History Literature / TunnelInTheSky

8th Jan '16 1:20:02 PM Exxolon
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''Tunnel in the Sky'' is a 1955 juvenile SciFi novel written by Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
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''Tunnel '''''Tunnel in the Sky'' Sky''''' is a 1955 juvenile SciFi novel written by Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
7th Jan '16 8:50:43 AM ShorinBJ
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** Subverted by Matson during the final inspection. Students are expected to be prepared for any reasonable survival circumstances, in particular not bringing [[ExposedToTheElements cold weather gear]] is an automatic failure despite Matson knowing they wouldn't need it. A few students go overboard and bring pressurized [[HazmatSuit space suits]] and Matson fails them as well: the test is a ''test'', not a DeathTrap, and students wouldn't be thrown at vacuum or toxic environments without being informed. * DeadGuyJunior: Jimmy's son [[spoiler: is named after Grant.]]
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** Subverted by Matson during the final inspection. Students are expected to be prepared for any reasonable survival circumstances, in particular not bringing [[ExposedToTheElements cold weather gear]] is an automatic failure despite Matson knowing they wouldn't need it. A few students go overboard and bring pressurized [[HazmatSuit space suits]] and Matson fails them as well: well, both for stupidity: the test is a ''test'', not a DeathTrap, and students wouldn't be thrown at vacuum or toxic environments without being informed. * DeadGuyJunior: Jimmy's son [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is named after Grant.]]

* EarthAllAlong: Subverted. When the recall never comes, Rod conjectures that the students are actually on Earth, and part of the test is figuring out that fact and making their way to safety. This is not actually the case.
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* EarthAllAlong: Subverted. When the recall never comes, Rod conjectures that the students are actually on Earth, and part of the test is figuring out that fact and making their way to safety. This is not actually the case.case, as proven when Jack shows him a constellation that doesn't resemble anything seen from Earth.

* JustAKid: [[spoiler: When the rescue finally comes, the adults treat the surviving students like they're still children, ignoring that they survived an alien world and formed a civilized, self-governed, and thriving colony there]]. * KillerRabbit: [[spoiler: Dopy joes are rabbit-sized carnivores with an over-sized head that are slow and clumsy. Except during the dry season when swarms of them become the planet's apex predator. An army of dopy joes chases all other animals, including the massive "lions", to the shores of a dead sea were they must feast well, given the millions of bones]].
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* JustAKid: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When the rescue finally comes, the adults treat the surviving students like they're still children, ignoring that they survived an alien world and formed a civilized, self-governed, and thriving colony there]]. there]]. On getting home, Rod finds his father expects to resume raising him, despite the fact that he's been functioning as an adult for three years and is nearly 21. * KillerRabbit: [[spoiler: Dopy [[spoiler:Dopy joes are rabbit-sized carnivores with an over-sized head that are slow and clumsy. Except during the dry season when swarms of them become the planet's apex predator. An army of dopy joes chases all other animals, including the massive "lions", to the shores of a dead sea were they must feast well, given the millions of bones]].

* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Matson's rant on humanity's unpredictable and aggressive nature mentions that "it goes double for the female". * NamingYourColonyWorld: Early on, Rod watches colonists depart for new New Canaan. [[spoiler: The world they were stranded on was dubbed Tangaroa after a Polynesian goddess]].
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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Matson's rant speech on humanity's unpredictable and aggressive nature mentions that "it goes double for the female". * NamingYourColonyWorld: Early on, Rod watches colonists depart for new New Canaan. [[spoiler: The world they were stranded on was dubbed named Tangaroa after a Polynesian goddess]].goddess, although they don't find this out until contact with Earth is reestablished, and they never got around to naming it themselves.

* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfVelocity: Rod and Jack notice a new star and conclude that they've just witnessed a nova. [[spoiler: At the book's end, it's revealed a nova is what interfered with the recall. It's implied that they saw the nova that prevented them from returning home when realistically it would be many, ''many'' years before one world saw the effects of a nova, least of all ''both''. One possible explanation is that the nova affected the space around the planet, it flat out stated that the wormholes are delicate at best, with many variables that all have to be just right. If looked at like this, the reason the cut off happened when they saw the nova is because it altered local space.]] * SocietyMarchesOn: Zigzagged. On the one hand, women make up their own (separate) military units and make up half the survival-course students in the story; on the other, sexual mores are such that a bunch of teenagers, isolated from their parents and all forms of authority, take precious time out from the business of survival to stage their own ''marriage ceremonies'' before daring to fool around. When Rod gets home, his parents' attitude is that of people who fully expect him to let them pick his friends for him. When his military sister opts to get married, it's taken for granted that she ''has'' to leave the corps.
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* SciFiWritersHave/NoSenseOfVelocity: Rod and Jack notice a new star and conclude that they've just witnessed a nova. [[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At the book's end, it's revealed a nova is what interfered with the recall. It's implied that they saw the nova that prevented them from returning home when realistically it would be many, ''many'' years before one world saw the effects of a nova, least of all ''both''. One possible explanation is that the ''effect'' of the nova affected reached the space around the planet, planet at the same time the light from it did, and it flat out stated that the wormholes portals are delicate at best, with many variables that all have to be just right. If looked at like this, the reason the cut off happened when they saw the nova is because it altered local space.]] * SocietyMarchesOn: Zigzagged. On the one hand, women make up their own (separate) military units and make up half the survival-course students in the story; on the other, sexual mores are such that a bunch of teenagers, isolated from their parents and all forms of authority, take precious time out from the business of survival to stage their own ''marriage ceremonies'' before daring to fool around. When Rod gets home, his parents' attitude is that of people who fully expect him to let them pick his friends for him. When his military sister opts to get married, she leaves the corps, though it's taken for granted that unknown whether she ''has'' was required to leave (even in 1958, married women were permitted to serve in the corps.US military, albeit in noncombat roles).

** Against the ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. The selfish, aggressive, students are effectively the savage kids from ''Flies'' and they only manage to get themselves killed. Meanwhile the cooperative ones are willing to help each other out and manage to build a functioning society. ** During the mayoral election a number of items are chosen to serve as anonymous ballots: pebbles, twigs, and leaves. Waxie, running on his "scientific breeding" platform needs an item to serve as his ballot. Jimmy offers a solution: the fragmented shards of a failed clay pot. Which he announces to the colony as "I'll get chunks of it and the crackpots are votes for Waxie".
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** Against the ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. The selfish, aggressive, aggressive students are effectively the savage kids from ''Flies'' and they only manage the leader manages to get themselves killed.himself killed, while the others come crawling back asking to be let in. Meanwhile the cooperative ones are willing to help each other out and manage to build a functioning society. ** During the mayoral election a number of items are chosen to serve as anonymous ballots: pebbles, twigs, and leaves. Waxie, running on his "scientific breeding" platform needs an item to serve as his ballot. Jimmy offers a solution: the fragmented shards of a failed clay pot. Which he announces to the colony as "I'll get chunks of it and all the crackpots are votes for Waxie".Waxie."

* TrainingAccident: The test was only supposed to be a week and a half. Early after the recall fails to appear, they consider if its meant to be late and the test is secretly longer. Eventually, it becomes obvious that the recall isn't coming and they're stranded. * TribalFacePaint: [[spoiler: A news crew arrives at the colony after contact with Earth is reestablished. Rod catches one of them spraying paint on his face as part of their "civilized kids brought to savagery" story]].
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* TrainingAccident: The test was only supposed to be a week and a half. Early after the recall fails to appear, they consider if its the possibility it's meant to be late and the test is secretly longer. Eventually, it becomes obvious that the recall isn't coming and they're stranded. * TribalFacePaint: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A highly unethical news crew arrives at the colony after contact with Earth is reestablished. Rod catches one of them spraying paint on his face as part of their "civilized kids brought to savagery" story]].

* WhatAnIdiot: Jimmy asks if Rod was born stupid or studies it when he learns that Rod can't tell Jack is a girl. Rod accidently brought the subject up, by making a number of rapid-fire comments referring to Jack as "he" and "boy". [[invoked]]
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* WhatAnIdiot: Jimmy asks if Rod was born stupid or studies it when he learns that Rod can't tell Jack is a girl. Rod accidently accidentally brought the subject up, by making a number of rapid-fire comments referring to Jack as "he" and "boy". [[invoked]]
7th Jan '16 8:26:51 AM ShorinBJ
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Rod Walker is a high school student taking an elective survival course, a requirement for anybody with ambitions in exploring other worlds. The final exam consists of being teleported to an alien world to survive there for up to a week and a half, a dangerous test but one expected to be overcome by the students. He prepares himself by following the advise of his famous survival teacher and his mercenary sister, and takes only knives and light gear for the test. Rod arrives on the planet and spends a few rough days wandering around, uncertain of what may be lurking around him, when he's jumped by another student and left unarmored and half naked. Rod manages to survive as a savage until he gets the jump on another student, Jack. After the hostile meeting and an awkward meal, they agree to team up together. And shortly after, Jack explains that their recall never came. Realizing that something has gone wrong, they decide they need to find other stranded students and band together to survive, perhaps for the rest of their lives, on the unfamiliar world.
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Rod Walker is a high school student taking an elective survival course, a requirement for anybody with ambitions in exploring other worlds. The final exam consists of being teleported to an alien world to survive there for up to a week and a half, a dangerous test but one expected to be overcome by the students. He prepares himself by following the advise advice of his famous survival teacher and his mercenary tough military sister, and takes only knives and light gear for the test. test (on the grounds that a gun would make him overconfident). Rod arrives on the planet and spends a few rough days wandering around, uncertain of what may be lurking around him, when he's jumped by another student and left unarmored and half naked. stripped of all his gear except for one knife concealed in a bandage. Rod manages to survive as a savage savage, and assumes he missed the recall while out of his head with a fever, until he gets the jump on another student, Jack. After the hostile meeting and an awkward meal, they agree to team up together. And shortly after, Jack explains that their recall never came. Realizing that something has gone wrong, they decide they need to find other stranded students and band together to survive, perhaps possibly for the rest of their lives, on the unfamiliar world.
14th Nov '15 11:50:34 AM Sharlee
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* SocietyMarchesOn:
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* SocietyMarchesOn:SocietyMarchesOn: Zigzagged. On the one hand, women make up their own (separate) military units and make up half the survival-course students in the story; on the other, sexual mores are such that a bunch of teenagers, isolated from their parents and all forms of authority, take precious time out from the business of survival to stage their own ''marriage ceremonies'' before daring to fool around. When Rod gets home, his parents' attitude is that of people who fully expect him to let them pick his friends for him. When his military sister opts to get married, it's taken for granted that she ''has'' to leave the corps.
14th Nov '15 11:47:19 AM Sharlee
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28th May '15 10:28:54 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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* SpiritualAntithesis: ''Tunnel in the Sky'' was written in response to Creator/WilliamGolding's ''LordOfTheFlies''. Heinlein disagreed with the viewpoint that savagery and barbarianism were humanity's natural impulse in the absence of civilization. Ironically, Golding had written ''Flies'' for a similar rebuttal: having disagreed with ''Literature/TheCoralIsland'', were stranded young white men are living peacefully until native savages threatened them.
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* SpiritualAntithesis: ''Tunnel in the Sky'' was written in response to Creator/WilliamGolding's ''LordOfTheFlies''.''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. Heinlein disagreed with the viewpoint that savagery and barbarianism were humanity's natural impulse in the absence of civilization. Ironically, Golding had written ''Flies'' for a similar rebuttal: having disagreed with ''Literature/TheCoralIsland'', were stranded young white men are living peacefully until native savages threatened them.
24th Mar '15 11:00:27 AM Azaram
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* BladeOnAStick: Literally, Rod makes the colony's first spear by lashing Colonel Bowie to a wooden shaft. In light of the [[spoiler: dopy joe invasion]], all of the other colonists follow suit.
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* BladeOnAStick: Literally, Rod makes the colony's first spear by lashing [[ICallItVera Colonel Bowie Bowie]] to a wooden shaft. In light of the [[spoiler: dopy joe invasion]], all of the other colonists follow suit.
29th Jan '15 12:02:48 AM Sullivan
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** During the mayoral election a number of items are chosen to serve as anonymous ballets: pebbles, twigs, and leaves. Waxie, running on his "scientific breeding" platform needs an item to serve as his ballet. Jimmy offers a solution: the fragmented shards of a failed clay pot. Which he announces to the colony as "I'll get chunks of it and the crackpots are votes for Waxie".
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** During the mayoral election a number of items are chosen to serve as anonymous ballets: ballots: pebbles, twigs, and leaves. Waxie, running on his "scientific breeding" platform needs an item to serve as his ballet.ballot. Jimmy offers a solution: the fragmented shards of a failed clay pot. Which he announces to the colony as "I'll get chunks of it and the crackpots are votes for Waxie".
28th Jul '14 12:39:01 PM f1shst1x
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* AccidentalDiscovery: Dr. Ramsbotham, inventor of the gates, was actually trying to build a time machine rather than a teleportation device. On his first successful test, he saw a jungle through the portal and, assuming he'd succeeded in reaching prehistoric times, armed himself and jumped through. He was immediately arrested for waving a firearm in a botanical garden.

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* EarthAllAlong: Subverted. When the recall never comes, Rod conjectures that the students are actually on Earth, and part of the test is figuring out that fact and making their way to safety. This is not actually the case.
23rd Jul '14 7:14:16 PM Naiant
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** Against the ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. The selfish, aggressive, students are effectively the savage kids from ''Flies'' and they only manage to get themselves killed. Meanwhile the cooperative ones are willing to help each other out manage to build a functioning society.
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** Against the ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''. The selfish, aggressive, students are effectively the savage kids from ''Flies'' and they only manage to get themselves killed. Meanwhile the cooperative ones are willing to help each other out and manage to build a functioning society.
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