Trivia Thursday

  1. Which of the following films is NOT based on a Philip K. Dick short story or novel?
    A) Gattaca
    B) Total Recall
    C) Screamers
    D) Blade Runner
    E) Next
  2. The Empire relied on little one-person ships called TIE fighters. What does “T-I-E” stand for?
  3. What was the name of the atomic submarine featured in the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?
  4. Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle published a sequel to their 1975 novel, Inferno, titled Escape From Hell, in which the protagonist is accompanied by an author whom he has saved from eternal damnation as a sentient tree in the “Wood of the Suicides.” Name the author.
  5. Two space shuttles–Endeavour and Discovery–are named after famous naval vessels. Who captained both ships?
    A) John Cabot
    B) James Cook
    C) Horatio Nelson
    D) Ferdinand Magellan
    E) Henry Hudson
  6. This SF author hails from Austin, Texas and was recipient of what is indisputably the greatest academic title and job in the world as “Visionary in Residence” at Art Center College of Design, in California.
  7. Which of these is NOT a science fiction or fantasy award?
    A) Edward E. Smith Award
    B) Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis
    C) Janusz A. Zajdel Award
    D) John W. Campbell Award
    E) Maxwell Finland Award
  8. In this novel by Max Barry, corporate feudalism is so entrenched that workers take the name of their employer as their own surname.
  9. This collaborative alternate history novel by Roger Zelazny and Fred Saberhagen features, among its main characters, Edgar Allan Poe and Emerson the orangutan.
  10. Generally considered to be the earliest of the modern Dystopian novels, this story by Jack London covers a fictional document known as the “Everhard Manuscript” and its footnoting by a far-future scholar.
    A) The Iron Heel
    B) An Enemy of the State
    C) The Cabinet
    D) Farthing
    E) The Fist

(Answers below the fold)

  1. A) Gattaca
  2. Twin Ion Engine
  3. The Seaview
  4. Sylvia Plath
  5. B) Captain James Cook, the legendary explorer of the South Pacific, commanded the naval vessels Endeavour and Discovery during his career.
  6. Bruce Sterling
  7. E) Maxwell Finland Award, given for contributions in the field of infectious diseases or public health.
  8. Jennifer Government
  9. The Black Throne
  10. The Iron Heel