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* HeroStoleMyBike: Dodging the usual legal concerns behind the trope, when Benjamin and Caprice get into a firefight, the Mars HiveMind sends another of its members to track down the owner of a nearby motorcycle and buy it off them for five times its value.

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* InstantlyProvenWrong: After their crash-landing on Mars, Caprice reassures Benjamin that he's on the safest planet in the solar system. Immediately, debris from their landing slams down behind her. [[InflationaryDialogue "Second safest." WHAM! "Among the safest." WHAM! "Forget I said anything."]] Though as Benjamin points out, it was an {{invoked|Trope}} example, as the Mars hive-mind knew darn well that debris was coming.


* BadassLongcoat: Benjamin wears one most of the time.

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* BadassLongcoat: Benjamin wears one most of the time. [[spoiler: During his SRMD relapse he steals one of Virgil's labcoats to replace it.]]



* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Marsian society has this vibe.

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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: Marsian Martian society has this vibe.



* LensFlare: Used in the epilogue [[http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/mos426.html here]] and [[http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/mos432.html here]].


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* LabcoatOfScienceAndMedicine: Wearing one all of the time seems to be a symptom of SRMD.
* LensFlare: Used in the epilogue [[http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/mos426.html here]] and [[http://www.project-apollo.net/mos/mos432.html here]].


-->Never tick off a transcendentally powerful member of a group intelligence. She might just fire a coruscating beam of lambent force at you.

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-->Never -->'''Jon Kilgannon:''' Never tick off a transcendentally powerful member of a group intelligence. She might just fire a coruscating beam of lambent force at you.


* ExactWords: Mars is very precise about the fact that it cannot project military force past the orbit of Deimos. [[spoiler: They neglect to tell anyone that they've turned Deimos into a PlanetSpaceship.]]

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* ExactWords: Mars is very precise about the fact that it cannot project military force past the orbit of Deimos. [[spoiler: They neglect to tell anyone that they've turned Deimos into a PlanetSpaceship.]]]] It's implied later on that the Terran government aren't particularly happy about this blatant rules-lawyering, but Mars wasn't particularly happy about catching ''them'' mounting experimental weapons specifically designed to attack Martian vessels on their warships; fortunately both parties have a lot to lose and very little to gain from making an issue of it.
--> '''Caprice''': "There have been some... painfully polite speeches in the Solar Parliament."

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* WhiteAndGreyMorality: The BigBad is a WellIntentionedExtremist who actively avoids civilian casualties and even the Venusian Mafia is mostly just selfish.


* AdultFear: Existential - see above. Also, when [[spoiler: Caprice vanishes off the collective, as if she suddenly died]] - martian [[PsychicLink intellect link]] protocols are, according to Caprice, inherited matrilinearly, which means her mother and little sister ''feel this happening''. No wonder Xia is uncontrollably crying while telling Benjamin what happened.

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* AdultFear: Existential - -- see above. Also, when [[spoiler: Caprice vanishes off the collective, as if she suddenly died]] - martian -- Martian [[PsychicLink intellect link]] protocols are, according to Caprice, inherited matrilinearly, which means her mother and little sister ''feel this happening''. No wonder Xia is uncontrollably crying while telling Benjamin what happened.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: As early as [[https://project-apollo.net/mos/mos013.html page 13]]; Benjamin is speculating about all the different high-tech ways a Martian could probably scan the station to find him, and [[spoiler:he's ''alarmingly'' good at coming up with these ideas off the top of his head...]]


* ObliviousToLove: In a rare villainous example, good God, Haas, Dr. Juruna is ''not'' being subtle about her interest. EveryoneCanSeeIt: your robots, even Caprice, who spent like five minutes, tops, in a room with her. And in [[http://project-apollo.net/mos/extra/Royce%20Day%20-%20Unhappily%20Ever%20After.html this fanfiction]] (not official but on the official site extras) he ''still'' hasn't figured it out after the events of the story.

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* ObliviousToLove: In a rare villainous example, good Good God, Haas, Dr. Juruna is ''not'' being subtle about her interest. interest! EveryoneCanSeeIt: your robots, even Caprice, who spent like five minutes, tops, in a room with her. And in [[http://project-apollo.net/mos/extra/Royce%20Day%20-%20Unhappily%20Ever%20After.html this fanfiction]] (not official official, but on one of the official site site's extras) he ''still'' hasn't figured it out after the events of the story.


* MemeticsInFiction: SRMD, naturally. It's spread from one science-inclined person to another by communication, or even by reading a book. Mars is terrified of the possibility of one member contracting SRMD as the meme would spread almost instantaneously to the rest of them.

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* MemeticsInFiction: SRMD, naturally. It's spread from one science-inclined person to another by communication, or even by reading a book. Mars is terrified ''extremely'' wary of even studying the condition too closely, as they have no idea what would happen if one of their citizens contracted it but there's a strong possibility of one member contracting SRMD as the meme that it would spread almost instantaneously to via the rest of them.intellect-link network and infect ''every single Martian'' before they could react.

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* MemeticsInFiction: SRMD, naturally. It's spread from one science-inclined person to another by communication, or even by reading a book. Mars is terrified of the possibility of one member contracting SRMD as the meme would spread almost instantaneously to the rest of them.

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* RocketlessReentry: After [[spoiler: escaping the destruction of the original ''Qin'']], Benjamin and Caprice reenter Mars' atmosphere with only Caprice's personal ForceField to protect them. Fortunately, these 'wings of fire' suffice to get them down almost unharmed.


* MadScientist: Dr. Haas, Dr. Juruna, and [[spoiler:Ben Prester]].

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* MadScientist: Dr. Haas, Dr. Juruna, and Juruna. [[spoiler:Ben Prester]].Prester along with his pals,]] Manny Delger and Djaya Sumatera.


* AdultFear: Existential - see above. Also, when [[spoiler: Caprice vanishes off the collective, as if she suddenly died]] - martian intellect link protocols are, according to Caprice, inherited matrilinearly, which means her mother and little sister ''feel this happening''. No wonder Xia is uncontrollably crying while telling Benjamin what happened.

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* AdultFear: Existential - see above. Also, when [[spoiler: Caprice vanishes off the collective, as if she suddenly died]] - martian [[PsychicLink intellect link link]] protocols are, according to Caprice, inherited matrilinearly, which means her mother and little sister ''feel this happening''. No wonder Xia is uncontrollably crying while telling Benjamin what happened.

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* AdultFear: Existential - see above. Also, when [[spoiler: Caprice vanishes off the collective, as if she suddenly died]] - martian intellect link protocols are, according to Caprice, inherited matrilinearly, which means her mother and little sister ''feel this happening''. No wonder Xia is uncontrollably crying while telling Benjamin what happened.


* MentalFusion: See HiveMind, below.
* MindHive: While referred too as a hive mind, Mars is more strictly this: a metapersonality based on the gestalt of all networked Martians as mediated by their data network.

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* MentalFusion: See HiveMind, below.
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* MindHive: While referred too as a hive mind, Mars is more strictly this: a metapersonality based on the gestalt of all networked Martians as mediated by their data network.

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