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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.

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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.


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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: http://qntm.org/responsibility. 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"
  • Lightspeed Leapfrog: The basis of "Forgotten things in space".
  • 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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