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by ffutures
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

None of the Gulliver lands were actually a secret - they were just places Englishmen hadn't visited before - but I think that including Laputa is a good idea, since it gives us something in the sky, Let's just have that as the one example from Swift, and rule him out of further consideration. One to...
by ffutures
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

spud42 wrote:
Wed Apr 08, 2020 1:10 pm
Wonder Woman and the Amazons hidden by Zeus . DC universe. from 2017 movie.
Well, the DC universe also has SF elements I think I have to accept this - which leaves two to go, and rules out all other variants on DC comics and Amazons.

Reminds me to say, no more Hollow Earths!
by ffutures
Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:49 am
OK, there's BLUE HADES in the deep oceans, in Charles Stross's Laundry series, and the various races and tribes that inhabit the hollow earth in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Pellucidar series.
Yes to both of those - three to go.
by ffutures
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, since nobody else seems to be jumping in, let's have another five things... Five hidden civilizations on or under the Earth or sea (not ruling out the sky, but not in space, it has to be part of the Earth). No two from the same source / author etc, and if the same one happens to be in more than ...
by ffutures
Mon Apr 06, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Oooops ... how far can I go?
Replies: 15
Views: 3610

Re: Oooops ... how far can I go?

One practical reason why not to allow interstellar travel without a hyperspace jump is that it would break the 7 light-year limit, and in a way that is repeatable without having to worry about taking advantage of misjumps etc.
by ffutures
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Plenty of robot criminals in fiction e.g.

Murderbot
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Systems_Red

Tik-Tok
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tik-Tok_(novel)
by ffutures
Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Conjuring and other sleight of hand?

Re guessing, isn't that what fuzzy logic is for?
by ffutures
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Transformers - at least one instance of them gambling.

https://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Gambler
by ffutures
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: RIP Concentric (Eastercon 2020)
Replies: 0
Views: 351

RIP Concentric (Eastercon 2020)

As I expected they've pulled the plug on Concentric, this year's Eastercon, the UK National SF con, which would have been early next month. I've cancelled my hotel booking, with a load of unnecessary emails from Hilton as the inevitable result, unfortunately the train ticket currently seems to be no...
by ffutures
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Cut-Price and Free SF
Replies: 10
Views: 776

Cut-Price and Free SF

A couple of publishers have decided that the current epidemic might mean that people will want to read more, and have made some fairly generous offers... UK ebook publisher Angry Robot are offering 50% off all of their ebooks for the next 2 weeks - use the code SHELFISOLATION at checkout. Books are ...
by ffutures
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Stupid over-reaction - can't see robots deciding to hoard toilet paper etc... Counter example : the Berserkers (various authors, but originally woke up Fred Sauberhagen, screaming. But on the gripping hand, the Berserkers were originally designed by lifeforms, weren't they? I'd have to re-read to c...
by ffutures
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 12:55 pm
Hmm … have any SF writers ever written about robot writers?
Fritz Leiber, The Silver Eggheads - publishing is almost entirely extruded robotic-written content
by ffutures
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Stupid over-reaction - can't see robots deciding to hoard toilet paper etc...
by ffutures
Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A religion created to keep a world isolated after the collapse of an interstellar empire Is this is the "Church of Science", created by Salvor Hardin in Isaac Asimov's Foundation ? No, but that certainly counts as an answer. One to go! Nobody? OK, two to go, One from Known Space (do I need to add, ...
by ffutures
Mon Mar 16, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5262
Views: 666547

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Nobody? OK, two to go, and I can suggest a few possibilities from books: A self-serving evangelist who becomes the first hereditary religious dictator of the USA A fake religion created to conceal the technology and activities of a resistance movement A religion created to obliterate all technology ...