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Literature / Starling

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''Starling'' is a serial novel authored by tumblr user gogglesque (also known as Ursula), and illustrated by tumblr user theyoungdoyley, first posted on May 3rd, 2013.

Set in the undefinably-semi-distant future at Astris Academy, the ultimate off-shoring school for the children of the wealthy, Starling is the story of Roy Calabi, the teenage clone of a man instrumental in Earth's violent victory over the planet Empyrean in an interstellar war some forty years ago. In the name of cultural exchange, Astris has just enrolled its first Empyrean student, a stellaraptor named Elliott Blue, and he's in Roy's class.

Needless to say, it's very awkward.

If the story reminds you eerily of an anti-colonial, queer Ender's Game, you'd be on the right track. The working title of Starling was Ender's Gay.


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  • Gender Rarity Value: The morph ratios of Stellaraptor populations seems to fluctuate in response to environmental pressures.
  • Nuke 'em: Whether Jet's bomb drop was a desperate, heroic tactic that won a terrifying, deadly war or a horrific act of terrorism against the civilians of a planet just trying to defend itself is a point of serious inter-species contention.


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