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by Disembodied
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who story "The Talons of Weng-Chiang", Leela kills a potential assassin using a blowdart tipped with a Janis thorn, a poisonous plant from her home planet (one of several people she disposes of by this method, I think).
by Disembodied
Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:48 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: A question of lore
Replies: 40
Views: 9957

Re: A question of lore

Have we arrived at a definitive answer here? I'm editing the witchspace & buoy pages on our wiki and am a tad unsure what to write! You could just say something like "The location in the system where inbound traffic emerges from Witchspace is marked by a navigation buoy", and leave it at that. Cert...
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Species: Lobstoids, Amphiboids, Reptiles etc.
Replies: 27
Views: 1048

Re: Species: Lobstoids, Amphiboids, Reptiles etc.

Thank you for this. I'll quote it in suitable pages on the wiki. I'm not trying to tell people what to think - just to show different versions where they exist and also provide possible material for those wanting to - for example - write stories or write missions. Oh yes, absolutely - if people wan...
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Species: Lobstoids, Amphiboids, Reptiles etc.
Replies: 27
Views: 1048

Re: Species: Lobstoids, Amphiboids, Reptiles etc.

Does anybody know any more - or have any ideas about any of this? Speaking personally, there are loads of different species in my head-canon. For example, the Blue Bug-Eyed Lizards of Atbevete are completely unrelated to the Black Slimy Lizards of Engema. They might be both more-or-less reptilian, ...
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Species: Lobstoids, Amphiboids, Reptiles etc.
Replies: 27
Views: 1048

Re: Species: Lobstoids, Amphiboids, Reptiles etc.

Does this Jameson chappy really exist? Or is he just some sort of literary fiction? "Jameson" was the default commander name in the original game, and is almost certainly based on Captain Alexander Lascelles Jamison , an example character from the late-1970s pen-and-paper RPG Traveller which provid...
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: The U.S. election - the aftermath
Replies: 78
Views: 33510

Re: The U.S. election - the aftermath

ffutures wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:52 pm
Disembodied wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:27 pm
As I understand it he's currently trying to send tweets by carrier pigeon. This is what is known as an attempted coo.
Do you mind if I quote that on another site?
Go ahead, but I can't accept any responsibility!
by Disembodied
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: The U.S. election - the aftermath
Replies: 78
Views: 33510

Re: The U.S. election - the aftermath

As I understand it he's currently trying to send tweets by carrier pigeon. This is what is known as an attempted coo.
by Disembodied
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Which tool for tweaking OXZ files for iMac?
Replies: 24
Views: 1380

Re: Which tool for tweaking OXZ files for iMac?

Xcode comes with all sorts of bells and whistles for editing .plists, and is free on the Apple app store.
by Disembodied
Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Philip K. Dick's Martian Time-Slip has "Bleekmen", the original inhabitants of Mars, who aren't hostile and are pretty much persecuted by the human colonists.
by Disembodied
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

An update on the £2 HG Wells coin: as well as depicting a four-legged tripod, it also carries a quote that isn't a quote:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/ ... alse-quote
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In the steampunk RPG Space: 1889, Mars is inhabited by a number of different cultures. Some - e.g. the High Martians - will often attack humans (and pretty much everyone else), but first contact with the Canal and Hill Martians was at least non-hostile.
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Just remembered another - Isaac Asimov's anthology I, Robot includes the story Reason (1941) Yup, "Reason" fits the bill - back to you for the next question! Some other examples include various robot religions from Futurama ; the short story "Adam Robots", by Adam Roberts; and Bruce Sterling's shor...
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Quick side question:

How many legs does a Martian Fighting Machine - from H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds - have? The Royal Mint's answer may surprise you:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/ ... new-2-coin
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Battlestar Galactica (the remake series) - the Cylons have a monotheistic religion, one of the reasons why they dislike the humans who are polytheistic. That's one, definitely. H2G2, when Zaphod is in the universe (created, IIRC in a drinks cabinet in the Maximagalon Publishing Corpse Head Orifice)...
by Disembodied
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5945
Views: 826301

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ah, right, there is that … OK. Most SF tends towards the view that robots, computers etc. are coldly logical. So I want three examples please (down from the usual five, as I think this is maybe less common than some) of computers/robots/machine intelligences which hold, get, or otherwise honestly es...