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by Malacandra
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5259
Views: 666401

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Traveller certainly qualifies in terms of Jump mechanics, but isn't it largely the inspiration for Elite?
by Malacandra
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5259
Views: 666401

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

That'll do nicely. Another species could have been the Kurii, from the Gor series - stated in Beasts of Gor to comprise dominants, non-dominants, egg-carriers and blood-nursers. The dominants fertilise the egg-carriers, who then implant the blood-nursers, not unlike the Puppeteer breeding cycle - an...
by Malacandra
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5259
Views: 666401

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Yes, they do. And another?
by Malacandra
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5259
Views: 666401

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Yeesh. Nobody likes this. OK, here's an alternative: give me two sapient alien races which have more than two sexes (and whose breeding cycle also involves more than two). Any science fiction you like, not restricted to Trek.
by Malacandra
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5259
Views: 666401

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Lordy. That's the trouble with coming up with smart answers - you have to come up with smart questions to follow up. Okay, some Trek trivia then: at least three actors who have appeared anywhere in the franchise as characters of different humanoid races. (One quite well-known one played three differ...
by Malacandra
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5259
Views: 666401

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Grogs. In their adult or sessile stage they are blind, deaf and immobile - all they can do is open their mouth and mind-control something into walking in.

(Larry Niven, short story "The Handicapped", occasionally mentioned elsewhere.)
by Malacandra
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Methane dunes found on Pluto
Replies: 1
Views: 1708

Re: Methane dunes found on Pluto

In the low forties Absolute, I'd say you were pretty much right. :)
by Malacandra
Sun May 20, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life
Replies: 14
Views: 15726

Re: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life

Cody wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 9:40 am
Malacandra wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 7:35 am
The management are welcome to advise me when this is becoming tiresome.
Tempt the manglement at your peril!
As long as I get a warning bullet through the kneecap first, we're all good. 8)
by Malacandra
Sun May 20, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life
Replies: 14
Views: 15726

Re: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life

i like good reads. just finished between the devil and black space (i think?) it was a pretty good book of short stories. sure it focused on INRA, but i liked how the various threads tied together. definitely will be looking into this (crack open the oxz) If you like good reads, allow me to shamele...
by Malacandra
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: NASA finds seven Earth-sized planets around a single star
Replies: 14
Views: 6207

Re: NASA finds seven Earth-sized planets around a single star

Indeed. Trouble with all that water is you need some dissolved solids as well to make bio-compounds out of, I think - you can't get very far with just water and a reducing atmosphere. And possibly some shallows for the reactions to occur in.
by Malacandra
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: NASA finds seven Earth-sized planets around a single star
Replies: 14
Views: 6207

Re: NASA finds seven Earth-sized planets around a single star

And when they say "water worlds" they mean literal globes of water with a solid core. Earth's proportion of water is about what you'd get if you picked a pool ball out of a bucket of water (a couple of miles depth on a 4000-mile radius is almost literally just a film of water, in planetary terms).
by Malacandra
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: A question of lore
Replies: 24
Views: 6807

Re: A question of lore

Ah, right... so Data has an evil twin? I ain't a Trekkie, you see. Yes. Or an evil older brother if we're picky. Didn't turn up in many episodes but made a big impact when he did (not least because of Brent Spiner's excellent acting skills). My family just got through watching the entire boxed set....
by Malacandra
Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: A question of lore
Replies: 24
Views: 6807

Re: A question of lore

Cody wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:59 am
Who him?
Lore
by Malacandra
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: A question of lore
Replies: 24
Views: 6807

Re: A question of lore

Haven't read the thread, but eventually Data deactivated and disassembled him. He was just flat-out evil whether it was summoning the Crystalline Entity to murder an entire colony or building a private army of renegade Borg - there was no alternative.
by Malacandra
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: inter stellar propulsion
Replies: 2
Views: 1581

Re: inter stellar propulsion

There may be no feeling of acceleration, but I promise you that you are accelerating - and even removing a corresponding amount of momentum from the sea wave in the process. TANSTAAFL. Of course, a cubic metre of seawater weighs comfortably more than a tonne, so the ocean doesn't even notice you, bu...