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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

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Right... yeah... erm... I'm gonna presume that Griff knew the answer to be The Sirens of Titan, and I'm gonna further presume that the answer to Griff's unknown question is correct, so it's over to you, phkb. <lobs coconut - chortles>

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@phkb yes that's it, i looked up the cover and it rang bells, blimey i've wondered what that book was for years

@cody sorry i've broken the flow of the quiz, hopefully the answer is 'Sirens of Titan' , the baths clue made me think of Douglas Adams

edit: sorry i'm trying to browse the boards on a tiny kindle, i didn't see your post above cody, just phkb's one now i look totally nuts :lol:

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<grins> The singer/songwriter who crafted such an excellent song was of course Al Stewart.

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yes i ended up on a pretty cool youtube video for the song, an excellent animation with space whales and stuff (ah wait, i just read that's a clip from Disney) , i clearly don't know al stewarts music though as from the name i could have sworn he was a smooth jazz/soul guy, will have to check out more of his stuff, from the clip you posted i was thinking it might have been some sort of british 60s tv show, had that sort of feel, like the avengers or randall and hopkirk or something
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... will have to check out more of his stuff...
He's made a lot of good albums. Hard to say which is best, but Year of the Cat is right up there.

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Ah, right, my turn! This will be good!
<rummages around in memory for something good>
Really really good.
<rummages around in memory for something at least average>

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<sniggers>

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Ok, how’s this: name the author and title.
Story takes place in hostile nebula, with extreme G forces.

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phkb wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:16 pm
Ok, how’s this: name the author and title.
Story takes place in hostile nebula, with extreme G forces.
Stephen Baxter's Raft, I'd imagine. Some humans are thrown into an alternate universe where the gravitational constant is huge, and people can live on asteroids because they retain atmosphere. Unfortunately they also attract eachother and eventually form planets, then suns, etc. etc. over a span of months.

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Got it in one! Wow! Here, have this well-used coconut of sci-fi knowledge.
[Note to self: must make clues more cryptic!]

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phkb wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:53 am
Got it in one! Wow! Here, have this well-used coconut of sci-fi knowledge.
[Note to self: must make clues more cryptic!]
how? lol
i had no idea or even a clue where to start...
Arthur: OK. Leave this to me. I'm British. I know how to queue.
OR i could go with
Arthur Dent: I always said there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.
or simply
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spud42 wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:51 am
phkb wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:53 am
Got it in one! Wow! Here, have this well-used coconut of sci-fi knowledge.
[Note to self: must make clues more cryptic!]
how? lol
i had no idea or even a clue where to start...
I've read the book fairly recently. Sorry for the delay responding, I forgot it'd probably be my turn to ask ze questions...

OK - in which late 1980s British SF series by which author do two planets orbit so closely that it is just possible to cross between them by balloon?

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ffutures wrote:OK - in which late 1980s British SF series by which author do two planets orbit so closely that it is just possible to cross between them by balloon?
That's Bob Shaw's Land and Overland trilogy: The Ragged Astronauts, The Wooden Spaceships, and The Fugitive Worlds.

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Absolutely right - over to you!

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Another list, then: give five science-fiction gods or entities/objects worshipped or revered as gods/godlike/more-than-merely-natural beings, from five different SF universes. These entities should have some sort of cult or following; the Xeelee or the Culture Minds might be at least mildly godlike in their powers and abilities, but nobody actually worships them or deems then to be in some way supernatural.

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