History Literature / PrisonersOfPower

27th May '16 7:02:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Destroying the Centre, ruining the plan to save the country, not following safety instructions when making planet sweep to begin with.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Destroying the Centre, ruining the plan to save the country, not following safety instructions when making planet sweep to begin with.]]]] This has consequences in the larger 'verse, with Maxim's blunder being the final nail in the coffin of the program that allowed private citizens to explore the galaxy on their own. The program is shut down, and exploration is left to the professionals.
1st Sep '15 12:52:33 AM Hoffmann
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* TheDreaded: The White Submarines.
9th Jul '15 3:31:39 PM MagBas
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There are three versions of the novel - the original (all but impossible to find), the censored version (896 corrections) approved by the Soviet government (the basis for all official foreign translations) and the 'restored' version that reverts many -- but not all -- of the changes (the only version still in print). A movie adaptation premiered in Russia in December 2008. It has received [[AdaptationDecay rather poor reviews.]]

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There are three versions of the novel - the original (all but impossible to find), the censored version (896 corrections) approved by the Soviet government (the basis for all official foreign translations) and the 'restored' version that reverts many -- but not all -- of the changes (the only version still in print). A movie adaptation premiered in Russia in December 2008. It has received [[AdaptationDecay rather poor reviews.]]
21st Feb '14 9:05:48 AM JRandomNoob
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'''''Prisoners of Power''''' (original Russian title: "Обитаемый остров", lit. "Inhabited Island") is the sixth novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse. First published in magazine form during 1969, published in book form during 1971.

The protagonist, Maxim Kammerer, is stranded on the AfterTheEnd CrapsackWorld of Saraksh, where the atmosphere has such enormous optical refraction, that the ''horizon seems to bend upwards''. After an atomic war, the planet is divided into several surviving rump empires. And all of them seem to be competing over who can be the most evil. The empire where he lands practices MindControl on the unwashed masses and FantasticRacism against those who can withstand their Mind Control methods. At first Maxim seems a bit of a FishOutOfTemporalWater, just trying to get back home and unable to comprehend the nature of what's happening around him, taking the propoganda at face value. He proceeds to uncover [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the truth]] and tries to improve the situation. How well he succeeds is debatable.

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'''''Prisoners of Power''''' (original Russian title: "Обитаемый остров", ''Обитаемый остров'', lit. "Inhabited Island") ''Inhabited Island'') is the sixth novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse. First published serialized in a magazine form during in 1969, published in book form during 1971.

in 1971.

The protagonist, Maxim Kammerer, is stranded on the AfterTheEnd CrapsackWorld of Saraksh, Saraksh where the atmosphere has such enormous optical refraction, refraction index that the ''horizon seems to bend upwards''. After an atomic a nuclear war, the planet is divided into several surviving rump empires. And all of them seem to be competing over who can be the most evil. The empire where he lands practices MindControl on the unwashed masses and FantasticRacism against those who can withstand their Mind Control methods. At first Maxim seems a bit of a FishOutOfTemporalWater, just trying to get back home and unable to comprehend the nature of what's happening around him, taking the propoganda at face value. He proceeds to uncover [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the truth]] and tries to improve the situation. How well he succeeds is debatable.



There are three versions of the novel - the original (all but impossible to find), the censored version (896 corrections) approved by the Soviet government (the basis for all official foreign translations) and the 'restored' version that returns lot of original ideas, but left some successful ones (the only version still in print). A movie adaptation premiered in Russia in December 2008. It has received [[AdaptationDecay rather poor reviews.]]

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There are three versions of the novel - the original (all but impossible to find), the censored version (896 corrections) approved by the Soviet government (the basis for all official foreign translations) and the 'restored' version that returns lot of original ideas, reverts many -- but left some successful ones not all -- of the changes (the only version still in print). A movie adaptation premiered in Russia in December 2008. It has received [[AdaptationDecay rather poor reviews.]]



* LaResistance: A certain percentage of people have innate PsychicBlockDefense against the mind towers' rays. Said rays, however, cause them horrible head pain. On this account, they are officially declared sub-human and ruthlessly persecuted, the true reason for which being, of course, that they are the only ones who have enough free will to topple the government. Even they, however, have fallen prey to apathy, lack of planning and extremism. [[spoiler: The heads of state are actually this exact kind of people, who just managed to grab viable power in time. Even they suffer from their own mind rays and have scientists relentlessly working on protection - to little effect. Some of resistance members are even recruited by leaders when they need replacement.]]

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* LaResistance: A certain percentage of people have innate PsychicBlockDefense against the mind towers' rays. Said rays, however, cause them horrible head pain.headaches. On this account, they are officially declared sub-human and ruthlessly persecuted, the true reason for which being, of course, that they are the only ones who have enough free will to topple the government. Even they, however, have fallen prey to apathy, lack of planning and extremism. [[spoiler: The heads of state are actually this exact kind of people, who just managed to grab viable power in time. Even they suffer from their own mind rays and have scientists relentlessly working on protection - to little effect. Some of resistance members are even recruited by leaders when they need replacement.]]



* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The original title was a play off ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''. Like Crusoe, Maxim is stranded on an unknown island, but this island is all ''but'' uninhabited.

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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The original title was a play off ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe''. Like Crusoe, Maxim is stranded on an unknown island, but this island is all ''but'' anything but uninhabited.



* TheLostWoods: One of the major locations of the book is a huge forest that was once a battlefield for two of the states. By the time of the story, it is filled with minefields, spring guns, autonomous tanks and ballistic missile launchers, most still running on nuclear power and carrying out their patrols. The state, where most of the books story takes place, sends convicts into the forest to disarm the machinery, essentially making the convict camps throughout the woods death camps.

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* TheLostWoods: One of the major locations of the book is a huge forest that was once a battlefield for two of the states. By the time of the story, it is filled with minefields, spring camouflaged sentry guns, autonomous tanks and ballistic missile launchers, most still running on nuclear power and carrying out their patrols. The state, where most of the books story takes place, sends convicts into the forest to disarm the machinery, essentially making the convict camps throughout the woods death camps.



* TwistEnding: "Dummkopf! Rotznase!" [[spoiler:It turns out, the Terrans were present on Saraksh the whole time and secretly steered it towards recovery--and Maxim has just ruined their entire plans.]]

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* TwistEnding: "Dummkopf! Rotznase!" [[spoiler:It turns out, the Terrans were present on Saraksh the whole time and secretly steered it towards recovery--and Maxim has just ruined their entire plans.plan.]]
4th Dec '13 8:30:24 PM Fireblood
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* WeAreStrugglingTogether: The mind-controlling totalitarian oligarchy is opposed by what may initially seem to be an unified rebel "Underground". However, to quote the novel itself, "the Underground wasn't a political party. What's more, it wasn't even a front of political parties". Its members couldn't even agree as to whether or not the mind control has to go. Factions range from blatant fascists (who want to overthrow the government and keep the mind control towers) to "biologists" (who just want to destroy the towers, but don't mind keeping the government - so they can't even agree about that), and there are factions within factions as well. It is explicitly pointed out that many prominent Underground leaders are either agents or secret allies of the government. The protagonist ultimately doesn't even bother trying to rally them, instead striking a deal with one of the less secure government leaders for inside information, recruiting a few of the more sensible Underground members and blowing up the mind control center without consulting anybody else. It is implied in later Noonverse novels that he and his allies then had to put down rebellions by some of the other groups, even though the country was already a terrible mess by then due to mind control withdrawal and such.
28th Sep '13 3:44:54 AM HuiMorzhovyi
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** Island Empire is obviously based on ImperialJapan.
5th Jun '13 7:14:13 PM Vasha
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''Literature/PrisonersOfPower'' (original Russian title: "Обитаемый остров", lit. ''Literature/InhabitedIsland'') is the sixth novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse. First published in magazine form during 1969, published in book form during 1971.

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''Literature/PrisonersOfPower'' '''''Prisoners of Power''''' (original Russian title: "Обитаемый остров", lit. ''Literature/InhabitedIsland'') "Inhabited Island") is the sixth novel by the Creator/StrugatskyBrothers to be set in the Franchise/NoonUniverse. First published in magazine form during 1969, published in book form during 1971.
4th May '13 3:37:56 AM Koveras
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* TwistEnding
* UnusualEuphemism: "Massaraksh", literally "the world inside out" - refering to a heretical theory, according to which life as they know it exists on the outer surface of the world sphere, rather than the inner surface.

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* TwistEnding
TwistEnding: "Dummkopf! Rotznase!" [[spoiler:It turns out, the Terrans were present on Saraksh the whole time and secretly steered it towards recovery--and Maxim has just ruined their entire plans.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: "Massaraksh", literally "the world inside out" - refering referring to a heretical theory, according to which life as they know it exists on the outer surface of the world sphere, rather than the inner surface.
29th Mar '13 7:06:07 AM Hoffmann
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* FascistButInefficient: Securing their own power is the only thing which Unknown Fathers can do well.

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* FascistButInefficient: Securing their own power is the only thing which Unknown Fathers can do well. In everything other their government isn't very competent.


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* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Unknown Fathers and the whole government in their country.
17th Mar '13 4:33:13 AM Kollega
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* AnAesop: [[spoiler: If you want to change the world for the better, a thorough plan is required - not just blowing things up.]]
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