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* LensmanArmsRace: Subverted in ''Computer War''--the advanced side uses alarms that can detect laser fire to help guard their buildings--which are useless, as the saboteurs [[RockBeatsLaser use bows and arrows]] to kill the guards. Also, although this side has a massive conventional military advantage, the weaker side is winning by fighting guerrilla-style, and only in easily defensible terrain (mountains, swamps).


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* RockBeatsLaser: In ''Computer War'', the more advanced side uses alarms that can detect laser fire to help guard their buildings--which are useless, as the saboteurs [[RockBeatsLaser use bows and arrows]] to kill the guards. Also, although this side has a massive conventional military advantage, the weaker side is winning by fighting guerrilla-style, and only in easily defensible terrain (mountains, swamps).


Dallas [=McCord=] "Mack" Reynolds (1917-1983) was an American writer, primarily of ScienceFiction, known for his utopian themes. During the 1950s and '60s, he was one of the most prolific and popular writers for Creator/JohnWCampbell's ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'' magazine. His first novel, ''The Case of the Little Green Men'', was mystery, not SF, but it was set at a science fiction convention. In 1968, he wrote the very first original novel based on the TV show ''Series/StarTrek'', a kids book called ''Mission to Horatius''.

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Dallas [=McCord=] "Mack" Reynolds (1917-1983) was an American writer, primarily of ScienceFiction, known for his utopian themes. During the 1950s and '60s, he was one of the most prolific and popular writers for Creator/JohnWCampbell's ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'' magazine. His first novel, ''The Case of the Little Green Men'', was mystery, not SF, but it was set at a science fiction convention. In 1968, he wrote the very first original novel based on the TV show ''Series/StarTrek'', ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'', a kids book called ''Mission to Horatius''.

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* HistoryMarchesOn: Several stories have those DirtyCommunists outpacing the United States economy because their best and brightest become scientists and engineers instead of entertainers and advertising men.


* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The United Planet series gives us Section G of the Department of Interplanetary Justice, Commissariat of Interplanetary Affairs. Spying, covert destabilization of stagnant cultures, and pushing human advancement are among their less 'official' activities. Officially, they're about peace and interplanetary relations.

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The United Planet series gives us Section G of the Department of Interplanetary Justice, Commissariat of Interplanetary Affairs. Spying, covert destabilization of stagnant cultures, and pushing human advancement are among their less 'official' activities. Officially, they're about peace and interplanetary relations.
** In ''Subversive'' we have the Bureau of Economic Subversion investigating a conspiracy to destabilize the American economy. The twist is they're actually Soviet agents ensuring America's inefficient capitalist system doesn't change to a more efficient system. Guess HistoryMarchesOn with that one!


* AlienAmongUs: The short story ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26741 I'm A Stranger Here Myself]]'' features two Western expatriates in Tangier discussing a news article on the FlyingSaucer craze, and the usual AlienAmongUs theories. One scoffs at the idea, [[FridgeLogic pointing out]] that with the vast number of police, security and counter-intelligence agents on Earth, one of these alien observers would be bound to slip up and get caught. His companion responds that Tangiers, as opposed to one of the major capitals like New York or London, would be a perfect place to hide out, as no-one plays attention to anyone's business. It turns out that both men are aliens, but rather than being there for the expected noble reasons, one is [[ToServeMan harvesting human protein]], the other is [[WarForFunAndProfit stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists]]. Which, the first one points out sourly, could spoil an awful lot of good meat.

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* AlienAmongUs: The short story ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26741 I'm A Stranger Here Myself]]'' features two Western expatriates in Tangier discussing a news article on the FlyingSaucer craze, and the usual AlienAmongUs theories. One scoffs at the idea, [[FridgeLogic pointing out]] out that with the vast number of police, security and counter-intelligence agents on Earth, one of these alien observers would be bound to slip up and get caught. His companion responds that Tangiers, as opposed to one of the major capitals like New York or London, would be a perfect place to hide out, as no-one plays attention to anyone's business. It turns out that both men are aliens, but rather than being there for the expected noble reasons, one is [[ToServeMan harvesting human protein]], the other is [[WarForFunAndProfit stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists]]. Which, the first one points out sourly, could spoil an awful lot of good meat.


* AlienAmongUs: The short story "Literature/ImAStrangerHereMyself" [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26741 link]] features two western expatriates in Tangier 1discussing a news article on the FlyingSaucer craze, and the usual AlienAmongUs theories. One scoffs at the idea, [[FridgeLogic pointing out]] that with the vast number of police, security and counter-intelligence agents on Earth, one of these alien observers would be bound to slip up and get caught. His companion responds that Tangiers, as opposed to one of the major capitals like New York or London, would be a perfect place to hide out, as no-one plays attention to anyone's business. It turns out that both men are aliens, but rather than being there for the expected noble reasons, one is [[ToServeMan harvesting human protein]], the other is [[WarForFunAndProfit stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists]]. Which, the first one points out sourly, could spoil an awful lot of good meat.

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* AlienAmongUs: The short story "Literature/ImAStrangerHereMyself" [[http://www.''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26741 link]] I'm A Stranger Here Myself]]'' features two western Western expatriates in Tangier 1discussing discussing a news article on the FlyingSaucer craze, and the usual AlienAmongUs theories. One scoffs at the idea, [[FridgeLogic pointing out]] that with the vast number of police, security and counter-intelligence agents on Earth, one of these alien observers would be bound to slip up and get caught. His companion responds that Tangiers, as opposed to one of the major capitals like New York or London, would be a perfect place to hide out, as no-one plays attention to anyone's business. It turns out that both men are aliens, but rather than being there for the expected noble reasons, one is [[ToServeMan harvesting human protein]], the other is [[WarForFunAndProfit stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists]]. Which, the first one points out sourly, could spoil an awful lot of good meat.


* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit: In "Compounded Interest", a 1956 short story, a time traveler places a small sum at 10% in a bank in medieval Venice and renews the contract every 100 years. By 1960s the sum exceeds the price of everything in the world several times over. Then he comes to the organization servicing [[CapitalLettersAreMagic The Contract]] and starts gradually withdrawing money. What for? [[spoiler:[[StableTimeLoop To build a time machine to go to medieval Venice to place the money]]. You see, when The Contract employees concluded the scheme was started by a time traveler, they consulted with several famous physicists, including him, about the possibility of time travel. He told them time travel was impossible, but later figured that it was possible, [[RealityEnsues only R&D would be prohibitively expensive]]. Thus he came with the plan and started withdrawing money [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble before]] he deposited anything.]]

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* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit: In "Compounded Interest", a "Literature/CompoundedInterest": A 1956 short story, ShortStory where a time traveler places a small sum at 10% in a bank in medieval Venice and renews the contract every 100 years. By 1960s the 1960s, the sum exceeds the price of everything in the world several times over. Then he comes to the organization servicing [[CapitalLettersAreMagic The Contract]] and starts gradually withdrawing money. What for? [[spoiler:[[StableTimeLoop To build a time machine to go to medieval Venice to place the money]]. You see, when The Contract employees concluded the scheme was started by a time traveler, they consulted with several famous physicists, including him, about the possibility of time travel. He told them time travel was impossible, but later figured that it was possible, [[RealityEnsues only R&D would be prohibitively expensive]]. Thus he came with the plan and started withdrawing money [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble before]] he deposited anything.]]


* AlienAmongUs: The short story [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26741 "I'm A Stranger Here Myself"]]. Two western expatriates in Tangier are discussing a news article on the FlyingSaucer craze, and the usual AlienAmongUs theories. One scoffs at the idea, [[FridgeLogic pointing out]] that with the vast number of police, security and counter-intelligence agents on Earth, one of these alien observers would be bound to slip up and get caught. His companion responds that Tangiers, as opposed to one of the major capitals like New York or London, would be a perfect place to hide out, as no-one plays attention to anyones' business. It turns out that both men are aliens, but rather than being there for the expected noble reasons, one is [[ToServeMan harvesting human protein]], the other is [[WarForFunAndProfit stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists]]. Which, the first one points out sourly, could spoil an awful lot of good meat.

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* AlienAmongUs: The short story "Literature/ImAStrangerHereMyself" [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26741 "I'm A Stranger Here Myself"]]. Two link]] features two western expatriates in Tangier are discussing 1discussing a news article on the FlyingSaucer craze, and the usual AlienAmongUs theories. One scoffs at the idea, [[FridgeLogic pointing out]] that with the vast number of police, security and counter-intelligence agents on Earth, one of these alien observers would be bound to slip up and get caught. His companion responds that Tangiers, as opposed to one of the major capitals like New York or London, would be a perfect place to hide out, as no-one plays attention to anyones' anyone's business. It turns out that both men are aliens, but rather than being there for the expected noble reasons, one is [[ToServeMan harvesting human protein]], the other is [[WarForFunAndProfit stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists]]. Which, the first one points out sourly, could spoil an awful lot of good meat.



* MistookTheDominantLifeform: In the short story "Dog Star", the dog-like inhabitants of Sirius II mistake the ship's dog Gimmick for the captain and the human crew for draft animals. The crew decides not to correct them in order to negotiate a trade agreement and has to arrange for all the ships carrying humans through the area to also have dogs.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Subverted in one of the ''United Planets'' [[InSpace spy stories]]. Section G's top operative, Ronny Bronston, takes a new agent on a training mission to an enemy planet. Ronny [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown is wounded and tells the newbie to kill him so the enemy won't capture him]]. The rookie instead helps Ronny to their escape vehicle. The subversion comes because Ronny wasn't ''that'' badly wounded; it was an impromptu SecretTest, and by not being ruthless enough to kill his comrade, the new guy ''failed'' and gets washed out of field agent training. Ronny's boss points out that the rookie was trying to save Ronny's life. Ronny replies flatly that saving his life wasn't the mission.
* ObliviousToLove: One story in the ''Section G'' SpyFiction InSpace had [[FemmeFataleSpy Li Chang Chu]] abandon subtlety, pointing out to top agent Ronny Bronston that they were alone together in a stateroom with the door locked and no other demands on their time. Particularly funny in that he'd been hot for her about as long as she'd been for him, but didn't think he had a chance--despite being well aware that women found him very attractive. He just didn't realize ''this'' woman did, too.
* RankedByIQ: ''Brain World''. The planet Einstein was settled by people who had a minimum IQ of 130, and they've been improving their average IQ ever since. When Einstein applies to join the [[TheFederation United Planets]], Section G sends Doctor Horsten and Ronny Bronston to investigate because the computers say they have the highest intelligence ratings of all of Section G's agents.

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* MistookTheDominantLifeform: In the short story "Dog Star", "Literature/DogStar", the dog-like inhabitants of Sirius II mistake the ship's dog Gimmick for the captain and the human crew for draft animals. The crew decides not to correct them in order to negotiate a trade agreement and has to arrange for all the ships carrying humans through the area to also have dogs.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Subverted in one of the ''United Planets'' ''Literature/UnitedPlanets'' [[InSpace spy stories]]. Section G's top operative, Ronny Bronston, takes a new agent on a training mission to an enemy planet. Ronny [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown is wounded and tells the newbie to kill him so the enemy won't capture him]]. The rookie instead helps Ronny to their escape vehicle. The subversion comes because Ronny wasn't ''that'' badly wounded; it was an impromptu SecretTest, and by not being ruthless enough to kill his comrade, the new guy ''failed'' and gets washed out of field agent training. Ronny's boss points out that the rookie was trying to save Ronny's life. Ronny replies flatly that saving his life wasn't the mission.
* ObliviousToLove: One story in the ''Section G'' ''Literature/SectionG'' SpyFiction InSpace had [[FemmeFataleSpy Li Chang Chu]] abandon subtlety, pointing out to top agent Ronny Bronston that they were alone together in a stateroom with the door locked and no other demands on their time. Particularly funny in that he'd been hot for her about as long as she'd been for him, but didn't think he had a chance--despite being well aware that women found him very attractive. He just didn't realize ''this'' woman did, too.
* RankedByIQ: ''Brain World''.''Literature/BrainWorld''. The planet Einstein was settled by people who had a minimum IQ of 130, and they've been improving their average IQ ever since. When Einstein applies to join the [[TheFederation United Planets]], Section G sends Doctor Horsten and Ronny Bronston to investigate because the computers say they have the highest intelligence ratings of all of Section G's agents.



* ToServeMan: "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1545587&pageno=1 I'm a Stranger Here Myself]]" features a discussion between two undercover aliens. One race considers human meat a delicacy. The other is stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists. The first one notes sourly that this could spoil an awful lot of good meat.
* TrappedInThePast: ''The Other Time'' (completed by Dean Ing after Reynolds' death) features a modern day (1980's) anthropologist doing field work in Mexico who gets thrown back in history to just the right time to run into Cortez and the conquistadors. The language issue is avoided as the hero (being an anthropologist) naturally speaks Nahuatl and Spanish.
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: In ''Unborn Tomorrow'', an EccentricMillionaire wants a private eye to locate a time traveler from the future and get the secret of eternal life. He believes such time travelers would go to the {{Oktoberfest}}, where everyone would be too drunk to notice anything strange about them. The private eye's secretary is surprised when her boss curtly turns down this chance to get drunk on someone else's money. The private eye explains that he's already taken the assignment three times, and each time the time travelers sent him back to this point in the time line, with a massive hangover from drinking too much German beer. There's no way he's getting another hangover piled on top of the previous three, not for any amount of money!

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* ToServeMan: "[[http://www.In "Literature/ImAStrangerHereMyself" [[http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1545587&pageno=1 I'm a Stranger Here Myself]]" features a discussion between org/ebooks/26741 link]], two [[AliensAmongUs undercover aliens.aliens]] are having a discussion. One race considers human meat a delicacy. The other is stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists. The first one notes sourly that this could spoil an awful lot of good meat.
* TrappedInThePast: ''The Other Time'' ''Literature/TheOtherTime'' (completed by Dean Ing after Reynolds' death) features a modern day (1980's) anthropologist doing field work in Mexico who gets thrown back in history to just the right time to run into Cortez and the conquistadors. The language issue is avoided as the hero (being an anthropologist) naturally speaks Nahuatl and Spanish.
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: In ''Unborn Tomorrow'', ''Literature/UnbornTomorrow'', an EccentricMillionaire wants a private eye to locate a time traveler from the future and get the secret of eternal life. He believes such time travelers would go to the {{Oktoberfest}}, where everyone would be too drunk to notice anything strange about them. The private eye's secretary is surprised when her boss curtly turns down this chance to get drunk on someone else's money. The private eye explains that he's already taken the assignment three times, and each time the time travelers sent him back to this point in the time line, with a massive hangover from drinking too much German beer. There's no way he's getting another hangover piled on top of the previous three, not for any amount of money!


* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Subverted in one of the ''United Planets'' [[InSpace spy stories]]. Section G's top operative, Ronny Bronston, takes a new agent on a training mission to an enemy planet. Ronny is wounded and tells the newbie to kill him so the enemy won't capture him. The rookie instead helps Ronny to their escape vehicle. The subversion comes because Ronny wasn't ''that'' badly wounded; it was an impromptu SecretTest, and by not being ruthless enough to kill his comrade, the new guy ''failed'' and gets washed out of field agent training. Ronny's boss points out that the rookie was trying to save Ronny's life. Ronny replies flatly that saving his life wasn't the mission.


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* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: In ''Unborn Tomorrow'', an EccentricMillionaire wants a private eye to locate a time traveler from the future and get the secret of eternal life. He believes such time travelers would go to the {{Oktoberfest}}, where everyone would be too drunk to notice anything strange about them. The private eye's secretary is surprised when her boss curtly turns down this chance to get drunk on someone else's money. The private eye explains that he's already taken the assignment three times, and each time the time travelers sent him back to this point in the time line, with a massive hangover from drinking too much German beer. There's no way he's getting another hangover piled on top of the previous three, not for any amount of money!

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Dallas [=McCord=] "Mack" Reynolds (1917-1983) was an American writer, primarily of ScienceFiction, known for his utopian themes. During the 1950s and '60s, he was one of the most prolific and popular writers for Creator/JohnWCampbell's ''Magazine/{{Analog}}'' magazine. His first novel, ''The Case of the Little Green Men'', was mystery, not SF, but it was set at a science fiction convention. In 1968, he wrote the very first original novel based on the TV show ''Series/StarTrek'', a kids book called ''Mission to Horatius''.

He had several popular on-going series, including the United Planets/Section G thrillers, the Joe Mauser series, and the Homer Crawford series (aka the North Africa series), which was one of the first SF series to feature an African-American protagonist, and one of the first to be set in a modern, up-to-date Africa, rather than a fantasy jungle. He also wrote sequels to Edward Bellamy's 1888 classic ''Literature/LookingBackward: 2000-1887''.

All told, he published over 60 novels during his career, including a few erotic novels, a couple of Gothic Romances (as Maxine Reynolds), and countless short-stories, almost all SF.

!! Selected Works:
* ''The Case of the Little Green Men'' (1951)
* Homer Crawford/North Africa series:
** ''Black Man's Burden'' (1961)
** ''Border, Breed nor Birth'' (1962)
** ''The Best Ye Breed'' (1978)
* United Planets/Section G series:
** ''Planetary Agent X'' (1965)
** ''Dawnman Planet'' (1967)
** ''The Rival Rigelians'' (1967)
** ''Code Duello'' (1968)
** ''Amazon Planet'' (1975)
** ''Section G: United Planets'' (1976)
** ''Brain World'' (1978)
* The Joe Mauser series:
** ''Mercenary from Tomorrow'' (1968)
** ''The Earth War'' (1963)
** ''The Fracas Factor'' (1978)
** ''Time Gladiator'' (1966)
** ''Mercenary'' (1962)
** ''Joe Mauser: Mercenary from Tomorrow'' (1986, with Creator/MichaelABanks)
* ''The Other Time'' (1984, with Dean Ing)

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!! Tropes in his works:
* {{Afrofuturism}}: The "North Africa" series, starting with ''Black Man's Burden'' in 1961, featured African-Americans going back to Africa to help bootstrap the continent into a high-tech future. The stories were inspired by time Reynolds' had spent in Africa, and were praised for their positive handling of racial issues, but criticized for their paternalistic views of tribal and nomadic societies.
* AlienAmongUs: The short story [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/26741 "I'm A Stranger Here Myself"]]. Two western expatriates in Tangier are discussing a news article on the FlyingSaucer craze, and the usual AlienAmongUs theories. One scoffs at the idea, [[FridgeLogic pointing out]] that with the vast number of police, security and counter-intelligence agents on Earth, one of these alien observers would be bound to slip up and get caught. His companion responds that Tangiers, as opposed to one of the major capitals like New York or London, would be a perfect place to hide out, as no-one plays attention to anyones' business. It turns out that both men are aliens, but rather than being there for the expected noble reasons, one is [[ToServeMan harvesting human protein]], the other is [[WarForFunAndProfit stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists]]. Which, the first one points out sourly, could spoil an awful lot of good meat.
* AtmosphereAbuse: In the novel ''Dawnman Planet''. A race of aliens has the power to instantly convert the oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere of a planet to methane-hydrogen-ammonia, killing all of the inhabitants.
* BornLucky: In the United Planets novel ''Code Duello'', one operative is a young man who's never lost a bet. When he bet on a horse race, his horse broke its leg, but he still won; there was a big pile-up on the racetrack, and his horse limped across the finish line first.
* CompoundInterestTimeTravelGambit: In "Compounded Interest", a 1956 short story, a time traveler places a small sum at 10% in a bank in medieval Venice and renews the contract every 100 years. By 1960s the sum exceeds the price of everything in the world several times over. Then he comes to the organization servicing [[CapitalLettersAreMagic The Contract]] and starts gradually withdrawing money. What for? [[spoiler:[[StableTimeLoop To build a time machine to go to medieval Venice to place the money]]. You see, when The Contract employees concluded the scheme was started by a time traveler, they consulted with several famous physicists, including him, about the possibility of time travel. He told them time travel was impossible, but later figured that it was possible, [[RealityEnsues only R&D would be prohibitively expensive]]. Thus he came with the plan and started withdrawing money [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble before]] he deposited anything.]]
* CorporateWarfare: In ''Mercenary'' companies often settle contract disputes by armed conflicts commonly referred to as "frackuses" which are televised like spectator sports and are restricted to 19th century technology.
* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: The novel ''The Five-Way Secret Agent'', where a guy is drafted into an international espionage assignment by five different opposing factions, one after another.
* EternalEnglish: In the short story "Gun for Hire", a hitman is brought from the past to a future utopia. He's really not inclined to help, but is told that just running for it will do no good as only students of dead languages can speak American English these days.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: In the short story "Literature/TrampleAnEmpireDown", bored dolees set out to undermine the establishment by openly mounting the Subversive Party, whose slogan is "What's In It For Me?" It succeeds beyond anyone's wildest dreams (or nightmares).
* GeniusBreedingAct: In the ''Section G'' series novel ''Brain World''. All of the initial settlers of the planet Einstein were required to have a minimum IQ of 130. They all bred with each other, and the result was a planet of geniuses with intellectual abilities far exceeding the rest of humanity.
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: ''The Other Time'' (completed by Dean Ing after Reynolds' death) features a modern day (1980's) anthropologist doing field work in Mexico who gets thrown back in history to just the right time to run into Cortez and the conquistadors. The language issue is avoided as the hero (being an anthropologist) naturally speaks Nahuatl and Spanish.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: The United Planet series gives us Section G of the Department of Interplanetary Justice, Commissariat of Interplanetary Affairs. Spying, covert destabilization of stagnant cultures, and pushing human advancement are among their less 'official' activities. Officially, they're about peace and interplanetary relations.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Subverted in one of the ''United Planets'' [[InSpace spy stories]]. Section G's top operative, Ronny Bronston, takes a new agent on a training mission to an enemy planet. Ronny is wounded and tells the newbie to kill him so the enemy won't capture him. The rookie instead helps Ronny to their escape vehicle. The subversion comes because Ronny wasn't ''that'' badly wounded; it was an impromptu SecretTest, and by not being ruthless enough to kill his comrade, the new guy ''failed'' and gets washed out of field agent training. Ronny's boss points out that the rookie was trying to save Ronny's life. Ronny replies flatly that saving his life wasn't the mission.
* LensmanArmsRace: Subverted in ''Computer War''--the advanced side uses alarms that can detect laser fire to help guard their buildings--which are useless, as the saboteurs [[RockBeatsLaser use bows and arrows]] to kill the guards. Also, although this side has a massive conventional military advantage, the weaker side is winning by fighting guerrilla-style, and only in easily defensible terrain (mountains, swamps).
* LikeADuckTakesToWater: In the short story "Gun for Hire", a hitman is time-scooped to a future utopia to kill a dissident who's threatening to upset this. So the hitman just offers his services to the dissident instead.
* MasterRace: In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel, ''Mission to Horatius'', the inhabitants of the planet Bavarya (''sic!'') are divided into artificially replicated people called "doppelgangers" (again, ''sic'') and biologically engendered people called the "Herr-Elite" (''sic, sic, sic'')--obvious stand-ins for Nazi ''Untermenschen'' and ''Herrenvolk''. The "Herr-Elite" plan to invade the planets [[OneMillionBC Neolithia]] and [[CorruptChurch Mythra]] and enslave their inhabitants. It turns out that the dictator, "Nummer Ein," is himself a doppelganger. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
* MistookTheDominantLifeform: In the short story "Dog Star", the dog-like inhabitants of Sirius II mistake the ship's dog Gimmick for the captain and the human crew for draft animals. The crew decides not to correct them in order to negotiate a trade agreement and has to arrange for all the ships carrying humans through the area to also have dogs.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Subverted in one of the ''United Planets'' [[InSpace spy stories]]. Section G's top operative, Ronny Bronston, takes a new agent on a training mission to an enemy planet. Ronny [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown is wounded and tells the newbie to kill him so the enemy won't capture him]]. The rookie instead helps Ronny to their escape vehicle. The subversion comes because Ronny wasn't ''that'' badly wounded; it was an impromptu SecretTest, and by not being ruthless enough to kill his comrade, the new guy ''failed'' and gets washed out of field agent training. Ronny's boss points out that the rookie was trying to save Ronny's life. Ronny replies flatly that saving his life wasn't the mission.
* ObliviousToLove: One story in the ''Section G'' SpyFiction InSpace had [[FemmeFataleSpy Li Chang Chu]] abandon subtlety, pointing out to top agent Ronny Bronston that they were alone together in a stateroom with the door locked and no other demands on their time. Particularly funny in that he'd been hot for her about as long as she'd been for him, but didn't think he had a chance--despite being well aware that women found him very attractive. He just didn't realize ''this'' woman did, too.
* RankedByIQ: ''Brain World''. The planet Einstein was settled by people who had a minimum IQ of 130, and they've been improving their average IQ ever since. When Einstein applies to join the [[TheFederation United Planets]], Section G sends Doctor Horsten and Ronny Bronston to investigate because the computers say they have the highest intelligence ratings of all of Section G's agents.
* SpaceMadness: In the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' book, ''Mission to Horatius'', the possibility of "space cafard" became a concern. Spock described it as:
-->"Compounded of claustrophobia, ennui--boredom, if you will--and the instinctive dread of a species, born on a planet surface, of living outside its native environment.... A mania that evidently is highly contagious. It is said that in the early days of space travel, cafard could sweep through a ship in a matter of hours, until all on board were raging maniacs, and--"
* ToServeMan: "[[http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/world/readfile?fk_files=1545587&pageno=1 I'm a Stranger Here Myself]]" features a discussion between two undercover aliens. One race considers human meat a delicacy. The other is stirring up wars and tribal conflicts for alien thrill tourists. The first one notes sourly that this could spoil an awful lot of good meat.
* TrappedInThePast: ''The Other Time'' (completed by Dean Ing after Reynolds' death) features a modern day (1980's) anthropologist doing field work in Mexico who gets thrown back in history to just the right time to run into Cortez and the conquistadors. The language issue is avoided as the hero (being an anthropologist) naturally speaks Nahuatl and Spanish.
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