|(1) BIG IN JAPAN|
The answer is of
course 'Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within', which is out at cinemas now
with state of the art computer animation (This is how
"Star Wars: Episode II" is being primarily shot in Sydney, Australia, and "The Lord of the Rings" is being shot in various locations in nearby New Zealand. The New Zealand locations are easy enough to figure for "L.O.T.R," as director Peter Jackson is a native. The coincidental timing and locations have given rise to a bit of the competitive spirit, prompting "L.O.T.R." star Ian Holm to quip, "I'm not allowed to say much about it, but it's going to make 'Star Wars' look like a weekend in the lavatory."
|(3) EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY|
|"The Illustrated Man" is the novel in which Bradbury uses the clever narrative device of a man's richly tattooed body to connect a series of short stories. At night, the tattoos come to life to enact their individual vignettes. "The Veldt" is one of the strongest of this collection, leading to frequent re-printings separate from the other stories.|
|(4) WHEN WALLS TALK|
|Arthur C. Clarke was that man, and the work was "2001: A Space Odyssey," which was an expansion of his earlier short story, "The Sentinel." His stay at the famous Hotel Chelsea was punctuated by visits from such '60s luminaries as Allen Ginsburg, Arthur Miller, Andy Warhol, and William S. Burroughs. And for those who haven't viewed Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece, run to the closest film store and rent it tonight. You won't be disappointed.|
|(5) PILOT OF THE FUTURE|
The answer we were
looking for - Digby was the sidekick to Dan Dare who started life in Eagle
"Can you tell
me how old Dan might have done it
Sadly Eagle comic no longer exists but Dan Dare still lives on in the occasional comic book and of course ... on the net!
|(6) BETTER OFF DEAD|
|We asked you to name the dearly departed science fiction legend who has recently become a Hollywood darling. Since Issac Asimov's passing eight years ago, one of his works, "Bi-centennial Man," has already found translation onto the big screen. At least four more options of his works are either finalized or working their way through the Hollywood machinery. These include his "Foundation" series, to be directed by Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth"), and "Norby the Mixed-Up Robot," a series of ten children's novels co-written with his wife.|
|(7) MAY THE SWARTZ BE WITH YOU|
|1987's "Spaceballs" is Brooks' parody of science fiction (in general), centering on a story intended to look like "Star Wars." With the late, great John Candy (Barf), Rick Moranis (Dark Helmet), Bill Pullman (Lone Starr), the disembodied voice of Joan Rivers (Dot Matrix), and Brooks in two different roles, this movie has enough comedic personality to carry off the silly space jokes that hold together the purposely thin plot. John Hurt reprises his role from "Alien" when he has some trouble holding down--or in--some diner food, and who doesn't know what THAT feels like.|
|(8) IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU PILFER|
|"It! Terror from Beyond Space" was the title of this vintage science fiction film--what "beyond space" is remains to be seen, but then it is a movie. Remember in "Alien" how the monster was made scarier more by its absence than by its presence? That was in "It!" first. Remember how in "Alien" the monster used the ship's air ducts to get around? That was in "It!" Remember how in "Alien" the monsters' victims were kept alive in those same air ducts? Yep, "It!" had that too. There really is nothing new under the sun--or beyond it.|
|(9) THE MYTH OF 2001|
The answer we were looking for - Arthur C. Clarke was walking through the studio backlot during the making of 2001 and spotted Stanley Kubrick throwing a broom up in the air and watching it tumble down. He recounted this tale in Channel 4's program 'The Myth of 2001' recently and this idea developed into the sequence where the ape throws a bone into the air and as it tumbles down it changes into the satellite falling round the earth.
|(10) A STAR IS BORN, SQUARED|
|1980's "Altered States" introduced the world to beloved little Drew. Just five years old, Drew was shoved into the limelight as Dr. Jessup's daughter in this tragic tale of sensory deprivation and mind-altering drugs gone terribly wrong. William Hurt (as the aforementioned Dr. Jessup) also debuted on the big screen in this adaptation of a novel loosely based on the life of isolation tank inventor John Lilly, who did actually experiment with drugs while "tanking."|
|(11) DREW II|
|Name the hugely successful science fiction film that served as the second onscreen role for young Drew Barrymore. I imagine some of you answered "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial," for our question about Drew Barrymore's FIRST movie, when it was in fact her SECOND movie--and the answer to today's trivia. Probably not a bad payday for a six-year-old, as Steven Spielberg's "E.T." would go on to gross over $700 million worldwide.|
|(12) HIGH TREK|
|Working from the scripts from the television series for the first 11 of these novels, James Blish would also be the first to write a wholly original "Star Trek" novel, titled, "Spock Must Die." Blish had earned this cherry writing gig (I mean, turning the scripts of a great, hugely successful TV series into novels? Come on!) through a lifetime of contributions to the science fiction genre. His stint churning out "Star Trek" novels lasted until his death in 1975.|
|(13) REPETITIVE DIALOGUE|
|Director George Lucas is not noted for his snappy dialogue, but one catch-phrase managed to make its way into all three films: "I have a bad feeling about this." Luke and Han both say it in the first film; Leia says it in The Empire Strikes Back; and Lando says it in the third. The phrase also pops up conspicuously in Phantom Menace--it's Obi Wan Kenobi's first line.|
|(14) THE FIRST HAN SOLO?|
has it that Burt Reynolds was originally cast as space smuggler Han Solo
in the original Star Wars (1977) but dropped out. Dubious career choice?
Director George Lucas ultimately cast Harrison Ford as Solo and launched
the career of arguably the greatest action film star of our times.
Reynolds went on to make Smokey And The Bandit that same year. Bonus question answer: Lucas has stated for the record that Christopher Walken was next in line for the role after Ford.
|(15) REPLICANT DETECTOR|
|In the film, blade runners use a Voigt-Kampff machine to test potential replicants. The subject is asked a series of questions designed to produce an empathetic response. Replicants are incapable of empathy, and the machine is supposed to work much like a lie detector, measuring involuntary physical responses--specifically, capillary dilation and fluctuation of the iris. (Repeat viewers of the film will notice a lot of eye imagery.) The machine also monitors "pheromone" output--that's why it has that menacing set of bellows that give the effect of a breathing machine. Creepy.|