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by Disembodied
Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Charles Stross's Neptune's Brood has laser-boosted interstellar solar sail ships.
by Disembodied
Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

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 w...
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:25 pm
Wiki says:
The elemental war between hydrogues and faeros continues to sweep across the Spiral Arm, extinguishing suns and destroying planets.
Good enough!
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 09, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I hesitate to mention this, as I gave up after the first two novels, but I think The Saga of the Seven Suns has some staricide going on. Hmm … not something I've read. From googling they do seem to be able to turn gas giants into mini-stars, though, so it's not impossible. That makes four: one more...
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
Stargate SG1
That's two.
ffutures wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:49 pm
E.E. "Doc" Smith did this several times, most notably in the final book of the Skylark of Space series
Yes - multiple times, right enough! That's three …
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:51 am
Greg Bear's Anvil of Stars: if memory serves, a whole system is eventually destroyed, which I think included the star.
I think you're right … that's one (unless someone knows different!).
by Disembodied
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

spud42 wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:29 am
first is obviously the Vogons destroying our sun for a hyperspatial bypass.......
The Vogons only destroyed the Earth, I think … as far as I remember they left the sun alone.
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 07, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another five … five times in SF when stars were actively destroyed/made to explode. Just going nova isn't enough: someone or something has to trigger it.
by Disembodied
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

"The Stone", a 290km-long (and then some …) asteroid ship in Greg Bear’s Eon. Internal travel requires aircraft (and "tuberiders", when things start to get stretched).
by Disembodied
Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A Culture General Systems Vehicle can be anywhere up to 200km long, counting all its various field envelopes, and internal shuttles (along with trains, aircraft, and other vehicles) are required.
by Disembodied
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Doctor Who, of course.
Timelike Infinity, by Stephen Baxter.
by Disembodied
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Introduce Yourself.
Replies: 1084
Views: 296076

Re: Introduce Yourself.

Hi Colaiuta, welcome to the boards. The NPC AI was improved a few years back, and it definitely makes a difference, as you have seen! One important question: are you using any expansion packs, and if so, which ones? Many of the older OXPs were written to beef up the olde, dumb NPCs: if you use them ...
by Disembodied
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani makes four, and ffutures scoops the prize with Jack Barron!
spud42 wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:53 am
would Max Headroom have counted?
Good question … maybe! Edison Carter would have been the safer bet, though.
by Disembodied
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ruby Rhod, Edward D. Malone, and Gideon Spilett are all good. Two to go!
by Disembodied
Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636079

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK then, another group of five: five named journalists from science fiction, please! No more than one per universe. And since they're far too common, no superheroes or other comic-book derived characters are allowed, so no Clark Kent, no Peter Parker, etc.