Literature: Sonic The Hedgehog And The Silicon Warriors
Sonic the Hedgehog And The Silicon Warriors
is a book released in 1993 and the third title written by the collective Pseudonym
Dr Robotnik is attempting to conquer the world once again; but this time he's not using clunky machines. He's going straight to the source, using a new piece of technology he's gained the ability to transfer matter between the real and digital world. His latest plan is to capture the inhabitants of Mobius on the computer network while using videogame characters and new digital versions of his badniks to take control and become Supreme Commander of the real world.
Tropes used in the book are:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Robotniks password is "Sonic is an eggscruciatingly egotistical enemy of egg-lovers everywhere".
- Breaking the Fourth Wall
'Oh Great' Sonic grated, ' We've only just started this adventure, I've no idea of what I'm meant to be doing yet and I've got a sidekick who's going to be talking Martian at me for the whole of the rest of the book.'
'What book?' Tails asked.
'You're too young to understand,' Sonic smoothed hastily.
- Canon Foreigner: Ichneumon (Iggy).
- Cyberspace: The computer system is split up between a TRON like world and a raw data area made up of golden pulsing lines of data traveling through an area with no up/down yet is still 3D. Iggy calls the later cyberspace
- Eggtremely Lame Pun: As with the rest of the books Robotnik is constantly cracking egg based puns to the annoyance of everybody.
- Fun with Acronyms: Dr. Robotniks Electroic Graphics Creation Computer System (EGCS)
- Sonic threatens a badnik with a Binary Logistical Unprogrammer For Friendliness, of course it was a BLUFF.
- The Tail built Robotnik Anti-Virus And Geek Exterminator, or RAVAGE tank for short.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: At one point Tails says he feels like smeg, could be a reference to Red Dwarf, but that doesn't stop it being short for Smegma; a rather odd subject to bring up in a children's book.
- Haunted Technology: Inside the raw-data section of the computer there exists a deleted program that has coalesced stray bits of code to become more tangible. It calls itself the Ghost in the Machine.
- It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: After the intro the first sentence, word for word, is this.
- Inside a Computer System: Tails gets sucked into one early on in the book.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: As Tails is attempting to free his friends trapped in cyberspace he's attacked by falling blocks (that come in L, S and I shapes) that fuse together and a large yellow sphere with a split in the middle, like a mouth, that makes electronic gulping sounds.
- Robotnik is also bringing characters out of the computers to help in conquer Mobius including a blond fighter in a red karate suit and a black haired blue costumed female called "Chin Lie" Sonic recognizes the latter as being from "Road Warrior Two".
- In the games directory of the computer system the gang finds Space Intruders, Froggy, Golden Hatchet, Super Hang-Up, Kid Camel, Thunderbird 4, Sprung, Frankie Zapper, Skippy the Porpoise, Flemmings, Kip Killer, Double Crutch, Zoom Patrol and Super Gimbo Land
- Let Me Get This Straight
Iggy: You want me to go in there with you because some undefined weird sense of yours says that it might be dangerous?
Iggy: Okay, that sounds fair. What are we waiting for?''
- Magic from Technology: Anything built in the computer can be brought into the real world; at one point a massive tank appears out of thin-air.
- Mecha-Mooks: Badniks.
- Medium Awareness: Sonic mentions the reader and the fact he's in the book several times. What's better is that he also references the games commenting that the Mystic Cave Zone had great background music.
- Later when the inhabitants of Green Hill Zone are infected by a virus we get this gem;
'But aren't we videogame characters anyway?' asked Tails, who had joined them by the ailing rabbit.
'Well normally, yes' Sonic agreed, 'but at the moment we're characters in a book. Look, this talk is all getting very complicated, and we've got a real problem to deal with here.'
- Off Model: Rather impressive, as it's a book, but the cover (as seen above) looks like it's drawn by somebody who was told what Sonic looked like down a phone.
- Product Placement: At the end of the book Sonic and Tails sit down to play on their Game Gear.
- Robospeak: Sonic is trying to taunt a computer and has little success, until he unleashes an epic stream of invective in the spirit of this trope:
"You vacuum tube! You low resolution one K valve driven punch-card programmed obsolete pile of junk! You nasty black and white two bit console!"
- Sdrawkcab Alias: The book uses the Dr. Kintobor created Sonic and turned into Dr. Robotnik in a failed experiment as the backstory.
- Super Speed: Itís Sonic!
- Take That: Two of Sonic's animal friends become convinced their are world famous plumbers who must save a princess by jumping on people's heads. The descriptions are less than flattering "...I musta wear a stupido hat and daft-looking blue overalls, and I musta have a abig bushy moustache, and I musta run very slowly and say daft things-a in a silly fake accent..."
- Later when asked if he would like to play Super Gimbo Land Sonic is insulted; as if he would ever play something so slow!
- Teleporters and Transporters: The whole digitization of matter was intially envisioned as being nothing more than an easy way to get around the planet; then Robotnik expanded on this plan.
- This Is a Drill: Burrow-bots and Grounders make an appearance, armed with their deadly drills.
- Weaponized Teleportation: Once Robotnik discovered the digital world and that he could take stuff out of the computer it kicks of the plot of the book.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Sonic is reluctant to attack Chin Lie, as "he isn't in the habit of whacking babes".
- Year Outside, Hour Inside: Sonic recons that he was inside the raw-data of the computer for around half an hour, Porker says it was more like 6 seconds. This of course leads Sonic to boast about being the fastest thing alive.