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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:58 am

A further note: without getting too theological, these don't have to be "real" entities, which actually exist in their SF universe; conversely, if they do have some physical reality, they don't have to be genuinely supernatural, as long as some people treat them as such. Which is not to say an entity can't be both real and supernatural. As long as they have worshippers/followers, they qualify for the list …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by spud42 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:17 am

only obvious one i can think of would be
Goa'uld System Lords , Stargate SG-1

more research needed..

EDIT The Prophets the Bajorans worshiped in DS9 ??
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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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:58 am

Goa'uld System Lords and Bajoran Prophets would both count, yes! Three more to go (and that's Stargate and Star Trek used up - so although the Klingon culture-hero Kahless, for example, would fit the criteria, it's only one entity per SF universe …).

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:03 pm

The dread god Finagle?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:44 pm

… and his mad prophet Murphy? It's a stretch, but given that some of Larry Niven's Belters might be able to keep a straight face while professing to worship Finagle, I'll allow it!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by jackiebean » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:56 pm

LOL the prophet murphy??? i would chime in about a few but its not my turn.

there is one really obvious one on the tip of my tongue, but i have to bite it.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:45 pm

It's a free-for-all: if you have any suggestions, make them! Always remembering that whoever answers this question has to ask the next one …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:43 pm

Always remembering that whoever answers this question has to ask the next one
Which, for me at least, has become increasingly difficult, especially after eight years!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by jackiebean » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:45 pm

OK then, twist my arm. i will add one, but let someone else finish.

The aliens in the Alien franchise. they were worshipped in one of the comic books (graphic novels?) cant remember by who or what planet, but people were sent into the hive as sacrifices to appease the alein "gods". Of course this was alluded to loosely in the AvP movies.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:26 pm

I couldn't find anything about people worshipping Aliens (which is not to say you're wrong), but after a bit of googling I did turn up a mention of ancient human worship of Predators, who used humans as sacrifices to hatch Aliens to be hunted:

http://avp.wikia.com/wiki/Sacrificial_chamber

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by jackiebean » Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:43 pm

look up xenomorph cultists. that is all lol.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Tue May 01, 2018 8:36 am

Right enough, there they are:

http://alienanthology.wikia.com/wiki/Alien_Cultists

So there's
  • Goa'uld System Lords
  • Bajoran Prophets
  • The Great God Finagle
  • Xenomorphs

One more takes the prize …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Wed May 02, 2018 3:58 am

OK - The Eschaton (a godlike computer entity) from Charles Stross's Singularity Sky. Even though its only public message to humanity reads:

I am the Eschaton; I am not your God.
I am descended from you, and exist in your future.
Thou shalt not violate causality within my historic light cone. Or else.


It's a while since I read it, but I seem to remember that there are still some people that can't take a hint and worship it, as well as those that are REALLY stupid and mess around with causality...

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Wed May 02, 2018 8:59 am

The Eschaton will do it! ffutures scoops the pot …

There are lots of others. The whole "primitive peoples worshipping X as a god" trope is quite common in a number of TV shows. From Doctor Who alone there's Xoanon, and the Nimon, and Aggedor, and probably a bunch of others. And religion is always a quick way of "othering" an alien species: Babylon 5 was prone to doing that (although there's a risk that this could turn into a Planet of the Hats).

And there is one significant SF universe where religion plays a prominent role: Dune. It could provide Shai-Hulud, Muad'Dib, and the God-Emperor.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Fri May 04, 2018 1:34 am

Sorry for the delay posting, I've been a bit busy.

Name five different SF books, TV series, artworks, films, comics etc. which contain the word "Guardians" in the title. No two from the same fictional universe.

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