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''Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy'' opens up with a crazy businessman building the tower of Babel in NewYorkCity, and a hapeless new hire to the Department of Sewers being eaten by a sewer-dwelling mutant great white shark. It's 2023, and New York is on the brink of a giant earthquake, and that's the least of the city's problems. Penned by Creator/MattRuff, it's a novel of ecoterrorism, mad [=AIs=], {{absurdly spacious sewer}}s and an AI construct of Creator/AynRand spouting [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} objectivist philosophy]] and generally having melting down arguments with the rest of the cast.

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!!!This book provides examples of the following tropes:
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Under New York City. The sewers even have their own ecosystem.
* [[spoiler:AIIsACrapshoot: G. A. S. and the Eye of Africa.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: The ''Yabba-Dabba-Doo'''s blue hamsters.
* ApocalypseHow: Regional Class 3 for most of Africa.
* BestIsAverageBetterIsBest: When two employees of Gant have to decide which is the best kind of toothpaste. One of them finds this trope is the solution, which is correct.
* BigApplesauce: A great deal of the book takes place in New York.
* TheCrocIsTicking: Once Meisterbrau swallows a digital watch.
* TheComicallySerious: Befitting her philosophy, Artificial Ayn Rand has great difficulties understanding jokes.
* ConspicuousConsumption: The ten-pack of condoms, which cost $50,000.
* CoolBoat: ''Yabba Dabba Doo''
* DeathByIrony: There are one thousand of them. [[spoiler: Orchestrated by the BigBad.]]
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Mutant sharks especially.
* EyeScream: Shiva's Cinder. [[spoiler:It consists of a laser, which scans the landscape for reflecting surfaces like binoculars or glasses, and in case of a discovery is tuned to full power to burn out the eyes of anyone in range.]]
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: [[spoiler:Meisterbrau eventually unfolds wings.]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Morris Kazenstein
* GeneralRipper: Troubadour Penzias, in an unusually cruel and racist way.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Elizabeth II, still ruling Great Britain in 2023, is moody, arrogant, and tends to poison recalcitrant subordinates.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Lexa Thatcher, Philo Dufresne [[ThreeWaySex and Toshiro Goodhead]].
* HiddenDepths: Matt Ruff apparently likes to eventually unfold detailed backstories for previously sketchy characters.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: After hurling arctic bunnies with [[InstantSedation euphoria-tipped toenails]] at polluting ships' personnel, Ninety-Nine Words For Snow clouts the ones still standing [[RefugeInAudacity with a rubber fish]].
* KnockKnockJoke: Abbie Hoffman has to teach Creator/AynRand humor in heaven as punishment for committing suicide. He tries this kind of joke, but Ayn doesn't like to pretend he was knocking a door, because that's unlogical if she can see it!
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MethuselahSyndrome: Kite
* NewMeat: Eddie Wilder.
* MultinationalTeam: The crew of Philo Dufresne's u-boat.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Not quite. Queen Elizabeth II. and many other real-life persons that were still alive at the time of the book appear undisguised. Some are not portrayed especially pleasantly, and others are eventually killed off.
* PsychoForHire: Troubadour Penzias.
* RefugeInAudacity: A big part of the eco-activists' strategy is to attack polluters in such ridiculous ways that their targets are utterly humiliated on live television.
* ShamuFu: Ninety-Nine Words clouts members of a polluting ship's crew with a rubber trout.
* SharkPool: Meisterbrau is kept in an outside pool by the aquarium employees Frankie and Salvatore. [[spoiler:It does not end well.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: Maxwell and Troubadour Penzias. Both are rather insane, in different ways.
* [[StarshipLuxurious Submarine Luxurious]]: The ''Yabba-Dabba-Doo'' is the only sub ever equipped with hamster tubing and an arboretum.
* SubmarinePirates: The Ecoterrorists.
* TakeThat: ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' is acerbically dissected by Joan.
** One of the shark-bait sewer workers points out the FridgeLogic in a scene from ''Film/ANewHope''.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Harry Gant's mother is a tall, husky construction forewoman, while his father is a short, rather frail history buff.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* {{Xenofiction}}: In-universe, Dufresne's attempt at a first novel is written from the POV of whales and dolphins.
* WarIsHell: A recurring theme. Several characters are insane {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s, and Kite stopped viewing war as an adventure when the actual killing began.
* WhyAmITicking: A subplot involves [[spoiler:a [[AcceptableTargets greedy capitalist]]]] who has been fitted with an explosive collar. It will go off in twenty-four hours, killing him, unless he manages to [[spoiler:[[IronicHell earn $1000 by begging in Grand Central, and feed all the bills through a shredder attached to the collar]]. Naturally, people are [[FromBadToWorse less likely to give him money when they see what he's doing with it]]...]]

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