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Trivia Thursday

  1. What Star Trek actor/actress lent a voice to Disney’s movie The Lion King?
  2. Steven Baxter’s sequel to H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine is:
    A. The Time Machine II
    B. Time and Again
    C. The Time Ships
    D. Timescape
    E. Somewhere in Time
  3. How many arms do most Moties have?
  4. This author invented the machine that makes Pringles potato chips, and gave us such characters as Severian and Latro. Name him!
  5. This magician starred in the movie The Man from Beyond, in which he plays a man thawed from an icy encasement to discover his reincarnated love of a hundred years past.
  6. Name the 1984 movie, reknowned at the time for its CGI, in which our hero lives in the Starlight Starbright Trailer Park.
  7. What is the name of the all-powerful computer network of the future in the Terminator movies?
  8. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Pellucidar novels are set where?
  9. Who was the mayor of New York City in James Blish’s A Life for the Stars, Earthman Come Home and The Triumph of Time?
  10. What is the name of the colony in Aliens?
    A) Hadley’s Hope
    B) New Seattle
    C) Acheron
    D) Lockhart’s Folly
    E) Hades

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Posted in Ephemera June 16th, 2011 by Chip
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Link Dump

Space Stitch – Roundup of space-themed needlework.

Make Your Own Star Trek-Style Door – It’s even code-activated.

Do Your Duty, Trooper – Great vintage-look “propaganda poster” for the Empire.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – Inception Style – Neat faux trailer for Raiders.

Three books that look great for Steampunk inspiration:
1,000 Steampunk Creations
Steampunk Emporium
Steampunk Style Jewelry

Creatures & Ives – Photoblog art project wherein whimsically blobby little monsters are inserted into old lithographs.

The Knot Spot – Esty store featuring SF/fantasy jewelry.

Posted in Ephemera June 15th, 2011 by Chip
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Said That She Did

Yoda Joke

S’pose when they invented the Internet back in the 50s they’d have believed it would eventually be used to create an entire site devoted to Yoda making “that’s what she said” jokes?

(via Blame it On the Voices)

Posted in Humor June 14th, 2011 by Chip
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Send Your Name to Mars

The Mars Science Laboratory rover going to Mars this year is allowing members of the public to have their names sent along on a microchip and thus “immortalized” on Mars. Today is the last day for submissions.

The form is here. The site also provides the opportunity to print out a participation certificate. There are also maps which give you a peek at US and worldwide participation totals.

Posted in Space June 13th, 2011 by Chip
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Ghosts of Saturn

GIANT KILLER PANDAS threaded together images from the Cassini Mission. The result is lovely. (Note: I’ve seen comments that the flickering effect between some frames is hard on epileptics, so beware.)

(via Whatever)

Posted in Space June 10th, 2011 by Chip
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Trivia Thursday

  1. During the vampire renaissance of the 1970s, this writer, known best for his SF work, published the first of his successful and critically acclaimed “Dracula” series, titled “An Old Friend Of The Family.”
  2. The following line opens chapter one of a well-known dark fantasy novel: “The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm.” Name the novel.
  3. His first novel “Green Eyes”, about scientifically generated zombies, was published in 1984 as a New Ace Science Fiction Special. This author remains one of the more respected “literary” artists in science fiction, and his most highly acclaimed genre novel is “Life In Wartime.” Name the writer.
  4. Which of the following titles is not a film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend?
    A) I Am Legend
    B) The Omega Man
    C) The Waking Dead
    D) The Last Man On Earth
  5. Tim Powers wrote about Byron, Shelley, Caligari and the vampiric Lamia in this darkly dripping secret history novel.
  6. “These are the stories that the Dogs tell when the fires burn high and the wind is from the north. Then each family circle gathers at the hearth stone and the pups sit silently and listen and when the story’s done they ask many questions: …..” Thus starts which award-winning novel?
  7. In Neal Stephenson Snow Crash, what job does the main character, Hiro Protagonist, hold at the beginning of the novel?
  8. In Arthur C. Clark’s book The Hammer of God, what is the name of the ship that docks and later deflects the asteroid away from Earth?
    A) Goliath
    B) Nostromo
    C) Hercules
    D) Titan
    E) Andromeda
  9. Who is the late scientist, beloved by “billions,” for whom the 1997 Mars Pathfinder lander was renamed?
  10. The “Night’s Dawn” space opera trilogy, written in the 1990s, is centered around the souls of the dead coming back from a hellish “beyond” to possess the living, and the latter fighting back. Name the author.

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Posted in Ephemera June 9th, 2011 by Chip
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You’ve Just Destroyed Alderaan. What Are You Going to Do Next?

Posted in Humor June 8th, 2011 by Chip
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Seen Online

I’m willing to risk a Jurassic Park type scenario just to have new stuff to BBQ.

“Size matters not.” -Yoda, fooling nobody.

Because of the music I grew up with I assumed by this point in life a lot more women were going to blind me with science.

oh baby you’re so hot I wanna be inside you so I got this teleportation device wait wait lemme read the manual

Go back in time and kill Hitler as a baby. He’d be so freaked out that a baby is trying to murder him, you’ll have the element of surprise.

Posted in Humor June 7th, 2011 by Chip
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Advanced Trolling

Failbook Post

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Posted in Humor June 6th, 2011 by Chip
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How to Be a Retronaut

Victorian Star WarsHow have I never encountered this site before? It is utterly splendid.

How to Be a Retronaut is run by historical consultant Chris Wild. The site’s tagline is “Ever get the feeling you’re living in the wrong time?” and it is an almost inexplicable collection of vintage/time-travel/steampunk/godonlyknows photos and minutiae, ranging from Victorian Star Wars through aliens in vintage postcards to movie posters from Atomic-age Hollywood.

There are videos which purport to show time travelers and M.C. Escher in Lego and anatomical drawings of mermaids and…let’s just say you’re going to be here for a while.

Cross-posted at The Art of Darkness

Posted in Ephemera June 3rd, 2011 by Chip
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