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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: An unusual example in that it all takes place among fellow humans. Every culture Thorby finds himself living among is so strange to him that it takes a long time to adjust, and in some cases, he never really understands how it works. By contrast, he adapts to the ways of actual aliens with more aplomb. Granted, he doesn't try to live with them, just interact.


* CasualInterstellarTravel: Played with. Space travel is definitely common, and Thorby spends most of the book travelling the galaxy, much of which has been colonized. However, it's also mentioned in dialogue that fewer that 1% of people ever leave their birth planet.

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* CasualInterstellarTravel: Played with. Space travel is definitely common, and Thorby spends most of the book travelling the galaxy, much of which has been colonized. However, it's also mentioned in dialogue that fewer that 1% of people ever leave their birth planet. And the travel time is more like an ocean cruise than a cross-country road trip.


* CasualInterstellarTravel: Played with. Space travel is definitely common, and Thorby spends most of the book travelling the galaxy, much of which has been colonized. However, it's also mentioned in dialogue that fewer that 1% of people ever leave their birth planet.



* KissingCousins: At the Rudbek estate, "Uncle" John tries to foist Leda on Thorby, and she isn't completely against the idea. Thorby is {{Squick}}ed out at first, until he goes over their lineage in his head and realizes that, at least by Free Trader standards, she's not taboo. He still remains against the idea though, because he intends to stay a ChasteHero and doesn't want to hurt her by being an absentee husband because of the X-Corps.

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* KissingCousins: KissingCousins:
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At the Rudbek estate, "Uncle" John tries to foist Leda on Thorby, and she isn't completely against the idea. Thorby is {{Squick}}ed out at first, until he goes over their lineage in his head and realizes that, at least by Free Trader standards, she's not taboo. He still remains against the idea though, because he intends to stay a ChasteHero and doesn't want to hurt her by being an absentee husband because of the X-Corps.X-Corps.
** When he is on the ''Sisu'', Thorby's adopted niece is interested in him (they're roughly the same age). Their relative stations in the family make any romantic relationship taboo, despite the fact that there is no blood relation between the two.



* {{Mutant}}: Humans have mutated in several different directions since spreading out among the stars. When Baslim first buys Thorby, he thinks the boy is between 10-12 years old, but is unsure since some mutants look like normal humans, but age at different rates. When Baslim is able to determine that Thorby is non-mutated, this causes Baslim to conclude that Thorby is probably from the Terran Hegemony, and possibly even Earth.
** Though, the only example seen is one of the other buyers at the slave auction, a "Syndonian" with PointyEars who finds the auctioneer pointing out Thorby's seemingly "perfect" round ears quite insulting.

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Humans have mutated in several different directions since spreading out among the stars. When Baslim first buys Thorby, he thinks the boy is between 10-12 years old, but is unsure since some mutants look like normal humans, but age at different rates. When Baslim is able to determine that Thorby is non-mutated, this causes Baslim to conclude that Thorby is probably from the Terran Hegemony, and possibly even Earth.
** Though, the The only example seen is one of the other buyers at the slave auction, a "Syndonian" with PointyEars who finds the auctioneer pointing out Thorby's seemingly "perfect" round ears quite insulting.



** There are several references to Colonel Baslim's rescue of the ''Hansea'' from slavers, but the subject is a taboo among the People so we never find out exactly what happened.
*** The only hint is a comment by Col. Brisby, C.O. of HGC ''Hydra'': "That was a hand-weapons job. Messy."

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** There are several references to Colonel Baslim's rescue of the ''Hansea'' from slavers, but the subject is a taboo among the People so we never find out exactly what happened.
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happened. The only hint is a comment by Col. Brisby, C.O. of HGC ''Hydra'': "That was a hand-weapons job. Messy."



* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney / ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Weemsby is used to being able to throw money at his problems, and to use the massive influence of his company if that doesn't work. Unfortunately for him, Thorby has money to burn, too.

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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney / ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: Weemsby's chief council is a former judge, Bruder, who is stated to have other judges in his pocket.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney:
Weemsby is used to being able to throw money at his problems, and to use the massive influence of his company if that doesn't work. Unfortunately for him, Thorby has money to burn, too.


* NoSuchAgency: X-Corps - the elite branch of the military that [[spoiler: Baslim]] belonged to.

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* NoSuchAgency: X-Corps - the elite branch of the military that [[spoiler: Baslim]] [[spoiler:Baslim]] belonged to.


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* NuclearOption: Free Trader ships routinely use missiles armed with 2 megaton nuclear warheads against pirate ships. It's presented as a legitimate option as a successful boarding would mean the enslavement of the entire crew and there's no other defense available. [[spoiler:Thorby at the end starts the development of what is implied to be DeflectorShields as an alternative to the nukes, but it's unknown how much it will take or if it will be successful at all]].

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*** The only hint is a comment by Col. Brisby, C.O. of HGC ''Hydra'': "That was a hand-weapons job. Messy."

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** The book implies that the pictures are valued by the aliens because they are "brightly colored pieces of paper" rather than any squicky interest in human women.


* NoodleIncident: We never find out the exact details of how Thorby himself became a slave [[spoiler:and how his parents died in the same incident]], although the book drops tantalizing hints that it might have been set up by [[spoiler: profiteers within his parents' company who were benefiting from the slave trade themselves]].

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* NoodleIncident: Several.
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We never find out the exact details of how Thorby himself became a slave [[spoiler:and how his parents died in the same incident]], although the book drops tantalizing hints that it might have been set up by [[spoiler: profiteers within his parents' company who were benefiting from the slave trade themselves]].themselves]].
** There are several references to Colonel Baslim's rescue of the ''Hansea'' from slavers, but the subject is a taboo among the People so we never find out exactly what happened.
** When Colonel Brisby, Commanding Officer of a military starship, gets the identification back on his newest recruit, a young ex-slave and ex-Free Trader. Turns out the youngster - our protagonist - went missing after a starship "accident" when he was a baby and is in fact the much-sought-after sole heir to a Galaxy-spanning mercantile empire. After reading the message, Brisby muses "Why do things like this always happen to ''Hydra''?", leaving the reader to wonder just what other adventures the Hegemonic Guard Cruiser ''Hydra'' has been involved in.


** Though, the only example seen is one of the other buyers at the slave auction, a "Syndonian" with PointyEars who finds the auctioneer pointing out Thorby's seemingly "perfect" round ears quite insulting.



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** We also never find out the exact details of how Thorby himself became a slave [[spoiler:and how his parents died in the same incident]], although the book drops tantalizing hints that it might have been set up by [[spoiler: profiteers within his parents' company who were benefiting from the slave trade themselves]].

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* NoodleIncident:
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NoodleIncident: We also never find out the exact details of how Thorby himself became a slave [[spoiler:and how his parents died in the same incident]], although the book drops tantalizing hints that it might have been set up by [[spoiler: profiteers within his parents' company who were benefiting from the slave trade themselves]].


* {{Auction}}: This is where the novel opens, as Thorby is put up for sale. The novel's first line: "Lot ninety-seven," the auctioneer announced. "A boy."

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* {{Auction}}: This is where the novel opens, as Thorby is put up for sale. The novel's first line: "Lot ninety-seven," "'Lot ninety-seven,' the auctioneer announced. "A 'A boy."'"


** MarsNeedsWomen: The raid happens while ''Sisu'' is on the planet of StarfishAliens where they have to trade by silent auction because of no common language. The ship's supercargo decides to put the confiscated smut out with the rest of their trade goods instead of having it incinerated. The response is immediate, and the aliens eventually work out an exchange rate of one carved jewel per individual page.

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** MarsNeedsWomen: The raid happens while ''Sisu'' is on the planet of StarfishAliens where they have to trade by silent auction because of no common language. The ship's supercargo decides to put the confiscated smut out with the rest of their trade goods instead of having it incinerated. The response is immediate, and the aliens eventually work out an exchange rate of one carved jewel per individual page. The bachelors of the ''Sisu'' swiftly offer their remaining {{Porn Stash}}es for the common good.



* ChasteHero: As usual for a Heinlein juvenile-novel hero, Thorby has a gift for missing other characters' romantic overtures, even after still other characters mention it to him. He's still not above feeling pleasantly embarrassed by some engineered romantic moments, and does show symptoms of TheDulcineaEffect when the situation seems to warrant it.

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* ChasteHero: As usual for a Heinlein juvenile-novel hero, Thorby has a gift for [[ObliviousToLove missing other characters' romantic overtures, overtures]], even after still other characters mention try to explain it to him. He's still not above feeling pleasantly embarrassed by some engineered romantic moments, and does show symptoms of TheDulcineaEffect when the situation seems to warrant it.



* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at the Free Trader ceremony, despite first taking Thorby to a Terran Guard base; the base commander orders Krausa to be shuttled back to the ceremmony ASAP.

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* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at During the Free Trader ceremony, despite first taking Traders' gathering, Krausa risks missing a memorial ceremony for both his late mother and Baslim in order to bring Thorby to a Terran Guard base; base and honor Baslim's last wishes. As soon as the base commander discovers that Krausa is about to miss the ceremony, he orders Krausa the Free Trader captain to be shuttled driven back to the ceremmony ASAP.Gathering using a fast air car.



* ExactWords: Thorby's first experience on the ''Sisu'' is as a "fraki" who is literally ignored by the crew to the best of their ability -- until the Chief Officer of the ship, Captain Krausa's mother and superior officer, hears the message and concludes that Baslim's request to care for Thorby "as if you were I" means that Krausa must adopt the boy himself.

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* ExactWords: Thorby's first experience on the ''Sisu'' is as a "fraki" who is literally ignored by the crew to the best of their ability -- until the Chief Officer of the ship, Captain Krausa's mother and superior officer, hears the message Baslim left for the ''Sisu'' and concludes that Baslim's request to care for Thorby "as if you were I" means that Krausa must adopt the boy himself.



* KissingCousins: "Uncle" John tries to foist Leda on Thorby, and she isn't completely against the idea. Thorby is {{Squick}}ed out at first, until he goes over their lineage in his head and realizes that, at least by Free Trader standards, she's not taboo. He still remains against the idea though, because he intends to stay a ChasteHero.

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* KissingCousins: At the Rudbek estate, "Uncle" John tries to foist Leda on Thorby, and she isn't completely against the idea. Thorby is {{Squick}}ed out at first, until he goes over their lineage in his head and realizes that, at least by Free Trader standards, she's not taboo. He still remains against the idea though, because he intends to stay a ChasteHero.ChasteHero and doesn't want to hurt her by being an absentee husband because of the X-Corps.


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* NotBloodSiblings: Defied with Mata, Thorby's adopted niece. Although the two grow close after some BelligerentSexualTension during Thorby's training as a fire control officer, she's [[NotBloodSiblings technically part of the same moiety (group of the Sisu's crew treated as blood relations)]]. Mata's brother Jeri acts as a chaperone, but the Sisu's Chief Officer (Thorby's adoptive grandmother) takes swift action to trade her to another Free Trader vessel as soon as possible once Mata asks to be adopted into the other moiety to become a legitimate potential mate. As the sociologist Margaret explains to Thorby as soon as this is explained to him, this form of the incest taboo exists for valid reasons in the culture of the People, and Grandmother did the right thing.


* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at the Free Trader ceremony.

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* DueToTheDead: Krausa makes sure that Baslim is remembered at the Free Trader ceremony.ceremony, despite first taking Thorby to a Terran Guard base; the base commander orders Krausa to be shuttled back to the ceremmony ASAP.


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* ExactWords: Thorby's first experience on the ''Sisu'' is as a "fraki" who is literally ignored by the crew to the best of their ability -- until the Chief Officer of the ship, Captain Krausa's mother and superior officer, hears the message and concludes that Baslim's request to care for Thorby "as if you were I" means that Krausa must adopt the boy himself.


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* PassiveAggressiveKombat: The Sisu's crew use both formalized descriptions of their positions (e.g. "Starboard Second Assistant Cook") and overly specific familial relations (e.g. "Cross-Cousin-in-Law by Marriage") to refer to each other, depending on a social situation. The sociologist Margaret Mader explains that the excessive politeness of the ship's society is used as an escape valve to avoid tensions that would otherwise lead them to come to blows: "you could go through a day and not utter a phrase not found in the Laws of Sisu." Thorby briefly tries to put this into practice early in his training as a fire control officer.

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* DeadlyEuphemism: On Jubbulpore, "shortened" is slang for "beheaded".


'''''Citizen of the Galaxy''''' is a science fiction novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein first published as a serial in 1957.

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'''''Citizen ''Citizen of the Galaxy''''' Galaxy'' is a science fiction novel by Creator/RobertAHeinlein first published as a serial in 1957.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Baslim the Cripple is much more than the simple beggar he poses as on Jubbulpore. We get snippets of what he's been up to as the story progresses, but we only see what Thorby witnesses firsthand. [[spoiler:Specifically, Colonel Richard Baslim is an agent sent by the Terran Hegemony to investigate and bring down a pervasive slave trafficking ring that uses Terran shipping companies as fronts for its criminal enterprises. Baslim is also a hero to and honorary member of the Free Traders because he was instrumental in rescuing one of their ships from said slavers.]]

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* {{Auction}}: This is where the novel opens, as Thorby is put up for sale. The novel's first line: "Lot ninety-seven," the auctioneer announced. "A boy."

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