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Chronosynclastic Infundibulum V

  1. 1. BOOK FIVE
  2. 2. 1. In Ruchir Joshi‟s novel „The Last Jet Engine Laugh‟, Calcutta of the future is served by two airports. One is the existing one named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. After whom is the other airport named?
  3. 3. 2. Roger Zelazny‟s „Lord of Light‟ was filled with characters drawn from Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Which of the characters in the novel is described as having red fiery eyes, and hence always goes around wearing large black glasses?
  4. 4. 3. Charles J Shields wanted to write a biography of this author, and he sent a letter to the author expressing his interest in doing so. The author replied by sending a self-portrait of him smoking with the message “This is a picture of me demurring about your letter”. So Shields sent one more letter, much more detailed and persuasive this time around. The author replied by sending another self-portrait of him smoking with the message “OK”. Whose biography took birth thus? And what was the biography, released posthumously, titled?
  5. 5. 4. „The Tallest Doll in New York City‟ is a short story by Maria Dahvana Headley. Who/what does the title of the story refer to? Also, who/what is her love interest in this Runyonesque story?
  6. 6. 5. „The Cookie Carnival‟ is a 1935 Disney animated film where all characters are varieties of desserts. Modern reviewers point out the homophobia and racism in the movie. What is the food item involved in each of the above cases of criticism?
  7. 7. 6. „The Midas Flesh‟ is a graphic novel written by Ryan North. What creation of his is his primary claim to fame?
  8. 8. 7. Charles Stross announced in December 2013 that he won‟t be writing the third book of the Halting State trilogy set in a near-future Scotland. Why did he make this decision?
  9. 9. We were talking of dragons, ______ and I In a Berkshire bar. The big workman Who had sat silent and sucked his pipe All the evening, from his empty mug With gleaming eye glanced towards us: „I seen ‟em myself!‟ he said fiercely. 8. Identify the poet. Also fill in the blank.
  10. 10. 9. Caladan Brood are a band that look and sound a lot like the more popular The Summoning. However, unlike The Summoning, their lyrics aren‟t about Tolkien‟s world, but instead from what epic fantasy series?
  11. 11. 10. From the lyrics of which 1975 song is this book title taken?
  12. 12. 11. Louis XIV had this inscribed on his cannons: “Ultima Ratio Regum” The final book in a trilogy takes its name from the English translation of this quote. Name the book.
  13. 13. 12. Identify this classic.
  14. 14. 14. In „Y: The Last Man‟, when the plague that kills all men (except Y) strikes, Margaret Valentine, the Secretary of Agriculture becomes the President of the US as she is the survivor with the highest rank in USA‟s chain of succession. She stands for re-election when things have settled down, and wins. She attributes her victory to being the most famous woman as “no one knows where _____ is hiding”. Fill in the blank.
  15. 15. 15. Eric Corley is a prominent hacker, and founder of the hacker quarterly 2600. He writes under the pen-name Emmanuel Goldstein, a reference to the fictional author of „The Theory and Practice of Oligarchal Collectivism‟. Emmanuel Goldstein is a character from which 1949 novel?
  16. 16. 16. Identify this band that takes its name from the underground hideout of the main character of a 1982-1989 work.
  17. 17. 17. This is the sixth book in the Bunnicula series (about a vampire bunny!). What‟s the name of the raven in this book?
  18. 18. 18. Sayuri Ueda‟s novel „The Cage of Zeus‟ is full words such as E, Em, and Eir. What are they?
  19. 19. 19. The world is divided into five factions: Abnegation (the Selfless), Dauntless (the Brave), Candor (the Honest), Amity (the Peaceful), and Erudite (the Intelligent). Once citizens reach a certain age, they must undergo testing to determine which faction best suits them, after which they are forced to decide whether to choose a new faction or stay put. This is the premise of which YA series, now being made into a much-hyped movie?
  20. 20. 20. David Peterson‟s first creation was called “Megdevi”, put together when he was a student at UCB, and meant as a present to his thengirlfriend. (The name Megdevi is a portmanteau of his name, and that of his girlfriend Megan) What is his most famous creation, that currently has 3700 entities, and he plans to continue adding to it until it reaches at least 10000?
  21. 21. 21. According Gardner Dozois, the role of a science fiction writer was to notice the car and the movie theater and not just anticipate X, but go on to predict Y as well. In other words, not just write about futuristic innovations, but also about the social consequences of those innovations. What are X and Y?
  22. 22. 22. On what date was the 2006 remake of „The Omen‟ released?
  23. 23. 23. In 2013, shortly before the author‟s death, his first novel was made into an opera by the composer Ben Frost and it debuted at Royal Opera House, London. Name the author, and the novel.
  24. 24. 24. Original manuscript of?
  25. 25. 25. In his youth, this author was an avid amateur boxer, and went by the nickname „Two-gun Bob‟. Name him, and his most famous creation.
  26. 26. 26. This 1979 alternative history (and as the title makes it clear, alternative geography even!) novel is in news again thanks to parallels to current events in that part of the world. Name the novel.
  27. 27. 27. This poem was published in an 1893 issue of Punch magazine in response to an article titled „The Man of the Year Million: A Scientific Forecast‟ that was published in the Pall Mall Gazette. Who wrote this article, which tried to envision what man would evolve into a million years hence?
  28. 28. 28. While the eventual movie adaptation was by David Lynch, there was a project getting another equally offbeat director to do it. This photo shows the artist who was commissioned with producing artwork for the movie, and some of the sketches he came up with for it. Name the movie, who was supposed to direct it, and who was the artist involved?
  29. 29. 29. What is the book cover inspired by?
  30. 30. 30. „Sheltered‟ is set amid an isolated society of doomsday preppers who have spent their lives preparing for the end times, only to face danger from within when their own children decide to massacre all of the adults. Given this premise, the subtitle categorises the comic into what „genre‟?
  31. 31. 31. There was a spurt of 1 star ratings for this book this past week. Same for the author‟s other books too. Why?
  32. 32. 32. Henry Beard and Douglas Kenney wrote the popular 1969 parody book „Bored of the Rings‟. What did the two go on to found the same year?
  33. 33. 33. For those only familiar with the famous movie adaptation, the book cover may seem very wrong, but the cover art shown here matches what is described in the book. Name the book/movie.
  34. 34. 34. An annual award given to a work or works of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles is named after an author whose gender was the source of much debate. Name the award.
  35. 35. 35. Before he became an author, he served in the British army, and was stationed in India. When in India, he visited the Calcutta Botanical Gardens and saw a tree labeled as the biggest in the world. He thought about what would happen if the tree continued growing and ended up covering the whole world. Thus was born the idea behind which famous novel?
  36. 36. 36. „Pillar to the Sky‟ is the first of the novels marrying science fiction and science fact published by Tor in collaboration with whom?
  37. 37. 37. „A Modest Proposal‟ is a 1729 satire which advices the Irish poor to sell their children as food for the rich as a way out of their economic troubles. Who was the author?
  38. 38. 38. A recent BMW i8 ad used this speech, thus probably making him the first sci-fi author to endorse a car, albeit posthumously. Identify the speaker.
  39. 39. 39. This short story was the inspiration for which movie? And who wrote this story under the penname Don A Stuart, possibly to avoid insinuations of an editor favouring his own work for publication?
  40. 40. 40. Alan Moore‟s new book „____: Heart of Ice‟ is the story of Janni Dakkar, daughter of ____, and her struggle to come to terms with her father‟s legacy. Fill in the blank.
  41. 41. 41. Who co-produced this Ralph Bakshi film?
  42. 42. 42. What products made by Sirius Cybernetics work on a principle called “defocused temporal perception” which enables them to dimly perceive the immediate future and hence eliminate inefficiencies that involve waiting in a lobby, making tedious conversations, pressing buttons, etc.?
  43. 43. …after this slide
  44. 44. 1. In Ruchir Joshi‟s novel „The Last Jet Engine Laugh‟, Calcutta of the future is served by two airports. One is the existing one named after Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. After whom is the other airport named?
  45. 45.  Rabindranath Tagore
  46. 46. 2. Roger Zelazny‟s „Lord of Light‟ was filled with characters drawn from Hindu and Buddhist mythologies. Which of the characters in the novel is described as having red fiery eyes, and hence always goes around wearing large black glasses?
  47. 47.  Agni
  48. 48. 3. Charles J Shields wanted to write a biography of this author, and he sent a letter to the author expressing his interest in doing so. The author replied by sending a self-portrait of him smoking with the message “This is a picture of me demurring about your letter”. So Shields sent one more letter, much more detailed and persuasive this time around. The author replied by sending another self-portrait of him smoking with the message “OK”. Whose biography took birth thus? And what was the biography, released posthumously, titled?
  49. 49.  Kurt Vonnegut  And So It Goes.
  50. 50. 4. „The Tallest Doll in New York City‟ is a short story by Maria Dahvana Headley. Who/what does the title of the story refer to? Also, who/what is her love interest in this Runyonesque story?
  51. 51.  Chrysler Building  Empire State Building
  52. 52. 5. „The Cookie Carnival‟ is a 1935 Disney animated film where all characters are varieties of desserts. Modern reviewers point out the homophobia and racism in the movie. What is the food item involved in each of the above cases of criticism?
  53. 53.  Angel‟s food cake  Devil‟s food cake
  54. 54. 6. „The Midas Flesh‟ is a graphic novel written by Ryan North. What creation of his is his primary claim to fame?
  55. 55.  Dinosaur Comics
  56. 56. 7. Charles Stross announced in December 2013 that he won‟t be writing the third book of the Halting State trilogy set in a near-future Scotland. Why did he make this decision?
  57. 57.  Because the present caught up with his predicted future—NSA‟s spying, Scotland on the brink of independence.
  58. 58. We were talking of dragons, ______ and I In a Berkshire bar. The big workman Who had sat silent and sucked his pipe All the evening, from his empty mug With gleaming eye glanced towards us: „I seen ‟em myself!‟ he said fiercely. 8. Identify the poet. Also fill in the blank.
  59. 59.  CS Lewis  Tolkien
  60. 60. 9. Caladan Brood are a band that look and sound a lot like the more popular The Summoning. However, unlike The Summoning, their lyrics aren‟t about Tolkien‟s world, but instead from what epic fantasy series?
  61. 61.  Malazan: Erikson Book of the Fallen, by Steven
  62. 62. 10. From the lyrics of which 1975 song is this book title taken?
  63. 63.  Shine Floyd On You Crazy Diamond, by Pink
  64. 64. 11. Louis XIV had this inscribed on his cannons: “Ultima Ratio Regum” The final book in a trilogy takes its name from the English translation of this quote. Name the book.
  65. 65.  Last Argument of Kings, by Joe Abercrombie
  66. 66. 12. Identify this classic.
  67. 67.  The Hearing Trumpet
  68. 68.  The Worf of Starfleet
  69. 69. 14. In „Y: The Last Man‟, when the plague that kills all men (except Y) strikes, Margaret Valentine, the Secretary of Agriculture becomes the President of the US as she is the survivor with the highest rank in USA‟s chain of succession. She stands for re-election when things have settled down, and wins. She attributes her victory to being the most famous woman as “no one knows where _____ is hiding”. Fill in the blank.
  70. 70.  Oprah
  71. 71. 15. Eric Corley is a prominent hacker, and founder of the hacker quarterly 2600. He writes under the pen-name Emmanuel Goldstein, a reference to the fictional author of „The Theory and Practice of Oligarchal Collectivism‟. Emmanuel Goldstein is a character from which 1949 novel?
  72. 72.  Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell
  73. 73. 16. Identify this band that takes its name from the underground hideout of the main character of a 1982-1989 work.
  74. 74.  Shadow Gallery, hideout of V in „V for Vendetta‟
  75. 75. 17. This is the sixth book in the Bunnicula series (about a vampire bunny!). What‟s the name of the raven in this book?
  76. 76.  Edgar Allan Crow
  77. 77. 18. Sayuri Ueda‟s novel „The Cage of Zeus‟ is full words such as E, Em, and Eir. What are they?
  78. 78.  Spivak pronouns—gender neutral pronouns. Ueda‟s book deals with „Rounds‟, people who have both male and female genitalia
  79. 79. 19. The world is divided into five factions: Abnegation (the Selfless), Dauntless (the Brave), Candor (the Honest), Amity (the Peaceful), and Erudite (the Intelligent). Once citizens reach a certain age, they must undergo testing to determine which faction best suits them, after which they are forced to decide whether to choose a new faction or stay put. This is the premise of which YA series, now being made into a much-hyped movie?
  80. 80.  Divergent, by Veronica Roth
  81. 81. 20. David Peterson‟s first creation was called “Megdevi”, put together when he was a student at UCB, and meant as a present to his thengirlfriend. (The name Megdevi is a portmanteau of his name, and that of his girlfriend Megan) What is his most famous creation, that currently has 3700 entities, and he plans to continue adding to it until it reaches at least 10000?
  82. 82.  The Dothraki conlang
  83. 83. 21. According Gardner Dozois, the role of a science fiction writer was to notice the car and the movie theater and not just anticipate X, but go on to predict Y as well. In other words, not just write about futuristic innovations, but also about the social consequences of those innovations. What are X and Y?
  84. 84.  Drive-in theaters  The sexual revolution
  85. 85. 22. On what date was the 2006 remake of „The Omen‟ released?
  86. 86.  6th June (thus 6/6/6)
  87. 87. 23. In 2013, shortly before the author‟s death, his first novel was made into an opera by the composer Ben Frost and it debuted at Royal Opera House, London. Name the author, and the novel.
  88. 88.  Iain Banks  The Wasp Factory
  89. 89. 24. Original manuscript of?
  90. 90.  Dracula, by Bram Stoker
  91. 91. 25. In his youth, this author was an avid amateur boxer, and went by the nickname „Two-gun Bob‟. Name him, and his most famous creation.
  92. 92.  Robert E Howard  Conan, the Barbarian
  93. 93. 26. This 1979 alternative history (and as the title makes it clear, alternative geography even!) novel is in news again thanks to parallels to current events in that part of the world. Name the novel.
  94. 94.  The Island of Crimea
  95. 95. 27. This poem was published in an 1893 issue of Punch magazine in response to an article titled „The Man of the Year Million: A Scientific Forecast‟ that was published in the Pall Mall Gazette. Who wrote this article, which tried to envision what man would evolve into a million years hence?
  96. 96.  HG Wells
  97. 97. 28. While the eventual movie adaptation was by David Lynch, there was a project getting another equally offbeat director to do it. This photo shows the artist who was commissioned with producing artwork for the movie, and some of the sketches he came up with for it. Name the movie, who was supposed to direct it, and who was the artist involved?
  98. 98.  Dune  Alexander  HR Giger Jodorowsky
  99. 99. 29. What is the book cover inspired by?
  100. 100.  The painting „Napoleon Crossing the Alps‟
  101. 101. 30. „Sheltered‟ is set amid an isolated society of doomsday preppers who have spent their lives preparing for the end times, only to face danger from within when their own children decide to massacre all of the adults. Given this premise, the subtitle categorises the comic into what „genre‟?
  102. 102.  Pre-apocalyptic
  103. 103. 31. There was a spurt of 1 star ratings for this book this past week. Same for the author‟s other books too. Why?
  104. 104.  Lynn Shepherd asked JK Rowling to stop writing
  105. 105. 32. Henry Beard and Douglas Kenney wrote the popular 1969 parody book „Bored of the Rings‟. What did the two go on to found the same year?
  106. 106.  National Lampoon
  107. 107. 33. For those only familiar with the famous movie adaptation, the book cover may seem very wrong, but the cover art shown here matches what is described in the book. Name the book/movie.
  108. 108.  Wizard of Oz (book had silver shoes, movie had ruby slippers)
  109. 109. 34. An annual award given to a work or works of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles is named after an author whose gender was the source of much debate. Name the award.
  110. 110.  James Tiptree Jr. Award
  111. 111. 35. Before he became an author, he served in the British army, and was stationed in India. When in India, he visited the Calcutta Botanical Gardens and saw a tree labeled as the biggest in the world. He thought about what would happen if the tree continued growing and ended up covering the whole world. Thus was born the idea behind which famous novel?
  112. 112.  Hothouse, by Brian Aldiss
  113. 113. 36. „Pillar to the Sky‟ is the first of the novels marrying science fiction and science fact published by Tor in collaboration with whom?
  114. 114.  NASA
  115. 115. 37. „A Modest Proposal‟ is a 1729 satire which advices the Irish poor to sell their children as food for the rich as a way out of their economic troubles. Who was the author?
  116. 116.  Jonathan Swift
  117. 117. 38. A recent BMW i8 ad used this speech, thus probably making him the first sci-fi author to endorse a car, albeit posthumously. Identify the speaker.
  118. 118.  Arthur C Clarke
  119. 119. 39. This short story was the inspiration for which movie? And who wrote this story under the penname Don A Stuart, possibly to avoid insinuations of an editor favouring his own work for publication?
  120. 120.  The Thing  John W Campbell Jr.
  121. 121. 40. Alan Moore‟s new book „____: Heart of Ice‟ is the story of Janni Dakkar, daughter of ____, and her struggle to come to terms with her father‟s legacy. Fill in the blank.
  122. 122.  Nemo
  123. 123. 41. Who co-produced this Ralph Bakshi film?
  124. 124.  Frank Frazetta
  125. 125. 42. What products made by Sirius Cybernetics work on a principle called “defocused temporal perception” which enables them to dimly perceive the immediate future and hence eliminate inefficiencies that involve waiting in a lobby, making tedious conversations, pressing buttons, etc.?
  126. 126.  Elevators

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