is a 2003 illustrated Science Fiction
book by Doug Chiang and Orson Scott Card
This book provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Beryl.
- Archnemesis Dad: Beryl and her sister were raised by Kaantur-Set, although she is not their biological parent.
- Artificial Limbs: Juomes has a robotic hand.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Hunter-beasts look like this.
- Clone Jesus: Caps might qualify, what with being a clone of Font Prime.
- Cloning Gambit: Since his original body was damaged beyond repair, Font Prime used the teleporters to create a new cyborg clone body for himself.
- Dying Race: The robots, because of their inability to produce more sentient robots.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The jodphurs.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Rend.
- Fantastic Flora: The surviving humans have built cities inside giant mushrooms.
- Fantastic Racism
- It's Personal: Juomes has a grudge against the robots because they killed his family.
- Killed Off for Real: Juomes and Kaantur-Set.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Caps has this as a side-effect of the process that created him.
- Man in the Machine: Font Prime.
- The Mole: Beryl, but only because Kaantur-Set was holding her sister hostage.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Elyseo initially seems like an example of this trope. The real reason he won't hunt humans is because he's one of Font Prime's Servants.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Kaantur-Set.
- Precursors: The Olm.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: All of the (sentient) robots are this to some extent, but Kaantur-Set takes it further than most, engaging in human activities such as smoking a pipe and playing piano. Turns out she used to be a human.
- Robotic Reveal: Caps, although he seems to be more of a cyborg than a straight-up robot.
- Samus Is a Girl: Kaantur-Set, who used to be Font Prime's wife.
- Super Strength: Caps, most likely because he is a cyborg.
- Talking Animal: Subverted. The cubing jewels can give human-level intelligence to animals, but some of them still can't speak to humans without Translator Microbes.
- Toilet Humour: Rend occasionally threatens to pee on someone.
- Unrobotic Reveal: This happens twice. Firstly, Font Prime, the leader of the robots, is a human. Secondly, the sentient robots are only sentient because their brains are inhabited by micro-organisms. All sentient robots are descended from the Olm.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?