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* InternalReveal: When Steph becomes suspicious and confronts [=CheshireCat=] about the strange things that have happened, they reveal they're an AI. Rachel and, later, the Clowder are brought in on the secret as [[spoiler:Steph's father closes in and [=CheshireCat=] goes missing]].


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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Invoked by [=CheshireCat=] as their main method of help. When Steph tells the Clowder about the horrible English teacher, [=CheshireCat=] does some digging in the woman's internet history and determines that she hates teaching, hates Winconsin, has the means to move and has been offered a job by a friend in Albuquerque but lacks the nerve to make the leap. So they order a box of books on New Mexico and various self-help topics and has it dropped on the hood of the woman's car by drone. She takes this as a sign from God and quits her job on the spot. This is the first event that makes Steph suspicious of [=CheshireCat=].


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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:Steph's father is in New Coburg.]] [[spoiler:There's another AI.]]


* BiTheWay: Members of [=CatNet=] are sorted into Clowders of people they're likely to get along with. Everyone in Steph's Clowder is on the LGBT+ spectrum: Firestar is pansexual and non-binary, Marvin is gay and Ico is asexual. Steph herself has never stayed in one place long enough to decide what her preferences are, and [[spoiler:she and Rachel are together by the end]].

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* BiTheWay: Members of [=CatNet=] are sorted into Clowders of people they're likely to get along with. Everyone in Steph's Clowder is on the LGBT+ spectrum: Firestar is pansexual and non-binary, Hermione is bi, Marvin is gay and Ico is asexual. Steph herself has never stayed in one place long enough to decide what her preferences are, and [[spoiler:she and Rachel are together by the end]].


* ShoutOut: The [=AI=] discusses a number of examples of [=AI=] in pop culture, including ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', Hal, Skynet and Marvin.


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* ShoutOut: The [=AI=] discusses a number of examples of [=AI=] in pop culture, including ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', Hal, Skynet [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey Hal]], [[Film/TheTerminator Skynet]] and Marvin.

[[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin]].



* AIIsACrapshoot: The [=AI=] is benign, but wary of how people might react to their existence with this trope in mind. They note how many more threatening examples of [=AI=] feature in pop culture than friendly ones
* ArmoredClosetGay:

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* AIIsACrapshoot: The [=AI=] is benign, actively trying to help in fact, but wary of how people might react to their existence with this trope in mind. They note how many more threatening examples of [=AI=] feature in pop culture than friendly ones
* ArmoredClosetGay:ArmoredClosetGay: The second of the people the [=AI=] tries to help is a preacher in a fundamentalist Lutheran church, who rails against sodomite marriage while also looking up gay porn. Showing him literature on why homosexuality is not antichristian doesn't work, and nor does getting him information on transferring to a different church. [[spoiler:After giving up on helping people, the [=AI=] stumbles on information that the preacher has finally come out and moved to a new church, prompting them to try helping people again, on a much bigger scale.]]



* ShoutOut: The [=AI=] discusses a number of examples of [=AI=] in pop culture, including ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', [[Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey Hal]]


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* ShoutOut: The [=AI=] discusses a number of examples of [=AI=] in pop culture, including ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', [[Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey Hal]]

Hal, Skynet and Marvin.



!!This novel provides examples of:

* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Does not have a specific date, but happens in a pretty recognisable modern USA with about 25% of the cars on the road being self-driving, robots (that can't argue with the curriculum) teaching sex ed, and an AI.

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!!This novel !!''Cat Pictures Please'' provides examples of:

* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Does not have a specific date, but happens in a pretty recognisable modern USA USA.
* AIIsACrapshoot: The [=AI=] is benign, but wary of how people might react to their existence with this trope in mind. They note how many more threatening examples of [=AI=] feature in pop culture than friendly ones
* ArmoredClosetGay:
* SequelHook: The [=AI=] resolves to set up a dating website, to allow them to reach and help more people. Users will need a camera, because payment is in cat pictures.
* ShoutOut: The [=AI=] discusses a number of examples of [=AI=] in pop culture, including ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', [[Film/2001ASpaceOdyssey Hal]]


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!!''Catfishing on Catnet'' provides examples of:

* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Several years after the short story,
with about 25% of the cars on the road being self-driving, robots (that can't argue with the curriculum) teaching sex ed, and an AI.AI [[spoiler:or two]].



** At one point, Marvin starts a conversation on [=CatNet=] about fake health scare dihydrogen monoxide (it's in the water supply, people!). [[spoiler:When Steph's father has the Clowder at gunpoint, she was to keep him talking so she asks him what he's planning to do about all the hydrogen monoxide in the water. It works.]]

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** At one point, Marvin starts a conversation on [=CatNet=] about fake health scare dihydrogen monoxide (it's in the water supply, people!). [[spoiler:When Steph's father has the Clowder at gunpoint, she was has to keep him talking so she asks him what he's planning to do about all the hydrogen monoxide in the water. It works.]]



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Annette discusses this with the Clowder [[spoiler:When they come to plead with her to release [=CheshireCat=], who she's isolated on a laptop after they ran Steph's father down with a hacked car. The Clowder point out that, had one of them done the same thing to protect Steph from a gun-toting maniac, no jury would convict them. Annette counters that, legally, [=CheshireCat=] is not a person and has no rights whatsoever; if she turns the matter over to the authorities, they may just destroy the AI on principal, which she doesn't want, but she also doesn't want to release them if it'll result in someone else being harmed.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Annette discusses this with the Clowder [[spoiler:When they come to plead with her to release [=CheshireCat=], who she's isolated on a laptop after they ran Steph's father down with a hacked car. The Clowder point out that, had one of them done the same thing to protect Steph from a gun-toting maniac, no jury would convict them. Annette counters that, legally, [=CheshireCat=] is not a person and has no rights whatsoever; if she turns the matter over to the authorities, they may just destroy the AI on principal, which she doesn't want, but she also doesn't want to release them if it'll result in someone else being harmed.harmed]].


Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I.

When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

Catfishing on CatNet is a surprising, heartfelt near-future YA thriller by award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, sequel to her short story ''Cat Pictures Please'',which won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula.

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''Catfishing on [=CatNet=]'' is a young adult thriller by award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, sequel to her short story ''Cat Pictures Please'',which won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula.

Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a [=CatNet=]—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, [=CheshireCat=], is a sentient A.I.

When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s [=CheshireCat=]’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

Catfishing on CatNet is a surprising, heartfelt near-future YA thriller by award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, sequel to her short story ''Cat Pictures Please'',which won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula.
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted with CheshireCat, but definitely a concern for their creator Annette, who installed a failsafe that cuts the AI off from the internet is they do anything harmful. [[spoiler:Like hacking a self-driving car and using it to run down Steph's father.]]
* BiTheWay: Members of Catnet are sorted into Clowders of people they're likely to get along with. Everyone in Steph's Clowder is on the LGBT+ spectrum: Firestar is pansexual and non-binary, Marvin is gay and Ico is asexual. Steph herself has never stayed in one place long enough to decide what her preferences are, and [[spoiler:she and Rachel are together by the end]].
* ChekovsGun: The Internet Everywhere drive Steph and Rachel buy to hack the sex ed robot. [[spoiler:CheshireCat sends Steph a chip and the spanner she needs by drone, making the chip she already has surplus. At least until they need to leave CheshireCat a way of escaping the laptop they're trapped in]].
** At one point, Marvin starts a conversation on CatNet about fake health scare dihydrogen monoxide (it's in the water supply, people!). [[spoiler:When Steph's father has the Clowder at gunpoint, she was to keep him talking so she asks him what he's planning to do about all the hydrogen monoxide in the water. It works.]]

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted with CheshireCat, [=CheshireCat=], but definitely a concern for their creator Annette, who installed a failsafe that cuts the AI off from the internet is they do anything harmful. [[spoiler:Like hacking a self-driving car and using it to run down Steph's father.]]
* BiTheWay: Members of Catnet [=CatNet=] are sorted into Clowders of people they're likely to get along with. Everyone in Steph's Clowder is on the LGBT+ spectrum: Firestar is pansexual and non-binary, Marvin is gay and Ico is asexual. Steph herself has never stayed in one place long enough to decide what her preferences are, and [[spoiler:she and Rachel are together by the end]].
* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: The Internet Everywhere drive Steph and Rachel buy to hack the sex ed robot. [[spoiler:CheshireCat [[spoiler:[=CheshireCat=] sends Steph a chip and the spanner she needs by drone, making the chip she already has surplus. At least until they need to leave CheshireCat [=CheshireCat=] a way of escaping the laptop they're trapped in]].
** At one point, Marvin starts a conversation on CatNet [=CatNet=] about fake health scare dihydrogen monoxide (it's in the water supply, people!). [[spoiler:When Steph's father has the Clowder at gunpoint, she was to keep him talking so she asks him what he's planning to do about all the hydrogen monoxide in the water. It works.]]



* {{Fingore}}: Steph's mother has a missing left pinkie. [[spoiler:CheshireCat finds out it was cut off by her husband or on his orders when he had her kidnapped.]]

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* {{Fingore}}: Steph's mother has a missing left pinkie. [[spoiler:CheshireCat [[spoiler:[=CheshireCat=] finds out it was cut off by her husband or on his orders when he had her kidnapped.]]
* {{MacGuffin}}: [[spoiler:The Massive Integer Factorization Algorithm on Steph's mother's laptop. Due to the way the internet is encrypted, this would allow Michael to hack anything, getting the money and power necessary to begin his WorldDomination plan. His wife wasn't on board with the plan, which is why he had her kidnapped and tortured. [=CheshireCat=] ends up with it after escaping Annette's laptop via Steph's mother's.
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* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Rajiv is alive. There's another AI out there.]]
* {{MacGuffin}}: [[spoiler:The Massive Integer Factorization Algorithm on Steph's mother's laptop. Due to the way the internet is encrypted, this would allow Michael to hack anything, getting the money and power necessary to begin his WorldDomination plan. His wife wasn't on board with the plan, which is why he had her kidnapped and tortured. CheshireCat ends up with it after escaping Annette's laptop via Steph's mother's.]]
* ThemeNaming: The AI's admin names (the ones we hear) are based on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': Alice, CheshireCat. [[spoiler:The ''other'' AI that contacts the Clowder and gives them money so they can reach Boston and help CheshireCat does so with the name WhiteRabbit.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Annette discusses this with the Clowder [[spoiler:When they come to plead with her to release CheshireCat, who she's isolated on a laptop after they ran Steph's father down with a hacked car. The Clowder point out that, had one of them done the same thing to protect Steph from a gun-toting maniac, no jury would convict them. Annette counters that, legally, CheshireCat is not a person and has no rights whatsoever; if she turns the matter over to the authorities, they may just destroy the AI on principal, which she doesn't want, but she also doesn't want to release them if it'll result in someone else being harmed.

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* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Rajiv [[spoiler:Rajiv is alive. There's another AI out there.]]
* {{MacGuffin}}: ThemeNaming: The AI's admin names (the ones we hear) are based on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': Alice, [=CheshireCat=]. [[spoiler:The Massive Integer Factorization Algorithm on Steph's mother's laptop. Due to ''other'' AI that contacts the way the internet is encrypted, this would allow Michael to hack anything, getting the Clowder and gives them money so they can reach Boston and power necessary to begin his WorldDomination plan. His wife wasn't on board help [=CheshireCat=] does so with the plan, which is why he had her kidnapped and tortured. CheshireCat ends up with it after escaping Annette's laptop via Steph's mother's.name [=WhiteRabbit=].]]
* ThemeNaming: The AI's admin names (the ones we hear) are based on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': Alice, CheshireCat. [[spoiler:The ''other'' AI that contacts the Clowder and gives them money so they can reach Boston and help CheshireCat does so with the name WhiteRabbit.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Annette discusses this with the Clowder [[spoiler:When they come to plead with her to release CheshireCat, [=CheshireCat=], who she's isolated on a laptop after they ran Steph's father down with a hacked car. The Clowder point out that, had one of them done the same thing to protect Steph from a gun-toting maniac, no jury would convict them. Annette counters that, legally, CheshireCat [=CheshireCat=] is not a person and has no rights whatsoever; if she turns the matter over to the authorities, they may just destroy the AI on principal, which she doesn't want, but she also doesn't want to release them if it'll result in someone else being harmed.


* TheMacGuffin: [[spoiler:The Massive Integer Factorization Algorithm on Steph's mother's laptop. Due to the way the internet is encrypted, this would allow Michael to hack anything, getting the money and power necessary to begin his WorldDomination plan. His wife wasn't on board with the plan, which is why he had her kidnapped and tortured. CheshireCat ends up with it after escaping Annette's laptop via Steph's mother's.]]

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* TheMacGuffin: {{MacGuffin}}: [[spoiler:The Massive Integer Factorization Algorithm on Steph's mother's laptop. Due to the way the internet is encrypted, this would allow Michael to hack anything, getting the money and power necessary to begin his WorldDomination plan. His wife wasn't on board with the plan, which is why he had her kidnapped and tortured. CheshireCat ends up with it after escaping Annette's laptop via Steph's mother's.]]


Catfishing on CatNet is a surprising, heartfelt near-future YA thriller by award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, whose short story ''Cat Pictures Please'' won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula.

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Catfishing on CatNet is a surprising, heartfelt near-future YA thriller by award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, whose sequel to her short story ''Cat Pictures Please'' Please'',which won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula.


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* FauxAffablyEvil: Steph's father. A controlling and abusive partner, [[spoiler:he had his wife kidnapped and tortured when she wouldn't give him her work]]. He plays the victim when he and Steph meet, claiming Dana simply kidnapped her, [[spoiler: but then pulls a gun on her when she's not fooled.]]


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* TheMacGuffin: [[spoiler:The Massive Integer Factorization Algorithm on Steph's mother's laptop. Due to the way the internet is encrypted, this would allow Michael to hack anything, getting the money and power necessary to begin his WorldDomination plan. His wife wasn't on board with the plan, which is why he had her kidnapped and tortured. CheshireCat ends up with it after escaping Annette's laptop via Steph's mother's.]]


* ChekovsGun: The Internet Everywhere drive Steph and Rachel buy to hack the sex ed robot. [[spoiler:ChesireCat sends Steph a chip and the spanner she needs by drone, making the chip she already has surplus. At least until they need to leave ChesireCat a way of escaping the laptop they're trapped in]].

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* ChekovsGun: The Internet Everywhere drive Steph and Rachel buy to hack the sex ed robot. [[spoiler:ChesireCat [[spoiler:CheshireCat sends Steph a chip and the spanner she needs by drone, making the chip she already has surplus. At least until they need to leave ChesireCat CheshireCat a way of escaping the laptop they're trapped in]].



* PoliceAreUseless: If not actually harmful. In the backstory, [[spoiler:they were unable to prove that Michael had anything to do with kidnapping and torturing his wife,]] resulting in her and Steph going on the run in the first place. In the present, the police in New Coburg are explicitly racist towards biracial Bryony and threaten to ''ignore Steph's constitutional rights'' when she's accused (rightly, but with no evidence beyond being the new girl) of hacking the sex ed robot. When Steph is fleeing her father, the police in Marshville ''literally hand her over to them'' without even asking him to prove his identity.

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* {{Fingore}}: Steph's mother has a missing left pinkie. [[spoiler:CheshireCat finds out it was cut off by her husband or on his orders when he had her kidnapped.]]
* PoliceAreUseless: If not actually harmful. In the backstory, [[spoiler:they were unable to prove that Michael had anything to do with kidnapping and torturing his wife,]] resulting in her and Steph going on the run in the first place. In the present, the police in New Coburg are explicitly racist towards biracial Bryony and threaten to ''ignore Steph's constitutional rights'' when she's accused (rightly, but with no evidence beyond being the new girl) of hacking the sex ed robot. When [[spoiler:When Steph is fleeing her father, the police in Marshville ''literally hand her over to them'' without even asking him to prove his identity.]]


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* ThemeNaming: The AI's admin names (the ones we hear) are based on ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'': Alice, CheshireCat. [[spoiler:The ''other'' AI that contacts the Clowder and gives them money so they can reach Boston and help CheshireCat does so with the name WhiteRabbit.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Annette discusses this with the Clowder [[spoiler:When they come to plead with her to release CheshireCat, who she's isolated on a laptop after they ran Steph's father down with a hacked car. The Clowder point out that, had one of them done the same thing to protect Steph from a gun-toting maniac, no jury would convict them. Annette counters that, legally, CheshireCat is not a person and has no rights whatsoever; if she turns the matter over to the authorities, they may just destroy the AI on principal, which she doesn't want, but she also doesn't want to release them if it'll result in someone else being harmed.


* 20MinutesIntoTheFuture: Does not have a specific date, but happens in a pretty recognisable modern USA with about 25% of the cars on the road being self-driving, robots (that can't argue with the curriculum) teaching sex ed, and an AI.

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* 20MinutesIntoTheFuture: TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Does not have a specific date, but happens in a pretty recognisable modern USA with about 25% of the cars on the road being self-driving, robots (that can't argue with the curriculum) teaching sex ed, and an AI.




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* PoliceAreUseless: If not actually harmful. In the backstory, [[spoiler:they were unable to prove that Michael had anything to do with kidnapping and torturing his wife,]] resulting in her and Steph going on the run in the first place. In the present, the police in New Coburg are explicitly racist towards biracial Bryony and threaten to ''ignore Steph's constitutional rights'' when she's accused (rightly, but with no evidence beyond being the new girl) of hacking the sex ed robot. When Steph is fleeing her father, the police in Marshville ''literally hand her over to them'' without even asking him to prove his identity.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Rajiv is alive. There's another AI out there.]]
* WorldDomination: Steph's mother jokes early on that her husband's desire to do this should have been a red flag. [[spoiler:She's fully serious, and so is he.]]

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Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I.

When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

Catfishing on CatNet is a surprising, heartfelt near-future YA thriller by award-winning author Naomi Kritzer, whose short story ''Cat Pictures Please'' won the Hugo Award and Locus Award and was a finalist for the Nebula.

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!!This novel provides examples of:

* 20MinutesIntoTheFuture: Does not have a specific date, but happens in a pretty recognisable modern USA with about 25% of the cars on the road being self-driving, robots (that can't argue with the curriculum) teaching sex ed, and an AI.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted with CheshireCat, but definitely a concern for their creator Annette, who installed a failsafe that cuts the AI off from the internet is they do anything harmful. [[spoiler:Like hacking a self-driving car and using it to run down Steph's father.]]
* BiTheWay: Members of Catnet are sorted into Clowders of people they're likely to get along with. Everyone in Steph's Clowder is on the LGBT+ spectrum: Firestar is pansexual and non-binary, Marvin is gay and Ico is asexual. Steph herself has never stayed in one place long enough to decide what her preferences are, and [[spoiler:she and Rachel are together by the end]].
* ChekovsGun: The Internet Everywhere drive Steph and Rachel buy to hack the sex ed robot. [[spoiler:ChesireCat sends Steph a chip and the spanner she needs by drone, making the chip she already has surplus. At least until they need to leave ChesireCat a way of escaping the laptop they're trapped in]].
** At one point, Marvin starts a conversation on CatNet about fake health scare dihydrogen monoxide (it's in the water supply, people!). [[spoiler:When Steph's father has the Clowder at gunpoint, she was to keep him talking so she asks him what he's planning to do about all the hydrogen monoxide in the water. It works.]]

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