''Children of Steel'' is a series of sci-fi furry novels written by [[http://www.blackleopard.net/vanstry/ John Van Stry]]. In the twenty-second century labor shortages in humanity's exosolar colonies have been mitigated by the use of genetically engineered "animorphs" created by major corporations and indentured for up to fifty years to their creators, or until they die or manage to pay for their creation and education.

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!!This series provides examples of the following tropes:

* AcePilot: Dialene. Raj is also very good, but hasn't technically qualified for ace yet.
* ActionGirl: Dialene once she's out of prison. Cassandra and Herza.
* [[spoiler: BabiesEverAfter]]
** [[spoiler: The last of line of ''Dialene'': "I wonder what he'll say tonight when I tell him I'm pregnant with his cub?"]]
** [[spoiler: In ''Lead, Follow, or Suffer the Consequences'' at least four of Koen's "harem" give birth to his cubs, and he's made buy-out for all of them.]]
* BadDreams: Dialene has trauma-induced nightmares from when she was stranded in a crippled shuttle with no atmosphere and no one but what was left of her dead weapons officer and lover.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Raj is fiercely protective of his creche-sisters, even before he received the growth hormones that made him bigger than them. In fact that was why re got those hormones, [[spoiler: he broke several bones trying to protect Cassandra from a caretaker that was attempting to molest her.]]
* CorporateWarfare: Commonplace, most corporate freighters can be converted to troop transports easily and the bigger corps have dedicated warships. Though conflict is mostly limited to piracy, assassinations, and the occasional battle over mines on distant planets. The closest thing to a full war is a multi-system conflict between an alliance of corporations and an anti-morph extremist group.
* DeathWorld: In the first book Raj surveys two planets with massive native predators, the first one is an IcePlanet but the second seems innocous at first. [[spoiler: Then a herd of giant carnivorous saurioids trample their base and eat most of the expedition team.]]
* DisasterDemocracy: In ''Lead, Follow, or Suffer the Consequences'' Koen states that guerrilla movements don't work well with democractic leadership.
* FantasticRacism: On earth animorphs have to be careful where they go, on the colonies it varies, Hobson's Choice allows them most rights short of voting but there are still some isolated bigots, while New Johannesburg doesn't allow them on the planet at all save for company sites.
* FasterThanLightTravel: Hyperspace jumps that usually take a month or two, no FTLRadio though just couriers.
* FreeLoveFuture: Among animorphs at least, though official matings/marriages are still monogamous (if a bit open). The exception being Koen's unsusual circumstances where he ends up the only free male available to several hundred females, two of whom claim to be his "wives".
* HappinessInSlavery: Animorphs in the better corps like Astra tend to raise no objections to their indenture. Some slaves on Pharoah (mostly cats) thoroughly enjoy their lot in life.
* HumanPopsicle: Jotun ends up on ice for nearly three years after his escape attempt from earth.
* IndenturedServitude: [[PettingZooPeople Animen]] are indentured to their parent company for 50 years or until they've paid off the cost of their gestation and upbringing. Few survive that long.
* InterspeciesRomance: Raj prefers other leopards but has some relations with other species, most notably off-and-on sex with a human girl on Hobson's Choice, one of whose friends has a wolf stepfather and marries a fox. Jotun has a short relationship with a vixen barmaid (and pays her med school tuition). Dialene is a vixen with a thing for felines, but [[spoiler: ends up with another fox]] and her boss marries one of her siberian tiger bodyguards.
* [[LastGirlWins Last Guy Wins]]: Of all the males Dialene sleeps with and the few she has a meaningful relationship with, [[spoiler: she ends up with Ron, introduced almost 3/4 into her novella.]]
* MegaCorp: Several, Tri-Star is the focus of many of the novels.
* NotBloodSiblings: Raj is pledged to mate his sister Cassandra, and often has to explain that they're creche siblings not genetically related.
* TheOldestProfession: At the start of her novella Dialene is a "physical sex therapist" as part of her sentence for piracy.
* PenalColony: Tri-Star maintains an asteroid mine where problematic morphs are sent. It's got a bar and a brothel that are staffed by those who can't take the mines.
* ProfessionalKiller: Jotun.
* TheReveal: Balizar and Sharizad, the head of the Astra's leopard clan and his mate in "Children of Steel" are actually [[spoiler: ex-assassins Jotun and Jocel from "Danger Money".]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: When Raj is informed that [[spoiler: Cassandra was killed in an attack by Anti-Anns]] he goes berserk and is only convinced to get under control when he's reminded that he can't get revenge for her if security executes him. Naturally, [[spoiler: once he signs on with special forces he recklessly tears a bloody swath across multiple extremist bases.]]
* SpacePirates: Dialene's original employers attempted piracy and got themselves killed for it.
* StandardSciFiFleet: Corporate fleets consist primarily of cargo transports and shuttles that can be easily converted to troop carriers and {{Drop Ship}}s or fighters. Though they do have some dedicated [[SpaceFighter fighters]], destroyers, frigates, and cruisers.
* StrictlyFormula: The four books follow a similar plot line: The point of view character is introduced, they meander around space working off their contract to Tri-Star, they enlist in the war between the corporations and an extremist group that hates morphs, [[spoiler: then they find a mate and settle down, relative to their previous life.]] ''Danger Money'' differs slightly in that it takes place before the war.
* VegetarianCarnivore: Terease, an anthropomorphic leopard raised by vegetarian humans. She took vitamin supplements at home but couldn't find them on the Astra, by the time Raj practically forced her to eat meat she was severely emaciated.
* UnwantedHarem: Koen gets one after helping liberate a prison camp composed entirely of female morphs, not that he doesn't like having sex with almost 30 leopardesses it's just when they start going into heat he starts considering freeing a camp with other males.
* UterineReplicator: used in animorph creation, the rent is included in their indenture bill.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: Non-"freeborn" animorphs are indentured servants to their corp until they make buy-out, Pharoah actually has slavery, though at least they use trucks to move the giant stone blocks.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: See fantastic racism above, and even the nicer corps tend to look at their animorphs in terms of investment.