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Trivia Thursday

  1. This famous book about the collapse of technology and society on a generation starship sent to Procyon ends as the ship begins to split apart. What is its title?
    A) Orphans of the Sky
    B) Between the Strokes of Night
    C) Tau Zero
    D) Non-Stop
    E) The Diamond Age
  2. What is the name of the cursed ship in Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers?
  3. “Doc” Savage is known as the Man of…
  4. What was John Carpenter’s first feature film, which began as a student project at USC?
  5. The Web Between the Worlds and The Fountains of Paradise are both books about the creation of what technology?
  6. What is the title of a 1966 John Brunner novel about overpopulation?
    A) Make Room! Make Room!
    B) Stand On Zanzibar
    C) The Stand
    D) Ninth Gate
    E) Shockwave Rider
  7. Who is the main character in James Blish’s classic novel Doctor Mirabilis?
  8. Colin Wilson’s novel Space Vampires was turned into what movie?
  9. In The Matrix, what is the name of Morpheus’ ship?
  10. In March of this year, NASA’s MESSENGER probe will enter the orbit of Mercury. What was the only other U.S. mission to Mercury?
    A) Ranger 4
    B) Mariner 1
    C) Mariner 10
    D) Venera 2
    E) Mercury 10

(Answers below the fold)

  1. D) Non-Stop. In this Aldiss novel, the ship has returned from Procyon but its inhabitants have undergone physical changes which the authorities feel make them almost a separate species and impossible to integrate with the rest of humanity.
  2. The Leanndra
  3. Bronze
  4. Dark Star
  5. Space elevators. Curiously, these books (by Sheffield and Clarke respectively) were the first SF works on the subject and both appeared the same year.
  6. Stand On Zanzibar
  7. Roger Bacon
  8. Lifeforce
  9. Morpheus’ ship was the Nebuchadnezzar. In the Bible, Nebuchadnezzar was the king who was looking for Christ when he was born, similar to Morpheus’ quest for “The One.”
  10. C) Mariner 10
Posted in Ephemera January 27th, 2011 by Chip
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