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** StarScraper: In a more literal sense than usual -- one of the stars actually crashed into the tower.

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** TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The robots are powered by air pressure. The protagonist discovers that the air pressure in their enclosed world is slowly equalizing, meaning they are condemned to stop functioning eventually.


** NeverWasThisUniverse: Some Biblical events such as TheGreatFlood happened, and Egypt and other Bronze Age civilizations exist as they did on our Earth, but this is a FlatWorld at the center of Babylonian cosmology.

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** ImpossiblyTallTower: It takes months to climb to the top of the tower, meaning it's in the ballpark of a hundred miles tall. Which makes it literally impossible, since it's built from clay brick.
** NeverWasThisUniverse: Some Biblical events such as TheGreatFlood happened, and Egypt and other Bronze Age civilizations exist as they did on our Earth, but this is a FlatWorld at the center of Babylonian cosmology.


'''Ted Chiang''' (born 1967) is an American SpeculativeFiction writer. Among his works are the eight stories published as ''Stories of Your Life and Others'' and the novellette ''The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate''.\\

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'''Ted Chiang''' (born 1967) is an American SpeculativeFiction writer. Among his works are the eight stories published as ''Stories of Your Life and Others'' and the novellette ''The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate''.\\Gate''.

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** {{Deconstruction}}: Of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}.


** OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angels appear occasionally over populated areas.

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** OurAngelsAreDifferent: Angels appear occasionally over populated areas.are completely inhuman [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] whose irruption in the mortal plane causes all kinds of upheavals.
** GodIsEvil: Or, in any case, he follows a BlueAndOrangeMorality.

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** AdultFear: A pretty interesting, if no less tragic, example. [[spoiler: Through learning Heptapod B, Louise end up being able to foresee the future, including the fact that her daughter, who is not even conceived yet, will die at the age of 25 in a rock climbing accident.]]


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** TwoLinesNoWaiting: The short story continually alternates between Louise's account of her attempts to communicate with the Heptapods [[spoiler: and vignettes of her yet unborn daughter's life, spanning from birth to her death at age 25.]]


'''Ted Chiang''' (born 1967) is an American SpeculativeFiction writer. Among his works are the eight stories published as ''Stories of Your Life and Others'' and the novellette ''The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate''.

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'''Ted Chiang''' (born 1967) is an American SpeculativeFiction writer. Among his works are the eight stories published as ''Stories of Your Life and Others'' and the novellette ''The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate''.
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The film ''Film/{{Arrival}}'' is based on his story "Story of Your Life."

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* ''Story of Your Life'':
** StarfishAliens: The Heptapods are described as looking like a "barrel suspended at the intersection of seven limbs...[they were] radially symmetric." They are also described to have two mouths, one on top of their bodies for talking and one on the underside for eating (and presumably for pooping).


** NeverWasThisUniverse: Some Biblical events such as TheGreatFlood happened, and Egypt and other Bronze Age civilizations exist as they did On our Eartg, but this is a FlatWorld at the center of Babylonian cosmology.

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** NeverWasThisUniverse: Some Biblical events such as TheGreatFlood happened, and Egypt and other Bronze Age civilizations exist as they did On on our Eartg, Earth, but this is a FlatWorld at the center of Babylonian cosmology.

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** TheWallAroundTheWorld: The robots have nothing that can drill or otherwise pierce the chromium wall containing their world, so they have no way to discern if they're part of a larger universe or not.


** NeverWasThisUniverse: Some Biblical events such as TheGreatFlood happened, but this is a FlatWorld at the center of Babylonian cosmology.

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** NeverWasThisUniverse: Some Biblical events such as TheGreatFlood happened, and Egypt and other Bronze Age civilizations exist as they did On our Eartg, but this is a FlatWorld at the center of Babylonian cosmology.

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** RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Completely mechanical robots powered by air pressure, but they have emotions and helping each other refill their artificial lungs is quite the social activity.

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** TheGreatFlood: It happened, and everyone is worried the tower may goad Yahweh into unleashing another one.


** GiveMeASign: After the nasty business with TheGreatFlood. everyone's nervous because Yahweh hasn't indicated whether he approves of the tower or not. When the protagonist ends up back on the ground he realizes it was because mankind wasn't going anywhere.

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** GiveMeASign: After the nasty business with TheGreatFlood. TheGreatFlood, everyone's nervous because Yahweh hasn't indicated whether he approves of the tower or not. When the protagonist ends up back on the ground he realizes it was because mankind wasn't going anywhere.

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