History Literature / AcrossRealtime

30th Sep '17 8:48:39 PM Theriocephalus
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The major initial technology change is the invention of the Bobble, a projected sphere that completely separates the inside from the outside. This is initially believed to be permanent, which would lead to anyone trapped inside a bobble dying when their oxygen runs out. The inventors of the bobble quickly style themselves as [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny The Peace Authority]] and eventually take over political power, bobbling all who oppose them in an [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ends-justify-the-means method of ending all war]]...as well as anyone might threaten their superiority.

''The Peace War'' is set when the first generation of Bobbles begin to ''burst''...revealing that not only are they not permanent, but that the bobbles actually [[TimeStandsStill freeze time]] inside them. The Authority's grip on power begins to fail as many of the people bobbled years ago in the "Peace War" suddenly find themselves in the future. ''The Ungoverned''[[note]]full text available on [[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/1416520724/1416520724___4.htm Baen Books]][[/note]] is set some decades later, and involves an attempt by the Republic of New Mexico (one of many independent nations in what used to be the USA) to invade the "ungoverned" lands to its north. Bobble technology has become widespread and [[MundaneUtility developed everyday uses]], some of which are described or demonstrated.

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The major initial technology change is the invention of the Bobble, a projected sphere that completely separates the inside from the outside. This is initially believed to be permanent, which would lead to anyone trapped inside a bobble dying when their oxygen runs out. The inventors of the bobble quickly style themselves as [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny The Peace Authority]] and eventually take over political power, bobbling all who oppose them in an [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans ends-justify-the-means method of ending all war]]... as well as anyone might threaten their superiority.

''The Peace War'' is set when the first generation of Bobbles begin to ''burst''... revealing that not only are they not permanent, but that the bobbles actually [[TimeStandsStill freeze time]] inside them. The Authority's grip on power begins to fail as many of the people bobbled years ago in the "Peace War" suddenly find themselves in the future. ''The Ungoverned''[[note]]full text available on [[http://www.baenebooks.com/chapters/1416520724/1416520724___4.htm Baen Books]][[/note]] is set some decades later, and involves an attempt by the Republic of New Mexico (one of many independent nations in what used to be the USA) to invade the "ungoverned" lands to its north. Bobble technology has become widespread and [[MundaneUtility developed everyday uses]], some of which are described or demonstrated.
23rd Aug '17 6:57:44 PM PaulA
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* ActionBomb: The "grenade beetles" that have evolved after human civilization disappeared. Distinctive slow-moving herbivore/scavenger insects that no local predator would dare to bother - they're too slow to keep a human from ''picking one up and shaking it'' - because none are stupid enough to bother a hand-sized bug capable of ''exploding like a hand grenade'' when annoyed enough. One cripples Marta's foot a few years into her marooning -- [[spoiler:and Wil is able to use them to drive off a pack of near-dogs stalking him and Della when they are stranded during the Peacer/NM war]].

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* ActionBomb: The "grenade beetles" that have evolved after human civilization disappeared. Distinctive slow-moving herbivore/scavenger insects that no local predator would dare to bother - -- they're too slow to keep a human from ''picking one up and shaking it'' - -- because none are stupid enough to bother a hand-sized bug capable of ''exploding like a hand grenade'' when annoyed enough. One cripples Marta's foot a few years into her marooning -- [[spoiler:and Wil is able to use them to drive off a pack of near-dogs stalking him and Della when they are stranded during the Peacer/NM war]].



* DepopulationBomb: Just as the Peace Authority came to power, the entire world was hit by numerous engineered plagues - these killed over 90% of the world's population, and remnants of them ''still'' caused life-threatening conditions during the Peace's reign. The Peace insist that they were the last gasp of pre-Peace governments, but most post-Peace individuals believe that the Peace released them as justification for their EnforcedTechnologyLevels; control of all nuclear technology meant all technological civilization was dependent on them for electricity, but control of biotech meant that every human alive was dependent on the Peace for medical care.

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* DepopulationBomb: Just as the Peace Authority came to power, the entire world was hit by numerous engineered plagues - -- these killed over 90% of the world's population, and remnants of them ''still'' caused life-threatening conditions during the Peace's reign. The Peace insist that they were the last gasp of pre-Peace governments, but most post-Peace individuals believe that the Peace released them as justification for their EnforcedTechnologyLevels; control of all nuclear technology meant all technological civilization was dependent on them for electricity, but control of biotech meant that every human alive was dependent on the Peace for medical care.



* DyingClue: ''Marooned in Realtime'' features possibly the most epic case of "murder victim writes cryptic final message" in the entire history of detective fiction. The murderer uses a uniquely science-fictional murder weapon that results in a ''three-decades long'', lingering death ''of old age'' for the victim, so she has time to write a final message over ''two million words'' long -- but the important bit is still so cryptic only one man could see it - and it's ''not'' her lover. This is because [[spoiler:the murderer is ''watching'' her the entire time, and would have destroyed anything that looked like a clue to his identity.]]
* EnforcedTechnologyLevels: The Peace Authority prevents anyone save themselves from using nuclear power, and puts a similar amount of effort into policing biotech. Supposedly this to prevent nuclear and biological warfare, but it also creates a TerminallyDependentSociety that relies on the Peace for electricity and medicine - and it's all but stated that the Peace actually ''started'' WorldWarIII specifically to destroy their competition.

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* DyingClue: ''Marooned in Realtime'' features possibly the most epic case of "murder victim writes cryptic final message" in the entire history of detective fiction. The murderer uses a uniquely science-fictional murder weapon that results in a ''three-decades long'', lingering death ''of old age'' for the victim, so she has time to write a final message over ''two million words'' long -- but the important bit is still so cryptic only one man could see it - -- and it's ''not'' her lover. This is because [[spoiler:the murderer is ''watching'' her the entire time, and would have destroyed anything that looked like a clue to his identity.]]
* EnforcedTechnologyLevels: The Peace Authority prevents anyone save themselves from using nuclear power, and puts a similar amount of effort into policing biotech. Supposedly this to prevent nuclear and biological warfare, but it also creates a TerminallyDependentSociety that relies on the Peace for electricity and medicine - -- and it's all but stated that the Peace actually ''started'' WorldWarIII specifically to destroy their competition.



* {{Roboteching}}: In ''The Peace War'', the Tinkers have come up with smart bullets that can be fired from a ''machine pistol''. Lock in your targets, blind-fire one burst in their general direction - ''and twenty Technology Gestapo hit the ground minus their heads!''

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* {{Roboteching}}: In ''The Peace War'', the Tinkers have come up with smart bullets that can be fired from a ''machine pistol''. Lock in your targets, blind-fire one burst in their general direction - -- ''and twenty Technology Gestapo hit the ground minus their heads!''



** Their response to [[spoiler:losing to the Tinkers is especially grotesque; "Operation Renaissance" - mine the San Fernando Valley with ''nuclear weapons'', bobble up their facilities and a number of civilians for breeding stock, then blow everything to hell. Della Lu, who up to that point was a dedicated tech cop and remorseless killer, balks at this, and simply knocks the trigger for the mines out of her boss' hand and bobbles without firing the nukes.]]

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** Their response to [[spoiler:losing to the Tinkers is especially grotesque; "Operation Renaissance" - -- mine the San Fernando Valley with ''nuclear weapons'', bobble up their facilities and a number of civilians for breeding stock, then blow everything to hell. Della Lu, who up to that point was a dedicated tech cop and remorseless killer, balks at this, and simply knocks the trigger for the mines out of her boss' hand and bobbles without firing the nukes.]]
23rd Aug '17 5:24:07 PM Kalaong
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** At the climax of ''Marooned in Realtime'', [[spoiler:Peace Authority Director Christian "TheButcher of Eurafrica" Gerrault kills two hundred of the last three hundred humans, trashes over ninety percent of the remaining technology, then holds the survivors for ransom through his monopoly of the last surviving human zygotes.]]

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** At the climax of ''Marooned in Realtime'', [[spoiler:Peace Authority Director Christian "TheButcher of Eurafrica" Gerrault kills two hundred half of the last three hundred humans, trashes over ninety percent of the remaining technology, then holds the survivors for ransom through his monopoly of the last surviving human zygotes.]]
23rd Aug '17 5:20:37 PM Kalaong
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* ActionBomb: The "grenade beetles" that have evolved after human civilization disappeared. Distinctive slow-moving herbivore/scavenger insects that no local predator would dare to bother - they're too slow to keep a human from ''picking one up and shaking it'' - because none are stupid enough to bother a hand-sized bug capable of ''exploding like a hand grenade'' when annoyed enough. One cripples Marta's foot a few years into her marooning -- [[spoiler:and Wil is able to use them to drive off a pack of near-dogs stalking him and Della when they are stranded during the Peacer/NM war]].
16th Jun '17 2:08:22 PM Kalaong
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* TheConqueror:
** The Peace Authority made three separate attempts at conquering the world through mass murder; the first was supposedly to prevent a nuclear war between the superpowers, but they themselves released pandemics which decimated the human race to justify their control of biotech. [[spoiler:When the Tinker rebellion threatened their control, they came within seconds of sterilizing the planet with nuclear weapons.]]
** Aeons later, Christian "TheButcher of Eurafrica" Gerrault [[spoiler:killed two hundred of the last three hundred humans, trashed over ninety percent of the remaining technology, then held the survivors for ransom through his monopoly of the last surviving human zygotes.]]

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** Aeons later, At the climax of ''Marooned in Realtime'', [[spoiler:Peace Authority Director Christian "TheButcher of Eurafrica" Gerrault [[spoiler:killed kills two hundred of the last three hundred humans, trashed trashes over ninety percent of the remaining technology, then held holds the survivors for ransom through his monopoly of the last surviving human zygotes.]]
5th Jun '17 5:12:03 PM PaulA
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* TheConqueror: The Peace Authority made three separate attempts at conquering the world through mass murder; the first was supposedly to prevent a nuclear war between the superpowers, but they themselves released pandemics which decimated the human race to justify their control of biotech. [[spoiler:When the Tinker rebellion threatened their control, they came within seconds of sterilizing the planet with nuclear weapons. Aeons later, Phillippe Genet AKA Christian "TheButcher of Eurafrica" Gerrault killed two hundred of the last three hundred humans, trashed over ninety percent of the remaining technology, then held the survivors for ransom through his monopoly of the last surviving human zygotes]].

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* TheConqueror: TheConqueror:
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The Peace Authority made three separate attempts at conquering the world through mass murder; the first was supposedly to prevent a nuclear war between the superpowers, but they themselves released pandemics which decimated the human race to justify their control of biotech. [[spoiler:When the Tinker rebellion threatened their control, they came within seconds of sterilizing the planet with nuclear weapons. ]]
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Aeons later, Phillippe Genet AKA Christian "TheButcher of Eurafrica" Gerrault killed [[spoiler:killed two hundred of the last three hundred humans, trashed over ninety percent of the remaining technology, then held the survivors for ransom through his monopoly of the last surviving human zygotes]].zygotes.]]
5th Jun '17 12:38:55 AM Kalaong
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* TheConqueror: The Peace Authority made three separate attempts at conquering the world through mass murder; the first was supposedly to prevent a nuclear war between the superpowers, but they themselves released pandemics which decimated the human race to justify their control of biotech. [[spoiler:When the Tinker rebellion threatened their control, they came within seconds of sterilizing the planet with nuclear weapons. Aeons later, Phillippe Genet AKA Christian "TheButcher of Eurafrica" Gerrault killed two hundred of the last three hundred humans, trashed over ninety percent of the remaining technology, then held the survivors for ransom through his monopoly of the last surviving human zygotes]].
4th Jun '17 2:41:25 PM Kalaong
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* DepopulationBomb: Just as the Peace Authority came to power, the entire world was hit by numerous engineered plagues - these killed over 90% of the world's population, and remnants of them ''still'' caused life-threatening conditions during the Peace's reign. The Peace insist that they were the last gasp of pre-Peace governments, but most post-Peace individuals believe that the Peace released them as justification for their EnforcedTechnologyLevels; control of all nuclear technology meant all technological civilization was dependent on them for electricity, but control of biotech meant that every human alive was dependent on the Peace for medical care.
3rd Apr '17 8:50:04 PM Doug86
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* ApocalypseNot: WorldWarThree turned the entire planet into a TerminallyDependentSociety under the Peace Authority, and the "Peace War" almost ended in [[spoiler:the Peace sterilizing the entire planet while they hid in Bobbles.]] Twenty years later, there were trailer parks on the moon.

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* ApocalypseNot: WorldWarThree WorldWarIII turned the entire planet into a TerminallyDependentSociety under the Peace Authority, and the "Peace War" almost ended in [[spoiler:the Peace sterilizing the entire planet while they hid in Bobbles.]] Twenty years later, there were trailer parks on the moon.



* EnforcedTechnologyLevels: The Peace Authority prevents anyone save themselves from using nuclear power, and puts a similar amount of effort into policing biotech. Supposedly this to prevent nuclear and biological warfare, but it also creates a TerminallyDependentSociety that relies on the Peace for electricity and medicine - and it's all but stated that the Peace actually ''started'' WorldWarThree specifically to destroy their competition.

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* EnforcedTechnologyLevels: The Peace Authority prevents anyone save themselves from using nuclear power, and puts a similar amount of effort into policing biotech. Supposedly this to prevent nuclear and biological warfare, but it also creates a TerminallyDependentSociety that relies on the Peace for electricity and medicine - and it's all but stated that the Peace actually ''started'' WorldWarThree WorldWarIII specifically to destroy their competition.
4th Dec '16 7:03:22 PM Kalaong
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** Their response to [[spoiler:losing to the Tinkers is especially grotesque; "Operation Renaissance" - mine the San Fernando Valley with ''nuclear weapons'', bobble up their facilities and a number of civilians for breeding stock, then blow everything to hell. Della Lu, who up to that point was a dedicated tech cop and relentless killer, balks at this and simply knocks the trigger for the mines out of her boss' hand and bobbles without firing the nukes.]]

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** Their response to [[spoiler:losing to the Tinkers is especially grotesque; "Operation Renaissance" - mine the San Fernando Valley with ''nuclear weapons'', bobble up their facilities and a number of civilians for breeding stock, then blow everything to hell. Della Lu, who up to that point was a dedicated tech cop and relentless remorseless killer, balks at this this, and simply knocks the trigger for the mines out of her boss' hand and bobbles without firing the nukes.]]
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