Tropers / Xtifr

I'm a programmer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Although I'm not directly involved in writing or similar activities, my parents were hard-core science fiction fans, and I grew up knowing a lot of fairly popular writers. Also, my aunt has had several SF and Fantasy novels published.

    Tropes I've Launched 

    Work pages 
Works marked with an asterisk are simply those where I noticed there were plenty of examples on trope pages, but no work page, so, since I was broadly familiar with the work, I made a page and cross-wicked. These may lack some of the depth of the pages I created simply because I wanted to make a page for that work.

  1. Planet of Adventure*
  2. Lyonesse*
  3. The Drawing of the Dark
  4. "True Names"
  5. Eight Worlds* (aka The Ophiuchi Hotline, Steel Beach, and The Golden Globe)
  6. Schild's Ladder* (work on this one has been hampered by the fact that my copy seems to have disappeared.)
  7. Creatures of Light and Darkness
  8. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
  9. Courtship Rite
  10. MarÓd Audran (aka When Gravity Fails and Budayeen)
  11. Rainbows End
  12. Priscilla Hutchins (aka The Academy Novels and The Engines Of God)
  13. "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger"* (my first non-literature addition)
  14. I Think We're All Bozos on This Bus
  15. J.W. Wells & Co.*
  16. Falling Sideways*
  17. The Unhandsome Prince
  18. Expecting Someone Taller
  19. Heroics for Beginners*
  20. Majipoor Series*
  21. Cities in Flight*
  22. The Greenwich Trilogy (aka The Butterfly Kid and The Unicorn Girl — didn't bother adding a redirect for The Probability Pad, since that's just too obscure)
  23. Flying Dutch*
  24. Blows Against the Empire
  25. The Bell at Sealey Head*
  26. Saturn's Children*
  27. Babel-17
  28. Empire Star
  29. Drake Maijstral (The Crown Jewels, House of Shards, Rock of Ages)
  30. The Starchild Trilogy (The Reefs of Space, Starchild, Rogue Star)
  31. The Radiators (US)
  32. The Promethean Age*

    Creator pages 

    Other Stuff 

    Tropes that apply to me (more or less) 
  • Always Male: (so far).
  • Hippie Parents: more or less. The well-educated college graduate flavor.
  • Mathematician's Answer: as a programmer, I tend to overuse this.
  • My Nayme Is based on the label of a present my mom gave me one Xmas.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: I've been using "Xtifr" ("X" for short) for so long now—decades—that many people don't seem to realize I have another name—or, more precisely, that it has a more conventional spelling.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: My mother was an English major, writer and editor, raised by a railroad yard worker, and fascinated by science. She had a distinct impact on my goddamn vocabulary.

    Pages I'm thinking of adding 

Hugo/Nebula winners I own

Other missing award-winners:

Misc (favorites and notable works)

Searches suggest these deserve a page:


This is my Quick-and-Dirty Sandbox

Pragmatic Prejudice

Indexes: Prejudice Tropes, Politics Tropes, Added Alliterative Appeal

Sometimes a character will express prejudice towards a race, creed, or sexual preference, not because they truly believe there's something wrong with "those people", but as a means towards an end. They may not have strong feelings about the hated group, but they want others to think they do, often for political reasons. If the townsfolk want a leader who will do something about "those people", well, then, the best thing to do is present yourself as someone who will gladly do something.

The prejudice doesn't have to be entirely faked. There may be a core of real dislike there. Or not. The important thing is that the character is publicly exaggerating their hatred in order to benefit themselves, somehow.

In contemporary works, where prejudice is generally seen as a bad thing, this will usually be related to Pragmatic Villainy. In historical works, though, the attitudes may be quite different, and such a character may be presented in a positive light, or even have the pragmatism (rather than the prejudice) shown as a flaw. May involve Holier Than Thou if the prejudice is associated with religion in some way.