In Red Rising[edit | edit source]
- "Darrow" - some sources indicate the name comes from an Old English word for "spear", and others indicate it stems from a Scottish surname meaning "of the oak tree".
- "Eo" - In Greek mythology, Eos is the Titan personification of the dawn (Roman - Aurora)
- Lykos - In Greek, "Lycus" means "Wolf."
- "Jove" is the ancient name for the Roman god Jupiter
- "Two small men with quick green eyes and bald heads studded with metal spikes and tattooed with shifting digital codes suggest for me a trip to someplace called Osgiliath." - Chapter 10, referencing a city from The Lord of the Rings.
- House Barca - The name "Barca" is from the Carthaginian General Hannibal Barca.
- "'So this kid is a what? A predestined Alexander? A Caesar? A Genghis? A Wiggin?'" - Darrow, Chapter 34, referencing the popular sci-fi book, "Ender's Game," which follows a space battle school trainee, Ender Wiggin.
In Golden Son[edit | edit source]
- The Lost Wee Den, a Tavern on Luna. Intended to sound like "Joss Whedon," a famous director.
- "Never tell me the odds, just do it." - Darrow, Chapter 20, referencing another popular line from the Original Star Wars films.
- "He has to play my game! Shithead isn't getting out till he plays nice. I'll give him a riddle instead. What do I have in my pocket?" - Sevro, Chapter 35, a reference to a well-known question from The Hobbit novel.
In Morning Star[edit | edit source]
- "Level 23, Cell 2187." - Vixus, Chapter 4 , Victra's cell number in Attica is the same as Princess Leia's from "Star Wars: A New Hope"
- "They've wrapped themselves in myth. Filled their grand oceans with monsters to hunt. Mirkwoods and Olympuses of their very own." - Chapter 21, Quicksilver. Mirkwood is a fictional forest in Middle Earth.
- "'Bye, Felicia!'" - Victra, Chapter 48, referencing a popular meme, originating from the 1995 film "Friday," starring Ice Cube.
- "It's not your fault." x4 - Mustang, Chapter 50, to Darrow after Roque's funeral. Referencing Sean Maguire (played by Robin Williams) comforting Will Hunting (Matt Damon) in "Good Will Hunting".
In Iron Gold[edit | edit source]
- "'Impossible, sir. The First Law of Robotics states-'" - Robot, Chapter 34, referencing the first law of Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics, which states that a robot may not injure a human being.
- "'For the Republic!'" - Darrow, Chapter 53. referencing a popular quote from the Star Wars films and the TV series The Clone Wars.
In Dark Age[edit | edit source]
- "Volsung" - in Norse mythology, the Volsung leads a family of ruling warriors that descend from Odin himself. Volsung was ultimately betrayed by his son-in-law, Siggeir, but was avenged by his son Sigmund, who was the father of Sigurd.
- "Next time, I'll tell you the story of Sophocles the clone, a creature so noble and so wise he learned to cheat death" - Chapter 37, Heart of Venus. This is a reference to a quote from Star Wars: "Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise? (..) Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise he could use the Force to influence the midichlorians to create life."
- " ' Get out of here, Rhonna. I know you're dying to see the hero.' She blushes. 'I'm not.' 'LYING,' the machine bleats from the corner. Darrow smirks. 'Get.' " - Chapter 62, The Warlord and the Libertine (A reference to Lying Cat from the graphic novel series Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.)
- "Pedicabere, fur, semel; sed idem..." - Atlas au Raa, Chapter 79. He recites Priapus 35, one of many irreverent poems published as a collection known as the Priapeia. The poems are presented as monologues from Priapus (a rustic Greek god of fertility) either praising himself for his virility and the size of his sexual organs or threatening those who would steal from his fertile and productive garden.
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