sentient. [[AIIsACrapshoot Thank God]] [[AvertedTrope she's lovely.]]
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: In ''My Enemy, My Ally'', "Jim" means something hilarious in Romulan, but we never find out what[[note]]It simply sounds really, really like a very rude word in Rihannsu: hence Ael's reaction on hearing it first. (Cf. the reaction of some immigrants from Germany whose names produce problems on being translated into English: "Oh good, my name has only ''one'' obscenity in it.") --DD[[/note]]
* {{Jossed}}: As published novels, Duane's books are considered "soft canon", but elements of them have been discredited by later onscreen revelations. Notably, her deep and nuanced portrayal of the Romulans was very popular among readers, but was disliked by [[WordOfGod Gene Roddenberry]], who felt she had strayed too far from his original vision.
* LanguageEqualsThought: It's mentioned that the Orion Pirates' word for "stealing" translates into English as "getting paid".
* LittleGreenMen: Parodied in ''Spock's World'' when Amanda's response to a reporter's question is "There's nothing ''little'' about my husband."
* TheMaster: Inverted with the Master of the ;At ([[PunctuationShaker not a typo]]), who is LawfulGood and downright charming.
* {{Microts}}: A lot of Rihannsu units of measurement.
* [[NamesTheSame Name's (Almost) The Same]]: The singular for "Rihannsu" is "Rihanha". [[{{Rihanna}} No relation.]] We think.
* OverlyLongName: A number of Rihannsu, as well as Commander [[SapientCetaceans Hwiii ih'iie-uUlak!ha']]. Mercifully, he shortens it to "Hwiii".
* PlanetKiller: What Geordi whipped up in ''Intellivore'' to kill the mind-eating planet (natch)
* PsychicStatic:
** Used by Picard to hide things from Mirror Troi in ''Dark Mirror''
** Also used twice over in ''Intellivore'', by Picard and another captain on their quest to destroy the Intellivore. One involves the conventional kind of static, while the other involves hooking Data up to the ''Enterprise'' computer and [[ItMakesSenseInContext putting everyone else on the ship to sleep]].
* ResidualSelfImage: In ''The Wounded Sky'' every time the ''Enterprise'' uses the experimental drive, the crew members experience a reality based on how they perceive themselves. While Kirk's self-perception is never actually described, [=McCoy=] provides a solid clue when he asks [[KnightInShiningArmor "Is that armor getting heavy, Jim?"]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In ''Spock's World''. '''DO NOT''' piss off the pre-Surak Vulcan chick who can kill you with her brain.
* SapientCetaceans: : ''Dark Mirror'' involves an alien race that's essentially dolphins [-IN SPACE!-] (They're not related to the whales [-IN SPACE-] from ''Star Trek IV''.) ''Literature/YoungWizards'' also features Cetacean wizards (the Trek novel contains a ShoutOut to them). Of course, pretty much everyone and everything with more brains than a sponge has Wizarding potential in this setting.
* ShownTheirWork: It's truly surprising how much a reader can learn about astronomy from her books, not to mention various [[InfoDump fictional treatises]] on the histories of Vulcan, the Romulan Star Empire, and the Alpha Quadrant, just to name a few.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Generally far into Idealism territory, but she justifies it with unflinching exploration of death, redemption, and the cost of doing good.
* SignatureStyle: Aliens with unpronounceable names, PlanetOfHats being subverted with cheerful abandon, and [=McCoy=] being ''awesome''.
* SlapSlapKiss:
** A young (pre-Surak) Vulcan couple in ''Spock's World''
** As well as young Sarek and Amanda. The trope is usually phrased something like: "They then realized that they would ''have'' to get married in order to have the time to argue properly."
* StarfishAliens: A number of examples, most of whom are in the ''Enterprise'' crew. And the Denebian starship ''Inaeiu'', which is a supersized ''Constitution''-class ship with four warp engines crewed entirely by StarfishAliens.
* TrueCompanions: If the entire crew of the ''Enterprise'' could adopt each other, they would. Put to work in ''The Wounded Sky'' where they save ''two freaking universes'' with ThePowerOfLove and [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]].
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: Metric-Rihannsu conversions become relevant in ''My Enemy, My Ally''.
* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Scotty and K't'lk in ''The Wounded Sky''. [[spoiler:They quite literally ''can't'', what with her being a ''giant spider'', but they really, ''really'' want to. To the point where she adds an 's' to her name [[BizarreAlienBiology after her death]] in honor of him.]]
** Kirk and Ael to some extent, too.
* VulcanHasNoMoon: Discussed in ''Spock's World''.
* YouAreInCommandNow: [=McCoy=] in ''Doctor's Orders''. He's not happy. Hilarity and awesome ensue.

!!Tropes in her other novels include:
* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: "Stealing the Elf-King's Roses" has a significant -- but incredibly spoilerish -- example.
* KickTheDog: Near the beginning of ''Omnitopia Dawn'', we are introduced to Delia Harrington, an investigative reporter. She's just been assigned to do a story on Dev Logan, another of the book's main characters, and she's certain that the incredibly positive reputation he and his company have acquired must be a sham. ''Okay,'' we think, ''she's a reporter: ferreting out the darker parts of human nature and bringing them to light is part of her job.'' It's not until she rolls down her window and yells ''"Idiot!"'' at someone in traffic that we realize that this is ''not'' intended to be a sympathetic character.
* MeaningfulName: Dev Logan (from ''Omnitopia Dawn''). "Dev" in an MMO context usually stands for "Developer".
* PoweredArmor (in the ''Space Cops'' series)
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Invoked in ''Stealing the Elf-King's Roses'', which was written right after 9/11. A major plot point is that [[spoiler:a group of parallel universes discovers ''our'' universe, and we're '''much''' further down the scale than they are. This is incredibly disturbing from their point of view.]]
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[[caption-width-right:200:"I write."]]

DianeDuane is an American fantasy and science-fiction author now living in Ireland. She was born in 1952, was first published in 1979, and has been writing sci-fi and speculative fiction almost continuously ever since. She has written in a ''lot'' of different universes. Here we go:

* The Literature/YoungWizards multiverse. This seems like it would fit in the "young adult" genre when you first pick it up; that facade is the book preparing to grab you by the heart and ''squeeze''. The series details the adventures of Nita Callahan and Kit Rodigruez, who are chosen by the PowersThatBe to become wizards and to help fight the Lone Power, creator of entropy, death, and most of the evil in the multiverse. Toward that end, they begin to learn [[LanguageOfMagic the Speech]], which is essentially the language in which the multiverse is "programmed". The Speech is used, among other things, for the creation and execution of spells, but calling it "magic" isn't quite right--all spells [[FunctionalMagic have to obey various scientific principles]], most notably the laws of thermodynamics. Due to its multi-universal nature, the Young Wizards 'verse has connections to many of Duane's other works.
** Literature/TheBookOfNightWithMoon (or Feline Wizards) Same 'verse, different protagonists. Centers around a team of cats who maintain the worldgates (wizardly mass transit system).
* ''Stealing the Elf-King's Roses'': Primarily set in two alternate universes which are part of the same "sheaf" of universes as ours. This sheaf of universes has developed worldgates which allow for routine interdimensional transportation and communications. Interuniversal relations are generally peaceful, but when a new one is discovered, things start to get messy. The book focuses on Lee Enfield, a detective who serves the deific manifestation of justice.
* ''Omnitopia Dawn'': First in a projected series, this book describes a financial and electronic war against the perfect MMORPG.
* ''Literature/TheTaleOfFive'': Duane's first series, still unfinished. A fantasy series with unconventional ideas about human relationships and sexuality.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': In addition to writing several comics and part of a TNG episode, Duane has written a number of Star Trek novels; these are generally regarded as among the best of the best by fans, although they occasionally contradict canon established in later books and films.
** ''The Wounded Sky'', an exploration of what happens when time no longer exists and a hole is ripped in the fabric of the universe. So, pretty much business as usual. What really put it on the map is also explores the true essence of the ''Enterprise'' crew.
** ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.
** ''Doctor's Orders'': what happens when [=McCoy=] is left in command of the Enterprise. (Answer: [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]. And a little bit of heartwarming.)
** The Literature/{{Rihannsu}} series, which delves even more in-depth into Romulan and Vulcan culture, and is generally the foundation for fanon concerning said species.
** ''Dark Mirror'', in which the ''Enterprise''-D is abducted by the MirrorUniverse. Later contradicted by Deep Space Nine which established that the Terran Empire had fallen after Mirror-Spock tried to reform it.
** ''Intellivore'', regarding a mobile soul-eating planet which is even more terrifying than it sounds.
* The Harbinger trilogy, for the StarDrive RPG 'verse.
* The Venom Factor, a trilogy of SpiderMan books.
* Three Space Cops books, written with her husband, Peter Morwood.
* Seven Net Force books, co-authored with Creator/TomClancy.
* And finally, a hefty pile of short stories, comic books, TV episodes, and one-off novels.

Diane Duane is officially OneOfUs, as she has edited this wiki several times, is very kind to fans (whom she will answer personally), and has been dubbed an Honorary Wanka by FandomWank. She's also a member of fandom herself, particularly ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', for which she has written the occasional fanfic. She has even written [[http://dduane.tumblr.com/youngwizards-30-day-otp-challenge a series of fanfics of Young Wizards]], wherein she [[BeyondTheImpossible appears as herself and converses about its canonicity with Nita and Kit]]. She [[LineToGod can be found on]] [[http://twitter.com/dduane Twitter]], [[http://dduane.tumblr.com Tumblr]], [[http://dduane.livejournal.com Livejournal]], and [[https://plus.google.com/101086882349363163093/ Google+]] and on [[http://www.youngwizards.com/forums/members/diane-duane.html the Young Wizards forums]], among other places.

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!!Works by Diane Duane with their own trope pages include:

* Literature/YoungWizards
** Literature/TheBookOfNightWithMoon {Feline Wizards}
* TheTaleOfFive

!!Tropes included in her ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels:
* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Starship]]: Klingons build good guns, but their main interest in starships is in blowing them up...
* AuthorAppeal: She seems to have something of a soft spot for [=McCoy=].
* BadassBoast:
** [=McCoy=] to the Klingon commander Kaiev in ''Doctor's Orders":
--> '''[=McCoy=]''': If you use that tone with me again, my boy, I'll open your ship up like a sardine tin, and later on I'll fish your corpse out of space and thaw it out and stitch it back together the old-fashioned way, with a needle and thread, and then I'll use your guts for garters.
---> And of course, [[spoiler: he was bluffing. He'd never do anything like that!]]
** At another point in the same book:
---> Think again, Commander. This is ''Enterprise''. She is more than one man, though that one man may have made her famous or among you, infamous. She is four hundred thirty-eight people to whom you're an interesting enough problem, but one that we're long used to solving.
* BawdySong:
** In ''The Wounded Sky'', "a bawdy ballad about the (improbable) offspring of the marriage between an Altasa and a Vulcan" is mentioned. It's a ShoutOut and StealthPun at once-- the original song is an Irish folk song about a Catholic and Protestant couple's child.
---> ''Oh I was the strangest kiddie that you ever have seen''\\
''My mother, she was orange and my father, he was green...''
** In that same book, we learn that "the filthiest spacers' song" that Captain Kirk knows is called "The Weird-Looking Thing With [[ExtraEyes All The Eyes]] And The Asteroid-Miner's Daughter".
** In ''Honor Blade'' a Rihannsu song called "The High Queen's Bastard Daughter" is mentioned twice, but no lyrics are given.
* BridgeBunnies: '''Strongly''' subverted, especially with Uhura. One example in ''Spock's World'' is when Kirk casually asks her about how one of her dissertations is shaping up, and she launches into a head-spinningly complex discussion of alien syntaxes, translation algorithms, and xenolinguistics that leaves Kirk utterly in the dust, privately ashamed for ever thinking that Uhura's job was some kind of glorified switchboard operator.
* TheCameo:
** The [[Series/DoctorWho Fifth Doctor]].
** And the lovely Hamalki scientist K's't'lk, a main character in ''The Wounded Sky'', pops back in to say hello several times, including ''Spock's World''.
* CanNotTellALie (explored for Vulcans in ''The Romulan Way'')
* CargoShip (played with in-universe in ''The Wounded Sky'')
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch (in ''My Enemy, My Ally'')
* ConLang: The Rihannsu language is this, both in reality and in-universe.
* CoolStarship:
** The ''USS Inaieu'' is a ''gigantic'' version of the ''Enterprise'', with four warp engines.
** The ''Bloodwing'' in the Rihannsu series. How cool? Well, it regularly defeats ships that are bigger and more powerful, including the ''Enterprise'' (to be fair, the ''Enterprise'' was the one ship that had defeated ''Bloodwing'', and they were about the same number of victories). Also, Romulan ships tend to have cool names or be named after cool people, things or legends, like the ''Rhea's Helm'' (see JackassGenie entry for what it was named after).
* ExactWords: In ''My Enemy, My Ally'', Kirk asks Ael for whom the Rihannsu ship ''Rea's Helm'' was named:
-->'''Ael:''' ''You would have liked him, Captain. He was a magician whose enemies captured him and forced him to use his arts for them. They told him they wanted him to make a helmet that would make the person who wore it proof against wounds. So he did - and when one of those who captured him tried it on, the demon Rea had bound inside the helmet bit the man's head off. A corpse will not care how you wound it...''
* EatDirtCheap: Narhat, the Horta.
* {{Fictionary}} (Rihannsu)
** Note that Rihannsu is a RetCon name for Romulans (here said to be just a human code name for them, explaining its source in Earth mythology), later adopted by other Star Trek authors - for example in Diane Carey's ''Final Frontier'', a Rihannsu first hears the word 'Romulan' and considers it to be rather vulgar-sounding.
* GeniusLoci: The planet in ''Intellivore''.
* GoingNative: The deep cover [[TheMole mole]] in ''The Romulan Way''
* GoodOldWays: The noble, old-school Romulans such as Ael and Senator tr'Khellian versus the younger cutthroat schemers like Subcommander tr'Annwhi
* HalfHumanHybrid: Spock's conception is discussed in ''Spock's World''.
* HeavyWorlder: The various [[StarfishAliens Denebian species]] are all built short and so massive that Starfleet builds special supersized ships for them - notably, the USS ''Inaieu''.
* HoldingTheFloor:
** [=McCoy=]'s '''epic''' filibuster in the Romulan Senate, to delay his execution until rescue can arrive.
** [=McCoy=] does it again in ''Spock's World'', giving a speech denouncing the calls for Vulcan secession. His speech is met with a standing ovation.
* HotScientist: Duane deliberately played with this in the back-cover blurb for ''TheWoundedSky'', describing K't'lk as "a pretty alien scientist" while distinctly failing to mention that she is also [[spoiler:a ''giant glass spider'']].
* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* InstantAIJustAddWater: Spock boosted the ''Enterprise'' Rec Room computer with a few too many upgrades, and now she's fully sentient. [[AIIsACrapshoot Thank God]] [[AvertedTrope she's lovely.]]
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: In ''My Enemy, My Ally'', "Jim" means something hilarious in Romulan, but we never find out what[[note]]It simply sounds really, really like a very rude word in Rihannsu: hence Ael's reaction on hearing it first. (Cf. the reaction of some immigrants from Germany whose names produce problems on being translated into English: "Oh good, my name has only ''one'' obscenity in it.") --DD[[/note]]
* {{Jossed}}: As published novels, Duane's books are considered "soft canon", but elements of them have been discredited by later onscreen revelations. Notably, her deep and nuanced portrayal of the Romulans was very popular among readers, but was disliked by [[WordOfGod Gene Roddenberry]], who felt she had strayed too far from his original vision.
* LanguageEqualsThought: It's mentioned that the Orion Pirates' word for "stealing" translates into English as "getting paid".
* LittleGreenMen: Parodied in ''Spock's World'' when Amanda's response to a reporter's question is "There's nothing ''little'' about my husband."
* TheMaster: Inverted with the Master of the ;At ([[PunctuationShaker not a typo]]), who is LawfulGood and downright charming.
* {{Microts}}: A lot of Rihannsu units of measurement.
* [[NamesTheSame Name's (Almost) The Same]]: The singular for "Rihannsu" is "Rihanha". [[{{Rihanna}} No relation.]] We think.
* OverlyLongName: A number of Rihannsu, as well as Commander [[SapientCetaceans Hwiii ih'iie-uUlak!ha']]. Mercifully, he shortens it to "Hwiii".
* PlanetKiller: What Geordi whipped up in ''Intellivore'' to kill the mind-eating planet (natch)
* PsychicStatic:
** Used by Picard to hide things from Mirror Troi in ''Dark Mirror''
** Also used twice over in ''Intellivore'', by Picard and another captain on their quest to destroy the Intellivore. One involves the conventional kind of static, while the other involves hooking Data up to the ''Enterprise'' computer and [[ItMakesSenseInContext putting everyone else on the ship to sleep]].
* ResidualSelfImage: In ''The Wounded Sky'' every time the ''Enterprise'' uses the experimental drive, the crew members experience a reality based on how they perceive themselves. While Kirk's self-perception is never actually described, [=McCoy=] provides a solid clue when he asks [[KnightInShiningArmor "Is that armor getting heavy, Jim?"]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In ''Spock's World''. '''DO NOT''' piss off the pre-Surak Vulcan chick who can kill you with her brain.
* SapientCetaceans: : ''Dark Mirror'' involves an alien race that's essentially dolphins [-IN SPACE!-] (They're not related to the whales [-IN SPACE-] from ''Star Trek IV''.) ''Literature/YoungWizards'' also features Cetacean wizards (the Trek novel contains a ShoutOut to them). Of course, pretty much everyone and everything with more brains than a sponge has Wizarding potential in this setting.
* ShownTheirWork: It's truly surprising how much a reader can learn about astronomy from her books, not to mention various [[InfoDump fictional treatises]] on the histories of Vulcan, the Romulan Star Empire, and the Alpha Quadrant, just to name a few.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Generally far into Idealism territory, but she justifies it with unflinching exploration of death, redemption, and the cost of doing good.
* SignatureStyle: Aliens with unpronounceable names, PlanetOfHats being subverted with cheerful abandon, and [=McCoy=] being ''awesome''.
* SlapSlapKiss:
** A young (pre-Surak) Vulcan couple in ''Spock's World''
** As well as young Sarek and Amanda. The trope is usually phrased something like: "They then realized that they would ''have'' to get married in order to have the time to argue properly."
* StarfishAliens: A number of examples, most of whom are in the ''Enterprise'' crew. And the Denebian starship ''Inaeiu'', which is a supersized ''Constitution''-class ship with four warp engines crewed entirely by StarfishAliens.
* TrueCompanions: If the entire crew of the ''Enterprise'' could adopt each other, they would. Put to work in ''The Wounded Sky'' where they save ''two freaking universes'' with ThePowerOfLove and [[ThePowerOfFriendship Friendship]].
* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: Metric-Rihannsu conversions become relevant in ''My Enemy, My Ally''.
* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Scotty and K't'lk in ''The Wounded Sky''. [[spoiler:They quite literally ''can't'', what with her being a ''giant spider'', but they really, ''really'' want to. To the point where she adds an 's' to her name [[BizarreAlienBiology after her death]] in honor of him.]]
** Kirk and Ael to some extent, too.
* VulcanHasNoMoon: Discussed in ''Spock's World''.
* YouAreInCommandNow: [=McCoy=] in ''Doctor's Orders''. He's not happy. Hilarity and awesome ensue.

!!Tropes in her other novels include:
* CrapsackOnlyByComparison: "Stealing the Elf-King's Roses" has a significant -- but incredibly spoilerish -- example.
* KickTheDog: Near the beginning of ''Omnitopia Dawn'', we are introduced to Delia Harrington, an investigative reporter. She's just been assigned to do a story on Dev Logan, another of the book's main characters, and she's certain that the incredibly positive reputation he and his company have acquired must be a sham. ''Okay,'' we think, ''she's a reporter: ferreting out the darker parts of human nature and bringing them to light is part of her job.'' It's not until she rolls down her window and yells ''"Idiot!"'' at someone in traffic that we realize that this is ''not'' intended to be a sympathetic character.
* MeaningfulName: Dev Logan (from ''Omnitopia Dawn''). "Dev" in an MMO context usually stands for "Developer".
* PoweredArmor (in the ''Space Cops'' series)
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Invoked in ''Stealing the Elf-King's Roses'', which was written right after 9/11. A major plot point is that [[spoiler:a group of parallel universes discovers ''our'' universe, and we're '''much''' further down the scale than they are. This is incredibly disturbing from their point of view.]]
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21st Sep '13 11:16:11 PM kittenmommy
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!!Tropes included in her ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels include:

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!!Tropes included in her ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novels include:novels:
31st Jul '13 10:38:32 AM DriftingSkies
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* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: In ''My Enemy, My Ally'', "Jim" means something hilarious in Romulan, but we never find out what[[hottip:* :It simply sounds really, really like a very rude word in Rihannsu: hence Ael's reaction on hearing it first. (Cf. the reaction of some immigrants from Germany whose names produce problems on being translated into English: "Oh good, my name has only ''one'' obscenity in it.") --DD]]

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* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: In ''My Enemy, My Ally'', "Jim" means something hilarious in Romulan, but we never find out what[[hottip:* :It what[[note]]It simply sounds really, really like a very rude word in Rihannsu: hence Ael's reaction on hearing it first. (Cf. the reaction of some immigrants from Germany whose names produce problems on being translated into English: "Oh good, my name has only ''one'' obscenity in it.") --DD]] --DD[[/note]]
26th Jul '13 6:30:54 PM fhtagn
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** ''The Wounded Sky'', an exploration of what happens when time no longer exists and a hole is ripped in the fabric of the universe. Also explores the true essence of the ''Enterprise'' crew.

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** ''The Wounded Sky'', an exploration of what happens when time no longer exists and a hole is ripped in the fabric of the universe. Also So, pretty much business as usual. What really put it on the map is also explores the true essence of the ''Enterprise'' crew.
13th Jul '13 9:37:11 PM Sheliak
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** The Rihannsu series, which delves even more in-depth into Romulan and Vulcan culture, and is generally the foundation for fanon concerning said species.

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** The Rihannsu Literature/{{Rihannsu}} series, which delves even more in-depth into Romulan and Vulcan culture, and is generally the foundation for fanon concerning said species.
4th Jun '13 12:03:11 AM SeptimusHeap
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** ''SpocksWorld'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.

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** ''SpocksWorld'', ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.
3rd Jun '13 4:17:14 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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** ''[[SpocksWorld]]'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.

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** ''[[SpocksWorld]]'', ''SpocksWorld'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.
3rd Jun '13 4:16:52 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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** ''{{Spock's World}}'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.

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** ''{{Spock's World}}'', ''[[SpocksWorld]]'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.
3rd Jun '13 4:16:06 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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** ''[[Spock's World]]'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.

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** ''[[Spock's World]]'', ''{{Spock's World}}'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.
3rd Jun '13 4:15:30 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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** ''Spock's World'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.

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** ''Spock's World'', ''[[Spock's World]]'', about the history of Vulcan and its possible secession from the Federation.
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