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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:38 pm

OK: five examples, from books, TV, film etc., of spaceships which actually look like classic flying saucers, i.e. flattened, circular objects, ideally with a minimum of fuss going on around the edges or on the top or bottom. As an illustration, I'll say that the spaceship from the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind would NOT fit the bill: too many bells, whistles, organ stops, prongs, blocks and the like.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:10 pm

The Day the Earth Stood Still (the 1951 original)?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:21 pm

Cody wrote:
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The Day the Earth Stood Still (the 1951 original)?
Yes - a perfect example! Four to go …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:53 pm

How about The Flipside of Dominick Hide (a quirky TV play from 1980 which I remember fondly)?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:35 pm

I don't think I can allow Dominick's vehicle … it's the right shape, but it's a time machine, not (as far as I can remember) a spaceship.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:34 pm

<chortles> An interesting distinction, which I hadn't considered - and you're probably correct.


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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:55 pm

The Dalek ship from Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

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Looks like something the Thargoids might have built...

and of course Mars Attacks

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Smivs » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:38 pm

The aliens from Gerry Anderson's UFO
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:43 am

Daleks (even more so, in the new series), Mars Attacks, and Gerry Anderson's UFO all fit the bill … one more to take it!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:00 pm

Independence Day.. mothership
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

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The Independence Day spaceship takes it! Over to spud42 …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Sat Feb 23, 2019 1:01 pm

ok seeing as lists are popular...

name 5 TV shows - not movies - and the method of time travel .

i.e. Dr who and the TARDIS..... i deliberately use this one up...
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:04 pm

Star Trek has used various methods, from going really fast (like, even faster than faster than light, or something) in a slingshot orbit around a star, to jumping through a big stone doughnut (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and "The City on the Edge of Forever", respectively).

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by JD » Sat Feb 23, 2019 11:57 pm

How about "Timeslip"? It involved crawling through something called (I just had to look this up to check the terminology) a "time barrier". The protagonists would end up somewhere in the past or future.

Timeslip was a UK TV series in the early 70s. Not sure whether it ever made it beyond our shores.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:33 am

Do time-travelling wizards count? Catweazle travelled forward in time via total immersion in water.

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