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23rd Sep '16 7:07:33 PM Kalaong
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* [[YoureNotMyFather You're Not My Parents]]: Never outright said, but Ellie is rather cold to her mother and [[WickedStepmother stepfather]]; her mother because Ellie believes [[ParentWithNewParamour she remarried suspiciously quickly]], her stepfather because [[StayInTheKitchen he held her interest in science in disdain]]. Once she deciphers the Message, both attempt to re-connect with her, but she sees it as fair-weather parenting and steps up to ignoring them completely, even as her stepfather becomes increasingly apologetic and her mother begins deteriorating into senile dementia, insisting to everyone at the old folk's home that her "famous daughter" will come by soon. [[spoiler:After Ellie returns from her interstellar voyage, she discovers that her mother died while she was away... and left her a message that shatters her world; the kind and doting Ted Arroway who died when she was a child and nurtured her love of science ''wasn't her biological father'' - her mother cheated on him with her cold, distant, demeaning eventual '''stepfather.''' Ted was aware of this, but never failed to cherish Ellie - and her mother was so ashamed she only could only admit all of this in her will]].
18th Aug '16 12:25:45 PM Kalaong
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* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:Ellie, the protagonist,]] finds out in the very last chapter that [[spoiler:her deceased father, whom she idolized, is not her father. Her (not actually "step-") stepfather, with whom she's had a [[WickedStepmother vitriolic relationship]] with since she was ''fifteen'', [[GlorifiedSpermDonor is]]. This shocks her ''more'' than the message from God (?) inside Pi]]. This subplot is completely absent from [[{{Film/Contact}} The Movie]].

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* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:Ellie, the protagonist,]] finds out in the very last chapter that [[spoiler:her deceased father, whom she idolized, is not her father. Her (not actually "step-") stepfather, with whom she's had a [[WickedStepmother vitriolic relationship]] with since she was ''fifteen'', a ''sixth grader'', [[GlorifiedSpermDonor is]]. This shocks her ''more'' than the message from God (?) inside Pi]]. This subplot is completely absent from [[{{Film/Contact}} The Movie]].
18th Aug '16 12:25:04 PM Kalaong
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* Zeerust: The novel takes place during TheNineties...as seen from TheEighties. No internet, space access is simple enough that Hadden owning his own space station isn't much different from billionaires owning islands, and all communications are 3D - not only television, but photographs have been replaced with holographic cards.

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* Zeerust: {{Zeerust}}: The novel takes place during TheNineties...as seen from TheEighties. No internet, space access is simple enough that Hadden owning his own space station isn't much different from billionaires owning islands, and all communications are 3D - not only television, but photographs have been replaced with holographic cards.
17th Aug '16 4:07:00 PM Kalaong
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The novel takes place during TheNineties...as seen from TheEighties.




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* Zeerust: The novel takes place during TheNineties...as seen from TheEighties. No internet, space access is simple enough that Hadden owning his own space station isn't much different from billionaires owning islands, and all communications are 3D - not only television, but photographs have been replaced with holographic cards.
17th Aug '16 3:58:19 PM Kalaong
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* [[WickedStepmother Wicked Stepfather]]: Ellie's father died when she was in sixth grade, and her mother remarried two years later - a college professor named John Staughton who believed that [[StayInTheKitchen women had no talent for science]], and if Ellie pursued a scientific career [[NeverASelfMadeWoman she would be unable to attract a husband]]. He spends all of Ellie's adult life wracked with guilt at having dismissed her talents - especially as Ellie despises him for his dismissals, though [[ParentWithNewParamour not being Ted Arroway]] didn't help either. [[spoiler:However, in a rare twist, he is Ellie's biological father and fully aware thus, but chooses not to reveal this at the request of Ellie's mother, as both of them know that Ellie wouldn't forgive her for cheating on Ted Arroway over a decade before, let alone seeking John out once the man Ellie adored was dead.]]

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* [[WickedStepmother Wicked Stepfather]]: Ellie's father died when she was in sixth grade, and her mother remarried two years later - a college professor named John Staughton who believed that [[StayInTheKitchen women had no talent for science]], and if Ellie pursued a scientific career [[NeverASelfMadeWoman she would be unable to attract a husband]]. He spends husband]], and refused to pay for Ellie's college. The only reason Ellie went to Harvard was because she made a large number of lucky guesses on a test. Once Ellie becomes a success, he ends up spending all of Ellie's adult life wracked with guilt at having dismissed her talents - especially as Ellie despises him for his dismissals, though [[ParentWithNewParamour not being Ted Arroway]] didn't help either. [[spoiler:However, in a rare twist, he is Ellie's biological father and fully aware thus, but chooses not to reveal this at the request of Ellie's mother, as both of them know that Ellie wouldn't forgive her for cheating on Ted Arroway over a decade before, let alone seeking John out once the man Ellie adored was dead.]]
17th Aug '16 3:49:44 PM Kalaong
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* [[WickedStepmother Wicked Stepfather]]: Ellie's father died when she was in sixth grade, and her mother remarried two years later - a college professor named John Staughton who believed that [[StayInTheKitchen women had no talent for science]], and if Ellie pursued a scientific career [[NeverASelfMadeWoman she would be unable to attract a husband]]. He spends all of Ellie's adult life wracked with guilt at having dismissed her talents - especially as Ellie despises him for his dismissals, though [[ParentWithNewParamour not being Ted Arroway]] didn't help either. [[spoiler:However, in a rare twist, he is Ellie's biological father.]]

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* [[WickedStepmother Wicked Stepfather]]: Ellie's father died when she was in sixth grade, and her mother remarried two years later - a college professor named John Staughton who believed that [[StayInTheKitchen women had no talent for science]], and if Ellie pursued a scientific career [[NeverASelfMadeWoman she would be unable to attract a husband]]. He spends all of Ellie's adult life wracked with guilt at having dismissed her talents - especially as Ellie despises him for his dismissals, though [[ParentWithNewParamour not being Ted Arroway]] didn't help either. [[spoiler:However, in a rare twist, he is Ellie's biological father.father and fully aware thus, but chooses not to reveal this at the request of Ellie's mother, as both of them know that Ellie wouldn't forgive her for cheating on Ted Arroway over a decade before, let alone seeking John out once the man Ellie adored was dead.]]
17th Aug '16 3:45:17 PM Kalaong
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* DisappearedDad: Ellie's father, who encouraged her curiosity and interest in science, dies of an unspecified accident when she's in sixth grade. Her stepfather is much less sympathetic.

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* DisappearedDad: Ellie's father, Ted Arroway, who encouraged her curiosity and interest in science, dies of an unspecified accident when she's in sixth grade. Her stepfather is much less sympathetic.[[spoiler:Though he's not really her biological father - see [[WickedStepmother Wicked Stepfather]].]]



* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:Ellie, the protagonist,]] finds out in the very last chapter that [[spoiler:her deceased father, whom she idolized, is not her father. Her (not actually "step-") stepfather, who she despises, [[GlorifiedSpermDonor is]]. This shocks her ''more'' than the message from God (?) inside Pi]]. This subplot is completely absent from [[{{Film/Contact}} The Movie]].

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* HeroicBastard: [[spoiler:Ellie, the protagonist,]] finds out in the very last chapter that [[spoiler:her deceased father, whom she idolized, is not her father. Her (not actually "step-") stepfather, who with whom she's had a [[WickedStepmother vitriolic relationship]] with since she despises, was ''fifteen'', [[GlorifiedSpermDonor is]]. This shocks her ''more'' than the message from God (?) inside Pi]]. This subplot is completely absent from [[{{Film/Contact}} The Movie]].


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*[[WickedStepmother Wicked Stepfather]]: Ellie's father died when she was in sixth grade, and her mother remarried two years later - a college professor named John Staughton who believed that [[StayInTheKitchen women had no talent for science]], and if Ellie pursued a scientific career [[NeverASelfMadeWoman she would be unable to attract a husband]]. He spends all of Ellie's adult life wracked with guilt at having dismissed her talents - especially as Ellie despises him for his dismissals, though [[ParentWithNewParamour not being Ted Arroway]] didn't help either. [[spoiler:However, in a rare twist, he is Ellie's biological father.]]
28th Oct '15 8:01:01 PM Kalaong
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* ShoutOut: Ellie is "confined" inside her scientific compound at the end of the novel, under surveillance. This is a ShoutOut to the fate of UsefulNotes/GalileoGalilei, who was confined in a similar matter after his experience with the inquisition.

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* ShoutOut: Ellie is "confined" inside her scientific compound at the end of the novel, under surveillance. This is a ShoutOut to the fate of UsefulNotes/GalileoGalilei, [[UsefulNotes/HeresiesAndHeretics Galileo Galilei]], who was confined in a similar matter after his experience with the inquisition.



* TechnologyMarchesOn:
** At one point Ellie channel-surfs and finds a station offering onetime access to [[{{MMORPG}} a downloadable fantasy RPG game]]; if you liked it, you could order the full game ''on a floppy disk''.
** While leaving a museum with Palmer Joss, Ellie receives a message on her ''beeper''. She has to get back to her office because she can't find a ''pay phone.''
** The way space tech and travel is depicted didn't exactly play out in the real 1999.
18th Oct '15 9:37:48 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ShoutOut: Ellie is "confined" inside her scientific compound at the end of the novel, under surveillance. This is a ShoutOut to the fate of UsefulNotes/GalileoGalilei, who was confined in a similar matter after his experience with the inquisition.
21st Aug '15 2:35:34 PM Generality
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* BurialInSpace: Hadden's final fate is to have his preserved body launched into space where it will potentially last for millions of years, in a last desperate attempt at immortality.
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