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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:08 pm
by Commander_X
Cody wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:37 am
[...] but I don't recall any shuttles.
Although I wouldn't be able recall ( ;) ), I also couldn't find any mention of such, besides the "skybike" smuggled aboard. Sorry!
Disembodied wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:57 am
A Culture General Systems Vehicle[...]
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spud42 wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:18 am
Lexx had those bug shuttles [...]
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:00 pm
by ffutures
I'm pretty sure that the aliens in Independence Day used some sort of shuttle inside the big saucers, but they also carried fleets of attack ships so I may have mistaken them for an internal transport system - I'm really not going to watch the bloody thing again to check!

And the big ship in Wall-E has little mobility pods for the passengers, I think.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:00 pm
by Commander_X
ffutures wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:00 pm
I'm pretty sure that the aliens in Independence Day used some sort of shuttle inside the big saucers, but they also carried fleets of attack ships so I may have mistaken them for an internal transport system - I'm really not going to watch the bloody thing again to check!
They might had, but, the closest glimpse we had for the interior of their saucers was around their main weapon. The mother ship on the other hand was presented more generously in the interior, we can "presume" some of the ships passing by were shuttles, but there is no evidence.
ffutures wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:00 pm
And the big ship in Wall-E has little mobility pods for the passengers, I think.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:19 am
by cbr
From The Black Hole, those 'moonbuggies' on rails ? :)

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:27 pm
by Disembodied
"The Stone", a 290km-long (and then some …) asteroid ship in Greg Bear’s Eon. Internal travel requires aircraft (and "tuberiders", when things start to get stretched).

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:20 pm
by Commander_X
cbr wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:19 am
From The Black Hole, those 'moonbuggies' on rails ? :)
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Disembodied wrote:
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:27 pm
"The Stone", a 290km-long (and then some …) asteroid ship in Greg Bear’s Eon. Internal travel requires aircraft (and "tuberiders", when things start to get stretched).
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All yours big D!

P.S. Two other examples I had in mind were Excalibur in Babylon 5 Crusade, and more recently, Ark Hyperion in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:45 pm
by Disembodied
OK, another five … five times in SF when stars were actively destroyed/made to explode. Just going nova isn't enough: someone or something has to trigger it.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:29 am
by spud42
first is obviously the Vogons destroying our sun for a hyperspatial bypass.......

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:48 am
by Disembodied
spud42 wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:29 am
first is obviously the Vogons destroying our sun for a hyperspatial bypass.......
The Vogons only destroyed the Earth, I think … as far as I remember they left the sun alone.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:51 am
by Cody
Greg Bear's Anvil of Stars: if memory serves, a whole system is eventually destroyed, which I think included the star.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:25 pm
by Disembodied
Cody wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:51 am
Greg Bear's Anvil of Stars: if memory serves, a whole system is eventually destroyed, which I think included the star.
I think you're right … that's one (unless someone knows different!).

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
by ffutures
Stargate SG1 - in one of the episodes they lure the Go'auld into an unihabited solar system then drop a spare Stargate into the sun to trigger a supernova (I think). You sort of hope that they checked that there weren't any occupied worlds within say 50 light years or so...

later - yep, a supernova - full summary here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exodus_(Stargate_SG-1)

E.E. "Doc" Smith did this several times, most notably in the final book of the Skylark of Space series, Skylark of Valeron where they basically blow up most of the starts in a galaxy to get rid of the evil chlorine breathers, creating a quasar, while evacuating all of the oxygen breathers to a third galaxy. This astonishing act of genocide is apparently a good thing.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:13 am
by Disembodied
ffutures wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
Stargate SG1
That's two.
ffutures wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
E.E. "Doc" Smith did this several times, most notably in the final book of the Skylark of Space series
Yes - multiple times, right enough! That's three …

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:02 pm
by Cody
I hesitate to mention this, as I gave up after the first two novels, but I think The Saga of the Seven Suns has some staricide going on.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:06 pm
by Disembodied
Cody wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 4:02 pm
I hesitate to mention this, as I gave up after the first two novels, but I think The Saga of the Seven Suns has some staricide going on.
Hmm … not something I've read. From googling they do seem to be able to turn gas giants into mini-stars, though, so it's not impossible. That makes four: one more for the prize!