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by Disembodied
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In William Gibson's short story "The Gernsback Continuum", the main character is a photographer hired to take pictures of the crumbling remains of 1930s futurist American architecture - and starts to find himself hallucinating elements of the Metropolis-style 1980s imagined by early SF …
by Disembodied
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Well, a bit of a giveaway in your question, but there's Charles Stross's Laundry novella "The Concrete Jungle", where part of the SCORPION STARE network goes live in Milton Keynes. There's also the video game Beyond Good and Evil , where you play an investigative reporter on an alien world. Obtainin...
by Disembodied
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In Brice Sterling's Schismatrix, Kitsune, the head of the Geisha Bank, eventually becomes the "Wallmother", a giant sentient organic habitat in the asteroid belt massing over 400,000 tons.
by Disembodied
Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The specially bred Iszic trees in Jack Vance's The Houses of Iszm are grown into self-contained living spaces, with plumbing, food, etc. provided.
by Disembodied
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Does the Wallace and Gromit adventure The Wrong Trousers count? Are Techno-Trousers® sufficiently SF?
by Disembodied
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Here's an obscure superhero: Paradax ! The handful of strips were originally published in the downright psychedelic Strange Days back in the 1980s. Al Cooper was a taxi driver who found a weird skintight suit in his taxi, which enabled him to pass through solid matter. He was mistaken for a wanderin...
by Disembodied
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About Oolite Trading
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: About Oolite Trading

I know. But my main objective was to make trading other goods, other than computers / furs, more interesting. That's a long-standing ambition for a lot of people here! Probably the best attempt is Cim's New Cargoes OXP. Even in the basic game, though, there are locations where the returns on Liquor...
by Disembodied
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's the Ealing scifi comedy The Man in the White Suit, about a man who invents an unbreakable fibre that never needs washing.
by Disembodied
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Milo wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:19 am
I think this round goes to Disembodied with Umpty Candy.
Traditionally, the round goes to whoever supplies the final answer … as I posed the previous question I'll defer to ffutures.
by Disembodied
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Uncle Ump's Umpty Candy, from Judge Dredd. Literally too delicious to be legal.
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Neuronic whip , Omni-Blade , Cosmic knife (I wasn't sure if Mesmetron qualified, as it is technically projectile), Lightsaber , Ahn'woon I'll add Auto axe and Shishkebab as runners-up... Well, that was quick … that's eight right there, and even though three are from the Fallout universe that still ...
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, my apologies if we have done this already - it's a long thread! - but name five hand-held, non-projectile/shooty-firey weapons (so no lasers, disruptors, micromissile launchers, gauss rifles, blasters etc.) from five different SF universes. The weapons should be specific and wholly fictional, so...
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Martians in H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds don't seem to have any moral qualms about eating humans (or at least drinking their blood). And in Futurama , everybody loves eating delicious Popplers , even after they find out they're the offspring of the sentient (and downright irritable) Omicr...
by Disembodied
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Aliens!
Replies: 52
Views: 27022

Re: Aliens!

The more we learn about ourselves and the universe, the more we appreciate that aliens probably won’t just be humans with longer limbs and waving antennae. How do you communicate with a planet-sized slime with ESP that eats electricity? We’re not talking to you, we’re talking to Saturn – a review o...
by Disembodied
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5494
Views: 688791

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Abelard Snazz, the man with the double-decker brain - star of occasional stories in the 2000AD - is known to boost his thinking powers by consuming the odd Syrian Sentient Milkshake …

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