Trivia Thursday

  1. In the classic political cautionary tale 1984, the most feared room in the Ministry of Love is this one, where the victim is subjected to his worst fear.
  2. In Battlestar Galactica (the newer series), President Laura Roslin attained her position by being the highest-ranking government official left alive after the Cylons attack the Twelve Colonies. What position did she hold before?
    A) Secretary of State
    B) Secretary of the Treasury
    C) Secretary of the Interior
    D) Secretary of Transportation
    E) Secretary of Education
  3. In this 1962 Hugo Award-winning novel by Philip K. Dick, a genocidal spacefaring Third Reich is in control of the eastern half of the U.S. and the Empire of Japan controls the Western coast.
  4. In this 1981 dystopian film by John Carpenter, an ex-soldier and fugitive is given 24 hours to find the President of the United States, who has been captured by inmates after Air Force One crashed in New York.
  5. In this debut novel by Patricia Anthony, World War Three between the West and the Arab National Army is suddenly interrupted by aliens. The story is inward-looking and full of futility, exploring the sheer helplessness and terror present in human conflict.
    A) Eating Memories
    B) Cradle of Splendor
    C) Cold Allies
    D) God’s Fires
    E) Flanders
  6. In the novels Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, government collapse in the U.S. has resulted in the rise of Christian militias who kidnap “unbelievers” and put them in horrifying work/reeducation camps. Name the author.
  7. One of the highest profile authors currently in the sub-genre of libertarian science fiction was the Arizona Libertarian Party’s 2000 candidate for the President of the United States. Was it:
    A) J. Neil Schulman
    B) L. Neil Smith
    C) S. Andrew Swann
    D) Michael Z. Williamson
    E) John C. Wright
  8. In this tale of corporate-run government by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth, protagonist Mitch Courtenay is a copywriter who is assigned the ad campaign which would attract colonists to Venus.
  9. This novel of dystopian totalitarianism by Yevgeny Zamyatin is told in the first person by the protagonist, “D-503,” in his diary, which details both his work as a mathematician and his misadventures with a resistance group called the Mephi.
  10. In this novel by Robert A. Heinlein, down-and-out actor Lawrence Smith is hired to take on the persona of a prominent politician and eventually finds himself playing the role for life.

(Answers below the fold)

  1. Room 101 (Orwell named it after a conference room at the BBC where he used to sit through tedious meetings.)
  2. E) Secretary of Education
  3. The Man in the High Castle
  4. Escape From New York
  5. C) Cold Allies
  6. Octavia Butler
  7. B) L. Neil Smith
  8. The Space Merchants
  9. We
  10. Double Star