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by RockDoctor
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A New Hope came out in 1977, and Raiders of the Lost Ark came out in 1981. Both of those have had multiple re-masterings in years since (haven't they? not really parts of my hagiography) each of which introduces more opportunities for mischievous digital artistes to do naughty things. The next (?) ...
by RockDoctor
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

would Bill the Galactic Hero by Harry Harrison qualify? the whole thing is a reference and piss take of many authors.. primarily Heinleins starship troopers. I've always considered the Stainless Steel Rat himself, Slippery Jim diGriz to have been modelled somewhat as a pastiche of James Bond and Q....
by RockDoctor
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Charles Stross's novella "Concrete Jungle" involves the rollout of the SCORPION STARE project, a special upgrade to the UK's CCTV system to help counter unusual threats … it's a system which needs two cameras operating simultaneously. Yeah, well, maybe, but ... The CCTV system is automated monitori...
by RockDoctor
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ok, 5 examples of SF works (books, movies, games, etc.), where the plot includes a main character's immortality. Multiple examples of the same author allowed (but not the same "universe"). Again, going for the left-field approach, how about every major character in Piers Anthony's Incarnations of I...
by RockDoctor
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

"Gifted" in this context means anything from simple genius to uncanny powers/abilities. Because it's too common, I'm ruling out superheroes: no infant Clark Kent, no Kid Flash, etc. There's a Star Bores film on at the moment, so can we carry out the frog-boiling experiment on the remarkably irritat...
by RockDoctor
Sat Jun 22, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Let's have five stories, films, whatever in which someone or something experiences a temporary or permanent LOSS or INCREASE in intelligence. OK, I'll throw a bent three-cent bit into the hat. How does the "totally ordinary Joe" (whose name I forget) who gets suspended-animationed into the future i...
by RockDoctor
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Tionisla Reporter
Replies: 170
Views: 67856

Re: Tionisla Reporter

although I can't validate that myself, as I'm running Windows On my box, username@machinename:~/GNUstep/Library/ApplicationSupport/Oolite/ManagedAddOns$ ls cim.gsagostinho.systemfeatures.rings.oxz oolite.oxp.BeeTLeBeTHLeHeM.LifeInTheFrontier.oxz oolite.oxp.BeeTLeBeTHLeHeM.Life-In-The-Frontier-Reviv...
by RockDoctor
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 606
Views: 203070

Re: Quote of the week!

Cody wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:31 pm
Finnish radio is ending its long-running weekly news bulletin in Latin.
I guess they just couldn't compete with the endless stream of surreal comedy coming out of the Vatican. They couldn't top the script-writing they did for the Monty Python team.
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 8:05 pm
I get the impression nobody knows this one...
I'll give it another day or so while I think up another one.
by RockDoctor
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 606
Views: 203070

Re: Quote of the week!

nose? choose your side left or right? not sure how feasable it is in real life There is a weak area at the back of the nose through where the olfactory nerve passes, which might be an attack vector, but the projection of the hard palate would make getting lined up a problem. but on a episode of "Tr...
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 606
Views: 203070

Re: Quote of the week!

How many ways could you kill someone with a chopstick? I can think of 4 places I'd try, if I had to. Aside from the obvious ones like eyes, ears, throat and chest you got some more, depending on the power you are able to use. A pencil or even a car key could offer similar results. Pencil, yes. Most...
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:49 pm
Is the 'why' something to do with sending messages? As for 'where' - no idea!
Getting the right answer is one half. Being able to explain why it's right is the other half.
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 606
Views: 203070

Re: Quote of the week!

spud42 wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:09 am
so every butter knife?
knives are bad but what about forks? Spoons?
Sporks?
How many ways could you kill someone with a chopstick? I can think of 4 places I'd try, if I had to.
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

spud42 wrote:
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:30 am
seems a bit Prachettesque ...but i have no idea..
You're right about the author - at one of the sciencier ends of his fantasia.
by RockDoctor
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 4864
Views: 542278

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Commander_X wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:59 am
RockDoctor, it's your turn since quite some posts back!
Sorry, I've not been feeling too good. Hadn't even noticed it was my turn.

OK, quickly composing one.

Where would you find a Columba, a Chappe and a Bell on backs of elephants, and why?