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* SpotTheImposter: With BodySurfing being a primary plot device, this turns up often:

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* SpotTheImposter: With BodySurfing {{Body Surf}}ing being a primary plot device, this turns up often:

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* StarfishAlien: The series includes a large number of alien races, many of which are this.


* PaintingTheFourthWall: At one point in ''Kirlian Quest'', Herald realizes that he's speaking in quotation marks instead of "/".

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* PaintingTheFourthWall: At one point in ''Kirlian Quest'', Herald realizes that he's [[TranslationPunctuation speaking in quotation marks instead of "/".slashes]].

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* DeusSexMachina: In ''Chaining the Lady'' and ''Kirlian Quest'', it turns out that the only way to open an Ancient site is to have two high-Kirlian entities mate near it.

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* IntimateHealing: In ''Kirlian Quest'', in order to get Herald's injured alien host body healthy enough to get moving again, Sixteen suggests mating, as it's the only way to tap an internal energy reserve in the jet species. It works.


** Psyche in ''Kirlian Quest'' is a blue-skinned space babe.



* MegaMicrobes: The discovery of a giant space amoeba is the beginning of the plot in ''Kirlian Quest''.

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* VerbalWeakness: Because of his discovery, through most of ''Kirlian Quest'', the astronomer Hweeh cannot hear the word "amoeba" without going into shock.

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* PaintingTheFourthWall: At one point in ''Kirlian Quest'', Herald realizes that he's speaking in quotation marks instead of "/".

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* MegaMicrobes: The discovery of a giant space amoeba is the beginning of the plot in ''Kirlian Quest''.


* FantasticMeasurmentSystem: Kirlian auras can be precisely measured with an aura reader. A typical person has a Kirlian rating of 1, while the protagonists are over 200.

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* FantasticMeasurmentSystem: FantasticMeasurementSystem: Kirlian auras can be precisely measured with an aura reader. A typical person has a Kirlian rating of 1, while the protagonists are over 200.


''Cluster'' is a series of five novels by Creator/PiersAnthony that take place in a far future civilized galaxy. Each species has its own "sphere" of influence wherein their laws hold and their species colonizes planets without interference of the others. Sphere Sol begins the series as a 100-light year diameter sphere in our galaxy. Other such spheres exist in this setting, each centered around its own star: spheres Polaris, Canopus, Spica, Nath, Mirzam, and Bellatrix as well as the huge, decadent spheres Sador and Mintaka.

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''Cluster'' is a series of five novels by Creator/PiersAnthony that take place in a far future civilized galaxy. Each species has its own "sphere" of influence wherein their laws hold and their species colonizes is free to colonize planets without interference of the others.interference. Sphere Sol begins the series as a 100-light year diameter sphere in our galaxy. Other such spheres exist in this setting, each centered around its own star: spheres Polaris, Canopus, Spica, Nath, Mirzam, and Bellatrix as well as the huge, decadent spheres Sador and Mintaka.


''Cluster'' is a series of five novels by Creator/PiersAnthony that take place in Sphere Sol, a human-colonized region of the galaxy roughly 100 light years in diameter, centered around Sol, our sun. Other such spheres exist in this setting, each centered around its own star: Spheres Polaris, Canopus, Spica, Nath, Mirzam, and Bellatrix as well as the huge, decadent Spheres Sador and Mintaka.

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''Cluster'' is a series of five novels by Creator/PiersAnthony that take place in a far future civilized galaxy. Each species has its own "sphere" of influence wherein their laws hold and their species colonizes planets without interference of the others. Sphere Sol, a human-colonized region of Sol begins the galaxy roughly 100 light years series as a 100-light year diameter sphere in diameter, centered around Sol, our sun. galaxy. Other such spheres exist in this setting, each centered around its own star: Spheres spheres Polaris, Canopus, Spica, Nath, Mirzam, and Bellatrix as well as the huge, decadent Spheres spheres Sador and Mintaka.



Much of the plot of the series concerns attempts by the Andromeda galaxy, using agents placed through Kirlian transfer, to siphon off the energy of the Milky Way galaxy, which will result in the eventual disintegration of the entire galaxy.



His novel ''Tarot'' also takes place in the same universe but is otherwise unrelated to the others.

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His Anthony's novel ''Tarot'' also takes place in the same universe but is otherwise unrelated to the others.


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* FantasticMeasurmentSystem: Kirlian auras can be precisely measured with an aura reader. A typical person has a Kirlian rating of 1, while the protagonists are over 200.

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* SpotTheImposter: With BodySurfing being a primary plot device, this turns up often:
** In ''Cluster'' Flint and representatives of other spheres determine one of them must be an Andromedan agent and try various schemes to spot which of them it is.
** In ''Chaining the Lady'' Melody uses tarot cards essentially like an InkblotTest to spot Andromedan agents.


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* TarotMotifs: All over the place throughout the series:
** In ''Cluster'' Flint discovers that there is a "church of tarot" that believes all faiths are true and provides readings to any who wish.
** In ''Chaining the Lady'' the space ships of the Etamin segment fleet are all named after tarot cards and all even ''shaped'' like a tarot suit. The Solarian flagship ''Ace of Swords'' for example looks like a giant sword.
**The tarot decks used in the series are a futuristic set with 100 cards and the energy/aura suit alongside the traditional swords, cups, wands/rods and disks/coins.


** Flint's girlfriend Honybloom from ''Cluster'' is the first in the series.

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** Flint's girlfriend Honybloom Honeybloom from ''Cluster'' is the first in the series.

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