History Literature / Sphere

20th Jun '16 1:23:45 AM marcoasalazarm
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* OceanPunk: The whole book occurs on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, an important part of the Project ULF report was the LampshadeHanging that people assume ([[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs because of pop culture]]) that aliens that visit will automatically aim for someplace on land ([[WashingtonDCInvasion like Washington D.C.]], [[AliensInCardiff if not elsewhere]]) when the ocean-vs.-water disposition on Earth makes it more possible that they will land on water (and may be even more suited to live ''on'' water) and there are many mentions in passing about how the conditions of the extreme depth are demanding to both human and machine (and even to something as simple as cooking).

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* OceanPunk: The whole book occurs on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, an important part of the Project ULF report was the LampshadeHanging that people assume ([[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs because of pop culture]]) that aliens that visit will automatically aim for someplace on land ([[WashingtonDCInvasion like Washington D.C.]], [[AliensInCardiff if not elsewhere]]) when the ocean-vs.-water -land disposition on Earth makes it more possible that they will land on water (and may be even more suited to live ''on'' water) and there are many mentions in passing about how the conditions of the extreme depth are demanding to both human and machine (and even to something as simple as cooking).
3rd May '16 2:58:47 PM foxley
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* NotOfThisEarth: A sample of the hull of a supposed alien ship is analyzed and found to be made of common elements, but they've been worked into a composite form that nobody yet knows how to duplicate.
1st May '16 11:05:49 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: InUniverse. The squids and jellyfish that appear around the Habitat are completely impossible, biology-wise (like ''all'' of them lacking reproductory organs). Turns out that they were made manifest from the fears of those who entered the sphere ([[spoiler:Harry because of his immense fear to ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', Norman because of a bad experience when he was a boy with a jellyfish.]]
23rd Apr '16 7:54:12 PM darthpaul
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* ''' Dr. Norman Goodman.''' (Hoffman). A psychologist.
* '''Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Halperin''' (Stone). A marine biologist.

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* ''' Dr. Norman Goodman.''' (Hoffman). Goodman''' (Hoffman) A psychologist.
* '''Dr. Elizabeth "Beth" Halperin''' ("Halpern" in the novel: see AdaptationNameChange) (Stone). A marine biologist.



* AmazonianBeauty: In the novel, Dr. Beth Halpern (sic) happens to be a very attractive weightlifter. One of the other characters described her as "Mother Nature with muscles."

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* AmazonianBeauty: In the novel, Dr. Beth Halpern (sic) happens to be a very attractive weightlifter. One of the other characters described her as "Mother Nature with muscles."
3rd Mar '16 11:10:43 PM TinMan
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* AloneWithThePsycho: Towards the end of the book, Beth begins to act more and more irrational. Norman attributes this to the stress of the squid attacks and the anxiety of waiting for rescue. It's only when she plants explosives around the spacecraft and the habitat that he realizes she's snapped [[spoiler:as a result of her entering the sphere]]. She accuses him of entering the sphere, trying to sedate and later asphyxiate him to prevent his fears from killing her, when in reality she's the nutty one.



* NeverFoundTheBody: Barnes and Fletcher. Barnes never returns from his fight with the giant squid and Fletcher disappears during another squid attack on the habitat. All they find of hers is a single shoe near a splatter blood.

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* LetThemDie: After entering the sphere and acquiring the Power, Norman decides to abandon Harry and Beth by taking the rescue sub to the surface without them. It's only when he realizes that he's manifesting his own worst fear, the fear that he doesn't actually give a fuck about anyone besides himself, that he turns back.
* NeverFoundTheBody: In the book, Barnes and Fletcher. Barnes never returns from his fight with the giant squid and Fletcher disappears during another squid attack on the habitat. All they find of hers is a single shoe near a splatter blood.blood splatter.
15th Feb '16 9:14:42 AM marcoasalazarm
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* OceanPunk: The whole book occurs on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, an important part of the Project ULF report was the LampshadeHanging that people assume ([[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs because of pop culture]]) that aliens that visit will automatically aim for someplace on land ([[WashingtonDCInvasion like Washington D.C.]], [[AliensInCardiff if not elsewhere]]) when the ocean-vs.-water disposition on Earth makes it more possible that they will land on water (and may be even more suited to live ''on'' water) and there are many mentions in passing about how the conditions of the extreme depth are demanding to both human and machine (and even to something as simple as cooking).
10th Feb '16 4:48:45 AM TinMan
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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: In the film, Barnes is killed when he gets bisected at the waist by an automatic door.


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* TookALevelInBadass: Norman does this over the course of the book. Becomes something a BrickJoke when, after earlier in the novel he feels in adequate next to military man Hal Barnes, Norman manages to cripple the giant squid by blowing off one of its tentacles while Barnes was unceremoniously killed offscreen by it.
10th Feb '16 4:28:02 AM TinMan
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* DirtyCoward: Averted with Tina Chan. Norman surmises that she abandoned Barnes during their fight with the giant squid, but he doesn't blame her one bit. One because it was [[{{Jerkass}} Barnes]] and two, because it was, you know, a ''giant squid''.


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* NeverFoundTheBody: Barnes and Fletcher. Barnes never returns from his fight with the giant squid and Fletcher disappears during another squid attack on the habitat. All they find of hers is a single shoe near a splatter blood.
6th Feb '16 10:37:29 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What is his real name?", asked by Barnes repeatedly ([[JerkassHasAPoint because even if belligerent and paranoid-sounding to the rest of the cast, he has a point in the fact that it's odd that the alien that has been without contact with other intelligent beings for hundreds of years wants to be referred to as "Jerry"]]), which for various reasons the rest of the cast respond to in a highly defensive fashion. ([[spoiler:the answer is eventually revealed (and the name is actually ''Harry'') but Barnes is having a nasty case of dead by the time it happens.]]

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What is his real name?", asked by Barnes repeatedly ([[JerkassHasAPoint because even if belligerent and paranoid-sounding to the rest of the cast, paranoid-sounding, he has a point in the fact that it's odd that the alien that has been without contact with other intelligent beings for hundreds of years wants to be referred to as "Jerry"]]), which for various reasons the rest of the cast respond to in a highly defensive fashion. ([[spoiler:the [[spoiler:The answer is eventually revealed (and the name is actually ''Harry'') but Barnes is having a nasty case of dead by the time it happens.]]
6th Feb '16 10:35:14 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What is his real name?", asked by Barnes repeatedly ([[JerkassHasAPoint because even if belligerent and paranoid-sounding to the rest of the cast, he has a point in the fact that it's odd that the alien that has been without contact with other intelligent beings for hundreds of years wants to be referred to as "Jerry"]], which for various reasons the rest of the cast respond to in a highly defensive fashion. ([[spoiler:the answer is eventually revealed (and the name is actually ''Harry'') but Barnes is having a nasty case of dead by the time it happens.]]

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What is his real name?", asked by Barnes repeatedly ([[JerkassHasAPoint because even if belligerent and paranoid-sounding to the rest of the cast, he has a point in the fact that it's odd that the alien that has been without contact with other intelligent beings for hundreds of years wants to be referred to as "Jerry"]], "Jerry"]]), which for various reasons the rest of the cast respond to in a highly defensive fashion. ([[spoiler:the answer is eventually revealed (and the name is actually ''Harry'') but Barnes is having a nasty case of dead by the time it happens.]]
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