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by Malacandra
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Fiction
Topic: Christmas reading
Replies: 3
Views: 3043

Re: Christmas reading

Happyman wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:17 pm
Even though Christmas is 10 months ahead, I just purchased this book yesterday and waiting for it delivered. Can't wait!
Hurrah! May your username be apposite. :)
by Malacandra
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Gimbal Locke wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:22 pm

( :shock: My previous post here was in 2012? Time flies... :o )
lol. I thought "Who's this Gimbal Locke person then?" and it turns out you haven't posted since before I registered. :lol:
by Malacandra
Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Star Trek had plenty, beginning with the very first episode aired, "The Man Trap" - the salt vampire that looked either like Nancy or Dr McCoy or someone else according to need and was only seen in its true form right at the end when it was trying to murder Jim Kirk.
by Malacandra
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

It is! At the conclusion of Under the Yoke , three characters are locked into a bomb-proof bunker with a suicide bomb (which the nun is carrying, with her hand on the dead-man's switch). She is now faced with an ethical problem: her religion forbids suicide, nor can she pass the decision on to someo...
by Malacandra
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

*crickets*

The book is one of a series, and an earlier volume shares a title with one of the few US Civil War songs that almost everyone can whistle even if they don't know the words.
by Malacandra
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Okay, this dystopian science fiction novel ends with someone kicking a bomb out of a nun's hands - why would anyone do a thing like that? (Or at any rate, what's the title and author? And technically it ends a tiny fraction of a second later, of course...)
by Malacandra
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:23 pm
OK, inspired by the previous question - in which book by which author is there a spaceship drive based on cheese?
lol. Same author, but it's Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers.

("Cheddite" is a real thing and is an explosive, btw.)
by Malacandra
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

preserved as in "smoke me a Kipper" ?????? There's another type of smoked herring, particularly associated with Lowestoft and stereotypically made into fish-paste. 8) Gotcha - the Bloater drive, used in Harry Harrison's Bill the Galactic Hero and sequels. The ship changes size (if I recall correctl...
by Malacandra
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

spud42 wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:39 am
preserved as in "smoke me a Kipper" ??????
There's another type of smoked herring, particularly associated with Lowestoft and stereotypically made into fish-paste. 8)
by Malacandra
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:36 am
I can think of one where the FTL mechanism is derived from cheese, but not herrings.
Think of preserved herrings... English style.
by Malacandra
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I would give you a clue, but it might prove to be a red herring. :lol:
by Malacandra
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Okay...

In a certain book, by a certain author, interstellar travel is achieved by a means apparently bearing a connection to smoked fish. Book and author, please? :lol:
by Malacandra
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Nite Owl wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:51 pm
Two Star Trek questions involving some Vulcan lore:

1. When greeted with the phrase "Live Long and Prosper" what should your verbal response be?

2. What does the acronym I.D.I.C. stand for?
1. Peace and long life

2. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination
by Malacandra
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

... which is a distinction few could draw. <grins> We're all very erudite here, you know. <chortles> As for Verne's tale, it enchanted me as a kid of ten or so - read it several times. I re-read again it a few years ago in a nice online edition - still pretty good. Oh indeed. Here as in Robur, the ...
by Malacandra
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5687
Views: 714145

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

"Nemo" just means "no-one" in Latin, so no particularly Scottish connection there. I could see you were quite well up on the subject from the fact that you gave the title as "20000 Leagues Under The Sea s ", which is a distinction few could draw. The Mysterious Island is worth a read. Nemo is an off...