* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: If Earth ever gets invaded by SpacePirates and the SpacePolice won't help, the best way to ascertain our freedom is by becoming interstellar drug dealers AKA, "If you get mugged and the cops don't care, you're effectively a criminal. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Adjust your ethics appropriately]]."
* FridgeLogic: Solar power is NEVER used. For nothing. A serious problem in the second book revolves around Earth being cut off from interstellar fuel. No one mentions solar power. Coal, nuclear, sure, solar, never even though the SAPL is basically solar power writ large it's never even mentioned. Everything runs off He3 to the point where it's very odd.
* SpiritualLicensee: Of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''. Ringo and Tayler met, hit it off, and when Ringo mused on the First Contact days, Tayler enthusiastically gave him permission to write that story. Unfortunately, they lost touch and the books fell into CanonDiscontinuity. [[http://schlockmercenary.wikispaces.com/FAQ Taylor still loves them, however.]]
-->'''Howard Taylor''': ''I wish those Ringo books were canon, but no, they're not. John and I haven't compared notes in three years. We've diverged. We'd need a nuclear shoehorn to make these things fit in the same, consistent space. Hopefully that doesn't ruin anybody's fun. If you want to create a section [in [[http://schlockmercenary.wikispaces.com the Schlock Mercenary wiki]]] for "Reconciling Schlock Mercenary with Troy Rising" you have our blessing.''
* UnfortunateImplications: Conveniently almost everyone who dies in the alien plagues is in a category Ringo would classify as "undesirable:, the poor and uneducated, the old, most of the Third World, much of Islam etc.