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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Smivs » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:35 am

OK, I think this has been running long enough, so time to declare a winner.
In third place, for being just strange, the Lamvin.
Second place goes to the Qheuens, for being so odd they are hard to picture.
First place, based on the fact they are almost cute, goes to ffutures' Ice Ants.

ffutures, the zipper is yours....
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:04 pm

Glad you like the ice ants - the image is actually made up of a satsuma, some sort of invertebrate legs (possibly crabs, I'm not sure since I did the illo seven or eight years ago), and snail eye stalks.

OK, nice easy one - SF novel about a genius, one of his less successful inventions is pockets that can be unfastened from one pair of trousers and fastened into another without emptying them. Name the novel and author.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:37 pm

ffutures wrote:SF novel about a genius, one of his less successful inventions is pockets that can be unfastened from one pair of trousers and fastened into another without emptying them. Name the novel and author.
Odd John, by Olaf Stapledon. And I still don't know why nobody has marketed these yet: I'd buy them. Pockets that can be replaced when they wear out! What's not to like? I suspect a plot by the trouser manufacturers to suppress this technology …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:52 pm

Disembodied wrote:
Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:37 pm
ffutures wrote:SF novel about a genius, one of his less successful inventions is pockets that can be unfastened from one pair of trousers and fastened into another without emptying them. Name the novel and author.
Odd John, by Olaf Stapledon. And I still don't know why nobody has marketed these yet: I'd buy them. Pockets that can be replaced when they wear out! What's not to like? I suspect a plot by the trouser manufacturers to suppress this technology …
That was fast! And the zipper is yours (you'll need it to hold the pockets in place).

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:55 pm

ffutures wrote:That was fast! And the zipper is yours (you'll need it to hold the pockets in place).
As someone whose pockets are often full of junk, that specific invention has fascinated me for a long time …

OK, another list: we're looking for seven invented SF swearwords. Each word should not provoke any Scunthorpe Problem, or cause any undue distress to those of a gentle disposition who might read them (so "Dirty %$££@* Klingon *%$£@&^" doesn't count).

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:47 pm

Ah yes, the Scunthorpe problem. No problem with Littlehampton - well, not here, there isn't!


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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Rxke » Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:02 pm

Shazbot!


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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Malacandra » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:02 am

Tanj!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:45 am

Shazbot! and Tanj! are both acceptable. Five more to go …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:42 am

smeghead red dwarf
gorram firefly
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:32 am

"Gorram" is fine … "smeghead" is slightly problematic as it's not wholly invented, but what the hey, it's Friday, and I'll let it pass. Four down, three to go!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Rxke » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:21 am

Belgium!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:31 am

Rxke wrote:Belgium!
:shock: *gasp* I knew I was inviting trouble when I asked this question, but I never thought we would sink so low.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Rxke » Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:50 am

Ironically a significant percentage of Flemish do indeed think 'Belgium' is a very offensive idea or construct....

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:53 pm

Disembodied wrote:
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:32 am
"Gorram" is fine … "smeghead" is slightly problematic as it's not wholly invented, but what the hey, it's Friday, and I'll let it pass. Four down, three to go!
well you can leave the "head" part off, as dave has been known to use it as smeg, smegging in conjunction with hell.... etc....
Arthur: OK. Leave this to me. I'm British. I know how to queue.
OR i could go with
Arthur Dent: I always said there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.
or simply
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