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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:51 pm

If anyone is struggling, think little digital "ammo remaining" readouts and/or steadycam mounts … or, alternatively, a handgun which can fire six different types of bullets on demand, as the situation requires.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:41 pm

That's two more, courtesy of the restless pumpkin … Next one wins it!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:34 pm

Stark Industries Jericho Missile from Iron Man - a missile that goes MIRV and comes down as a lot of bomblets.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:30 am

That'll do it! Over to you …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:06 pm

OK... I'm feeling lazy today, so I'll let you do all the work.

Let's have titles and authors for FIVE novels or stories featuring interstellar travel by matter transmission, NOT starships - I'll allow stories in which a matter transmission portal, receiver, or whatever is transported by space ship prior to use, provided that matter transmission is the main transport system.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:45 pm

Newton's Wake, by Ken MacLeod. Although FTL starships exist, there is also a network of planet-based wormholes known as the Skein, under the control of the Bloody Carlyles.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:46 am

That's one. Four to go!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by montana05 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:16 am

Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:53 am

You could make a case for Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey … the monoliths - or some of them, at least - can act as interstellar portals.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:16 pm

I'll accept both of those - two to go.

If it helps, a few SF authors who have experimented with this trope:

Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Robert Heinlein, Dave Langford, Larry Niven, Dan Simmons, etc. etc.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by montana05 » Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:58 am

ffutures wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:16 pm
Poul Anderson, John Brunner, Joe Haldeman, Harry Harrison, Robert Heinlein, Dave Langford, Larry Niven, Dan Simmons, etc. etc.
Thanks for the hints:

Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Tue Aug 07, 2018 8:39 pm

Yup. One to go.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:36 pm

Clue time, I suppose:

One of the authors I named has written about a form of matter transmission that could potentially blow up the galaxy (and may have already done so)
One has matter transmitters limited by conservation of energy and momentum, which gets interesting over interstellar distances
One has cities built across multiple worlds joined by matter transmission.
One has matter transmission that creates a duplicate of the original.

Hope this helps.

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