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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.

!! The series provides examples of the following tropes:
* AbusivePrecursors: [[spoiler: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.
* ArtificialLimbs: In ''Blade Dancer'' Jory has a prosthetic knee due to a serious injury while playing shockball. It's later smashed by her blade dancer school rival, and she ends the book with a prosthesis from the knee down.
* 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]].
* 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.]]
* ContinuityNod: The spinoffs stand on their own but often mention events from the main series and vice versa. ''Shockball'' makes a brief reference to a shockball player named Jory Rask, who becomes the protagonist of ''Blade Dancer''. ''Blade Dancer'' in turn gives a quick summary on the current relationship between the League and the Jorenians (i.e. all diplomatic ties broken over the question of Cherijo Grey Veil's [[InhumanableAlienRights personhood]]) after Jory tries to barter passage to Joren, and a later book has Duncan and Cherijo
* 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.
* FictionalSport: Shockball seems to be something resembling UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, with the contact rules and attitude to fouls of street-fighting. Oh, and [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the ball will give you a nasty electric shock if you hold it too long]].
* 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
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: ''Shockball'' has an amusing scene of the {{omniglot}} Duncan and Cherijo arguing over names for their baby, with Cherijo shooting down his alien-derived suggestions because she can't pronounce them ("It has to have vowels"), and Duncan saying what the various Anglophone names she suggests mean in alien languages. He also comments that the reason he likes ''her'' name is because it doesn't mean ''anything'' in any of the however-many languages he knows (it's actually an acronym).
* InhumanableAlienRights: A central conflict of the series through ''Rebel Ice'' stems from the fact that Cherijo, as a genetically engineered clone, is legally nonsentient and the property of her creator Dr. Joseph Grey Veil according to Terran law (a law which Joseph himself lobbied for). The citizens of Kevarzangia Two, whom Cherijo had saved from an epidemic, uniformly disagreed with the decision but the judge was unwilling to overrule Terran law. Kao Torin's clan took a more direct approach and simply staged an armed assault on the courthouse after the verdict; the Jorenian government broke off all diplomatic ties with the League afterward. [[spoiler:Joseph dies helping her escape at the climax of ''Shockball'', and in ''Rebel Ice'' the Jorenians acquire sufficient leverage to force the League to drop their grievance and arbitrate an end to the war with the Hsktskt in the process.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: Between Kao and Cherijo in ''Stardoc''. There's also Ilona/Dhreen in ''Eternity Row'', and [[StraightGay Qonja]]/[[WingedHumanoid Hawk]] in ''Plague of Memory''.
* KaleidoscopeEyes: Duncan's eyes have no set color.
* MisterSeahorse: This is how Thgill's species in ''Blade Dancer'' reproduce. Also comes up in ''Stardoc'', when someone naïvely 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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