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by ffutures
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Well, omitting cannibalism stops the obvious one - Soylent Green is made of people. (from the film Soylent Green based on Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison) Jonathan Livingston Dog-Vulture , a Judge Dredd story from 2000 AD , has the inspiring story of a mutant dog-vulture in the Cursed Earth ...
by ffutures
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I guess the obvious one is flatland. It is indeed - that's one. The aliens (had to look up their name, apparently Tralfamadorians) from slaughterhouse 5 lived in or somehow saw more dimensions. As I remember it humans did too its just that we couldnt see them. That's a bit of a grey area - they wer...
by ffutures
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A lot smaller than Naledi I think - I got the impression they were about the size of a smallish monkey, but I could be wrong. OK, let's see... Let's have five stories about places/worlds/people who experience more or less than the three normal dimensions of space. Things like hyperspace are excluded...
by ffutures
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Or to quote Fredrick Brown

The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door ...

and see
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ ... eardAKnock
by ffutures
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Clarke's Childhood's End again - the last survivor of the human race witnesses the ascension of everyone else into a sort of cosmic mind, and is the last man on earth for a few minutes until the Earth itself goes bye-bye... Not sure if the last story of James Blish's "Pantropy" series ( Surface Tens...
by ffutures
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Brian Aldiss had sentient plants of several types in his novel Hot-House (1962). later - sorry, forgot you were excluding Hot-House I excluded the morel fungi in Hothouse, being fungi (choanoflagellate cells, closer to animals than the bulk of the plant kingdom) not plants. But if you can put a nam...
by ffutures
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:28 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Can't believe I forgot Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy etc.
by ffutures
Mon Jun 08, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The plant-woman Jabe, in the Doctor Who episode The End of the World , and the rest of her species. There was an invasion by an intelligent plant from space in The Avengers - Wikipedia tells me the episode was "Man-Eater of Surrey Green" made in 1965. Brian Aldiss had sentient plants of several type...
by ffutures
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

David Drake's RCN series ( With the Lightnings and sequels) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCN_Series is basically (and admitted by the author) Patrick O'Brien's Master and Commander series in spaaaace - the main difference is that it's the Captain who's a naturalist, and the Maturin equivalent is a ...
by ffutures
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Nice work, SpaceX!
Replies: 2
Views: 300

Re: Nice work, SpaceX!

They just managed another Starlink launch and booster recovery (5th time of use for this one)

https://youtu.be/y4xBFHjkUvw
by ffutures
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another Mondoshawans in The Fifth Element - they're the guys who send Leeloo and the element obelisk thingies to Earth to help humanity, they seem to be benign, or at least what they do benefits humanity; we don't really know why they're doing it but there are probably some ulterior motives too.
by ffutures
Fri May 29, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Overlords in Clark's Childhood's End. They bring world peace as part of helping the human race to ascend.

The Asgard in Stargate SG-1. Generally helpful in preventing the Go'auld from destroying the human race on several occasions, eventually bow out giving humanity their technology.
by ffutures
Thu May 28, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

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. OK, both of those qualify, that...
by ffutures
Wed May 27, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Me again? Oh dear... OK, we've had food and we've had drinks. Let's do some alien drugs! I'm looking for five instances of drugs made by aliens, or based on alien plants / animals / whatever. Usual five things rules apply - no two from the same source, where source can be as narrow as a single novel...
by ffutures
Tue May 26, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5470
Views: 687416

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

PsiCorps, part of EarthGov, in the Babylon Five universe.

The Zhodani empire (or whatever they called it, can't remember) in the Traveller RPG, which is a benevolent dictatorship based on a mind-reading state - pretty much anyone in any responsible government job is psychic.