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by Disembodied
Thu May 28, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Also for those of us from Scotland who are old enough to remember: "blue sticks".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tQsXJEza6A
by Disembodied
Thu May 28, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Freslin: a drug in Farscape, extracted from the glands of sentient creatures. It's a euphoriant and an aphrodisiac.

In Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, the brightly coloured alien Puffies snacks on the planet Kitson have psychotropic and hallucinogenic effects on humans.
by Disembodied
Wed May 27, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, here's one. In the RAH/ Spider Robinson posthumous collaboration " Variable Star " […] OK, that's one. […] the Second Foundation […] Two! Would the dimension-jumping of Charlie Stross's "Merchant Princes" quintet by staring at an eyeball-twisting pattern count as psi? If I recall correctly, it ...
by Disembodied
Tue May 26, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Psi-powers seem to have dropped out of fashion in science fiction of late (or in the SF books I'm reading, at least). Can you list five psychic organisations, from separate SF universes: max 1 per universe, etc. Randomly psychic individuals don't count: there has to be some group/body/etc. of psychi...
by Disembodied
Mon May 25, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's the Crimson Permanent Assurance, an interstellar insurance company from Charles Stross's Neptune's Brood.
by Disembodied
Mon May 25, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

CHOAM (Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles), from Dune : because it has its fingers in so many pies, it's difficult to say exactly what it does, but since the bulk of its profits depend on melange, I'd classify it as a spice merchant. General Products, from Larry Niven's Known Space stories. B...
by Disembodied
Sat May 23, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

1) Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
2) Romulan Ale
by Disembodied
Mon May 18, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

From Larry Niven's Known Space series: Whitefood, also know as Bandersnatchi - especially their large, delicious brains - as eaten by the Thrintun during their ascendancy some 2 or 3 billion years ago. Alternatively, Tree-of-Life root, native to the Pak homeworld: simply irresistible to hominids onc...
by Disembodied
Sat May 09, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Carl Sagan, Contact (novel)
Ted Chiang, "Story of Your Life" (novella)
Iain M. Banks, "The State of the Art" (novella)
by Disembodied
Fri May 08, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Commies.oxp (v2.07)
Replies: 157
Views: 93234

Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

I wasn't quite sure how to add detail the blank sides. I think I was trying to go for a guard housing complex here, but I'm not entirely satisfied. Any ideas would be appreciated. These are looking good! As well as structures and general greebling, a few lighted windows (and maybe some gun-turrety-...
by Disembodied
Thu May 07, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In Charles Stross's Accelerando, various people/things are uploaded to various places … there's the uploaded, uplifted lobsters who end up getting a job running a space-based factory, for example. Or the uploaded crew of the tiny spaceship, the Field Circus.
by Disembodied
Mon May 04, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5361
Views: 677493

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cmdr James wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 6:22 pm
Very good!

There is also (a little hint) a well known scifi series about tanks which shares a name with a common household tool.
Ah, of course - the Hammer's Slammers series by David Drake.
by Disembodied
Mon May 04, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 919

Re: Progress

GearsNSuch wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 6:52 pm
Disembodied wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 1:35 pm
It's increasingly obvious that one or other of us is a sockpuppet account, and I've got a horrible feeling that it might be me …
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by Disembodied
Sun May 03, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 919

Re: Progress

I think it's work keeping a yellowish tinge to even high-tech city lights, if only to differentiate them from background stars. :wink: Yellow might be the common colour today but we've been moving towards white for some time now. White is less distinct from a starfield background however. :P It's i...
by Disembodied
Sun May 03, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 919

Re: Progress

I think it's not clear what would happen with regards tech level and so I'd be inclined to either randomise or ignore :P I think the question shouldn't be "what would happen?" so much as "how can the differences between planets - e.g. population, technology, and economy, which tend to be intertwine...