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by ffutures
Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Jack Barron, TV show presenter and investigative reporter in Norman Spinrad's Bug Jack Barron.
by ffutures
Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:11 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There are the five elements in The Fifth Element – Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Milla Jovovich. 5 books in the HHGTTG trilogy? There's the intergalactic civilisation of the Five Galaxies, from David Brin's Uplift series. All good, and Disembodied inherits the poisoned chalice. REALLY surprised that...
by ffutures
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: May Bank Holiday Warning
Replies: 1
Views: 473

May Bank Holiday Warning

Just learned that the early May bank holiday this coming year will be on Friday 8th May, not Monday 4th May, since it's the 75th anniversary of VE day. Most calendars were printed with the wrong date! One event I can see that has been affected is the annual Canalway Cavalcade in London, which will b...
by ffutures
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, Five Gold Bands and Five Against Venus certainly qualify - there are actually 6 characters in the latter, but one is killed before the last one appears, so there are only five at any one time. Three to go!
by ffutures
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Let's have another Five Things question.... Okay, let's have five things that are in fives, in any of the usual sources; books, comics, films, etc. Only one from any one source, author, etc. so that e.g. if Marvel had a superhero group called the Fantastic Five you could use it but nobody could then...
by ffutures
Sat Dec 28, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ok, then it's the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya, which makes the album Jefferson Starship's Blows Against the Empire , which has a track by that name and was a Hugo nominee, and according to Wikipedia was based on concepts from Heinlein's stories. And if it isn't that, for the love of Cthulhu please te...
by ffutures
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I'm drawing a complete blank unless you mean the East African Rift, where the fossil hominid Lucy was found. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_African_Rift I'm not sure what uprising might be involved, apart from possibly something geological. Also drew a complete blank on a list of African conflic...
by ffutures
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

East Africa?

Is this the song you had in mind?
https://youtu.be/5Xx2Fo9vkjI
by ffutures
Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK... the only thing I can see related to Heinlein in the War of Jenkin's Ear is the Anson expedition - Anson MacDonald was one of Heinlein's aliases. Is this the answer, with the song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm?"
by ffutures
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Christmas!
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Christmas!

This year's Online Xmas Card... ...is here https://www.dropbox.com/s/63oo4wi3xc60r2d/xmas2019.pdf?dl=0 You may need to open the link in a new window or tab. For best results print it double sided on card with short edge binding, and fold it so that the picture is the front of the card. This is a lit...
by ffutures
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

the former British colony is in Africa.
Doesn't narrow it down much...
by ffutures
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

His politics, I'd imagine, extreme America-first right-wing. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress was fairly obviously inspired by the American War of Independence, which I'd guess may be what you're looking for. Re the usefulness of base 13; possibly for calculations based on playing cards? And there are p...
by ffutures
Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Absolutely right! We have a winner! "what do you get if you multiply six by nine? " comes out at 42 (4x13+2) in base 13!

Over to you!
by ffutures
Sun Dec 22, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Gary Seven is the correct character, but I think you forgot the bit about adding then subtracting, to give a number which can be used to explain the HHG equation... I'll give the answer to this tomorrow evening if nobody gets it, and set something a little easier instead. But the answer is fairly we...
by ffutures
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5341
Views: 676713

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Hint: The episode in which this character appeared was a "Back door pilot" for a proposed series that was never made, and the character in question uses a device not unlike a sonic screwdriver.