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** In the backstory, [[spoiler:humanity separated into two distinct strains: Virtual Humanity, living entirely as brain uploads in virtual spaces, and Actual Humanity, which chose to remain in physical space.]]

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** In the backstory, [[spoiler:humanity separated into two distinct strains: Virtual Humanity, living entirely as brain uploads in virtual spaces, and Actual Humanity, which chose to remain in physical space. Actual Humanity still ''used'' brain upload technology, for things like {{Body Backup Drive}}s and interplanetary travel; they just chose not to ''live'' inside a computer.]]


** [[spoiler:The Earth is physically destroyed. The people of Earth are saved, but the simulation in which they live could theoretically be halted or terminated at any time.]]
** [[spoiler:From Laura's perspective specifically, the ending is even worse: in addition to being directly responsible for the destruction of Earth, she lost her mother (a ''second'' time), her boyfriend, and her near-omnipotent power, and is now trapped in a toy universe with no way out.]]

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** For the world in general: [[spoiler:The Earth is physically destroyed. The people of Earth are saved, but the simulation in which they live could theoretically be halted or terminated at any time.]]
** [[spoiler:From Laura's perspective specifically, the ending is even worse: in For Laura specifically: [[spoiler:In addition to being directly responsible for the destruction of Earth, she lost her mother (a ''second'' time), her boyfriend, and her near-omnipotent power, and is now trapped in a toy universe with no way out.]]



* HollowWorld: [[spoiler:Tens of thousands of replica Earths, which were all destroyed in Abstract War. Ra supplied enough ArtificialGravity to make them feel like "filled-in" planets.]]

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* HollowWorld: [[spoiler:Tens of thousands of replica Earths, which were all destroyed in Abstract War. Ra ]] They were supplied with enough ArtificialGravity to make them feel like "filled-in" planets.]]



* PastRightNow: [[spoiler:The entire Earth. The Wheel Group "rebooted" the planet to a historical reconstruction of 1970 (with magic added), when the ''real'' year was 19391 or 19392.]]

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* PastRightNow: [[spoiler:The entire Earth. ]] The Wheel Group "rebooted" the planet [[spoiler:the planet]] to a historical reconstruction of 1970 [[spoiler:1970 (with magic added), when the ''real'' year was 19391 or 19392.]]

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* PastRightNow: [[spoiler:The entire Earth. The Wheel Group "rebooted" the planet to a historical reconstruction of 1970 (with magic added), when the ''real'' year was 19391 or 19392.]]

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* EndangeredSpecies: [[spoiler:At the conclusion of Abstract War, there are only ''two hundred and fourteen'' humans left, out of a pre-War population that numbered at ''least'' in the quadrillions. {{Downplayed|Trope}} in that they can just ask the near-omnipotent supercomputer to procedurally generate some more humans, but there was a brief window where they hadn't yet taken control of said computer.]]

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* ApocalypseWow: [[spoiler:The destruction of Actual Humanity civilization in Abstract War. We're talking lasers the size of Mt. Everest, fragments of artificial worlds bombarding the Earth like asteroids, nanobots corrupting humans into {{Humanoid Abomination}}s, moons getting blown up...the works.]]


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* HumanoidAbomination: The monsters of Tanako's World are made of human ''parts'', but they're not quite...''arranged'' in the right way. And their teeth are much, much sharper.


** Computer science terms also abound (the Wheel Group, Abstract Types, and one piece of minor equipment is compared to a USB key). [[spoiler:And the world was "rebooted" to the start of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time Unix time]]

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** Computer science terms also abound (the Wheel Group, Abstract Types, and one piece of minor equipment is compared to a USB key). [[spoiler:And the world was "rebooted" to the start of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time Unix time]]time]].]]


** Computer science terms also abound (the Wheel Group, Abstract Types, and one piece of minor equipment is compared to a USB key).

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** Computer science terms also abound (the Wheel Group, Abstract Types, and one piece of minor equipment is compared to a USB key). [[spoiler:And the world was "rebooted" to the start of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time Unix time]]


* OrwellianRetcon: Hughes felt that the original ending of the story [[note]]the two chapters after "It Has To Work"[[/note]] was rather weak and abrupt, so he wrote a new one. The original ending is still available on the website, though it's been moved to a different section.

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* OrwellianRetcon: Hughes felt that the original ending of the story [[note]]the two chapters after "It Has To Work"[[/note]] "Why Not Just" and "Destructor"[[/note]] was rather weak and abrupt, so he wrote a new one. The original ending is still available on the website, though it's been moved to a different section.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:Subverted by Ra. It didn't malfunction; it was deliberately reprogrammed by Virtual Humanity.]]


* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: 4, "One Big Lie" - based entirely around a fictitious field of physics, namely [[spoiler:nonlocality technology -- the ability to instantly transport matter and energy from any location to any other -- which allows the eponymous AI to display near-godlike powers, including simulating the existence of an entire fake field of physics, i.e. magic.]]

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* MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness: 4, "One Big Lie" - based entirely around a fictitious field of physics, namely [[spoiler:nonlocality technology -- the ability to instantly transport matter "arbitrary quantities of mass, energy, momentum, spin and energy electrical charge" from any location to any other at the speed of light -- which allows the eponymous AI to display near-godlike powers, including simulating the existence of an entire fake field of physics, i.e. magic.]]


* HollowWorld: [[spoiler:All the Earth replicas that were destroyed in Abstract War.]]

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* HollowWorld: [[spoiler:All the Earth replicas that [[spoiler:Tens of thousands of replica Earths, which were all destroyed in Abstract War.War. Ra supplied enough ArtificialGravity to make them feel like "filled-in" planets.]]

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* HollowWorld: [[spoiler:All the Earth replicas that were destroyed in Abstract War.]]

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* FakeMemories: Anyone who ''thinks'' they were [[spoiler:born before 1970]], since they were actually [[spoiler:created from scratch at that time.]]

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* {{Terraform}}:
** Done to [[spoiler:''Earth itself''. After Abstract War, Earth was a thin-atmosphered radioactive wasteland with nothing left alive but a few bacteria. The Wheel Group reconstructed it as a living, inhabited world.]]
** Also done to [[spoiler:the fifth planet in the Sirius system, by the Abstract War survivors who chose not to join the Wheel Group.]]

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