-> ''We are not alone. We might wish that we were... But we're definitely not.''

There are some things that exist solely to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]], [[SubvertedTrope subvert]], [[InvertedTrope invert]], and generally deconstruct any tropes they come across. This series does that for {{Space}} and ScienceFiction Tropes.

The series follows fourteen year-old Jack Armstrong, his friends Merle and Lothar (Loaf) and two {{Shapeshifting}} aliens trapped in the form of a dog and cat. After Jack receives [[MacGuffin The Server]], an alien teleportation/database system, the three humans are recruited to prevent [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Tyrant's]] evil plan to steal The Server and thus control the Outernet. (Which is just the outer-space version of the internet). It has some surprising plot twists towards the end. There are six books in the series.

!!Tropes present

* APlanetNamedZok: Some planets fit, like Vered II.
* [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome Alternate Universe Loaf is Awesome]]: In one book, Merle travels to an alternate universe where Loaf is a dashing freedom fighter named "Lothar."
* BigBad: The Tyrant.
* DeadpanSnarker: Loaf, Googie, and the Server's interface, known (ironically) as Help.
* DeathWorld: The Planet Aaaaaargh (with six A's), home to the eyeball-popping razor-toothed ear-drillers.
* TheDreaded: The Tyrant is ''THE'' most feared being in the galaxy. On a less selective basis, his top enforcers the Bugs are these as well.
* FiveManBand: Jack is TheHero, Merle is TheChick and TheLancer, Googie is TheSmartGuy, Bitz is TheBigGuy, and Loaf is, well, TheLoad.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Throughout the book, when discussing the humans who have the Server, the Tyrant always pauses a bit whenever he has to mention Lothar Gelt. [[spoiler: That's because the Tyrant is actually a Loaf from a BadFuture, who was accidentally stranded decades ago in the past.]]
* GeniusBruiser: The Bugs, interestingly enough for the standard issue mooks of a series. They're big, hulking mutants larger than normal humans and speak with relatively soft, cultured voices.
* FunWithAcronyms: The [=FOEs=], the Forces of Evil. Also, Bug, the name of the species who work for the FOEs, stands for "Big Ugly Guy" (Reportedly, the name came from when someone asked, "Who's the big ugly guy?" and it stuck.)
* LovableCoward: Zodiac Hobo,
* MeaningfulName: Zodiac ''Hobo''.
* {{Mooks}}: The Bugs.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Lothar "Loaf" Gelt.
* PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler: As it turned out, Tracer, the chief informant of the [=FOEs=], is also the Weaver, the leader of the Friends. When TheReveal comes around, he admits that this was the only way he could keep both sides aware of the other's plans.]]
* TimeTravel: The fourth book.
* ShapeshifterModeLock: Googie and Bitz are stuck in the form of a cat and a dog, respectively.
* [[spoiler: ShapeshifterMashup: Bitz uses one in the last book. In his own words, he didn't know how to use his old forms, so he just made something up]]
* [[spoiler: StableTimeLoop: They create one... accidentally.]]
* TheReveal: Who is the Weaver, and who is the Tyrant? Both answers will surprise you.
* YouHaveFailedMeForTheLastTime: It's mentioned that anytime the current leader of the Bugs is called to the Tyrant's main palace, the Dark Pyramid, he's typically killed and his second in command is promoted.