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by ffutures
Tue Sep 29, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

let's get back to basics... a lot of SF is about exploring strange new worlds, meeting new civilizations... and blasting them with ridiculous amounts of fire-power. When that happens to us we call it an alien invasion, and unfortunately in SF alien invasions tend to be a bit repetitive. So let's hav...
by ffutures
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Well, since nobody else seems to be commenting... Gateway (1977), The first book of the Heechee series by Frederik Pohl, ends with two ships trying a desperate manoeuvre to escape from a black hole - only one succeeds. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_(novel) Black holes are also important in l...
by ffutures
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth Universe (umpteen novels and stories) the most common star drive is basically a mini black hole held in front of the ship - the ship accelerates toward it but some sort of force field stops it from falling in.
by ffutures
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Fireball-1.01.oxp
Replies: 28
Views: 422

Re: Fireball-1.01.oxp

Cool ship, but I forgot to save before I launched and managed to crash it trying a Planetfall landing! I'll give it another try soon.
by ffutures
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, all three of the stories I mentioned have planets (usually the Earth) hatching or about to hatch huge creatures, and incidentally killing everyone that lives on them. Jack Williamson's "Born of the Sun" (March 1934 Astounding) – in which the Sun is living, the planets are its eggs, and Earth hat...
by ffutures
Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, I'll give this until tomorrow, then if nobody else comes up with a better answer I'm giving it to Spud, who came closest to a fifth example. I might as well add that with the information I've provided this is fairly easy to find on line.
by ffutures
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Fireball-1.01.oxp
Replies: 28
Views: 422

Re: Fireball-1.01.oxp

That looks fun - is it going to be available via the upload manager?
by ffutures
Tue Sep 22, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

are you thinking about the DrWho episodes where the moon is an egg for some interstellar space dragon? No, that one is smaller than a planet - although we never see what it looks like when it's fully grown - but you're on the right lines. Have a meaningless bonus point for that! The authors of the ...
by ffutures
Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another clue - think of planets as eggs!
by ffutures
Sun Sep 20, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Thought of this answer when you posted the original question but thought it a bit off as his size can be altered by himself to fit the circumstance. The answer is - Galactus, Devourer of Worlds - from the Marvel Universe of either Comics or Cinematic. Though, in my humble opinion, the comics are mu...
by ffutures
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Hint - comic book movies have provided at least one example, though it was a little smaller in the actual comics.
by ffutures
Thu Sep 17, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:59 pm
The Black Cloud from Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud is, I think, larger than the Earth.
I think it's a couple of AU across so definitely! That's number 3, and have another Meaningless Bonus Point for picking another of the ones I had in mind when I asked the question.
by ffutures
Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Aliens!
Replies: 57
Views: 28142

Re: Aliens!

by ffutures
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cholmondely wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:19 am
A most impressive nose.

Would it be Carter's Snout, by any chance?
Disembodied

Location: Carter's Snout Snort
Not actually an answer, I assume...
by ffutures
Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5689
Views: 714695

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. That's number 2, and you get a meaningless bonus point for remembering the first st...