History ParanoiaFuel / Literature

7th Apr '18 5:30:03 PM Malady
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* {{Mistborn}}: The [[spoiler: kandra. They can be hired by anyone, are bound by contract to do their job, and can take on the form of anyone dead. So your family members could be killed and have their bodies eaten and imitated by kandra and you wouldn't even know it. Kandra are also great actors, and people being impersonated are often tortured before they're killed to learn information about them and prevent BluffTheImposter. Also, in the later books, Ruin. He can hear anything spoken and see anything written down unless it's written on metal. He can also change anything written down if not written on metal, is a master manipulator, and, if he can get a hemalurgic spike into you, he can manipulate you with voices in your head and change your basic urges and instincts. He is everywhere. And what's his goal through his manipulation? To cause the end of the world. *shudder*]]

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* {{Mistborn}}: Literature/{{Mistborn}}: The [[spoiler: kandra. They can be hired by anyone, are bound by contract to do their job, and can take on the form of anyone dead. So your family members could be killed and have their bodies eaten and imitated by kandra and you wouldn't even know it. Kandra are also great actors, and people being impersonated are often tortured before they're killed to learn information about them and prevent BluffTheImposter. Also, in the later books, Ruin. He can hear anything spoken and see anything written down unless it's written on metal. He can also change anything written down if not written on metal, is a master manipulator, and, if he can get a hemalurgic spike into you, he can manipulate you with voices in your head and change your basic urges and instincts. He is everywhere. And what's his goal through his manipulation? To cause the end of the world. *shudder*]]
10th Mar '18 1:34:17 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' by David Wong. What if they've taken someone you know, or ''used'' to know? Maybe they're around you right now. [[spoiler:Maybe they're ''you''.]]

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* ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' by David Wong. What if they've taken someone you know, or ''used'' to know? Maybe they're around you right now. [[spoiler:Maybe they're ''you''.]]
11th Jan '18 1:47:58 AM jormis29
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* ''The Watertower'' by Gary Crew. It's a Australian childrens picture book about a kid who dares his friend to go into an old creepy water tower. The layout, the imagery and the atmosphere makes it far more unsettling than any childrens book has a right to be. By the end, we never find out what happened in the tower, only that something was in there. Something that can possibly infect people.

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* ''The Watertower'' ''Literature/TheWatertower'' by Gary Crew. It's a Australian childrens picture book about a kid who dares his friend to go into an old creepy water tower. The layout, the imagery and the atmosphere makes it far more unsettling than any childrens book has a right to be. By the end, we never find out what happened in the tower, only that something was in there. Something that can possibly infect people.
9th Jan '18 7:51:05 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/TwentySixSixtySix'': The Parts about Amalfitano, Fate, and The Murders run completely on this. Hundreds of women are being brutally murdered, the killer could be anyone, and ''the police and mayor's office are likely in on it.''
1st Jan '18 11:06:27 AM nombretomado
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* Kurt Vonnegut's ''HarrisonBergeron''. The premise is that it takes place in a CrapsackWorld where TheGovernment creates total equality - by preventing anyone from being better at anything than anyone else. And the agency dealing with this is [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans fully permitted to use]] '''[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans lethal force]]''' [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans if anyone tries to remove their handicapping measures]]. TheMovie is even worse: intelligent people have to pay "mind whores" to play chess and have intelligent conversation, and it turns out the smart people are all really running the world. The short story, however, was intended as a parody of the world that many anti-civil-rights and anti-politically-correct folks claimed would be created if some measure of equality was required by the government, not as a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''-esque piece against the stifling of individuality. [[WordOfGod Word Of Author]] on record suggests that this is the more reasonable interpretation. [[http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/may/05/vonnegut_lawyers_could Mr Vonnegut has weighed on on this one]].

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* Kurt Vonnegut's ''HarrisonBergeron''.''Literature/HarrisonBergeron''. The premise is that it takes place in a CrapsackWorld where TheGovernment creates total equality - by preventing anyone from being better at anything than anyone else. And the agency dealing with this is [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans fully permitted to use]] '''[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans lethal force]]''' [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans if anyone tries to remove their handicapping measures]]. TheMovie is even worse: intelligent people have to pay "mind whores" to play chess and have intelligent conversation, and it turns out the smart people are all really running the world. The short story, however, was intended as a parody of the world that many anti-civil-rights and anti-politically-correct folks claimed would be created if some measure of equality was required by the government, not as a ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''-esque piece against the stifling of individuality. [[WordOfGod Word Of Author]] on record suggests that this is the more reasonable interpretation. [[http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/may/05/vonnegut_lawyers_could Mr Vonnegut has weighed on on this one]].
26th Dec '17 7:50:13 AM WillBGood
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----> 1. They are rare.
----> 2. They are real.
----> 3. They begin with innocuous, everyday symptoms...

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----> 1. ## They are rare.
----> 2. ## They are real.
----> 3. ## They begin with innocuous, everyday symptoms...
26th Dec '17 7:48:34 AM WillBGood
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** And then there's Quitters Inc. It delivers the deliciously warped aesop of "Be healthy or we'll kill you."
*** An elaboration on this short story: Richard Morrison signs up for the titular organization, which prides itself on its pragmatism. Their method of getting people to quit smoking is very simple: they put all of their clients under twenty-four hour surveillance, with an agent constantly with them. No, ''constantly.'' Over time, the time is eventually lessened, and after the first year or so, the surveillance becomes completely random--but it could happen at any moment. And if company catches you smoking, they will trap your loved ones in a room wired to deliver powerful electric shocks to whoever is in it, and ''make you watch as they electrocute them.'' And that's just what happens on the first slip-up--if you continue to smoke, the company's agents will keep up the electrocutions while also adding vicious beatings to the punishments. Morrison is understandably terrified, but on the first night of his treatment, his desire for a cigarette grows so strong that he moves into his private study, a room with no windows and one door, to try to sneak a smoke. He's all alone, it's the middle of the night, and he's about to light up--when he ''hears something moving in the closet.'' Sweet dreams.

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** And then there's Quitters Inc. "Quitters, Inc." It delivers the deliciously warped aesop of "Be healthy or we'll kill you."
*** An elaboration on this short story: Richard Morrison signs up for the titular organization, which prides itself on its pragmatism. Their method of getting people to quit smoking is very simple: they put all of their clients under twenty-four hour surveillance, with an agent constantly with them. No, ''constantly.'' Over time, the time is eventually lessened, and after the first year or so, the surveillance becomes completely random--but it could happen at any moment. And if company catches you smoking, they will trap your loved ones in a room wired to deliver powerful electric shocks to whoever is in it, and ''make you watch as they electrocute them.'' And that's just what happens on the first slip-up--if you continue to smoke, the company's agents will keep up the electrocutions while also adding vicious beatings to the punishments. Morrison is understandably terrified, but on the first night of his treatment, his desire for a cigarette grows so strong slip-up. It's implied that he moves into his private study, a room with no windows and one door, they're willing to try to sneak follow a smoke. He's all alone, it's client quite possibly for the middle rest of the night, and he's about to light up--when he ''hears something moving in the closet.'' Sweet dreams.their lives.
9th Sep '17 11:47:58 PM jormis29
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* Creator/ChinaMieville's anthology ''Looking for Jake'' is a whole series of paranoia fueling ideas, which deal with the world being off only slightly.

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* Creator/ChinaMieville's anthology ''Looking for Jake'' ''Literature/LookingForJake'' is a whole series of paranoia fueling ideas, which deal with the world being off only slightly.
29th Aug '17 9:44:20 PM TroperNo9001
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** Although fortunately, they only live in tropical regions. So if you live up north, you're probably fine.

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** *** Although fortunately, they only live in tropical regions. So if you live up north, you're probably fine.
28th Dec '16 9:46:11 PM Xtifr
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* TheLaundrySeries. Case Nightmare Green. In just a few years a host of [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]] are going to break into our reality and eat our brains. The government knows very well what's coming, and ''they can't do anything about it.'' And neither can ''you.''

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* TheLaundrySeries.''Literature/TheLaundryFiles''. Case Nightmare Green. In just a few years a host of [[EldritchAbomination eldritch abominations]] are going to break into our reality and eat our brains. The government knows very well what's coming, and ''they can't do anything about it.'' And neither can ''you.''
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