History Literature / RedDwarf

9th Sep '17 8:42:00 PM PhantomRider
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**The books in general run with several of the more sci-fi plots the show dropped, and has more of its own. The show is a SitCom InSpace, and will ''always'' snatch itself back down to those roots whenever it starts to stray and become too dramatic. While they remain funny, the books are a sci-fi series with some high stakes (and funny.)
7th Sep '17 12:25:48 PM SuddenFrost
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Between 1989 and 1996, four [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] for ''Series/RedDwarf'', but in a different continuity (which split into two continuities itself after the show's creators ended their collaborative partnership).

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Between 1989 and 1996, four [[TieInNovel Tie-In Novels]] were published for ''Series/RedDwarf'', but in a different continuity (which split into two continuities itself after the show's creators ended their collaborative partnership).
23rd Aug '17 12:12:15 AM SuddenFrost
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2nd Aug '17 12:09:06 PM StFan
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** Like the TV episode it was adapted from, the novel ''Better Than Life'' sees Rimmer's deep-seated self-hatred destroy the fantasy world he's built for himself and then go on to destroy his crewmates' fantasies... only here it's even ''worse'' - [[spoiler: he becomes the world's richest man married to the world's No.1 model/actress (a volcanic nymphomaniac diva who bullies, humiliates and frequently cheats on him), divorces her only for her to take up with his brother Frank, marries a woman who turns out to be a younger version of [[OedipusRex ''his mother'']], loses his fortune overnight and then his body, winds up in debtor's prison as a soundwave, escapes only to end up in the body of a hooker whilst his body's taken over by a unhinged cop-killing convict, and is forced to go on the run with the same guy and his equally murderous, psychopathic brother, both of whom make him essentially their domestic slave/punching bag and eventually try to pimp him out before he finally gets away.]]

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** Like the TV episode it was adapted from, the novel ''Better Than Life'' sees Rimmer's deep-seated self-hatred destroy the fantasy world he's built for himself and then go on to destroy his crewmates' fantasies... only here it's even ''worse'' - [[spoiler: he becomes the world's richest man married to the world's No.1 model/actress (a volcanic nymphomaniac diva who bullies, humiliates and frequently cheats on him), divorces her only for her to take up with his brother Frank, marries a woman who turns out to be a younger version of [[OedipusRex ''his mother'']], ''[[Theatre/OedipusTheKing his mother]]'', loses his fortune overnight and then his body, winds up in debtor's prison as a soundwave, escapes only to end up in the body of a hooker whilst his body's taken over by a unhinged cop-killing convict, and is forced to go on the run with the same guy and his equally murderous, psychopathic brother, both of whom make him essentially their domestic slave/punching bag and eventually try to pimp him out before he finally gets away.]]
4th Jun '17 12:41:02 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In a GenreSavvy move by their human creators, the Agonoids are unable to create new body parts for themselves when their old ones break down, so the only way for an Agonoid to replace lost parts is to take them from another Agonoid. It's noted that this is both good and bad; Basically, there are fewer and fewer Agonoids as time goes by, but in a strange form of natural selection, only the most ruthless of an already ruthless species survive.

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In a GenreSavvy move by their human creators, the The Agonoids are unable to create new body parts for themselves when their old ones break down, so the only way for an Agonoid to replace lost parts is to take them from another Agonoid. It's noted that this is both good and bad; Basically, there are fewer and fewer Agonoids as time goes by, but in a strange form of natural selection, only the most ruthless of an already ruthless species survive.



* GenreSavvy: The human creators of the Agonoids created them to be unable to reproduce or replicate spare bodyparts. If an Agonoid loses an organ, he has to take one from another by force. This is both good and bad, as while it reduces the number of Agonoids, it also means that by natural selection the most ruthless of a race already known for being incredibly ruthless survive.
23rd May '17 8:02:33 PM DoctorNemesis
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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Rimmer, of course, doesn't figure this out with regards to his astronavigation exams and dreams of becoming an officer. The novels add a bit of [[Theatre/DeathOfASalesman Willy Loman-esque]] tragedy to this by implying that he's actually pretty good at graphic design and could have been happy and successful if he'd just realised this instead of devoting himself full-throttle to the Space Corps.
23rd May '17 7:54:49 PM DoctorNemesis
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Towards the end of ''Last Human'', the characters are forced to perform a ritual to protect themselves from the Rage by forming a circle and using it to channel the Rage into one of them, killing that person but saving everyone else. Lister's EvilTwin steals the Luck Virus and takes it to make sure it isn't him. Only, when the Rage actually strikes, it's so powerful and alluring that everyone in the circle is temporarily driven insane so that they ''want'' to be possessed by it. But only one of them's taken the Luck Virus, which gives you everything you want...
18th May '17 4:12:31 AM CynicalBastardo
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* AndIMustScream: M'Aiden Ty-One's fate in ''Backwards''. Tricked into using a scramble card by D'Juhn Keep that he is told will increase his reflexes, the card actually contains a computer virus which begins shutting down his systems one by one. He starts off as confused and disorientated and gradually grows weaker until he is unable to move or even speak properly. The absolute last thing the virus goes after is his pain receptors, so he is fully conscious and can feel everything as D'Juhn harvests him for the replacement parts he needs to get himself back in full working order.
18th May '17 4:02:14 AM CynicalBastardo
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* FantasticRacism: In the first book, it's stated that holograms are discriminated against and treated as second class citizens because they are seen by the living as a reminder of their own mortality. Holograms often hold equal rights marches. Given the power and computer run time requirements, only the mega rich and mission critical Space Corps personnel are resurrected as holograms. Rimmer had once thrown a stone at one of these marches as a child and one of his early thoughts after his death is that he's now a "dirty deadie".

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In the first book, it's stated that holograms are discriminated against and treated as second class citizens because they are seen by the living as a reminder of their own mortality. Holograms often hold equal rights marches. Given the power and computer run time requirements, only the mega rich and mission critical Space Corps personnel are resurrected as holograms. Rimmer had once thrown a stone at one of these marches as a child and one of his early thoughts after his death is that he's now a "dirty deadie".


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** In the second book's chapter detailing the backstory of the [=GELFs=], it's noted that the [=GELFs=] are technically human, having been engineered from human chromosomes. However, they are not allowed to vote and killing them is technically not considered murder. This leads to a small uprising, which is swiftly put down. In an extraordinary coincidence, this occurs around the same time as humanity's garbage problem, so the [=GELFs=] are all dumped on [[spoiler: Earth]] and left to die.
5th Apr '17 7:32:11 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom ([[BaitAndSwitch NOT]] to [[DrivenSuicide kill himself]] as was implied, but to defiantly blow up [[TheAlcoholic the bottle of whiskey that had metaphorically ruined his life]]). The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.

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* BangBangBANG: In ''Backwards'', Ace Rimmer's CO resigns his commission and takes a bath before pulling out his sidearm and fires it inside the confines of his bathroom ([[BaitAndSwitch NOT]] to [[DrivenSuicide [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] as was implied, but to defiantly blow up [[TheAlcoholic the bottle of whiskey that had metaphorically ruined his life]]). The gunshot is so loud that his ears start to bleed and he exclaims "Bugger me, that was loud!" Justified in that he's in a confined and tiled space that would amplify the sound of the gunshot.
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