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by Disembodied
Sat May 25, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Then how about the nameless cities discovered on Kapteyn b , "an exoplanet that orbits within the habitable zone of the red subdwarf Kapteyn's star, located approximately 12.8 light-years from Earth", which is believed to be around 11 billion years old? "Cities cover almost the entire surface of tha...
by Disembodied
Wed May 22, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Shirka/Shiruka will do it! Other alternatives could be Lucy, the computer of the ship of the same name from Killjoys ; Eddie, the ship's computer in the Heart of Gold from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide … ; or Xoanon, the (insane) ship's computer from the Doctor Who episode "The Face of Evil". Over to Astr...
by Disembodied
Wed May 22, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Yes, sorry, Orac is out … also, he's not a ship's computer: he's just a computer on a ship.
by Disembodied
Wed May 22, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Holly, S.I.D., Zen and Andromeda are all good … next one wins!
by Disembodied
Tue May 21, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

"Pawley's Peepholes" is about a small town in the present day (or the 1950s, which was the present day when it was written) being overrun with intangible, but very visible, tourists from the future. Another list of five, then: five named ship's computers, with personalities, with which one could hav...
by Disembodied
Tue May 21, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

12 Monkeys (film)
Continuum (TV series)
In the Garden of Iden (novel by Kage Baker)
Millennium (novel by John Varley)
"Pawley's Peepholes" (short story by John Wyndham)
by Disembodied
Tue May 21, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Mac config file - where is it?
Replies: 9
Views: 136

Re: Mac config file - where is it?

The core game config files (shipdata.plist, etc.) on the Mac are inside the Oolite.app. Right-click on the app (or alt-click if right-clicking isn't enabled; or, better still, open System Preferences/Mouse and enable right-clicking) and select "Show Package Contents". The config files are in ~Conten...
by Disembodied
Mon May 20, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Film: The Truman Show
Novel: Maul, by Tricia Sullivan
Film: The Island
by Disembodied
Fri May 17, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Babylon 5
Space Station Nerva (from the Doctor Who stories "The Ark in Space" and "Revenge of the Cybermen")
Sector 12 General Hospital
by Disembodied
Fri May 17, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: On Orbits & Sun Distance
Replies: 23
Views: 601

Re: On Orbits & Sun Distance

What if the WP was always placed on an orbit around the star, but closer in? It would obviously be problematic if the WP and the planet ended up in opposition, with the star in between them, so perhaps the player should only ever arrive at the WP on an arc covering (say) 90° of its orbit closest to ...
by Disembodied
Tue May 14, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Not sure about the flower, but the Iain M. Banks novel Excession features a Culture ship called Grey Area.
by Disembodied
Tue May 14, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: On Orbits & Sun Distance
Replies: 23
Views: 601

Re: On Orbits & Sun Distance

True but in either of those polar configurations you'd see hemispherical planets (one half lit) and a clear overview (like looking at an orrery) of a now obviously small system with an obviously tiny star. The arrangement wouldn't have to be polar of course but the more you leave the ecliptic the m...
by Disembodied
Mon May 13, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: On Orbits & Sun Distance
Replies: 23
Views: 601

Re: On Orbits & Sun Distance

The witchpoint doesn't necessarily have to be in the system's plane of the ecliptic … it could be e.g. above the north or south pole of the star.
by Disembodied
Mon May 13, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Liberator, from Blake's Seven, and Enterprise, from Star Trek.
by Disembodied
Thu May 09, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4721
Views: 509298

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos was filmed as Village of the Damned; and Harry Harrison's Make Room! Make Room! was filmed as Soylent Green.