AssociatedSpace is a novel by Marcus Johnston, co-creator of ''TechInfantry'' and ''The Spectrum Wars'', as well the ''Astonia'' and ''Dutch In Space'' universes. He is a Troper himself.

The story concerns the "miraculous adventures" of [[MeaningfulName Fatebane]], a covert operations specialist about 800 years in the future, working for one political faction in the [[TheFederation Terran Associated States]]. What starts out as a regular mission turns out to go awry, getting him dragged into a plot to prevent a civil war, and the destruction of the Association along with it. Of course, nothing ever goes according to plan... if there was a plan to begin with. Can Fatebane reunite two star-crossed lovers, save the universe, and live to collect his paycheck?

If you want to read it, you can either purchase it on Amazon, or if you're too poor, write him at marc@ohio.usa.com. The author may be merciful.

Tropes Present in Associated Space:

* AbsentAliens: No non-human aliens have shown up as yet in the story.
* AuthorAppeal: The author is a big fan of UsedFuture, [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]], and [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]], so of course his fiction contains all three in big heaping helpings.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: Fatebane goes out of his way to not kill the legions of guards, soldiers, and civilians who are just trying to do their job, but [[spoiler:when the Emperor's too stubborn to surrender, he has to flatten the Volsian capital city with more nukes than are in God's own arsenal.]]
* BavarianFireDrill: Fatebane's favorite tactic.
* {{BFG}}: The ubiquitous Piccone plasma rifles.
* BloodSport: An integral part of the scapegoat symbolism of the religion of the Sheep of New Tau Ceti.
* CasualInterstellarTravel: Thanks to Catapault Points, planets in different star systems are mere days or hours away from each other. But you should still strap in.
* ClickHello: David's prospective father-in-law is not happy to see them show up on his doorstep and greets them with the muzzle of a plasma rifle poked out the doorway.
* ContemplateOurNavels: An entire coastal village on the university planet of Clonmacnois is devoted to esoteric philosophy. Which prompts Fatebane to remark, "We're all failed philosophers, in one way or another."
* CoolGate: The Catapault Points used to travel from one planet to another.
* CultColony: New Tau Ceti, a Pastoral Enclave full of religious crazies who take the whole "Good Shepherd" thing a tad too literally.
* EvilChancellor: Ursula Urquart, leader of the loyal opposition.
* EvilMatriarch: Ursula Urquart again.
** "Yes, it benefited me. Our family's position in the Empire is dependent on my ability to raise our place in the universe. If that means alliances, assassinations, coups, bribes, wars, treaties, and yes, even marriages... I'll do it. Because, David... you don't get to stay in this business unless you're willing to make the tough decisions."
* TheFederation: The Terran Associated States.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Nazar actually defeats Fatebane, captures him, and brings him to Ursula. However, when he doesn't get paid, he decides to break him out, inadvertently joining his side.]]
* FutureImperfect: Fatebane's analysis of the strategic and tactical lessons to be drawn from the campaigns of Admiral Patton, who broke through the Western Wall with his triremes to destroy the Japanese Fleet right under the guns of their own coastal fortresses, is a classic example of this trope.
* FutureSlang: All the shebing time.
** "Sheba" & "Pabo Pyungshin" are Korean swear words (circa 2000) for "Fuck" and "Stupid Cripple," picked up when the author worked in an [[ShoutOut international school in Korea.]]
** "Poh Ha'aretz" is a derogatory term in Hebrew/Aramaic used in the Talmud (ca. 100-400 CE) literally meaning "here in the land," but really means "idiot," or the equivalent of "white trash." Since Orthodox Jews have to study that book from ages 12-18, it frequently reappears in those communities throughout the centuries.
** "Affskmi seffque" is actually a bad personal joke using two acronyms AFSCME (the public sector employees union) and CEFCU (a credit union).
* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire: You have to admit, it's harder to get through your Invasion Fleet funding passed through the Senate then it is through an Emperor who says, "Do it."
* HulkSpeak: The chapter ?Me Doctor? features a Sarmatian medic who talks like [[TheLoneRanger Tonto]].
* InfiniteSupplies: At some point, Fatebane's credit chit is going to run out or be stolen. Until then, he can bribe or buy his way through many obstacles.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by having their ship run out of gas, otherwise, their stolen craft seem to be curiously well-stocked.
* ISurrenderSuckers: When Fatebane's escape pod is picked up by the Volsian battlecruiser, you just ''know'' this trope is coming.
** Yep, it was.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: All space combat is done through the missile (for long range) or the (nuclear dumb-fire) shell (for short range). Lasers are limited to communications because using them as weapons is ridiculously weak.
** Of course, this is ignored when dealing with "plasma bolts" for the Piccone .125 Plasma Cannon. Perhaps short range is fine?
* MagnificentBastard: Fatebane Himself, and probably half the rest of the cast.
* MeaningfulName: Fatebane, [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because he chose it himself as part of his home planet's coming-of-age ceremony.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Fatebane dives his ship through an interlocking field of fire generated by the planetary defenses. When that fails, he gets into a shuttle. When that fails, he jumps out in a [[PoweredArmor combat suit]], which then fails momentarily, only to come back on right before he [[GravityIsAHarshMistress plows into the ground.]]
* NotMyDriver: Fatebane and David are not happy to find that the freighter captain they hired to help them escape from a planet turned out to be the detective chasing them.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Captain Tretyakov is the female version of one. Too bad she works for the apparent badguys.
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Fatebane has a memorable run-in with the President of the Terran Associated States.
* PlanetOfHats: Several of the planets visited or mentioned. Sarmatia is the planet of SpaceAmish nomadic horse warriors. New Tau Ceti is the planet of religious nutjob sheep-men.
* RefugeInAudacity: Fatebane's main schtick.
* RunawayBride: A rare sympathetic male example in David Urquart.
* SalvagePirates: Averted. When Fatebane and David crash-land on Sarmatia and are soon surrounded by angry-looking horse-warrior nomads...they promptly get the wounded Fatebane some medical attention and help him get to a spaceport.
** The name '''Sarmatia''' should give away it.
*** Now how many people get that reference?
* ShoutOut: Multiple references to previous writing projects by the same author, his friends, and obscure sources of inspiration.
** For example, ''Righteous Indignation'' was the name of [[ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars Bucky O'Hare's]] ship in that underappreciated comic bok and Western Animation TV show from the 80's.
* ShowyInvincibleHero: You could call Fatebane a [[OneManArmy one man army]], but whether it's penetrating the [[StormingTheCastle enemy's secret lair]] or [[BloodSport finishing off mutant wolves]], he's gotta look good doing it.
* SpaceAmish: The Free Realm of Sarmatia was colonized by people who want to live simple, or at least live as steppe nomad horse warriors. They're not stupid, however, and thus keep modern medical technology, and hide the oh-so-convenient maglev trains underground so as to not spoil the illusion of primitive barbarism.
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: A fairly mild case, and the author does at least try to have his technobabble make at least SOME sense, but in a universe powered by RuleOfCool and RefugeInAudacity, a few physics blunders are forgivable.
* SpaceJews: Coronado Salazar, one of Fatebane's underground contacts. As the author himself is a recent convert to Judaism, some sort of [[InSpace Jews In Space]] was [[AuthorAppeal inevitable]].
** Sure, the character's a late-night jewelry store owner, but it's not like he's wearing a yarmulke and tzitzis.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Not only to multiple previous projects by the same author, but it has been compared to the ''Literature/{{Retief}}'' novels of Creator/KeithLaumer and TheStainlessSteelRat novels of HarryHarrison.
* StealthInSpace: Notably averted, even explaining WHY you can't hide in space.
* StormingTheCastle: Rescuing David from his mother's mansion, among other instances.
* TakeAThirdOption: What Fatebane invariably does when he seems stuck between two bad choices.
* TankGoodness: The very first scene involves giant hovering super-tanks the size and shape of Egyptian Pyramids.
* UsedFuture: The author himself prefers to call it "Things Falling Apart In Space".
* UnusualUserInterface: The prolific use of holograms as control panels.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Fatebane has an objective, but the plan falls apart once he drives it off the lot, so he has to make quick adjustments all the time. Sometimes, though, he plans [[IndyPloy so quickly]] to doubt he had a plan in the first place.
* YouFailHistoryForever: At least, Fatebane does. See FutureImperfect above.

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