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Ed seems to have been stamped directly from the comic-book mad scientist mould - last week he raised an Amiga 500 to sentience (although it took us a while to notice; it thinks darned slowly).
Sam (the character), on the protagonist of the Ed Stories

A website, created and maintained by sam512, or Sam Hughes. He has a particular affinity for science fiction, which has led him to write many science fiction short stories - and occasionally long series of such - and publish them on his website. His most popular works include the novel-length Fine Structure and Ra, which have their own pages. Other short stories and series have tropes listed below.

Also of note is How To Destroy The Earth, an exhaustive examination of the Earth-Shattering Kaboom trope, and several examinations of the Timey-Wimey Ball that is Futurama. There's also an examination of Time Travel Tense Trouble here.

These works provides examples of:

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     General Tropes 
  • Author Vocabulary Calendar: "fractionally"
  • Continuity Nod: All of his works might as well be set in the same continuity. Well, in alternate universes.
    • For example, in "Gorge", a space cartographer accidentally introduces the concept of space travel to a planet consumed entirely by nanobots, which then proceed to expand throughout the universe (at least, it is implied). Another story of his deals with flying over post-nanoapocalyptic environments in freefall and photographing them. The passage goes on to state that objects above a certain technology level are not allowed near such environments, lest the nanobots learn of space travel.
  • Gainax Ending: Used quite a lot. Usually a form of a Twist Ending.
  • Mind Screw: Practically all of the stories involving time travel.

     Tropes In Short Stories 
  • Affectionate Parody: Of Isaac Asimov's The Last Question.
  • A God Am I: When the physicists who discovered infinite computing power discover they can control a replica of our universe inside their computer. It turns out that they are also in a simulated universe, which is most likely also a simulated universe, ad infinitum et absurdum.
  • Anticlimax: The whole point of "First Contact: a retrospective"
  • Mad Scientist: Most of the scientists portrayed.
  • Stable Time Loop: Many of his stories deal with something like this, most notably Time Loop, although nothing interesting is done during the course of the loop.

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