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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:28 am

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

is my next guess.... Target Luna followed by 3 Pathfinder series.. Pathfinders in Space,Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus.

not easy to find...(assuming i got it right this time) .
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:49 am

I was only a young'un, but I remember the Pathfinders series.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:15 pm

spud42 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:28 am
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_Luna

is my next guess.... Target Luna followed by 3 Pathfinder series.. Pathfinders in Space,Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus.

not easy to find...(assuming i got it right this time) .
Absolutely right!

To explain the clues:

Clue 1 - all four series aired in 1960-61 - they did

Clue 2 - the hero's pet mysteriously changes species (but not name) between the first and second series. - It was a hamster called Hamlet in the first series, which became a guinea pig (still called Hamlet!) in later series.

Clue 3 - It's live action with some models etc., not puppets. - model spaceships etc, can't remember what they did about the dinosaurs etc. I really must watch the DVDs, I've got the set somewhere.

Clue 4 - The odd series out was actually the first (sorry I didn't make that clearer), does not survive except as a script, and has a two-word title.
Target Luna
All of the others have a completely different cast from the first but playing the same roles, have three word titles with one word in common, and survived (via various foreign broadcasters, collectors, etc.) to ultimately make it to DVD.
Pathfinders in Space,Pathfinders to Mars and Pathfinders to Venus

Clue 5 - One of the adult stars played his first role as a journalist and pilot in these series, later played a different journalist in another three more borderline SF serials, and a member of British intelligence in an espionage series, but is probably best remembered for a much later role as a robot on Doctor Who.
Gerald Flood -
played journalist / pilot Conway Henderson in the Pathfinders series
Journalist Mark Bannerman in Plateau of Fear, City Beneath the Sea and Secret Beneath the Sea (1961-63)
Peregrine Smith in The Ratcatchers (1966-67)
Kamelion the robot in Doctor Who (1983-84)

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:40 pm

ok, this was before my time as i was born end of 3rd quarter 1961....

ok this shouldnt be too hard....

La Fiesta de Santa Carolita

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:02 pm

spud42 wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:40 pm
ok, this was before my time as i was born end of 3rd quarter 1961....
I was 7 to 8 at the time and remember bits of it - there were some interesting touches, e.g. an alien spaceship they found on the moon was dumbbell shaped, I think they said so that the nuclear engines were as far as possible from the crew, an idea which they may have nicked from Clarke's Exploration of Space and/or The Sands of Mars.

No idea on your clue, unfortunately.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:40 am

Clue , The First....... American Author, well known, Hugo award winner( multiple times)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:58 pm

Clue the second, this author had a Long career as a sci fi writer. you could say it was Long lived.....
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:50 am

like Lazarus this thread needs to be resurrected after 4 days..... ( clue 3)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Smivs » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:27 pm

'To Sail Beyond the Sunset' - Robert A. Heinlein.
This is one of his that I haven't read, but the clues were enough to point me in the right direction :)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:17 am

100% correct Sir Gourd.
i have the ebook and havent read it either yet. so i started the whole series again.. just finished Methuselahs Children and half way through Time enough for Love.
Number of the Beast
The Cat Who Walked through Walls
then To Sail Beyond the Sunset
my list has a sixth book The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, havent read this either...

well thats the rest of October and probably November sorted...lol

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Smivs » Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:24 pm

It's been a while since we had an anagram.

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Book and Film - Name of both (the same) and author.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:21 pm

Duhhhhh... Starship Troopers. Book by Robert A. Heinlein

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Smivs » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:35 am

Spot on.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:20 pm

Smivs wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:35 am
Spot on.
Back to the ffutures :)
OK, since I'm feeling lazy, let's have five stories / books / films with aliens adopted by humans - but only one for each "universe" e.g. if there's a series of books and a film with several aliens adopted by humans the first one anyone mentions from that source is the only one allowed.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:51 am

what do you mean by adopted?
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