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Trivia Thursday

  1. Which TV series was based on the novel Cyborg by Martin Caidin?
    A) The Questor Tapes
    B) Battlestar Galactica
    C) Small Wonder
    D) Not Quite Human
    E) The Six Million Dollar Man
  2. A colony world has used its powerful technology to recreate Hindu culture, whose elite assume the roles of the gods. The hero first rebels against these “gods” on their own terms, but then opposes them more successfully with a new faith. Which Roger Zelazny novel is this?
  3. Five years before guest-starring on Star Trek, this actor represented Jack Ruby and managed to keep him off death row for shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.
  4. What science fiction work inspired the alien designs in the original Space Invaders video game?
  5. The line, “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent,” is spoken by whom?
    A) Salvor Hardin
    B) Ford Prefect
    C) Ender Wiggin
    D) Biggs Darklighter
    E) Khan Noonian Singh
  6. In Keith Laumer’s Retief series, what is the name of Retief’s boss/sidekick?
  7. Ray Bradbury’s book The Silver Locusts is better known by what name?
  8. What is the name of the Star Beast in Robert A. Heinlein’s young adult novel of the same name?
  9. Who is the hero of The Futurological Congress, by Stanislaw Lem?
    A) Ion Tichy
    B) Douglas Archer
    C) Paul Hoehler
    D) Mucho Maas
    E) Gil Hamilton
  10. The Caloris Basin can be found on which planet?

(Answers below the fold)

  1. E) The Six Million Dollar Man
  2. Lord of Light
  3. Melvin Belli. He played Gorgan in “And the Children Shall Lead.”
  4. War of the Worlds. In a 2005 interview, game developer Tomohiro Nishikado said that the H.G. Wells octopoids inspired the alien antagonists in Space Invaders.
  5. A) Salvor Hardin (Foundation)
  6. Ben Magnan
  7. The Martian Chronicles
  8. Lummox
  9. A) Ion Tichy
  10. Mercury
Posted in Ephemera March 31st, 2011 by Chip
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