The Art of Darkness

Trivia Tuesday

March 4th, 2014 by Cobwebs

  1. No one except Gandalf could ride this horse, given to him by King Théoden
  2. In the noir science fiction movie Dark City, the controllers of the titular city are extraterrestrial parasites inhabiting human corpses. What are they called?
    A) The Others
    B) The Strangers
    C) The Decepticons
    D) The Visitors
    E) The Greys
  3. 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.
  4. In Joe Hill’s novel NOS4A2, the villain abducts children using this type of car.
    A) Lamborghini Diablo
    B) Dodge Demon
    C) Pontiac Banshee
    D) Plymouth Fury
    E) Rolls-Royce Wraith
  5. In this über-creepy David Cronenberg film, a television entrepreneur looking for new content encounters a mysterious pirate station which broadcasts sadomasochistic porn and what appears to be real, on-camera torture and murder.
  6. The seminal conspiracy-theory novels The Illuminatus! Trilogy were written by Robert Anton Wilson and whom?
    A) Bob Shaw
    B) Norman Spinrad
    C) Robert Shea
    D) Bruce Sterling
    E) Michael Swanwick
  7. This Greek hero fought robbers such as Procrustes and captured the Marathonian Bull, but is perhaps best known for killing the Minotaur.
  8. Charles Stross’ “Laundry” series is a spy thriller/horror hybrid which follows the adventures of Bob Howard, a computer tech and demonologist, as he saves the world from Lovecraftian horrors. Which of these titles is not part of the Laundry series?
    A) The Atrocity Archives
    B) The Jennifer Morgue
    C) The Fuller Memorandum
    D) The Apocalypse Codex
    E) The Lambda Functionary
  9. 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.” Who is this author?
  10. The movie Screamers, which involves soldiers in a future civil war being infiltrated and murdered by more and more human-seeming robots, was based on the influential short story “Second Variety” by this brain-bending author.
    A) Poppy Z. Brite
    B) Tim Powers
    C) Neil Gaiman
    D) Philip K. Dick
    E) Pat Cadigan

(Answers below the fold)

  1. Shadowfax
  2. B) The Strangers
  3. Room 101 (Orwell named it after a conference room at the BBC where he used to sit through tedious meetings.)
  4. E) Rolls-Royce Wraith
  5. Videodrome
  6. C) Robert Shea
  7. Theseus
  8. E) The Lambda Functionary
  9. Sylvia Plath
  10. D) Philip K. Dick

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5 Responses

  1. xJane Says:

    6, but mostly by guessing. NOS4A2 sounds awesome based solely on its title. Also, I thought Shadowfax wasn’t just a horse but was some kind of supernatural horse. Like Shelob wasn’t just a spider and Gollum wasn’t just a Hobbit…

  2. Kathy White Says:

    Only 2. Argh….and I’m going to the library for #8 and 9.

  3. WitchArachne Says:

    5. Not TOO bad, but could have been better.
    I can thank my brother for getting the NOS4A2 one right. He’s had a massive hard-on for wraiths for years (the cars, not the Stargate baddies) and he’d talked about that story before.
    I’d never actually heard of the last book but it was definitely a Phillip K Dick story if there ever was one.

  4. Mim Says:

    8, so not bad! 4 and 9 were the two I didn’t know.

  5. StoneMaven Says:

    only got 6 and #s 10&6 were guesses.

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