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''Stardoc'' and its sequels, collectively known by the title of the first book, are a series by American romance novelist S.L. Viehl that are best described as part SpaceOpera and part MedicalDrama.

'''The ten books in the series are:'''

* ''Stardoc''
* ''Beyond Varallan''
* ''Endurance''
* ''Shockball''
* ''Eternity Row''
* ''Rebel Ice''
* ''Plague of Memory''
* ''Omega Games''
* ''Crystal Healer''
* ''Dream Called Time''

Viehl's duology ''Bio Rescue'' and ''Afterburn'', the stand-alone novel ''Blade Dancer'', and several short stories are set in [[TheVerse the same universe]], and have some overlap in cast.

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* [[spoiler:AbusivePrecursors: The Jxin.]] You don't find out the full extent of their status as such until fairly late in the series.
* AccidentalMarriage: First, [[spoiler:Cherijo Grey Veil and Kao Torin]]. Later subverted by the son of the Patriarch of Furin: The proposal is an entirely symbolic act of [[spoiler: ([[{{Patricide}} entirely feigned]])]] gratitude.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Kao]], in ''Dream Called Time'', thanks to [[spoiler:Maggie]]. [[spoiler:[[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds Quite conveniently]], he's [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forgotten]] everything after a point shortly before meeting Cherijo.]]
* BedTrick: [[spoiler:Duncan]] disguises as a [[FishPeople Fish Person]] in order to rescue [[spoiler:Cherijo]], and they end up having sex. When she finds out the truth, she doesn't mind. Guess he was ''that'' good.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The series absolutely ''revels'' in it. Jorenians alone have green blood, twelve-chambered hearts, unusually large and complex [[UselessSpleen spleens]] that [[AvertedTrope are a vital organ to the species]], compartmentalized stomachs, and built-in cartilaginous subdermal "body armor."
* BlueSkinnedSpaceBabe: Jorenians are pretty much an entire race of these.
* BurialInSpace: Jorenian tradition, as seen in ''Stardoc'', is for the dead to be ejected from the ship on a course that will result in cremation by stellar or planetary atmosphere. As seen in ''Plague of Memory'', [[spoiler:it doesn't always go as planned]].
* [[spoiler: CloneByConversion:]] In ''Plague of Memory'' Cherijo's long-dead first love, Kao Torin, is sighted on the Hsktskt homeworld. [[spoiler:He turns out to be a genetically altered Hsktskt, created from DNA extracted from Kao's corpse which was [[BurialInSpace buried in space]] by Jorenian custom.]]
* CosmicRetcon: The main plot of ''Dream Called Time''.
* CunningLinguist: Duncan.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Jorenian warriors do this to anyone who [[PapaWolf threatens]] their [[MamaBear families]].
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Poor, doomed [[spoiler:Kao]].
* DesignerBabies: Are explicitly illegal, thanks to some laws that Joseph Grey Veil got pushed through. [[spoiler:After all, [[CloningBlues he can treat his clones as shittily as he damn well pleases that way]].]]
* DisposableFiance: See above.
* FantasticRacism: [[HumansByAnyOtherName Terrans]] have a [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch mostly-deserved bad reputation]] for being [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters rabid xenophobes]]. Extraterrestrials can only even ''visit'' [[PlanetTerra Terra]] on a limited basis, and certainly aren't allowed to ''live'' here [[spoiler:legally, resulting in underground communities of aliens and "[[HalfHumanHybrids breeds]]"]]. As a result, no one likes ''us'' much, either.
* FishPeople: [[spoiler:Duncan]] disguses as one to rescue [[spoiler:Cherijo]]. They end up having sex.
* FlatlinePlotline: [[spoiler:Cherijo]] instigates one in order to break up with [[spoiler:Xonea]] in ''Beyond Varallan''. Justified in that [[spoiler:[[FromASingleCell she's basically unkillable]]]].
* GayAesop: ''Plague of Memory'' contains an in-universe one.
* HalfHumanHybrid[=/=]NonhumanHumanoidHybrid: Oh, so many of them.
* HealingFactor: Chorijo [[spoiler: and later Duncan]] heals unusually quickly thanks to her father's experimentation. And it gets faster as time progresses.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters
* InterspeciesRomance: Between Kao and Cherijo in ''Stardoc''. There's also Ilona/Dhreen in ''Eternity Row'', and [[StraightGay Qonja]]/[[WingedHumanoid Hawk]] in ''Plague of Memory''.
* MisterSeahorse: This is how Thgill's species in ''Blade Dancer'' reproduce. Also comes up in ''Stardoc'', when someone na´vely presumes the same of both humans and Jorenians.
* NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization: Played disturbingly straight more than once.
* {{Omniglot}}: Duncan can learn alien languages telepathically by making physical contact with the alien in question.
* OppositeSexClone: [[spoiler:Cherijo]] is one of [[spoiler:Dr. Joseph Grey Veil]]. This was ostensibly [[spoiler:for the purpose of WifeHusbandry, but it turned out that it was due to the [[AbusivePrecursors Jxin]] meddling]].
* PairTheSpares: [[spoiler:The "real" Jarn marries Kao in the alternate timeline.]]
* PlanetTerra
* RetGone: [[spoiler:Cherijo and Duncan go back in time to [[CosmicRetcon retcon]] the meddling of the Jxin]]. They end up creating an alternate timeline in which the only real evidence of their existence is the fact that...well, they're ''there''. [[spoiler:And so, [[BellisariosMaxim somehow]], is Marel.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: [[spoiler:Kao and arguably Xonea (although it was pretty clear from the outset that the latter was a matter of convenience and going nowhere)]] for Cherijo. One could stretch a point and call [[spoiler:[[NotHimself Jarn]] one for Duncan]].
* ScrewYourself: [[spoiler:Grey Veil]] fancied himself too good for anyone except his OppositeSexClone.
** He's also implied to have [[spoiler:anally raped one of his male clones to infect the latter with syphilis]]. All in the name of science, [[BlatantLies of course]].
* {{Veganopia}}: Jorenians are, for the most part, vegetarians (despite being a pastoralist culture whose ancestors were predators). Zigzagged in that they're portrayed as both an [[PlanetOfHats entire]] [[ProudWarriorRace race of]] {{Cultured Warrior}}s and/or {{Warrior Poet}}s ''and'' as a SuperiorSpecies ([[HumansAreTheRealMonsters by default]]).
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Dr. Joseph Grey Veil, and ''how''.
* WifeHusbandry: Turned out to be [[spoiler:exactly why Grey Veil [[OppositeSexClone created Cherijo]] in the first place. ([[MindScrew Maybe.]])]]
* {{Yandere}}. [[spoiler:Ktarka]], ''[[UpToEleven so]]'' much. [[spoiler:Xonea]] is {{Flanderized}} into this in later books.
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