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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by RockDoctor » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:39 pm

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american singer has the last name of a Suzuki car model.......
I rejected "brown fox" earlier (under "quick"); now I'm wondering.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Mauiby de Fug » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:22 pm

spud42 wrote:
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right, new question, hmmmm

book title and author
rich guy signs up for cryogenic preservation of his head( i think it was only his head) wakes up 100 years later to find out he has been uploaded into a computer.
As nobody seems to immediately have an answer, I did some clue following and have come up with We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by a Dennis Taylor.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by RockDoctor » Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:53 am

Mauiby de Fug wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:22 pm
spud42 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:05 pm
rich guy signs up for cryogenic preservation of his head( i think it was only his head) wakes up 100 years later to find out he has been uploaded into a computer.
As nobody seems to immediately have an answer, I did some clue following and have come up with We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by a Dennis Taylor.
Oh, actually answering the question .. a novel approach.
There are parallels with World Out Of Time (by Larry Niven), but IIRC the protagonist in that was a criminal executed by (something, maybe a "mind-wipe"), who woke up to find himself enslaved as a robot which controlled a space ship. A complex choice : life as a slave, or be wiped again without a copy being kept. Cue space opera.
"Perssa for the State!"
Actually, when I checked the summary linked to above, I disentangled two threads. The protagonist was corpsicled at his own request because of cancer (so presumably not poor) and it was a brain-wiped criminal's body he was uploaded into. So actually, the story fits.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:00 am

Mauiby de Fug wrote:
Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:22 pm
spud42 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:05 pm
right, new question, hmmmm

book title and author
rich guy signs up for cryogenic preservation of his head( i think it was only his head) wakes up 100 years later to find out he has been uploaded into a computer.
As nobody seems to immediately have an answer, I did some clue following and have come up with We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by a Dennis Taylor.
we have a winner..... thank god..lol i thought i would have to answer it myself and ask another....
the next question is yours!!
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Mauiby de Fug » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:12 pm

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we have a winner..... thank god..lol i thought i would have to answer it myself and ask another....
the next question is yours!!
I was afraid of that...

I'll have to have a think for a bit to come up with something worthy/something not already asked!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Mauiby de Fug » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:59 pm

Well, I couldn't think of anything literary (clearly an indication that I need to read some more!), so for lack of something better, let's see if anyone can name an actor who has had a part in some form of each of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:59 pm

My guess would be David Prowse (Vader) because I know he was in Doctor Who at least once, but I can't find a Star Trek connection. Almost certainly one or another of the British actors in one of the Star Wars films anyway.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:07 pm

And as if by magic I found a way to search for it - bit of a cheat, hope nobody objects. I searched on "Appeared in Star Trek and Star Wars" then checked the people who came up for Dr. Who. It's Simon Pegg

Played "the editor" in the Dr. Who episode The Long Game (2005)
Played Scotty in the Star Trek reboot
Voice actor for Dengar in the Clone Wars animated series.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Mauiby de Fug » Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:09 pm

ffutures wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:07 pm
And as if by magic I found a way to search for it - bit of a cheat, hope nobody objects. I searched on "Appeared in Star Trek and Star Wars" then checked the people who came up for Dr. Who. It's Simon Pegg

Played "the editor" in the Dr. Who episode The Long Game (2005)
Played Scotty in the Star Trek reboot
Voice actor for Dengar in the Clone Wars animated series.
I wasn't aware of the Clone Wars animated series role - I knew about Unkar Plutt in Ep VII. Another acceptable answer is apparently Deep Roy.

Anyway, you now have the dubious honour of keeping the ball rolling with a new question!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:18 am

OK... Name a British children's TV SF show that ran to three series (four depending on how you count them) BEFORE Doctor Who aired.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:54 pm

space patrol 1963 around 6 months before Dr Who. ( thanks Wiki and google)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:46 pm

That's not really the answer I was looking for - officially there were two series of Space Patrol, though one was split into two halves so it's usually considered a third season. But the show I was asking about was explicitly three series/serials obviously linked by their titles, and there's a fourth that is generally considered part of the show though it had a different name.

If it helps, the word "space" is in the title of one of the serials, which is generally used as the over-arching title for all of them.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:55 am

fair enough... it did say series 1a and 1b then listed as 3 series..... at least i eliminated one..lol
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:53 pm

Clue 1 - all four series aired in 1960-61

Clue 2 - the hero's pet mysteriously changes species (but not name) between the first and second series.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:32 pm

Clue 3 - It's live action with some models etc., not puppets.

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. 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.

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.

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