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Xenobiology, Xenophobia, Xenophily
"Many science fiction authors have featured alien races, and their interactions with humans, in their work over the years. How many of these ten examples do you remember?"
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In the "Xenogenesis" Trilogy by Octavia E. Butler, the alien Oankali arrive just in time to "collect" the last few human survivors of a devastating nuclear war. In order to save humanity as a species, they genetically alter us so that, to many of the survivors, we are no longer actually human at all.
Which of these is NOT one of the books of the trilogy?
The novella "Enemy Mine" tells us of a human spaceman and an alien, marooned together on a remote planet, and forced into an uneasy alliance in order to survive. Both the novella and the extended trilogy "The Enemy Papers" were written by the only author to win a Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Award in the same year during the 20th Century. Who is he?
In the "Rider" novels by C J Cherryh, the alien Nighthorses enable the long lost descendants of an abandoned human colony to survive the mind-destroying telepathic noise generated by the rest of the wildlife on their world. Which planet is it?
Out in deep space, the human crew of the spaceship Llanvabon meet a strange ship crewed by aliens. Neither crew is willing to let the other ship depart, for fear the alien race will track them home and follow with an invasion force. What is the eventual outcome of their dilemma?
The ships crash into each other and are both destroyed
The aliens blow up the human ship
The crews swap ships
The humans blow up the alien ship
The 1953 short story "The Hypnoglyph" tells us of a race of giant, sluglike, alien females who use hypnotism to subdue the human crew of a spaceship, and use them to renew their fading gene pool.
Which writer, famous for his many volumes of poetry, and a renowned translation of Dante's "Inferno", wrote this using the pen name John Anthony?
In "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" by Mack Reynolds, two aliens, disguised as humans, meet at a street cafe in Tangiers. It transpires that one of them works for a "Meat Trust" sourcing tasty protein, and the other works for the Tourist Board, checking out rustic adventure trips to watch carefully fomented wars. Where are they from?
Mars and Uranus
Aldebaran and Deneb
Centaurus and Betelgeuse
Sirius and Arcturus
In a short story by James Tiptree Jr, an American mother and daughter, named Ruth and Althea Parsons, manage to convince a group of aliens to take them along when they leave earth. Ending with the line "Two of our opossums are missing", which story is this?
The Screwfly Solution
A Momentary Taste of Being
We who Stole the Dream
The Women Men Don't See
Duncan Weaver wants a native Martian female to keep him company on a solo duty tour to a remote asteroid. What must he do to get round the regulations of his job, and be able to take her along?
Smuggle her in his luggage crate
Marry her so she is his legal wife
Have her officially declared to be a Terran cat
Have her brain transplanted into an animatronic body
When two members of the Dirbanu race arrive on earth, they are immensely popular and feted as celebrities. The Dirbanu government demand their extradition as fugitive criminals, and the authorities on earth agree to send them back to be executed. What is their crime?
Refusing to sacrifice their first born child
Being in love
Being the wrong shade of blue
Not being telepathic
This story by Philip Jose Farmer tells us how human linguist Hal Yarrow, on assignment to the planet Ozagen, meets and falls in love with the alien Jeanette. Which of Farmer's books is this?
Fire and the Night
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Compiled May 24 13