History Literature / RainbowsEnd

4th Oct '16 3:09:00 AM CKD
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* MeaningfulName: Alice and Bob Gu, named for the traditional placeholders when discussing cryptography.
19th Apr '15 11:25:32 PM grendelkhan
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* ShoutOut: Rabbit likes to address people as "[[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Doc]]."

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* ShoutOut: Rabbit likes to address people as "[[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Doc]]."" "Egan soccer" is the 'quantum soccer' invented for [[Creator/GregEgan Greg Egan]]'s short story "[[http://www.gregegan.net/BORDER/Border.html Border Guards]]".
7th Mar '14 3:13:48 PM Craverguy
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* BooksThatBite: The library at the University in San Diego has these, although they're purely virtual and only visible to people who are "wearing". Nevertheless, they're as real as any of the other e-books the library has. They were created as an in-universe Shout Out to ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.

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* BooksThatBite: The library at the University in San Diego has these, although they're purely virtual and only visible to people who are "wearing". Nevertheless, they're as real as any of the other e-books the library has. They were created as an in-universe Shout Out ShoutOut to ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
* ChekhovsLecture: Ms. Chumlig's lesson on "Search and Analysis."
* TheChessmaster: This is Mr. Rabbit's talent.



* FanDumb: InUniverse, Rabbit manipulates two opposing fandoms into a ''full-scale riot'' outside the Geisel Library.



* InsufferableGenius: Robert Gu is considered one of the greatest living poets, and he loves using his gift of language to humiliate others and put them in their place. When she finds out his Alzheimer's is being cured, his ex-wife fakes her own death, rather than have to face him again.

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* InsufferableGenius: InstantExpert: Technology -- called Just In Time Training (JITT) -- exists to allow this, but its side-effects are so severe that it's completely banned outside the intelligence community.
* InsufferableGenius:
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Robert Gu is considered one of the greatest living poets, and he loves using his gift of language to humiliate others and put them in their place. When she finds out his Alzheimer's is being cured, his ex-wife fakes her own death, rather than have to face him again.again.
** Rabbit likes to lord his technical prowess over others.


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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Vaz and his confederates believe Rabbit is a buffoon and intend to use him as their UnwittingPawn. Turns out, the reality is closer to the reverse.


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* SelfDeprecation: One character muses on belief circles that made AugmentedReality fan art so unpopular it served as a FranchiseKiller for the works it was based on. One of the franchises he mentions is Vernor Vinge's own ''Literature/ZonesOfThought''.
* SequelHook: Quite a few. [[spoiler:Rabbit may or may not be gone, may or may not be an A.I., and may or may not be subtly making good on his deals with the Elder Cabal. Albert Vaz's fate is left ambiguous. The Great Powers are going nuts over the realization that the Secure Hardware Environment has been subverted, leading Alice Gu to return to Just In Time Training. And Robert Gu is still working to rehabilitate his relations with his family.]]
* ShoutOut: Rabbit likes to address people as "[[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny Doc]]."
* SmugSnake: Rabbit is brilliant, but nobody is as brilliant as he ''thinks'' he is.


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* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: InUniverse, saying that "Scooch-a-mouti" is a children's franchise is the BerserkButton of its adult fandom.
11th Sep '13 6:52:08 AM beagel
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* BlackBox: Pretty much all engineering is done by putting together modular black boxes whose contents are unknown, except to the companies that manufacture them. This is done to protect copyrights and trade secrets. Plus, it's ''supposed'' to make things simpler. At one point, Robert Gu gets frustrated, and tries to open a black box under the hood of a car, using a kind of particle beam ([[RuleOfCool using ball bearings!]]). The result is an explosion.

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* BlackBox: Pretty much all engineering is done by putting together modular black boxes whose contents are unknown, except to the companies that manufacture them. This is done to protect copyrights and trade secrets. Plus, it's ''supposed'' to make things simpler. At one point, Robert Gu gets frustrated, and tries to open a black box under the hood of a car, using a kind of particle matter beam ([[RuleOfCool using ball bearings!]]). The result is an explosion.
11th Sep '13 6:51:33 AM beagel
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* BlackBox: Pretty much all engineering is done by putting together modular black boxes whose contents are unknown, except to the companies that manufacture them. This is done to protect copyrights and trade secrets. Plus, it's ''supposed'' to make things simpler. At one point, Robert Gu gets frustrated, and tries to open a black box under the hood of a car, using a cutting laser. The result is an explosion.

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* BlackBox: Pretty much all engineering is done by putting together modular black boxes whose contents are unknown, except to the companies that manufacture them. This is done to protect copyrights and trade secrets. Plus, it's ''supposed'' to make things simpler. At one point, Robert Gu gets frustrated, and tries to open a black box under the hood of a car, using a cutting laser.kind of particle beam ([[RuleOfCool using ball bearings!]]). The result is an explosion.
6th May '13 10:38:59 AM DavidCowie
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* TyopOnTheCover: in-universe. Rainbows End (with no apostrophe) is the name of a retirement home. One of the characters wonders if this was deliberate.
28th Jan '13 10:45:54 PM Xtifr
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* MovingBuilding: The library at the University of California in San Diego is designed to move under computer control in case of earthquake. At one point, hackers take over the building's computers during a public demonstration, to make the building dance along to the music. It doesn't work quite as planned.

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* MovingBuilding: MovingBuildings: The library at the University of California in San Diego is designed to move under computer control in case of earthquake. At one point, hackers take over the building's computers during a public demonstration, to make the building dance along to the music. It doesn't work quite as planned.
28th Jan '13 4:29:11 PM Xtifr
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* MovingBuilding: The library at the University of California in San Diego is designed to move under computer control in case of earthquake. At one point, hackers take over the building's computers during a public demonstration, to make the building dance along to the music. It doesn't work quite as planned.
23rd Jan '13 2:10:24 PM Xtifr
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* DigitizedHacker: It's strongly suggested that Mr. Rabbit is this, especially when, with moments to go before before his connection to the group beneath the lab is cut off, he manages to leave them with a detailed PDF document titled, "While We Are Out of Touch or How To Survive and Prosper During the Next Thirty Minutes", with explanations of the whole situation, who's responsible, what they can do about it, and much more.

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* DigitizedHacker: It's strongly suggested that Mr. Rabbit is this, especially when, with moments to go before before his connection to the group beneath the lab is cut off, he manages to leave them with a detailed PDF document titled, "While We Are Out of Touch or How To Survive and Prosper During the Next Thirty Minutes", with explanations of the whole situation, who's responsible, what they can do about it, and much more. more.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Robert Gu has been suffering from Alzheimer's since more-or-less the present day, and wasn't much interested in technology then. TwentyMinutesInTheFuture, when he's cured and given rejuve treatments, he's so far behind the curve on everyday technology that he needs to start attending classes at the local high-school just to begin to have a hope of getting by in normal society.
13th Jan '13 8:32:36 AM zarpaulus
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* DataPad: Considered obsolete but still available. Robert Gu starts with one thin enough to be folded up like a piece of paper after his Alzheimer's is cured.
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