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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Malacandra » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:33 pm

Okay. Which fictional book series* is dismissed by one fierce critic as "rhodomontade and piffle"? Name and title of both the book series and the other book series in which it appears.

(*as in, the book series itself does not exist but is referenced repeatedly as part of the backdrop)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:47 pm

There's really only one SF author who could use a word like "rhodomontade" and get away with it … alas I'm currently away from my books and I don't want to have to resort to Google to check the details!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:31 pm

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Malacandra » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:30 pm

Disembodied wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:47 pm
There's really only one SF author who could use a word like "rhodomontade" and get away with it … alas I'm currently away from my books and I don't want to have to resort to Google to check the details!
The actual book series is five books long, and the imaginary book series has a one-word title (and is written by a nobleman).
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:27 pm

Okay, back with the books: the fictional book series is Life, by Unspiek, Baron Bodissey. His great work is quoted several times in Jack Vance's five-volume series The Demon Princes; extracts also crop up in The Cadwal Chronicles and some other novels set in the Gaean Reach.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Malacandra » Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:12 am

That's the one. "Reviewer's comments" include not only excoriating it as "rhodomontade and piffle", as quoted, but threats to horsewhip the Baron on the steps of his club. You're next! (To pose a question, that is. Not for a horsewhipping.)
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:03 am

OK, next question: identify five intelligent aquatic races, from five different SF universes. These can be anything from fully gill-breathing to amphibious to happy on either land or in the water, but they should spend much of their time in an aquatic environment and have at least some significant physiological adaptation to a water-dwelling lifestyle.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by ffutures » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:43 pm

I'll go with the obvious ones - Dolphins, from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Clarke's Dolphin Island, David Brin's Uplift series, and many other works. Shame it probably isn't so, at least not without a lot of upgrades.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:47 pm

I'll accept the virtual lobsters from Accelerando and roll all the various dolphins up as one answer. So that's two down, three to go.

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:36 am

Solaris?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by montana05 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:22 am

once again back to Perry Rhodan, the Aquas: https://www.perrypedia.proc.org/wiki/Aquas
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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:37 am

The intelligent world-ocean from Solaris … can a thinking ocean be described as an aquatic species? What the hell, I admire the chutzpah! And Perry Rhodan's Aquas definitely fit the bill.

That's four: next one takes the prize …

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:48 am

... can a thinking ocean be described as an aquatic species?
Yes, an interesting question!


The alien invaders from The Kraken Wakes (I don't think they're ever named)?

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Disembodied » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:24 pm

The invaders from The Kraken Wakes are indeed never named - but they're definitely an underwater intelligence and fill the remaining blank slot. Cody's up!

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Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Post by Cody » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:39 pm

Such a fine tale, The Kraken Wakes.


Name the tune, name the sci-fi animation short, which is based on a short story from the fifties, which in turn shares its title with a song lyric from the forties.

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