History Literature / TheDiamondAge

4th Jan '16 9:57:43 AM poi99
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* TuringTest: Used by Nell in one point, using poetry to determine if her interlocutor was human or not.

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* TuringTest: TuringTest:
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Used by Nell in one point, the protagonist, using poetry to determine if her the interlocutor was human or not.not. [[AuthorTract Which she does.]] [[TakeThat Easily.]]
** The [[{{Holodeck}} ractives]] are a much subtler example. It's explained that the ractive market vastly prefers scenarios where the non-user characters are played by other people rather than AIs, so much so that AI actors are now extremely rare. The implication is that even in this technologically advanced future, it's still quite easy to tell a human from an AI, and the ractives are essentially one big, unintentional Turing Test, one that the AIs consistently fail.
8th Nov '15 2:37:24 PM Shedemei
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* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child. She is also raped twice by the Fists, but [[spoiler:there is a plot reason for that. The Fists pass Drummer nanosites to her through their bodily fluids that, when examined, reveal that Hackworth is the Architect of the Seed and enable Nell to design counternanosites.

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* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child. She is also raped twice by the Fists, but [[spoiler:there is a plot reason for that. The Fists pass Drummer nanosites to her through their bodily fluids that, when examined, reveal that Hackworth is the Architect of the Seed and enable Nell to design counternanosites.counternanosites]].
8th Nov '15 2:35:37 PM Shedemei
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* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child. She is also raped twice by the Fists, but [[spoiler:there is a plot reason for that; the Fists pass nanomachines to her through their bodily fluids that she uses later; see the [[ScrewDestiny Screw Destiny]] entry]].
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:Nell kills the nanomachines in Miranda's blood, stopping the ritual that will create the Seed, but kill Miranda.]] The result of this is left uncertain.

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* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child. She is also raped twice by the Fists, but [[spoiler:there is a plot reason for that; the that. The Fists pass nanomachines Drummer nanosites to her through their bodily fluids that, when examined, reveal that she uses later; see Hackworth is the [[ScrewDestiny Screw Destiny]] entry]].
Architect of the Seed and enable Nell to design counternanosites.
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:Nell kills the nanomachines nanites in Miranda's blood, stopping the ritual that will create the Seed, but kill Miranda.]] The result of this is left uncertain.
8th Nov '15 2:30:25 PM Shedemei
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* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child. She's rather outraged at some atrocity that had been committed to her body (twice) by Fists, after it's mentioned two paragraphs earlier that she's afraid that Fists will rape her.

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* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child. She's rather outraged at some atrocity that had been committed She is also raped twice by the Fists, but [[spoiler:there is a plot reason for that; the Fists pass nanomachines to her body (twice) by Fists, after it's mentioned two paragraphs earlier through their bodily fluids that she's afraid that Fists will rape her.she uses later; see the [[ScrewDestiny Screw Destiny]] entry]].
8th Nov '15 2:27:12 PM Shedemei
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** There is a long, heavily detailed description of an orgy centered around an attractive young woman. The orgy ends in the woman dying by the nanomachines passed into her overheating, cooking her alive, and her remains being consumed by the crowd.

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** There is a long, heavily detailed description of an orgy centered around an attractive young woman. The orgy ends in the woman dying by the nanomachines passed into her overheating, cooking burning her alive, and her remains ashes being made into a drink to be consumed by the crowd.
16th Jul '15 2:12:29 PM poi99
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* PlanetOfHats: Earth has become one. Stereotypes are not only common, but socially enforced in a cultural cold war.

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* PlanetOfHats: Earth has become one.Each of the phyles is this, albeit on a comparatively smaller and subcultural scale. Stereotypes are not only common, but socially enforced in a cultural cold war.
6th Jul '15 8:44:48 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** One character expresses disbelief that anything as complex as ''woven fabric'' could possibly be made by anything other than specially engineered nanobots.



* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child, and then, well... She's rather outraged at some atrocity that had been committed to her body (twice) by Fists, after it's ''mentioned two paragraphs earlier that she's afraid that Fists will rape her''.
*** FridgeBrilliance: The oblique language and veiled references to Nell's abuse and rape at the hands of her captors are a nod to the way such scenes were handled in actual Victorian literature.
** Followed by [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Nell]] [[spoiler:manufacturing a nanomachine chainsword and killing the hell out of every Fist she comes across during her escape.]]
** Even so, this is surprisingly tame in its application; Nell's above rampage is implied to be a survival tactic as much as anything else, and saying "she was raped twice" goes into as much detail as the text does. The word "rape" doesn't even appear until several scenes later.

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* RapeAsDrama: Nell is abused by one of her mother's boyfriends, is almost raped once more as a child, and then, well... child. She's rather outraged at some atrocity that had been committed to her body (twice) by Fists, after it's ''mentioned mentioned two paragraphs earlier that she's afraid that Fists will rape her''.
*** FridgeBrilliance: The oblique language and veiled references to Nell's abuse and rape at the hands of her captors are a nod to the way such scenes were handled in actual Victorian literature.
** Followed by [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Nell]] [[spoiler:manufacturing a nanomachine chainsword and killing the hell out of every Fist she comes across during her escape.]]
** Even so, this is surprisingly tame in its application; Nell's above rampage is implied to be a survival tactic as much as anything else, and saying "she was raped twice" goes into as much detail as the text does. The word "rape" doesn't even appear until several scenes later.
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* TheUnpronounceable: Invoked explicitly with Dr. X. His real name never appears in the book, we are just told that its unpronounceable to most Westerners.

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* TheUnpronounceable: Invoked explicitly with Dr. X. His real name never appears in the book, we book. We are just told that its unpronounceable to most Westerners.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Judge Fang?
** It's implied he disappeared into the Middle Kingdom, but we can't be certain.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Judge Fang?
** It's
Fang is implied he disappeared into the Middle Kingdom, but we can't be certain.
6th Jul '15 8:42:34 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The former example [[spoiler: borders on ParentalIncest, though it's more complicated than that.]]
6th Jul '15 8:41:46 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: At one point Nell concludes that [[spoiler: Murder is the best defense.]]
* FanDisservice: There is a long, heavily detailed description of an orgy centered around an attractive young woman. The orgy ends in the woman dying by the nanomachines passed into her overheating, cooking her alive, and her remains being consumed by the crowd.
** Nell is captured by The Fist and held naked in a cupboard while they abuse her physically: see RapeAsDrama below.

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* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: At one point Nell concludes that [[spoiler: Murder is the best defense.]]
* FanDisservice:
FanDisservice:
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There is a long, heavily detailed description of an orgy centered around an attractive young woman. The orgy ends in the woman dying by the nanomachines passed into her overheating, cooking her alive, and her remains being consumed by the crowd.
** Nell is captured by The Fist and held naked in a cupboard while they abuse her physically: see RapeAsDrama below.physically.
6th Jul '15 8:40:47 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** [[spoiler: Though to be fair, it wasn't like Judge Fang was deliberately sentencing him to a sex cult. The actual punishment from Judge Fang was one stroke of the cane and the encryption key to the Illustrated Primer so that it could be used for orphaned baby girls in the Celestial Kingdom. The problem was that since Hackworth couldn't provide that many encryption keys, Fang sent him to his new-found idol Dr. X to provide service in lieu of imprisonment. Everyone including the neo-Victorians thought that Dr. X would take Hackworth to the Celestial Kingdom to do engineering work, it's just that Dr. X had something completely different in mind...]]
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