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by ffutures
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Dang, Perhaps my initial first candidate fares better, Riddick? Again, he doesn't appear to be a canonical US president in any of the films etc. - I'm only looking for characters who have been US President (or President of a recognizable successor state) in canon. Riddick has been Lord Marshal of a...
by ffutures
Wed Oct 28, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

cbr wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:49 pm
Drax in Tux

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Unless being president is actually canon for this character I'm going to have to say no.
by ffutures
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues - Harry Harrison Why am I tempted to escape into The Stainless Steel Rat For President ? Which segues nicely into my next question - let's have five unlikely science-fictional candidates / incumbents for the US presidency or a successor state (such as combine...
by ffutures
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I wanted to go with The Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin, which I own but haven't read in a very long time, but when I checked it turns out to be fantasy, not SF. Also apparently his least successful book, which was such a bomb that he gave up writing for several years. You tell that to the kid...
by ffutures
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:12 pm
spud42 wrote:
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:46 pm
The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues - Harry Harrison
That's four!
Sort of a song reference relevant to the above: The Lady Slings the Booze by Spider Robinson, part of the Callaghan's Bar series so SF
by ffutures
Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey - it's "science fantasy" e.g. there are dragons but later books have a scientific explanation for them, so I think it qualifies.
by ffutures
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, the Clanger boat certainly counts, a sonic drive raises some interesting questions in a vacuum...

That makes five, so I pass the poisoned chalice in your general direction!
by ffutures
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, that's three from Rockdoctor Buttered Cats - definitely EmDrive - yes, wacky pseudo-science fun definitely counts. The Wheeler idea has made it into a couple of stories, but is it really silly enough? Well, one corollary of this is that if you can destroy even one particle the whole universe com...
by ffutures
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Well, if you're sure? I was thinking of all of the Superman stuff as one answer. Let's have five SILLY space drives. They may be silly because of the effects described, or because they don't work too well, or work WAY too well, or have weird side effects For example, the Infinite Improbability Drive...
by ffutures
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Sun Oct 25, 2020 11:04 am
J'onn J'onzz, AKA the Martian Manhunter, is pretty much addicted to Oreo cookies.
Must be an echo here...
by ffutures
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: DST (BST)
Replies: 21
Views: 11441

Re: DST (BST)

My atomic clocks laugh once again... apart from the one in the kitchen which of course is high up and greasy, and had a battery that was low enough on juice that it wasn't receiving the time signal. Now fixed, but annoying.
by ffutures
Sat Oct 24, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Superman (Kal El of Krypton) likes beef bourguignon with ketchup, pretzels with mustard, hot dogs, and his mom's rhubarb pie. But he has eaten some very weird things over the years: https://www.cbr.com/the-weirdest-things-superman-has-eaten/ And also from the DC comics canon, J'on J'onzz the Martian...
by ffutures
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5846
Views: 769516

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Another coffee-loving species - L. Neil Smith's The Nagasaki Vector (1983) has the alien Yamaguchians who developed sentience after eating coffee grounds and other caffeinated waste such as tea bags, and decided that the human who had fed them the stuff initially was god. They continue to drink coff...
by ffutures
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Testing and Bug reports
Topic: Problems with Planetfall
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Re: Problems with Planetfall

I don't think I've been slowing much, just using a very shallow approach angle, sounds like that's where I've been going wrong. Not sure why I haven't encountered this before, maybe I'm just out of practice. Later - yes, that fixed it. Final approach shot... https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/ffutures/...
by ffutures
Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Testing and Bug reports
Topic: Problems with Planetfall
Replies: 3
Views: 756

Problems with Planetfall

Anyone else noticing problems with the Planetfall add-on since the new release? I haven't been able to land since the change, as soon as I get close to the ground the temperature rises and my ship explodes, regardless of how slowly I go in. There was a similar problem a couple of releases back, I'm ...