* {{Narm}}: Wei has the body of an athlete, but the head of an old man. Literally.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Many of the scientific miracles of the novels world have either become commonplace ("telecomps" are now known as "laptops") or obsolete (a supercomputer large enough to require a mountain to be hollowed out for its processors). The easily subverted barcode bracelets and scanners would more likely be replaced by an implanted microchip.
* ValuesDissonance: How Chip's rape of Lical is presented.