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20th Apr '17 10:59:34 AM MadCat221
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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Clans of Kerensky produce the majority of their warrior caste this way (combined with a sort of eugenic DesignerBabies system of parentage). They call themselves "Trueborn" while those sired the old-fashioned way are "Freeborn". Their superiority as warriors over their Inner Sphere opponents is widely variable; ranging from the markedly superior Elemental phenotype (massive, muscle-bound infantrymen, combined with PoweredArmor), to the only modestly superior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' phenotype (superiority largely lost by their rigid honorable combat ethic when up against the more [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] Inner Sphere mechwarriors), to the indiscernable lack of superiority (and sometimes inferiority) between Clan and Inner Sphere aerospace pilots.

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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Clans of Kerensky produce the majority of their warrior caste this way (combined with a sort of eugenic DesignerBabies system of parentage). They call themselves "Trueborn" while those sired the old-fashioned way are "Freeborn". Their superiority as warriors over their Inner Sphere opponents is widely variable; ranging from the markedly superior Elemental phenotype (massive, muscle-bound infantrymen, combined with PoweredArmor), to the only modestly superior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' phenotype (superiority largely lost by their rigid honorable combat ethic when up against the more [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] Inner Sphere mechwarriors), to the indiscernable lack of superiority (and sometimes inferiority) [[CripplingOverspecialization inferiority]]) between Clan and Inner Sphere aerospace pilots.
4th Apr '17 3:38:47 AM Yozzy
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** The Dark Mechanicus has also dabbled in this from time to time, usually to supplement any Chaos Space Marine forces who hired them. The most infamous version was the Daemonculaba (you'll probably be happier [[MoralEventHorizon not knowing the details]]), a prominent plot device used in a novel involving the Literature/IronWarriors.[[note:In ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', actually part of the Literature/Ultramarines sister series]] [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Warsmith]] had a cadre of Dark Mechanicus biologists and "physicians" on staff, and his inheritor, Warsmith Honsou, used them to devise, operate and maintain the Daemonculaba as a method to hothouse new Space Marines for his forces. Though there's a high rate of failure resulting in either corpses or monstrous mutants, Honsou was satisfied enough with the results that he kept the Daemonculaba working until the entire operation was destroyed.

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** The Dark Mechanicus has also dabbled in this from time to time, usually to supplement any Chaos Space Marine forces who hired them. The most infamous version was the Daemonculaba (you'll probably be happier [[MoralEventHorizon not knowing the details]]), a prominent plot device used in a novel involving the Literature/IronWarriors.[[note:In [[note]]In ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', actually part of the Literature/Ultramarines sister series]] series[[/note]] [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Warsmith]] had a cadre of Dark Mechanicus biologists and "physicians" on staff, and his inheritor, Warsmith Honsou, used them to devise, operate and maintain the Daemonculaba as a method to hothouse new Space Marines for his forces. Though there's a high rate of failure resulting in either corpses or monstrous mutants, Honsou was satisfied enough with the results that he kept the Daemonculaba working until the entire operation was destroyed.
4th Apr '17 3:37:31 AM Yozzy
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** The Adeptus Mechanicus will sometimes use this to as a means for reproduction, either for convenience, [[TrulySingleParent lack of a partner]], or because any women may have had their uterus removed and replaced with bionic equipment as the Mechanicus tends to do.
** The Dark Mechanicus has also dabbled in this from time to time, usually to supplement any Chaos Space Marine forces who hired them. The most infamous version was the Daemonculaba (you'll probably be happier [[MoralEventHorizon not knowing the details]]), a prominent plot device used in a novel involving the Literature/IronWarriors.[[note:In ''Dead Sky, Black Sun'', actually part of the Literature/Ultramarines sister series]] [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname The Warsmith]] had a cadre of Dark Mechanicus biologists and "physicians" on staff, and his inheritor, Warsmith Honsou, used them to devise, operate and maintain the Daemonculaba as a method to hothouse new Space Marines for his forces. Though there's a high rate of failure resulting in either corpses or monstrous mutants, Honsou was satisfied enough with the results that he kept the Daemonculaba working until the entire operation was destroyed.
3rd Apr '17 9:29:52 PM Kalaong
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* A key plot element in ''Beowulf's Children'' by Creator/LarryNiven, Creator/JerryPournelle and Creator/StevenBarnes; Tau Ceti is colonized mostly by HumanPopsicles and their descendants, but artificial wombs were provided just in case the women had trouble conceiving on an alien world. The colonists produced a creche of "Bottle Babies" before settling into producing them the old-fashioned way, and due to cryogenic brain damage never noticed a nasty problem with the tech until almost ''two decades later;''

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* A key plot element in ''Beowulf's Children'' by Creator/LarryNiven, Creator/JerryPournelle and Creator/StevenBarnes; Tau Ceti is colonized mostly by HumanPopsicles {{Human Popsicle}}s and their descendants, but artificial wombs were provided just in case the women had trouble conceiving on an alien world. The colonists produced a creche of "Bottle Babies" before settling into producing them the old-fashioned way, and due to cryogenic brain damage never noticed a nasty problem with the tech until almost ''two decades later;''
3rd Apr '17 9:29:34 PM Kalaong
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* A key plot element in ''Beowulf's Children'' by Creator/LarryNiven, Creator/JerryPournelle and Creator/StevenBarnes; Tau Ceti is colonized mostly by HumanPopsicles and their descendants, but artificial wombs were provided just in case the women had trouble conceiving on an alien world. The colonists produced a creche of "Bottle Babies" before settling into producing them the old-fashioned way, and due to cryogenic brain damage never noticed a nasty problem with the tech until almost ''two decades later;''
-->"Some kind of academic dominance game was going on. Those can get nasty. I think some of their theories got sent and some got buried. Numbers, too. One theory had to do with the endocrinal flux in the uterus. The numbers we got suggest that the actual ebb and flow of biochemical products as the mother is awake, asleep, afraid, hungry, tired, sexually stimulated, whatever...is a form of communication between mother and child. It's another nutrient...an emotional nutrient, if you will, as important as blood or oxygen. When you try to create a computer program to simulate the messages that a mother sends to her child, you have to remember that it is a feedback loop between the mother and the fetus. Thousands of fetuses were studied, and the ways that their mothers responded to them were recorded, and a refinement of everything that was learned was created for use in the creches. Except a camel is a horse designed by committee. There is a difference between the clumsy elegance of the human body and the sophisticated, intellectual choices made by a committee of experts deciding which endocrinological experiences are good for baby. They tried to round out the experience. This mood swing was inappropriate, that orgasmic response pattern was a biochemical form of child abuse, a mother experiencing anger is damaging her child. The liberals swung the profile one way, the conservatives another. Too many morphemes. Too much adrenaline. Chill those kiddies out."
** Most of the creche were quickly adopted by the community, but they never gave much thought to the highly intelligent Aaron Tragon instead spending all his time with the ship's computers; because the biochemical stimulation in his bottle was too tame and he never bonded with a family to offset it, he is not only a sociopath, but a ''megalomaniac'' [[spoiler:who ends up killing the primary colony's leader rather than let his splinter colony be abandoned]].
8th Mar '17 10:44:08 AM nombretomado
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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Clans of Kerensky produce the majority of their warrior caste this way (combined with a sort of eugenic DesignerBabies system of parentage). They call themselves "Trueborn" while those sired the old-fashioned way are "Freeborn". Their superiority as warriors over their Inner Sphere opponents is widely variable; ranging from the markedly superior Elemental phenotype (massive, muscle-bound infantrymen, combined with PoweredArmor), to the only modestly superior MechWarrior phenotype (superiority largely lost by their rigid honorable combat ethic when up against the more [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] Inner Sphere mechwarriors), to the indiscernable lack of superiority (and sometimes inferiority) between Clan and Inner Sphere aerospace pilots.

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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', the Clans of Kerensky produce the majority of their warrior caste this way (combined with a sort of eugenic DesignerBabies system of parentage). They call themselves "Trueborn" while those sired the old-fashioned way are "Freeborn". Their superiority as warriors over their Inner Sphere opponents is widely variable; ranging from the markedly superior Elemental phenotype (massive, muscle-bound infantrymen, combined with PoweredArmor), to the only modestly superior MechWarrior ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' phenotype (superiority largely lost by their rigid honorable combat ethic when up against the more [[CombatPragmatist pragmatic]] Inner Sphere mechwarriors), to the indiscernable lack of superiority (and sometimes inferiority) between Clan and Inner Sphere aerospace pilots.
2nd Feb '17 11:18:06 AM Elfkaiser
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* The Mike clones from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' are all grown from within vats and come out as fully adult soldiers ready to be quickly trained and then deployed into battle.
16th Jan '17 2:38:36 AM Mr.Bubbles
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* While not seen, ''Blog/AskTheNewHopesPeak'' has [[ShownTheirWork a detailed description]] of how human cloning is performed using these.
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7th Jan '17 6:37:39 AM Bissek
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* In the ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', the Shuhr use this technology to create their children, rendering pregnancy all but obsolete in the most urban region of their planet.

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* In the ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', the Shuhr use this technology to create their children, rendering pregnancy all but obsolete in the most urban region of their planet. The sociological implications of this get brought up - not having to carry the child to term naturally reduces the mother's emotional attachment to said child. [[spoiler:When the daughter of a major Shuhr official is forced to bear a DesignerBaby made from tissue samples taken from one of the heroes naturally, she finds herself unwilling to give birth to a child purely to further her family's schemes, and defects to the father's side to save the child.]]
7th Jan '17 6:33:24 AM Bissek
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** The ubiquitous [[TropeNamers "uterine replicators"]], which carry fertilized embryos donated by the parents in place of the mother, form an interesting outlier from most fiction: rather than being portrayed as technological dehumanization, they are presented as a positive medical breakthrough (sparing both mother and child from the health-endangering stresses of pregnancy and labor) comparable with antisepsis, anesthesia, and vaccination. It's implied repeatedly and outright stated at least once that the uterine replicators are going to do more to shake up the [[StayInTheKitchen backwards society]] of [[FeudalFuture Barrayar]] than just about anything else.

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** The ubiquitous [[TropeNamers "uterine replicators"]], which carry fertilized embryos donated by the parents in place of the mother, form an interesting outlier from most fiction: rather than being portrayed as technological dehumanization, they are presented as a positive medical breakthrough (sparing both mother and child from the health-endangering stresses of pregnancy and labor) labor, and allowing for easy pre-screening and treatment of any genetic defects prenatally) comparable with antisepsis, anesthesia, and vaccination. It's implied repeatedly and outright stated at least once that the uterine replicators are going to do more to shake up the [[StayInTheKitchen backwards society]] of [[FeudalFuture Barrayar]] than just about anything else.
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