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Not to be confused with the [[Webcomic/{{Terra}} webcomic]] of the same name (which is what the Trivia and Character pages refer to).

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[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Not to be confused confused]] with the [[Webcomic/{{Terra}} webcomic]] of the same name (which is what the Trivia and Character pages refer to).

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* TheUnpronouncable: The Fnrrn language has no vowels. Lbbp finds Earth language just has hard to parse (pronouncing "Earth" as "Rrth" and "Human" as "Ymn") and chooses the name "Terra" for the human child because it can be pronounced relatively easily as "T'rr".

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* TheUnpronouncable: The Fnrrn language has no vowels. Lbbp finds Earth language just has hard to parse (pronouncing "Earth" as "Rrth" and "Human" as "Ymn") and chooses the name "Terra" for the human child because it can be pronounced relatively easily as "T'rr"."T'rr".
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''Terra'' is a science fiction novel by Music/MitchBenn, which tells the story of a young human girl growing up on the planet Fnrr, where she was taken when a Fnrrn scientist believed her (constantly arguing) parents had abandoned her. It was published in July 2013. The sequel, ''Terra's World'', was published in July 2014.

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''Terra'' is a science fiction novel by Music/MitchBenn, which tells the story of a young human girl growing up on the planet Fnrr, where she was taken when a Fnrrn scientist believed her (constantly arguing) parents had abandoned her. It was published in July 2013. The sequel, ''Terra's World'', was published in July 2014.
2014. A third book, ''Terra's War'' was announced in 2019.


* TranslationConvention: Spoken Fnrrn is represented as English [[TranslationPunctuation in italics with a dash at the start]] rather than in quotation marks ([[CaptainObvious which represents spoken English]]).

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* TranslationConvention: Spoken Fnrrn is represented as English [[TranslationPunctuation in italics with a dash at the start]] rather than in quotation marks ([[CaptainObvious which (which represents spoken English]]).English).


* AcademicAthelete: Fthfth, one of the Lyceum's best students and also one of its best gshkth players.

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* AcademicAthelete: AcademicAthlete: Fthfth, one of the Lyceum's best students and also one of its best gshkth players.

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* AcademicAthelete: Fthfth, one of the Lyceum's best students and also one of its best gshkth players.


* AscendedFanboy: Billy in ''Terra's World'' is a huge space opera fan, who resents that knowledge that there were actual aliens meant space opera became unfashionable. He finds himself on a journey to Fnrr.

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* AscendedFanboy: Billy in ''Terra's World'' is a huge space opera SpaceOpera fan, who resents that knowledge that there were actual aliens meant space opera became unfashionable. He finds himself on a journey to Fnrr.

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* FictionalSport: Fthfth plays gshkth, which seems to be like field hockey. The G'grk play Kkh-St'grrss, which Colonel Harrison compares to polo, except more violent and after a polo match, the winners don't eat the losers' horses.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In the second book [[spoiler: Lbbp, who's grasped some human concepts other Fnrrns haven't, denies being Lbbp to avoid talking to Bfgsh. Bfgsh thereby gets the idea of lying, and goes on to take over the planet. When he has Lbbp captured, Bfgsh visits him regularly, just to remind him that this is all his fault.]]

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* FantasticRacism: It's suggested in the first book, and made explicit in the second, that while the G'grk have certainly got problems as a society, the smugly superior attitude some other Fnrrns have about them isn't great either.


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* OmniscientMoralityLicence: The Extrapolator is a computer which can infallibly predict everything, and therefore can't be argued with when it intercedes in Fnrrn society. (Or, regardless of how helpful such interactions might seem, when it doesn't.)


* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Terra's is protein configuration 6. Although she thinks the protein configuration 6 the protein manipulators in Dskt make isn't anything like the protein configuration 6 in Mlml.

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* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Terra's is protein configuration 6. Although she thinks the protein configuration 6 the protein manipulators in Dskt make isn't anything like the protein configuration 6 in Mlml.

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* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Terra's is protein configuration 6. Although she thinks the protein configuration 6 the protein manipulators in Dskt make isn't anything like the protein configuration 6 in Mlml.


* TheAlternet: Fnrrn society has the Source, a planet-wide information network accessed through the tablets everyone carries. The scientist who invented gravity-manipulation published his work on the Source, so that no one group would have access to it.

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* TheAlternet: Fnrrn society has the Source, a planet-wide information network accessed through the tablets everyone carries. The scientist who invented gravity-manipulation published his work on the Source, so that no one group would have access to it. In ''Terra's World'', Terra tells Billy it's like the internet "in the same way a jet fighter is like a steam train".



* BecomingTheMask: In ''Terra's World'' [[spoiler: Bfgsh, with a bit of manipulation by Lppb, starts to think he really is the reincarnation of the Gfkj-Hhh. It doesn't make him a better ruler, but it gives him an obsession with being ''seen'' to be a better ruler.]]



* TheGreys: The Fnrrns fit the physical description, apart from being tall: Lppb is "a tall, thin figure with a large bald grey head, large shiny black eyes, and a lipless mouth, clad in a shimmering one peice garment. They don't do {{Alien Abduction}}s though, unless you count rescuing Terra.

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* TheGreys: The Fnrrns fit the physical description, apart from being tall: Lppb is "a tall, thin figure with a large bald grey head, large shiny black eyes, and a lipless mouth, clad in a shimmering one peice piece garment. They don't do {{Alien Abduction}}s though, unless you count rescuing Terra.


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* OutsideContextProblem: It's foreshadowed from the beginning of the book but in ''Terra's World'' it catches the characters by surprise when halfway through, [[spoiler: while they're trying to create a plan of attack against a despotic overlord, they suddenly learn there's ''also'' a GrayGoo PlanetKiller on the way. By the following morning, the characters are so busy working on dealing with this that they've almost forgotten about the Gfkj-Hhh.]]


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* AscendedFanboy: Billy in ''Terra's World'' is a huge space opera fan, who resents that knowledge that there were actual aliens meant space opera became unfashionable. He finds himself on a journey to Fnrr.



* FutureFoodIsArtificial: The Fnrrns (except the G'grk) create food with "protein manipulators", and view "eating animals" with distaste.

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* FromNobodyToNightmare: In ''Terra's World'' [[spoiler: Bfgsh was a BrilliantButLazy Fnrrn who was employed at the Forum as a cleaner, until he discovered the human concept of "lying" and used it to take over Mlml by claiming to be the legendary Gfkj-Hhh.]]
* FutureFoodIsArtificial: The Fnrrns (except the G'grk) create food with "protein manipulators", and view "eating animals" with distaste.distaste (although they do prepare real vegetable dishes on occasion, such as the famous soup.)



* KingInTheMountain: In ''Terra's World'', [[spoiler: eons ago, before the Fnrrns lost the concept of saying things that were untrue, someone claimed the deceased founder of Mlml, the Gfkj-Hhh would return. Bfgsh revives the idea, much to Terra's confusion.]]
-->'''Terra''': ''This is Fnrr! This is Mlml! You don't do prophecies!''



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: One of the things the other Fnrrns consider as marking the G'grk as hopelessly backward is that they believe in "invisible overlords".

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: One of the things the other Fnrrns consider as marking the G'grk as hopelessly backward is that they believe in "invisible overlords". Played with in the second book [[spoiler: it turns out having outgrown superstition eons ago means your society lacks resistance when someone brings them back.]]



* ProudScholarRace: The Fnrrns are this. They have a democratic government, but the people vote for the politicians who are most likely to listen to the scientists, since they're obviously the sensible ones. The exception is...

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* ProudScholarRace: The Fnrrns are this. They have Mlml has a democratic government, but the people vote for the politicians who are most likely to listen to the scientists, since they're obviously the sensible ones.ones, and it seems most other areas of Fnrr are the same. The exception is...


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* ThemeTwinNaming: Shnst and Thnst. Yes, it even happens on Fnrr.

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* ShrinkingViolet: Pktk. One of the first Fnrrns to create his own stories, he never shows them to anyone, much less tries to get them published. He's panic-stricken when he's selected as the lead in the Lyceum play.


* AlienBlood: When Terra sees a dark blue gravsphere, her first thought is that it's the colour of Fnrrn blood.

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* AlienBlood: When Terra sees a dark blue gravsphere, grav-bubble, her first thought is that it's the colour of Fnrrn blood.

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