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24th Jan '17 2:26:38 AM Ayasugi
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* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: The VR game "Better Than Life", while it can't directly kill you, is so immersive and addictive that players are unable to take care of their basic needs and die without an external caretaker. The book also describes incidents where the characters would wander into dangerous situations and injure themselves without realizing it while acting out actions in the game.
6th Dec '16 8:41:02 AM smeg_head
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** ''Better Than Life'' - [[spoiler: In his fantasy, Rimmer divorces his unbearable (and unfaithful) first wife and remarries... a woman he later realises is a younger version of ''his'' mother. And it's hinted they did the deed at least once before the wedding. He's appropriately [[Squick squicked out]] by this.]]


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** ''Better Than Life'' - [[spoiler: In his fantasy, Rimmer divorces his unbearable (and unfaithful) first wife and remarries... a woman he later (painfully) realises is a younger version of ''his'' mother. And it's hinted they did the deed at least once before the wedding. ]]
6th Dec '16 8:36:56 AM smeg_head
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* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: Lister winds up on Mimas - and the path to becoming the last living human, 3 million years in the future - after a wild birthday bender. [[spoiler: Happens ''again'' at the end of the first novel, this time including Rimmer and the Cat, when they wind up in ''Better than Life''.]]


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** ''Better Than Life'' - [[spoiler: In his fantasy, Rimmer divorces his unbearable (and unfaithful) first wife and remarries... a woman he later realises is a younger version of ''his'' mother. And it's hinted they did the deed at least once before the wedding. He's appropriately [[Squick squicked out]] by this.]]


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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.]]
6th Dec '16 7:03:52 AM smeg_head
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The Toaster. He manages to kill ''a polymorph''.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: The Lister, in keeping with his TV counterpart, is pretty smart and adaptive under his slobbish exterior. [[spoiler: In the ''Better Than Life'' novel, he's stranded alone on Garbage World/Earth, which reacts to a human presence by trying to kill him with bizarre weather like literal ''acid rain''. He narrowly escapes everything thrown at him until he has nowhere to hide... then convinces the Earth to spare him in return for fixing the damage humans have done to it, and spends the next 34 years building up a large and thriving farm with the help of the evolved cockroaches that are now the dominant species on the planet.]]
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Toaster. He manages to kill ''a polymorph''.
29th Aug '16 7:25:46 AM CynicalBastardo
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** Lister is horrified when he realises that Kryten is essentially [[HappinessInSlavery a willing slave]] in his eyes and notes that it's nothing more than a progression from slavery with blacks and housewives.
29th Aug '16 7:22:38 AM CynicalBastardo
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* ObviousRulePatch: During the backstory for the [=GELFs=] in ''Better Than Life'', it's mentioned that each sport had specific athletes created for each sport, with even further specialised players for various positions in team sports. Scotland fielded a goalkeeper in the 2222 football world cup who was a large oblong of flesh whose dimensions were the exact same as the goal, making it impossible to score against them. Hilariously, they [[EpicFail somehow failed to progress to the second round of the tournament]]. The rules of the tournament had to be changed after this to allow limitations on what could be allowed.
30th Jul '16 5:32:09 AM foxley
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* BeastlyBloodsports: In ''Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', the Ganymede Mafia run giant snail fights. TheGamblingAddict Macintyre claims there's nothing more thrilling than watching one snail take three hours to score a hit, and its opponent retreat into its shell for the rest of the day.
14th Jul '16 11:24:43 AM morenohijazo
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* RewindGag: At the end of the novel ''Better Than Life'', Lister finds himself in an alternate universe where time runs backward. Initially it's played more for drama than gags, both because Lister has no idea what's going on at first and because [[spoiler:Lister had just ''died'', and his comrades stuck him in the backwards universe so he would undie and recover from the other traumas the novel had inflicted]], but the sequel, ''Backwards'' develops the comedic possibilities more.
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.
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