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by ffutures
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's always Boomfood, as seen in Wells' The Food of the Gods - very nutritious, and nobody seems to complain about the taste, except you end up 20 ft. tall if you eat enough of the stuff. There's the unnamed "living green jelly" that grows on rotting vegetation on the planet New Frenchman's Bend ...
by ffutures
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

MMMMM, Vat Protein! Yummy.... if you live in the Alpha Complex, in the Paranoia RPG. It helps if you have the matter eater mutation, of course...
by ffutures
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Variable Sword from Larry Niven's Known Space universe - a length of monomolecular filament with a force field to keep it rigid, with the length variable from a few inches to several feet. Because the wire is invisible there's a red ball on the end so that idiots can see what they're doing.
by ffutures
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: (WIP) Enhanced Passenger Contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 2937

Re: (WIP) Enhanced Passenger Contracts

I've been using this for a while now and it occurred to me that one possible use for the extra passenger complexity might be to have medical ships serving a hospital station or some other medical facility (such as a planet-based hospital or a dedicated high-tech station or asteroid). Most of the pas...
by ffutures
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Slight memory fail - Meatball is the human name, the natives call it Drambo. The Sector General series includes short stories, novelettes, and full length novels. Major Operation was a series of several linked novelettes published in the New Writings in SF anthology series then later as a slightly e...
by ffutures
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another one I've used before - the planet Meatball, in James White's Sector General universe (in the collection Major Operation ) has living continents which are apparently edible since they are often attacked by smaller predators that eat chunks of them. At least one is sentient - although these ar...
by ffutures
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another one

Pizza the Hutt, in Spaceballs, is a human-pizza hybrid and mobster. He ultimately eats himself.

https://youtu.be/FPZ4yah3ROU
by ffutures
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

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 … http://www.slumberland.it/public/immagini/content/db_fumetto/abelard_snazz/abelard_snazz_milkshake_286.jpg Damn, I ...
by ffutures
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another one - In Iain M. Banks' Excession the Affront (one of the nastier races of the Culture universe) prefer their food alive, sentient, conscious and terrified.
by ffutures
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5577
Views: 695944

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: 5577
Views: 695944

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: 5577
Views: 695944

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: 5577
Views: 695944

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: 5577
Views: 695944

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: 5577
Views: 695944

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...