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25th Oct '16 7:13:57 PM PaulA
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* Subverted in the Creator/CliveCussler novel ''Sahara.'' Finding a Confederate Ironclad that made its way across the ocean only to end up in a dried-up spot in the desert, Pitt, Giordino and historian Perlmutter discover [[spoiler: the corpse of Abraham Lincoln. Perlmutter explains what he found from a secret diary: The Confederates captured Lincoln and planned to use him to force decent surrender terms but things went badly as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (wanting power for himself) kept it quiet and faked the assassination of a double.]] Pitt wants the truth to come out with Perlmutter warning him that it's better the world not know as [[spoiler: it will destroy Lincoln's standing as a martyr.]] Pitt lampshades how the line is used by "arrogant politicans to keep their self-interests" and the American people are a lot stronger than Perlmutter and people in Washington think. As it turns out, Pitt is right as [[spoiler: the American public revere Lincoln more than ever once the truth of his fate is known.]]

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* Subverted in the Creator/CliveCussler novel ''Sahara.'' ''Literature/{{Sahara}}''. Finding a Confederate Ironclad that made its way across the ocean only to end up in a dried-up spot in the desert, Pitt, Giordino and historian Perlmutter discover [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the corpse of Abraham Lincoln. Perlmutter explains what he found from a secret diary: The Confederates captured Lincoln and planned to use him to force decent surrender terms but things went badly as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (wanting power for himself) kept it quiet and faked the assassination of a double.]] double]]. Pitt wants the truth to come out with Perlmutter warning him that it's better the world not know as [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it will destroy Lincoln's standing as a martyr.]] martyr]]. Pitt lampshades how the line is used by "arrogant politicans to keep their self-interests" and the American people are a lot stronger than Perlmutter and people in Washington think. As it turns out, Pitt is right as [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the American public revere Lincoln more than ever once the truth of his fate is known.]]
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25th Oct '16 6:53:01 PM nombretomado
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* Actual real lightsabers, in the [=YouTube=] series ''WebVideo/ThreeInTheAfternoon'', and its sequel ''Six In The Morning''. As Travis warns Jonathan and Corey, if they are spread throughout the world, people (especially children) cutting each other in half will become a regular occurrence, and much of the story is spent trying to stop renegade Lucasfilm execs from ruining civilization for a buck. [[spoiler:After they seemingly succeed, GeorgeLucas of course begins mass-marketing them anyway]].

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* Actual real lightsabers, in the [=YouTube=] series ''WebVideo/ThreeInTheAfternoon'', and its sequel ''Six In The Morning''. As Travis warns Jonathan and Corey, if they are spread throughout the world, people (especially children) cutting each other in half will become a regular occurrence, and much of the story is spent trying to stop renegade Lucasfilm execs from ruining civilization for a buck. [[spoiler:After they seemingly succeed, GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas of course begins mass-marketing them anyway]].
12th Oct '16 1:47:27 AM PaulA
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* Becomes a major plot point in the MyTeacherIsAnAlien series. A vast alliance of aliens is terrified of earth because we are advancing quickly enough to soon discover interstellar travel, but still primitive enough to engage in war, meaning that when we learn the existence of the other races there could be trouble. Some aliens want to destroy us, some want to ignore us in the hope that we'll destroy ourselves, some want to sabotage our advance into space, and some want to take over the planet. In the end, the human Secret Keepers convince them to [[TakeAThirdOption take a fifth option]] by sending alien teachers in disguise to peacefully guide humanity away from our savage behavior, so that someday we will ''be'' ready.

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* Becomes a major plot point in the MyTeacherIsAnAlien ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series. A vast alliance of aliens is terrified of earth because we are advancing quickly enough to soon discover interstellar travel, but still primitive enough to engage in war, meaning that when we learn the existence of the other races there could be trouble. Some aliens want to destroy us, some want to ignore us in the hope that we'll destroy ourselves, some want to sabotage our advance into space, and some want to take over the planet. In the end, the human Secret Keepers convince them to [[TakeAThirdOption take a fifth option]] by sending alien teachers in disguise to peacefully guide humanity away from our savage behavior, so that someday we will ''be'' ready.
27th Sep '16 6:02:52 AM Omeganian
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* This is the main premise of a short story called "The Sack", about an alien creature found on an asteroid, who can answer lots of questions on all kind of topics. As the creature remarks to a human guarding him, it knows that the humanity isn't ready for the answers, and that it's likely to wreak havoc (it's quite noticeable by the end - both researchers and politicians are asking The Sack instead of thinking, and in the latter case, it's ScryVsScry). However, it's the only thing that gives it some pleasure in his loneliness ([[LastOfHisKind the rest of his race]] has been destroyed by meteoroids). Fortunately, [[spoiler:at the end of the story, The Sack is kidnapped by a group of criminals, and once these fall victim to GoldFever, the alien is LostForever]]

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* This is the main premise of a short story called "The Sack", "Literature/TheSack", about an alien creature found on an asteroid, who can answer lots of questions on all kind of topics. As the creature remarks to a human guarding him, it knows that the humanity isn't ready for the answers, and that it's likely to wreak havoc (it's quite noticeable by the end - both researchers and politicians are asking The Sack instead of thinking, and in the latter case, it's ScryVsScry). However, it's the only thing that gives it some pleasure in his loneliness ([[LastOfHisKind after ([[LastOfItsKind the rest of his its race]] has been destroyed by meteoroids). Fortunately, [[spoiler:at the end of the story, The Sack is kidnapped by a group of criminals, and once these fall victim to GoldFever, the alien is LostForever]]
14th Sep '16 8:35:02 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Speaker for the Dead]]'' the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause laws of Starways Congress about contact between the new alien life]] reflect this trope. Ostensibly the laws were passed to "preserve the natural culture of the Pequeniños" but it's later realized that the laws are actually there so humans can stay on top of the technological race between species. So that when the Piggies actually can build a starship, and colonize other planets, they'll find that humans have already been there, done that. This is not entirely unjustified: in the sequels, when the Pequeniños ''do'' gain access to a FasterThanLight starship, there is [[ScaryDogmaticAliens a significant faction]] that wants to use it to travel to settled human worlds and infect them with ThePlague, which is necessary to Pequeniño biology but unfailingly lethal to all forms of life not native to their planet.
* In "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire", SherlockHolmes makes [[NoodleIncident brief mention]] of a case which involved "the [[RodentsOfUnusualSize Giant Rat]] of Sumatra", and adds the world isn't ready for that story. Attempting to thwart this trope, numerous later authors have written fan-fic about the Rat.

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''[[Literature/EndersGame Speaker for the Dead]]'' ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'' the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause laws of Starways Congress about contact between the new alien life]] reflect this trope. Ostensibly the laws were passed to "preserve the natural culture of the Pequeniños" but it's later realized that the laws are actually there so humans can stay on top of the technological race between species. So that when the Piggies actually can build a starship, and colonize other planets, they'll find that humans have already been there, done that. This is not entirely unjustified: in the sequels, when the Pequeniños ''do'' gain access to a FasterThanLight starship, there is [[ScaryDogmaticAliens a significant faction]] that wants to use it to travel to settled human worlds and infect them with ThePlague, which is necessary to Pequeniño biology but unfailingly lethal to all forms of life not native to their planet.
* In "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire", SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes makes [[NoodleIncident brief mention]] of a case which involved "the [[RodentsOfUnusualSize Giant Rat]] of Sumatra", and adds the world isn't ready for that story. Attempting to thwart this trope, numerous later authors have written fan-fic about the Rat.
5th Sep '16 9:34:40 AM nombretomado
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* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ms. Yutani]] and her henchmen at the end of [[AlienVsPredator Requiem]], on the Predator gun they salvaged; "The world isn't ready for this technology. But it isn't ''for'' this world, is it, Ms. Yutani?"

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* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ms. Yutani]] and her henchmen at the end of [[AlienVsPredator [[VideoGame/AliensVsPredator Requiem]], on the Predator gun they salvaged; "The world isn't ready for this technology. But it isn't ''for'' this world, is it, Ms. Yutani?"
24th Aug '16 12:25:24 PM Gamermaster
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** ''{{Manga/UQHolder}}'' shows that Negi succeeded.

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** ''{{Manga/UQHolder}}'' ''Manga/UQHolder'' shows that Negi succeeded.
23rd Aug '16 9:48:20 PM MikeW
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* Subverted in the Creator/CliveCussler novel ''Sahara.'' Finding a Confederate Ironclad that made its way across the ocean only to end up in a dried-up spot in the desert, Pitt, Giordino and historian Perlmutter discover [[spoiler: the corpse of Abraham Lincoln. Perlmutter explains what he found from a secret diary: The Confederates captured Lincoln and planned to use him to force decent surrender terms but things went badly as Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (wanting power for himself) kept it quiet and faked the assassination of a double.]] Pitt wants the truth to come out with Perlmutter warning him that it's better the world not know as [[spoiler: it will destroy Lincoln's standing as a martyr.]] Pitt lampshades how the line is used by "arrogant politicans to keep their self-interests" and the American people are a lot stronger than Perlmutter and people in Washington think. As it turns out, Pitt is right as [[spoiler: the American public revere Lincoln more than ever once the truth of his fate is known.]]
7th Jul '16 7:28:22 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TooLikeTheLightning'': Bridger has the ability to make inanimate objects real. ''Any'' inanimate objects. The adults of Bridger's bash' keep Bridger and what they can do very, very secret. Part of this is because Bridger is still a child, but they also want to map out their ability as much as possible before revealing it to the world. Not only is it exceptionally dangerous (there's nothing preventing Bridger from taking a vial that says "world-ending plague" and making it real), but they know people won't believe it even if they see it with their own eyes.
17th Jun '16 12:57:42 AM Doug86
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* Major plot point of ''AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' as Hank tries to introduce 19th-Century technology and democracy into the medieval era. It works for a time but only when he's there to teach them. The moment he has to leave the country for a family emergency, everything falls to pieces leading to a full blown war.

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* Major plot point of ''AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'' as Hank tries to introduce 19th-Century technology and democracy into the medieval era. It works for a time but only when he's there to teach them. The moment he has to leave the country for a family emergency, everything falls to pieces leading to a full blown war.
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