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* OverlyLongName: The ''Mistake Not...'', whose full name is an in-joke among the Minds, and is abbreviated to preserve its in-joke status.

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The ''Mistake Not...'', whose full name is an in-joke among the Minds, and is abbreviated to preserve its in-joke status.

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* ExactWords: When Scoaliera Tefwe is finally being stored again, she tells the ship "Next time you want to wake me up..." the ship is pretty sure the next word was going to be "don't" and intentionally made her fall asleep before she could say it. That way the ship could have plausible deniablilty in case she was needed, since she hadn't ''actually'' asked not to be woken again.


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* MultiArmedMultitasking: The instrument used to play the Hydrogen Sonata either two very well-coordinated musicians or one with four arms. Vyr Cossont went with the latter option, much to her parents' dismay as body mods were unfashionable in Gzilt society at the time.

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* MultiArmedMultitasking: The instrument used to play the Hydrogen Sonata requires either two very well-coordinated musicians or one with four arms. Vyr Cossont went with the latter option, much to her parents' dismay as body mods were unfashionable in Gzilt society at the time.



* OverlyLongName: The ''Mistake Not...'', whose full name is an in-joke among the Minds, and is abbreviated to preserve its in-joke stats.

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* OverlyLongName: The ''Mistake Not...'', whose full name is an in-joke among the Minds, and is abbreviated to preserve its in-joke stats.status.


* CoolStarship: As a Culture novel, this is there in spades, but a special mention must be made of the eccentric Culture ship of indeterminate class ''Mistake Not...'', whose excessively long full name is an inside joke among Culture Minds. No one is really certain about its combat power (even itself), but its wiles demonstrate that it lives up to its full name: ''Mistake Not [[spoiler:My Current State of Joshing Gentle Peevishness for the Awesome and Terrible Majesty of the Towering Seas of Ire That Are Themselves the Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans of Wrath]]''

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* CoolStarship: As a Culture novel, this is there in spades, but a special mention must be made of the eccentric Culture ship of indeterminate class ''Mistake Not...'', whose excessively long full name is an inside joke among Culture Minds. No one is really certain about its combat power (even itself), but its wiles demonstrate that it lives up to its full name: ''Mistake Not [[spoiler:My Current State of Joshing Gentle Peevishness for the Awesome and Terrible Majesty of the Towering Seas of Ire That Are Themselves the Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans of Wrath]]''Wrath]]'' [[spoiler: (It may be somewhat uncertain of its abilities, but it proceeds to remind an unimpressed combatant that Culture Ships/Minds are not generally given to _boasting_.)]]


''The Hydrogen Sonata'' is the final novel of TheCulture series. Set approximately one thousand years after Literature/ConsiderPhlebas, the book is a CloakAndDagger thriller set against the backdrop of the end of a powerful, venerable civilization. The Gzilt, a militaristic civilization of reptilian humanoids, have decided to Sublime by referendum, choosing to leave the physical world and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. As scavenger civilizations circle to pick over the eventual remains, a secret going back to the dawn of the Gzilt civilization threatens to derail the whole process and spark a war if revealed. Gzilt citizen Vyr Cossont finds herself caught in the middle of the Culture frantically trying to find the truth as well as put out the fires, and factions of the Gzilt who wish to protect this secret at all costs.

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''The Hydrogen Sonata'' is the final novel of TheCulture Literature/TheCulture series. Set approximately one thousand years after Literature/ConsiderPhlebas, the book is a CloakAndDagger thriller set against the backdrop of the end of a powerful, venerable civilization. The Gzilt, a militaristic civilization of reptilian humanoids, have decided to Sublime by referendum, choosing to leave the physical world and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. As scavenger civilizations circle to pick over the eventual remains, a secret going back to the dawn of the Gzilt civilization threatens to derail the whole process and spark a war if revealed. Gzilt citizen Vyr Cossont finds herself caught in the middle of the Culture frantically trying to find the truth as well as put out the fires, and factions of the Gzilt who wish to protect this secret at all costs.

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* HumanAliens: The Gzilt, like many other species in the Culture universe.


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* MultiArmedMultitasking: The instrument used to play the Hydrogen Sonata either two very well-coordinated musicians or one with four arms. Vyr Cossont went with the latter option, much to her parents' dismay as body mods were unfashionable in Gzilt society at the time.


'''''The Hydrogen Sonata''''' is the final novel of TheCulture series. Set approximately one thousand years after Literature/ConsiderPhlebas, the book is a CloakAndDagger thriller set against the backdrop of the end of a powerful, venerable civilization. The Gzilt, a militaristic civilization of reptilian humanoids, have decided to Sublime by referendum, choosing to leave the physical world and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. As scavenger civilizations circle to pick over the eventual remains, a secret going back to the dawn of the Gzilt civilization threatens to derail the whole process and spark a war if revealed. Gzilt citizen Vyr Cossont finds herself caught in the middle of the Culture frantically trying to find the truth as well as put out the fires, and factions of the Gzilt who wish to protect this secret at all costs.

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'''''The ''The Hydrogen Sonata''''' Sonata'' is the final novel of TheCulture series. Set approximately one thousand years after Literature/ConsiderPhlebas, the book is a CloakAndDagger thriller set against the backdrop of the end of a powerful, venerable civilization. The Gzilt, a militaristic civilization of reptilian humanoids, have decided to Sublime by referendum, choosing to leave the physical world and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. As scavenger civilizations circle to pick over the eventual remains, a secret going back to the dawn of the Gzilt civilization threatens to derail the whole process and spark a war if revealed. Gzilt citizen Vyr Cossont finds herself caught in the middle of the Culture frantically trying to find the truth as well as put out the fires, and factions of the Gzilt who wish to protect this secret at all costs.

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* ShaggyDogStory: InUniverse; the Culture have already guessed what the big secret is about, and that they're not likely to do anything if they find out the truth, so why bother going to all the trouble? Yet they do anyway.


* TheBadGuyWins: Although they fail to kill the main heroine, virtually all the "bad guy" factions get pretty much everything they want by the end, up to and including ascending to a higher plane of existence- the nearest thing the Culture universe gets to actually going to Heaven. This even includes the main bad guy, who has personally killed hundreds of innocent people. Meanwhile, their victims are left just plain dead. The heroine is so disgusted by it all that she refuses to ascend, and is left nearly alone (albeit by her own choice) on the mostly empty remains of her now-dead civilization, whose ruins are soon to be occupied by the more warlike of the scavenger factions.



* TheBadGuyWins: Although they fail to kill the main heroine, virtually all the "bad guy" factions get pretty much everything they want by the end, up to and including ascending to a higher plane of existence- the nearest thing the Culture universe gets to actually going to Heaven. This even includes the main bad guy, who has personally killed hundreds of innocent people. Meanwhile, their victims are left just plain dead. The heroine is so disgusted by it all that she refuses to ascend, and is left nearly alone (albeit by her own choice) on the mostly empty remains of her now-dead civilization, whose ruins are soon to be occupied by the more warlike of the scavenger factions.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Although they fail to kill the main heroine, virtually all the "bad guy" factions get pretty much everything they want by the end, up to and including ascending to a higher plane of existence- the nearest thing the Culture universe gets to actually going to Heaven. This even includes the main bad guy, who has personally killed hundreds of innocent people. Meanwhile, their victims are left just plain dead. The heroine is so disgusted by it all that she refuses to ascend, and is left nearly alone (albeit by her own choice) on the mostly empty remains of her now-dead civilization, whose ruins are soon to be occupied by the more warlike of the scavenger factions.----


'''''The Hydrogen Sonata''''' is the final novel of TheCulture series. Set approximately one thousand years after ConsiderPhlebas, the book is a CloakAndDagger thriller set against the backdrop of the end of a powerful, venerable civilization. The Gzilt, a militaristic civilization of reptilian humanoids, have decided to Sublime by referendum, choosing to leave the physical world and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. As scavenger civilizations circle to pick over the eventual remains, a secret going back to the dawn of the Gzilt civilization threatens to derail the whole process and spark a war if revealed. Gzilt citizen Vyr Cossont finds herself caught in the middle of the Culture frantically trying to find the truth as well as put out the fires, and factions of the Gzilt who wish to protect this secret at all costs.

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'''''The Hydrogen Sonata''''' is the final novel of TheCulture series. Set approximately one thousand years after ConsiderPhlebas, Literature/ConsiderPhlebas, the book is a CloakAndDagger thriller set against the backdrop of the end of a powerful, venerable civilization. The Gzilt, a militaristic civilization of reptilian humanoids, have decided to Sublime by referendum, choosing to leave the physical world and AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. As scavenger civilizations circle to pick over the eventual remains, a secret going back to the dawn of the Gzilt civilization threatens to derail the whole process and spark a war if revealed. Gzilt citizen Vyr Cossont finds herself caught in the middle of the Culture frantically trying to find the truth as well as put out the fires, and factions of the Gzilt who wish to protect this secret at all costs.

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** Also, T. C. Vilabier's 26th String-Specific Sonata For An Instrument Yet To Be Invented, catalogue number MW 1211 (commonly referred to as "[[TitleDrop The Hydrogen Sonata]]")


* OverlyLongName: The ''Mistake Not...'', whose full name is an in-joke among the Minds, and is abbreviated to preserve its in-joke stats.

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* OverlyLongName: The ''Mistake Not...'', whose full name is an in-joke among the Minds, and is abbreviated to preserve its in-joke stats.stats.
* TheBadGuyWins: Although they fail to kill the main heroine, virtually all the "bad guy" factions get pretty much everything they want by the end, up to and including ascending to a higher plane of existence- the nearest thing the Culture universe gets to actually going to Heaven. This even includes the main bad guy, who has personally killed hundreds of innocent people. Meanwhile, their victims are left just plain dead. The heroine is so disgusted by it all that she refuses to ascend, and is left nearly alone (albeit by her own choice) on the mostly empty remains of her now-dead civilization, whose ruins are soon to be occupied by the more warlike of the scavenger factions.


* MildlyMilitary: This is the [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] of the Gzilt. Citizenship is tied to military service à la ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', but every member of society serves in the military forces at some stage in some way, and holds a lifelong reserve position afterward, and it has been a long time since the Gzilt have engaged in any kind of combat.

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* MildlyMilitary: This is the [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] of the Gzilt. Citizenship is tied to military service à la ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', but every member of society serves in the military forces at some stage in some way, and holds a lifelong reserve position afterward, and it has been a long time since the Gzilt have engaged in any kind of combat.combat.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The ''Mistake Not...''
* OverlyLongName: The ''Mistake Not...'', whose full name is an in-joke among the Minds, and is abbreviated to preserve its in-joke stats.


* DisasterScavengers: A vocation that entire civilizations engage in. Species such as the Liesieden and the Ronte get a technological leg up by picking over the bones left behind by Subliming civilizations, and conflicts between scavengers are a considerable source of galactic conflict.

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* DisasterScavengers: A vocation that entire civilizations engage in. Species such as the Liesieden and the Ronte get a technological leg up by picking over the bones left behind by Subliming civilizations, and conflicts between scavengers are a considerable source of galactic conflict.conflict.
* MildlyMilitary: This is the [[PlanetOfHats "hat"]] of the Gzilt. Citizenship is tied to military service à la ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', but every member of society serves in the military forces at some stage in some way, and holds a lifelong reserve position afterward, and it has been a long time since the Gzilt have engaged in any kind of combat.


* CoolStarship: As a Culture novel, this is there in spades, but a special mention must be made of the eccentric Culture ship of indeterminate class ''Mistake Not...'', whose excessively long full name is an inside joke among Culture Minds. No one is really certain about its combat power (even itself), but its wiles demonstrate that it lives up to its full name: ''Mistake Not [[spoiler:My Current State of Joshing Gentle Peevishness for the Awesome and Terrible Majesty of the Towering Seas of Ire That Are Themselves the Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans of Wrath]]''

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* CoolStarship: As a Culture novel, this is there in spades, but a special mention must be made of the eccentric Culture ship of indeterminate class ''Mistake Not...'', whose excessively long full name is an inside joke among Culture Minds. No one is really certain about its combat power (even itself), but its wiles demonstrate that it lives up to its full name: ''Mistake Not [[spoiler:My Current State of Joshing Gentle Peevishness for the Awesome and Terrible Majesty of the Towering Seas of Ire That Are Themselves the Milquetoast Shallows Fringing My Vast Oceans of Wrath]]''Wrath]]''
* DisasterScavengers: A vocation that entire civilizations engage in. Species such as the Liesieden and the Ronte get a technological leg up by picking over the bones left behind by Subliming civilizations, and conflicts between scavengers are a considerable source of galactic conflict.

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