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Trivia Thursday

  1. The monstrous supercomputer in Harlan Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream” is known as AM. What did those initials ORIGINALLY stand for?
  2. The “evermind,” or controlling intelligence, of the robots in the Legends of Dune series was called:
    A) Mother
    B) Edessa
    C) Omnius
    D) La’al
    E) Caliban
  3. In Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the self-aware computer’s name is “Mike.” What is “Mike” short for?
  4. One of the main “characters” in Ken MacLeod’s Cassini Division is a planet which is the home of transhumanists who uploaded their personalities. Which planet is it?
  5. In the “Oh My Goddess!” anime series, the heavenly computer that maintains reality is:
    A) Celestin
    B) Yggdrasil
    C) Verdandi
    D) Urd
    E) Skuld
  6. What is the name of the magic-powered computer at Unseen University in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series?
  7. Cyberdyne Systems Corporation was responsible for creating this computer, which in turn tried to wipe out humanity with its Terminator robots.
  8. “When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One” was written by what author?
  9. In William Gibson’s Neuromancer, the AI by that name eventually merges with another AI called what?
  10. The HAL 9000 came online at the H.A.L. Laboratory in Urbana, Illinois, and his “first instructor” was whom?
    A) Dr. Leonov
    B) Dr. Hofstadter
    C) Dr. Poole
    D) Dr. Weaver
    E) Dr. Chandra

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Posted in Ephemera April 7th, 2011 by Chip
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