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by RockDoctor
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, I don't recall this one coming up recently. Let's have five aliens which canonically are bigger than planets - Ian M. Banks, in the Culture series has objects the size of large planets with multiple shells (as for Dyson spheres, but multiple of them), onion-like. Remnants of some previously Sub...
by RockDoctor
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A clue … there's an alternate-history novel, set in a 20th century where Europe is still dominated by the Catholic Church. That universe sounds like Phillip Pullman's "Magesterium/Dust" universe (from "Golden Compass"/ "Subtle Knife"/ "Amber Spyglass" and the "Book of Dust" trilogy of which only v1...
by RockDoctor
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Robert Heinlien published under the name Lyle Monroe 1942. Pied Piper Hang on, that reminds me. Does a bit of "Young Adult" (or even "Children's Fiction" by Pterry, set on the DiscWorld (-ish) count as SF? It's a bit borderline, but I'm thinking of "The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents", wh...
by RockDoctor
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, I'm in a musical mood, so let's have five SF stories / films / TV episodes / whatever which have the NAME of a musical instrument in the title. Meaningless bonus points if it is actually about music. Only one title per musical instrument. And the usual rules - I'll try to take the Good Doctor o...
by RockDoctor
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ok this should be a quick one for the genius ' in this forum im searching for a book i read many moons ago. i dont know the name or author. All i remember is children needing to eat something special/rare and probably expensive . the children who didnt eat were mentally disadvantaged and i think di...
by RockDoctor
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Tales from the spacelanes...
Replies: 1314
Views: 402674

Re: Tales from the spacelanes...

Hi cbr, I know the feeling from multiple places. Once the screen gets really busy, the system slows to a crawl, and you don't know about the guy sneaking up behind you to put a 9TJ laser bolt through the back of your life support system. There was an addon which I had on my previous installation, I ...
by RockDoctor
Mon Aug 31, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ok.... let's try another field of human endeavour - crime! Give me five SF stories / films / whatever where the principal characters are criminals, or have to commit a crime. And to make it harder we'll go with non-violent crime, or at the worst minor injuries - no murders, assassinations, or terro...
by RockDoctor
Sun Aug 30, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK... Robert Heinlein's story "The Man Who Sold The Moon" (1950) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Sold_the_Moon Well, I think you've got the hat back. Harriman clearly had the same approach to budgets and schedules that Douglas Adams had to editorial deadlines ("I love the sound as they ...
by RockDoctor
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Surely we've not reached the limit of SF's inability to stick to schedule or budget? Now that would be fiction, indeed!
by RockDoctor
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier program - all of them (...) This can probably be generalised to cover all flying megastructures of this general type I agree on the SHIELDbase, and the generality of Flying Secret Bases. I always wondered why they didn't just get shot out of the sky ... in the way they ...
by RockDoctor
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Harry Harrison A Transatlantic Tunnel,Hurrah! budget falls short, Her majesty's government coughs up 80% but they are still 8% of budget short.... well digging a tunnel from Lands End to the American colony cant be cheap... and yes it is still a colony. In this reality George Washington lost and wa...
by RockDoctor
Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Nite Owl wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:22 am
How about any part of Japan from the Godzillaverse?
I like the idea ... but somehow I don't think so. Is there a "Flee Godzilla-Infested Japan" Project with a schedule or budget to look, shame-faced, at as it flies out of the window?
by RockDoctor
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Babylon Project series of space stations - numbers 1-4 lost in various mysterious ways, each replacement was bigger than its predecessors and presumably a lot more expensive, culminating in Babylon 5 which was supposed to prevent war and failed abysmally. Isn't Babylon n part of the Star Trek u...
by RockDoctor
Mon Aug 24, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 11:33 am
The various but gamely ongoing attempts to set up a functioning Jurassic Park visitor attraction, maybe? (Who is insuring these things?)
Oh yeah - good one - for number one. I hadn't thunk of that at all.
by RockDoctor
Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5671
Views: 709732

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The silver Dolphin from Axel Moonshine... http://vagabonddeslimbes.overblog.com/vagabond-of-limbo-characters-the-silver-dolphin The Silver Dolphin - so much more than your basic, garden-variety spaceship ! The Dolphin is Axle Munshine's only true home ; his best weapon ; his main remaining communic...