History YMMV / XeeleeSequence

15th Aug '17 10:03:55 PM SeveralCakes
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* NightmareFuel:
** The riots on the Raft. Bathed in the blood-red light of the star overhead, Rees is trapped in a burning city gone mad where people he's known ever since his arrival are torn to pieces by the angry working class.
** The [[spoiler: Photino Birds.]] They are essentially the Xeeleeverse's UltimateEvil, seeking to literally [[ApocalypseHow destroy the Universe as we know it]] to propagate their existence. And they [[ItCanThink actively resist the Xeelee leaving the Universe;]] they arrange galaxies to shake the Ring apart.
** The Qax from the future destroying [[spoiler: the past Governor of Earth]] and taking charge. The sheer [[NoNonsenseNemesis callousness and brutality he displays]] while killing [[spoiler: the Governor with a starbreaker beam]] is very frightening, especially when he implies the [[spoiler: the Governor will [[AndIMustScream spend the last hours of his existence in agonising pain, feeling his sentience, his very existence, slip away bit by bit as he decays into the sludge which carries him.]] And poor Jasoft was ForcedToWatch as the first actually evil character in the novel kills the closest thing he (as a collaborator) has to a friend and colleague.]]
14th Apr '17 6:03:31 PM ScorpiusOB1
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** On what refers to cosmology, The Great Attractor not only has turned out to be much less massive than what was thought when the novel was written, but also there is an even more large mass concentration being the thing that is moving our galaxy towards it [[spoiler: [[http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/kocevski-1-06/ Imaging]] has found a ''very'' massive galaxy cluster there, but with no traces of looped cosmic strings so far]]. Also, cosmic microwave background studies suggests the formation of structure in the Universe was caused by density fluctuations left from cosmic inflation or even the Big Bang itself, not [[spoiler: cosmic strings as the ones used by the Xeelee as building blocks.]]

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** On what refers to cosmology, The Great Attractor not only has turned out to be much less massive than what was thought when the novel was written, written but also there is an even more large mass concentration behind, being it the thing that is moving our galaxy towards it [[spoiler: [[http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/kocevski-1-06/ Imaging]] has found a ''very'' massive galaxy cluster there, but with no traces of looped cosmic strings so far]]. Also, cosmic microwave background studies suggests the formation of structure in the Universe was caused by density fluctuations left from cosmic inflation or even the Big Bang itself, not with [[spoiler: cosmic strings as the ones used by the Xeelee as building blocks.]]blocks]] having had (at best) a very limited role.
21st Feb '17 3:11:08 PM ScorpiusOB1
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** On what refers to cosmology, The Great Attractor not only has turned out to be much less massive than what was thought when the novel was written, but also there is an even more large mass concentration being the thing that is moving our galaxy towards it [[spoiler: [[http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/kocevski-1-06/ Imaging has found a ''very'' massive galaxy cluster there, with no traces so far of looped cosmic strings]]. Also, cosmic microwave background data suggests the formation of structure in the Universe was caused by density fluctuations left from cosmic inflation or even the Big Bang itself, not cosmic strings [[spoiler: as the ones used by the Xeelee as building blocks.]]

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** On what refers to cosmology, The Great Attractor not only has turned out to be much less massive than what was thought when the novel was written, but also there is an even more large mass concentration being the thing that is moving our galaxy towards it [[spoiler: [[http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/kocevski-1-06/ Imaging Imaging]] has found a ''very'' massive galaxy cluster there, but with no traces so far of looped cosmic strings]]. strings so far]]. Also, cosmic microwave background data studies suggests the formation of structure in the Universe was caused by density fluctuations left from cosmic inflation or even the Big Bang itself, not [[spoiler: cosmic strings [[spoiler: as the ones used by the Xeelee as building blocks.]]
21st Feb '17 3:07:46 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* TearJerker: The end of ''Mayflower II'', one of the stories in ''Resplendent''. The immortal protagonist, guardian of the titular generation ship, has lost everyone dear to him, watched the onboard society unravel and then the inhabitants devolve over generations. [[spoiler: Then two of the main characters of ''Exultant'' (who are now married with a baby) show up to rescue the pitiful descendants of the original crew and tell the protagonist he's done his job well. Finally able to rest, he sees the face of the lover he left behind before the voyage. It's left ambiguous whether it's a hologram the visitors left for him or just a hallucination, because it doesn't matter.]]

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* ScienceMarchesOn: Virtually inevitable given Baxter's heavy reliance on speculative physics. For example, recent results from the Large Hadron Collider appear to have refuted at least the simplest variants of supersymmetry, rendering the science behind the Susy drive depicted in 'The Quagma Datum' far more dubious.
** On what refers to cosmology, The Great Attractor not only has turned out to be much less massive than what was thought when the novel was written, but also there is an even more large mass concentration being the thing that is moving our galaxy towards it [[spoiler: [[http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/kocevski-1-06/ Imaging has found a ''very'' massive galaxy cluster there, with no traces so far of looped cosmic strings]]. Also, cosmic microwave background data suggests the formation of structure in the Universe was caused by density fluctuations left from cosmic inflation or even the Big Bang itself, not cosmic strings [[spoiler: as the ones used by the Xeelee as building blocks.]]
* TearJerker: The end of ''Mayflower II'', one of the stories in ''Resplendent''. The immortal protagonist, guardian of the titular generation ship, has lost everyone dear to him, watched the onboard society unravel and then the inhabitants devolve over generations. [[spoiler: Then two of the main characters of ''Exultant'' (who are now married with a baby) show up to rescue the pitiful descendants of the original crew and tell the protagonist he's done his job well. Finally able to rest, he sees the face of the lover he left behind before the voyage. It's left ambiguous whether it's a hologram the visitors left for him or just a hallucination, because it doesn't matter.]]
16th Feb '16 10:27:38 AM hamza678
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* TearJerker: This troper outright wept at the end of ''Mayflower II'', one of the stories in ''Resplendent''. The immortal protagonist, guardian of the titular generation ship, has lost everyone dear to him, watched the onboard society unravel and then the inhabitants devolve over generations. [[spoiler: Then two of the main characters of ''Exultant'' (who are now married with a baby) show up to rescue the pitiful descendants of the original crew and tell the protagonist he's done his job well. Finally able to rest, he sees the face of the lover he left behind before the voyage. It's left ambiguous whether it's a hologram the visitors left for him or just a hallucination, because it doesn't matter.]]

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* TearJerker: This troper outright wept at the The end of ''Mayflower II'', one of the stories in ''Resplendent''. The immortal protagonist, guardian of the titular generation ship, has lost everyone dear to him, watched the onboard society unravel and then the inhabitants devolve over generations. [[spoiler: Then two of the main characters of ''Exultant'' (who are now married with a baby) show up to rescue the pitiful descendants of the original crew and tell the protagonist he's done his job well. Finally able to rest, he sees the face of the lover he left behind before the voyage. It's left ambiguous whether it's a hologram the visitors left for him or just a hallucination, because it doesn't matter.]]
21st Nov '11 1:20:06 PM Madrugada
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* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: The [[AliensAreBastards Qax]] could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had simply exterminated humanity.
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