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by ffutures
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/24/16484222/urahara-review-crunchyroll-anime-magical-girls-harajuku-fashion ? OK, I think that sort of qualifies because you have a living bit of clothing that's important to the plot, and it's the fifth answer so the ball is in your court. Regarding my hints (and t...
by ffutures
Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Does the Wallace and Gromit adventure The Wrong Trousers count? Are Techno-Trousers® sufficiently SF? Definitely a yes, I think - it's all about weird tech, and the trousers are the main part of that. One to go. This is skirting(!) the definition, but clothes are definitely a key element of the tal...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_technology_in_the_Dune_universe#Stillsuit Well, the stillsuit does have some plot implications ("he will know your ways as if he were born amongst you", or some such prophecy concerning the Muad'dib), but is it "central"? Sorry, I missed the stillsuit link prev...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Here's an obscure superhero: Paradax ! The handful of strips were originally published in the downright psychedelic Strange Days back in the 1980s. Al Cooper was a taxi driver who found a weird skintight suit in his taxi, which enabled him to pass through solid matter. He was mistaken for a wanderi...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About Oolite Trading
Replies: 10
Views: 197

Re: About Oolite Trading

Booze is reliably much more profitable than furs, 150% profit if you buy at 20 and sell at 35, the maximum for furs is somewhere around 90% profit and there aren't nearly as many markets at that price. You have to move a lot more booze, of course, but 5 tons cost as much as 2 tons of furs and make a...
by ffutures
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Launching straight out onto the thin ice, wearing clodhoppers, twelve-point crampons and using a pogo stick, I'll propose the Invisibility cloak/ Hallow in Potterverse. If you'll accept Potterverse as SF - a stretch, I'll grant. Prodding around in Poul Anderson's "Incarnations of Immortality" serie...
by ffutures
Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Okay... we've had food and drink, we've had booze. Let's try another necessity of life - clothing. Five SF stories about clothing. Films, TV, Comics, books, whatever, no two from the same source, author, or universe, but clothing and/or clothing-related fashion must be the main focus of the story. A...
by ffutures
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another one - Popplers, from Futurama. Delicious fast food, but it turns out they're the larvae of an intelligent species, and the world where they are found is one of their nursery worlds.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Problem_with_Popplers

How many is that now? Are we there yet?
by ffutures
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's always Boomfood, as seen in Wells' The Food of the Gods - very nutritious, and nobody seems to complain about the taste, except you end up 20 ft. tall if you eat enough of the stuff. There's the unnamed "living green jelly" that grows on rotting vegetation on the planet New Frenchman's Bend ...
by ffutures
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

MMMMM, Vat Protein! Yummy.... if you live in the Alpha Complex, in the Paranoia RPG. It helps if you have the matter eater mutation, of course...
by ffutures
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Variable Sword from Larry Niven's Known Space universe - a length of monomolecular filament with a force field to keep it rigid, with the length variable from a few inches to several feet. Because the wire is invisible there's a red ball on the end so that idiots can see what they're doing.
by ffutures
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: (WIP) Enhanced Passenger Contracts
Replies: 7
Views: 2785

Re: (WIP) Enhanced Passenger Contracts

I've been using this for a while now and it occurred to me that one possible use for the extra passenger complexity might be to have medical ships serving a hospital station or some other medical facility (such as a planet-based hospital or a dedicated high-tech station or asteroid). Most of the pas...
by ffutures
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Slight memory fail - Meatball is the human name, the natives call it Drambo. The Sector General series includes short stories, novelettes, and full length novels. Major Operation was a series of several linked novelettes published in the New Writings in SF anthology series then later as a slightly e...
by ffutures
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another one I've used before - the planet Meatball, in James White's Sector General universe (in the collection Major Operation ) has living continents which are apparently edible since they are often attacked by smaller predators that eat chunks of them. At least one is sentient - although these ar...
by ffutures
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5477
Views: 687871

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another one

Pizza the Hutt, in Spaceballs, is a human-pizza hybrid and mobster. He ultimately eats himself.

https://youtu.be/FPZ4yah3ROU