Sci Fi Fantasy Quiz (Quizotic 2013)

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Sci Fi Fantasy Quiz (Quizotic 2013)

  1. 1. Theme: Science Fiction and FantasyQuizotic 2013St. Stephen’sCollege, Delhi
  2. 2. The novel, Windhaven, recounts events which occur on the fictional planet of the same name. Its inhabitants are the descendants of human space voyagers who crash-landed onWindhaven centuries before the events of the book take place. After the crash, the survivors spread out across the many islands of Windhavens primarily oceanic planetary surface and settled. Inorder to preserve tenuous lines of communication across vast seas, the stranded population constructed mechanically simplistic gliding rigs from available space-ship wreckage, which could be kept aloft by human pilots almost indefinitely in Windhavens extremely windy atmosphere. Windhaven is a science fiction and fantasy novel written by Lisa Tuttle and X, the more known of the two (and for somethingentirely different), in 1981. It was nominated for a Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1982. Give me X. 1
  3. 3. X is a novel by T. H. White, published in 1938, initially as a stand-alone work but now the first part of a tetralogy. A fantasy of the boyhood of King Arthur, it is a sui generis work whichcombines elements of legend, history, fantasy and comedy.Walt Disney Productions adapted the story to ananimated film in 1963 (the last Disney animation feature before Disney’s death) , and the BBC adapted it to radio. X, please. 22
  4. 4. His high fantasy novels (works set entirely in fantasy worlds) have been referred to as "low fantasy" becausethey deemphasize some typical "high fantasy" elementssuch as magic and non-human races in favor of a more gritty portrayal of human conflict.Name of the trilogy, please. Remember, you can’t win. 3
  5. 5. Taken from a review of the movie I’m interested in, here.“At its heart, the film is about the lines we draw around “us” and “them,” and how truly shaky those lines are. We can accept any sort of horror, any torture, as long as it isn’t one of us. The film feeds on the horror implicit in how easy it is to carry a one andmove someone back and forth across that line. A man in charge ofan operation can in five minutes become nothing more than a pile of resources “worth billions of dollars,” that must be harvested quickly. Anesthesia? That’s for people, not things, it mightinterfere with the procedure. Vivisection first, get the heart out as quickly as possible. Bits and pieces of humor run throughout, laugh-out-loud gallows humor. The authorities release photoshopped footage of _________ screwing one of the aliens to explain his condition, to turn the sentiment of any friends and family against helping him.”Which movie, which “neighbours” around science fiction. 24
  6. 6. Amazing Stories was an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by X Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Before Amazing, science fiction stories had maderegular appearances in other magazines, including some published by X, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction. X, however, has now been immortalised in theworld of science fiction and fantasy. Tell me how. 25
  7. 7. The expression in political history usually refers to the institution of radical, revolutionary change. This usage dates from the time of the French Revolution. After the official abolition of the French monarchy on 21September 1792, the National Convention instituted thenew French Revolutionary Calendar. It declared the day after abolition – 22 September, redesignated as 1Vendémiaire – to be the first day of the Republic and the beginning of ___________.Frank Miller adopted this term for one of his comic-book story arcs, in the "Post-Crisis" DC Universe. This comic established the expression DC later used in other comic books. What expression? 26
  8. 8. The story of this high fantasy work begins in London during the summer of 1900. Two children, Digory andPolly, meet while playing in the adjacent gardens of a row of terraced houses. They decide to explore the attic connecting the houses, but take the wrong door and surprise Digorys Uncle Andrew in his study. Uncle Andrew tricks Polly into touching a yellow magic ring, causing her to vanish. He persuades Digory, effectively through blackmail, to take another yellow ring to followwherever Polly has gone, and two green rings so that both can return.Where did Polly and Digory go? Bonus point for the work. 27
  9. 9. Though the word X is of recent origin, works fitting this concept existed long before. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word X first appeared in print in 1958 in an article by Anthony Boucher in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, used to describe James Blishs novel They Shall HaveStars. The term came into general usage in the 1970s and 1980s. Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979) may have inaugurated the term X into the mainstream. The termhas since been popularized by a particular film trilogy in the last decade. Which term is X? 8
  10. 10. X productions center on the premise of an X, a circular device (4.6 m / 15 ft in diameter) that creates a wormhole, enablinginstantaneous transportation to another X located many light years away from the starting point. Under the control of the UnitedStates government, the X discovered on Earth is kept a secret from the public. This allows for storylines to present no contradiction between depicted events and reality, an effect compounded by setting X inthe present day and depicting Earth accurately, with any unrealistic technology originating solely from alien civilizations.These extraterrestrial civilizations are typically more pre-industrial than scientifically advanced and are almost always human.Together, this allows for stories dominated by human interaction in Earth-like environments, an unusual feature for a science fiction franchise focused on exploration of other worlds. What is X, which also lends its name to the franchise? 29
  11. 11. This sci-fi shooter video game is based in a future where a massive ancient space alien-constructed structure hasbeen discovered buried inside a mountain on an island in the fictional Lingshan Islands, near the coast of the East Philippines. The single-player campaign has the player assume the role of U.S. Army Delta Force soldier Jake Dunn, referred to in-game by his callsign, Nomad. Nomad is armed with various futuristic weapons and equipment, most notably a suit that was inspired by a real-life military concept. The player fights both North Korean and extraterrestrial enemies in various environments on and around the island. Which game is this, which became a recurring topic of discussion among gamers for its technical aspects? 2 10
  12. 12. X is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1980. The book is a series of diary entries by each of the four main characters: Zebadiah John Carter, programmer Dejah Thoris"Deety" Burroughs Carter, her mathematics professor father JacobBurroughs, and an off-campus socialite Hilda Corners. The names "Dejah Thoris", "Burroughs", and "Carter" are overt references to John Carter and Dejah Thoris, the main protagonists of the Barsoom (Mars) novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs.It contains many in-jokes and references to the author. The nameof every villain is an anagram of a name or pen name of Robert or Virginia Heinlein. In the novel, a critical thing turns out to be, not Y, but10,314,424,798,490,535,546,171,949,056, which is the number of parallel universes accessible through the continua device. You should be able to work this out. X? 2 11
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  14. 14. X is a science fiction short story by Y. It first appeared inthe August 1977 issue of Analog magazine and was later expanded into the novel of the same name.Although the foundation of the X series, the short story is not properly part of the X universe, as there are many discrepancies in continuity. (Although the basic plot isthe same, the novel introduces many original elements.) There are also minor differences, like the protagonist’s surname losing an ‘s’ at the end. Giving you anything more would be a crime for science fiction geeks. X, only, please. (Oh, and maybe Y.) 2 12
  15. 15. Exhaustive list. I’ve blanked out variations of the mostobvious of these. They all have, at one point, belonged to an entity bearing the same name.1.XCV 3302.NX-013.___________4.___________-A through F, and J In such 20th century usage, the first letter refers to the USA, the second letter is a reference to the entity beingcivil, and the second letter is repeated again, because the creator thought it looked better. What entity? 2 13
  16. 16. The X, by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski is a cult series of fantasy short stories and five novels about the X, Geralt of Rivia. In Sapkowskis books, Xs are monster-hunters who receive special training and have their bodies modified at an early age to provide them with supernatural abilities so they can kill extremely dangerous monsters and survive. These modifications (whichinvolve herbal preparations, magic potions and virus inoculations)leave them with inhuman reflexes, dexterity and the ability to open and contract their pupils at will (giving them improved night- vision). The modifications also leave them sterile and completely devoid of human emotions (this is later discovered to be false). They are mistakenly called "mutants", although their condition is not congenital.The books have been adapted into a movie and television series, a video game series, and a graphic novel series. The novel series(excluding the short stories) is also called the X Saga, or the Blood of the Elves Saga. 2 14
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  18. 18. 1. Brian Selznicks novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, whose story revolves around Y, features a description of a famous scene from X. Martin Scorseses film adaptation Hugo prominently features this scene and includes other scenes from the movie, X.2. The HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon featured a documentary- style recreation of the filming process during its last episode, titled X (in another language) in honor of Y’s work.3. The music video for rock band Queens song "Heaven for Everyone" features clips from X.4. X served as the basis for The Smashing Pumpkins award-winning music video for their song "Tonight, Tonight".5. The television series Futurama features an episode titled "The Series Has Landed", in which a certain mascot resembles something from X. A major reference to the movie is made when the mascot attempts to confiscate Bender’s alcohol.X and Y, for part points (but seriously, you should know both). You’d have to be a lunatic to get this. 2 15
  19. 19. Pretty self-explanatory. Identify the series or the author for a point. 16
  20. 20. 217
  21. 21. I really, really needn’t say anything. You have the picture, andyou’re in an SFF quiz.So, what is it already? 18
  22. 22. What common word has been blanked out? (Also 19 the name of the magazine, duh.)
  23. 23. This guys’s not really known for writing comic books, but nevertheless, he has written some (and in the quizmaster’s opinion, they’re actually not that bad.) Anyway, you’d have heard his name over and over if you even like calling yourself a geek. And thanks to what he accomplishedrecently, well, pretty much everyone who’snot living under a rock knows who he is by now.Name, please. Oh, and remember: SFF quiz. 12 20
  24. 24. Super famous fantasy series by someone. Your task is to identify who. Christopher Paolini must be a huge fan. 21 The series tells the story of the recovery of the Orb of Aldurand coming of age of Garion, an orphaned farmboy. Garion is accompanied by his aunt Polgara and grandfather Belgarath as they try to fulfill an ancient prophecy that will decide thefate of the universe. Along the way, various "instruments", or helpers, of the prophecy join their quest to recover the orb, and Garion discovers his true identity and destiny.
  25. 25. X (died March 3, 2012) was an American conceptual designer andillustrator who designed the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon, for which he won an Academy Award. X designed many Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO and drew many concepts for the films sets. It was X who suggested that Vader wear breathing apparatus. Xs concept paintings, including such scenes as R2-D2and C-3PO arriving on Tatooine, helped convince 20th Century Fox to fund Star Wars, which became a huge success upon release in 1977. The main reason for this question being his super recent death, identify X. 22
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  27. 27. X’s 1936 lecture, "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics," had a lastinginfluence on Beowulf research. Lewis E. Nicholson said that the article X wrote about Beowulf is "widely recognized as a turning point inBeowulfian criticism", noting that X established the primacy of the poetic nature of the work as opposed to its purely linguistic elements. At the time, the consensus of scholarship deprecated Beowulf for dealing with childish battles with monsters rather than realistic tribal warfare; X argued that the author of Beowulf was addressing human destiny in general, not as limited by particular tribal politics, and therefore the monsters were essential to the poem. Where Beowulf does deal withspecific tribal struggles, as at Finnsburg, X argued firmly against reading in fantastic elements. In the essay, X also revealed how highly heregarded Beowulf: "Beowulf is among my most valued sources," and this influence may be seen what X is well known for. X? 23
  28. 28. In this genre of fiction, X, writers tend to use elements fromhardboiled detective fiction, film noir, and postmodernist prose to describe the often nihilistic underground side of an electronic society. The genres vision of a troubled future is often called the antithesis of the generally utopian visions of the future popular inthe 1940s and 1950s. Gibson defined its antipathy towards utopian SF in his 1981 short story "The Gernsback Continuum," which pokes fun at and, to a certain extent, condemns utopian science fiction. Shibuya, Tokyo, described as a "futuristic Times Square" by The New York Times. Of Japans influence on the genre, William Gibson said, "Modern Japan simply was X.” X is often set in urbanized, artificial landscapes. Which genre? 24
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  31. 31. Theme: Science Fiction and FantasyQuizotic 2013St. Stephen’sCollege, Delhi
  32. 32. The novel, Windhaven, recounts events which occur on the fictional planet of the same name. Its inhabitants are the descendants of human space voyagers who crash-landed onWindhaven centuries before the events of the book take place. After the crash, the survivors spread out across the many islands of Windhavens primarily oceanic planetary surface and settled. Inorder to preserve tenuous lines of communication across vast seas, the stranded population constructed mechanically simplistic gliding rigs from available space-ship wreckage, which could be kept aloft by human pilots almost indefinitely in Windhavens extremely windy atmosphere. Windhaven is a science fiction and fantasy novel written by Lisa Tuttle and X, the more known of the two (and for somethingentirely different), in 1981. It was nominated for a Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 1982. Give me X. 1
  33. 33. George R.R. Martin
  34. 34. X is a novel by T. H. White, published in 1938, initially as a stand-alone work but now the first part of a tetralogy. A fantasy of the boyhood of King Arthur, it is a sui generis work whichcombines elements of legend, history, fantasy and comedy.Walt Disney Productions adapted the story to ananimated film in 1963 (the last Disney animation feature before Disney’s death) , and the BBC adapted it to radio. X, please. 22
  35. 35. His high fantasy novels (works set entirely in fantasy worlds) have been referred to as "low fantasy" becausethey deemphasize some typical "high fantasy" elementssuch as magic and non-human races in favor of a more gritty portrayal of human conflict.Name of the trilogy, please. Remember, you can’t win. 3
  36. 36. The First Law
  37. 37. Taken from a review of the movie I’m interested in, here.“At its heart, the film is about the lines we draw around “us” and “them,” and how truly shaky those lines are. We can accept any sort of horror, any torture, as long as it isn’t one of us. The film feeds on the horror implicit in how easy it is to carry a one andmove someone back and forth across that line. A man in charge ofan operation can in five minutes become nothing more than a pile of resources “worth billions of dollars,” that must be harvested quickly. Anesthesia? That’s for people, not things, it mightinterfere with the procedure. Vivisection first, get the heart out as quickly as possible. Bits and pieces of humor run throughout, laugh-out-loud gallows humor. The authorities release photoshopped footage of _________ screwing one of the aliens to explain his condition, to turn the sentiment of any friends and family against helping him.”Which movie, which “neighbours” around science fiction. 24
  38. 38. Amazing Stories was an American science fiction magazine launched in April 1926 by X Experimenter Publishing. It was the first magazine devoted solely to science fiction. Before Amazing, science fiction stories had maderegular appearances in other magazines, including some published by X, but Amazing helped define and launch a new genre of pulp fiction. X, however, has now been immortalised in theworld of science fiction and fantasy. Tell me how. 25
  39. 39. The expression in political history usually refers to the institution of radical, revolutionary change. This usage dates from the time of the French Revolution. After the official abolition of the French monarchy on 21September 1792, the National Convention instituted thenew French Revolutionary Calendar. It declared the day after abolition – 22 September, redesignated as 1Vendémiaire – to be the first day of the Republic and the beginning of ___________.Frank Miller adopted this term for one of his comic-book story arcs, in the "Post-Crisis" DC Universe. This comic established the expression DC later used in other comic books. What expression? 26
  40. 40. The story of this high fantasy work begins in London during the summer of 1900. Two children, Digory andPolly, meet while playing in the adjacent gardens of a row of terraced houses. They decide to explore the attic connecting the houses, but take the wrong door and surprise Digorys Uncle Andrew in his study. Uncle Andrew tricks Polly into touching a yellow magic ring, causing her to vanish. He persuades Digory, effectively through blackmail, to take another yellow ring to followwherever Polly has gone, and two green rings so that both can return.Where did Polly and Digory go? Bonus point for the work. 27
  41. 41. Narnia
  42. 42. Though the word X is of recent origin, works fitting this concept existed long before. According to the Oxford English Dictionary the word X first appeared in print in 1958 in an article by Anthony Boucher in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, used to describe James Blishs novel They Shall HaveStars. The term came into general usage in the 1970s and 1980s. Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979) may have inaugurated the term X into the mainstream. The termhas since been popularized by a particular film trilogy in the last decade. Which term is X? 8
  43. 43. X productions center on the premise of an X, a circular device (4.6 m / 15 ft in diameter) that creates a wormhole, enablinginstantaneous transportation to another X located many light years away from the starting point. Under the control of the UnitedStates government, the X discovered on Earth is kept a secret from the public. This allows for storylines to present no contradiction between depicted events and reality, an effect compounded by setting X inthe present day and depicting Earth accurately, with any unrealistic technology originating solely from alien civilizations.These extraterrestrial civilizations are typically more pre-industrial than scientifically advanced and are almost always human.Together, this allows for stories dominated by human interaction in Earth-like environments, an unusual feature for a science fiction franchise focused on exploration of other worlds. What is X, which also lends its name to the franchise? 29
  44. 44. This sci-fi shooter video game is based in a future where a massive ancient space alien-constructed structure hasbeen discovered buried inside a mountain on an island in the fictional Lingshan Islands, near the coast of the East Philippines. The single-player campaign has the player assume the role of U.S. Army Delta Force soldier Jake Dunn, referred to in-game by his callsign, Nomad. Nomad is armed with various futuristic weapons and equipment, most notably a suit that was inspired by a real-life military concept. The player fights both North Korean and extraterrestrial enemies in various environments on and around the island. Which game is this, which became a recurring topic of discussion among gamers for its technical aspects? 2 10
  45. 45. X is a science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein published in 1980. The book is a series of diary entries by each of the four main characters: Zebadiah John Carter, programmer Dejah Thoris"Deety" Burroughs Carter, her mathematics professor father JacobBurroughs, and an off-campus socialite Hilda Corners. The names "Dejah Thoris", "Burroughs", and "Carter" are overt references to John Carter and Dejah Thoris, the main protagonists of the Barsoom (Mars) novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs.It contains many in-jokes and references to the author. The nameof every villain is an anagram of a name or pen name of Robert or Virginia Heinlein. In the novel, a critical thing turns out to be, not Y, but10,314,424,798,490,535,546,171,949,056, which is the number of parallel universes accessible through the continua device. You should be able to work this out. X? 2 11
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  47. 47. X is a science fiction short story by Y. It first appeared inthe August 1977 issue of Analog magazine and was later expanded into the novel of the same name.Although the foundation of the X series, the short story is not properly part of the X universe, as there are many discrepancies in continuity. (Although the basic plot isthe same, the novel introduces many original elements.) There are also minor differences, like the protagonist’s surname losing an ‘s’ at the end. Giving you anything more would be a crime for science fiction geeks. X, only, please. (Oh, and maybe Y.) 2 12
  48. 48. Exhaustive list. I’ve blanked out variations of the mostobvious of these. They all have, at one point, belonged to an entity bearing the same name.1.XCV 3302.NX-013.___________4.___________-A through F, and J In such 20th century usage, the first letter refers to the USA, the second letter is a reference to the entity beingcivil, and the second letter is repeated again, because the creator thought it looked better. What entity? 2 13
  49. 49. The X, by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski is a cult series of fantasy short stories and five novels about the X, Geralt of Rivia. In Sapkowskis books, Xs are monster-hunters who receive special training and have their bodies modified at an early age to provide them with supernatural abilities so they can kill extremely dangerous monsters and survive. These modifications (whichinvolve herbal preparations, magic potions and virus inoculations)leave them with inhuman reflexes, dexterity and the ability to open and contract their pupils at will (giving them improved night- vision). The modifications also leave them sterile and completely devoid of human emotions (this is later discovered to be false). They are mistakenly called "mutants", although their condition is not congenital.The books have been adapted into a movie and television series, a video game series, and a graphic novel series. The novel series(excluding the short stories) is also called the X Saga, or the Blood of the Elves Saga. 2 14
  50. 50. 14
  51. 51. 1. Brian Selznicks novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, whose story revolves around Y, features a description of a famous scene from X. Martin Scorseses film adaptation Hugo prominently features this scene and includes other scenes from the movie, X.2. The HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon featured a documentary- style recreation of the filming process during its last episode, titled X (in another language) in honor of Y’s work.3. The music video for rock band Queens song "Heaven for Everyone" features clips from X.4. X served as the basis for The Smashing Pumpkins award-winning music video for their song "Tonight, Tonight".5. The television series Futurama features an episode titled "The Series Has Landed", in which a certain mascot resembles something from X. A major reference to the movie is made when the mascot attempts to confiscate Bender’s alcohol.X and Y, for part points (but seriously, you should know both). You’d have to be a lunatic to get this. 2 15
  52. 52. X: A Trip to the Moon Y:Georges Méliès
  53. 53. Pretty self-explanatory. Identify the series or the author for a point. 16
  54. 54. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
  55. 55. 217
  56. 56. I really, really needn’t say anything. You have the picture, andyou’re in an SFF quiz.So, what is it already? 18
  57. 57. What common word has been blanked out? (Also 19 the name of the magazine, duh.)
  58. 58. Imagination
  59. 59. This guys’s not really known for writing comic books, but nevertheless, he has written some (and in the quizmaster’s opinion, they’re actually not that bad.) Anyway, you’d have heard his name over and over if you even like calling yourself a geek. And thanks to what he accomplishedrecently, well, pretty much everyone who’snot living under a rock knows who he is by now.Name, please. Oh, and remember: SFF quiz. 12 20
  60. 60. Joss Whedon
  61. 61. Super famous fantasy series by someone. Your task is to identify who. Christopher Paolini must be a huge fan. 21 The series tells the story of the recovery of the Orb of Aldurand coming of age of Garion, an orphaned farmboy. Garion is accompanied by his aunt Polgara and grandfather Belgarath as they try to fulfill an ancient prophecy that will decide thefate of the universe. Along the way, various "instruments", or helpers, of the prophecy join their quest to recover the orb, and Garion discovers his true identity and destiny.
  62. 62. David Eddings
  63. 63. X (died March 3, 2012) was an American conceptual designer andillustrator who designed the original Star Wars trilogy, the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Cocoon, for which he won an Academy Award. X designed many Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO and drew many concepts for the films sets. It was X who suggested that Vader wear breathing apparatus. Xs concept paintings, including such scenes as R2-D2and C-3PO arriving on Tatooine, helped convince 20th Century Fox to fund Star Wars, which became a huge success upon release in 1977. The main reason for this question being his super recent death, identify X. 22
  64. 64. 22
  65. 65. Ralph McQuarrie
  66. 66. X’s 1936 lecture, "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics," had a lastinginfluence on Beowulf research. Lewis E. Nicholson said that the article X wrote about Beowulf is "widely recognized as a turning point inBeowulfian criticism", noting that X established the primacy of the poetic nature of the work as opposed to its purely linguistic elements. At the time, the consensus of scholarship deprecated Beowulf for dealing with childish battles with monsters rather than realistic tribal warfare; X argued that the author of Beowulf was addressing human destiny in general, not as limited by particular tribal politics, and therefore the monsters were essential to the poem. Where Beowulf does deal withspecific tribal struggles, as at Finnsburg, X argued firmly against reading in fantastic elements. In the essay, X also revealed how highly heregarded Beowulf: "Beowulf is among my most valued sources," and this influence may be seen what X is well known for. X? 23
  67. 67. J.R.R. Tolkien
  68. 68. In this genre of fiction, X, writers tend to use elements fromhardboiled detective fiction, film noir, and postmodernist prose to describe the often nihilistic underground side of an electronic society. The genres vision of a troubled future is often called the antithesis of the generally utopian visions of the future popular inthe 1940s and 1950s. Gibson defined its antipathy towards utopian SF in his 1981 short story "The Gernsback Continuum," which pokes fun at and, to a certain extent, condemns utopian science fiction. Shibuya, Tokyo, described as a "futuristic Times Square" by The New York Times. Of Japans influence on the genre, William Gibson said, "Modern Japan simply was X.” X is often set in urbanized, artificial landscapes. Which genre? 24
  69. 69. 24
  70. 70. Cyberpunk
  71. 71. 225

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