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6th Jan '18 10:51:07 PM nombretomado
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* Mostly benign examples crop up in some of the ''Literature/EightWorlds'' stories by JohnVarley; people tend to keep them on their coffee tables, peeping at their developing embryos through the viewports and boring their dinner guests by obsessing about their contents but that's about as bad as it gets. Given the near magical state of medicine and the availability of transhuman modifications to make birth easier "natural" reproduction is still about as popular. Boss Tweed does use artificial means to create an army of illegal clones in ''The Oppiuchi Hotline'' but in Varley's future natural reproduction is more likely to be problematic, as it implies someone avoiding proper medical attention either through malfeasance (''The Golden Globe'') or carelessness (''Steel Beach.'')

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* Mostly benign examples crop up in some of the ''Literature/EightWorlds'' stories by JohnVarley; Creator/JohnVarley; people tend to keep them on their coffee tables, peeping at their developing embryos through the viewports and boring their dinner guests by obsessing about their contents but that's about as bad as it gets. Given the near magical state of medicine and the availability of transhuman modifications to make birth easier "natural" reproduction is still about as popular. Boss Tweed does use artificial means to create an army of illegal clones in ''The Oppiuchi Hotline'' but in Varley's future natural reproduction is more likely to be problematic, as it implies someone avoiding proper medical attention either through malfeasance (''The Golden Globe'') or carelessness (''Steel Beach.'')
27th Dec '17 8:13:47 PM MarqFJA
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If the child grown in such a device is also [[GeneticEngineering genetically engineered]] (as is often the case), see DesignerBabies. {{Artificial Human}}s are invariably the products of this.

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If the child grown in such a device is also [[GeneticEngineering genetically engineered]] (as is often the case), see DesignerBabies. {{Artificial Human}}s are invariably the usually products of this.
1st Dec '17 10:17:56 PM Touko_K
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* In the ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'' FanFic [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Fanfic/Visiontale Visiontale]], Sans, Papyrus, and Alphys were created via CAD-and-CAD (the "and" should be the and sign) machines, essentially magic-assisted 3D printers used as uterine replicators. Sans's and Papyrus's father uses a CAD-and-CAD machine to lessen the accelerated aging process surrounding birthing a child without a partner. Alphys's parents do the same, except they split the burden between the two of them and a CAD-and-CAD machine.
1st Dec '17 8:01:18 PM Gamermaster
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* Heterosexual sex is certainly possible - and extremely common - among the people of the dome cities in ''Literature/BitingTheSun,'' but babies are grown in tanks. [[spoiler:It turns out they're still capable of having kids the normal way if they stop eating the contraceptive-laced City food.]]'

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* Heterosexual sex is certainly possible - and extremely common - among the people of the dome cities in ''Literature/BitingTheSun,'' but babies are grown in tanks. [[spoiler:It turns out they're still capable of having kids the normal way if they stop eating the contraceptive-laced City food.]]']]
17th Oct '17 4:31:14 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* Employed on a large scale in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' by the Amazons of Azania, a high-tech LadyLand that comprises what used to be northern Californa [[FallenStatesOfAmerica before the downfall]]. From their POV, this gives women greater safety and freedom, but the procedure is hated as vile and unnatural by their arch-conservative enemies.
13th Sep '17 2:09:56 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', Fran devises a replicator based on the life cycle of flies. The baby starts out as a maggot, becomes a cocoon, then hatches as a normal baby. Another doctor steals her research and mass-markets the technique. The series being what it is, it goes horribly wrong, as the doctor didn't bother testing [[BlackComedy how the cocoons would fare]] when brought outside of a sterile environment.

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* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', Fran devises a replicator based on the life cycle of flies. The baby starts out as a maggot, becomes a cocoon, then hatches as a normal baby. Another doctor steals her research and mass-markets the technique. The series being what it is, it goes horribly wrong, as the doctor [[FlawedPrototype didn't bother testing testing]] [[BlackComedy how the cocoons would fare]] when brought outside of a sterile environment.
9th Jul '17 10:47:45 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYesterday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYesterday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).
12th Jun '17 10:30:12 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYeserday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYeserday [[ReallyWasBornYesterday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).
12th Jun '17 10:29:02 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[MadScientist Bio-Devisors]] have used this technique since before WorldWarTwo, and clones can be [[ReallyWasBornYeserday aged to adulthood rapidly]], but forced maturation leads to a high chance of [[CLoneDegeneration protein antagonism]] - any traumatic damage can kill most such clones. The major exceptions to date are Belphoebe (who is a high-level regenerator and was subjected to a tool that reduced the effect while being grown) and the first generation [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] (though no is entirely sure what Dr DNA did when creating them).
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12th Jun '17 10:14:50 AM Nakuyabi
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A uterine replicator is a way of growing a child outside the human body by using technology, magic, or [[{{Magitek}} a combination of the two]] in place of the mother's womb. The reasons for this are many and varied: sometimes it's done to combat [[LawOfInverseFertility problems with]] [[SterilityPlague sterility]], or it's done as a means of population control or abortion alternative, or as a way to protect the mother from DeathByChildbirth, or even to let two men [[HomosexualReproduction reproduce]] together without invoking MisterSeahorse. It can even be simply a case of a TrulySingleParent with an "interesting" outlook not wanting to "pollute" his/her child (often a DesignerBaby) by exposure to the "flawed" environment of a natural/organic womb.

Aside from the benefits described above, such devices are often a staple of {{Dystopia}}n settings. In the most typical scenario, popularized by works such as ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', a power-hungry totalitarian government [[NoSexAllowed outlaws all sex]] (or renders it irrelevant in some other way), and claims exclusive rights to growing children, who are then brainwashed into accepting the government's official ideology and their place in society without question from birth (or even from conception). In such a case, you can expect whoever rebels against said government to employ an AppealToNature and argue that the technology of growing children artificially is in itself evil, rather than the government's oppressive brainwashing techniques.

In an increasing number of science-fiction settings where a society is portrayed as having gender equality, uterine replicators are a way of allowing women to avoid the negative issues of pregnancy and health risks to the mother and fetus, especially if the mother works in a dangerous environment such as the military.

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A uterine replicator is a way of growing a child outside the human body by using technology, magic, or [[{{Magitek}} a combination of the two]] in place of the mother's womb. The reasons for this are many and varied: sometimes it's done to combat [[LawOfInverseFertility problems with]] [[SterilityPlague sterility]], or it's done as a means of population control or abortion alternative, or as a way to protect the mother from DeathByChildbirth, or even to let two men [[HomosexualReproduction reproduce]] together without invoking the rather messy issues of MisterSeahorse. It can even be simply a case of a TrulySingleParent with an "interesting" outlook a rather unique personal philosophy wishing not wanting to "pollute" his/her child (often a DesignerBaby) by exposure to the "flawed" environment of a natural/organic womb.

Aside from While sometimes deployed in seeking the benefits described above, such devices are also often a staple of {{Dystopia}}n settings. In the most typical scenario, popularized by works such as ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', a power-hungry totalitarian government [[NoSexAllowed outlaws all sex]] (or renders it irrelevant in some other way), specifically all ''reproductive'' sex), and claims exclusive rights to growing making children, who are it can then brainwashed easily brainwash into accepting the government's official ideology and their place in society without question from birth (or even from conception). conception) due to their having no biochemically based emotional attachments to their parents. In such a case, you can expect whoever rebels less-well-written stories of this kind, whoever's rebelling against said government is likely to employ an AppealToNature and argue contend that the technology of growing children artificially is in itself evil, is inherently evil because [[AppealToNature the method is artificial]], rather than that the government's government is evil for using it as part of its oppressive brainwashing techniques.

techniques. (Likewise, they may [[BrokenAesop undercut their own moral position]] by contending there's something inherently evil about the ''children'' produced this way, on the grounds that having no biochemical attachment to one's parents somehow "erases" one's humanity.)

In an increasing number of science-fiction settings where a society is portrayed as having promoting gender equality, uterine replicators are a way of allowing women to avoid skip the negative issues of pregnancy mental and physical health risks of natural pregnancy to the mother and fetus, especially child, particularly if the mother works in a an inherently dangerous environment or occupation such as the military.



* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', Fran devises a replicator based on the lifecycle of flies. The baby starts out as a maggot, becomes a cocoon, then hatches as a normal baby. Another doctor steals her research and mass-markets the technique. The series being what it is, it goes horribly wrong, as the doctor didn't bother testing [[BlackComedy how the cocoons would fare]] when brought outside of a sterile environment.

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* In ''Manga/FrankenFran'', Fran devises a replicator based on the lifecycle life cycle of flies. The baby starts out as a maggot, becomes a cocoon, then hatches as a normal baby. Another doctor steals her research and mass-markets the technique. The series being what it is, it goes horribly wrong, as the doctor didn't bother testing [[BlackComedy how the cocoons would fare]] when brought outside of a sterile environment.
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