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2nd May '13 11:18:31 PM Korodzik
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JohnCWright is an American science-fiction and fantasy writer.

!!His works
* ''Literature/TheGoldenOecumene'' (2002-2003)
* ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' (2004-2005)
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' (2005-2007)
* ''Null-A Continuum'' (2008, sequel to Creator/AEVanVogt's ''The World of Null-A'')
* ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'' (2011-)
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JohnCWright is an American science-fiction and fantasy writer.

!!His works
* ''Literature/TheGoldenOecumene'' (2002-2003)
* ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' (2004-2005)
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' (2005-2007)
* ''Null-A Continuum'' (2008, sequel to Creator/AEVanVogt's ''The World of Null-A'')
* ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'' (2011-)
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28th Apr '13 9:38:35 PM Korodzik
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He maintains [[http://scifiwright.com a blog]] devoted to his work, and [[http://philosowright.com another blog]] devoted to his political, philosophical and theological essays.
26th Apr '13 6:19:26 AM Korodzik
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He maintains [[http://scifiwright.com a blog]] devoted to his work, and [[http://philosowright.com another blog]] devoted to his political, philosophical and theological essays.
10th Jan '13 7:44:26 AM Gillimer
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* ''Literature/HermeticMillenium'' (2011-)

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* ''Literature/HermeticMillenium'' ''Literature/CountToTheEschaton'' (2011-)
26th Jul '12 5:36:42 PM Xtifr
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* ''Null-A Continuum'' (2008, sequel to AEVanVogt's ''The World of Null-A'')

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* ''Null-A Continuum'' (2008, sequel to AEVanVogt's Creator/AEVanVogt's ''The World of Null-A'')
16th Jun '12 9:29:27 AM movie007
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* ''Null-A Continuum'' (2008, sequel to [[AEVanVogt A. E. van Vogt's]] ''The World of Null-A'')

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* ''Null-A Continuum'' (2008, sequel to [[AEVanVogt A. E. van Vogt's]] AEVanVogt's ''The World of Null-A'')
19th Mar '12 10:44:30 AM Xammer
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!!Works with their own pages.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos''
* ''Literature/TheGoldenOecumene''
* ''Literature/HermeticMillenium''
* ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming''

!!Stand-alone
* Null-A Continuum (sequel to The World of Null-A, 2008)

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!!Works with their own pages.
!!His works
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos''
''Literature/TheGoldenOecumene'' (2002-2003)
* ''Literature/TheGoldenOecumene''
''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' (2004-2005)
* ''Literature/HermeticMillenium''
''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'' (2005-2007)
* ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming''

!!Stand-alone
* Null-A Continuum (sequel
''Null-A Continuum'' (2008, sequel to The [[AEVanVogt A. E. van Vogt's]] ''The World of Null-A, 2008)Null-A'')
* ''Literature/HermeticMillenium'' (2011-)
4th Mar '12 10:38:48 AM Goldfritha
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!! Chronicles of Chaos
* ''Orphans of Chaos''
* ''Fugitives of Chaos''
* ''Titans of Chaos''

!!!Tropes featured in the Chronicles of Chaos:
* {{Action Film Quiet Drama Scene}}
* AirVentPassageway
* AlienGeometries
* AsYouKnow: Subverted; "Headmaster Boggin" begins one of these, but is quickly stopped. Double subverted later, when you find out his [[MagnificentBastard reason]].
* AuthorAppeal: The curricula that the orphans are taught are taken directly from Wright's alma mater, St. John's College.
* AmazonBrigade: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Amazons.]]
* BadDreams
* BeingWatched
* {{Blackmail}}
* BlueEyes
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Explicitly invoked; Mrs. Wren asks Vanity and Amelia to pray for her, because God will hear the prayers of the "young and sweet" better than hers.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve
* CloseKnitCommunity: The Prelapsarians, who will not act to distress Helion despite his holding no official position
* ComesGreatResponsibility
* CoolShip. Which, as it turns out can be:
** CoolBoat
** CoolStarship (This one takes some aftermarket modifications....)
* CrackPairing: Lord Mavors/Mrs. Wren
* CrossoverCosmology: Features Grendel, [[GreekMythology Greek gods]], and figures from MotherGoose -- among others.
* DeadpanSnarker: Amelia is a bit to ladylike to qualify as a FirstPersonSmartass.
* DueToTheDead
* DumbBlonde: Invoked as an insult.
* FamedInStory
* FeedTheMole
* FiveManBand: Played with, in that different characters rotate in and out of the Hero slot according to different circumstances.
** TheHero: Victor, when the situation requires logical, careful planning. Amelia is his Lancer.
** TheLancer: Amelia, who tends to take the lead during battles.
** TheSmartGuy: Quentin. When he takes the Hero role, Victor is his Lancer.
** TheBigGuy: Colin (although he fits TheBrute better). Only gets leadership of the team ''once'' when everybody else is out cold.
** TheChick / TeamMom: Vanity.
* ForcefulKiss: Amelia tends to run into these.
* AFriendInNeed
* GeniusLoci
* GildedCage: The orphanage.
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: Explicitly invoked by Vanity in hopes of [[spoiler: giving Colin the will to turn himself from eagle back to a young man.]] Also see CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* GoGoEnslavement
* GreatBigBookOfEverything
* HomeSweetHome
* IHaveManyNames
* IKnowYourTrueName: Done by one of the villains late in the trilogy.
* InHarmsWay
* InsubstantialIngredients
* KingIncognito
* KnightTemplar
* LanguageOfMagic
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: At the end of the first book. And, as it turns out, [[the beginning as well]].
* LastOfHisKind
* LosingYourHead
* LoveTriangle: Amelia, Victor and Colin.
* MadeASlave: The music teacher, Miss Daw, claims to Amelia that she is a POW. [[spoiler: as a Siren, she is also a Uranian and has the same powers as Amelia.]]
* MagicAIsMagicA: And Magic B is Magic B, and Magic C is Magic C... they get up to F.
* MaliciousSlander
* MamaBear
* ManlyTears
* {{Masquerade}}
* MeaningfulName: The orphans chose their own names. This became quite important towards the end.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}
* AMillionIsAStatistic
* MindOverMatter
* MsFanservice: Amelia from necessity, [[UnreliableNarrator so she keeps insisting]], Vanity far more enthusiastically
* MutuallyExclusiveMagic: There is a sophisticated system involving four paradigms of power, each with a specific weakness to a different paradigm and the power to trump another.
** Plus two composite paradigms.
* NeverFoundTheBody
* NotQuiteDead
* OmnicidalManiac
* OrderVersusChaos The [[spoiler: Olympians]] vs the [[spoiler: Uranians.]]
* OrphanageOfFear: Though there's an unusual amount of education going on in this one.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent
* ParentalAbandonment: The title orphans never knew their parents. [[spoiler: All of whom are, in fact, alive, but had to surrender their children as hostages to the [[GreekMythology Olympians]].]]
* PhysicalGod: Lots of them, including some mythological gods.
* PowerNullifier
* ThePresidentsDaughter
* ThePromise
* PromotionToParent
* RestrainingBolt
* SacredFirstKiss: Amelia is saving hers for Victor. [[spoiler: She kisses all of the other orphans first, though. Even Vanity.]]
* SecretLegacy
* ShoutOut: Many. There is banter mangling together the LordOfTheRings and [[RichardWagner Wagner's Ring Cycle.]] When Amelia and Victor are talking on [[spoiler: the ''Queen Elizabeth 2'']], about what a young man wants, she rattles off something very similar to the "Roc's Egg" monologue from RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/GloryRoad''.
** Also notable is one point in the second book when the Orphans need to get past a locked, magically trapped door and Quentin uses one of the incantations Gandalf used on the Moria-Gate. Nothing happens.
--> ''Quentin:'' That would have worked if these had been dwarf doors.
* ShownTheirWork: Concerning the gangs trip to Mars: "astronomers can figure out what year the scene takes place, because I established the orbital positions needed for a Hohmann transfer orbit".
* ShowSomeLeg
* ShutUpKiss: Don't tell a boy to put you down when you're both being held aloft by aerial spirits.
* SoProudOfYou
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Amelia has a slight tendency towards this, at least at first.
* SpankTheCutie: Amelia runs into this.
* SpeakOfTheDevil
* ThePowerOfRock
* PowerOfTrust
* SecretTestOfCharacter
* TheStoic: Victor and Quentin both behave like this most of the time.
* SuccessionCrisis: Part of the reason the orphans have been in the school so long is [[spoiler: there is dispute over who should take the throne of Olympus now that Zeus is dead.]]
* TalkingAnimal: Lelaps the hound.
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TakeAThirdOption
* TakeThat: Amelia's musing after reading {{Ulysses}} on how Joyce should have sued his publisher for all the typographical errors. Probably a general TakeThat to TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.
** Also done to Kant, whose books are the only ones in the library that don't give off any [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience use light]] when Amelia looks at them with her higher senses.
* TapOnTheHead: Amelia tried to do this to Headmaster Boggin, but failed, probably because she didn't really want to cave his head in.
* TheyHaveTheScent
* ThroughHisStomach
* TricksterArchetype
* UsedToBeASweetKid
* VoluntaryShapeshifting
* WhatYouAreInTheDark
* TheWildHunt



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4th Mar '12 10:37:03 AM Goldfritha
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* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos''





!! War of the Dreaming
* ''Last Guardian of Everness''
* ''Mists of Everness''

!!!Tropes Featured in the War of the Dreaming
* AdultChild: Wendy tries for "the best of both worlds."
* AllMythsAreTrue: shading over to CrossoverCosmology.
** Interlaps with IHaveManyNames; it is explicitly stated(by Heracles) that [[GreekMythology Cerberus]] is another name for [[RussianMythology Koschei the Deathless]].
* Arguably Azrael, who wished to make men independent of both Acheron and Heaven.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: [[DistressCall "galen help]] [[NightmareFuel im trapped in nastrond."]]]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: two villains rattle off a list of atrocities they can/will commit against the American people...and pause when they are ordered to nuke Hollywood.
* BadassCape: lampshaded and justified via FunctionalMagic, not to mention roundly mocked.
* CallToAdventure
** IgnorantOfTheCall: [[ReluctantWarrior Raven]] merely wants to [[DealWithTheDevil save]] his [[IllGirl wife]].
** JumpedAtTheCall:[[LeeroyJenkins Galen]].
** RefusalOfTheCall: [[IJustWantToBeNormal Peter]].
** They all end up ResignedToTheCall
* CoatHatMask
* CoolCar
* CovertPervert: Wendy "Hey, is this the [[HilariousInHindsight Oval Office]]?" Varovitch. Notably, although published in the millenium, the books were written long before a certain scandal happened.
* CrossoverCosmology: In addition to Wright's own creations, the world of the Dreaming includes angels and fallen angels, beings from Greek, Norse, and Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend. Plus lots of briefer references, see ShoutOut below.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Acheron vs the US Pacific Carrier group.]] Also [[spoiler: Acheron's archangels vs the 105th Fighter Attack Squadron]]. On the other hand, [[MugglesDoItBetter mortal technology]] is quite good at wiping out non-immortal bad guys.
* DreamLand: Central conceit.
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]]
* EvilIsPetty
* FightingForSurvival
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Azrael
* GenkiGirl: Wendy
* GrandTheftMe
* HannibalLecture: Azrael ''attempts'' this.
* HeroSecretService: [[spoiler: Pendrake]] directs a [[MissionControl variant]] of this.
* [[HotSubOnSubAction Hot Sub On Sea Serpent Action]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: the air force performs a ColonyDrop on Acheron, utterly destroying all the lesser minions...and is curb stomped by the immortals]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Merlin/Azrael's answer for everything.
* KnightTemplar: many of the bad guys see [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans themselves]] as this. They are wrong.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Most of the evil of the plot was kicked off because Raven was willing to do anything to keep his wife alive.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Azrael is the Waylock's distant ancestor. However, while he goes to some lengths not to injure them ''permanently'', they have less compunction about trying to kill or banish him.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Wendy.
* MeaningfulName: lots.
* MysteriousParent: Wendy knows perfectly well who [[TheHighQueen Mommy]] and [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Daddy]] are. It's her husband who has no idea.
* [[spoiler: NukeEm]]
* OneManArmy: Peter
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Averted. The heroes are able to use the talismans without any foreknowledge at all, but hurt themselves badly.
* ReplicantSnatching: Played for both horror and comedy, weirdly enough. The selkies wear people's skins, but swap faces often enough that [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity no one knows who anyone else is]].
* ScienceHero: [[spoiler: Pendrake]]
* ScrewDestiny: Done instead of following the [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight prophecy]] and summoning the KingInTheMountain.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Peter's ex-wife has this reaction.
* SealedArmyInACan: The Armies of Heaven (lead by [[NorseMythology Oberon]]) await only the call to descend and restore Earth. [[ScrewYouElves Theoretically]].
* SealedBadassInACan: Azrael de Gray. [[BadassDecay Theoretically]].
* SelkiesAndWereseals: Selkies refer to the skins as "jackets," and they can be made from any species' flesh. Weirdly enough, this is also played for comedy: high-ranking selkie switch skins so often the lower ranks are perpetually confused about their identities.
* ShoutOut: to JackVance, among others.
**''Many'' others: C.S.Lewis' SpaceTrilogy, HPLovecraft's Dreamlands stories, AtlasShrugged, ''{{Batman}}''...
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse
* TakeALevelInBadass: What happens when the heroes ''do'' figure out how to use the talismans correctly.
* TooDumbToLive: Let's put it this way. When the resident CloudCuckooLander calls you out on it, you are probably this trope.
* [[spoiler: TheAtoner]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Titania points out how all of Merlin/Azrael's machinations to save Britain bore bitter fruit. The necessary lies were covered by other lies which led to the fall of Arthur. At the end, he gets the same treatment from Prometheus about his schemes that encompassed most of the plot.

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\n\n!! War of the Dreaming\n* ''Last Guardian of Everness''
* ''Mists of Everness''

!!!Tropes Featured in the War of the Dreaming
* AdultChild: Wendy tries for "the best of both worlds."
* AllMythsAreTrue: shading over to CrossoverCosmology.
** Interlaps with IHaveManyNames; it is explicitly stated(by Heracles) that [[GreekMythology Cerberus]] is another name for [[RussianMythology Koschei the Deathless]].
* Arguably Azrael, who wished to make men independent of both Acheron and Heaven.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: [[DistressCall "galen help]] [[NightmareFuel im trapped in nastrond."]]]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: two villains rattle off a list of atrocities they can/will commit against the American people...and pause when they are ordered to nuke Hollywood.
* BadassCape: lampshaded and justified via FunctionalMagic, not to mention roundly mocked.
* CallToAdventure
** IgnorantOfTheCall: [[ReluctantWarrior Raven]] merely wants to [[DealWithTheDevil save]] his [[IllGirl wife]].
** JumpedAtTheCall:[[LeeroyJenkins Galen]].
** RefusalOfTheCall: [[IJustWantToBeNormal Peter]].
** They all end up ResignedToTheCall
* CoatHatMask
* CoolCar
* CovertPervert: Wendy "Hey, is this the [[HilariousInHindsight Oval Office]]?" Varovitch. Notably, although published in the millenium, the books were written long before a certain scandal happened.
* CrossoverCosmology: In addition to Wright's own creations, the world of the Dreaming includes angels and fallen angels, beings from Greek, Norse, and Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend. Plus lots of briefer references, see ShoutOut below.
* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: Acheron vs the US Pacific Carrier group.]] Also [[spoiler: Acheron's archangels vs the 105th Fighter Attack Squadron]]. On the other hand, [[MugglesDoItBetter mortal technology]] is quite good at wiping out non-immortal bad guys.
* DreamLand: Central conceit.
* [[spoiler: EarnYourHappyEnding]]
* EvilIsPetty
* FightingForSurvival
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Azrael
* GenkiGirl: Wendy
* GrandTheftMe
* HannibalLecture: Azrael ''attempts'' this.
* HeroSecretService: [[spoiler: Pendrake]] directs a [[MissionControl variant]] of this.
* [[HotSubOnSubAction Hot Sub On Sea Serpent Action]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: the air force performs a ColonyDrop on Acheron, utterly destroying all the lesser minions...and is curb stomped by the immortals]].
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Merlin/Azrael's answer for everything.
* KnightTemplar: many of the bad guys see [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans themselves]] as this. They are wrong.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Most of the evil of the plot was kicked off because Raven was willing to do anything to keep his wife alive.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Azrael is the Waylock's distant ancestor. However, while he goes to some lengths not to injure them ''permanently'', they have less compunction about trying to kill or banish him.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Wendy.
* MeaningfulName: lots.
* MysteriousParent: Wendy knows perfectly well who [[TheHighQueen Mommy]] and [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Daddy]] are. It's her husband who has no idea.
* [[spoiler: NukeEm]]
* OneManArmy: Peter
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Averted. The heroes are able to use the talismans without any foreknowledge at all, but hurt themselves badly.
* ReplicantSnatching: Played for both horror and comedy, weirdly enough. The selkies wear people's skins, but swap faces often enough that [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity no one knows who anyone else is]].
* ScienceHero: [[spoiler: Pendrake]]
* ScrewDestiny: Done instead of following the [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight prophecy]] and summoning the KingInTheMountain.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Peter's ex-wife has this reaction.
* SealedArmyInACan: The Armies of Heaven (lead by [[NorseMythology Oberon]]) await only the call to descend and restore Earth. [[ScrewYouElves Theoretically]].
* SealedBadassInACan: Azrael de Gray. [[BadassDecay Theoretically]].
* SelkiesAndWereseals: Selkies refer to the skins as "jackets," and they can be made from any species' flesh. Weirdly enough, this is also played for comedy: high-ranking selkie switch skins so often the lower ranks are perpetually confused about their identities.
* ShoutOut: to JackVance, among others.
**''Many'' others: C.S.Lewis' SpaceTrilogy, HPLovecraft's Dreamlands stories, AtlasShrugged, ''{{Batman}}''...
* StoryboardingTheApocalypse
* TakeALevelInBadass: What happens when the heroes ''do'' figure out how to use the talismans correctly.
* TooDumbToLive: Let's put it this way. When the resident CloudCuckooLander calls you out on it, you are probably this trope.
* [[spoiler: TheAtoner]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Titania points out how all of Merlin/Azrael's machinations to save Britain bore bitter fruit. The necessary lies were covered by other lies which led to the fall of Arthur. At the end, he gets the same treatment from Prometheus about his schemes that encompassed most of the plot.
''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming''


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* ''Literature/HermeticMillenium''





!! Hermetic Millenium Trilogy
* ''Count to a Trillion''
!!! Tropes featured in ''Count to a Trillion''
* AbdicateTheThrone: A theoretical solution to their problems, at one point.
* AboveGoodAndEvil: We don't have to teach post humans to be good while we make them.
* AbusivePrecursors: The aliens have yet to show up, but have made their intentions clear.
* BadassSpaniard
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Menelaus watches this trope in act. He doesn't approve.
* TheCaptain: Princess Rania also commands the world's only (functioning) starship.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: The princess is deeply involved in her people's welfare.
* ColdSleepColdFuture
* CliffHanger
* CryIntoChest: Rania possibly invokes this with Menelaus.
* DoctorsOrders: Menelaus can talk casually with the effective ruler of Earth. When he must be examined by a doctor, he finds it much harder to assert himself.
* DreamingTheTruth: Menelaus
* DuelToTheDeath: Menelaus's occupation, as junior member of a law firm.
* DueToTheDead: Menelaus's only objection to the absence of religion.
* ErmineCapeEffect
* EvolutionaryLevels: Used to soothe the conscience, by some characters.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Menelaus
* GenreSavvy: Menelaus has read SF. He notices certain lacks.
* GreenEyedMonster: Blackie
* TheGunslinger
* HowManyFingers: TheMedic tries this.
* HumanPopsicle
* IGaveMyWord: Why Menelaus survived.
* LoveTriangle: Blackie, Rania, and Menelaus.
** TwoPersonLoveTriangle: Menelaus, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Iron Menelaus]], and Rania.
** LovesMyAlterEgo: Rania fell in love with Iron Menelaus.
* MeaningfulEcho
* TheMedic: Menelaus can argue with the Master of the World, but not the doctor
* MenDontCry: His mother insists on this.
* TheMutiny
* MurderByCremation: [[spoiler: What really happened to Prince Ranier]].
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Menelaus's SuperSerum. He gets called on this by Blackie.
* OneHeadTaller: Mentally invoked by Menelaus after Princess Rania's growth spurt: "He hated the fact that the top of her head no longer fit nicely under his chin when they hugged...It seemed obscurely unnatural, as if someone had made a mistake when putting the universe together."
* PrincessClassic
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia
* RoyalBlood
* ServantRace: to be genetically engineered.
* ShoutOut: Pretty blatant one to StarTrek/Buck Rogers/Babylon 5 in ''Asymptote''; "Blackie" del Azarchel is a homage to Blackie Duquesne from the Skylark series.
* SlaveRace: The aliens' plans for us.
* SophisticatedAsHell: Menelaus swings between "aw shucks" Texanisms and ultrafluent Lawyerese or AntiquatedLinguistics.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide
* SuperSerum / PsychoSerum
* TapOnTheHead: Takes Menelaus out, old style.
* TimeAbyss: To quote the author, the story will be followed to "the year Oh-My-Gosh-That's-A-Lot-Of-Zeroes".
* TitleDrop
* TrulySingleParent: The princess has only a father, though he was not the one to make her.
* UhOhEyes
* VisualNovel: ''Asymptote'' seems to be this.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: And, indeed, your own electronic copy.
* YouAreNumberSix: Crewman Fifty-one.
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