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by Disembodied
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Please, doctor, I’ve got to ask this. It sounds like, well … Just as though you’re describing some form of super carrot. The Thing from the 1951 movie The Thing From Another World : definitely intelligent, definitely aggressive. https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2019/05/03/an-intellectual-carrot-the-...
by Disembodied
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Depending on the definition of "intelligent", there's always the triffids. They're definitely aggressive …
by Disembodied
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cmdr James wrote:
Sun Jun 07, 2020 4:39 pm
Can anyone give me 5 other classic stories retold as scifi?
David Weber and John Ringo's March Upcountry and March to the Sea together make up a science-fictional retelling of Xenophon's Anabasis. And the film Forbidden Planet is a loose-ish retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest.
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

If the Puppeteers were doing it (for all values of "it"), it was for the benefit of the Puppeteers. If it were beneficial to any other species, that was accidental and definitely not a primary purpose. As you get into the 5-novel long "of Worlds" series, you see that they have a very good understan...
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

More seriously, how about the Puppeteers (Ringworld) that attempt to breed luck into the human genome? It isnt clear to me whether that was actually for the benefit of humanity, or genetic research or something else. But surely luck is beneficial and it was done intentionally. I can accept the Pupp...
by Disembodied
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

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No more? How about if we lift the "one per author/universe" cap?
by Disembodied
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Atacked in the Aegis
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: Atacked in the Aegis

I was wondering about getting the offender status even after being careful about shooting back only those that actually hit me, ignoring the Aegis-botherers, and the fact that I didn't see any police vessels to "finger me", so I'm guessing that was done by the station? That might be a possibility …...
by Disembodied
Tue Jun 02, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, another Mondoshawans in The Fifth Element - they're the guys who send Leeloo and the element obelisk thingies to Earth to help humanity, they seem to be benign, or at least what they do benefits humanity; we don't really know why they're doing it but there are probably some ulterior motives too...
by Disembodied
Sat May 30, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Overlords in Clark's Childhood's End . They bring world peace as part of helping the human race to ascend. The Asgard in Stargate SG-1 . Generally helpful in preventing the Go'auld from destroying the human race on several occasions, eventually bow out giving humanity their technology. The Over...
by Disembodied
Fri May 29, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

cbr wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 10:08 am
The Vulcans.
That's one, definitely.
RockDoctor wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:01 pm
The Berserkers want to help us with all our existential problems. Permanently.
I don't think that can be classed as help! :lol:
by Disembodied
Fri May 29, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another list of five, then: name five alien cultures/species (as opposed to individuals) who offer aid and assistance to humanity. This is not simply just being peaceful and friendly: these aliens are here to help us solve at least some of our civilisational problems. NB: not all of humanity might w...
by Disembodied
Thu May 28, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

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Also for those of us from Scotland who are old enough to remember: "blue sticks".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tQsXJEza6A
by Disembodied
Thu May 28, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

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Freslin: a drug in Farscape, extracted from the glands of sentient creatures. It's a euphoriant and an aphrodisiac.

In Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, the brightly coloured alien Puffies snacks on the planet Kitson have psychotropic and hallucinogenic effects on humans.
by Disembodied
Wed May 27, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, here's one. In the RAH/ Spider Robinson posthumous collaboration " Variable Star " […] OK, that's one. […] the Second Foundation […] Two! Would the dimension-jumping of Charlie Stross's "Merchant Princes" quintet by staring at an eyeball-twisting pattern count as psi? If I recall correctly, it ...
by Disembodied
Tue May 26, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5583
Views: 697820

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Psi-powers seem to have dropped out of fashion in science fiction of late (or in the SF books I'm reading, at least). Can you list five psychic organisations, from separate SF universes: max 1 per universe, etc. Randomly psychic individuals don't count: there has to be some group/body/etc. of psychi...