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by Disembodied
Wed Jan 15, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:47 am
The train on Schar's World?
Very much a yes on that! It was the first one I thought of.

Here's an animation someone made at their art school of a scene in the train tunnels from Consider Phlebas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC6sJ-Ysb2Y
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another five: let's have five trains - by which I mean a linked sequence of vehicles running on a track - in science fiction. I'm not looking for Thomas the Tank Engine in Space or anything here: just five examples of trains in SF stories (books, short stories, TV, film, games, etc.), where the ...
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I can't think of any more FTL solar sails, but a laser-pumped one is used in Robert Forward's Rocheworld, AKA The Flight of the Dragonfly.
by Disembodied
Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 629
Views: 226839

Re: Quote of the week!

If anyone has a right to be mad at Harry and Meghan it's the people of Sussex, who have been left leaderless without their Duke and who are now defenceless against incursions from Hampshire and Kent.
by Disembodied
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Charles Stross's Neptune's Brood has laser-boosted interstellar solar sail ships.
by Disembodied
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Larry Niven's The Fourth Profession has Earth visited by aliens (travelling via solar sail starships) who want us to build a laser cannon on Mercury to propel them to their next destination. What they don't mention is that if we don't they'll leave anyway but blow up our sun once they're on their w...
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:25 pm
Wiki says:
The elemental war between hydrogues and faeros continues to sweep across the Spiral Arm, extinguishing suns and destroying planets.
Good enough!
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I hesitate to mention this, as I gave up after the first two novels, but I think The Saga of the Seven Suns has some staricide going on. Hmm … not something I've read. From googling they do seem to be able to turn gas giants into mini-stars, though, so it's not impossible. That makes four: one more...
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
Stargate SG1
That's two.
ffutures wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
E.E. "Doc" Smith did this several times, most notably in the final book of the Skylark of Space series
Yes - multiple times, right enough! That's three …
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:51 am
Greg Bear's Anvil of Stars: if memory serves, a whole system is eventually destroyed, which I think included the star.
I think you're right … that's one (unless someone knows different!).
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

spud42 wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:29 am
first is obviously the Vogons destroying our sun for a hyperspatial bypass.......
The Vogons only destroyed the Earth, I think … as far as I remember they left the sun alone.
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another five … five times in SF when stars were actively destroyed/made to explode. Just going nova isn't enough: someone or something has to trigger it.
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

"The Stone", a 290km-long (and then some …) asteroid ship in Greg Bear’s Eon. Internal travel requires aircraft (and "tuberiders", when things start to get stretched).
by Disembodied
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A Culture General Systems Vehicle can be anywhere up to 200km long, counting all its various field envelopes, and internal shuttles (along with trains, aircraft, and other vehicles) are required.
by Disembodied
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 664952

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Doctor Who, of course.
Timelike Infinity, by Stephen Baxter.