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* LesbianCop: Detective Jansson is mentioned to be lesbian several times, usually by her superior officer. It is treated in a very offhanded manner and does not relate to the plot much otherwise.


* PettingZooPeople: The Beagles are anthropomorphic wolves.




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* WolfMan: The Beagles are anthropomorphic wolves.

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* ParentalAbandonment: When the rest of the Green family decided to try and find a new life out in the higher Earth's rather than having to go between the new frontier and Datum for money, they left their Phobic son Ron behind to live with his aunt Meryl permanently. They never see him again and only sent a few letters to him afterward. Jack feels guilty about leaving his son behind and didn't want to do so but was convinced by his wife Tilda, who he notes seems to have stopped seeing Ron as their son when talking about their children.


* NotGoodWithPeople: Joshua is more at home with the uninhabited parallel Earths than on the Datum. Lobsang refers to it as Daniel Boone syndrome. This is because [[spoiler:he spent the first minute of his life as the only person on an alternate Earth, and therefore feels a psychic pressure from other people that the rest of us are used to.]] That said, he's not happy if he can't talk to humans every now and then.

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* NotGoodWithPeople: Joshua is more at home with the uninhabited parallel Earths than on the Datum. Lobsang refers to it as Daniel Boone syndrome. This is because [[spoiler:he spent the first minute of his life as the only person on an alternate Earth, and therefore feels a psychic pressure from other people that the rest of us are used to.]] That said, he's not happy if he can't talk to humans every now and then.then ... and ''Sally'' is abrasive and misanthropic enough to make Joshua look like a born diplomat.



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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler:Sally Linsay]] dies, as does [[spoiler:the most advanced iteration of Lobsang]], while [[spoiler:his original iteration]] returns. It is also revealed that some evolved human (or Next) minds can [[spoiler:alter the structure of the Long Earth]].


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* CantArgueWithElves: Zigzagged with. The Next do present a lot of the usual traits associated with this trope (sexual liberation, preposterously advanced intelligence, perfectly logical, almost perfectly utopian society, outward condescension to regular humans), are implied to be on the path to completely replace humanity in the future, and with regular humans routinely talking up their superiority. However, there are also examples of deliberately flawed Next, the Humble, and the condescension toward regular humans is not particularly presented as a good thing and actually discussed in-universe. It is actually interesting to note that the most intelligent Next (the Lollipops and Indra) are the ones showing the most respect to regular humans.


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* RiddleForTheAges: While mentioned at the beginning of the book, the fate of Maggie's crewmembers [[spoiler:who disappeared on the Earth-Moon]] is left unknown as she has to abort the mission for finding them early on.


* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Continental scale: the book ends with the Yellowstone volcan erupting, plunging half of Earth into the equivalent of a nuclear winter.]]

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* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:Continental scale: the book ends with the Yellowstone volcan volcano erupting, plunging half of Earth into the equivalent of a nuclear winter.]]


*** ''Contact'' and ''Literature/AForAndromeda'' are listed as examples of two possible results of [[spoiler:'the SETI message']], with 'Contact' being the "good ending" and 'Andromeda' being... not so pleasant.

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*** ''Contact'' and ''Literature/AForAndromeda'' ''Series/AForAndromeda'' are listed as examples of two possible results of [[spoiler:'the SETI message']], with 'Contact' being the "good ending" and 'Andromeda' being... not so pleasant.


** Taken together, Datum Earth is the only advanced civilization, and Low Earths are {{Steampunk}} at best. Beyond that, it's for all intents and purposes the Stone Age.

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** Taken together, Datum Earth is the only advanced civilization, and Low Earths are {{Steampunk}} at best. Beyond that, it's for all intents and purposes the Stone Age.Age, albeit with small amounts of specially designed ironless technology that the colonists brought with them from the Datum.


** It's possible that the reason the Beagles are called Beagles when they're ''nothing'' like beagles is because canines who can shift from quadrupedal to bipedal at will reminded whoever discovered them of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]].

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** It's possible that the reason the Beagles are called Beagles when they're ''nothing'' like beagles is because intelligent canines who can shift from quadrupedal to bipedal at will reminded whoever discovered them of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]].

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** It's possible that the reason the Beagles are called Beagles when they're ''nothing'' like beagles is because canines who can shift from quadrupedal to bipedal at will reminded whoever discovered them of [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]].


* WhyDontYouJustShootHim?: Played with. As the Martian prince attacks the Long Mars expedition, Sally asks her father Willis why they can't just kill him. Willis instead determines that they can simply outrun him. [[GenreSavvy Sally then reveals that she packed crossbows modified for the Martian climate]], [[NiceJobBreakingItHero but Willis threw out the crossbows, stating they didn't need weapons]], [[WhatAnIdiot and even claiming that weapons are usually used by idiots]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Cue Willis being shot at by an organic missile and having his glider damaged]].

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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim?: Played with. As the Martian prince attacks the Long Mars expedition, Sally asks her father Willis why they can't just kill him. Willis instead determines that they can simply outrun him. [[GenreSavvy Sally then reveals that she packed crossbows modified for the Martian climate]], climate, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero but Willis threw out the crossbows, stating they didn't need weapons]], [[WhatAnIdiot and even claiming that weapons are usually used by idiots]]. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard Cue Willis being shot at by an organic missile and having his glider damaged]].



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* ThemeNaming: The first of a new design of "super twain" is named the ''Samuel L. Clemens'', as reference to Lobsang and Joshua's original ''Mark Twain''.


* NonIndicativeName: The Humble ... aren't. Many of the Next come across as SmugSupers, but they're the worst. They take their name from Stan Berg's "Be humble in the face of the universe", but they mean "dim-bulbs" should be humble in the face of ''them''.

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* NonIndicativeName: The Humble ... aren't. Many of the Next come across as SmugSupers, {{Smug Super}}s, but they're the worst. They take their name from Stan Berg's "Be humble in the face of the universe", but they mean "dim-bulbs" should be humble in the face of ''them''.



---> '''Dev''': [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration "Can it give me Earl Grey tea?"]]
---> '''Lee''': "Hot!"
*** Lobsang uses ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' as a metaphor for why the message has arrived ''now''. [[PopCulturalOsmosisFailure Joshua is the only one who knows what he's talking about]].



--> '''Dev''': [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration "Can it give me Earl Grey tea?"]]
--> '''Lee''': "Hot!"
*** Lobsang uses ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' as a metaphor for why the message has arrived ''now''. [[PopCultureOsmosisFailure Joshua is the only one who knows what he's talking about]].

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--> '''Dev''': [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration "Can it give me Earl Grey tea?"]]
--> '''Lee''': "Hot!"
*** Lobsang uses ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' as a metaphor for why the message has arrived ''now''. [[PopCultureOsmosisFailure Joshua is the only one who knows what he's talking about]].


** Near the end, Sancho the troll is humming "Pack Up Your Troubles", a song the trolls learned from a World War I soldier in the prologue of the first book.



*MyBrainIsBig: The "lollipop" Next.
* NonIndicativeName: The Humble ... aren't. Many of the Next come across as SmugSupers, but they're the worst. They take their name from Stan Berg's "Be humble in the face of the universe", but they mean "dim-bulbs" should be humble in the face of ''them''.



** Franchise/StarTrek: When Dev and Lee find out that the Next effectively have food replicators, they waste no time.

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** Possibly as Baxter's tribute to Sir Terry, Sancho the troll "librarian" is repeatedly described as resembling [[Literature/{{Discworld}} an orang-utan]].




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*** Lobsang uses ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' as a metaphor for why the message has arrived ''now''. [[PopCultureOsmosisFailure Joshua is the only one who knows what he's talking about]].


* StarfishAliens: The farther up you go in the chain of Earths, the more divergent things get; about a hundred and sixty million Earths away from the Datum, Earth is populated by organisms who use hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide as the primary building blocks of life.


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* StarfishAliens: The farther up you go in the chain of Earths, the more divergent things get; about a hundred and sixty million Earths away from the Datum, Earth is populated by organisms who use hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide as the primary building blocks of life.

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