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30th Jan '16 11:43:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* GURPSReignOfSteel has many of the AI Zoneminds keeping human slaves in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. This makes sense in many applications since robots are expensive to produce but human vermin are cheap and disposable. Notable cases include:
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* GURPSReignOfSteel ''TabletopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel'' has many of the AI Zoneminds keeping human slaves in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. This makes sense in many applications since robots are expensive to produce but human vermin are cheap and disposable. Notable cases include:

* Slave traffic is mentioned in {{Traveller}}. It is illegal in the Imperium, though the Sword Worlds have a judicial slavery as punishment for murder, treason, and other heinous crimes (which makes one amused at the {{Irony}} of the fate of a SpacePirate caught while trying to sell off his captives). It is not always made clear what the slaves are expected to do. However the SchizoTech of {{Traveller}} at least sort of justifies it. * This is almost to be expected in ''{{Rifts}}'', given the SchizoTech of the setting. Throughout much of North America, people are often enslaved or {{indentured|Servitude}}, turned into cyborgs and used as miners. The Coalition doesn't use slave-borgs, but [[FantasticRacism nonhumans]] are sometimes enslaved and employed in the mega-cities or the 'burbs. In magic-dominated places, meanwhile, slavery is widespread and slaves are used for any and every task, be it labor, warfare, GladiatorGames, [[SexSlave sex]] or [[ToServeMan food]] (the latter is a big one, since a ''lot'' of alien evils do it to cement their CardCarryingVillain status). * In ''FadingSuns'' due to the Church's attitude towards technology there is a great deal of demand for manual labor. The Muster Guild specializes in providing workers though most of them are temps or outright slaves while members get cushy supervisor positions.
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* Slave traffic is mentioned in {{Traveller}}.''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''. It is illegal in the Imperium, though the Sword Worlds have a judicial slavery as punishment for murder, treason, and other heinous crimes (which makes one amused at the {{Irony}} of the fate of a SpacePirate caught while trying to sell off his captives). It is not always made clear what the slaves are expected to do. However the SchizoTech of {{Traveller}} at least sort of justifies it. * This is almost to be expected in ''{{Rifts}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', given the SchizoTech of the setting. Throughout much of North America, people are often enslaved or {{indentured|Servitude}}, turned into cyborgs and used as miners. The Coalition doesn't use slave-borgs, but [[FantasticRacism nonhumans]] are sometimes enslaved and employed in the mega-cities or the 'burbs. In magic-dominated places, meanwhile, slavery is widespread and slaves are used for any and every task, be it labor, warfare, GladiatorGames, [[SexSlave sex]] or [[ToServeMan food]] (the latter is a big one, since a ''lot'' of alien evils do it to cement their CardCarryingVillain status). * In ''FadingSuns'' ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' due to the Church's attitude towards technology there is a great deal of demand for manual labor. The Muster Guild specializes in providing workers though most of them are temps or outright slaves while members get cushy supervisor positions.
13th Dec '15 4:29:14 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the ''[[XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]]'' series. The various prisoners of ''Lusankya'' are, to their knowledge, used as slave labor in mines. [[spoiler:In fact, the mines are a deception meant to keep the prisoners from finding the actual escape routes and the manual labor is just a form of distraction and punishment. The labor simply consists of breaking rocks up into sand anyway (which was common for useless make-work performed in real penal colonies)]].
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* Subverted in the ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]]'' series. The various prisoners of ''Lusankya'' are, to their knowledge, used as slave labor in mines. [[spoiler:In fact, the mines are a deception meant to keep the prisoners from finding the actual escape routes and the manual labor is just a form of distraction and punishment. The labor simply consists of breaking rocks up into sand anyway (which was common for useless make-work performed in real penal colonies)]].
5th Dec '15 1:01:00 AM TheRoguePenguin
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** ''Voyager'' also had the two-part episode "Workforce", in which a society was so starved for laborers to push buttons on fancy consoles that they resorted to kidnapping and mind-wiping the crews of passing ships for workers.
21st Oct '15 1:27:49 PM Willbyr
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* Similar to ''Series/AlienNation'' the Dears of ''{{Dears}}'' are a race of slaves who crashland on Earth that possess a good amount of technology for being a slave ship. However unlike ''Series/AlienNation'' they're genetically altered to NEED to be slaves. Depriving them of their built in desire to be slaves causes a lot of friction between them and their hosts (currently humans). May be justified in that Ren is genetically programmed to have sex with her master as soon as she detects he's 'in the mood' (they're also blindingly gorgeous) so much of the reason for their creation could be sexual.
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* Similar to ''Series/AlienNation'' the Dears [=DearS=] of ''{{Dears}}'' ''Manga/DearS'' are a race of slaves who crashland crash land on Earth that possess Earth, possessing a good amount of technology for being a slave ship. However unlike ''Series/AlienNation'' they're genetically altered to NEED to be slaves. Depriving them of their built in built-in desire to be slaves causes a lot of friction between them and their hosts (currently humans). May be justified in that Ren is genetically programmed to have sex with her master as soon as she detects he's 'in the mood' (they're also blindingly gorgeous) so much of the reason for their creation could be sexual.
7th Oct '15 8:26:28 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Though it isn't set in the future, the context of the backstory to Franchise/AssassinsCreed is this; despite inventing kinetic shields and earthquake regulators, the precursors ended up designing humanity as a genetically similar offshoot with dumber and more fertile populations to build their stuff. The social prestige seems to be the main reason for this as they end up posing as gods, but an even BIGGER reason is that [[spoiler:when purely enslaved by the apple and ordered to concentrate, a group of humans can become a RealityWarper. It's implied that MUCH research and a human population boom was the direct result of this]]. Of course, Adam and Eve saw it as unnecessary slavery...
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* Though it isn't set in the future, the context of the backstory to Franchise/AssassinsCreed ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' is this; despite inventing kinetic shields and earthquake regulators, the precursors ended up designing humanity as a genetically similar offshoot with dumber and more fertile populations to build their stuff. The social prestige seems to be the main reason for this as they end up posing as gods, but an even BIGGER reason is that [[spoiler:when purely enslaved by the apple and ordered to concentrate, a group of humans can become a RealityWarper. It's implied that MUCH research and a human population boom was the direct result of this]]. Of course, Adam and Eve saw it as unnecessary slavery...
7th Oct '15 5:01:55 PM kome360
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* Though it isn't set in the future, the context of the backstory to Franchise/AssassinsCreed is this; despite inventing kinetic shields and earthquake regulators, the precursors ended up designing humanity as a genetically similar offshoot with dumber and more fertile populations to build their stuff. The social prestige seems to be the main reason for this as they end up posing as gods, but an even BIGGER reason is that [[spoiler:when purely enslaved by the apple and ordered to concentrate, a group of humans can become a RealityWarper. It's implied that MUCH research and a human population boom was the direct result of this]]. Of course, Adam and Eve saw it as unnecessary slavery...
7th Oct '15 4:47:27 AM WillBGood
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** Cooking is another. Cooking is a complex art and science that actually requires a lot of skill, and making an automat for every single recipe will be costly. TheFifties promised us a [[TheJetsons Jetson's kitchen]] complete with FoodPills. Many of the "labour saving devices" never really caught on, except the blender and food processor. We know more about diet now, many people shun processed foods for their inherent tastelessness that's compensated through high sugar and fat content. Modern day gourmet food is preferred to be prepared through ordinary kitchen utensils and hard work (and organic food grown locally from small farms).
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** Cooking is another. Cooking is a complex art and science that actually requires a lot of skill, and making an automat for every single recipe will be costly. TheFifties promised us a [[TheJetsons Jetson's Jetsons' kitchen]] complete with FoodPills. Many FoodPills-- but many of the "labour saving "labor-saving devices" never really caught on, except the blender and food processor. We know more about diet now, many people shun processed foods for their inherent tastelessness that's compensated through high sugar What's more, better understanding of nutrition and fat content. Modern day gourmet human physiognomy makes food is preferred to be prepared through ordinary kitchen utensils pills impractical (some basic nutrients will always require a larger-than-pill mass, and hard work (and organic food grown locally from small farms).human gastric stretch receptors, which help indicate fullness, wouldn't be triggered by itty-bitty pills).
7th Oct '15 4:39:31 AM WillBGood
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Thus, this trope isn't about future slavery; it's more about any instances about using manual labour even though people in the series already have something that would be quicker, easier, more efficient, and/or overall better. A common yet rarely understood example is ubiquitous presence of characters upon ships capable of FasterThanLightTravel - why stock and crew a starship when one can simply send an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-replicating_spacecraft automated probe]]? Because [[AnthropicPrinciple it's hard to tell entertaining stories about automated probes]]. This is a big reason why RealLife [[IWantMyJetpack space development holds few people's interest.]]
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Thus, this trope isn't about future slavery; it's more about any instances about using manual labour even though people in the series already have something that would be quicker, easier, more efficient, and/or overall better. A common yet rarely understood example is ubiquitous presence of characters upon ships capable of FasterThanLightTravel - why stock and crew a starship when one can simply send an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-replicating_spacecraft automated probe]]? Because [[AnthropicPrinciple it's hard to tell entertaining stories about automated probes]]. This is a big reason why RealLife [[IWantMyJetpack space development [[IWantMyJetpack holds few people's interest.]]

* Slavery is a major theme in Creator/CharlesStross''{{Accelerando}}''. The very first chapter is about the precedent that prevents artificial intelligences and uploads from being treated as property. One protagonist is a male submissive; his daughter sells herself into slavery [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to herself]] to get away from her mother, taking advantage of a loophole in Islamic law. [[spoiler: the alien and later human-made sentient corporations use minds as a currency]]. But manual labour itself is more or less entirely obsolete, what with TheSingularity.
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* Slavery is a major theme in Creator/CharlesStross''{{Accelerando}}''.Creator/CharlesStross' ''{{Accelerando}}''. The very first chapter is about the precedent that prevents artificial intelligences and uploads from being treated as property. One protagonist is a male submissive; his daughter sells herself into slavery [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to herself]] to get away from her mother, taking advantage of a loophole in Islamic law. [[spoiler: the alien and later human-made sentient corporations use minds as a currency]]. But manual labour itself is more or less entirely obsolete, what with TheSingularity.
6th Sep '15 6:20:17 AM Vir
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** In the [[StarWarsTheOldRepublic Great Galactic War]] era, the Empire threw almost everyone who wasn't human or Sith species (and even a few that were) into the slave pits. Some of this was just plain FantasticRacism with the humans and Sith seeing themselves as superior to all other species ([[TooDumbToLive in a galaxy with over twenty million known sentient species]]). Part of this was to compensate for the Empire's ''horrible'' lack of infrastructure, and because organic slaves were cheaper to maintain than droids. Slaves can always make more slaves, after all. Oddly enough, this makes the batshit nuts, AxCrazy theocratic cabal of Force weilders the closest thing the Empire got to a meritocracy - if you had Force Sensitivity [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and could kill the other guy before he could kill you]], it didn't matter what your origin was. The Sith Inquisitor arc takes the character from being plucked off the auction block all the way to becoming a [[CoDragons co-dragon]] of the Emperor himself.
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** In the [[StarWarsTheOldRepublic [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic Great Galactic War]] era, the Empire threw almost everyone who wasn't human or Sith species (and even a few that were) into the slave pits. Some of this was just plain FantasticRacism with the humans and Sith seeing themselves as superior to all other species ([[TooDumbToLive in a galaxy with over twenty million known sentient species]]). Part of this was to compensate for the Empire's ''horrible'' lack of infrastructure, and because organic slaves were cheaper to maintain than droids. Slaves can always make more slaves, after all. Oddly enough, this makes the batshit nuts, AxCrazy theocratic cabal of Force weilders the closest thing the Empire got to a meritocracy - if you had Force Sensitivity [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and could kill the other guy before he could kill you]], it didn't matter what your origin was. The Sith Inquisitor arc takes the character from being plucked off the auction block all the way to becoming a [[CoDragons co-dragon]] of the Emperor himself.
3rd Sep '15 11:33:16 AM Allronix
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** In the [[StarWarsTheOldRepublic Great Galactic War]] era, the Empire threw almost everyone who wasn't human or Sith species (and even a few that were) into the slave pits. Some of this was just plain FantasticRacism with the humans and Sith seeing themselves as superior to all other species ([[TooDumbToLive in a galaxy with over twenty million known sentient species]]). Part of this was to compensate for the Empire's ''horrible'' lack of infrastructure, and because organic slaves were cheaper to maintain than droids. Slaves can always make more slaves, after all. Oddly enough, this makes the batshit nuts, AxCrazy theocratic cabal of Force weilders the closest thing the Empire got to a meritocracy - if you had Force Sensitivity [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and could kill the other guy before he could kill you]], it didn't matter what your origin was. The Sith Inquisitor arc takes the character from being plucked off the auction block all the way to becoming a [[CoDragons co-dragon]] of the Emperor himself.
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