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by Disembodied
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Kraken Wakes, by John Wyndham.
by Disembodied
Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In Michael Swanwick's short story "Ginungagap", humanity is contacted by aliens via a small black hole located in the outer reaches of the solar system. They are - apparently - offering technology which would let human beings travel through the singularity.
by Disembodied
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Black Cloud from Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud is, I think, larger than the Earth.
by Disembodied
Tue Sep 15, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Aliens!
Replies: 57
Views: 28165

Re: Aliens!

I for one welcome our malodorous, probably microbial and still very much theoretical overlords …
by Disembodied
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There are the Janitors, from the Alan Moore Future Shock "They Sweep the Spaceways" in 2000AD. They replace burnt-out suns, plaster over black holes, disinfect any planets they find infested with civilisation, etc.

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by Disembodied
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

And another MBP and the task of setting the next question goes to ffutures!

There's also the DS9 episode, "Waltz".
by Disembodied
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

No, not Pullman … older than that (1960s, I think). A one-word title that's the name of a kind of dance. More generally, and to throw a hobbled pigeon amongst the ravenous Elite of cats, would Pullman's "Dustiverse" classify as SF or fantasy? Even though Pullman dabbles with alternate realities, and...
by Disembodied
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Aliens!
Replies: 57
Views: 28165

Re: Aliens!

Venusians! http://astrobiology.com/2020/09/phosphine-detected-in-the-atmosphere-of-venus---an-indicator-of-possible-life.html Well … phosphine - a possible biosignature - detected in the upper atmosphere of Venus. So Venusians smell a bit garlicky/rotten fish-y. The ming of Mongo, if you will. The p...
by Disembodied
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A clue … there's an alternate-history novel, set in a 20th century where Europe is still dominated by the Catholic Church.
by Disembodied
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK - The Entropy Tango by Michael Moorcock (1981) - the sixth book of the Jerry Cornelius series That's four, plus one shiny MBP to ffutures for naming a specific type of dance. It also takes Moorcock's The Winds of Limbo (geddit?) and his Dancers at the Ends of Time series off the table too. One m...
by Disembodied
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

spud42 wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:27 am
The Dancer form Atlantis, Poul Anderson
That's three … two to go!
by Disembodied
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 630
Views: 233916

Re: Quote of the week!

“Jeff Bezos could personally pay each of Amazon’s 876,000 employees a one-time $105,000 bonus today and still be as wealthy as he was at the beginning of the pandemic.”
by Disembodied
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, I've given it a while so I may as well give another answer - Ballroom! Ballroom of the Skies by John D. MacDonald (1952); a nice cheerful story in which Earth is kept in a perpetual state of conflict and misery so that it can be the crucible that produces strong leaders for a utopian galactic c...
by Disembodied
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Well, let's go for an easy answer - Stardance by Spider and Jeanne Robinson That looks … chilly. But it definitely counts! One down, four to go. Quick question - if the name of a type of dance is used in a title but in another context is it acceptable? Yes - along the same lines of "Caught in the O...
by Disembodied
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5701
Views: 715697

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, let's work our way through the Muses … five SF stories/films/episodes/etc. which refer to dance or dancing in their titles. Only one answer per SF universe - but names of dances, or indeed the words "dance", "dancing", etc. can be repeated. E.g. if Dances With Wolves was a scifi film, it would c...