History Literature / Prey

8th Nov '16 6:51:35 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* CrazyEnoughToWork: This is how Jack survives his first two encounters with the swarm, by performing actions so unpredictable that the swarms have trouble reacting to them. In the first case, when faced with the swarm alone, he removes his shirt and becomes a ScreamingWarrior while attacking the swarm with the whipping shirt, and runs straight through it. In the second instance while with a group, he has them 'flock' together to keep them from being picked off one by one.



* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason the swarm intends to murder Jack and Mae. They have successfully infected themselves with a virus that renders them immune to the swarms' possession, and fully intend the warn the world of the swarm's world domination plot.



* XanatosGambit: An unusual version, as it is pulled by the heroes. Jack and May manage to place the swarm killing virus into the main assembly line of the facility, which will flood the air of the facility with the virus, but only if the safety system is turned off. While doing this, they also fill the emergency fire sprinkler tank with the virus as well, and light a fire. This places the antagonistic swarm in a brilliant MortonsFork. If the hosts leave the safety systems on, the infected water will flood the facility and kill the swarm, but if they turn the safeties off, the infected air will flood the facility and kill the swarm. Jack aptly sums it up as "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."

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* XanatosGambit: An unusual version, as it is pulled by the heroes. Jack and May Mae manage to place the swarm killing virus into the main assembly line of the facility, which will flood the air of the facility with the virus, but only if the safety system is turned off. While doing this, they also fill the emergency fire sprinkler tank with the virus as well, and light a fire. This places the antagonistic swarm in a brilliant MortonsFork. If the hosts leave the safety systems on, the infected water will flood the facility and kill the swarm, but if they turn the safeties off, the infected air will flood the facility and kill the swarm. Jack aptly sums it up as "Damned if you do, damned if you don't.""
* YouAreTooLate: Two examples:
** Jack discovers a way to both temporarily and permanently remove the swarms from their human hosts, but while using the temporary solution, both he and Julia realize that all the hosts are too far gone to save, as the swarms have "eaten" so much of them as to make even moving them next to impossible. He chooses to MercyKill them all instead.
** Jack sets up his and Mae's XanatosGambit to go like this, creating enough of a distraction for the hosts that they don't realize the full extent of the plan.
8th Nov '16 6:30:40 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Julia has the reaction when Jack is able to (temporarily) expel the swarm from her body. She realizes the full horror of what she has done, including infecting her children and murdering her colleagues. All she can do is beg Jack to save them.
8th Nov '16 6:28:37 PM MurrayTheBlue
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** How the swarms kill. They suffocate the victims by pouring in waves into every orifice until the victim suffocates.

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** How the swarms kill. They suffocate the victims by pouring in waves into every orifice until the victim suffocates.suffocates, then they dissolve the bodies slowly into grey goo.



* DyingAsYourself: Jack is ultimately unable to save Julia, Vince, and Ricky from the swarms, but does succeed does manage to remove them long enough destroy the research facility. Considering the state of the hosts when they are removed, it was most certainly a MercyKill.

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* DyingAsYourself: Jack is ultimately unable to save Julia, Vince, and Ricky from the swarms, but does succeed does manage to remove them long enough destroy the research facility. Considering the state of the hosts when they are removed, it was most certainly a MercyKill.



* XanatosGambit: An unusual version, as it is pulled by the heroes. Jack and May manage to place infect the swarm killing virus into the main assembly line of the facility, which will flood the air of the facility with the virus, but only if the safety system is turned off. While doing this, they also fill the emergency fire sprinkler tank with the virus as well, and light a fire. This places the antagonistic swarm in a brilliant MortonsFork. If the hosts leave the safety systems on, the infected water will flood the facility and kill the swarm, but if they turn the safeties off, the infected air will flood the facility and kill the swarm. Jack aptly sums it up as "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."

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* XanatosGambit: An unusual version, as it is pulled by the heroes. Jack and May manage to place infect the swarm killing virus into the main assembly line of the facility, which will flood the air of the facility with the virus, but only if the safety system is turned off. While doing this, they also fill the emergency fire sprinkler tank with the virus as well, and light a fire. This places the antagonistic swarm in a brilliant MortonsFork. If the hosts leave the safety systems on, the infected water will flood the facility and kill the swarm, but if they turn the safeties off, the infected air will flood the facility and kill the swarm. Jack aptly sums it up as "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."
8th Nov '16 6:25:46 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* WeaksauceWeakness: Wind. The nanoswarms have to stick very close to the ground whenever wind comes up, or the swarm will disperse and the bots will deactivate.

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* WeaksauceWeakness: Wind. The nanoswarms have to stick very close to the ground whenever wind comes up, or the swarm will disperse and the bots will deactivate.deactivate.
* XanatosGambit: An unusual version, as it is pulled by the heroes. Jack and May manage to place infect the swarm killing virus into the main assembly line of the facility, which will flood the air of the facility with the virus, but only if the safety system is turned off. While doing this, they also fill the emergency fire sprinkler tank with the virus as well, and light a fire. This places the antagonistic swarm in a brilliant MortonsFork. If the hosts leave the safety systems on, the infected water will flood the facility and kill the swarm, but if they turn the safeties off, the infected air will flood the facility and kill the swarm. Jack aptly sums it up as "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."
8th Nov '16 6:16:40 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* DyingAsYourself: Jack is ultimately unable to save Julia, Vince, and Ricky from the swarms, but does succeed does manage to remove them long enough destroy the research facility. Considering the state of the hosts when they are removed, it was most certainly a MercyKill.
8th Nov '16 6:10:28 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* BodyHorror: Any time the nanoswarms interact with organic material, it's probably not going to be pretty.

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* BodyHorror: Any time the nanoswarms interact with organic material, it's probably not going to be pretty. Standouts include:
** How the swarms kill. They suffocate the victims by pouring in waves into every orifice until the victim suffocates.
** What the human hosts look like when the swarms are removed. They are described as looking like they are dying from cancer, cadaverous, with brittle white hair, emaciated bodies, and translucent skin.
8th Nov '16 6:04:11 PM MurrayTheBlue
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* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:It's not entirely clear how much control the infector swarms have over their human hosts, nor how intelligent they are. They seem to be accessing their host's memories and directing their actions to some extent, but the hosts are implied to have at least some measure of free will left - hence the hosts' apparent willingness in spreading the nanotech to dominate the world.]]

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* PuppeteerParasite: [[spoiler:It's not entirely clear how much control the infector swarms have over their human hosts, nor how intelligent they are. They seem to be accessing their host's memories and directing their actions to some extent, but The infected hosts claim that the relationship is symbiotic, as it grants the hosts are implied to have increased strength and vitality. However, Jack discovers this is at least some measure of free will left - hence partially a lie when he is able to temporarily remove the hosts' apparent willingness in spreading the nanotech swarm from Julia, and she is revealed to dominate the world.be a barely alive emaciated husk who begs for death.]]
13th Jun '16 5:05:11 PM ashlay
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-->''It's hard to believe that a week ago my biggest problem was finding a job. It seems almost laughable now. But then, things never turn out the way you think they will.''

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-->''It's ->''"It's hard to believe that a week ago my biggest problem was finding a job. It seems almost laughable now. But then, things never turn out the way you think they will.''
"''
22nd Feb '16 2:57:33 AM Mad_Spy
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. The nanoswarms are simply trying to protect and propogate themselves ([[GoneHorriblyRight exactly what they were programmed to do]]). However, they are also not smart enough to be reasoned with: not true AI.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted. The nanoswarms are simply trying to protect and propogate propagate themselves ([[GoneHorriblyRight exactly what they were programmed to do]]). However, they are also not smart enough to be reasoned with: not true AI.
3rd Jan '15 2:24:07 PM nombretomado
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''Prey'' is a 2002 sci-fi thriller novel by MichaelCrichton, this time centering around {{Nanomachines}} that have gone wildly out of control and threaten lives, and the main characters must prevent them from getting any more out-of-hand. As is typical for Crichton, [[ShownTheirWork he goes into]] great detail on the technical aspects of the nanotech; mostly, in this case, computer programmming and evolutionary theory.

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''Prey'' is a 2002 sci-fi thriller novel by MichaelCrichton, Creator/MichaelCrichton, this time centering around {{Nanomachines}} that have gone wildly out of control and threaten lives, and the main characters must prevent them from getting any more out-of-hand. As is typical for Crichton, [[ShownTheirWork he goes into]] great detail on the technical aspects of the nanotech; mostly, in this case, computer programmming and evolutionary theory.



* ShownTheirWork: It's MichaelCrichton. The fact that it is impossible to quickly build several billion nanobots individually (the "build-time problem") is directly addressed, for one.

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* ShownTheirWork: It's MichaelCrichton.Creator/MichaelCrichton. The fact that it is impossible to quickly build several billion nanobots individually (the "build-time problem") is directly addressed, for one.
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