History Literature / ManifoldTime

7th Oct '17 10:45:34 AM nombretomado
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* AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit: In the distant future, descendants of humanity maintain vast Dyson nets around the supermassive black hole remnants of galaxies until they evaporate via Hawking radiation, accessing the power equivalent of multiple galaxies. And in the present, once the Blue children start tapping into this knowledge, things get a little crazy.
18th Apr '17 4:10:33 AM HTD
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The 2010 Earth, which contains things such as commonly available self-driving cars, foldable, clothlike computers (softscreens) and AI therapists. Keep in mind this book was written in 1999.



-->''Even now, of course, there was something rather than nothing. Around her was an unimaginably thin plasma: free electrons and positrons decayed from the last of the Big Bang’s hydrogen, orbiting in giant, slow circles. This cold soup was the last refuge of humanity. The others drifted past her like clouds, immense, slow, coded in wispy light-year-wide atoms.''



* MadeOfIndestructium: The children's bubble as well as the Downstreamers' time portals. The former survives both a nuke and a barrage of lasers, while the latter are completely indestructible to brute force, and can transport anything that goes through them to any point in time or space, or even to other universes along the Manifold. The time portal still exist, completely undamaged or altered, 10[[superscript:117]] years in the future, when all the matter in the universe had decayed to nothingness and the heat death had used up all energy.

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* MadeOfIndestructium: MadeOfIndestructium:
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The Blue children's bubble as well as the Downstreamers' time portals. The former survives both a nuke and a barrage of lasers, while the latter lasers.
** The Downstreamers' portals, made from moulded space-time,
are completely indestructible to brute force, and can transport anything that goes through them to any point in time or space, or even to other universes along the Manifold. The time portal still exist, completely undamaged or altered, 10[[superscript:117]] years in the future, when all the matter in the universe had decayed to nothingness and the heat death had used up all energy.energy.
** Some Downstreamers, who don't come from the Afterglow (which means the period of time when there were still stars in the universe) are born from naked singularities and could survive even when exposed to a naked singularity on close proximity.



* RealityWarper: The Downstreamers are beyond all laws of physics as we know them, allowing them to modify a few rules governing how the whole Manifold works and allow them to create infinite possibilities for life and mind.



* TimePassesMontage: The journey of one of Cornelius' firefly robots through the downstream wormholes on Cruithne, each of which leads to the same point in space but further and further in time, and shows the spread of humanity across the Galaxy and their subsequent adaptation and survival in an increasingly cold, vast and hostile universe, is all seen through the same point of view as the robot travels further and further through the portals.

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* TimePassesMontage: The journey of one of Cornelius' firefly robots through the downstream wormholes on Cruithne, each of which leads to the same point in space but further and further in time, and Cruithne shows the spread of humanity across the Galaxy and their subsequent adaptation and survival in an increasingly cold, vast and hostile universe, is all seen through the same point of view as the robot travels further and further in time through the portals.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The 2010 Earth, which contains things such as commonly available self-driving cars, foldable, clothlike computers (softscreens) and AI therapists. Keep in mind this book was written in 1999.
31st Dec '16 5:02:40 PM HTD
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* ImAHumanitarian: The intelligent squid cannibalise their own dead, and eat the less intelligent in development, although this was largely a matter of highly limited resources.


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* TimeSkip: Early in the fourth part of the book, the story skips five years after [[spoiler:the Blue children evacuate to the Moon and Malenfant, Cornelius and Emma step through the Downstreamers' portal]] and before [[spoiler:Maura goes to the Moon]]. After that there are more skips to 2051, 2079, 2102, 2147, 2207 and 2208 AD to reflect humanity's changes to adapt to the dwindling of Earth's natural resources and the coming Carter catastrophe, before the story ends with [[spoiler:the Blue children's instigated vacuum collapse]].


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* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: In 2079, the United Nations has evolved from a NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering to essentially a central authority for humanity.
31st Dec '16 5:01:24 AM HTD
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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The so-called 'phoenix universes', where black holes cannot form, only have a single progeny born from the parent's Big Crunch.
-->''Phoenix universes, each one rebounding into another, which expands and collapses in turn. Each one destroyed so that the next one, its simple progeny, can be born.''



* {{Cult}}: A few fanatical religious sects spring up after the announcement of the Carter catastrophe.



* EnergyBeings: Relatively early in the Downstreamers' history, they shed their physical bodies and live as energy beings.



* GalacticSuperpower: The galaxy-spanning empire of humanity's descendants 75 million years in the future.



* HumansAreCthulhu: Posthumans from the far future, that is.
* MadeOfIndestructium: The children's bubble as well as the ring portal.

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* HumansAreCthulhu: Posthumans from the far future, that is.
HouseHusband: Bill Tybee is described as a father who stays at home to take care of his children.
* MadeOfIndestructium: The children's bubble as well as the ring portal.Downstreamers' time portals. The former survives both a nuke and a barrage of lasers, while the latter are completely indestructible to brute force, and can transport anything that goes through them to any point in time or space, or even to other universes along the Manifold. The time portal still exist, completely undamaged or altered, 10[[superscript:117]] years in the future, when all the matter in the universe had decayed to nothingness and the heat death had used up all energy.



* MutualKill: [[spoiler:Before he dies from June Tybee's bullets, Cornelius Taine manages to sabotage her spacesuit, killing her in the process]].



* OmniscientDatabase: Literally, in the case of the Downstreamers' computing substrate.

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* TheOmniscient: The Downstreamers' neutrino computer at the end of time contains all of the information, down to the quantum level, completely describing the history of the entire universe from the Big Bang to the end of time, but not only that, they have complete knowledge of all possible timelines. So they know everything that is happening, ever happened, ever will happen, ever could have happened, and ever might happen.
* OmniscientDatabase: Literally, in the case of the Downstreamers' computing substrate. It has access to all of the possible information that could exist in any quantum state the universe could take, but the Downstreamers have experienced all of those states multiple times, so they effectively know everything.



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The motivation of the Downstreamers. [[spoiler:The Universe spawned no other intelligent life other than humanity itself, and the Downstreamers will have ''[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers none]] [[ScrewTheRulesImakeThem of]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight it]]''. They reconfigure its vacuum state into one where black holes are much more frequently formed. Since every black hole singularity is a "cosmic egg" for a new Big Bang, they essentially germinate countless new universes by sacrificing one (along with themselves). They reason that intelligent life ''just has'' to evolve in these new circumstances]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Malenfant gives up his chance at a life in the far future to stop someone from ever going on the journey with him (during which she died)]].

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The motivation of the Downstreamers. [[spoiler:The Universe spawned no other intelligent life other than humanity itself, and the Downstreamers will have ''[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers none]] [[ScrewTheRulesImakeThem of]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight it]]''. They reconfigure its vacuum state into one where black holes are much more frequently formed. Since every black hole singularity is a "cosmic egg" for a new Big Bang, they essentially germinate countless new universes by sacrificing one (along with themselves). They reason that intelligent life ''just has'' to evolve in these new circumstances]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Malenfant gives up his chance at a life in the far future to stop someone Emma from ever going on the journey with him (during which she died)]].


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* UpliftedAnimal: The genetically-engineered, intelligent squid descended from Sheena 5.
30th Dec '16 12:18:50 AM HTD
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* BizarreBabyBoom

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* BizarreBabyBoomBizarreBabyBoom: The appearance of the super-intelligent Blue children around the world.



* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Despite Michael's claim that the Downstreamers are not gods, they certainly qualify for this.

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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: Despite Michael's claim that the Downstreamers are not gods, they certainly qualify for this. They can influence events in the past and have more energy at their disposal than entire galaxies, can travel to other universes, ''create'' other universes, and their plan is essentially [[spoiler: the gestation of a googolplex more, by sacrificing themselves and their history]]. Website/SpaceBattlesDotCom seems to think they're the UrExample of this trope, though they seem to have drawn considerable inspiration from late-nineties depictions of the [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lords]].



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The motivation of the Downstreamers. In addition, [[spoiler:Malenfant gives up his chance at a life in the far future to stop someone from ever going on the journey with him (during which she died)]].
** To elaborate: what "went wrong" is [[spoiler: the ''Universe itself''. It spawned no other intelligent life other than humanity itself, and the Downstreamers will have ''[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers none]] [[ScrewTheRulesImakeThem of]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight it]]''. They reconfigure its vacuum state into one where black holes are much more frequently formed. Since every black hole singularity is a "cosmic egg" for a new Big Bang, they essentially germinate countless new universes by sacrificing one (along with themselves). They reason that intelligent life ''just has'' to evolve in these new circumstances]].

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The motivation of the Downstreamers. In addition, [[spoiler:Malenfant gives up his chance at a life in the far future to stop someone from ever going on the journey with him (during which she died)]].
** To elaborate: what "went wrong" is [[spoiler: the ''Universe itself''. It
[[spoiler:The Universe spawned no other intelligent life other than humanity itself, and the Downstreamers will have ''[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers none]] [[ScrewTheRulesImakeThem of]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight it]]''. They reconfigure its vacuum state into one where black holes are much more frequently formed. Since every black hole singularity is a "cosmic egg" for a new Big Bang, they essentially germinate countless new universes by sacrificing one (along with themselves). They reason that intelligent life ''just has'' to evolve in these new circumstances]]. In addition, [[spoiler:Malenfant gives up his chance at a life in the far future to stop someone from ever going on the journey with him (during which she died)]].



* {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s / HumansAreCthulhu: The Downstreamers are essentially ''gods''. End of story. They can influence events in the past and have more energy at their disposal than entire galaxies, can travel to other universes, ''create'' other universes, and their plan is essentially [[spoiler: the gestation of a googolplex more, by sacrificing themselves and their history]]. {{Spacebattles}} seems to think they're the UrExample of this trope, though they seem to have drawn considerable inspiration from late-nineties depictions of the [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lords]].



* TimeAbyss: The Downstreamers are an extreme example, having lived for over 10^117 years (that's one billion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion years).

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* TimeAbyss: The Downstreamers are an extreme example, having lived for over 10^117 10[[superscript:117]] years (that's one billion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion years).years).
* TimePassesMontage: The journey of one of Cornelius' firefly robots through the downstream wormholes on Cruithne, each of which leads to the same point in space but further and further in time, and shows the spread of humanity across the Galaxy and their subsequent adaptation and survival in an increasingly cold, vast and hostile universe, is all seen through the same point of view as the robot travels further and further through the portals.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The 2010 Earth, which contains things such as commonly available self-driving cars, foldable, clothlike computers (softscreens) and AI therapists. Keep in mind this book was written in 2000.
* Tykebomb: The Blue children.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The 2010 Earth, which contains things such as commonly available self-driving cars, foldable, clothlike computers (softscreens) and AI therapists. Keep in mind this book was written in 2000.
* Tykebomb: The Blue children.
1999.



* {{Xenofiction}}: A major subplot involves Malenfant using squid, modified to be more intelligent, as a space exploration force. This is told from the squids' perspective.

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* {{Xenofiction}}: A major subplot involves Malenfant using squid, modified to be more intelligent, as a space exploration force. This is told from the squids' perspective. a squid's perspective.
6th Mar '16 1:10:06 AM SirPellucidar
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* YearOutsideHourInside: The silver timeship at the end of the book works like this.
23rd Feb '16 8:02:34 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ScienceMarchesOn: At one point, phenomenon known as Centauro events were mentioned, which in the book were suggested to be due to exploding chunks of quark matter in the atmosphere. They have since been proven to be simple misreadings of instruments.
23rd Feb '16 7:57:45 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Precursors: The entire point of the book is how humans become this.

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* Precursors: {{Precursors}}: The entire point of the book is how humans become this.
4th Aug '15 8:09:05 PM SirPellucidar
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* OmniscientDatabase: Literally, in the case of the Downstreamers' computing substrate.
6th Apr '15 10:30:54 PM nombretomado
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* {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s / HumansAreCthulhu: The Downstreamers are essentially ''gods''. End of story. They can influence events in the past and have more energy at their disposal than entire galaxies, can travel to other universes, ''create'' other universes, and their plan is essentially [[spoiler: the gestation of a googolplex more, by sacrificing themselves and their history]]. {{Spacebattles}} seems to think they're the UrExample of this trope, though they seem to have drawn considerable inspiration from late-nineties depictions of the [[DoctorWho Time Lords]].

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* {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s / HumansAreCthulhu: The Downstreamers are essentially ''gods''. End of story. They can influence events in the past and have more energy at their disposal than entire galaxies, can travel to other universes, ''create'' other universes, and their plan is essentially [[spoiler: the gestation of a googolplex more, by sacrificing themselves and their history]]. {{Spacebattles}} seems to think they're the UrExample of this trope, though they seem to have drawn considerable inspiration from late-nineties depictions of the [[DoctorWho [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lords]].
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