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* {{Adorkable}}: Ren Boz, who's a textbook portrait of a nerd, but is full of puppy charm.


** The novel starts with an expedition to a non-starfaring Great Ring planet Zirda that ceased communicating several decades ago. Earth had to check on it being its closest Ring neighbour. Circumstantial evidence -- lifeless cities, weird giant flowers covering everything, high radiation levels, information about what technologies were popular on Zirda -- suggested everybody died of radioactive pollution. The expedition found no survivors.

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** The novel starts with an expedition to a non-starfaring Great Ring planet Zirda that ceased communicating several decades ago. Earth had to check on it it, being its closest Ring neighbour. Circumstantial evidence -- lifeless cities, weird giant flowers covering everything, high radiation levels, information about what technologies were popular on Zirda -- suggested everybody died of radioactive pollution. The expedition found no survivors.


In the end the novel, drawing much of its inspiration from foreign science fiction not yet widely known in the Soviet Union (and in some cases [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] its predictions), just kind of opened the flood gates for Epic Soviet Science Fiction. Stuck for decades in their ghetto, the authors and readers alike suddenly realized that the genre is much ''bigger'' than they're used to think, and jumped on the bandwagon enthusiastically, paving the way for the Golden Age of the genre.

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In the end the novel, drawing much of its inspiration from foreign science fiction not yet widely known in the Soviet Union (and in some cases [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] its predictions), just kind of opened the flood gates for Epic Soviet Science Fiction. Stuck for decades in their ghetto, the authors and readers alike suddenly realized that the genre is much ''bigger'' than they're they used to think, and jumped on the bandwagon enthusiastically, paving the way for the Golden Age of the genre.


* GreenAesop: [[JustifiedTrope Justifiably]] [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. Yes, humans cheerfully redrew the Earth's maps and changed its climatic zones with preciously small regard to the fate of its biosphere, but that was because there largely ''wasn't'' any biosphere to protects, humans [[GaiasLament having already destroyed it in their wars]], with the Himalayas being basically the only place left relatively untouched. Earth in the novels [[AfterTheEnd is a post-apocalyptic world]], rebuilt at a great effort and enormous expense, and its biosphere is virtually completely artificial.

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* GreenAesop: [[JustifiedTrope Justifiably]] [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. Yes, humans cheerfully redrew the Earth's maps and changed its climatic zones with preciously small regard to the fate of its biosphere, but that was because there largely ''wasn't'' any biosphere to protects, protect, humans [[GaiasLament having already destroyed it in their wars]], with the Himalayas being basically the only place left relatively untouched. Earth in the novels [[AfterTheEnd is a post-apocalyptic world]], rebuilt at a great effort and enormous expense, and its biosphere is virtually completely artificial.


* CoolStarship: ''Tantra'' in the first part, ''Swan'' in the epilogue. ''Sail'' and ''Algorab'' fail to qualify by being lost, even if the former is a ''Tantra'''s sistership and gets finally found.

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* CoolStarship: ''Tantra'' in the first part, ''Swan'' in the epilogue. ''Sail'' and ''Algorab'' fail to qualify by being lost, even if the former is a ''Tantra'''s sistership and gets finally found. Also the starship from Andromeda galaxy, seeing as it managed to make an intergalactic journey and crash-land without getting wrecked.


* TheAce: Darr Veter is not a MartyStu only because expectations of what a man must be like are so high, he's not that much above the regular guy. Still, he's incredibly strong, hardy, savvy, intelligent, cultured, handsome, romantic, dependable and responsible. Oh, and one of the most respected and influential people on Earth.



* TheMainCharactersDoEverything: The few characters introduced as random people Darr Veter runs into on an archaeological dig go on to make important decision and everyone listens to ''their'' opinion. Same for crew of Tantra, whose input in a worldwide discussion is treated as so important, as if no experts on the matter were involved.



* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: A strong 5. It was firmly grounded in scientific knowledge of the time (yes, even FTL travel) and despite a few ScienceMarchesOn and TechnologyMarchesOn moments, it has mostly held up pretty well.



* OlderThanTheyLook: Most of the characters, as the life expectancy on Earth is generally somewhat above two centuries.

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Most of the characters, as the life expectancy on Earth is generally somewhat above two centuries. In fact it is about three centuries, but most people work so hard they rarely live past two hundred.



* StuffBlowingUp: Mven Mass and Ren Boz's experiment. It ''was'' successful (at least partially), but it blew up the experimental apparatus, destroyed the transmitting satellite, killed its crew of four, and almost fatally injured Ren Boz himself.

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* RiteOfPassage: The Twelve Deeds of Heracles, a number of difficult and meaningful deeds for the good of humanity expected of every young man and woman upon finishing education.
* StuffBlowingUp: Mven Mass and Ren Boz's experiment. It ''was'' successful (at least partially), but it blew up the experimental apparatus, destroyed the transmitting satellite, killed its crew of four, and almost fatally injured Ren Boz himself. [[FridgeHorror It may also have caused similar destruction on the planet they were trying to reach.]]

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* GenerationShip: The Planet of Green Sun is far enough that while the ''[[CoolStarship Swan's]]'' crew can live to reach it with some luck, they most definitely cannot live to ''return''. Thus, they must plan accordingly so that their kids could bring the word back.


** Then, the sequel has a supposed LostColony Tormans, though locals insist they came not from Earth, but from someplace else. (Actually, they descend from Earthlings, who fled the world war that preceded the utopia, but that is classified.)

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** Then, [[Literature/TheBullsHour the sequel sequel]] has a supposed LostColony Tormans, Tormance, though locals insist they came not from Earth, but from someplace else. (Actually, else.[[note]]Actually, they descend from Earthlings, Earthlings who fled the world war that preceded the utopia, but that is classified.)classified information available only to the ruling oligarchy.[[/note]]


* MundaneDogmatic: A whole half a century before the rules were formulated.



* {{Zeerust}}: Some points of the novel stand incredibly well up to this day. Others have become hopelessly outdated, such as the computer and networking technology being based around bulky RaygunGothic analog devices and having the functionality of just about early 21st century era such as semi-autonomous pilot software or video communication. Despite his scientific background, the author also didn't account for increasingly sophisticated astronomical techniques which allow humans to map their surroundings within a considerable range in the galaxy without even leaving Earth, thus avoiding the need for manned expeditions to trek blindly through "uncharted space" mere couple of light years away. Ironically enough, the main social prognosis of the novel - that a centralized, collaborative planned economy is necessary to remedy the wrongdoings of past eras - still stands, as mankind is increasingly aware of the inability of free markets to cope with planet-wide initiatives.

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* {{Zeerust}}: Some points of the novel stand incredibly well up to this day. Others have become hopelessly outdated, such as the computer and networking technology being based around bulky RaygunGothic analog devices and having the functionality of just about early 21st century era such as semi-autonomous pilot software or video communication. Despite his scientific background, background,[[note]]Though he was a biologist and might not have a full picture of what could be possible in the future in a field so radically different from his area of expertise.[[/note]] the author also didn't account for increasingly sophisticated astronomical techniques which allow humans to map their surroundings within a considerable range in the galaxy without even leaving Earth, thus avoiding the need for manned expeditions to trek blindly through "uncharted space" mere couple of light years away. Ironically enough, the main social prognosis of the novel - that a centralized, collaborative planned economy is necessary to remedy the wrongdoings of past eras - still stands, as mankind is increasingly aware of the inability of free markets to cope with planet-wide initiatives.


* Zeerust: Some points of the novel stand incredibly well up to this day. Others have become hopelessly outdated, such as the computer and networking technology being based around bulky RaygunGothic analog devices and having the functionality of just about early 21st century era such as semi-autonomous pilot software or video communication. Despite his scientific background, the author also didn't account for increasingly sophisticated astronomical techniques which allow humans to map their surroundings within a considerable range in the galaxy without even leaving Earth, thus avoiding the need for manned expeditions to trek blindly through "uncharted space" mere couple of light years away. Ironically enough, the main social prognosis of the novel - that a centralized, collaborative planned economy is necessary to remedy the wrongdoings of past eras - still stands, as mankind is increasingly aware of the inability of free markets to cope with planet-wide initiatives.

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* Zeerust: {{Zeerust}}: Some points of the novel stand incredibly well up to this day. Others have become hopelessly outdated, such as the computer and networking technology being based around bulky RaygunGothic analog devices and having the functionality of just about early 21st century era such as semi-autonomous pilot software or video communication. Despite his scientific background, the author also didn't account for increasingly sophisticated astronomical techniques which allow humans to map their surroundings within a considerable range in the galaxy without even leaving Earth, thus avoiding the need for manned expeditions to trek blindly through "uncharted space" mere couple of light years away. Ironically enough, the main social prognosis of the novel - that a centralized, collaborative planned economy is necessary to remedy the wrongdoings of past eras - still stands, as mankind is increasingly aware of the inability of free markets to cope with planet-wide initiatives.



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* WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture: The average human in this story is the pinnacle of physical and mental ability and lives twice as long as those from pre-Brotherhood era. This is solely due to improved upbringing, nutrition and medicine, non-invasive eugenics as well as reduced stress; the novel doesn't consciously enforce NoTranshumanismAllowed, but rather was written before the notion became mainstream.
* Zeerust: Some points of the novel stand incredibly well up to this day. Others have become hopelessly outdated, such as the computer and networking technology being based around bulky RaygunGothic analog devices and having the functionality of just about early 21st century era such as semi-autonomous pilot software or video communication. Despite his scientific background, the author also didn't account for increasingly sophisticated astronomical techniques which allow humans to map their surroundings within a considerable range in the galaxy without even leaving Earth, thus avoiding the need for manned expeditions to trek blindly through "uncharted space" mere couple of light years away. Ironically enough, the main social prognosis of the novel - that a centralized, collaborative planned economy is necessary to remedy the wrongdoings of past eras - still stands, as mankind is increasingly aware of the inability of free markets to cope with planet-wide initiatives.


** The novel starts with an expedition to a non-starfaring Great Ring planet Zirda that ceased communicating several decades ago. Earth had to check on it being its closest Ring neighbour. Circumstantial evidence -- lifeless cities, weird giant flowers covering everything, high radiation levels, information about what technologies were popular on Zirda -- suggested everybody died of radioactive pollution. The expedition found no survivors.



* GreenAesop: [[JustifiedTrope Justifiably]] [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. Yes, humans cheerfully redrew the Earth's maps and changed its climatic zones with preciously small regard to the fate of its biosphere, but that was because there largely ''wasn't'' any biosphere to protects, humans [[GaiasLament having already destroyed it in their wars]], with the Himalayas being basically the only place left relatively untouched. Earth in the novels [[AfterTheEnd is a post-apocalyptic world]], rebuilt at a great effort and enormous expense, and it's biosphere is virtually completely artificial.

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* GreenAesop: [[JustifiedTrope Justifiably]] [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. Yes, humans cheerfully redrew the Earth's maps and changed its climatic zones with preciously small regard to the fate of its biosphere, but that was because there largely ''wasn't'' any biosphere to protects, humans [[GaiasLament having already destroyed it in their wars]], with the Himalayas being basically the only place left relatively untouched. Earth in the novels [[AfterTheEnd is a post-apocalyptic world]], rebuilt at a great effort and enormous expense, and it's its biosphere is virtually completely artificial.artificial.
** Played straight with the planet Zirda, killed by accumulating nuclear waste, see AfterTheEnd above.



** Unfortunately, as a sequel points out, the marriages between Eartlings and Tucanians (yes, TheyDo) are still childless.
** Averted with all other major races. They are mostly humanoid (some enough to qualify as RubberForeheadAliens), but clearly distinguishable from Earth humans.

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** Unfortunately, as a sequel points out, the marriages between Eartlings and Tucanians (yes, TheyDo) are still childless.
childless. Two centuries after the contact geneticists promise to solve it in a few more decades.
** Averted with all other major races. They are mostly humanoid (some enough to qualify as RubberForeheadAliens), but clearly distinguishable from Earth humans. humans.
** Then, the sequel has a supposed LostColony Tormans, though locals insist they came not from Earth, but from someplace else. (Actually, they descend from Earthlings, who fled the world war that preceded the utopia, but that is classified.)


''Andromeda Nebula'' (Russian: Туманность Андромеды), also known by its English title ''Andromeda: A Space-Age Tale'' is a grand, sweeping, {{Utopia}}n epic by Soviet paleonotologist and SciFi author Creator/IvanEfremov. First published in 1955 in magazine form, and later in hardcover edition in 1957, it's widely considered a first ''modern'' speculative fiction work in the Soviet literature, and is notable for breaking the prevailing (and [[ExecutiveMeddling governmentally promoted]]) "[[TwentyMinutesIntoThefuture near aim]]" trend in the Soviet science fiction, with its atomic steamrollers and automatic threshers as a central point of the story.

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''Andromeda Nebula'' (Russian: Туманность Андромеды), also known by its English title ''Andromeda: A Space-Age Tale'' is a grand, sweeping, {{Utopia}}n epic by Soviet paleonotologist and SciFi author Creator/IvanEfremov.Creator/IvanYefremov. First published in 1955 in magazine form, and later in hardcover edition in 1957, it's widely considered a first ''modern'' speculative fiction work in the Soviet literature, and is notable for breaking the prevailing (and [[ExecutiveMeddling governmentally promoted]]) "[[TwentyMinutesIntoThefuture near aim]]" trend in the Soviet science fiction, with its atomic steamrollers and automatic threshers as a central point of the story.


''Andromeda Nebula'' (Russian: Туманность Андромеды), also known by its English title ''Andromeda: A Space-Age Tale'' is a grand, sweeping, {{Utopia}}n epic by Soviet paleonotologist and SciFi author IvanEfremov. First published in 1955 in magazine form, and later in hardcover edition in 1957, it's widely considered a first ''modern'' speculative fiction work in the Soviet literature, and is notable for breaking the prevailing (and [[ExecutiveMeddling governmentally promoted]]) "[[TwentyMinutesIntoThefuture near aim]]" trend in the Soviet science fiction, with its atomic steamrollers and automatic threshers as a central point of the story.

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''Andromeda Nebula'' (Russian: Туманность Андромеды), also known by its English title ''Andromeda: A Space-Age Tale'' is a grand, sweeping, {{Utopia}}n epic by Soviet paleonotologist and SciFi author IvanEfremov.Creator/IvanEfremov. First published in 1955 in magazine form, and later in hardcover edition in 1957, it's widely considered a first ''modern'' speculative fiction work in the Soviet literature, and is notable for breaking the prevailing (and [[ExecutiveMeddling governmentally promoted]]) "[[TwentyMinutesIntoThefuture near aim]]" trend in the Soviet science fiction, with its atomic steamrollers and automatic threshers as a central point of the story.

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