History Literature / RedDwarf

23rd Jun '16 6:57:24 PM PaulA
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* DistaffCounterpart: ''Red Dwarf'''s captain in the book's canon isn't Hollister, but an American woman named [[StarTrek Kirk]].

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* DistaffCounterpart: ''Red Dwarf'''s captain in the book's canon isn't Hollister, but an American woman named [[StarTrek Kirk]].[[Franchise/StarTrek Kirk]].
* DreamWithinADream: False awakening is one of the trick the "Better Than Life" game uses to keep players trapped. If you realize your new ideal life is a game simulation, it lets you "wake up" into a version of the life you had before you entered the game, only slightly tweaked to be more comfortable than the reality.
23rd Jun '16 6:44:45 PM PaulA
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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. 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.



* FantasticDrug: Bliss, from the first novel. A brown powder substance notable for causing addiction just by looking at it (which made drug busts notoriously difficult), and for its effects. It causes the user to believe they are God, all seeing, all knowing, infinite in power and the creator of all things. Kind of laughable as you couldn't even tie your own shoelaces while high on Bliss. Its high lasted a few minutes, followed by decades of suicidal depression, the only relief from which could be bought with another hit.

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Bliss, from the first novel. A brown powder substance notable for causing addiction just by looking at it (which made drug busts notoriously difficult), and for its effects. It causes the user to believe they are God, all seeing, all knowing, infinite in power and the creator of all things. Kind of laughable as you couldn't even tie your own shoelaces while high on Bliss. Its high lasted a few minutes, followed by decades of suicidal depression, the only relief from which could be bought with another hit.hit.
** Better than Life, which was a sort of LotusEaterMachine in the books rather than the more innocuous artificial reality video game of the TV series, is treated like an addictive drug. One of its victims is included among a group of drug addicts in a scene in the first novel, and a character selling copies is referred to as a drug dealer.


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* ForWantOfANail: Ace Rimmer's timeline in ''Backwards'', where a small change in Rimmer's childhood leads to him becoming a glamorous test pilot. Lister also becomes a top engineer instead of an unmotivated layabout; it's explained that instead of Rimmer as his bunkmate, Lister ended up sharing with someone who encouraged him to study and realise his full potential. No explanation for why Kryten, Cat and Holly's equivalents are human, though.


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* AGlitchInTheMatrix: In ''Better Than Life'', the characters are stuck in a virtual reality simulation of their greatest fantasies. At first they are alerted to their situation by Kryten signalling them from outside, then entering the game himself, which wouldn't qualify as this trope. However, when they decide to leave they wake up on Red Dwarf unharmed by the weeks they have spent effectively comatose, Lister notices that toast always lands face up when dropped, and finally two people are discovered alive and in stasis; Lister's crush Kochanski and Rimmer's living self. Lister realizes that things are ''still'' perfect, and that they are therefore still in the game. They wake up for real, and find they are in horrible shape from their experience.


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* LotusEaterMachine: "Better Than Life" is a Virtual Reality Game that can make all your deepest fantasies come true. The game is almost impossible to leave, because in order to leave, somebody has to ''want'' to leave, and nobody ever does (also, it's hard for people to realize that they're in the game in the first place, as the game sets itself up in such a way as to prevent people from realizing that). As a result, the person's real-life body will eventually waste away and die. The Cat is so self-absorbed that nothing will fulfill his desires short of living in a mountain kingdom and being waited on by giant, topless, singing, dancing Valkyries, putting even Rimmer's incredibly indulgent fantasy to shame, while Kryten can come and go freely as he has no hopes, dreams, or desires besides getting a new squeezy-mop. The first novel ends with Lister having to make the decision whether to stay in the simulation or return to the hardships of traveling back to an Earth ''six million'' years in the future where he may well be the last human as he understands it. Talk about a DownerEnding. The second novel reveals that the Lotus Eater Machine digs deep into their psyche, bringing to light their deepest desires. Which, unfortunately for Rimmer (or fortunately, since it is what breaks them out of the fake paradise), revolves around his self-loathing. Rimmer's self-hatred ends up destroying the dream world. When they finally leave, they find that reality is suspiciously better than it should be (Lister's 2nd cup of coffee tastes better than the first, he drops a slice of buttered toast 20 times and it always lands butter side up, [[SerialEscalation a TV dinner tastes better than its cardboard box]], etc.) and discover that they're still in the game, at which point the game designer appears and congratulates them for figuring it out, then lets them leave.


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* {{Pseudolympics}}: Mention is made of version of the Olympics where drugs were legal and later a separate version for Genetically Engineered Life Forms ([=GELFs=]) who were specifically engineered to excel at a particular sport.
29th Jan '16 2:07:21 PM Generality
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* SomethingNauts: The explorers of humanity's early, disappointing, slower-than-light interstellar voyages are referred to as "stellarnauts".
3rd Dec '15 6:00:50 AM dreamofwritting
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* {{Robosexual}}: Prostitutes on Mimas are robots. Customers can mix and match parts for a custom lay. Boy and ''[[ButYouScrewOneGoat sheep]]'' droids are also available.

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* {{Robosexual}}: Prostitutes on Mimas are robots. Customers can mix and match parts for a custom lay. Boy and ''[[ButYouScrewOneGoat ''[[BestialityIsDepraved sheep]]'' droids are also available.
3rd Jul '15 9:46:36 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".
2nd Jul '15 10:43:14 AM CynicalBastardo
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* CompensatingForSomething: Rimmer's fantasy has him aquire new bodies with increasingly [[GagPenis large penises]] to make up for his own inadequacies in reality. He notes, to his horror, at one point that the insanely large limousine he has implies this about him as well, whereas Lister's choice of an [[TheAllegedCar Alleged Car]] is the opposite way around.
2nd Jul '15 10:33:10 AM CynicalBastardo
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* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Lister goes on a ''TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}}'' pub crawl for his twenty fourth birthday in which the objective is to have a drink on every street on the board. On his own, he wakes up the following morning in a [=McDonald's=] on Mimas, [[NoodleImplements wearing a lady's pink crimpelene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders and in possession of a passport belonging to someone named Emily Berkenstein]].
20th Jun '15 11:49:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The Omnibus edition of the first two books includes a new ending for ''Better Than Life'', some [[RetCon changes]] of {{Take That}}s towards Kevin Keegan and Brian Kidd in ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', a copy of the original script for ''The End'', a radio script for an episode of SpiritualPredecessor ''Dave Hollins: Space Cadet'' and a photocopy of the beermat that the original concept for ''RedDwarf'' was written on.

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* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: The Omnibus edition of the first two books includes a new ending for ''Better Than Life'', some [[RetCon changes]] of {{Take That}}s towards Kevin Keegan and Brian Kidd in ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', a copy of the original script for ''The End'', a radio script for an episode of SpiritualPredecessor ''Dave Hollins: Space Cadet'' and a photocopy of the beermat that the original concept for ''RedDwarf'' ''Red Dwarf'' was written on.
13th Jan '15 11:54:17 AM PicardsDouble
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** Becomes a BrickJoke for a gag by Andy in ''Back To Reality'', where Lister is supposed to "jump start the second Big Bang, with jump leads on Starbug" and "turns out in fact to be God."
1st Nov '14 3:53:40 AM CynicalBastardo
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The Toaster. He manages to kill ''a polymorph''.
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