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Literature: Krim Pyramid
This is a Speculative Fiction Duology by Eric Flint, consisting of Pyramid Scheme and Pyramid Power. A mysterious alien device lands at the University of Chicago, and begins causing people to disappear. The device grows whenever it does this, and also whenever any effort is made to damage it. The snatched victims, chosen for anger and credulity, are being dragged into the worlds of myth, made flesh by the alien device. They, and anyone touching them, vanish in a flash of purple fire, and only come back dead or dying of strange injuries.

When a Chicago cop is snatched, he accidentally takes along mythograper Jerry Lukacs, mechanic and handyman Lamont Cranston, marine biologist Liz De Beer, and a squad of U.S. soldiers including Sergeant Anibal Cruz and Corporal Mckenna. They find themselves trapped in The Odyessy, aboard the black galley of Odysseus between Scylla and Charybdis.

The survivors must talk and fight their way between feuding gods, ancient sorceresses, and the fact that the myths were sometimes wrong on important points.

This work contains examples of:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Jerry embodies this trope, having his nose in a book so constantly he can barely dress himself, let alone keep groceries stocked.
  • Physical God: All the resurrected gods have physical forms and can be injured or restrained by sufficiently powerful attacks.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jerry toughens up considerably in body and mind over the course of his adventures.
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