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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Malacandra » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:07 pm

Star Trek had plenty, beginning with the very first episode aired, "The Man Trap" - the salt vampire that looked either like Nancy or Dr McCoy or someone else according to need and was only seen in its true form right at the end when it was trying to murder Jim Kirk.
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:23 pm

Star Trek: TOS's salt-sucker makes four … let's rule out any more Trek shapeshifters for now though. It's a very tempting trope for TV - probably because it's cheap, and because the actors and scriptwriters can have fun with it.

Lots more TV shapeshifters, I'm sure - they will be accepted but bonus points will be awarded for any examples from literature …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:28 pm

... bonus points will be awarded for any examples from literature...
Dim memories stir - something in The Silver Locusts (aka The Martian Chronicles)?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:40 pm

Cody wrote:
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Dim memories stir - something in The Silver Locusts (aka The Martian Chronicles)?
I'll give it to you - there is a shapeshifting Martian in the story "The Martian", in The Martian Chronicles. Another literary example could be the Piurivar in Robert Silverberg's Majipoor books. Or the Changers, from Iain M. Banks's Consider Phlebas.

Over to you! With bonus points added.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:46 pm

Damn, should've remembered the Consider Phlebas example.


Being incapable of thinking-up questions lately, I'll cede to spud - he put up three, and I'm happy with the bonus points!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:49 am

thanks Cody,

well a few weeks ago i had a nice question lined up but now i forgot it... so...

what book am i reading ? two clues. guild and 50-50

bonus Karma for explaining what the clues mean
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:11 pm

clue, book written in 2015. getting a 3.97/5 rating at goodreads.......

what the character has to do is definitely not legal...

leave a few more days for another hint or 2...
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:18 am

Is it Rath's Deception, by Piers Platt? There's an assassin's guild, and they offer "50-50" employment deals: make 50 hits, and retire with 50% of the money from the contracts.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:49 pm

absolutely correct! and bonus Karma too... lol

the Tipper is all yours... treat her well..
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Tue Feb 06, 2018 12:58 pm

OK, name the author and book (the first in a series): a young soldier teams up with the mind of an undead traitor general to fight against heretics who – the gravest of all sins – are using a different calendar.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:39 pm

A clue: it's part of a trilogy, and it's recent. So recent, in fact, that the third volume isn't published yet, despite the author putting out one book a year.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:52 am

The obsession with the calendar isn't trivial. In this fictional universe, control of the calendar, and of ceremonies performed simultaneously across worlds, affects technology: weapons and defences - even starships - will or won't work, depending on the calendrical mathematics.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:37 pm

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Gimbal Locke » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:22 pm

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee - trilogy: Machineries of Empire.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:52 pm

Gimbal Locke nails it! Over to you …

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