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by Malacandra
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Sorry for the delay! I'm on holiday in sunny* Devon this week and internet access is patchy. Please give me any instance from a non-Asimov book or movie that alludes to his Laws of Robotics. Thanks!

*ha, as if.
by Malacandra
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

And Larry Niven once again - humanity in Known Space (by the time of Beowulf Schaeffer in "Flatlander" and later Louis Wu in "Ringworld") had teleport booths, and the Puppeteers went one better with "stepping discs".
by Malacandra
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Free stuff
Replies: 1
Views: 1800

Free stuff

Hiya. I never did work out how to do discount vouchers on Amazon, but I've made Sidewinder Precision Pro free to download for five days starting now. I know you can always read the thread version in this very forum, but if you'd like a free copy for your Kindle (or reading app), now's the time.
by Malacandra
Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

2001: A Space Odyssey - it all kicks off when TMA-1 is discovered on the Moon.
by Malacandra
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I think you've missed Malacandra's Sidewinder, Norby - he was being too modest. :lol: The Sidewinder is a core Elite / Oolite ship and I'd never claim that for my own. But the original novel Sidewinder Precision Pro introduced a couple of new ships, the Claymore and the Purdy. (There are one or two...
by Malacandra
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Norby wrote:
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:17 pm
Then name (at least) one fighter-class ship in five different SF universes. The ship type must be named somehow, not just "heavy fighter" or so. Please also provide a link for each ship which demonstrate it.
*modest cough*
by Malacandra
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Traveller certainly qualifies in terms of Jump mechanics, but isn't it largely the inspiration for Elite?
by Malacandra
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

That'll do nicely. Another species could have been the Kurii, from the Gor series - stated in Beasts of Gor to comprise dominants, non-dominants, egg-carriers and blood-nursers. The dominants fertilise the egg-carriers, who then implant the blood-nursers, not unlike the Puppeteer breeding cycle - an...
by Malacandra
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Yes, they do. And another?
by Malacandra
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Yeesh. Nobody likes this. OK, here's an alternative: give me two sapient alien races which have more than two sexes (and whose breeding cycle also involves more than two). Any science fiction you like, not restricted to Trek.
by Malacandra
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Lordy. That's the trouble with coming up with smart answers - you have to come up with smart questions to follow up. Okay, some Trek trivia then: at least three actors who have appeared anywhere in the franchise as characters of different humanoid races. (One quite well-known one played three differ...
by Malacandra
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5117
Views: 626736

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Grogs. In their adult or sessile stage they are blind, deaf and immobile - all they can do is open their mouth and mind-control something into walking in.

(Larry Niven, short story "The Handicapped", occasionally mentioned elsewhere.)
by Malacandra
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Methane dunes found on Pluto
Replies: 1
Views: 1637

Re: Methane dunes found on Pluto

In the low forties Absolute, I'd say you were pretty much right. :)
by Malacandra
Sun May 20, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life
Replies: 14
Views: 14629

Re: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life

Cody wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 9:40 am
Malacandra wrote:
Sun May 20, 2018 7:35 am
The management are welcome to advise me when this is becoming tiresome.
Tempt the manglement at your peril!
As long as I get a warning bullet through the kneecap first, we're all good. 8)
by Malacandra
Sun May 20, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life
Replies: 14
Views: 14629

Re: Extracts from the Tre Clan Addresses on Interplanetary Life

i like good reads. just finished between the devil and black space (i think?) it was a pretty good book of short stories. sure it focused on INRA, but i liked how the various threads tied together. definitely will be looking into this (crack open the oxz) If you like good reads, allow me to shamele...