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by Malacandra
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fastest way to buy a Boa/Boa CC?
Replies: 18
Views: 3557

Re: Fastest way to buy a Boa/Boa CC?

Oh, the Cobby's got the turn performance, but I don't. I can keep from being hit in a furball, but I can't acquire a target and burn it quickly enough -- or at any rate, not reliably enough to be sure of putting a whole gaggle of bad guys to sleep in a reasonable time, and after what seems like half...
by Malacandra
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Hadaul. Played on Dar Sai, The Face by Jack Vance. Kind of a king-of-the-ring brawl on a field made of concentric circles, with temporary alliances with other players, duplicity, and as much dirty unarmed combat as you like even if actually killing opponents is frowned upon.
by Malacandra
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Fastest way to buy a Boa/Boa CC?
Replies: 18
Views: 3557

Re: Fastest way to buy a Boa/Boa CC?

The trouble I found with trying to earn enough credits to buy a Boa CC -- a ship I flew and enjoyed in a previous version of this game, and it must have been about six years ago because it inspired the "Captain Hammond" stories -- is that running passengers and parcels attracts pirates and assassins...
by Malacandra
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Then it's "Death". First appearance in Mort. *cough* The Colour Of Magic *cough* Have you actually checked that in the book? Information is not consistent in various sites. :? I was reading Pratchett before it was cool. :lol: Heard about Discworld (via a White Dwarf article) just after The Light Fa...
by Malacandra
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Getafix wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:24 pm
Then it's "Death". First appearance in Mort.
*cough*The Colour Of Magic*cough*
by Malacandra
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Nominate a scientist for the £50 note
Replies: 1
Views: 1475

Re: Nominate a scientist for the £50 note

Nominated William Herschel, not least since he was the first person since antiquity to discover a new planet and hence open the possibility of still others to be discovered.
by Malacandra
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:12 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

That's the one. "Reviewer's comments" include not only excoriating it as "rhodomontade and piffle", as quoted, but threats to horsewhip the Baron on the steps of his club. You're next! (To pose a question, that is. Not for a horsewhipping.)
by Malacandra
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's really only one SF author who could use a word like "rhodomontade" and get away with it … alas I'm currently away from my books and I don't want to have to resort to Google to check the details! The actual book series is five books long, and the imaginary book series has a one-word title (a...
by Malacandra
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Okay. Which fictional book series* is dismissed by one fierce critic as "rhodomontade and piffle"? Name and title of both the book series and the other book series in which it appears.

(*as in, the book series itself does not exist but is referenced repeatedly as part of the backdrop)
by Malacandra
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I was all set to pose a question, but it's been asked in this thread a small matter of six years ago (thank you Google). Will need a little longer...
by Malacandra
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Camelot 3000? It's a comic mini-series from the 1980s and it's about Arthurian legend reappearing in the year 3000, with science-fiction elements including genetic engineering, aliens from another planet, and nuclear weapons.
by Malacandra
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Yes indeed. Batter up!
by Malacandra
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Hiya. Sorry for the wait, again. It's a book (by one of my favourite authors) and it revolves around an unusual medical complaint, hypokalemia . At least, it's uncommon here and now; in the story it is all too common and the plot describes the measures taken against it and the social order that resu...
by Malacandra
Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

(There's one in The Russian Creed , an outstanding work by an author who is unjustly neglec^C The Harlan Ellison short story We Mourn For Anyone is set in a near future in which duelling is commonplace. The protagonist witnesses a duel over a traffic dispute, and is later set up for a fatal duel wit...
by Malacandra
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5007
Views: 611835

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

That ought to do - off you go!