History Literature / Contact

7th Aug '17 12:18:40 PM ixfd64
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted, at least in the most common sense. The idea that a different civilization, with different history and technological level, would be transmitting in binary in the same fashion as we do, though, is a very close call.

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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted, at least in the most common sense. The idea that a different civilization, with different history and technological level, would be transmitting in binary in the same fashion as we do, though, is a very close call. However, they do take on the form of humans and speak in Earth languages when they meet the Five.
2nd Aug '17 11:02:40 PM Kalaong
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Sagan lampshades this in the "Author's Note" section.
-->My fondest hope for this book is that it will be made obsolete by the pace of real scientific discovery.
2nd Aug '17 11:00:24 PM Kalaong
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* CluelessAesop: A subplot that didn't make it into the movie was Ellie's rocky relationship with her mother and [[StayInTheKitchen chauvinist]] stepfather, John Staughton - especially as her mother [[ParentWithNewParamour remarried]] just two years after her doting father, Ted Arroway, died. [[spoiler:Turns out that her mother ''cheated'' on him with said future stepfather, resulting in Ellie's conception. Sagan describes this as a massive shock to Ellie's worldview - that she had spurned her "real" father in favor of a "fake" - but when one considers how Ted did all he could to encourage Ellie to enrich herself and John ''refused to pay for Ellie's college because he thought women were too stupid to be scientists'', many adoptees would think that Ellie was completely justified in adoring the man they betrayed and giving the GlorifiedSpermDonor the cold shoulder. That her mother was too ashamed to admit it while she was alive just makes both of them even more despicable]].
27th Jul '17 12:34:03 PM ixfd64
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* AlienGeometries: On the world where the travelers land, there is a door on the beach that can only be interacted with from one side.


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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: The last chapter touches upon this.


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* LotusEaterMachine: Kind of. The aliens appear to each of the crew members as someone they are really fond of, although the travelers know that they aren't really that person.


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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Sagan lampshades this in the "Author's Note" section.
-->My fondest hope for this book is that it will be made obsolete by the pace of real scientific discovery.
21st Oct '16 5:17:35 AM 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 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]].

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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 biological father. Her (not actually "step-") stepfather, with whom she's had a [[WickedStepmother vitriolic relationship]] with since she was 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]].
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.]]
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