History Literature / Sphere

19th Oct '17 5:46:23 PM Eagal
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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Norman is phlegmatic, Beth is choleric, Harry is melancholic, and Ted is sanguine.

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* %%* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Norman is phlegmatic, Beth is choleric, Harry is melancholic, and Ted is sanguine.
19th Oct '17 5:45:36 PM Eagal
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* [[TheBlackDudeDiesFirst The Black Dudette Dies First]]: Played straight then averted. [[spoiler: Queen Latifah's dispatcher is the first character to die, but Harry, the lone black character other than her, lives to the end.]]

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* [[TheBlackDudeDiesFirst The Black Dudette Dies First]]: Played straight then averted. BlackDudeDiesFirst: [[spoiler: Queen Latifah's dispatcher dispatcher]] is the first character to die, but Harry, the lone black character other than her, lives to the end.]]die.
19th Oct '17 5:43:36 PM Eagal
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The film was a box office flop. It earned 37 million in the U.S and underperformed elsewhere, failing to even cover its budget. It ranked 58th for the year. Fans of Crichton noted many differences with the source novel, including the character's histories and personalities, while critics dismissed the rushed-production appearance and derivative plot; similarities were noted with ''ForbiddenPlanet'', certain episodes of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
14th Oct '17 3:11:02 PM eroock
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* FloatingHeadSyndrome: The film poster is an example.
1st Oct '17 10:12:38 PM ADrago
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* AliensInCardiff: Contact with an alien artifact (and the human ship that is so advanced that was initially believed to be alien) smack in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean. This Trope is discussed extensively on the book as part of the "Project ULF" briefing, and explained that 1) alien intelligences have to be assumed to be so alien that they may not care to land on a major city, 2) alien biologies are so different from humanity that they would go to a place that fits ''them'' better (which is then argued that Earth is covered with oceans so extensively that it makes more statistical sense for first contact to occur on water) and 3) [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs assuming that aliens will do something like, say, land on Washington D.C. because it's what aliens do on movies, is just using a very erroneous (and maybe even dangerous) basis for planning.]]

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* AliensInCardiff: Contact with an alien artifact (and the human ship that is so advanced that was initially believed to be alien) smack in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean. This Trope is discussed extensively on the book as part of the "Project ULF" briefing, and explained that 1) alien intelligences have to be assumed to be so alien that they may not care to land on a major city, 2) alien biologies are so different from humanity that they would go to a place that fits ''them'' better (which is then argued that Earth is covered with oceans so extensively that it makes more statistical sense for first contact to occur on water) and 3) [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs [[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs assuming that aliens will do something like, say, land on Washington D.C. because it's what aliens do on movies, is just using a very erroneous (and maybe even dangerous) basis for planning.]]



* 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.-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).

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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 ([[JustForFun/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.-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).
11th Aug '17 9:48:28 PM marcoasalazarm
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* AliensInCardiff: Contact with an alien artifact (and the human ship that is so advanced that was initially believed to be alien) smack in the middle of the Caribbean Ocean. This Trope is discussed extensively on the book as part of the "Project ULF" briefing, and explained that 1) alien intelligences have to be assumed to be so alien that they may not care to land on a major city, 2) alien biologies are so different from humanity that they would go to a place that fits ''them'' better (which is then argued that Earth is covered with oceans so extensively that it makes more statistical sense for first contact to occur on water) and 3) [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs assuming that aliens will do something like, say, land on Washington D.C. because it's what aliens do on movies, is just using a very erroneous (and maybe even dangerous) basis for planning.]]
11th Aug '17 9:29:29 PM marcoasalazarm
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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.

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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. [[spoiler:And she nearly gets them all killed when, in the middle of her HeroicBSOD at the very end, she thinks of killing herself and her subconscious arms the explosives, and she also fights against Norman as he tries to get everybody out.]]
1st Jul '17 8:59:23 PM marcoasalazarm
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** Norman Johnson in the novel to Norman Goodman in the film.
26th May '17 2:40:12 AM TinMan
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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Defied. Norman specifically included having a psychologist on the ULF team to avoid the dangerous consequences of this trope. It comes back to bite him in the ass when the Navy selects him to be said psychologist.
10th May '17 1:22:32 PM fgenzo159
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* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Harry believes that he and his colleagues are doomed to die because the crashed spaceship's computer logs indicate exactly when and why it crashed, but also that it was an unknown anomaly. Thus, Harry argues, if they make it back to the surface and report what they've learned, the ship [[TemporalParadox won't crash because the mistake in the "future" will never happen]] [[note]]Not exactly, he says they ''will'' crash, but without calling their travel through the black hole an "unknown entry event"[[/note]]. Since it still crashed, they must all have died in the "past." [[spoiler: In the end, they TakeAThirdOption by choosing to use the Sphere's power to erase their memories of what happened, keeping themselves alive while preserving the integrity of the timeline.]]

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* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Harry believes that he and his colleagues are doomed to die because the crashed spaceship's computer logs indicate exactly when and why it crashed, but also that it was an unknown anomaly. Thus, Harry argues, if they make it back to the surface and report what they've learned, the ship [[TemporalParadox won't crash because the mistake in the "future" will never happen]] [[note]]Not exactly, [[note]]In the movie, he says they ''will'' crash, but without calling their travel through the black hole an "unknown entry event"[[/note]]. Since it still crashed, they must all have died in the "past." [[spoiler: In the end, they TakeAThirdOption by choosing to use the Sphere's power to erase their memories of what happened, keeping themselves alive while preserving the integrity of the timeline.]]
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