History Literature / Sphere

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.]]
10th May '17 1:10:24 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 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, 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.]]
10th May '17 1:08:32 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]]. 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]].happen]] [[note]]Not exactly, he says they ''will'' crash, but without calling their travel through the black hole an "unknown 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.]]
5th May '17 4:36:28 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ArcWords: "We are all tired".
5th May '17 4:04:29 PM TinMan
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* ClosedCircle: A typhoon makes it impossible to leave the underwater enviroment for a week.

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* ClosedCircle: A typhoon makes it impossible to leave the underwater enviroment environment for a week.week.
* CompositeCharacter: In the novel, the Habitat is staffed by four female Navy sailors, who get picked off one by one as the story progresses. For the movie, they were amalgamated into Queen Latifah's Fletcher character, [[spoiler:who is the first to die to a flock of jellyfish.]]
* CrypticConversation: Subverted. When Norman enters the sphere, the voice inside at first explain the Power to him via riddles only for Norman, who is exhausted, to ask for a plain and simple explanation, which he is promptly given.


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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the novel, when Norman enters the Sphere, a voice explains the Power to him and it's left ambiguous as to whether it was the Sphere speaking to him or his own consciousness. Or both.
2nd Apr '17 6:43:10 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* RiddleForTheAges: The characters speculate but the origins, capabilities, and purpose of the Sphere are never discovered. Harry doesn't think the effects it has on them are even deliberate.
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