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* EvilutionaryBiologist: Subverted. The world government genetically engineers everybody for maximum genetic perfection (or, at least, elimination of imperfection), except for a carefully guarded population of "control naturals," and strongly encourages particularly hopeful genetic matches, as between the hero and heroine. The subversion is that this is presented as entirely a good thing. This society is sometimes described as a "socialist" state but bears more in common with Technocracy. Everybody gets a small annual dividend from the output of the whole global economy as if it were a corporation in which all are stockholders; control naturals get a larger dividend, enough for a livable income, in compensation for their genetic inferiority and inability to compete with the average person.

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* EvilutionaryBiologist: Subverted. The world government genetically engineers everybody for maximum genetic perfection (or, at least, elimination of imperfection), except for a carefully guarded population of "control naturals," and strongly encourages particularly hopeful genetic matches, as between the hero and heroine. The subversion is that this is presented as entirely a good thing. This society is sometimes described as a "socialist" state but bears more in common with Technocracy. Everybody gets a small annual dividend from the output of the whole global economy as if it were a corporation in which all are stockholders; [[NoControlGroup control naturals naturals]] get a larger dividend, enough for a livable income, in compensation for their genetic inferiority and inability to compete with the average person.


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* NoControlGroup: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]: most couples select the best sets of their genes for their children. But the government subsidizes a group designated as "Control Naturals" to create their children the old-fashioned way, in case current generations' definitions of "best" turn out to have unforeseen liabilities.


* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: Lethal duels with rayguns are commonplace, but the hero makes a replica of an obsolete weapon, the '.45'. When his friend informs him that chemical reactions are too slow, the hero replies that it's human reflexes that make the difference.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: This story is set in a society where everyone is given the basics [[NoPoverty for free]]. However, they still had money and the economics [[ItMakesSenseInContext made sense in context]]. Though to be fair that's pretty easy: just give out ''really crappy'' basics, kinda like issuing everyone on a dole an orange jumpsuit and feeding them on prison loaf: surely it would let you ''survive'' on the dole, but would you ''like'' living like that for any extended period of time?



* DestructoNookie: The protagonist beats up his love interest; she returns the favor. True Romance.
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* HumansAreSurvivors: This story claims that humanity's true strength is in its ability to survive in dangerous environments.
-->"Man is an unspecialized animal. His body, except for its enormous brain case, is primitive. He can't dig; he can't run very fast; he can't fly. But he can eat anything and he can stay alive where a goat would starve, a lizard would fry, a bird freeze. Instead of special adaptations he has general adaptability."
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: The hero uses an "[[ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge old fashioned]]" .45 pistol when every other man in his society uses some form of laser or similar pistol because he likes it and the noise is extremely disorienting to his enemies, who expect a silent gun.

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* SerialNovel: Published (as by [[PenName Anson MacDonald]]) in two issues, starting from [[Recap/Analog1942 April 1942]] of ''{{Magazine/Analog}}''.


''Beyond This Horizon'' is a science fiction novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein first published as a serial in 1942.

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''Beyond This Horizon'' is a science fiction ScienceFiction novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein Creator/RobertAHeinlein, first published as a serial SerialNovel in 1942.
[[Recap/Analog1942 1942]].


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* DesignerBabiesDesignerBabies: ''Beyond This Horizon'' has the same gamete-selection process and discrimination as in ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'', but it's treated much better by being actually ''scientific''; traits are studied extensively before being integrated into the general population, there is a protected class of "control naturals" just in case any of the selected genes turn out to be a bad idea, and the gene-selected humans won a war against an an empire of caste species to show that ''individual'' survival drive trumps "Brave New World"-style human insect hives with custom-bred units. There's also a condemnation of the UterineReplicator concept; you ''don't'' want to risk the genetics for a healthy womb deteriorating -- if civilization ever collapsed and humans had to breed naturally again, a lack of healthy reproductive systems and knowledge of reproductive care would doom the entire species.


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''Beyond This Horizon'' is an science fiction novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein first published as a serial in 1942.

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** It's an aversion that one of their prime tenets is 'you will not engineer anything into the human genome that isn't already there'; the "genetic engineering" is used only to ensure that two people having children have children with the best genetic combination that both parents' DNA could potentially have made on their own if the kid rolled all natural 20s in the genetic lottery. A past society that did use full-on genetic engineering to try and create perfect people, specialized to their jobs, is held up and lampshaded by characters in-setting as 'The History Of A Really Horrible Idea And Why We Don't Do That No More'. An attempt to revive that movement is done during the story by the villains of that chapter, and presented as an even ''more'' horrible idea.


* EvilutionaryBiologist: Subverted. The world government genetically engineers everybody for maximum genetic perfection (or, at least, elimination of imperfection), except for a carefully guarded population of "control naturals," and strongly encourages particularly hopeful genetic matches, as between the hero and heroine. The subversion is that this is presented as entirely a good thing. (This society is sometimes described as a "socialist" state but bears more in common with Technocracy. Everybody gets a small annual dividend from the output of the whole global economy as if it were a corporation in which all are stockholders; control naturals get a larger dividend, enough for a livable income, in compensation for their genetic inferiority and inability to compete with the average person.)

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* EvilutionaryBiologist: Subverted. The world government genetically engineers everybody for maximum genetic perfection (or, at least, elimination of imperfection), except for a carefully guarded population of "control naturals," and strongly encourages particularly hopeful genetic matches, as between the hero and heroine. The subversion is that this is presented as entirely a good thing. (This This society is sometimes described as a "socialist" state but bears more in common with Technocracy. Everybody gets a small annual dividend from the output of the whole global economy as if it were a corporation in which all are stockholders; control naturals get a larger dividend, enough for a livable income, in compensation for their genetic inferiority and inability to compete with the average person.)


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* EvilutionaryBiologistEvilutionaryBiologist: Subverted. The world government genetically engineers everybody for maximum genetic perfection (or, at least, elimination of imperfection), except for a carefully guarded population of "control naturals," and strongly encourages particularly hopeful genetic matches, as between the hero and heroine. The subversion is that this is presented as entirely a good thing. (This society is sometimes described as a "socialist" state but bears more in common with Technocracy. Everybody gets a small annual dividend from the output of the whole global economy as if it were a corporation in which all are stockholders; control naturals get a larger dividend, enough for a livable income, in compensation for their genetic inferiority and inability to compete with the average person.)

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