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17th Aug '16 1:58:42 AM PaulA
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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Early on in the novel ''The Vor Game'', Miles is assigned to Kyril Island as the new Weather Officer. The officer he is replacing has been there so long that he has developed a "nose" for predicting the weather, especially the deadly wah-wahs, which is far more accurate than the available equipment. Miles is briefly terrified that everyone else will notice a sudden drop in the accuracy of reporting when he takes over, but soon has a major confrontation with the commanding officer and is transferred off the island. Presumably the poor patsy who replaces him will be no better at predicting the weather than Miles, but the island is mentioned just once more in a later novel, a decade later in book time, and it's implied that nothing has changed there.

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* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
''Literature/TheVorGame'':
** Early on in the novel ''The Vor Game'', novel, Miles is assigned to Kyril Island as the new Weather Officer. The officer he is replacing has been there so long that he has developed a "nose" for predicting the weather, especially the deadly wah-wahs, which is far more accurate than the available equipment. Miles is briefly terrified that everyone else will notice a sudden drop in the accuracy of reporting when he takes over, but soon has a major confrontation with the commanding officer and is transferred off the island. Presumably the poor patsy who replaces him will be no better at predicting the weather than Miles, but the island is mentioned just once more in a later novel, a decade later in book time, and it's implied that nothing has changed there.
3rd Aug '16 12:34:11 PM MrDeath
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* in ''Literature/{{Seveneves}}'', midway through the book JBF sends an expedition to Mars. They are never heard from or mentioned again.

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* in In ''Literature/{{Seveneves}}'', midway through the book JBF sends an expedition to Mars. They are never heard from or mentioned again.again, except a passing reference that it's assumed they all died.
13th Jun '16 12:24:19 AM Seanette
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** Some readers would also like to know who changed the court docket to interfere in the Wakecliff inheritance case and why.

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** Some readers would also like to know who changed the court docket to interfere in the Wakecliff inheritance case and why. Finding out which claimant won would also be of interest.
16th May '16 12:24:38 PM Doug86
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* OlderThanFeudalism: {{Homer}} did this in ''Literature/TheIliad''. He went to the trouble of describing the battle between Aeneas (mortal son of Aphrodite) and Achilles. The Gods saw that Aeneas was about to be killed, and, since he was such a good servant, decided that he didn't deserve to be killed, and took him away from the battle, declaring that he would be the future king of all Trojans yet to come. Homer never mentions him again, and even the other authors of the [[Literature/TheTrojanCycle lost epics]] only said that he either fled Troy after a bad omen or was captured and spared by the Achaeans. Later Greek authors said that he went to Italy. It took ''eight hundred years'' for [[Literature/TheAeneid Virgil]] to turn this into a BrickJoke. An [[StealthPun Epic]] BrickJoke, at that!

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* OlderThanFeudalism: {{Homer}} Creator/{{Homer}} did this in ''Literature/TheIliad''. He went to the trouble of describing the battle between Aeneas (mortal son of Aphrodite) and Achilles. The Gods saw that Aeneas was about to be killed, and, since he was such a good servant, decided that he didn't deserve to be killed, and took him away from the battle, declaring that he would be the future king of all Trojans yet to come. Homer never mentions him again, and even the other authors of the [[Literature/TheTrojanCycle lost epics]] only said that he either fled Troy after a bad omen or was captured and spared by the Achaeans. Later Greek authors said that he went to Italy. It took ''eight hundred years'' for [[Literature/TheAeneid Virgil]] to turn this into a BrickJoke. An [[StealthPun Epic]] BrickJoke, at that!



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BlackColossus", the princess is in command because her brother the king is being held captive and might be either ransomed or handed over to their enemies. While discussing what to do, the ''first'' point brought up is whether to enlarge the offer of ransom; only then do they discuss the attacking army, and that, partly because the captor won't take them seriously while they might be overrun. But they deal with the army, and the captive king is never even addressed again.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BlackColossus", the princess is in command because her brother the king is being held captive and might be either ransomed or handed over to their enemies. While discussing what to do, the ''first'' point brought up is whether to enlarge the offer of ransom; only then do they discuss the attacking army, and that, partly because the captor won't take them seriously while they might be overrun. But they deal with the army, and the captive king is never even addressed again.
27th Apr '16 9:57:33 AM furbearingbrick
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* At the end of the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' book Night Of The Living Dummy II, [[KillerDoll Slappy]] is given a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown by Dennis (the protagonist's old dummy) which results in Slappy's head getting cracked open, and a large white worm-like creature crawling out of it, then escaping through a crack in the wall. Seeing as Slappy is the franchise's most iconic and recurring antagonist, it seems a bit odd that this was never explained nor brought up again. Also one of the rare literary examples of a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere.
24th Feb '16 1:20:50 PM johnsmithxxi
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* In ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'', Faintly Macabre, King Azaz's aunt, is imprisoned for having once abused her position as [[ItMakesSenseInContext "Offical Which"]]. She tells Milo the history of the kingdom, noting that she would only be freed once the Princesses Rhyme and Reason were restored from exile. Yet, we never see Faintly Macabre again at the end celebrating the princess' return (nor the Whether Man either, for that matter). Hopefully, she was let out soon thereafter.
19th Dec '15 11:28:51 PM maxwellsilver
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* The sheer amount of detail in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books leads to a number of these, too. Harry pulls a cracker and out come, among other things, several live mice. But mice are not throw-aways like the other things in the cracker. Neither Harry nor anyone else is ever mentioned as keeping pet mice. Harry muses that Mrs. Norris got to them.

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* The sheer amount of detail in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books leads to a number of these, too. Harry pulls a cracker and out come, among other things, several live mice. But mice are not throw-aways throwaways like the other things in the cracker. Neither Harry nor anyone else is ever mentioned as keeping pet mice. Harry muses that Mrs. Norris got to them.



* In ''The Nightmare Factory'', Dan is scarred by a creature called a Septaurus and slowly begins to transform into one (basically a family-friendly version of FaceFullOfAlienWingWong ). Oran gives him a potion that suppresses this transformation, even though it tastes terrible. In the sequel, ''Rise of the Shadowmares'', there is no mention of this transformation whatsoever. There isn't even any mention of the potion, despite the fact that some of the time intervals Dan has to spend between drinking it would [[Main/MagicAIsMagicA canonically be long enough for him to start transforming again.]]
* ''Literature/PeterPan'': In Wendy's personal imaginary world, she owns a wolf pup abandoned by its parents. Naturally, when she gets to Neverland the wolf appears and becomes her constant companion--or so the narration claims, since it never gets mentioned again. Surprisingly, this detail was never referenced or expanded on in any adaptations, even though the [[LighterAndSofter Disney version]] could easily have turned the wolf into a cuddly WoodlandCreature and the DarkerAndEdgier 2003 live-action version could have thrown it into some fight scenes. (There was at least one set of illustrations (Trina Schart Hyman's) which didn't neglect the wolf and showed it hanging around at Wendy's feet in the "Home Under the Ground" scene.)

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* In ''The Nightmare Factory'', Dan is scarred by a creature called a Septaurus and slowly begins to transform into one (basically a family-friendly version of FaceFullOfAlienWingWong ). Oran gives him a potion that suppresses this transformation, even though it tastes terrible. In the sequel, ''Rise of the Shadowmares'', there is no mention of this transformation whatsoever. There isn't even any mention of the potion, despite the fact that some of the time intervals Dan has to spend between drinking it would [[Main/MagicAIsMagicA [[MagicAIsMagicA canonically be long enough for him to start transforming again.]]
* ''Literature/PeterPan'': In Wendy's personal imaginary world, she owns a wolf pup abandoned by its parents. Naturally, when she gets to Neverland the wolf appears and becomes her constant companion--or so the narration claims, since it never gets mentioned again. Surprisingly, this detail was never referenced or expanded on in any adaptations, even though the [[LighterAndSofter LighterAndSofter Disney version]] version could easily have turned the wolf into a cuddly WoodlandCreature and the DarkerAndEdgier 2003 live-action version could have thrown it into some fight scenes. (There was at least one set of illustrations (Trina Schart Hyman's) which didn't neglect the wolf and showed it hanging around at Wendy's feet in the "Home Under the Ground" scene.)
19th Dec '15 11:27:17 PM maxwellsilver
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* ''Literature/PeterPan'': In Wendy's personal imaginary world, she owns a wolf pup abandoned by its parents. Naturally, when she gets to Neverland the wolf appears and becomes her constant companion--or so the narration claims, since it never gets mentioned again. Surprisingly, this detail was never referenced or expanded on in any adaptations, even though the [[LighterAndSofter Disney version]] could easily have turned the wolf into a cuddly WoodlandCreature and the [[DarkerAndEdgier 2003 live-action version]] could have thrown it into some fight scenes. (There was at least one set of illustrations (Trina Schart Hyman's) which didn't neglect the wolf and showed it hanging around at Wendy's feet in the "Home Under the Ground" scene.)

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* ''Literature/PeterPan'': In Wendy's personal imaginary world, she owns a wolf pup abandoned by its parents. Naturally, when she gets to Neverland the wolf appears and becomes her constant companion--or so the narration claims, since it never gets mentioned again. Surprisingly, this detail was never referenced or expanded on in any adaptations, even though the [[LighterAndSofter Disney version]] could easily have turned the wolf into a cuddly WoodlandCreature and the [[DarkerAndEdgier DarkerAndEdgier 2003 live-action version]] version could have thrown it into some fight scenes. (There was at least one set of illustrations (Trina Schart Hyman's) which didn't neglect the wolf and showed it hanging around at Wendy's feet in the "Home Under the Ground" scene.)
3rd Dec '15 7:05:55 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' trilogy leaves quite a few questions unanswered:
** We never learn ''why'' Cinna requested District 12 (as he says he did in book 1) and we never find out if Portia did the same. We also have no clue why Cinna doesn't have a Capitol accent or the Capitol sense of style, despite that not making much sense if he's a fashion designer who's lived in the Capitol for his entire life.
** In ''Catching Fire'', Johanna says [[spoiler:everyone she loves is dead.]] It feels like it's going to be important for her CharacterDevelopment, but.... Elaboration? Explanation? Don't count on it. There's a popular guess in fanon, though: most likely Johanna's [[spoiler:family was murdered by the Capitol, likely for refusing to be used by the Capitol after she won like Finnick was.]] Based on her personality and what Finnick says about his family being threatened, this seems the logical explanation.
** In ''Mockingjay'', Katniss gets a bow with "special properties." She never once mentions them again, uses them, or even explains what those properties are, besides the fact that it can vibrate to say hello. This could be the reason it's able to shoot down planes, though.
** What happened to Old Cray? He somehow disappeared when [[spoiler:Thread took over.]] It's not pointed out what exactly happened to him.
** Why were Lavinia and her companion fleeing the Capitol to District 12? It's likely they may have been [[spoiler:trying to get to District 13]] for some reason, but how did a couple of Capitol kids come to be running away when most adults never develop the courage, or even the inclination in most cases?
** Bonnie and Twill were also [[spoiler:trying to get to District 13]] in ''Catching Fire'', and wound up being fairly close to where Lavinia was when she was captured. The last Katniss sees of them, they're successfully hiding out and planning their next move, but when Katniss and co. [[spoiler:reach District 13 in the final book]], Bonnie and Twill are nowhere to be seen. Katniss briefly {{Hand Wave}}s their absence, commenting that it must be incredibly rare for those who flee to actually [[spoiler:reach District 13]]... then they're never mentioned again.
** Commander Lyme is introduced in ''Mockingjay'' as a former victor and leader of the rebels in District 2. She's built up as if she's going to be important somehow, but when the surviving victors have their meeting towards the end of the book, she's nowhere in sight and is never mentioned (though the reader must assume she's been killed at some point in the interim, as it is stressed that ''all'' surviving victors are present).
26th Oct '15 6:23:47 PM Seanette
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* In ''Liberature/TheMovingFinger'', nothing is said about what happens to Megan's two young half-brothers after her mother is murdered and [[spoiler: her stepfather is arrested for the crime]]. This is especially disturbing because she is almost definitely their closest remaining relative.

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* In ''Liberature/TheMovingFinger'', ''Literature/TheMovingFinger'', nothing is said about what happens to Megan's two young half-brothers after her mother is murdered and [[spoiler: her stepfather is arrested for the crime]]. This is especially disturbing because she is almost definitely their closest remaining relative.
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