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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:44 am
by spud42
Lexx and Moya were the two i immediately thought of.
McCaffery's Brain ships qualify as bio mechanical...

3 down 2 to go...

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:39 pm
by Cody
Voidhawks/Blackhawks?

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:45 pm
by Cmdr James
cadeuceus from... erm... oolite ?

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:46 am
by spud42
Voidhawks/Blackhawks? Cody, i had to look that up and will say it qualifies. was b bit unsure but i read a page where it said it had a crew so it's in.

Cadeuceus, I also had to check this out. Originally i thought it was just a self healing hull material. But having read the authors wiki and several forum threads it was definite meant to be biomechanoid . talk of DNA and cloning of fragments into full ships etc.

Cmdr James its all yours, take it away.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:46 am
by Cmdr James
So lets turn this around and have 3 (because I dont think I know 5 myself though Im sure there are) stories where the lead character or narrator is not biological.

So we arent looking for Lord of the Rings because although its notionally about the Ring, the Ring isnt the main character, and we arent looking for Robocop because he is partly or mostly human.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:57 pm
by Disembodied
Tik-Tok, by John Sladek.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 5:23 pm
by cbr
"9"

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:16 pm
by ffutures
I, Robot (1939) Story by Eando Binder which was told from a robot's viewpoint long before Asimov used the title. Several stories about the character, Adam Link, were eventually published as a fix-up "novel".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Robot_(short_story)

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:59 am
by Cmdr James
And none of the titles I had in mind!

Surprised that noone mentioned Descendant by Iain Banks. Anyway, over to you.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:30 pm
by ffutures
Okay, continuing the robotic theme, let's have five stories in which human and robotic partners team up, not necessarily to fight crime. The partnership must be more or less equal.

To make it a little more challenging let's have ONE each of:
  • a TV series or one-off drama
  • a book (or shorter printed fiction)
  • a film
  • a comic
  • a web comic
Two works derived from the same source or author aren't allowed. e.g. if the novel "Robocop and Burt - Together they Fight Crime" was also filmed and made into a comic only one of them would be allowed.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:38 pm
by Cody
I wonder if Klaatu and Gort qualify?

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:40 pm
by ffutures
Cody wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:38 pm
I wonder if Klaatu and Gort qualify?
They do - that takes the film slot, so no other films can be used, or other works derived from the novella Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates.

Back in the 1990s one of my RPG supplements had a scenario featuring aliens who had their own language - since I don't actually know any foreign languages my playtests used the phrase Klaatu barada nikto every time, just altering the intonation and spacing to convey the meaning. e.g.

(barked) Klaatu! Klaatu! Barada nikto! - Hands up filthy Earthling scum
(lovingly) Oh Klaatu... barada nikto! - Fancy some alien nooky big boy?
and so forth. One of the player characters commented "Obviously a language of few words but many meanings"

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:30 am
by gilhad
The Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov for book?

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:36 pm
by ffutures
gilhad wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:30 am
The Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov for book?
OK - so no other novels, nothing else by Asimov, and nothing else derived in any form from Asimov's robots.

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:03 pm
by Disembodied