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18th Apr '17 8:15:15 AM Kalaong
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* ApocalypseHow: It's made clear early on that if ''any living thing'' made it off Henders Island, it would be capable of ''eating'' everything ''else'' on the planet within twenty years. In an odd case, [[spoiler:the hendropods have maintained their civilization's records long enough to have recorded ''sixteen'' [[ApocalypseHow/Class4 similar events]], starting with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosses_Bluff_crater Gosses Bluff]] impactor, 142,221,201 years ago. Yeah. They remember all the times Earth got Roshambo'd right down to the ''[[LudicrousPrecision year]].'']]



* [[spoiler: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 70 000 Years Old:]] The hendropods are really '''really''' old (their civilization dates back to at ''least'' the Late Jurassic), but you would never be able to tell because they don't really age.]]

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* [[spoiler: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 70 000 70,000 Years Old:]] The hendropods are really '''really''' old (their civilization dates back to at ''least'' the Late Jurassic), but you would never be able to tell because they don't really age.]]age]].
10th Apr '17 10:53:12 AM Kalaong
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Turns out the island is a remnant of an ancient supercontinent from the Precambrian era, where everything has been evolving separately for 700 million years and the ferocity of the island's inhabitants has been [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven]]. Terrestrial mantis shrimp roam the interior, while the island itself is in an orgy of violence as the food chain is thrown out the window, and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything eats everything]]''.

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Turns out the island is a remnant of an ancient supercontinent from the Precambrian era, where everything has been evolving separately for 700 570 million years and the ferocity inherent savagery of the island's inhabitants life has been [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven]]. Terrestrial mantis shrimp roam the interior, while the island itself is in eleven]]; an orgy of violence as where the food chain is thrown out the window, window and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything eats everything]]''.
everything]]'' - the dominant lifeform being a land-going species of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp mantis shrimp]] capable of single-handed(clawed?)ly shredding and devouring '''tanks.'''
7th Apr '17 5:59:50 PM Kalaong
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** To put it into perspective, if even ''one'' mite-sized animal got off the island, it would cause the extinction of '''all life on Earth'''.

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** To put it into perspective, if even ''one'' mite-sized animal got off the island, it the current situation - Henders life confined to the island and modern life spanning the globe - would cause reverse itself within twenty years, with the extinction of '''all life few non-Henders organisms cowering on Earth'''.islands hoping no Henders lifeforms would ever find them.



* KillItWithWater: In one of the oddest plot-twists, it turns out that contact with salt water is tantamount to instant death for Henders Island creatures (it being the reason they've been unable to escape the island).

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* KillItWithWater: In one The key plot element; as Henders Island split off from the pre-Cambrian supercontinent before the salinity of the oddest plot-twists, it turns out that Earth's oceans spiked 570 million years ago, any contact with salt water is tantamount to instant death for Henders Island creatures (it being the reason they've been unable its lifeforms, confining them to escape the island).a 2-mile-wide green bowl of Hell.
3rd Apr '17 4:44:54 PM Kalaong
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''Fragment'' is a 2009 s-f novel by Warren Fahy, described by one reviewer as "an eco-thriller with teeth."

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''Fragment'' ->Henders Island is not a lost world frozen in time, an island of mutants, or a lab where science has gone mad. This is the Earth as it might have been after evolving separately for half a billion years, an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.

''[[https://www.warrenfahy.com/fragment Fragment]]''
is a 2009 s-f novel by Warren Fahy, described by one reviewer as "an eco-thriller with teeth."
2nd Jul '16 11:12:20 AM VoxAquila
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Has a sequel called ''Pandemonium'', which deals with another isolated hostile ecosystem, this time in an enormous cave in Russia, as well as the survival of organisms from Henders Island in the underground city nearby.

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Has a sequel called ''Pandemonium'', which deals with another isolated hostile ecosystem, this time in an enormous cave in Russia, as well as the survival of organisms from Henders Island in the underground city nearby. A third book is planned.
20th Oct '15 5:45:51 PM TrollMan
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** It's possible that the idea of mantis shrimp (but probably not ''all'' arthropods) having evolved from the Henders organisms is a ShoutOut to the first ever "alternate evolution" Mockumentary, ''The Snouters''. In that book, the author traces the origins of the perfectly-ordinary taxon of flatworms to its mythical Rhinogrades as a joke.

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** It's possible that the idea of mantis shrimp (but probably not ''all'' arthropods) having evolved from the Henders organisms is a ShoutOut to the first ever "alternate evolution" Mockumentary, ''The Snouters''.''[[Literature/TheSnoutersFormAndLifeOfTheRhinogrades The Snouters]]''. In that book, the author traces the origins of the perfectly-ordinary taxon of flatworms to its mythical Rhinogrades as a joke.
20th Oct '15 5:44:23 PM TrollMan
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8th Mar '15 9:26:11 AM Nathanoraptor
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* TheEvilsOfFreeWill: Or, rather, the evils of sentience. Thatcher Redmond's self-named principle states that, when sentient life evolves, it inevitably destroys itself and the environment around it. This question is prevalent throughout the book, [[spoiler:particularly when the hendropods are concerned]]. However, by the end, [[spoiler:the principle is revealed to be false. Sentience does not automatically make a being evil. The hendropods are the best example of this. What sentience ''does'' do to a being is give it a concept of good and evil... and the ability to choose between the two. The hendropods, Binswanger and the majority of the characters in the book have chosen good. Thatcher chose evil.]]
13th Jun '14 2:21:55 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
** Henders Island is populated by a lot of Ediacaran Fauna, in addition to various arthropods and Cambrian fauna. The problem? All of the weird Ediacaran fauna ''died out'' before the big Cambrian diversification. Not to mention the fact that the book suggests that all arthropods all the way down through mantis shrimp evolved there (which means that the [[KillItWithWater death-by-saltwater Henders Island animals]] would have had to of left the island over a dozen times!)
** Although Ediacaran fauna surviving past their "official" extinction is certainly plausible. It's happened multiple times in real life...
** It's possible that the idea of mantis shrimp (but probably not ''all'' arthropods) having evolved from the Henders organisms is a ShoutOut to the first ever "alternate evolution" Mockumentary, ''The Snouters''. In that book, the author traces the origins of the perfectly-ordinary taxon of flatworms to its mythical Rhinogrades as a joke.



* SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying: Henders Island is populated by a lot of Ediacaran Fauna, in addition to various arthropods and Cambrian fauna. The problem? All of the weird Ediacaran fauna ''died out'' before the big Cambrian diversification. Not to mention the fact that the book suggests that all arthropods all the way down through mantis shrimp evolved there (which means that the [[KillItWithWater death-by-saltwater Henders Island animals]] would have had to of left the island over a dozen times!)
** Although Ediacaran fauna surviving past their "official" extinction is certainly plausible. It's happened multiple times in real life...
** It's possible that the idea of mantis shrimp (but probably not ''all'' arthropods) having evolved from the Henders organisms is a ShoutOut to the first ever "alternate evolution" Mockumentary, ''The Snouters''. In that book, the author traces the origins of the perfectly-ordinary taxon of flatworms to its mythical Rhinogrades as a joke.
28th Apr '14 2:07:12 PM millenniumrex
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* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: In Pandemonium, [[spoiler: both Otto Inman and Andy Beasley are killed off rather unceremoniously via gunshot midway through the book.]]
* SuddenSequelHeelSyndrome: In Pandemonium, [[spoiler: Kuzu turns out to be the book's main villain.]]
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