- Executive Meddling: Gerrold has a tendency to stray from the story of the war against the Chtorran gastropedes to write long, meandering Author Tracts about lawyers, video games, people who take advantage of writers, etc. Editors, in turn, remorselessly chop them out. When his fandom became better established, the books were re-published with these passages restored. Thus the fandom discovered such wonders as how McCarthy designed a best-selling video game as a teenager, the rise and fall of scheming producer Lester Barnstorm, and the Baby Cooper Dollar Bill.
- Though admittedly, the removal of the Baby Cooper Dollar Bill story might have something to do with it being smack dab in the middle of a plotline where McCarthy engages in a vitriolic legal battle with his mother over his fortune in worm bounties — after she's spent several hours straight disparaging his military career killing worms. Which ends in his mother not only disowning him, but getting a restraining order so extreme McCarthy wasn't even informed when she died. Even Editors Love Their Mamas.
- Nightmare Fuel: Some of the aliens and the stuff that they do is really unsettling.
- Some of the people and the stuff that they do is really unsettling.
- Values Resonance: The Moscow Treaties — an alliance of third-world countries forcing the US to spend billions upon billions of dollars on foreign aid through nuclear brinksmanship — seems downright prescient in The New '10s and "The One Percent"; especially where it points out that any attempt to balance those scales through forced redistribution would only make things worse.
...they did it wrong — they were confiscatory. And you just demonstrated to us that you can't redress old wrongs that way without creating new wrongs.