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by RockDoctor
Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Your browser should be able to play an ogg - Waterfox/Firefox do. It fired up something called "Rhythmbox" but - silence. Whatever. I shall have to think of something ... {turns to bookshelf} OK. One day, the sun of an inhabited planet (one of many) rose, and it's core turned from degenerate hydrog...
by RockDoctor
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Name the piece upon which this is based, add a primary colour of your choice, and you should get one of a trilogy of novels. Couldn't hear the sound file - first time I've tried plying an OGG, I think, and I may be doing something wrong. "Red Mars". Or "Blue Mars" (not read). But not "Green Mars". ...
by RockDoctor
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 623
Views: 222859

Re: Quote of the week!

I was at HMP Pentonville last week. They've now got patrol dogs who are barking, which helps deter drones. Come on, name the guilty one! OK, I googled it. It wasn't any old idiot, but it was the Secretary of Justice at the time. Step up to the stocks, Liz Truss, and take the rotten tomato of ridicu...
by RockDoctor
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

spud42 wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:30 am
are we the only ones left playing????
I'm watching but don't have any idea.
by RockDoctor
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

clue, warships start to disappear. a US one first hen other countries..... Oh, hang on - "The Kraken Wakes", by John Wyndham. At about that time, JBS Haldane was a "popular science" biologist to the extent that such things existed. That's the "inordinate fondness for beetles" guy. And "Orrington" s...
by RockDoctor
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

clue, warships start to disappear. a US one first hen other countries..... Oh, hang on - "The Kraken Wakes", by John Wyndham. At about that time, JBS Haldane was a "popular science" biologist to the extent that such things existed. That's the "inordinate fondness for beetles" guy. And "Orrington" s...
by RockDoctor
Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:46 pm
spud42 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:48 am
Aniara by Harry Martinson ; Nobel Prize in Literature in 1974

that scandinavian clue was the missing google link...lol
Absolutely right! Have a virtual kipper! Your turn.
A virtual kipper? I thought this was home to the horned lobsteroids, without quite so many furries.
by RockDoctor
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Oolite Darwin Awards
Replies: 266
Views: 105800

Re: Oolite Darwin Awards

I'm now two jumps from the Beritere/Tierus bottle neck (I forget which Galaxy...), with a Fugitive score of 250 having just Q-bombed hundreds of ships and a space station as part of a mission, How did Eric Idle (or whichever Python wrote the script) put it? " He's not the Messiah, he's a very naugh...
by RockDoctor
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Ah - that's an in-joke that went over my head, I'm afraid! Charlie Stross (Laundry Files author) spent plenty of time earning his daily crust as a BOFH, and he lets it show. His blog (antipope.org , which is one of those relics of doing a favour and a spelling mistake for a friend, as you'd expect ...
by RockDoctor
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Disembodied wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:21 pm
Oh! I wouldn't have called Bob Howard an "undoubted bastard", is all.
First book, he's Bob Howard. 4th book we're added that his middle and confirmation names are Oliver and Francis. Making him both a literal (name spelling) and metaphorical BOFH.
Need I go on? Clickity-click!
by RockDoctor
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Name the character or series. "This undoubted bastard abandoned his PhD and ended up washed-up and entangled in the twisted little bureaucratic tentacles of a non-existent government department." It sounds a little bit like Charles Stross's Laundry series - except not enough to make me think it act...
by RockDoctor
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Correct answer to the second question - the other one was much earlier, Fritz Lang's Woman in the Moon (German Frau im Mond ) from 1929. Your turn! OK, I'm going to take a lurch from space-y SF to a more down to Earth series. Positively chthonic in part. Name the character or series. "This undoubte...
by RockDoctor
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

ffutures wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:30 pm
OK, let's try a much easier question:

Which SF film contained the first cinematic launch countdown?
OR which 1936 British film contained one?
H.G.Wells, Shape of Things to Come, 1936. I'm guessing, since it involves a Moon-shot.
by RockDoctor
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

If I said that the trope of a Caledonian ship's engineer reared it's ugly head, I probably wouldn't narrow the field much. Not Tau Zero, this was basically an instantaneous transition to light speed which everyone thought was FTL. Got the answer anyway once you mentioned the engineer - The Mote in ...
by RockDoctor
Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5171
Views: 636075

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Is it a book (forget the title/author except that I think it might be Poul Anderson) where the apparent FTL drive actually works at lightspeed, so the first expedition (which visits dozens of worlds over a span of several thousand light years) think they've been gone for months but actually come ba...