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by ffutures
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

gilhad wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:30 am
The Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov for book?
OK - so no other novels, nothing else by Asimov, and nothing else derived in any form from Asimov's robots.
by ffutures
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I wonder if Klaatu and Gort qualify? They do - that takes the film slot, so no other films can be used, or other works derived from the novella Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates. Back in the 1990s one of my RPG supplements had a scenario featuring aliens who had their own language - since I don...
by ffutures
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Okay, continuing the robotic theme, let's have five stories in which human and robotic partners team up, not necessarily to fight crime. The partnership must be more or less equal. To make it a little more challenging let's have ONE each of: a TV series or one-off drama a book (or shorter printed fi...
by ffutures
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I, Robot (1939) Story by Eando Binder which was told from a robot's viewpoint long before Asimov used the title. Several stories about the character, Adam Link, were eventually published as a fix-up "novel".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Robot_(short_story)
by ffutures
Fri Jan 17, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang series has brain ships, which are essentially prosthetic bodies for the pilots. Essentially the brain thinks of itself as the ship, even though it's actually a body and brain in a life support bottle somewhere in the ship. Does that count?
by ffutures
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Subways of Tazoo by Colin Kapp, one of the Unorthodox Engineers series. Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga series has interstellar travel by gate, with railways the most common form of travel since you have to use a LOT of gates to get from one desirable location to the next. I'm pretty sure...
by ffutures
Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I can't think of any more FTL solar sails, but a laser-pumped one is used in Robert Forward's Rocheworld , AKA The Flight of the Dragonfly . And that's #5 - over to you The one I was hinting at was the weird version seen in A. Bertram Chandler's Commander Grimes novels, which gets up very close to ...
by ffutures
Mon Jan 13, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Hint #2 - There is a fairly drastic side-effect to this way of achieving FTL via sunjammer, but it's more or less predictable and lets you go places that would otherwise kill you instantly. Unlike the other means of achieving FTL travel in this universe which only rarely do things like strand you an...
by ffutures
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Can anyone confirm this? Had to do some digging... The next appearance of a solar sail in science fiction was in Pierre Boulle’s novel Planet of the Apes in 1963. To quote from the novel: “In those times, interplanetary travel was commonplace, though interstellar ventures were still an exception. R...
by ffutures
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I think <grins> Planet of the Apes (the original novel) has some solar sailing going on. Can anyone confirm this? I read a translation in the early 70s and can't recall much about it. Star Trek Deep Space 9 , season 3 episode 22 -- Explorers -- captain Sisko and his son re-enact a solar sail trip. ...
by ffutures
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, since I mentioned solar sails - let's have five works (of any sort) with interstellar travel by solar sail. Since I just mentioned The Fourth Profession we'll omit that one, and anything else by Larry Niven (and yes, I know that includes The Mote In God's Eye and several other stories, I don't w...
by ffutures
Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Larry Niven's The Fourth Profession has Earth visited by aliens (travelling via solar sail starships) who want us to build a laser cannon on Mercury to propel them to their next destination. What they don't mention is that if we don't they'll leave anyway but blow up our sun once they're on their wa...
by ffutures
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Stargate SG1 - in one of the episodes they lure the Go'auld into an unihabited solar system then drop a spare Stargate into the sun to trigger a supernova (I think). You sort of hope that they checked that there weren't any occupied worlds within say 50 light years or so... later - yep, a supernova...
by ffutures
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I'm pretty sure that the aliens in Independence Day used some sort of shuttle inside the big saucers, but they also carried fleets of attack ships so I may have mistaken them for an internal transport system - I'm really not going to watch the bloody thing again to check! And the big ship in Wall-E ...
by ffutures
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5129
Views: 627800

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Commander_X wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:59 am
Star Trek series also had such examples. I'd still come with a movie out of the series, Star Trek First Contact.
Definitely - that one, The City on the Edge of Forever, and The Voyage Home among many others.

The metaphorical ball is in your proverbial court!