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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Diziet Sma » Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:48 am

spud42 wrote:ok , your question for 80 is. Which book by the afore mentioned Mr Heinlen was recently turned into a movie? No NOT starship Troopers.....
Well, not so much a "book" as a short story..

"'—All You Zombies—'", which was made into the movie "Predestination" in 2014. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by how faithful it stayed to the original story. (Which confused the hell out of pretty much everyone who'd never read the book)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:50 am

we have a winner Ladies and Gentlemen...
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Diziet Sma » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:00 am

spud42 wrote:The keys to The CismoFiCo are yours. sorry about the evil juice the owner prior to me was a little negligent and its started to eat the floor plating. Shouldnt be too costly a repair.....
Hehe.. had to go back a few pages to see what the CismoFiCo was all about.. think I'll let the evil juice finish its work.. another hatchway to the lower deck would be kinda handy.


So.. today's question is:

What are the name(s) of the truly weird and trippy translator(s) for an alien race, who cannot make up their mind just who they actually are, that appear in the 2nd and 3rd volumes of a recent trilogy?
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:01 am

Would those be translators Dlique and Zeiat, from Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Diziet Sma » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:42 am

They would indeed..

<hands over the keys to the CiSmoFiCo> (sorry about the hole in the deck)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:23 pm

<covers hole with rug>

There – good as new!

In which recent (since 2010) SF novel is long hair a sign of poverty, and why?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sat Nov 05, 2016 7:35 pm

A clue: the human genome has been tweaked, and hair has an added property.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:03 pm

After some googling on edible hair, I stumbled upon By Light Alone, wherein hair photosynthesises sunlight.

Sounds like a great idea, no need for food - though baldies might disagree.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:59 pm

Colour me VERY skeptical - several orders of magnitude too little photosynthesising area in the average head of hair.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:35 pm

Cody wins! Adam Roberts's By Light Alone, where long, photosynthesising hair allows the poor to survive without food (and where the rich flaunt their well-fed status by having very short haircuts).

The science is dubious, to say the least - although I suppose it's less dubious than FTL spaceships!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Sun Nov 06, 2016 9:01 pm

<takes possession of CiSmoFiCo - wipes something icky off command seat> Time for a musical clue, methinks.

This song has a connection to a seventies TV sci-fi series - which was?
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:20 am

Thanks for that.. i just spent over an hour following 70's scifi shows to youtube.... man there were some cheap dodgy stuff...
so what are you after? the tv show? or the connection of the song to the show?
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:23 am

I'm after the title of the TV series, but the song's connection to it would be nice too.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:01 pm

Clue the first: purple features prominently - purple and silver.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by DredgerMan » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:02 pm

Ahhhh! UFO!

No idea what the link with the song is, though. :(
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