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by RockDoctor
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, let's try this. Preamble : last night, I was listening to an audiobook of Niven's "Protector", where comment is made on the absence of an autopilot in the "Outsider's" ship (not delivering spoilers here, I hope). Elsewhere comments were made about the use of automated kitchens, and autodocs are ...
by RockDoctor
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, thinking.
by RockDoctor
Wed Mar 18, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Nobody? OK, two to go, One from Known Space (do I need to add, "Larry Niven"?) : several times he refers to a habit of the Belters to buy material (ships, supplies, whatever) in the name of the "Seventh Church of Rodney", which everyone (including the tax man) took to mean "I'm not saying, and you'...
by RockDoctor
Wed Mar 18, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 629
Views: 226884

Re: Quote of the week!

Some good news at last... Can you envisage the Eurovision Nostalgia shows that are being composed to re-fill the holes in the schedules this will cause. (In voice Commissioning Editor, in a working-from home conference call.) "We've got to fill 16 hours of prime time. Ideas?" (small voice) "I've go...
by RockDoctor
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:03 pm
The Wormulon Queen, in Futurama, produces delicious Slurm. Wormulons are intelligent, so might not count as "animals", though …
Many dogs and lower forms (such as politicians and PR flacks) might challenge your ... criteria.
by RockDoctor
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Tricky... but I'm going to have to go by the plot here - the ship travels in what appears to be a straight line AWAY from our local galactic group, Obviously you've read it more recently than I have - quite possibly by several decades. But ... if the universe is closed but un-bounded, then starting...
by RockDoctor
Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:54 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

OK, that gets you back to Earth on the third move after travelling with the Rolling Stones, so I think we're out of the Tribble/Trumble zone, and it opens a lot of possibilities for the next move. But I have to remind everyone that visiting Earth for a third time will lead to quantum instability, a...
by RockDoctor
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:16 pm
visiting Earth for a third time will lead to quantum instability, and we all know what that means!
Don't go into Huff. You wouldn't like it in Huff.
by RockDoctor
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

not sure what the rules are for this game... but i can get to the destination in 1 book from earth.... are we trying to make as many hops as poessible? Part of the point of Mornington Crescent is that the rules change to ensure that no listing of the rules can encompass all the moves legally played...
by RockDoctor
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:14 am
I do so hope that Humph is somehow watching from above!
Dodging and getting Samantha to give him a rub-down.
by RockDoctor
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

RockDoctor wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:04 pm
Anyone got a set of quintuplets?
Anyone? I'd be surprised if there wasn't one.
by RockDoctor
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

would a series of books with the main author on each book but a different collaborator on each count? If they were written at (more or less) the same time, leading to the "herding cats" problem, I think yes. If they were a consecutive sequence ... no cats were herded, and so the herd was of size 2 ...
by RockDoctor
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Schmitz himself wasn't involved in writing it, being somewhat dead at the time... Hmmmm, posthumous collaboration. I hadn't thought of that. I'll let it stand as a foursome, unless someone else comes up with a foursome that doesn't involve arguments conducted by ouija board. Anyone got a set of qui...
by RockDoctor
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cody wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:56 pm
RockDoctor wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Are you trying to drive me berserk, Fred?
<chortles> Would've made a good seven though!
Yep, that's why I thought about it, quite hard.
by RockDoctor
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665171

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

A collaborative novel, consisting of shorts by various authors strung together by interludes written by the editor - would that count? Are you trying to drive me berserk, Fred? I thought about that one, and I'm quite uncomfortable about it becuase there's no need for the whole team of writers to si...