History Literature / Millennium

18th May '17 6:36:37 PM Kalaong
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* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: Aside from the constant danger of a TimeCrash, the Gate can only appear [[WeOnlyHaveOneChance once]] in any specific time period - either as an entry or an exit. After that, that period of time is off-limits even for viewing through other means. That means that since the Gate was obviously in operation after it was created, no-one can travel back to ''that'' time and travel further back again, or even get a good look at the time period when it was created. That means that as the biggest of the ''many'' wars that separated the present day from JustBeforeTheEnd occurred shortly after the Gate was created, '''no-one knows where the Gate came from.''' [[spoiler:All this is {{Foreshadowing}} that humans ''didn't'' actually create the Gate, but it was in fact "given" to them by '''''God''''' in the form of the Big Computer.]]

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* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: Aside from the constant danger of a TimeCrash, the Gate can only appear [[WeOnlyHaveOneChance once]] in any specific time period - either as an entry or an exit. After that, that period of time is off-limits even for viewing through other means. That means that since the Gate was obviously in operation after it was created, no-one can travel back to ''that'' time and travel further back again, or even get a good look at the time period when it was created. That means that as As the biggest of the ''many'' wars that separated the present day from JustBeforeTheEnd occurred shortly after the Gate was created, that means that '''no-one knows where the Gate came from.''' [[spoiler:All this is {{Foreshadowing}} that humans ''didn't'' actually create the Gate, but it was in fact "given" to them by '''''God''''' in the form of the Big Computer.]]
25th Apr '17 10:40:12 AM Kalaong
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-->'''Louise''': The critical problems were all inside. Various organs were in advanced states of disrepair. Many were gone, replaced by artificial ones. It was a toss-up which would be the next to go.Some we can replace with self-contained, life-sized imitations. Some require a roomful of machinery if they go rotten.

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-->'''Louise''': The critical problems were all inside. Various organs were in advanced states of disrepair. Many were gone, replaced by artificial ones. It was a toss-up which would be the next to go. Some we can replace with self-contained, life-sized imitations. Some require a roomful of machinery if they go rotten.
13th Apr '17 7:18:22 PM Kalaong
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* {{Cyborg}}: Many of the people in the future have aspects of this.

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* {{Chronoscope}}: The Gate can be used as one - just not on any time period when the Gate was in operation.
* {{Cyborg}}: Many of the people in the future have aspects of this. this, especially as the 21st century came up with "genetic warfare" - diseases that not only killed enemy populations, but left the survivors with ''congentital'' conditions. After a few centuries of ''that'', people who ''didn't'' have at least one failing organ replaced with prosthetics are completely unheard of; the most common being a "skinsuit" that acts as an external immune system and general cosmetic for a blighted appearance. It's rather common for people to spend the rest of their lives in the equivalent of iron lungs.
-->'''Louise''': The critical problems were all inside. Various organs were in advanced states of disrepair. Many were gone, replaced by artificial ones. It was a toss-up which would be the next to go.Some we can replace with self-contained, life-sized imitations. Some require a roomful of machinery if they go rotten.



* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: Aside from the constant danger of a TimeCrash, the Gate can only appear once in any specific time period - either as an entry or an exit. After that, that period of time is off-limits even for viewing through other means. That means that since the Gate was obviously in operation after it was created, no-one can travel back to ''that'' time and travel further back again, or even get a good look at the time period when it was created. That means that as the biggest of the ''many'' wars that separated the present day from JustBeforeTheEnd occurred shortly after the Gate was created, '''no-one knows where the Gate came from.''' [[spoiler:All this is {{Foreshadowing}} that humans ''didn't'' actually create the Gate, but it was in fact "given" to them by '''''God''''' in the form of the Big Computer.]]

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* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: Aside from the constant danger of a TimeCrash, the Gate can only appear once [[WeOnlyHaveOneChance once]] in any specific time period - either as an entry or an exit. After that, that period of time is off-limits even for viewing through other means. That means that since the Gate was obviously in operation after it was created, no-one can travel back to ''that'' time and travel further back again, or even get a good look at the time period when it was created. That means that as the biggest of the ''many'' wars that separated the present day from JustBeforeTheEnd occurred shortly after the Gate was created, '''no-one knows where the Gate came from.''' [[spoiler:All this is {{Foreshadowing}} that humans ''didn't'' actually create the Gate, but it was in fact "given" to them by '''''God''''' in the form of the Big Computer.]]



* UnreliableNarrator: In the last chapter, Sherman reveals that [[spoiler:Louise is actually a textbook case of this; she's so intensely delusional that she only ''thinks'' she use a prosthetic skinsuit to support a mutated, crippled body - the act of "taking it off" in Sherman's presence is merely an aid to his application as a psychological therapist. There's no telling what else is wrong with her, or if ''any'' of her statements throughout ''the entire book'' have even ''that'' much connection to reality.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: In the last chapter, Sherman reveals that [[spoiler:Louise is actually a textbook case of this; she's so intensely delusional that she only ''thinks'' she use a prosthetic skinsuit to support a mutated, crippled body - the act of "taking it off" in Sherman's presence is merely an aid to his application as a psychological therapist. There's no telling what else is wrong with her, or if ''any'' of her statements throughout ''the entire book'' have even ''that'' much connection to reality.]]]]
* WeOnlyHaveOneChance: The Gate in a nutshell. It can only be used once in any specific time period, either as an entrance or an exit. Afterwards, it can't even be used as a {{Chronoscope}}.
23rd Jan '17 11:05:38 AM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: Any times already visited.



* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:Big Computer]]

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* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:Big Computer]]Computer.]]
30th Jun '16 1:09:39 PM Kalaong
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* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Invoked. You can't go back to any time anyone was already at.

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* NeverTheSelvesShallMeet: Invoked. You No one can enter a time where they already exist - and it rarely comes up anyway, as the gate can't go back to access any particular time anyone was already at.more than once.
30th Jun '16 1:03:14 PM Kalaong
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* GasLeakCoverup: The NTSB finds dozens of weird watches in the plane crash; as things got rather hectic right before the crash, dozens of the replacements the Gate Project left behind are forty-five minutes ahead give or take those who hadn't re-set their watches for new time zones - those are a few hours ahead ''plus'' forty-five minutes. Four watches that were too close to the gate when things went completely to hell are running '''backwards.''' In the end the NTSB simply replaces them all with ones that ''aren't'' proof that someone was screwing with the laws of physics, insisting rather firmly that you imagined it.

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* GasLeakCoverup: The NTSB finds dozens of weird watches in the plane crash; as things got rather hectic right before the crash, dozens of the replacements the Gate Project left behind are forty-five minutes ahead give or take those who hadn't re-set their watches for new time zones - those are a few hours ahead ''plus'' forty-five minutes. Four watches that were too close to the gate when things went completely to hell are running '''backwards.''' In the end the NTSB simply replaces them all with ones that ''aren't'' proof that someone was screwing with the laws of physics, insisting rather firmly that you imagined it.[[InternalRetcon they never existed]].
27th May '16 10:10:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* GasLeakCoverup: The NTSB finds dozens of weird watches in the plane crash; as things got rather hectic right before the crash, dozens of the replacements the Gate Project left behind are forty-five minutes ahead give or take those who hadn't re-set their watches for new time zones - those are a few hours ahead ''plus'' forty-five minutes. Four watches that were too close to the gate when things went completely to hell are running '''backwards.''' In the end the NTSB simply replaces them all with ones that ''aren't'' proof that someone was screwing with the laws of physics, insisting rather firmly that YouImaginedIt.

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* GasLeakCoverup: The NTSB finds dozens of weird watches in the plane crash; as things got rather hectic right before the crash, dozens of the replacements the Gate Project left behind are forty-five minutes ahead give or take those who hadn't re-set their watches for new time zones - those are a few hours ahead ''plus'' forty-five minutes. Four watches that were too close to the gate when things went completely to hell are running '''backwards.''' In the end the NTSB simply replaces them all with ones that ''aren't'' proof that someone was screwing with the laws of physics, insisting rather firmly that YouImaginedIt.you imagined it.
2nd Oct '15 3:49:04 PM Kalaong
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Meanwhile, about ''eighty thousand years'' [[MeanwhileInTheFuture in the future]], JustBeforeTheEnd[[note]](Beat ''that'' TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}!)[[/note]]. Pollution is so bad it is not only killing everyone but they can't exist without it, either. Plans were made to use TimeTravel to pluck the living but soon-to-die passengers from aircraft, replace them with duplicate but brain-dead bodies and put the saved passengers in storage so they can eventually be sent somewhere far enough in the future (or elsewhere) that the pollution had broken down and the human race can start anew. This is tricky business, though - ''anything'' out of place can cause a time paradox which results in massive issues in the future they came from.

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Meanwhile, about ''eighty thousand years'' [[MeanwhileInTheFuture in the future]], JustBeforeTheEnd[[note]](Beat ''that'' TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}!)[[/note]]. Pollution is so bad it is not only killing everyone but they can't exist without it, either. Plans were made A plan is underway to use TimeTravel to pluck humans from throughout history just before their deaths if it can be done in secrecy - historical lost colonies, shipwrecks, airplane cashes, any situation lacking survivors - the living but soon-to-die passengers from aircraft, replace them are replaced with duplicate but brain-dead bodies duplicates and put the saved passengers in storage stored as {{Human Popsicle}}s so they can eventually be sent somewhere far enough in the future (or elsewhere) that the pollution had broken down and the human race can start anew. This is tricky business, though - ''anything'' out of place can cause a time paradox which results in massive issues in the future they came from.
2nd Oct '15 3:46:00 AM Kalaong
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Meanwhile, about ''eighty thousand years'' [[MeanwhileInTheFuture in the future]], JustBeforeTheEnd[[note]](Beat ''that'' TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40,000}}!)[[/note]]. Pollution is so bad it is not only killing everyone but they can't exist without it, either. Plans were made to use TimeTravel to pluck the living but soon-to-die passengers from aircraft, replace them with duplicate but brain-dead bodies and put the saved passengers in storage so they can eventually be sent somewhere far enough in the future (or elsewhere) that the pollution had broken down and the human race can start anew. This is tricky business, though - ''anything'' out of place can cause a time paradox which results in massive issues in the future they came from.

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Meanwhile, about ''eighty thousand years'' [[MeanwhileInTheFuture in the future]], JustBeforeTheEnd[[note]](Beat ''that'' TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40,000}}!)[[/note]].40000}}!)[[/note]]. Pollution is so bad it is not only killing everyone but they can't exist without it, either. Plans were made to use TimeTravel to pluck the living but soon-to-die passengers from aircraft, replace them with duplicate but brain-dead bodies and put the saved passengers in storage so they can eventually be sent somewhere far enough in the future (or elsewhere) that the pollution had broken down and the human race can start anew. This is tricky business, though - ''anything'' out of place can cause a time paradox which results in massive issues in the future they came from.
2nd Oct '15 3:45:25 AM Kalaong
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In 1989 Bill Smith, an agent of the National Transportation Safety Board, is sent to the scene of an airline accident in Minnesota where a Boeing 747 was bumped by a DC-10, shearing part of the wing off, crashing both aircraft. He and his colleagues find several oddities to the 747 crash - all the watches found in the wreckaged are forty-five minutes ahead - some were found running ''backwards'' - and the black box recorded the flight engineer running into the cockpit screaming that the passengers he had gone to check on were all burned and dead.

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In 1989 Bill Smith, an agent of the National Transportation Safety Board, is sent to the scene of an airline accident in Minnesota where a Boeing 747 was bumped by a DC-10, shearing part of the wing off, crashing both aircraft. He and his colleagues find several oddities to the 747 crash - wreckage; all the watches found in the wreckaged are forty-five minutes ahead - some were found running ''backwards'' - and the black box recorded the flight engineer running into the cockpit screaming that the passengers he had gone to check on were all burned and dead.
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