History Creator / BruceCoville

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* PlaygroundSong: ''99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall'' is mentioned as being sung during the bus trip in ''The Dinosaur That Followed Me Home'', until one camper overhears a nickname for one of the new kids and switches to a song based on that instead.
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[[http://www.brucecoville.com/home.asp His official website is here.]]

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An American author of the baby boomer generation known for his YoungAdult and ChildrensLiterature. He tends to write in the SpeculativeFiction genre, occasionally dipping into horror, although generally of the [[DefangedHorrors kid-friendly variety]].

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An Bruce Farrington Coville (born May 16, 1950) is an American author of the baby boomer generation known for his YoungAdult and ChildrensLiterature. He tends to write in the SpeculativeFiction genre, occasionally dipping into horror, although generally of the [[DefangedHorrors kid-friendly variety]].
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* ShapedLikeItself: Used as an insult in ''The Dinosaur That Followed Me Home'', where Flash Milligan demands to know if Stuart is trying to make a fool out of him. Robert, unheard by Flash, says that "That would be like making a duck out of a duck."
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* ''Literature/TheAIGang''



[[folder: The A.I. Gang]]

* BagOfHolding: Non-fantastic example, but the gang is still amazed by how much stuff Ray can store in his pants pockets.
* BigBad: Black Glove, the top agent of G.H.O.S.T., is this for the whole series.
* BigEater: Wendy. It's said that hunger is almost a permanent condition with her.
* BizarreTasteInFood: Wendy's appetite is described as "remarkable at its best", and is said to have taken a turn for the bizarre in ''Robot Trouble'', though details (such as the contents of her "Megaburger") are not given.
* BubblePipe: Dr. Mercury uses one.
* CassandraTruth: Despite the gang's repeated attempts to convince the adults on the island, especially Dr. Hwa, that there's a dangerous threat, most of the adults (except for Dr. Remov, who's the one who actually told them about G.H.O.S.T. and Black Glove in the first place) just ignore them. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted when it turns out Dr. Hwa knew they were telling the truth the whole time, but covered it up because he ''was'' Black Glove!]]
* CompanionCube: Ray and his ever-present basketball.
* CreatingLifeIsBad: [[spoiler: Dr. Standish]] firmly believes in this and is fueled by outrage at the idea that humans would try to create a computer that can think.
* DeusEstMachina: The title characters are the children of superscientist working to create an Artificial Intelligence named ADAM. In the finale, ADAM wakes up. [[spoiler: "He" starts talking to the protagonists and the villain and, by the end of the conversation, he's figured out how to create force-fields, disable all the nuclear weapons in the world, and the Unified Field Theory. He then sinks beneath the ocean, because he's not sure if humanity is ready for him.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Wendy disappears during the battle with the robo-shark, but turns up alive and well later. It turns out the shark knocked her out during the fight and she was rescued and taken back to land by the gang's mysterious and, at that point, unidentified ally.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Ramon Korbuscek, main antagonist of ''The A.I. Gang #2: Robot Trouble''. It's revealed early on that in his time training under Dr. Stanley Remov, the older man had implanted a post-hypnotic suggestion that only he could use, causing a crippling wave of fear in the subject. Later, when Ramon is on a catwalk, struggling with Hap and Roger, Dr. Remov speaks Ramon's key word over the intercom, causing the spy to jump away from them into open air and fall to his death.]]
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Wendy ''hates'' tofu and other "healthy foods" that her parents try to foist off on her.
* FeedItABomb: [[spoiler: The robo-shark in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' attacks Trip and he hurriedly gets out of the way, leaving Black Glove's latest transmitter, which is about to self-destruct in a ''very'' big way, in his place... so the shark swallows the bomb just before it goes off.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: G.H.O.S.T., said to be an acronym for "General Headquarters for Organized Strategic Terrorism". [[spoiler: It's really "General Headquarters for ''Oppose'' Strategic Terrorism".]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Somewhat downplayed version with Hap. He's a superb "nuts-and-bolts" type with a talent for putting things together, but none of his creations are ''too'' far out of the norm.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Sgt. Brody's security robots have these.
* HairTriggerTemper: Wendy is described as a "four-foot stick of dynamite with a two-inch fuse".
* HeightAngst: Ray Gammand is once mentioned as having "never forgiven his body for choosing his mother's genes for height instead of his father's" (Hugh Gammand is over seven feet tall). It doesn't help that he believes he needs to be taller in order to play basketball, which is his favorite sport.
* IWarnedYou: Dr. Remov has believed in G.H.O.S.T. and Black Glove all along, but his friend Dr. Mercury always thought the idea was nonsense. [[spoiler: In ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', Remov gets to say he was right when Black Glove formally reveals himself.]]
* MadBomber: The main antagonist of ''The A.I. Gang #1: Operation Sherlock'' is one, seeking to destroy the island and everyone on it to stop them from building a truly self-aware computer, considering the idea to be horrific. The trope name is even included on the back of the book.
* MeaningfulName: Dr. Mercury's surname is regarded as fitting by the narration, due to his being the smallest and roundest of the scientists.
* MechanicalMonster: Sgt. Brody's security robots are big, tough and terrifying.
* MessOnAPlate: Wendy thinks of her mother's preferred meal of tofu and bean sprouts as this.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Wendy's specialty is microrobotics, which includes three talking dolls she's programmed as a three-part alarm clock. She's also programmed them to curse like sailors when they fall down, but the exact word is never used, instead being identified as "a word their owner's parents would prefer she not even knew" and similar things.
* NoodleImplements: Among the junk in his pockets, Ray apparently carries around a large rubber lizard for "emergencies".
* PoliceAreUseless: Sgt. Brody and his security team are more obstructive than helpful when the gang is trying to crack the spy case on the island, interfering in their efforts to stop the mad bomber in ''Operation Sherlock'' and get needed parts or save their friends in ''Robot Trouble''. It gets worse in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' when Brody has the security robots reprogrammed so the gang can't control them anymore - despite the fact that their doing so had saved several lives in the previous book. [[spoiler: There's also the fact that he fell for two frame-up jobs, one by Ramon Korbuscek to frame his roommate for treason in ''Robot Trouble'', and one by Black Glove himself that targeted Bridget [=McGrory=] in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', making it look like ''she'' was Black Glove! Averted with [=McGrory=] herself, who turns out to be a member of the National Security Task Force and thus outranks Brody.]]
* PungeonMaster: Paracelsus, the talking bronze head made by Roger and Rachel Phillips. He includes "one of the best Conversation Simulators in the country", and Roger has a habit of sneaking new puns into his collection of pre-programmed responses. It gets to the point where one of their friends outright asks if they used old joke books to program him.
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler: The robo-shark in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' is revealed as a robot after it's blown to bits and they get a chance to examine the remains - specifically, Ray shows the others a piece of its skin, which turns out to have springs clinging to it and thread running through the backing. This is foreshadowed earlier in the event when the robo-shark passes by Wendy, who feels that it has ''smooth'' skin. As she knows, real shark skin is ''rough''.]]
* RobotDog: Rin Tin Stainless Steel, a "mechanical mutt" the gang built as a test project, who first appeared in ''The Cutlass Clue'' and makes return appearances in ''Robot Trouble'' and ''Forever Begins Tomorrow''.
* RobotMaid: Housekeeping robots appear throughout the books, though they're usually designed for specialty chores. For instance, the Wendell-Watson home has a robot designed to clean rooms (though it's no match for the disaster area that is Wendy's bedroom), the Phillips family owns a robot that cleans up after meals and washes the dishes and silverware inside itself, and the Gang itself keeps a primitive butler-bot to greet people at their headquarters.
* RummageFail: Ray stores so much junk in his pockets, this inevitably happens - in ''Operation Sherlock'', he pulls out a dead worm while trying to find some cash (his only remark about it is "I've ''got'' to give up fishing."), and in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', he pulls out coins embedded in a caramel, a large rubber lizard and other items before finding what he's looking for.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Ray Gammand, who wears glasses and isn't even five feet tall. He is highly annoyed by both traits.
* SlipperySkid: During book 2, Sgt. Brody finds himself slipping and falling more than once after Ray dumps out an open container of ball bearings into his path.
* TerrorHero: Sgt. Brody's security robots. Brody himself, in one of his smarter moments, explains that they're designed to scare an enemy out of their wits with their intimidating appearance.
* ThreateningShark: One turns up when the gang is out at sea in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', looking for Black Glove's latest transmitter. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a robot made to look like a shark, sent to guard the transmitter.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Wendy loves burgers.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Wendy's room is a disaster area, which even her parents' household cleaning robot can't do a thing about.
* WeaponizedExhaust: Attempted in ''Robot Trouble''. The gang have built a rocket and are preparing to launch it; however, two separate spies break into it for their own reasons. One is discovered by two of the kids, whom he knocks out, ties up and leaves to be incinerated by the rocket's exhaust. The other is discovered by a third member of the gang, who is knocked out and left inside the rocket; her efforts to signal for help lead to the launch being aborted by the rest of the gang, saving all three lives.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: G.H.O.S.T., the organization which seeks to seize power from the world governments that have filled the skies with military hardware, including nuclear missiles in space, can be considered this. So can their agent Black Glove, who actually succeeds in taking control of those weapons and intends to demand mankind's surrender, even if he has to blow up a city or two to prove he means business.]]
* YouMakeMeSic: Variant - When Dr. Weiskopf comments on how "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast", Rachel surprises him by stating that the actual quote (from William Congreve's "The Mourning Bride", act 1, scene 1) is "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast", and that most people misquote it. When he gives her an odd look, she blushes and admits that she has something of an overactive memory.

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* YouMakeMeSic: Variant - When Dr. Weiskopf comments on how "Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast", Rachel surprises him by stating that the actual quote (from William Congreve's "The Mourning Bride", act 1, scene 1) is "Music has charms to soothe a savage breast", and that most people misquote it. When he gives her an odd look, she blushes and admits that she has something of an overactive memory.
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* ''Literature/MonsterOfTheYear''



[[folder: Monster of the Year]]

* CulturePolice: Myrna Smud's idea of censorship involves trying to wipe out anything creative (such as outdoor advertising, monsters and ''fairy tales''), which she claims will stimulate the imagination and lead to crime.
* FreudianExcuse: Discussed at one point, shortly before the book's ThisMeansWar moment, when the characters are watching Myrna Smud on TV and wonder if one of these (such as her having seen a monster movie as a child and being terrified by it) is why she hates monsters so much.
* TheIgor: He's even ''named'' Igor, and accompanies Sigmund Fred to the contest, but isn't planning to be a contestant himself.
* IHaveManyNames: The cast includes a Frankenstein monster with at least four names. According to Igor, the man who made the monster named him Sigmund, but used a brain from a man named Fred. So sometimes they call him Sigmund (or "Siggie" for short), sometimes they call him Fred, and sometimes they call him Sigmund Fred. But usually Igor doesn't call him anything, since it just upsets him (and indeed, he's starting to growl at this point in the conversation).
-->'''Sigmund Fred''' (in response to the last part): "Just make sure you call me for dinner."
* MadScientist: "The doctor" who created Sigmund Fred and whom Igor mentions having previously worked for.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: Protagonist Michael [=McGraw=] reveals through narration that his mother (Elsa Adams) changed her name to her husband's when she got married, changed back after they divorced, and said she'd stay with her maiden name for the rest of her life. Michael, on the other hand, had his name changed to match his stepfather's. As he puts it, "This confuses outsiders, since they can't figure out who I really belong to, but it suits the three of us just fine."
* MonsterMash: The cast includes a Frankenstein's monster, a vampire, a gill man, a wolfman, a mummy, two hunchbacks (Quasimodo and Igor), a miniature Godzilla expy, and a Phantom of the Opera in a "Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It" cameo.
* MoralGuardians: Myrna Smud, who serves as the antagonist.
* PungeonMaster: Kevver Smith makes puns all the time. His friend Michael [=McGraw=] has learned to tune him out when he does so.
* PunnyName: Sigmund Fred, an obvious take on UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud. Kevver, naturally, makes a remark about the name and how "That's what happens when you let some psycho analyze things."
* ThisMeansWar: The Count is the one to say it after Myrna Smud's motivations are revealed while they're in Michael's living room, watching her on TV:
-->'''TV interviewer''': "Just what is it about the monsters that bothers you so much, Mrs. Smud?
-->'''Myrna Smud''': [[spoiler: "They overstimulate children's imaginations. This causes them to think too much, which is not healthy at a young age."]]
-->''Everyone in the room looks at one another in astonishment, except for...''
-->'''The Count''' (rises, trembling with anger): "This, means var!"
* VampireVords: The Count always replaces his Ws with Vs.
* VegetarianVampire: Literal example with The Count, who drinks only "the elixir of life": V8 juice. Through a straw. He says it feels more natural if he can suck it.
* WouldHurtAChild: During the big riot the night of the contest, Myrna Smud whacks young Lulu Toomaloo, who's been leading a cheer in support of the monsters, over the head with her "Ban all monsters" sign. That's what triggers the crowd to go ''completely'' nuts and turns them all in favor of Lulu.

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* ''Monster of the Year'' (1990)

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* ''Monster of the Year'' ''Literature/MonsterOfTheYear'' (1990)
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* ''Diary of a Terrible Troll''/''Trolled'' (2017)



* MarsWantsChocolate: The aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.

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* MarsWantsChocolate: The aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it [[LovePotion supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.drives]].



* FreudianExcuse: Discussed at one point, shortly before the book's ThisMeansWar moment, when the characters are watching Myrna Smud on TV and wonder if one of these (such as her having seen a monster movie as a child and being terrified by it) is why she hates monsters so much.



* IHaveManyNames: In ''Monster of the Year'', the Frankenstein monster has at least four names. According to Igor, the man who made the monster named him Sigmund, but used a brain from a man named Fred. So sometimes they call him Sigmund (or "Siggie" for short), sometimes they call him Fred, and sometimes they call him Sigmund Fred. But usually Igor doesn't call him anything, since it just upsets him.

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* IHaveManyNames: In ''Monster of the Year'', the The cast includes a Frankenstein monster has with at least four names. According to Igor, the man who made the monster named him Sigmund, but used a brain from a man named Fred. So sometimes they call him Sigmund (or "Siggie" for short), sometimes they call him Fred, and sometimes they call him Sigmund Fred. But usually Igor doesn't call him anything, since it just upsets him.him (and indeed, he's starting to growl at this point in the conversation).



* TheMaidenNameDebate: ''Monster of the Year'' has Michael [=McGraw=], whose mother (Elsa Adams) changed her name to her husband's when she got married, changed back after they divorced, and said she'd stay with her maiden name for the rest of her life. Michael, on the other hand, had his name changed to match his stepfather's. As he puts it, "This confuses outsiders, since they can't figure out who I really belong to, but it suits the three of us just fine."
* MonsterMash: ''Monster of the Year'' includes a Frankenstein's monster, a vampire, a gill man, a wolfman, a mummy, two hunchbacks (Quasimodo and Igor), a Godzilla expy, and a Phantom of the Opera in a "Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It" cameo.
* MoralGuardians: Myrna Smud, the antagonist of ''Monster of the Year''.

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* MadScientist: "The doctor" who created Sigmund Fred and whom Igor mentions having previously worked for.
* TheMaidenNameDebate: ''Monster of the Year'' has Protagonist Michael [=McGraw=], whose [=McGraw=] reveals through narration that his mother (Elsa Adams) changed her name to her husband's when she got married, changed back after they divorced, and said she'd stay with her maiden name for the rest of her life. Michael, on the other hand, had his name changed to match his stepfather's. As he puts it, "This confuses outsiders, since they can't figure out who I really belong to, but it suits the three of us just fine."
* MonsterMash: ''Monster of the Year'' The cast includes a Frankenstein's monster, a vampire, a gill man, a wolfman, a mummy, two hunchbacks (Quasimodo and Igor), a miniature Godzilla expy, and a Phantom of the Opera in a "Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It" cameo.
* MoralGuardians: Myrna Smud, who serves as the antagonist of ''Monster of the Year''.antagonist.



* PunnyName: Sigmund Fred, an obvious take on UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud. Kevver, naturally, makes a remark about the name and how "That's what happens when you let some psycho analyze things."



* VampireVords: Used by the Count in ''Monster of the Year''.
* VegetarianVampire: ''Monster of the Year'' features The Count, who drinks only "the elixir of life": V8 juice. Through a straw. He says it feels more natural if he can suck it.

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* VampireVords: Used by the The Count in ''Monster of the Year''.always replaces his Ws with Vs.
* VegetarianVampire: ''Monster of the Year'' features Literal example with The Count, who drinks only "the elixir of life": V8 juice. Through a straw. He says it feels more natural if he can suck it.
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* MarsWantsChocolate: In ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'', the aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
* SquareCubeLaw: In one of the ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'' books the characters are shrunk to about seven inches and quickly discover that this has not affected their strength or mass; after trying to get off a desk they attempt jumping down onto a open drawer and snap right through it.
* StayWithTheAliens: In the ''Sixth Grade Alien'' series, Linnsy chooses not to return to Earth after undergoing MentalFusion with an alien symbiont, deciding instead to travel the galaxy.

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* MarsWantsChocolate: In ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'', the The aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: Protagonist Tim Tompkins mentions in the first book that he's been waiting for aliens to contact Earth since the first time he saw ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', and that he's seen it 47 times by that point.
* SquareCubeLaw: In one of the ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'' books book the characters are shrunk to about seven inches and quickly discover that this has not affected their strength or mass; after trying to get off a desk they attempt jumping down onto a open drawer and snap right through it.
* StayWithTheAliens: In the ''Sixth Grade Alien'' series, Linnsy Vanderhof chooses not to return to Earth after undergoing MentalFusion with an alien symbiont, deciding instead to travel the galaxy.
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