History Literature / TheSleeperAwakes

7th Aug '16 4:47:18 PM Fireblood
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* BolivianArmyEnding: One interpretation of the ending. Several of Ostrog's planes full of armed police have landed, and only plane capable of destroying the others, carrying Graham, has crashed. On the other hand, Graham's plane is out of control but still functional, so he might have managed to pull out. And only a few of Ostrog's planes made it, meaning the troops he managed to land would have been outnumbered at LEAST twenty to one.

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* BolivianArmyEnding: One interpretation of the ending. Several of Ostrog's planes full of armed police have landed, and the only plane capable of destroying the others, carrying Graham, has crashed. On the other hand, Graham's plane is out of control but still functional, so he might have managed to pull out. And only a few of Ostrog's planes made it, meaning the troops he managed to land would have been outnumbered at LEAST twenty to one.



The revived slave trade, meanwhile, comes from a heavily warped version of the Salvation Army, bought out by Graham's trust and turned into the Department of Labour, the defacto owner and master of the world's poor.

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The revived slave trade, meanwhile, comes from a heavily warped version of the Salvation Army, bought out by Graham's trust and turned into the Department of Labour, the defacto ''de facto'' owner and master of the world's poor.



* MessianicArchetype: Graham, who gets chapter-long conversation filled with religious imagery. He is, after all, lord of the world and has risen again as the saviour of his people. He's also portrayed as something of a King Arthur figure, another classic messianic character. Graham, for his part, tries to puncture this idea, claiming he won't bring a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenialism millenium]]".
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: After the revolution London is still tense, and discontent with Ostrog's rule bubbles under the surface, but it remains peaceful. Then Ostrog announces that thousands of military police and torturers are being flown in to police London. A few hours later, London is in uproar and Ostrog has been forced out. In Wells's own words "The thesis is that he is a man of enormous knowledge and capacity. But he bungles his situations incredibly.

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* MessianicArchetype: Graham, who gets chapter-long conversation filled with religious imagery. He is, after all, lord of the world and has risen again as the saviour savior of his people. He's also portrayed as something of a King Arthur figure, another classic messianic character. Graham, for his part, tries to puncture this idea, claiming he won't bring a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millenialism millenium]]".
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: After the revolution London is still tense, and discontent with Ostrog's rule bubbles under the surface, but it remains peaceful. Then Ostrog announces that thousands of military police and torturers are being flown in to police London. A few hours later, London is in uproar and Ostrog has been forced out. In Wells's own words "The thesis is that he is a man of enormous knowledge and capacity. But he bungles his situations incredibly.incredibly".



* RammingAlwaysWorks: Aeroplanes ramming other aeroplanes. [[ScienceMarchesOn Yeah...]]

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* RammingAlwaysWorks: Aeroplanes Airplanes ramming other aeroplanes.airplanes. [[ScienceMarchesOn Yeah...]]



* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: "Euthanasy". Played with, to an extent -- Euthanasia is kept expensive so that only the rich can have it; the poor have to stay in servitude.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: The book subverts this idea -- although the future society has a huge slave class, Graham realises that the slaves are weak and lack muscle. Their role is simply to supervise the machinery.

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* WeWillHaveEuthanasiaInTheFuture: "Euthanasy". Played with, {{Played with}}, to an extent -- Euthanasia euthanasia is kept expensive so that only the rich can have it; the poor have to stay in servitude.
* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: The book subverts this idea -- although the future society has a huge slave class, Graham realises realizes that the slaves are weak and lack muscle. Their role is simply to supervise the machinery.
10th Jun '16 12:30:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* RealitySubtext: Vicars and bishops are revealed to be polygamous - at the time the book was written, the Church of England Synod was debating whether ministers should be allowed to marry at all.



* ScienceMarchesOn: The first draft of the book was published in 1899, and portrays a future where all aeroplanes are catapult launched and no aeroplane has ever fought another in the air before. By the time it was republished in 1924, Wells had to add a footnote to the chapter explaining "These chapters were written 15 years before there was any fighting in the air" and his preface apologises "The air fighting reads queerly now".
29th May '14 2:59:28 PM TheLyniezian
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* EternalSexualFreedom: Hinted at - as a proper Victorian gentleman, Graham wants no part.

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* EternalSexualFreedom: FreeLoveFuture: Hinted at - as a proper Victorian gentleman, Graham wants no part.
3rd Apr '14 10:16:03 AM QuinnMallory
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* BolivianArmyEnding: One interpretation of the ending. Several of Ostrog's planes full of armed police have landed, and only plane capable of destroying the others, carrying Graham, has crashed.

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* BolivianArmyEnding: One interpretation of the ending. Several of Ostrog's planes full of armed police have landed, and only plane capable of destroying the others, carrying Graham, has crashed. On the other hand, Graham's plane is out of control but still functional, so he might have managed to pull out. And only a few of Ostrog's planes made it, meaning the troops he managed to land would have been outnumbered at LEAST twenty to one.



* TheHeroDies: Well, the story slams to a halt when Graham's plane crashes.

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* TheHeroDies: Well, the story slams to a halt when Graham's plane crashes.probably crashes (the plane was out of control but still functional, and it's possible he managed to pull out).
3rd Apr '14 9:08:13 AM TheGreatSkrond
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* FullCircleRevolution: As far as Graham is concerned, since Ostrog's policies toward the poor are perhaps worse and certainly no better than those of the White Council. From Ostrog's point of view, it's more of a MeetTheNewBoss.
20th Feb '14 3:52:56 PM m8e
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Not one of Creator/HGWells's best known works, ''The Sleeper Awakes'' (originally published as ''When The Sleeper Wakes'') has nevertheless [[PrintLongRunners survived in print to the present day]], and remains one of his classic science-fiction pieces. Creator/GeorgeOrwell claimed it explicitly as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and it went on to (very) loosely inspire the WoodyAllen comedy ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''.

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Not one of Creator/HGWells's best known works, ''The Sleeper Awakes'' (originally published as ''When The Sleeper Wakes'') has nevertheless [[PrintLongRunners survived in print to the present day]], and remains one of his classic science-fiction pieces. Creator/GeorgeOrwell claimed it explicitly as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and it went on to (very) loosely inspire the WoodyAllen Creator/WoodyAllen comedy ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''.
22nd Feb '13 10:17:11 PM randomeyes
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* TheHeroDies: Well, the story slams to a halt when Graham's plane crashes.



* TheHeroDies: Well, the story slams to a halt when Graham's plane crashes.

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* TheHeroDies: Well, VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: Possibly based on the story slams of Peter Thellusson, who died in 1797 and whose will stipulated that the bulk of his money (£600,000, quite a sizable fortune back then) be held in trust for his eldest surviving great-grandson -- to a halt be inherited only when Graham's plane crashes.all his sons and grandsons had died. This caused a sensation, as it was estimated that it could be easily 70 years before the as-yet-unborn child came into his money, and by then the legacy might amount to as much as £140,000,000 -- an unimaginably vast sum in the 18th century. As a result, in 1800 a law was passed forbidding money left in a will to be tied up for longer than 20 years after the death of the testator.
30th Jan '13 9:42:30 PM Xtifr
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* {{Arcology}}: The structures that stand where the cities used to be appear to be the earliest description of what would eventually be labelled arcologies.
14th Jan '13 10:34:51 PM PaulA
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Not one of [[HGWells H G Wells's]] best known works, ''The Sleeper Awakes'' (originally published as ''When The Sleeper Wakes'') has nevertheless [[PrintLongRunners survived in print to the present day]], and remains one of his classic science-fiction pieces. Creator/GeorgeOrwell claimed it explicitly as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and it went on to (very) loosely inspire the WoodyAllen comedy ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''.

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Not one of [[HGWells H G Wells's]] Creator/HGWells's best known works, ''The Sleeper Awakes'' (originally published as ''When The Sleeper Wakes'') has nevertheless [[PrintLongRunners survived in print to the present day]], and remains one of his classic science-fiction pieces. Creator/GeorgeOrwell claimed it explicitly as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', and it went on to (very) loosely inspire the WoodyAllen comedy ''Film/{{Sleeper}}''.
23rd Jul '12 7:08:21 AM SchrodingersDuck
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* DilatingDoor: Possibly the UrExample - in the futuristic society, doors are segments of seemingly solid walls that can nevertheless be rolled up like curtains.
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