History Literature / HowToLiveSafelyInAScienceFictionalUniverse

24th Mar '18 10:50:10 PM Psychadelico
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* MundaneFantastic: Charles may have a laser gun, but he's ultimately essentially a traffic cop. The universe itself may be an artificial narrative construct, but it still took zoning permits and investors and developers to build it. And so on. Even the doomsday clock ticking down to the end of the universe gets more than a passing mention.

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* MundaneFantastic: Charles may have a laser gun, but he's ultimately essentially a traffic cop. The universe itself may be an artificial narrative construct, but it still took zoning permits and investors and developers to build it. And so on. Even the doomsday clock ticking down to the end of the universe gets nary more than a passing mention.
24th Mar '18 10:47:53 PM Psychadelico
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* MundaneFantastic: Charles may have a laser gun, but he's ultimately essentially a traffic cop. The universe itself may be an artificial narrative construct, but it still took zoning permits and investors and developers to build it. And so on. Even the doomsday clock ticking down to the end of the universe gets more than a passing mention.
18th Feb '18 12:57:46 PM fruitstripegum
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* StarfishAlien: Charles reminisces on one of his ex-girlfriends. While details are sketchy, she definitely was ''not'' humnan.

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* StarfishAlien: Charles reminisces on one of his ex-girlfriends. While details are sketchy, she definitely was ''not'' humnan.human.
15th Oct '17 2:20:33 AM Psychadelico
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* StarfishAlien: Charles reminisces on one of his ex-girlfriends. While details are sketchy, she definitely was ''not'' humnan.



* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Played a bit differently than usual, as not only are tropes and story-beats part of the physics of the universe (Eg: there are scientific theories on what exactly it takes to be a hero), but also grammatical rules (eg: grammatical tenses appear to be actual physical states or modes of being, that can be shifted between, and serve as the basis of time travel).

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* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Played a bit differently than usual, as not only are tropes and story-beats part of the physics of the universe (Eg: (eg: there are scientific theories on what exactly it takes to be a hero), but also grammatical rules (eg: grammatical tenses appear to be actual physical states or modes of being, that can be shifted between, and serve as the basis of time travel).
15th Oct '17 2:11:52 AM Psychadelico
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* ABoyAndHisX: A time-machine repairman, his neurotic robot and his time-erased dog.

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* ABoyAndHisX: A time-machine repairman, his neurotic robot operating system and his time-erased dog.


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* WeAreAsMayflies: Charles notes to himself that, due to his abuse of time travel, his entire existence's effect on real-space is probably going to amount to about a month's pay to his landlord.
15th Oct '17 2:07:49 AM Psychadelico
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* HomemadeInventions: The prototype time machine Charles and his father makes.

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* HomemadeInventions: The prototype time machine Charles and his father makes.make.



* IntangibleTimeTravel: Time travel in the book [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may or may not be]] just a metaphor for remembering memories. It definitely doesn't allow changing the past.
* LiteralMetaphor: The book practically runs on these. Charles' is "cruising through life on autopilot", his father is "trapped in the past", his mother is "reliving the good old days", etc. etc., all in both very fantastic and very mundane ways.

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* IntangibleTimeTravel: Time travel in the book [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may or may not be]] just a metaphor for remembering memories.memories and imagining WhatCouldHaveBeen. It definitely doesn't allow changing the past.
* LiteralMetaphor: The book practically runs on these. Charles' Charles is "cruising through life on autopilot", his father is [[spoiler: "trapped in the past", past"]], his mother is "reliving the good old days", etc. etc., all in both very fantastic and very mundane ways.
15th Oct '17 2:00:16 AM Psychadelico
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* MindScrew: Let's just say that the book is very metaphorical, and [[PaintingTheMedium very]], [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall very]] [[MetaFiction meta]], and leave it at that.

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* LiteralMetaphor: The book practically runs on these. Charles' is "cruising through life on autopilot", his father is "trapped in the past", his mother is "reliving the good old days", etc. etc., all in both very fantastic and very mundane ways.
* MindScrew: Let's just say that the book is very metaphorical, and [[PaintingTheMedium very]], [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall very]] very]], ''[[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality very]]'' [[MetaFiction meta]], and leave it at that.



%%* ParentsAsPeople: Neither
%%* RecursiveReality

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%%* * ParentsAsPeople: Neither
%%* RecursiveReality
Neither Charles' father or mother were exactly great, but they are sympathetic.
* RecursiveReality: The book the reader is holding is the same one that Charles' is holding is the one that Charles' is writing (both InUniverse and [[TheDanza out]]) via the act of reading it.



%%* StableTimeLoop: Most of the book consists of one.

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%%* * StableTimeLoop: Most of the book consists of one.one. Charles shot himself, then stole his own time machine and bolted. He's going to have to come back sometime...



* TheoryOfNarrativeCausality: Played a bit differently than usual, as not only are tropes and story-beats part of the physics of the universe (Eg: there are scientific theories on what exactly it takes to be a hero), but also grammatical rules (eg: grammatical tenses appear to be actual physical states or modes of being, that can be shifted between, and serve as the basis of time travel).



%%* TimeTravel

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%%* TimeTravel* TimeTravel: One of the central themes of the book. Notably time travel itself takes time to perform, and "past", "present" and "future" are not the only options. Various definitions of time travel are presented throughout the book, some of which are [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane surprisingly mundane]].



* UnstuckInTime: Charles, after trying to get to the end of the book.

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* UnstuckInTime: Charles, after trying to get skip to the end of the book.
15th Oct '17 1:37:59 AM Psychadelico
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%%* AlternateSelf: Charles meets a few.

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%%* * AlternateSelf: Charles spies on other universes to see how things might have turned out. He's disheartened to realize most versions of him are jerks. On the extranarrative space bus, he also directly meets a few. character who claims to be an alternate version of him, even though they don't look or act at all alike.



%%* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Charles.

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%%* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Charles.Charles, sort of. It's less that he is looking, and more that he's already given up.
%%Theoretically, he's looking for his father. But mostly he just wedges the time machine's gear shift into the present indefinite and cruises through life on day-to-day routine. He always expected to be more than that.



%%* HurtingHero

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%%* HurtingHero* HurtingHero: Charles is not so much DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife as having already given up. Theoretically, he's looking for his father. But mostly he just wedges the time machine's gear shift into the present indefinite and cruises through life on day-to-day routine, counting down the seconds until oblivion. He always expected to be more than that.



%%* IntangibleTimeTravel
%%* MindScrew

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%%* IntangibleTimeTravel
%%* MindScrew
* IntangibleTimeTravel: Time travel in the book [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane may or may not be]] just a metaphor for remembering memories. It definitely doesn't allow changing the past.
* MindScrew: Let's just say that the book is very metaphorical, and [[PaintingTheMedium very]], [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall very]] [[MetaFiction meta]], and leave it at that.



%%* NewNeoCity: New Angeles/Lost Tokyo 2.

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%%* * NewNeoCity: New Angeles/Lost Tokyo 2. Formed by the condensation of New York and Los Angeles into a single entity ([[FlyoverCountry much to the consternation of everyone in between]]), and then wrapped in half of the city formerly known as Tokyo (where the other half wandered off to no one's entirely sure). The merger was not pretty.



%%* ParentsAsPeople

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%%* ParentsAsPeopleParentsAsPeople: Neither
10th Jun '16 4:46:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* AlternateSelf: Charles meets a few.

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* %%* AlternateSelf: Charles meets a few.



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Charles.

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* %%* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Charles.



* FutureBadass: Charles sees one version of himself as this...
** FutureLoser: ...and another as this.

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* %%* FutureBadass: Charles sees one version of himself as this...
** %%* FutureLoser: ...and another as this.



* HurtingHero

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* %%* HurtingHero



* IntangibleTimeTravel
* '''MindScrew'''

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* %%* IntangibleTimeTravel
* '''MindScrew'''%%* MindScrew



* NewNeoCity: New Angeles/Lost Tokyo 2.

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* %%* NewNeoCity: New Angeles/Lost Tokyo 2.



* ParentsAsPeople
* RecursiveReality

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* %%* ParentsAsPeople
* %%* RecursiveReality



* StableTimeLoop: Most of the book consists of one.

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* %%* StableTimeLoop: Most of the book consists of one.



* TimeTravel

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* %%* TimeTravel
19th Jun '15 6:49:10 PM SirSapphire
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* YearInsideHourOutside: Charles's life to a T. He lives in a non-temporal time pocket and enters temporal dimension of Minor Universe-31 about once a biological year, whereas on temporal space, only a day has passed.

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* YearInsideHourOutside: Charles's life to a T. He lives in a non-temporal time pocket and enters temporal dimension of Minor Universe-31 about once a biological year, whereas on temporal space, only a day has passed. passed.
** The second half of the book [[spoiler: where Charles travels back on his own timeline and observes his childhood and father]] takes place over only a few seconds
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