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HBeamPiper was an American SF writer, best known for the series ''Paratime'' (which is about exploiting TheMultiverse for fun and profit); the Terrohuman Future History, or TFH, which is about the human race spreading throughout the stars, and the cultural rising and falling that happens as a result; and ''Literature/LittleFuzzy'', an arc within the TFH series about the discovery of intelligent life on a settled planet. He committed suicide in 1964 because of financial problems. A check was literally in the mail.
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!!Tropes found in his works include:
* AccidentalTruth
* AlternateUniverse (A bare minimum of OncePerEpisode in Paratime.)
** His first published story, "Time and Time Again" (1947), launched an alternate universe when the dying main character's consciousness was flung thirty years back in time to his then-thirteen-year-old body -- and decided to change history to prevent the WorldWarThree in which he'd been killed. His plans involved having his father, Blake Hartley, become President in 1960; two later stories, set in '65 and '68, mention President Hartley, so the plan was successful to that extent at least....
** Another story, a sort of proto-Paratime, had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Bathurst_%28diplomat%29 a mysteriously vanished diplomat from our Earth]] stumble into a parallel universe where the American and French Revolutions failed.
*** Although the one about the diplomat isn't explicitly labelled a Paratime story, the first specifically Paratime story makes an apparent reference to the incident as having been accidentally caused by a Paratime policeman. At least the dates and a one-sentence description of the events match up.
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BattleCry
* BottomlessMagazines (Provided the page quote; nevertheless, generally an aversion)
* ButNotTooForeign
* CanisLatinicus
* ComeToGawk
* TheConstant
* ContinuityNod (Carlos von Schlichten and Paula Quinton have a romance in ''Uller Uprising''; the short story "Oomphel in the Sky" has a reference to a Paula von Schlichten Fellowship, which is in sociography, Paula Quinton's field.)
** The short story "Naudsonce" named a exploratory starship ''Hubert Penrose'' after an important character in "Omnilingual."
* CrusadingWidower: Lucas Trask in ''Space Viking''. He slides right into WhatTheHellHero by [[spoiler: ''nuking cities and looting them'' to pay for all that crusading.]] Bonus points? He delivers the "what the hell" speech to ''himself''.
* DeathFromAbove ([[spoiler:[[NukeEm Dire Dawn]]]] in ''Uller Uprising'')
* DeathWorld (Fenris in ''Four-Day Planet'' comes very close, if not outright qualifying)
* DueToTheDead (Are the Little Fuzzies intelligent? Well, they bury their dead.)
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter (In ''Space Viking", the main character worries about his home planet's civilization declining, and a historian agrees: "That's what happened to the Terran Federation, by the way. The good men all left to colonize, and the stuffed shirts and yes-men and herd-followers and safety-firsters stayed on Terra and tried to govern the Galaxy.")
* ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay
* EternalEnglish (Averted. Most of the TFH uses a kind of linguistic potpourri that's basically every modern language run through a blender at once.)
* EverybodySmokes
* FakeRealTurn
* FantasticSlurs (Ullerans are known as "geeks". Partially through onomatopoeia from some local languages, partially because some Ulleran cultures kill small, iguana-like food animals by biting off their heads.)
** The Khooghra of Yggdrasil are officially sapient, but so stupid that calling a Terran a "son of a Khooghra" once led to a shooting. The man so described knew he was being insulted.
* TheFederation: The Terran Federation during the early part of the TFH
* FeudalFuture
* GeniusBruiser (Otto Harkaman in ''Space Viking'', who's a talented historian ''and'' as big as a house.)
* GivingRadioToTheRomans (Calvin Morrisson in ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'')
* GodGuise
* {{Hermaphrodite}}
* HideousHangoverCure (Not actually hideous ''or'' a hangover cure; the "alcodote-vitimine pill" won't let you get drunk at all.)
* HighClassGlass
* {{Homage}} : {{Traveller}} revises the Sword Worlds of ''Space Viking'' to suit the Traveller universe.
* HorseOfADifferentColor (Freyan oukry, which are used to make Westerns. Most people in the TFH seem to think horses are extinct; a minor news story in ''Four Day Planet'' mentions a movie shot using real horses.)
* HumanAliens (the Freyans, spelled out in the novella "When In the Course..." They're human enough to interbreed with Terrans, despite the Terran doctor [[{{Lampshaded}} insisting it's impossible]]. Piper apparently had some explanation in mind, most likely some variant of TransplantedHumans, but it was never revealed.) The story was [[RetCon Retconned]] out of Future History, and substantially rewritten to become ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'' in the Paratime milieu.
*** Although Paula Quinton from ''Uller Uprising'' states that she's part Freyan, so the concept wasn't completely eliminated.
** Also Martians, in the TFH: they died out 50 millennia ago, but statues, paintings, and mummified corpses in "Omnilingual" are specifically stated to look fully human. Considering the short story "Genesis" and the Paratime series both claimed Earth humans are descended from Martian colonists, Piper may very well have had this origin in mind for the TFH too.
* HumansAreWhite : Averted. While explicit physical descriptions of characters are rare, the prevalence of {{multiethnic name}}s indicates that most of them are some shade of brown.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter (Except in Paratime)
* LieDetector - (TFH law is based around the "veridicator", a 100% accurate lie-detector.)
* LikeAFishTakesToWater: ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.'' He quickly goes from State Trooper to Great King.
** Lucas Trask takes to being a ''Space Viking'' like said fish.
* MasterComputer (both played straight and subverted)
* MultiethnicName: Particularly common in ''Uller Uprising'', where just about every major character's given name and surname are of distinctly divergent ethnic origin. Justified by mass migration from the nuked northern hemisphere to South America and Africa following the Fourth World War.
* MundaneUtility (we're going mining on Flourine-Tainted Niflheim, the Planetary Hell...''volcano'' mining with ''atomic warheads''.)
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "I'll fix the expurgated unprintability!"
* NukeEm (ship-to-ship combat in ''Space Viking'', the climax of ''Uller Uprising''.)
* OurSoulsAreDifferent - (One story involved a world where reincarnation was a proven scientific fact, and the resulting cultural changes. Most important: death was considered a temporary inconvenience ''at worst''.)
* ThePlan ("Ministry of Disturbance")
* PlanetLooters
* PlanetTerra: Used throughout the TFH.
* TheRedPlanet
* SiliconBasedLife - life on Uller, including four-armed humanoid reptiles and creatures like hexapodal pine cones.
* SmokingIsCool
* SpacePirates (or, more accurately, Space ''Vikings''. They don't board and rob ships, they nuke cities from orbit and loot any cities that chose to surrender.)
* StayInTheKitchen
* StuffBlowingUp (ranging from exploding bullets to fusion fireball bombs that destroy everything within a thousand miles with a miniature sun)
* SuicideIsPainless
* TechnologyMarchesOn - The TFH stories include videophones, antigravity, faster-than-light travel...and... cameras that use film which must be developed before viewing and huge computers that fill whole rooms and are programmed via plugboards.
* TomatoSurprise ("The Return")
** And "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18632/18632-8.txt Crossroads of Destiny]]".
* TheMasquerade (One of the primary tropes of the Paratime stories: you can go visit other universes, but you're not supposed let the locals catch on that you're ''from'' another universe... It might cut into the 'profit' end.)
* WhatTheHellHero (Lucas Trask gives himself one of these moments in ''Space Viking'')
** Trask also gets one from a comrade after gunning down a local who was grieving for a dead spouse. His response was that he was putting the man out of his misery, and included the words: "How many more happinesses do you think we've smashed here today? And we don't even have Dunnan's excuse of madness."
** He also says that he wished that Dunnan had done that for him, "so that none of this would have happened." (See CrusadingWidower above.)
* WriterOnBoard (Piper believed in reincarnation and wrote a Paratime story about a world where it was proven to the hilt. Even with this, it was still [[TropesAreNotBad a pretty good story]])
** Perhaps more importantly, in that story? The problem's ''because'' reincarnation is proven to the hilt--and they've started to get ''too'' good for {{The Masquerade}}'s sake at retrieving memories of past lives...
* YouCantFightFate
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HBeamPiper was an American SF writer, best known for the series ''Paratime'' (which is about exploiting TheMultiverse for fun and profit); the Terrohuman Future History, or TFH, which is about the human race spreading throughout the stars, and the cultural rising and falling that happens as a result; and ''Literature/LittleFuzzy'', an arc within the TFH series about the discovery of intelligent life on a settled planet. He committed suicide in 1964 because of financial problems. A check was literally in the mail.
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!!Tropes found in his works include:
* AccidentalTruth
* AlternateUniverse (A bare minimum of OncePerEpisode in Paratime.)
** His first published story, "Time and Time Again" (1947), launched an alternate universe when the dying main character's consciousness was flung thirty years back in time to his then-thirteen-year-old body -- and decided to change history to prevent the WorldWarThree in which he'd been killed. His plans involved having his father, Blake Hartley, become President in 1960; two later stories, set in '65 and '68, mention President Hartley, so the plan was successful to that extent at least....
** Another story, a sort of proto-Paratime, had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Bathurst_%28diplomat%29 a mysteriously vanished diplomat from our Earth]] stumble into a parallel universe where the American and French Revolutions failed.
*** Although the one about the diplomat isn't explicitly labelled a Paratime story, the first specifically Paratime story makes an apparent reference to the incident as having been accidentally caused by a Paratime policeman. At least the dates and a one-sentence description of the events match up.
* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BattleCry
* BottomlessMagazines (Provided the page quote; nevertheless, generally an aversion)
* ButNotTooForeign
* CanisLatinicus
* ComeToGawk
* TheConstant
* ContinuityNod (Carlos von Schlichten and Paula Quinton have a romance in ''Uller Uprising''; the short story "Oomphel in the Sky" has a reference to a Paula von Schlichten Fellowship, which is in sociography, Paula Quinton's field.)
** The short story "Naudsonce" named a exploratory starship ''Hubert Penrose'' after an important character in "Omnilingual."
* CrusadingWidower: Lucas Trask in ''Space Viking''. He slides right into WhatTheHellHero by [[spoiler: ''nuking cities and looting them'' to pay for all that crusading.]] Bonus points? He delivers the "what the hell" speech to ''himself''.
* DeathFromAbove ([[spoiler:[[NukeEm Dire Dawn]]]] in ''Uller Uprising'')
* DeathWorld (Fenris in ''Four-Day Planet'' comes very close, if not outright qualifying)
* DueToTheDead (Are the Little Fuzzies intelligent? Well, they bury their dead.)
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter (In ''Space Viking", the main character worries about his home planet's civilization declining, and a historian agrees: "That's what happened to the Terran Federation, by the way. The good men all left to colonize, and the stuffed shirts and yes-men and herd-followers and safety-firsters stayed on Terra and tried to govern the Galaxy.")
* ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay
* EternalEnglish (Averted. Most of the TFH uses a kind of linguistic potpourri that's basically every modern language run through a blender at once.)
* EverybodySmokes
* FakeRealTurn
* FantasticSlurs (Ullerans are known as "geeks". Partially through onomatopoeia from some local languages, partially because some Ulleran cultures kill small, iguana-like food animals by biting off their heads.)
** The Khooghra of Yggdrasil are officially sapient, but so stupid that calling a Terran a "son of a Khooghra" once led to a shooting. The man so described knew he was being insulted.
* TheFederation: The Terran Federation during the early part of the TFH
* FeudalFuture
* GeniusBruiser (Otto Harkaman in ''Space Viking'', who's a talented historian ''and'' as big as a house.)
* GivingRadioToTheRomans (Calvin Morrisson in ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'')
* GodGuise
* {{Hermaphrodite}}
* HideousHangoverCure (Not actually hideous ''or'' a hangover cure; the "alcodote-vitimine pill" won't let you get drunk at all.)
* HighClassGlass
* {{Homage}} : {{Traveller}} revises the Sword Worlds of ''Space Viking'' to suit the Traveller universe.
* HorseOfADifferentColor (Freyan oukry, which are used to make Westerns. Most people in the TFH seem to think horses are extinct; a minor news story in ''Four Day Planet'' mentions a movie shot using real horses.)
* HumanAliens (the Freyans, spelled out in the novella "When In the Course..." They're human enough to interbreed with Terrans, despite the Terran doctor [[{{Lampshaded}} insisting it's impossible]]. Piper apparently had some explanation in mind, most likely some variant of TransplantedHumans, but it was never revealed.) The story was [[RetCon Retconned]] out of Future History, and substantially rewritten to become ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'' in the Paratime milieu.
*** Although Paula Quinton from ''Uller Uprising'' states that she's part Freyan, so the concept wasn't completely eliminated.
** Also Martians, in the TFH: they died out 50 millennia ago, but statues, paintings, and mummified corpses in "Omnilingual" are specifically stated to look fully human. Considering the short story "Genesis" and the Paratime series both claimed Earth humans are descended from Martian colonists, Piper may very well have had this origin in mind for the TFH too.
* HumansAreWhite : Averted. While explicit physical descriptions of characters are rare, the prevalence of {{multiethnic name}}s indicates that most of them are some shade of brown.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter (Except in Paratime)
* LieDetector - (TFH law is based around the "veridicator", a 100% accurate lie-detector.)
* LikeAFishTakesToWater: ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen.'' He quickly goes from State Trooper to Great King.
** Lucas Trask takes to being a ''Space Viking'' like said fish.
* MasterComputer (both played straight and subverted)
* MultiethnicName: Particularly common in ''Uller Uprising'', where just about every major character's given name and surname are of distinctly divergent ethnic origin. Justified by mass migration from the nuked northern hemisphere to South America and Africa following the Fourth World War.
* MundaneUtility (we're going mining on Flourine-Tainted Niflheim, the Planetary Hell...''volcano'' mining with ''atomic warheads''.)
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "I'll fix the expurgated unprintability!"
* NukeEm (ship-to-ship combat in ''Space Viking'', the climax of ''Uller Uprising''.)
* OurSoulsAreDifferent - (One story involved a world where reincarnation was a proven scientific fact, and the resulting cultural changes. Most important: death was considered a temporary inconvenience ''at worst''.)
* ThePlan ("Ministry of Disturbance")
* PlanetLooters
* PlanetTerra: Used throughout the TFH.
* TheRedPlanet
* SiliconBasedLife - life on Uller, including four-armed humanoid reptiles and creatures like hexapodal pine cones.
* SmokingIsCool
* SpacePirates (or, more accurately, Space ''Vikings''. They don't board and rob ships, they nuke cities from orbit and loot any cities that chose to surrender.)
* StayInTheKitchen
* StuffBlowingUp (ranging from exploding bullets to fusion fireball bombs that destroy everything within a thousand miles with a miniature sun)
* SuicideIsPainless
* TechnologyMarchesOn - The TFH stories include videophones, antigravity, faster-than-light travel...and... cameras that use film which must be developed before viewing and huge computers that fill whole rooms and are programmed via plugboards.
* TomatoSurprise ("The Return")
** And "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18632/18632-8.txt Crossroads of Destiny]]".
* TheMasquerade (One of the primary tropes of the Paratime stories: you can go visit other universes, but you're not supposed let the locals catch on that you're ''from'' another universe... It might cut into the 'profit' end.)
* WhatTheHellHero (Lucas Trask gives himself one of these moments in ''Space Viking'')
** Trask also gets one from a comrade after gunning down a local who was grieving for a dead spouse. His response was that he was putting the man out of his misery, and included the words: "How many more happinesses do you think we've smashed here today? And we don't even have Dunnan's excuse of madness."
** He also says that he wished that Dunnan had done that for him, "so that none of this would have happened." (See CrusadingWidower above.)
* WriterOnBoard (Piper believed in reincarnation and wrote a Paratime story about a world where it was proven to the hilt. Even with this, it was still [[TropesAreNotBad a pretty good story]])
** Perhaps more importantly, in that story? The problem's ''because'' reincarnation is proven to the hilt--and they've started to get ''too'' good for {{The Masquerade}}'s sake at retrieving memories of past lives...
* YouCantFightFate
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8th Dec '12 7:18:33 AM Gillimer
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* MultiethnicName: Particularly common in ''Uller Uprising'', where just about every major character's given name and surname are of distinctly divergent ethnic origin.

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* MultiethnicName: Particularly common in ''Uller Uprising'', where just about every major character's given name and surname are of distinctly divergent ethnic origin. Justified by mass migration from the nuked northern hemisphere to South America and Africa following the Fourth World War.
18th Nov '12 9:52:17 PM TomWalpertac2
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!!Tropes found in his works include:
* AccidentalTruth
* AlternateUniverse (A bare minimum of OncePerEpisode in Paratime.)

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!!Tropes found in his works include:
include:
* AccidentalTruth
AccidentalTruth
* AlternateUniverse (A bare minimum of OncePerEpisode in Paratime.))



** Another story, a sort of proto-Paratime, had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Bathurst_%28diplomat%29 a mysteriously vanished diplomat from our Earth]] stumble into a parallel universe where the American and French Revolutions failed.

to:

** Another story, a sort of proto-Paratime, had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Bathurst_%28diplomat%29 a mysteriously vanished diplomat from our Earth]] stumble into a parallel universe where the American and French Revolutions failed.



* AwesomeMcCoolname
* BattleCry
* BottomlessMagazines (Provided the page quote; nevertheless, generally an aversion)
* ButNotTooForeign
* CanisLatinicus
* ComeToGawk
* TheConstant
* ContinuityNod (Carlos von Schlichten and Paula Quinton have a romance in ''Uller Uprising''; the short story "Oomphel in the Sky" has a reference to a Paula von Schlichten Fellowship, which is in sociography, Paula Quinton's field.)
** The short story "Naudsonce" named a exploratory starship ''Hubert Penrose'' after an important character in "Omnilingual."
* CrusadingWidower: Lucas Trask in ''Space Viking''. He slides right into WhatTheHellHero by [[spoiler: ''nuking cities and looting them'' to pay for all that crusading.]] Bonus points? He delivers the "what the hell" speech to ''himself''.
* DeathFromAbove ([[spoiler:[[NukeEm Dire Dawn]]]] in ''Uller Uprising'')
* DeathWorld (Fenris in ''Four-Day Planet'' comes very close, if not outright qualifying)
* DueToTheDead (Are the Little Fuzzies intelligent? Well, they bury their dead.)
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter (In ''Space Viking", the main character worries about his home planet's civilization declining, and a historian agrees: "That's what happened to the Terran Federation, by the way. The good men all left to colonize, and the stuffed shirts and yes-men and herd-followers and safety-firsters stayed on Terra and tried to govern the Galaxy.")
* ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay
* EternalEnglish (Averted. Most of the TFH uses a kind of linguistic potpourri that's basically every modern language run through a blender at once.)
* EverybodySmokes
* FakeRealTurn
* FantasticSlurs (Ullerans are known as "geeks". Partially through onomatopoeia from some local languages, partially because some Ulleran cultures kill small, iguana-like food animals by biting off their heads.)
** The Khooghra of Yggdrasil are officially sapient, but so stupid that calling a Terran a "son of a Khooghra" once led to a shooting. The man so described knew he was being insulted.
* TheFederation: The Terran Federation during the early part of the TFH

to:

* AwesomeMcCoolname
AwesomeMcCoolname
* BattleCry
BattleCry
* BottomlessMagazines (Provided the page quote; nevertheless, generally an aversion)
aversion)
* ButNotTooForeign
ButNotTooForeign
* CanisLatinicus
CanisLatinicus
* ComeToGawk
ComeToGawk
* TheConstant
TheConstant
* ContinuityNod (Carlos von Schlichten and Paula Quinton have a romance in ''Uller Uprising''; the short story "Oomphel in the Sky" has a reference to a Paula von Schlichten Fellowship, which is in sociography, Paula Quinton's field.)
)
** The short story "Naudsonce" named a exploratory starship ''Hubert Penrose'' after an important character in "Omnilingual."
"
* CrusadingWidower: Lucas Trask in ''Space Viking''. He slides right into WhatTheHellHero by [[spoiler: ''nuking cities and looting them'' to pay for all that crusading.]] Bonus points? He delivers the "what the hell" speech to ''himself''.
''himself''.
* DeathFromAbove ([[spoiler:[[NukeEm Dire Dawn]]]] in ''Uller Uprising'')
Uprising'')
* DeathWorld (Fenris in ''Four-Day Planet'' comes very close, if not outright qualifying)
qualifying)
* DueToTheDead (Are the Little Fuzzies intelligent? Well, they bury their dead.)
)
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter (In ''Space Viking", the main character worries about his home planet's civilization declining, and a historian agrees: "That's what happened to the Terran Federation, by the way. The good men all left to colonize, and the stuffed shirts and yes-men and herd-followers and safety-firsters stayed on Terra and tried to govern the Galaxy.")
")
* ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay
ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay
* EternalEnglish (Averted. Most of the TFH uses a kind of linguistic potpourri that's basically every modern language run through a blender at once.)
)
* EverybodySmokes
EverybodySmokes
* FakeRealTurn
FakeRealTurn
* FantasticSlurs (Ullerans are known as "geeks". Partially through onomatopoeia from some local languages, partially because some Ulleran cultures kill small, iguana-like food animals by biting off their heads.)
)
** The Khooghra of Yggdrasil are officially sapient, but so stupid that calling a Terran a "son of a Khooghra" once led to a shooting. The man so described knew he was being insulted.
insulted.
* TheFederation: The Terran Federation during the early part of the TFHTFH



* GeniusBruiser (Otto Harkaman in ''Space Viking'', who's a talented historian ''and'' as big as a house.)
* GivingRadioToTheRomans (Calvin Morrisson in ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'')
* GodGuise
* {{Hermaphrodite}}
* HideousHangoverCure (Not actually hideous ''or'' a hangover cure; the "alcodote-vitimine pill" won't let you get drunk at all.)
* HighClassGlass
* {{Homage}} : {{Traveller}} revises the Sword Worlds of ''Space Viking'' to suit the Traveller universe.
* HorseOfADifferentColor (Freyan oukry, which are used to make Westerns. Most people in the TFH seem to think horses are extinct; a minor news story in ''Four Day Planet'' mentions a movie shot using real horses.)
* HumanAliens (the Freyans, spelled out in the novella "When In the Course..." They're human enough to interbreed with Terrans, despite the Terran doctor [[{{Lampshaded}} insisting it's impossible]]. Piper apparently had some explanation in mind, most likely some variant of TransplantedHumans, but it was never revealed.) The story was [[RetCon Retconned]] out of Future History, and substantially rewritten to become ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'' in the Paratime milieu.
*** Although Paula Quinton from ''Uller Uprising'' states that she's part Freyan, so the concept wasn't completely eliminated.
** Also Martians, in the TFH: they died out 50 millennia ago, but statues, paintings, and mummified corpses in "Omnilingual" are specifically stated to look fully human. Considering the short story "Genesis" and the Paratime series both claimed Earth humans are descended from Martian colonists, Piper may very well have had this origin in mind for the TFH too.
* HumansAreWhite : Averted. While explicit physical descriptions of characters are rare, the prevalence of {{multiethnic name}}s indicates that most of them are some shade of brown.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter (Except in Paratime)
* LieDetector - (TFH law is based around the "veridicator", a 100% accurate lie-detector.)

to:

* GeniusBruiser (Otto Harkaman in ''Space Viking'', who's a talented historian ''and'' as big as a house.)
)
* GivingRadioToTheRomans (Calvin Morrisson in ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'')
Otherwhen'')
* GodGuise
GodGuise
* {{Hermaphrodite}}
{{Hermaphrodite}}
* HideousHangoverCure (Not actually hideous ''or'' a hangover cure; the "alcodote-vitimine pill" won't let you get drunk at all.)
)
* HighClassGlass
HighClassGlass
* {{Homage}} : {{Traveller}} revises the Sword Worlds of ''Space Viking'' to suit the Traveller universe.
universe.
* HorseOfADifferentColor (Freyan oukry, which are used to make Westerns. Most people in the TFH seem to think horses are extinct; a minor news story in ''Four Day Planet'' mentions a movie shot using real horses.)
)
* HumanAliens (the Freyans, spelled out in the novella "When In the Course..." They're human enough to interbreed with Terrans, despite the Terran doctor [[{{Lampshaded}} insisting it's impossible]]. Piper apparently had some explanation in mind, most likely some variant of TransplantedHumans, but it was never revealed.) The story was [[RetCon Retconned]] out of Future History, and substantially rewritten to become ''Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen'' in the Paratime milieu.
milieu.
*** Although Paula Quinton from ''Uller Uprising'' states that she's part Freyan, so the concept wasn't completely eliminated.
eliminated.
** Also Martians, in the TFH: they died out 50 millennia ago, but statues, paintings, and mummified corpses in "Omnilingual" are specifically stated to look fully human. Considering the short story "Genesis" and the Paratime series both claimed Earth humans are descended from Martian colonists, Piper may very well have had this origin in mind for the TFH too.
too.
* HumansAreWhite : Averted. While explicit physical descriptions of characters are rare, the prevalence of {{multiethnic name}}s indicates that most of them are some shade of brown.
brown.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter (Except in Paratime)
Paratime)
* LieDetector - (TFH law is based around the "veridicator", a 100% accurate lie-detector.))



** Lucas Trask takes to being a ''Space Viking'' like said fish.
* MasterComputer (both played straight and subverted)
* MultiethnicName: Particularly common in ''Uller Uprising'', where just about every major character's given name and surname are of distinctly divergent ethnic origin.
* MundaneUtility (we're going mining on Flourine-Tainted Niflheim, the Planetary Hell...''volcano'' mining with ''atomic warheads''.)
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "I'll fix the expurgated unprintability!"
* NukeEm (ship-to-ship combat in ''Space Viking'', the climax of ''Uller Uprising''.)
* OurSoulsAreDifferent - (One story involved a world where reincarnation was a proven scientific fact, and the resulting cultural changes. Most important: death was considered a temporary inconvenience ''at worst''.)
* ThePlan ("Ministry of Disturbance")
* PlanetLooters
* PlanetTerra: Used throughout the TFH.
* SiliconBasedLife - life on Uller, including four-armed humanoid reptiles and creatures like hexapodal pine cones.
* TheRedPlanet
* TechnologyMarchesOn - The TFH stories include videophones, antigravity, faster-than-light travel...and huge computers that fill whole rooms and are programmed via plugboards.
* TomatoSurprise ("The Return")
** And "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18632/18632-8.txt Crossroads of Destiny]]".
* SmokingIsCool
* SpacePirates (or, more accurately, Space ''Vikings''. They don't board and rob ships, they nuke cities from orbit and loot any cities that chose to surrender)
* StayInTheKitchen

to:

** Lucas Trask takes to being a ''Space Viking'' like said fish.
fish.
* MasterComputer (both played straight and subverted)
subverted)
* MultiethnicName: Particularly common in ''Uller Uprising'', where just about every major character's given name and surname are of distinctly divergent ethnic origin.
origin.
* MundaneUtility (we're going mining on Flourine-Tainted Niflheim, the Planetary Hell...''volcano'' mining with ''atomic warheads''.)
)
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "I'll fix the expurgated unprintability!"
unprintability!"
* NukeEm (ship-to-ship combat in ''Space Viking'', the climax of ''Uller Uprising''.)
)
* OurSoulsAreDifferent - (One story involved a world where reincarnation was a proven scientific fact, and the resulting cultural changes. Most important: death was considered a temporary inconvenience ''at worst''.)
)
* ThePlan ("Ministry of Disturbance")
Disturbance")
* PlanetLooters
PlanetLooters
* PlanetTerra: Used throughout the TFH.
TFH.
* TheRedPlanet
* SiliconBasedLife - life on Uller, including four-armed humanoid reptiles and creatures like hexapodal pine cones.
cones.
* TheRedPlanet
* TechnologyMarchesOn - The TFH stories include videophones, antigravity, faster-than-light travel...and huge computers that fill whole rooms and are programmed via plugboards.
* TomatoSurprise ("The Return")
** And "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18632/18632-8.txt Crossroads of Destiny]]".
* SmokingIsCool
SmokingIsCool
* SpacePirates (or, more accurately, Space ''Vikings''. They don't board and rob ships, they nuke cities from orbit and loot any cities that chose to surrender)
surrender.)
* StayInTheKitchenStayInTheKitchen



* SuicideIsPainless
* TheMasquerade (One of the primary tropes of the Paratime stories: you can go visit other universes, but you're not supposed let the locals catch on that you're ''from'' another universe... It might cut into the 'profit' end.)
* WhatTheHellHero (Lucas Trask gives himself one of these moments in ''Space Viking'')
** Trask also gets one from a comrade after gunning down a local who was grieving for a dead spouse. His response was that he was putting the man out of his misery, and included the words: "How many more happinesses do you think we've smashed here today? And we don't even have Dunnan's excuse of madness."
** He also says that he wished that Dunnan had done that for him, "so that none of this would have happened." (See CrusadingWidower above.)
* WriterOnBoard (Piper believed in reincarnation and wrote a Paratime story about a world where it was proven to the hilt. Even with this, it was still [[TropesAreNotBad a pretty good story]])

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* SuicideIsPainless
SuicideIsPainless
* TechnologyMarchesOn - The TFH stories include videophones, antigravity, faster-than-light travel...and... cameras that use film which must be developed before viewing and huge computers that fill whole rooms and are programmed via plugboards.
* TomatoSurprise ("The Return")
** And "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18632/18632-8.txt Crossroads of Destiny]]".
* TheMasquerade (One of the primary tropes of the Paratime stories: you can go visit other universes, but you're not supposed let the locals catch on that you're ''from'' another universe... It might cut into the 'profit' end.)
)
* WhatTheHellHero (Lucas Trask gives himself one of these moments in ''Space Viking'')
Viking'')
** Trask also gets one from a comrade after gunning down a local who was grieving for a dead spouse. His response was that he was putting the man out of his misery, and included the words: "How many more happinesses do you think we've smashed here today? And we don't even have Dunnan's excuse of madness."
"
** He also says that he wished that Dunnan had done that for him, "so that none of this would have happened." (See CrusadingWidower above.)
)
* WriterOnBoard (Piper believed in reincarnation and wrote a Paratime story about a world where it was proven to the hilt. Even with this, it was still [[TropesAreNotBad a pretty good story]])story]])



* YouCantFightFate

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* YouCantFightFateYouCantFightFate
4th Sep '12 12:58:04 AM Xtifr
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HBeamPiper was an American SF writer, best known for the series ''Paratime'' (which is about exploiting TheMultiverse for fun and profit); the Terrohuman Future History, or TFH, which is about the human race spreading throughout the stars, and the cultural rising and falling that happens as a result; and ''LittleFuzzy'', an arc within the TFH series about the discovery of intelligent life on a settled planet. He committed suicide in 1964 because of financial problems. A check was literally in the mail.

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HBeamPiper was an American SF writer, best known for the series ''Paratime'' (which is about exploiting TheMultiverse for fun and profit); the Terrohuman Future History, or TFH, which is about the human race spreading throughout the stars, and the cultural rising and falling that happens as a result; and ''LittleFuzzy'', ''Literature/LittleFuzzy'', an arc within the TFH series about the discovery of intelligent life on a settled planet. He committed suicide in 1964 because of financial problems. A check was literally in the mail.
21st May '12 12:42:58 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThePlan ("Ministry of Disturbance")



* XanatosGambit ("Ministry of Disturbance")
22nd Jan '12 11:55:10 PM Kalaong
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* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter (The main character worries about his home planet's civilization declining, and a historian agrees: "That's what happened to the Terran Federation, by the way. The good men all left to colonize, and the stuffed shirts and yes-men and herd-followers and safety-firsters stayed on Terra and tried to govern the Galaxy.")

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* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter (The (In ''Space Viking", the main character worries about his home planet's civilization declining, and a historian agrees: "That's what happened to the Terran Federation, by the way. The good men all left to colonize, and the stuffed shirts and yes-men and herd-followers and safety-firsters stayed on Terra and tried to govern the Galaxy.")
22nd Jan '12 11:53:59 PM Kalaong
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* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter (The main character worries about his home planet's civilization declining, and a historian agrees: "That's what happened to the Terran Federation, by the way. The good men all left to colonize, and the stuffed shirts and yes-men and herd-followers and safety-firsters stayed on Terra and tried to govern the Galaxy.")
28th Nov '11 7:54:03 AM MetropolisGal
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* CrusadingWidower: Lucas Trask in ''Space Viking''. He slides right into WhatTheHellHero by[[spoiler: ''nuking cities and looting them'' to pay for all that crusading.]] Bonus points? He delivers the "what the hell" speech to ''himself''.

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* CrusadingWidower: Lucas Trask in ''Space Viking''. He slides right into WhatTheHellHero by[[spoiler: by [[spoiler: ''nuking cities and looting them'' to pay for all that crusading.]] Bonus points? He delivers the "what the hell" speech to ''himself''.


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** Lucas Trask takes to being a ''Space Viking'' like said fish.


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** He also says that he wished that Dunnan had done that for him, "so that none of this would have happened." (See CrusadingWidower above.)
28th Nov '11 7:45:50 AM MetropolisGal
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* CrusadingWidower: Lucas Trask in ''Space Viking''. He slides right into WhatTheHellHero by[[spoiler: ''nuking cities and looting them'' to pay for all that crusading.]] Bonus points? He delivers the "what the hell" speech to ''himself''.
1st Nov '11 10:07:13 AM SteveMB
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* HumansAreWhite : Averted. While explicit physical descriptions of characters are rare, the prevalence of {{multiethnic mame}}s indicates that most of them are some shade of brown.

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* HumansAreWhite : Averted. While explicit physical descriptions of characters are rare, the prevalence of {{multiethnic mame}}s name}}s indicates that most of them are some shade of brown.
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