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by Disembodied
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

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.
by Disembodied
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

If games are allowed, there's Jade, the principal character in the 2003 videogame Beyond Good and Evil. She's a photojournalist, and one of the objectives in the game is to photograph as many unknown alien creatures as possible.
by Disembodied
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Installing old OXPs
Replies: 6
Views: 1437

Re: Installing old OXPs

One risk with installing older OXPs is that those which predate the Great AI Upgrade may provide you with really dangerous enemies. Back when NPCs were dependably dumb, many OXP creators beefed up their baddies to give the player a bit of a challenge. Now, though, those same steroidal villains combi...
by Disembodied
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The titular character in Claire North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August has a sort of immortality … would that count?
by Disembodied
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Jack Vance, To Live Forever (aka Clarges … Jack, man, I love your work, but that's a terrible title.)
by Disembodied
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Childhood's End and Ender's Game make five! Commander_X is up next …
by Disembodied
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Alia Atreides, Anakin Skywalker, and a whole clutch of Midwich Cuckoos are all good answers (and The Midwich Cuckoos removes two other John Wyndham possibilities - The Chrysalids and Chocky - from the available pile).
by Disembodied
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Right, let's have a list of five examples of SF stories - books, film, TV, short stories, etc. - that feature one or more preternaturally gifted children. One example only per author/universe. "Gifted" in this context means anything from simple genius to uncanny powers/abilities. Because it's too co...
by Disembodied
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes.

In the Red Dwarf episode, "White Hole", Holly's IQ is increased to 12,368 …
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ah! I was stuck on SF computer games, but for SF games in general … the granddaddy of them all, Traveller , must rate a mention. It has an impressive array of expanded materials (including entire versions of the game from several different publishers), novels, fan fiction, even an attempted pilot TV...
by Disembodied
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I'll desperately put a check mark on Disembodied "non-answer" reply, waiting for 3 more (with maybe more involvement than just "saw them on display or on shelves in the store") :oops: I'm happy for it to count as an answer! :D The thing that threw me was the word "good" in your original question: 5...
by Disembodied
Thu Jun 20, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The original Wing Commander game came with some nice background fluff in the box, and it spawned a number of published novels, but I haven't read them and couldn't tell you if they're good, bad, or indifferent. The film was abysmal.
by Disembodied
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Introduce Yourself.
Replies: 1065
Views: 279507

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Hi Hijong Park, welcome to the boards! As a game based on a 1984 original, Oolite can be tough on beginners, but hopefully we can help. What are you struggling with, in particular?
by Disembodied
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In Arthur C. Clarke’s Fountains of Paradise, the space elevator under construction is referred to, at least in passing, as a "stairway to heaven" …
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4894
Views: 581520

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Patrick Tilley’s uncompleted Amtrak Wars series: Cloud Warrior, First Family, Iron Master, Blood River, Death-Bringer, Earth-Thunder.