- Afterlife Express: The ferry which Liz wakes up on at the start of the book.
- Celestial Bureaucracy: Somewhat, in that Elsewhere is portrayed as having laws and rules like Earth.
- Call to Agriculture: Former rock star Curtis Jest becomes a farmer.
- Dead to Begin With
- Merlin Sickness: As mentioned, part and parcel of "living" in Elsewhere.
- Mundane Afterlife: With the exception of aging backwards the afterlife is almost identical to real life.
- Reincarnation: Once you age back down to zero.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Liz and a few other people have the ability to speak to dogs. Liz eventually gets a job giving dogs counselling.