We are not alone. We might wish that we were... But we're definitely not.There are some things that exist solely to lampshade, subvert, invert, and generally deconstruct any tropes they come across. This series does that for Space and Science Fiction Tropes.The series follows fourteen year-old Jack Armstrong, his friends Merle and Lothaf (Loaf) and two Shapeshifting aliens trapped in the form of a dog and cat. After Jack receives The Server, an alien teleportation/database system, the three humans are recruited to prevent The Tyrant's evil plan to steal The Server and thus control the Outernet. (Which is just the outer-space version of the internet). It has some surprising plot twists towards the end. There are seven books in the series.
- A Planet Named Zok: Some planets fit, like Vered II.
- Alternate Universe Loaf is Awesome: In one book, Merle travels to an alternate universe where Loaf is a dashing freedom fighter named "Lothar."
- Big Bad: The Tyrant.
- Deadpan Snarker: Loaf, Googie, and the Server's interface, known (ironically) as Help.
- Death World: The Planet Aaaaaargh (with six A's), home to the eyeball-popping razor-toothed ear-drillers.
- Five-Man Band: Jack is The Hero, Merle is The Chick and The Lancer, Googie is The Smart Guy, Bitz is The Big Guy, and Loaf is, well, The Load.
- Genius Bruiser: The Bugs, interestingly enough for the standard issue mooks of a series. They're big, hulking mutants larger than normal humans and speak with relatively soft, cultured voices.
- Fun with Acronyms: The FOEs, the Forces of Evil.
- Lovable Coward: Zodiac Hobo,
- Meaningful Name: Zodiac Hobo.
- Mooks: The Bugs.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Lothar "Loaf" Gelt.
- Time Travel: The fourth book.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Googie and Bitz are stuck in the form of a cat and a dog, respectively.
- Shapeshifter Mashup: Bitz uses one in the last book. In his own words, he didn't know how to use his old forms, so he just made something up
- Stable Time Loop: They create one... accidentally.
- The Reveal: Who is the Weaver, and who is the Tyrant? Both answers will surprise you.