History Literature / OryxAndCrake

3rd Dec '17 3:36:17 AM Psychadelico
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* CloningBodyParts: "Pigoons" are chimeric pigs with human organs, several human organs in fact, based on one possible method of producing artificial organs.

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* CloningBodyParts: "Pigoons" are chimeric pigs with human organs, several human organs in fact, based on one possible method of producing artificial organs. This includes human brain tissue, which proves a problem for Jimmy later on.



%%* MegaCorp: Several.

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%%* * MegaCorp: Several.Several. CorpSeCorps is most plot-relevant.



* OurElvesAreBetter: The Crakers, a race of beautiful people literally designed to live harmoniously with nature.

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* OurElvesAreBetter: The Crakers, a race of beautiful people literally designed to live harmoniously with nature. Unlike most examples though, they don't lord it over anyone or act smug about it ([[PrideBeforeAFall that was part of their programming]]).


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* SuperPersistentPredator: Feral pigoons. Justified, in that they have human brain tissue, and so are smart enough to get annoyed at being thwarted, hold grudge, [[TooCleverByHalf hyper-focus on a bad plan]] and [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters engage in cruelty]].
3rd Dec '17 3:23:34 AM Psychadelico
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* LegoGenetics: [=OrganInc=] has bred lots of exotic-sounding hybrids. Most have fairly self-explanatory names like "pigoon"[[note]]pig + baboon, although they're actually a pig + ''human'' cross, and another origin for their name is suggested as being from pig + balloon,
due to their bloated appearance[[/note]], "rakunk"[[note]]raccoon + skunk[[/note]] and the unfortunate "snat"[[note]]snake + rat[[/note]]

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* LegoGenetics: [=OrganInc=] has bred lots of exotic-sounding hybrids. Most have fairly self-explanatory names like "pigoon"[[note]]pig + baboon, although they're actually a pig + ''human'' cross, and another origin for their name is suggested as being from pig + balloon,
balloon, due to their bloated appearance[[/note]], "rakunk"[[note]]raccoon + skunk[[/note]] and the unfortunate "snat"[[note]]snake + rat[[/note]]
3rd Dec '17 3:22:43 AM Psychadelico
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%%* ApocalypseHow: Type 3a, mostly.

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%%* * ApocalypseHow: Type 3a, mostly.mostly. [[spoiler: Every human on the planet is killed (or at least so it seems at first), but most other parts of the ecosystem are left more-or-less intact, not counting the years of [[EvilutionaryBiologist EvilutionaryBiology]] that went on beforehand.]]



%%* EvilutionaryBiologist

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%%* EvilutionaryBiologist* EvilutionaryBiologist: The entire society as a whole. DesignerBabies? Check. Hybrid animals? Check. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Custom-made diseases that melt people into puddles of goo?]] Check.



* LegoGenetics: [=OrganInc=] has bred lots of exotic-sounding hybrids. Most have fairly self-explanatory names like "pigoon"[[note]]pig + baboon[[/note]], "rakunk"[[note]]raccoon + skunk[[/note]] and the unfortunate "snat"[[note]]snake + rat[[/note]].

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* LegoGenetics: [=OrganInc=] has bred lots of exotic-sounding hybrids. Most have fairly self-explanatory names like "pigoon"[[note]]pig + baboon[[/note]], baboon, although they're actually a pig + ''human'' cross, and another origin for their name is suggested as being from pig + balloon,
due to their bloated appearance[[/note]],
"rakunk"[[note]]raccoon + skunk[[/note]] and the unfortunate "snat"[[note]]snake + rat[[/note]].rat[[/note]]
6th Jun '17 10:20:41 AM MockFerret
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* AfterTheEnd: After a plague wipes out a good chunk of humanity, in the "present" sections.



* AfterTheEnd: After a plague wipes out a good chunk of humanity.


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*** Or Oryx [[MultipleChoicePast is a completely different]] [[UnreliableNarrator girl altogether]].


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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The flashback sections.
15th Dec '16 12:03:42 PM VVK
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* CrapsackWorld: The world is some current trends taken to the extreme: ecological destruction, alienation, inequality, the only use for learning left the misuse of science for blind profit. Crake for one is convinced humans are biologically unable not to destroy everything.

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* CrapsackWorld: The world is some current trends taken to the extreme: ecological destruction, alienation, inequality, the only use for learning left being the misuse of science for blind profit. Crake for one is convinced humans are biologically unable not to destroy everything.
15th Dec '16 11:55:46 AM VVK
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* AntiHero
* ApocalypseHow: Type 3a, mostly.

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* %%* AntiHero
* %%* ApocalypseHow: Type 3a, mostly.



* BigBadFriend: Crake is this to Jimmy.
* BookEnds: ''Zero hour.''
** Also, ''Snowman wakes before dawn.''

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* %%* BigBadFriend: Crake is this to Jimmy.
* %%* BookEnds: ''Zero hour.''
** %%** Also, ''Snowman wakes before dawn.''



* CharacterFilibuster
* ClassicalAntiHero: Jimmy

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* %%* CharacterFilibuster
* %%* ClassicalAntiHero: Jimmy



* TheChessmaster: Crake in the literal and {{troperiffic}} sense.

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* %%* TheChessmaster: Crake in the literal and {{troperiffic}} sense.



* DecadeDissonance: Between the Compounds and the pleeblands.

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* %%* DecadeDissonance: Between the Compounds and the pleeblands.



* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Present in the first book
* EvolutionaryLevels: Possibly subverted.
* EvilutionaryBiologist
* FreakOut
* GardenOfEvil
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: And how.

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* %%* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Present in the first book
* %%* EvolutionaryLevels: Possibly subverted.
* %%* EvilutionaryBiologist
* %%* FreakOut
* %%* GardenOfEvil
* %%* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: And how.



* LiteralGenie

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* %%* LiteralGenie



* MegaCorp: Several.

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* %%* MegaCorp: Several.



* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning

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* %%* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning



* NietzscheWannabe: Crake, albeit somewhat silently. Apart from the ominous fridge magnets.

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* %%* NietzscheWannabe: Crake, albeit somewhat silently. Apart from the ominous fridge magnets.



* SchmuckBait
* SelfMadeOrphan: Implied with Crake, [[spoiler:who was convinced his mother and uncle had turned his father over to [=CorpSeCorps=] to be "suicided"]].

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* %%* SchmuckBait
* SelfMadeOrphan: Implied with Crake, [[spoiler:who was convinced his mother and uncle had turned his father over to [=CorpSeCorps=] to be "suicided"]]."suicided", so he apparently killed her]].
15th Dec '16 11:51:09 AM VVK
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!!Tropes originating in Oryx and Crake:

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!!Tropes originating used in Oryx and Crake:
15th Dec '16 11:49:04 AM VVK
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* GambitRoulette: It's implied that [[spoiler:Crake]] had been working on his life's work for a long time. His mother's death was caused by a virus that was [[spoiler:very similar to the one he later unleashed upon Earth]]. See SelfMadeOrphan below.
15th Dec '16 11:42:54 AM VVK
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* NewMediaAreEvil: Any and all advancements are painted in the most horrible light Atwood can manage. Apparently anything more technologically advanced than steam power is another step towards the end of the world.
15th Dec '16 11:38:23 AM VVK
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* CrapsackWorld: Atwood makes a fairly compelling case that human civilization ''deserves'' to be exterminated.
** More like ''has to'' be exterminated. [[spoiler:Crake]]'s reason for what he did was that if he ''didn't'' do it, humanity would utterly destroy itself, thus exterminating all intelligent life. [[spoiler:Crake got rid of humanity, but to save intelligent life he created the children of Crake]].

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* CrapsackWorld: Atwood makes a fairly compelling case that human civilization ''deserves'' The world is some current trends taken to be exterminated.
** More like ''has to'' be exterminated. [[spoiler:Crake]]'s reason
the extreme: ecological destruction, alienation, inequality, the only use for what he did was that if he ''didn't'' do it, humanity would utterly learning left the misuse of science for blind profit. Crake for one is convinced humans are biologically unable not to destroy itself, thus exterminating all intelligent life. [[spoiler:Crake got rid of humanity, but to save intelligent life he created the children of Crake]].everything.
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