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by RockDoctor
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

RockDoctor wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:04 pm
Anyone got a set of quintuplets?
Anyone? I'd be surprised if there wasn't one.
by RockDoctor
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

would a series of books with the main author on each book but a different collaborator on each count? If they were written at (more or less) the same time, leading to the "herding cats" problem, I think yes. If they were a consecutive sequence ... no cats were herded, and so the herd was of size 2 ...
by RockDoctor
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Schmitz himself wasn't involved in writing it, being somewhat dead at the time... Hmmmm, posthumous collaboration. I hadn't thought of that. I'll let it stand as a foursome, unless someone else comes up with a foursome that doesn't involve arguments conducted by ouija board. Anyone got a set of qui...
by RockDoctor
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:56 pm
RockDoctor wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Are you trying to drive me berserk, Fred?
<chortles> Would've made a good seven though!
Yep, that's why I thought about it, quite hard.
by RockDoctor
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A collaborative novel, consisting of shorts by various authors strung together by interludes written by the editor - would that count? Are you trying to drive me berserk, Fred? I thought about that one, and I'm quite uncomfortable about it becuase there's no need for the whole team of writers to si...
by RockDoctor
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, we have five answers, all of which are fine by me, so Rockdoctor wins the chance to rack his or her brains and come up with the next round... OK, I'm going to be a bit creative, because I'm out of ideas. Many SF writers enter into collaborations (I saw that I'd left Greg Benford and Larry Niven...
by RockDoctor
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:16 pm
OK, we have five answers, all of which are fine by me, so Rockdoctor wins the chance to rack his or her brains and come up with the next round...
I'll try to think of something while I'm making my tea.
by RockDoctor
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Let's have five SF works (all media types) about the end of the world - by which I mean its complete destruction by one means or another, no half-measures, or at a minimum the complete eradication of life. OK, try this. The particular world destroyed isn't specified, so I'll take Charlie Stross's "...
by RockDoctor
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A New Hope came out in 1977, and Raiders of the Lost Ark came out in 1981. Both of those have had multiple re-masterings in years since (haven't they? not really parts of my hagiography) each of which introduces more opportunities for mischievous digital artistes to do naughty things. The next (?) ...
by RockDoctor
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

would Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison qualify? the whole thing is a reference and piss take of many authors.. primarily Heinleins starship troopers. I've always considered the Stainless Steel Rat himself, Slippery Jim diGriz to have been modelled somewhat as a pastiche of James Bond and Q....
by RockDoctor
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Charles Stross's novella "Concrete Jungle" involves the rollout of the SCORPION STARE project, a special upgrade to the UK's CCTV system to help counter unusual threats … it's a system which needs two cameras operating simultaneously. Yeah, well, maybe, but ... The CCTV system is automated monitori...
by RockDoctor
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ok, 5 examples of SF works (books, movies, games, etc.), where the plot includes a main character's immortality. Multiple examples of the same author allowed (but not the same "universe"). Again, going for the left-field approach, how about every major character in Piers Anthony's Incarnations of I...
by RockDoctor
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

"Gifted" in this context means anything from simple genius to uncanny powers/abilities. Because it's too common, I'm ruling out superheroes: no infant Clark Kent, no Kid Flash, etc. There's a Star Bores film on at the moment, so can we carry out the frog-boiling experiment on the remarkably irritat...
by RockDoctor
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 583824

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Let's have five stories, films, whatever in which someone or something experiences a temporary or permanent LOSS or INCREASE in intelligence. OK, I'll throw a bent three-cent bit into the hat. How does the "totally ordinary Joe" (whose name I forget) who gets suspended-animationed into the future i...
by RockDoctor
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Tionisla Reporter
Replies: 170
Views: 75121

Re: Tionisla Reporter

although I can't validate that myself, as I'm running Windows On my box, username@machinename:~/GNUstep/Library/ApplicationSupport/Oolite/ManagedAddOns$ ls cim.gsagostinho.systemfeatures.rings.oxz oolite.oxp.BeeTLeBeTHLeHeM.LifeInTheFrontier.oxz oolite.oxp.BeeTLeBeTHLeHeM.Life-In-The-Frontier-Reviv...