History Mohs / OneBigLie

19th Nov '17 7:27:06 PM WillKeaton
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* Isaac Asimov's Literature/TheCavesOfSteel and other works involving ThreeLawsCompliant robots use artificial consciousness (a "positronic" brain made of an iridium alloy) alongside much simpler (and in some cases, now outmoded) technologies. Although artificial consciousness may someday be achieved, a mass-produced and highly portable one that is economically more viable than human labor ''or'' simpler electronic automation is not very plausible. Again, since the stories are concerned more with the psychological and sociological consequences of robotics than with the technical aspects, the stories do not particularly suffer for this One Big Lie.

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* Isaac Asimov's Literature/TheCavesOfSteel ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' and other works involving ThreeLawsCompliant robots use artificial consciousness (a "positronic" brain made of an iridium alloy) alongside much simpler (and in some cases, now outmoded) technologies. Although artificial consciousness may someday be achieved, a mass-produced and highly portable one that is economically more viable than human labor ''or'' simpler electronic automation is not very plausible. Again, since the stories are concerned more with the psychological and sociological consequences of robotics than with the technical aspects, the stories do not particularly suffer for this One Big Lie.
18th Nov '17 4:58:44 PM WillKeaton
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** Energy weapons - particle[[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_%28particle%29 Tau particles]], which indeed demonstrate a penetrating ability at petaelectronvolt energy levels[[/note]] accelerator the size of an assault rifle and backpack-mounted WaveMotionGun that can rip apart matter on the quark level[[note]]its namesake, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluon gluon]], is an elementary particle that mediates the strong nuclear force between quarks, thus being essential to the existence of the atomic nucleus by allowing the formation of hadron particles like protons and neutrons[[/note]], both powered by an ultracompact fission reactor that can somehow utilize depleted uranium as fuel.

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** Energy weapons - particle[[note]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau_%28particle%29 Tau particles]], which indeed demonstrate a penetrating ability at petaelectronvolt energy levels[[/note]] accelerator the size of an assault rifle and backpack-mounted WaveMotionGun that can rip apart matter on the quark level[[note]]its level,[[note]]its namesake, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluon gluon]], is an elementary particle that mediates the strong nuclear force between quarks, thus being essential to the existence of the atomic nucleus by allowing the formation of hadron particles like protons and neutrons[[/note]], neutrons[[/note]] both powered by an ultracompact fission reactor that can somehow utilize depleted uranium as fuel.
28th Aug '17 9:38:57 AM CosmicFerret
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* VideoGame/FrontMission operates on the same principle as ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'', but most of the time the [[MiniMecha Wanzers]] are portrayed as so inhuman, they seem like a glorified WalkingTank ([[SubvertedTrope which don't have to walk]] - they could easily be [[SpiderTank quadrupeds]], HoverTank torsos, or even plain tank treads). The mecha seems mostly to justify the game mechanic of SubsystemDamage on a comprehensible level. ''Gun Hazard'' and other spinoffs treat the [[AMechByAnyOtherName Wanzers]] as more floaty and have wackier science like an extremely wide SpaceElevator, but this is one of the few series that treat reality better than MetalGear.

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* VideoGame/FrontMission operates on the same principle as ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'', but most of the time the [[MiniMecha Wanzers]] are portrayed as so inhuman, they seem like a glorified WalkingTank ([[SubvertedTrope which don't have to walk]] - they could easily be [[SpiderTank quadrupeds]], HoverTank torsos, or even plain tank treads). The mecha seems mostly to justify the game mechanic of SubsystemDamage on a comprehensible level. ''Gun Hazard'' and other spinoffs treat the [[AMechByAnyOtherName Wanzers]] as more floaty and have wackier science like an extremely wide SpaceElevator, but this is one of the few series that treat reality better than MetalGear.
VideoGame/MetalGear.
8th Jul '17 3:01:41 PM AirofMystery
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* ''Film/Inception'' posits what would happen if humans could use technology to construct, control and enter each others' dreams. The entire plot comes from that sole technology, although TheRules of dream-traveling are mostly RuleOfSymbolism.

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* ''Film/Inception'' ''Film/{{Inception}}'' posits what would happen if humans could use technology to construct, control and enter each others' dreams. The entire plot comes from that sole technology, although TheRules of dream-traveling are mostly RuleOfSymbolism.
8th Jul '17 3:01:19 PM AirofMystery
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* ''Film/Inception'' posits what would happen if humans could use technology to construct, control and enter each others' dreams. The entire plot comes from that sole technology, although TheRules of dream-traveling are mostly RuleOfSymbolism.
1st Jun '17 2:09:54 AM ezzetabi
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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': The Big Lies are gravity/inertia control and [[spoiler: PsychicPowers]].

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* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': The Big Lies are gravity/inertia control control, faster than light radio communications (not travel), and [[spoiler: PsychicPowers]].
11th May '17 3:11:27 PM Monolaf317
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'''Mohs/OneBigLie:''' The author invents one (or, at most, a very few) counterfactual physical laws and writes a story that explores the implications of these principles.

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'''Mohs/OneBigLie:''' The author invents one (or, at most, a very few) counterfactual physical laws and writes a story that explores the implications of these principles.
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Back to Main/MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.

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8th Apr '17 8:27:12 PM JBK405
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* The ''Film/IronMan'' movies use the Big Lie of the miniaturized Arc Reactor, a palm-sized power source that, in the words of the first movie, can "power [a] heart for fifty lifetimes... or something bigger for fifteen minutes." You can also consider the PoweredArmor that the Arc Reactor powers as the Big Lie instead, as its capabilities are beyond what's possible in real life and this is the technology that the movies explore the consequences of - namely, that every military in the world wants one and every arms dealer wants to sell one. Or you could consider the repulsors to be the Big Lie. The whole thing is softened considerably in the context of the other Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse movies, though, as they imply that the reactor is based on a Mohs/ScienceInGenreOnly alien artifact.
30th Mar '17 5:31:13 PM supergod
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* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' uses only one real physics assumption, and that is the Epstein Drive: an extremely fuel-efficient and powerful engine that allows ''relatively'' prompt travel throughout the solar system, so that trips take days or weeks instead of months. That is, until [[spoiler: the alien protomolecule gets discovered, which is something that warps time and space, generates stable wormholes, and does other awful, ''awful'' things to the laws of physics.]]

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* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' uses only one real physics assumption, and that is the Epstein Drive: an extremely fuel-efficient and powerful engine that allows ''relatively'' prompt travel throughout the solar system, so that trips take days or weeks instead of months. That is, until [[spoiler: the alien protomolecule gets discovered, which is something that warps time and space, generates stable wormholes, and does other awful, ''awful'' things to that go beyond the laws of physics.]]
30th Mar '17 2:39:57 PM Zaptech
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* ''Literature/TheExpanse'' uses only one real physics assumption, and that is the Epstein Drive: an extremely fuel-efficient and powerful engine that allows ''relatively'' prompt travel throughout the solar system, so that trips take days or weeks instead of months. That is, until [[spoiler: the alien protomolecule gets discovered, which is something that warps time and space, generates stable wormholes, and does other awful, ''awful'' things to the laws of physics.]]
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