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by Disembodied
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: About Oolite Trading
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: About Oolite Trading

I know. But my main objective was to make trading other goods, other than computers / furs, more interesting. That's a long-standing ambition for a lot of people here! Probably the best attempt is Cim's New Cargoes OXP. Even in the basic game, though, there are locations where the returns on Liquor...
by Disembodied
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's the Ealing scifi comedy The Man in the White Suit, about a man who invents an unbreakable fibre that never needs washing.
by Disembodied
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Milo wrote:
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:19 am
I think this round goes to Disembodied with Umpty Candy.
Traditionally, the round goes to whoever supplies the final answer … as I posed the previous question I'll defer to ffutures.
by Disembodied
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Uncle Ump's Umpty Candy, from Judge Dredd. Literally too delicious to be legal.
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Neuronic whip , Omni-Blade , Cosmic knife (I wasn't sure if Mesmetron qualified, as it is technically projectile), Lightsaber , Ahn'woon I'll add Auto axe and Shishkebab as runners-up... Well, that was quick … that's eight right there, and even though three are from the Fallout universe that still ...
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, my apologies if we have done this already - it's a long thread! - but name five hand-held, non-projectile/shooty-firey weapons (so no lasers, disruptors, micromissile launchers, gauss rifles, blasters etc.) from five different SF universes. The weapons should be specific and wholly fictional, so...
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Martians in H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds don't seem to have any moral qualms about eating humans (or at least drinking their blood). And in Futurama , everybody loves eating delicious Popplers , even after they find out they're the offspring of the sentient (and downright irritable) Omicr...
by Disembodied
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Aliens!
Replies: 52
Views: 27460

Re: Aliens!

The more we learn about ourselves and the universe, the more we appreciate that aliens probably won’t just be humans with longer limbs and waving antennae. How do you communicate with a planet-sized slime with ESP that eats electricity? We’re not talking to you, we’re talking to Saturn – a review o...
by Disembodied
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Abelard Snazz, the man with the double-decker brain - star of occasional stories in the 2000AD - is known to boost his thinking powers by consuming the odd Syrian Sentient Milkshake …

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by Disembodied
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Clarke's Childhood's End again - the last survivor of the human race witnesses the ascension of everyone else into a sort of cosmic mind, and is the last man on earth for a few minutes until the Earth itself goes bye-bye... That makes three. Not sure if the last story of James Blish's "Pantropy" se...
by Disembodied
Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I wasnt so much thnking of the races, I was thinking about the point in time where there were only (more or less) 7 people. But I take the point :) Ah, true … but this is just *nearly* post-human, not *actually* post-human. There are also a great many stories where it isnt clear how many (if any) o...
by Disembodied
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cmdr James wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:19 pm
Would you accept Seveneves (Neal Stephenson)?
No, I don't think so … some of the seven "races" might look a bit odd, but I think most of them would still pass. Plus (to avoid spoilers) gurer ner "ebbgfgbpx" uhzna fheivibef yrsg ba gur cynarg …
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by Disembodied
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I am legend / The Omega Man That's two! I'll try another dodgy one - the humanoids in Bank's Culture. Though I'm not at all sure that he ever says they're humans in any ancestry/ descent sense. No, sorry: the Culture humanoids are explicitly NOT post-Earth-human, and Earth-humanity still exists. In...
by Disembodied
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Planet of the Apes ? I'll accept this: the human beings are "animalistic", and I did specify that to count as "human" they should be able to pass during daylight hours. Closing time on a Friday night, maybe the Planet of the Apes humans could fit in, but even in Glasgow they'd struggle to go unrema...
by Disembodied
Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another collection of five (maximum one answer per universe). Posthumanity: name five stories/films/TV/etc. where humanity – that is, anything reasonably fitting the description of "human", e.g. could pass without remark on the average high street during daylight hours - has ceased to exist. One...