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by ffutures
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Nobody?

Small hint - a British TV series of the late 70s-early 80s had one story which revolved around photography.
by ffutures
Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I haven't seen this one, but it seems very on-point: https://www.timelapse-themovie.com/ (also a respin on https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0734543/) Definitely qualifies - though you have to wonder how they can afford all that polaroid film, it's incredibly expensive now! In William Gibson's short sto...
by ffutures
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

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. That's a slightly tricky one because the Milton Keynes example uses video cameras, but it's established in other stori...
by ffutures
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, let's try a change of pace. Let's have five SF works (books, comics, movies, TV, whatever) where photography is important to the plot. I'm looking for characters working as photographers, stories where a photograph is vital evidence, etc. etc. By photography I specifically mean still images, not...
by ffutures
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, yet another from James White's Sector General series; one of the series regular characters is Major O'Mara, the hospital's chief psychologist. He got involved in the project at the very beginning, as a construction worker building the hospital station, and ended up becoming a psychologist more o...
by ffutures
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:29 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Mumby family, though that goes back a LONG way in time.
by ffutures
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Larklight, home of the Mumby family; a house orbiting the moon in Philip Reeve's Larklight, or the Revenge of the White Spiders! or to Saturn's Rings and Back! . Basically a moderately sized Victorian house in space, in an alternate Victorian world with interplanetary travel, aliens, etc. https://en...
by ffutures
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/24/16484222/urahara-review-crunchyroll-anime-magical-girls-harajuku-fashion ? OK, I think that sort of qualifies because you have a living bit of clothing that's important to the plot, and it's the fifth answer so the ball is in your court. Regarding my hints (and t...
by ffutures
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Does the Wallace and Gromit adventure The Wrong Trousers count? Are Techno-Trousers® sufficiently SF? Definitely a yes, I think - it's all about weird tech, and the trousers are the main part of that. One to go. This is skirting(!) the definition, but clothes are definitely a key element of the tal...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_technology_in_the_Dune_universe#Stillsuit Well, the stillsuit does have some plot implications ("he will know your ways as if he were born amongst you", or some such prophecy concerning the Muad'dib), but is it "central"? Sorry, I missed the stillsuit link prev...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

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 wanderi...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About Oolite Trading
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: About Oolite Trading

Booze is reliably much more profitable than furs, 150% profit if you buy at 20 and sell at 35, the maximum for furs is somewhere around 90% profit and there aren't nearly as many markets at that price. You have to move a lot more booze, of course, but 5 tons cost as much as 2 tons of furs and make a...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Launching straight out onto the thin ice, wearing clodhoppers, twelve-point crampons and using a pogo stick, I'll propose the Invisibility cloak/ Hallow in Potterverse. If you'll accept Potterverse as SF - a stretch, I'll grant. Prodding around in Poul Anderson's "Incarnations of Immortality" serie...
by ffutures
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Okay... we've had food and drink, we've had booze. Let's try another necessity of life - clothing. Five SF stories about clothing. Films, TV, Comics, books, whatever, no two from the same source, author, or universe, but clothing and/or clothing-related fashion must be the main focus of the story. A...
by ffutures
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695947

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another one - Popplers, from Futurama. Delicious fast food, but it turns out they're the larvae of an intelligent species, and the world where they are found is one of their nursery worlds.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Problem_with_Popplers

How many is that now? Are we there yet?