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''Starwalker'' is a WebSerialNovel in the form of a blog by Melanie Edmonds. Starwalker is the name of a ship with an experimental drive. The blog is written by the ship's {{AI}}.

You can find it [[ here]]

* BrainUploading: Cerebral implants allow this to happen. It's how engineers examine the ship's computers. However, [[spoiler: In the case of Starwalker it results in the brain of Danika, the ship's pilot, merging with the AI of the ship to produce a {{SpaceshipGirl}}.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: A lot of characters have noticed that Starry and [[spoiler: Elliott]] mean a lot to each other but both of them show SelectiveObliviousness when someone tries to bring up the subject.
* ForScience: The reason Dr Cirilli created the star step drive. Yes, it allows quicker travel through the universe but it has the side effect of [[spoiler: StarKilling]].
* GoneHorriblyRight: The new drive works perfectly. It can [[spoiler: modify the gravity around a star to open a door to another star by going outside the universe. This has two effects: It turns the drive into a time machine and it damages the stars it flies through.]]
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The star step drive has the unfortunate consequence of [[spoiler: destroying stars and, by implication, entire systems.]]
* GracefulInTheirElement: Starwalker is a pilot and a ship. She can pull miracles in space but is awkward in an atmosphere.
* HeroicBSOD: Starwalker (aka Starry) experiences this when the implications of the StableTimeLoop act as a LogicBomb.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: All of the Starwalker crew (including Starwalker herself) in the early days of the experiments of the star step drive. See ForScience.
* KissMeImVirtual: Starry and [[spoiler: Elliott]] when he's downloaded himself into her vitual world.
* LogicBomb: The implications of the StableTimeLoop act as this for Starwalker (aka Starry). This leads to a HeroicBSOD.
* MultistageTeleport: Starships do this as they travel along FTL lanes, both to accommodate their warp engines' recharge cycle and also to make sure the lane segment ahead is clear of navigational hazards.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Rare, justified example, given that Starry is [[spoiler:part human]].
* SpaceshipGirl: The ship's AI Starwalker (aka Starry). She uses a holographic avatar of [[spoiler: the woman she used to be. AI ships are common in the story but she's unusual in having a personality.]]
* SapientShip: The ship's AI Starwalker (aka Starry). She uses a holographic avatar of [[spoiler: the woman she used to be. AI ships are common in the story but she's unusual in having a personality.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Bit after observing Starry and [[spoiler: Elliott's]] behavior [[ in one of the later episodes]].
* SpacePirates: Starwalker is attacked by pirates. This is one of the key events in the {{StableTimeLoop}}.
* StableTimeLoop: Starwalker's drive allows her to travel through time. [[spoiler: This gets the attention of some {{SpacePirates}} who take over the ship. They force her to use her drive to go to the Solar System. Using the ability to travel in time, Starwalker gets them to the appointment 40 years early. They return to the present. However, the ripples of their passage causes strange measurements to be made of our sun. This gives Dr Cirilli the idea that a star step drive could work. In the "present" they meet the person who hired the pirates. She turns out to be the avatar for our sun. She hired the pirates to end the Starwalker experiment because the star step drive has the side effect of {{StarKilling}}.]]
* StarKilling: [[spoiler: The side effect of the star step drive. It doesn't help that it turns out that stars are alive and sapient, too.]]
* SuperPrototype: Starwalker was built to test a new drive system
* UnusualUserInterface: While controls exist some people have cerebral implants to access computers and holograms are used by the computer to display information (and as an aid to input).
* TheWoobie: Starry. On a meta level, Starry goes through ''so much crap'' and has so many things happen to her that causes her confusion and {{Angst}}, that the majority of the chapter pages have at least one commenter emoting giving Starry a hug.
* WrongSideAllAlong: [[spoiler:Starwalker and her crew find out that the person who hired the SpacePirates was the avatar of our sun who didn't like be used as a doorway 40 years ago (see StableTimeLoop) especially as using the star step drive shortens the life of stars. The crew realise that the star step technology is something that man is not supposed to know (especially as some people would probably look to optimize its destructive potential). They decide to rebel against the project, do what they can to heal the stars and destroy all the copies of information that exist about the project.]]

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