History Literature / FuturetrackFive

3rd Jan '16 7:54:02 AM john_e
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* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Had Scott-Astbury not died when he did, Kitson would have taken revenge on him by having him reclassified as an Unnem. When he discovers Scott-Astbury is already dead, it takes him some time to realise that they ''both'' had a narrow escape.



* LogicBomb: Idris Jones keeps one of these to hand as a sort of job and life insurance. He built the supercomputer, Laura, in secret and no one else knows exactly how she works. But, just in case they decide that someone else can operate her or they know ''enough'' to get rid of him, he keeps a datatape with works of fiction, philosophy and religion contained in it to feed to Laura. The inconsistencies and contradictions are intended to make her burn out.

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* LogicBomb: Idris Jones keeps one of these to hand as a sort of job and life insurance. He built the supercomputer, Laura, in secret and no one else knows exactly how she works. But, just in case they decide that someone else can operate her or they know ''enough'' to get rid of him, he keeps a datatape with works of fiction, philosophy and religion contained in it to feed to Laura. The inconsistencies and contradictions are intended to make her He anticipates that she would burn out.out trying to reconcile the concept of ethics with the amount of harm her daily duties require her to inflict: "Can you imagine a Buddhist computer running the lobo-farm?"
24th May '14 11:16:53 AM DougSMachina
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Futuretrack Five (or 5) is a YoungAdult ScienceFiction novel by English Author Creator/RobertWestall, first published in 1983. Set in a [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near-future Britain sometime after 1998]], the book follows the life of Henry Kitson from the day he managed to screw-up his future as an Established Person by doing ''too'' well at his final exam. Kitson initially ends up as a Tech; the people who run almost everything that keeps the world working from behind the scenes, but decides to rebel and sample the life of the Unmentionables; the disenfranchised non-Ests kept in the crumbling remains of big cities, separated from the Enclaves of the Ests by razor-wire fences and ever-watchful paramilitary police.

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Futuretrack Five ''Futuretrack Five'' (or 5) is a YoungAdult ScienceFiction novel by English Author Creator/RobertWestall, first published in 1983. Set in a [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near-future Britain sometime after 1998]], the book follows the life of Henry Kitson from the day he managed to screw-up his future as an Established Person by doing ''too'' well at his final exam. Kitson initially ends up as a Tech; the people who run almost everything that keeps the world working from behind the scenes, but decides to rebel and sample the life of the Unmentionables; the disenfranchised non-Ests kept in the crumbling remains of big cities, separated from the Enclaves of the Ests by razor-wire fences and ever-watchful paramilitary police.
24th Sep '13 12:27:09 AM john_e
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* AchievementTestOfDestiny: The story opens with Kitson and his friends getting the results of their E-Levels, determining whether they make the grade to become Ests.
9th Sep '13 6:20:38 AM Larkmarn
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* AllAsiansAreAlike: Invoked by most people's attitudes towards the Paramils, who're exclusively Asian (mostly Indian). Routinely referred to derisively as "Buddha" and "Gunga Din."


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* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Most people's attitudes towards the Paramils, who're exclusively Asian (mostly Indian). Routinely referred to derisively as "Buddha" and "Gunga Din."
25th Jun '13 4:38:49 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Scott-Astbury is well-known to all the Techs as the fat, balding buffoon who's Honorary Unpaid Secretary of the Fenlands Cultural Survey. An anthropologist with an enthusiasm for Christmas mummering and May Day morris dancing, he's the butt of Tech humour on a routine basis. Hardly the mastermind of a government conspiracy.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Scott-Astbury is well-known to all the Techs as the fat, balding buffoon who's Honorary Unpaid Secretary of the Fenlands Cultural Survey. An anthropologist with an enthusiasm for Christmas mummering and May Day morris dancing, he's the butt of Tech humour on a routine basis. Hardly the mastermind of a government conspiracy.
25th Jun '13 4:34:48 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* BoardingSchool: Kitson's school is one of these, and although it plays very little part in the novel (we meet the protagonist on Parent's Day, when the results of the E-levels are given out and it's his last day at school), it's nature as a classic boarding school is alluded to - there's prefects, fags, school captains, sports are taken very seriously and the syllabus has plenty of things that are basically useless but kept on Out Of Tradition.

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* BoardingSchool: Kitson's school is one of these, and although it plays very little part in the novel (we meet the protagonist on Parent's Day, when the results of the E-levels are given out and it's his last day at school), it's its nature as a classic boarding school is alluded to - there's prefects, fags, school captains, sports are taken very seriously and the syllabus has plenty of things that are basically useless but kept on Out Of Tradition.
14th Jun '13 1:13:53 PM DCC
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Scott-Astbury is well-known to all the Techs as the fat, balding buffoon who's Honorary Unpaid Secretary of the Fenlands Cultural Survey. An anthropolgist with an enthusiasm for Christmas mummering and May Day morris dancing, he's the butt of Tech humour on a routine basis. Hardly the mastermind of a government conspiracy.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Scott-Astbury is well-known to all the Techs as the fat, balding buffoon who's Honorary Unpaid Secretary of the Fenlands Cultural Survey. An anthropolgist anthropologist with an enthusiasm for Christmas mummering and May Day morris dancing, he's the butt of Tech humour on a routine basis. Hardly the mastermind of a government conspiracy.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''Futuretrack Five'' doesn't give itself a firm date until a few pages from the end: when we're told that it's Spetember 30th 2012; 30 years into the Future from when it was published.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: ''Futuretrack Five'' doesn't give itself a firm date until a few pages from the end: when we're told that it's Spetember September 30th 2012; 30 years into the Future from when it was published.
30th Apr '13 6:03:07 PM Doryna
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* {{Dystopia}}: Maybe not from the perspective of an Est, but from outside and that of an Unnem the world of ''Futuretrack Five'', where people who dissent or simply display too much negative emotion are carted away by the dreaded Paramils to the [[NightmareFuel lobo-farm]] to have a forcible pre-fontral lobotomy and be re-trained as household servants for morbid Ests to point at at dinner parties; is definitely not one most would want to live in. The Unnems are suppressed and segregated and deliberately herded into the Futuretracks which are purposely designed to keep their numbers down, and the even the Ests have their population controlled via the E-levels, which weeds out excess Est children who fail it as Unnems; stripped of their Est status.

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* {{Dystopia}}: Maybe not from the perspective of an Est, but from outside and that of an Unnem the world of ''Futuretrack Five'', where people who dissent or simply display too much negative emotion are carted away by the dreaded Paramils to the [[NightmareFuel lobo-farm]] lobo-farm to have a forcible pre-fontral lobotomy and be re-trained as household servants for morbid Ests to point at at dinner parties; is definitely not one most would want to live in. The Unnems are suppressed and segregated and deliberately herded into the Futuretracks which are purposely designed to keep their numbers down, and the even the Ests have their population controlled via the E-levels, which weeds out excess Est children who fail it as Unnems; stripped of their Est status.



* NightmareFuel: The Paramils know what you're thinking. And they'll come for you. And stuff you into a tube on the runners of their psycopter and take you to the lobo-farm.
25th Apr '12 2:22:01 AM troublegum
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* DealWithTheDevil: The Glaswegian gangster, Blocky, is very heavily implied to have done just this; having come to the point of suicide and then being mysteriously inspired to paint a weird and loathsome painting after seeing a demonic face appear in the mirror.
20th Apr '12 12:30:57 PM john_e
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* ChekhovsGun: When Kitson first enters Idris' office, the First Tape, the record of the first data he ever gave Laura is hung on the wall in a glass display case. Idris later reveals that it's actually [[spoiler: the [[LogicBomb last tape]], a datatape he keeps to destroy Laura so that they can never get rid of ''him.'']]
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