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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by JD » Wed May 08, 2019 10:08 am

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North. A good read if anyone's looking for ideas.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed May 08, 2019 11:39 am

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The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch? There are several others by Dick, but one per author seems fair, yes?
That's one – and yes, good point: only one title per author. So with PKD out, no The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, etc.
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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North. A good read if anyone's looking for ideas.
That makes two (and I'd support the recommendation, too).

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Wed May 08, 2019 12:04 pm

The Cat who Walked Through Walls . R A Heinlein
and an 8 word title.... The Restaurant at the End of the Universe . Douglas Adams

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed May 08, 2019 12:22 pm

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The Cat who Walked Through Walls . R A Heinlein
and an 8 word title.... The Restaurant at the End of the Universe . Douglas Adams
Both good - next one sweeps the pot …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Wed May 08, 2019 4:56 pm

October the First is Too Late by Fred Hoyle

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed May 08, 2019 5:11 pm

ffutures wrote:
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October the First is Too Late by Fred Hoyle
ffutures takes the prize!

There's a nine-word-long title: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, by Charles Yu. And Roger Zelazny's collection The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth is the longest one I can think of, at ten, even after you knock off the "… and Other Stories".

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Wed May 08, 2019 7:25 pm

OK... It happens that there's an SF novel with a MUCH longer title - Hot Wireless Sets, Aspirin Tablets, the Sandpaper Slides of Used Matchboxes, and Something that Might have been Castor Oil by D.G. Compton, also published as Chronocules and (probably just a typo) as Chronicles.

So the challenge here is to come up with five books, films, translations from one media to another, etc. etc. that have COMPLETELY different titles. Minor changes, and translations from one language to another which are essentially the same title, are not allowed. Only one per author / whatever, and only one variant title per work.

Some examples
Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone are basically the same title, with the second one dumbed down a little, and would not be acceptable. Plus they aren't SF, of course.
Chronocules and Chronicles are almost the same word, and would not be acceptable.
Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? was filmed as Bladerunner, and would be an acceptable answer. Except I've already used it for this example...

Basically, use a little common sense. Cry havoc, and let loose the bludgers of war!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed May 08, 2019 8:12 pm

Ted Chiang's short story "Story of Your Life" was filmed as Arrival.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Thu May 09, 2019 12:28 am

A lot of PKD around today...

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale became Total Recall.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu May 09, 2019 12:44 am

Cody wrote:
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A lot of PKD around today...

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale became Total Recall.
That's one.
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Ted Chiang's short story "Story of Your Life" was filmed as Arrival.
And that's two. Three to go.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu May 09, 2019 7:33 am

John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos was filmed as Village of the Damned; and Harry Harrison's Make Room! Make Room! was filmed as Soylent Green.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu May 09, 2019 11:08 pm

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John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos was filmed as Village of the Damned; and Harry Harrison's Make Room! Make Room! was filmed as Soylent Green.
Yes, both good. One to go!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Fri May 10, 2019 11:59 am

I Am Legend by the American writer Richard Matheson was filmed as Omega Man starring Charlton Heston who was also in Soylent Green . . . . . it was also filmed in 1964 with Vincent Price titled The Last Man on Earth. and for the third time with Will Smith under the correct title... ( just for completeness )
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Sun May 12, 2019 3:36 am

spud42 wrote:
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I Am Legend by the American writer Richard Matheson was filmed as Omega Man starring Charlton Heston who was also in Soylent Green . . . . . it was also filmed in 1964 with Vincent Price titled The Last Man on Earth. and for the third time with Will Smith under the correct title... ( just for completeness )
Excellent! That's our fifth (triple) multiple title. I hurl the gauntlet in your general direction.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Mon May 13, 2019 11:55 am

ok here is a slight twist on our 5 things theme.
GLENS defined as a "Scottish term for a deep valley in the Highlands"

Each of the letters of the word glens is the first letter of a NAMED spaceship, each from a different universe. Some TV, some movies, some both.
find the ships then name the five universes.

* by named i mean the ship was referred to by a name not a class of ship i.e. tie fighter x-wing .
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