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Trivia Thursday

  1. In this Lois McMaster Bujold novel, Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan were once enemies in an interstellar war. Now a fragile peace has been established and they’re a married couple expecting their first child. Name it!
  2. Arthur C. Clarke was awarded a Marconi International Fellowship in 1982 for inventing what concept?
  3. What was the title of Frank Herbert’s first book?
  4. This gender-bending story by Gwyneth Jones concerns a reporter who is contacted by an apparently female alien. Although they look human, their thought patterns are radically different.
  5. In this 1980’s sci-fi movie, the monster, which replicates the cell structure of anything it devours, is defeated when a scientist feeds it his own cancerous liver.
  6. Who are famous for being the third-worst poets in the galaxy?
  7. Isaac Asimov wrote a novelization of Harry Kleiner’s screenplay which was so well-received by SF fans that many think the screenplay was based on the novel instead of the reverse. Name the film that spawned the book.
  8. The basis for two SF horror movies, John W. Campbell’s tale of a shape-changing alien attacking an Antarctic research station epitomizes the strengths of American pulp fiction. Name it!
  9. In Larry Niven’s Ringworld, what character has “all the luck in the world?”
  10. This movie (and later novel by Orson Scott Card) is about a nuclear-missile-armed US submarine crashing at the edge of the Cayman Trough and the crew of an experimental, submersible drilling rig who are asked to help rescue any survivors.

(Answers below the fold)

  1. Barrayar
  2. Clarke originated the idea of using satellites in geostationary orbit for communications.
  3. Dragon in the Sea; re-released as Under Pressure
  4. White Queen
  5. Forbidden World
  6. Vogons
  7. Fantastic Voyage
  8. Who Goes There?
  9. Teela Brown
  10. The Abyss
Posted in Ephemera May 20th, 2010 by Chip
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