History Main / RewritingReality

8th Jun '16 4:49:35 AM ChronoLegion
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* [[Webcomic/BasicInstructions Scott Meyer]]'s ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} Magic 2.0]]'' books are a tongue-in-cheek take on the idea that the whole of reality as we know it is nothing more than a complex computer program. Martin Banks is a hacker (who dislikes the term) who accidentally finds a strange file on a corporate server. He very quickly discovers that, by editing the file, he is literally RewritingReality. He learns how to teleport (by changing the geospatial coordinates in his entry in the file), time travel (by changing the time entry for himself in the file; but only to the past), and increase his bank account balance (which quickly earns him a visit from the US Treasury on suspicion of bank fraud). He writes an Android app for his phone to be able to do certain things without editing the file directly, including allowing his phone to be constantly charged by updating the phone's entry in the file to the same charge level every 10 seconds. The app also allows him to teleport, always stays connected no matter where (or when) he is by editing the phone's transmission area. When cornered by Treasury agents, he opts to flee to Medieval England, figuring he can pass himself off as a wizard. Once there, he finds out that he's not the first to find the file and end up in that time period. All the other "wizards" are guys just like him (in fact, many got pinched for updating their bank accounts), who live in the 12th century England as wizards, using an open-source shell to, basically, write commands and macros that respond to certain gestures and words (since many Englishmen in that time period know at least some Latin, the wizards are forced to use a bastardized form of Esperanto). Another thing Martin learns is that nothing the wizards do in the past appears to have any effect on the future (a wizard named Jimmy begins to call himself Merlin and has the king rename London to "Camelot" among other things). It's later revealed that there are many other "communes" of time travelers throughout the world and history. The largest one is {{Atlantis}}, a LadyLand built and ruled by sorceresses (since most other time periods [[BurnTheWitch are not kind to female magic users]]). Medieval England is the second largest.

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* [[Webcomic/BasicInstructions Scott Meyer]]'s ''[[Literature/{{Magic20}} Magic 2.0]]'' books are a tongue-in-cheek take on the idea that the whole of reality as we know it is nothing more than a complex computer program. Martin Banks is a hacker (who dislikes the term) who accidentally finds a strange file on a corporate server. He very quickly discovers that, by editing the file, he is literally RewritingReality. He learns how to teleport (by changing the geospatial coordinates in his entry in the file), time travel (by changing the time entry for himself in the file; but only to the past), and increase his bank account balance (which quickly earns him a visit from the US Treasury on suspicion of bank fraud). He writes an Android app for his phone to be able to do certain things without editing the file directly, including allowing his phone to be constantly charged by updating the phone's entry in the file to the same charge level every 10 seconds. The app also allows him to teleport, always stays connected no matter where (or when) he is by editing the phone's transmission area. When cornered by Treasury agents, he opts to flee to Medieval England, figuring he can pass himself off as a wizard. Once there, he finds out that he's not the first to find the file and end up in that time period. All the other "wizards" are guys just like him (in fact, many got pinched for updating their bank accounts), who live in the 12th century England as wizards, using an open-source shell to, basically, write commands and macros that respond to certain gestures and words (since many Englishmen in that time period know at least some Latin, the wizards are forced to use a bastardized form of Esperanto). Another thing Martin learns is that nothing the wizards do in the past appears to have any effect on the future (a wizard named Jimmy begins to call himself Merlin and has the king rename London to "Camelot" among other things). It's later revealed that there are many other "communes" of time travelers throughout the world and history. The largest one is {{Atlantis}}, a LadyLand built and ruled by sorceresses (since most other time periods [[BurnTheWitch are not kind to female magic users]]). Medieval England is the second largest.largest, with Ancient China and ArabianNightsDays tied for the third place.
7th Jun '16 11:30:46 PM Aiguille
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* The action in ''AlanWake'' starts picking up when the titular author starts finding pages from a book he can't remember writing and the pages start coming true. [[spoiler:Turns out the lake with the cabin Alan was vacationing in has the power to make works of art made there come true; he suffered a week's worth of amnesia while writing the pages under the influence of an EldritchAbomination. Said abomination was trying to get Alan to free it, but he realized what was happening and wrote his escape into his manuscript.]]

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The action in ''AlanWake'' starts picking up when the titular author starts finding pages from a book he can't remember writing and the pages start coming true. [[spoiler:Turns out the lake with the cabin Alan was vacationing in has the power to make works of art made there come true; he suffered a week's worth of amnesia while writing the pages under the influence of an EldritchAbomination. Said abomination was trying to get Alan to free it, but he realized what was happening and wrote his escape into his manuscript.]]]]
** This is an {{Implied}} power of ''Alan Wake's'' FakeBand [[Music/PoetsOfTheFall Old Gods of Asgard]], as their songs always presciently advise the hero on how to defeat the EldritchAbomination with note-perfect timing. Their "[[https://youtu.be/GLxb7m0j5Jg?list=PLjACqN5i5sDUo3MfGtqogz7P3u5JUm3c- The Poet and the Muse]]," goes into detail about how their contemporary, the Poet Tom, {{Invoked}} these powers to resurrect his Muse, but the Abomination who granted them {{Exploited}} this in turn, to incarnate itself in her body.
28th Apr '16 8:06:44 AM molokai198
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* ''Literature/WingsOfFire'': Darkstalker transferred all of his animus power into a scroll to prevent the power from [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity making him go insane]]. As a result, his scroll has this ability.
12th Apr '16 4:37:28 AM darksoul4242
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* Rohan Kishibe from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a [[FightingSpirit stand]], Heaven's Door, that can turn people into human books and rewrite them. While he usually uses it to manipulate memories and control a person's actions, it has also, to shown the ability to control what happens to them.

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* Rohan Kishibe from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a [[FightingSpirit stand]], Heaven's Door, that can turn people into human books and rewrite them. While he usually uses it to manipulate memories and control a person's actions, it has also, to also shown the ability to control what happens to them.
5th Apr '16 5:29:11 PM DragonLizardProductions
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* The Narrator in ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheSkullKing'' tends to do this every so often, ether to simply things or to prevent the world at large from blindly following the title character simply because he can talk to the Narrator.
4th Feb '16 3:31:37 PM margdean56
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* The Creator/AnthonyBoucher story "We Print the Truth" features a newspaper editor who is granted a wish -- and wishes for the eponymous motto of his paper to be literally true. He finds out just ''how'' literal when things like a misprinted age turn real. {{Hilarity Ensues}}... until he finally realizes that this must stop and invokes something on the order of the Epimenides Paradox to do so.

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* The Creator/AnthonyBoucher Anthony Boucher story "We Print the Truth" features a newspaper editor who is granted a wish -- and wishes for the eponymous motto of his paper to be literally true. He finds out just ''how'' literal when things like a misprinted age turn real. {{Hilarity Ensues}}... until he finally realizes that this must stop and invokes something on the order of the Epimenides Paradox to do so.
4th Feb '16 3:30:43 PM margdean56
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* The Creator/AnthonyBoucher story "We Print the Truth" features a newspaper editor who is granted a wish -- and wishes for the eponymous motto of his paper to be literally true. He finds out just ''how'' literal when things like a misprinted age turn real. {{Hilarity Ensue}}s... until he finally realizes that this must stop.

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* The Creator/AnthonyBoucher story "We Print the Truth" features a newspaper editor who is granted a wish -- and wishes for the eponymous motto of his paper to be literally true. He finds out just ''how'' literal when things like a misprinted age turn real. {{Hilarity Ensue}}s... Ensues}}... until he finally realizes that this must stop.stop and invokes something on the order of the Epimenides Paradox to do so.
4th Feb '16 3:29:19 PM margdean56
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* ''The Wall and the Wing'' has the scientist's pen that when written with adjust reality, but in an unusual way. When the thief that stole it from the scientist writes (not knowing it's powers) "I will be a rich man when pigs fly," he becomes the worlds richest man and humans start flying.
* Ulises Silva's ''Solstice'' tells of Scribes, people who have the magical ability to change reality with the written word. Anything they write happens, up to and including forging new objects out of thin air, as long as any changes made ''seem'' to conform to the laws of reality- you can write a gun into being under the seat of the car (because you can find it as if its always been there or left there by someone else earlier), but you cannot write the same gun as just appearing in your hands (because guns can't do that)- the Scribes' magic seems to work based on the idea that while, for them, Life imitates Art, the Art they're making still imitates Life.

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* ''The Wall and the Wing'' has the scientist's pen that that, when written with adjust with, adjusts reality, but in an unusual way. When the thief that stole it from the scientist writes (not knowing it's its powers) "I will be a rich man when pigs fly," he becomes the worlds world's richest man and humans start flying.
* Ulises Silva's ''Solstice'' tells of Scribes, people who have the magical ability to change reality with the written word. Anything they write happens, up to and including forging new objects out of thin air, as long as any changes made ''seem'' to conform to the laws of reality- you reality--you can write a gun into being under the seat of the car (because you can find it as if its it's always been there or was left there by someone else earlier), but you cannot write the same gun as just appearing in your hands (because guns can't do that)- the that). The Scribes' magic seems to work based on the idea that while, for them, Life imitates Art, the Art they're making still imitates Life.


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* The Creator/AnthonyBoucher story "We Print the Truth" features a newspaper editor who is granted a wish -- and wishes for the eponymous motto of his paper to be literally true. He finds out just ''how'' literal when things like a misprinted age turn real. {{Hilarity Ensue}}s... until he finally realizes that this must stop.
16th Jan '16 7:33:52 PM jormis29
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* One of the latter Mike Wieringo issues of ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' had God, who resembled JackKirby, re-draw reality. Ben Grimm literally gets his rockiness drawn onto him to "compress his sub-plot". Writing shows up when God gets a call giving Him several ideas. When questioned, He states it was His "Collaborator. [[Creator/StanLee 'Nuff said.]]"

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* One of the latter Mike Wieringo issues of ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' had God, who resembled JackKirby, Creator/JackKirby, re-draw reality. Ben Grimm literally gets his rockiness drawn onto him to "compress his sub-plot". Writing shows up when God gets a call giving Him several ideas. When questioned, He states it was His "Collaborator. [[Creator/StanLee 'Nuff said.]]"
16th Jan '16 6:19:48 PM nombretomado
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* One of the latter Mike Wieringo issues of ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' had God, who resembled JackKirby, re-draw reality. Ben Grimm literally gets his rockiness drawn onto him to "compress his sub-plot". Writing shows up when God gets a call giving Him several ideas. When questioned, He states it was His "Collaborator. [[StanLee 'Nuff said.]]"

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* One of the latter Mike Wieringo issues of ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' had God, who resembled JackKirby, re-draw reality. Ben Grimm literally gets his rockiness drawn onto him to "compress his sub-plot". Writing shows up when God gets a call giving Him several ideas. When questioned, He states it was His "Collaborator. [[StanLee [[Creator/StanLee 'Nuff said.]]"
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