History Literature / Cryptonomicon

31st Dec '16 8:01:52 PM Xtifr
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* '''Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse:''' A young mathematician/cryptographer serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy as a part of Detachment 2702, a secret paramilitary organization created for the purpose of keeping the Axis Powers ignorant of the fact that the Allies have broken the Enigma cypher. Is prone to drifting off on profound, [[ThePhilosopher philosophical]], occasionally [[CloudCuckoolander nonsensical]] musings. His best friend is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing Alan Turing]].

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* '''Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse:''' A young mathematician/cryptographer serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy as a part of Detachment 2702, a secret paramilitary organization created for the purpose of keeping the Axis Powers ignorant of the fact that the Allies have broken the Enigma cypher. Is prone to drifting off on profound, [[ThePhilosopher philosophical]], occasionally [[CloudCuckoolander nonsensical]] musings. His best friend is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing Alan Turing]].UsefulNotes/AlanTuring.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/AlanTuring is featured prominently in early chapters, General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur in later chapters. Future US president UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan conducts an interview of Shaftoe in one chapter.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/AlanTuring UsefulNotes/AlanTuring is featured prominently in early chapters, General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur in later chapters. Future US president UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan conducts an interview of Shaftoe in one chapter.
26th Oct '16 7:50:52 AM dlchen145
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* '''Bobby Shaftoe:''' {{Badass}} Marine Raider responsible for putting Waterhouse and company's plans into action. [[WarriorPoet Has a fondness for poetry, particularly Haiku]]. Don't get him started on [[ItMakesSenseInContext giant, Nipponese-eating lizards]]. [[TakeOurWordForIt Trust us on this]].

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* '''Bobby Shaftoe:''' {{Badass}} Marine Raider responsible for putting Waterhouse and company's plans into action. [[WarriorPoet Has a fondness for poetry, particularly Haiku]]. Don't get him started on [[ItMakesSenseInContext giant, Nipponese-eating lizards]]. [[TakeOurWordForIt Trust us on this]].



* ActionGirl: America ("Amy") Shaftoe. Naturally, since she is the granddaughter of {{badass}} Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe.

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* ActionGirl: America ("Amy") Shaftoe. Naturally, since she is the granddaughter of {{badass}} Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe.
1st Oct '16 5:37:55 PM LatwPIAT
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* ChekhovsGunman: We first meet Goto Dengo very close to the start of the book--he's Bobby Shaftoe's friend. He taught Bobby about haiku, sushi, and "chop-socky" (some form of Japanese martial art); Bobby taught him how to throw a baseball farther than about three feet. As Shaftoe's boat is leaving the port in China, Goto Dengo throws an inactive grenade in thanks and as a joke, and that's the last we see of him for over 400 pages. He eventually turns out to be the person who designed and built Golgotha.

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* ChekhovsGunman: We first meet Goto Dengo very close to the start of the book--he's Bobby Shaftoe's friend. He taught Bobby about haiku, sushi, and "chop-socky" (some form of Japanese martial art); (judo); Bobby taught him how to throw a baseball farther than about three feet. As Shaftoe's boat is leaving the port in China, Goto Dengo throws an inactive grenade in thanks and as a joke, and that's the last we see of him for over 400 pages. He eventually turns out to be the person who designed and built Golgotha.



* CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards of Guadalcanal that saved his life. Being interviewed by Lieutenant Reagan (while drugged with morphine). Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His friendship with Bischoff (a German submarine commander--Shaftoe is an American marine. All of this during WWII). And of course the really, really weird and accidental meet up between General [=MacArthur=], Bobby Shaftoe, and Goto Dengo in the ladies' room in the middle of a battle in the Philippines. It starts to have an effect on him.

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* CoincidenceMagnet: Bobby Shaftoe. The giant Nip-eating lizards of Guadalcanal that saved his life. Being interviewed by Lieutenant Ronald Reagan (while drugged with morphine). Detachment 2702 missions (such as "Negroes of the Caribbean"). His friendship with Bischoff (a German submarine commander--Shaftoe is an American marine. All of this during WWII). And of course the really, really weird and accidental meet up between General [=MacArthur=], Bobby Shaftoe, and Goto Dengo in the ladies' room in the middle of a battle in the Philippines. It starts to have an effect on him.



* FictionalCounterpart: The in-universe ''Cryptonomicon'' is basically an annotated version of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Cryptanalytics Military Cryptanalysis]]. William F. Friedman (the author of ''Military Cryptanalysis'' is credited, in-universe, with the original compilation of the ''Cryptonomicon''.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/AlanTuring is featured prominently in early chapters, General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur in later chapters.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Creator/AlanTuring is featured prominently in early chapters, General UsefulNotes/DouglasMacArthur in later chapters. Future US president UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan conducts an interview of Shaftoe in one chapter.



* WalkingArmory: In Egypt, Bobby Shaftoe has half a dozen weapons hidden on his person; knives, pistols, derringers, etc, in addition to the much more obvious Tommy Gun. At one point, he's on a transport and trying to get comfortable so he can get some sleep. To do so, he has to deal with: "the teeny revolver in his waistband", "the Marine Raider stiletto holstered invisibly between his shoulder blades", "a standard-issue Colt semiautomatic" on one side, "his own six-shooter from home" on the other, "the various ammo clips, speed loaders, and maintenance supplies that go with them", "the V-44 'Gung Ho'...knife, strapped to the outside of his lower leg", and "the derringer that he keeps on the other leg for balance". The only things he doesn't move "are the grenades in his front pockets".

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* WalkingArmory: In Egypt, Bobby Shaftoe has half a dozen weapons hidden on his person; knives, pistols, derringers, etc, in addition to the much more obvious Tommy Gun. At one point, he's on a transport and trying to get comfortable so he can get some sleep. To do so, he has to deal with: "the teeny revolver in his waistband", "the Marine Raider stiletto holstered invisibly between his shoulder blades", "a standard-issue Colt semiautomatic" on one side, "his own six-shooter from home" on the other, "the various ammo clips, speed loaders, and maintenance supplies that go with them", "the V-44 'Gung Ho'...knife, strapped to the outside of his lower leg", and "the derringer that he keeps on the other leg for balance". The only things he doesn't move "are the grenades in his front pockets". This happens a line after Shaftoe has rolled his eyes at how unstable and paranoid a pair of SAS pilots must be for carrying sub-machine guns inside the cockpit.
26th Jul '16 11:16:06 AM SorPepita
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** The Altamiras even more so. Of course, they're eventually connected through Bobby, Glory, and Douglas [=MacArthur=] Shaftoe...which only makes everything even ''more'' complicated.

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** The Altamiras even more so. Of course, they're eventually connected through Bobby, Glory, and Douglas [=MacArthur=] Shaftoe... which only makes everything even ''more'' complicated.



* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Enoch Root is unceremoniously shot to death in Sweden mid-book and given a rather dramatic funeral, but suddenly reappears talking to Goto Dengo in Manila towards the climax and eventually shows up in the jail cell next to Randy...''sixty years later'']].

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* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Enoch Root is unceremoniously shot to death in Sweden mid-book and given a rather dramatic funeral, but suddenly reappears talking to Goto Dengo in Manila towards the climax and eventually shows up in the jail cell next to Randy... ''sixty years later'']].



* WickedCultured: At one point we meet Herman Goring, who is a terrible person...but has great taste in art.

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* WickedCultured: At one point we meet Herman Goring, who is a terrible person... but has great taste in art.
9th Jun '16 12:12:08 AM Morgenthaler
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12th May '16 9:40:34 AM CroatoaEngine
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* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: Waterhouse is inspired by a malfunctioning church organ to create a form of computer memory, consisting of a tube filled with mercury in which a standing wave is excited by a "little paper speaker ripped from an old radio". Electrodes placed along the length of the tube dip into the rippling mercury and generate a pattern of 'on' and 'off' values that denote binary digits. While the contraption described resembles the actual [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delay_line_memory#Mercury_delay_lines mercury delay line memory]] in its general details, it would be useless as an actual computer memory, as standing waves are stationary patterns of low and high pressure, and thus Waterhouse's memory can only store bit patterns such as "010101" or "0011001100", which severly limits its potential capacity. (It should be noted that Turing later mentions that Bletchley Park intends to build a mercury tube memory in which the sound wave actually ''travels'' down the tube, instead of being a stationary standing wave, thus fitting the description of the mercury delay line memory perfectly. Waterhouse inaccurately replies that he has already done the same thing.)


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* [[JapaneseRanguage Nipponese Ranguage]]: Upon arriving in Kinakuta, Randy meets a Nipponese businessman named Ferdinand Goto (one of Goto Dengo's younger relatives), who has the unlikely-sounding transliteration of "Goto Furudenendu" on his business card. A normal transliteration would be closer to "Goto Ferudinando".
13th Apr '16 8:34:49 PM Saber15
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* DoorStopper: Sits at over 1000 pages. Bonus points for the InUniverse Cryptonomicon being a doorstopper which is used as a literal door stop [[Literature/TheBaroqueCycle in another novel]].
6th Apr '16 5:49:38 PM Parakus
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* RunningGag: Despite its harrowing origin, Bobby Shaftoe's obsession with giant, Nip-eating lizards turns into one of these, culminating with a moment where he sees what looks an awful lot like a giant, Nip-eating lizard on the back of [[CrazyAwesome Douglas MacArthur's]] bathrobe.
-->"Was that you screaming, Shaftoe?"
** It turns out to be, on further inspection, some kind of Chinese dragon.
2nd Apr '16 5:12:31 PM GrammarNavi
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* ProperlyParanoid: Both Avi and Douglas MacArthur Shaftoe come across like this. [[spoiler: Of course, it all turn out to be justified when the when it turns out that a ruthless corporate executive and his Filipino mob partners are gunning for the collective heads of Epiphyte(2) corp.]]

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* ProperlyParanoid: Both Avi and Douglas MacArthur [=MacArthur=] Shaftoe come across like this. [[spoiler: Of course, it all turn out to be justified when the when it turns out that a ruthless corporate executive and his Filipino mob partners are gunning for the collective heads of Epiphyte(2) corp.]]
31st Mar '16 4:09:24 AM Parakus
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--->"I [Randy] keep bothering him [Douglas] to get Ordo and encrypt his email, but he won't."
--->"That is really unprofessional," Avi grumbles. "He needs to be more paranoid."
--->"He's so paranoid he doesn't even trust Ordo."
--->Avi's scowl eases. "Oh. That's alright then."

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--->"I -->"I [Randy] keep bothering him [Douglas] to get Ordo and encrypt his email, but he won't."
--->"That -->"That is really unprofessional," Avi grumbles. "He needs to be more paranoid."
--->"He's -->"He's so paranoid he doesn't even trust Ordo."
--->Avi's -->Avi's scowl eases. "Oh. That's alright then."
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