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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by cbr » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:43 pm

First thought, the Trimaxion Drone Ship from the movie 'the flight of the navigator'

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by DredgerMan » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:49 pm

Ok, don't take this personal but 'Ur-who-shall-be-obeyed-at-all-times' can be a bit pedantic at times, so in that vein:

A spaceship is a 'what' not a 'who', so ............ No.

(you have my sympathy, BTW) :wink:

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:26 pm

DredgerMan wrote:A spaceship is a 'what' not a 'who'...
<grins mischievously> Hmm... a Culture ship is a what? Or is it perhaps a who?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by DredgerMan » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:32 pm

Touché!

But still ...... no.

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by DredgerMan » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:22 am

Next hint (slightly cryptic):

The author is well known for writing about oily plants.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by DredgerMan » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:41 pm

The title of the better known tale is (still slightly cryptic): A day in the life of the oily plants.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Rxke » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:36 pm

the day of the Triffids?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by DredgerMan » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:58 pm

Correct!

Now the author of The Day of the Triffids later wrote a work about an 11 year old who was taught complex mathematics by someone. The name of that someone (and the name of the work) is what we are after.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:35 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocky

this is the closest thing i can find. wikw states the child is 12 and there is no mention of maths but????

Chocky ??
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by DredgerMan » Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:52 am

Hmm, according to 'Ur-who-shall-be-obeyed-at-all-times' she remembered it as an 11 year old who might have had a birthday during it all. Interestingly enough, the Amazon-blurp also states 11, so the info on Wiki may be a bit out here. She remembered the maths bit, because the training was in binaries, hence yes and no.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:10 pm

did someone say spirits? i'll have a half..... ( not the question but kudos to whomever gets the reference)

"Captain ####### rolled out of his sleep field ............"

ok this is the first part of the opening sentance to a short story.

fill in the #### ( may or may not indicate the number of letters in the name..)
what book and where did it come from. and if you get the Author as well i will fill up the evil juice before sending the CiSmoFiCo to your choice of chart and planet type.( dont worry i think i defused Cody's fuse/bomby thing)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:49 pm

did i finally get to stump you sci fi trivia legends??

clue. this site is related to the book/story.... maybe 2nd or 3rd cousin... not like immediate family...lol
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:40 pm

CLUE #2 the rest of the sentence "and landed nimbly on the deck of his stateroom."

this should give it away now...
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:00 pm

I cracked and googled it. It seemed familiar, and I had thought that it was maybe by Heinlein or some other Golden-Age writer - but it's "On The Wrong Side Of The Law", an Elite Short Story by David Massey.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:15 pm

we have a winner.... i knew if i put the whole first sentence it would be found..... it did for me . which is why i only put up the first half... had to blank out Cptn Jupiters name as that was a google give away too.....

From the booklet Stories of Life on the Frontierthat came in the box with Frontier Elite II.....

you dont get books with steam games..grumble..grumble...

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