Sci-Fi Quiz Answers! ‘War of the Worlds,’ ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ and More

Sci-Fi Quiz Answers! ‘War of the Worlds,’ ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ and More

Tally up your right answers and find your score at the bottom!

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    1. The War of the Worlds

    In H. G. Well’s classic novel, “The War of the Worlds,” Earth is invaded by inhabitants of which planet? 
    (a) Mercury
    (b) Jupiter
    (c) Mars
    (d) Venus
    (e) Saturn

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    2. Stranger in a Strange Land

    Author Robert A. Heinlein coined which widely-used piece of sci-fi slang in “Stranger in a Strange Land”?
    (a) decker
    (b) corpsicle
    (c) grok
    (d) droid

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    3. Dune (40th Anniversary Edition)

    In Frank Herbert’s Hugo Award-winning novel, “Dune,” the desert planet Arrakis is the only source of which valuable “spice”?
    (a) nutmeg
    (b) star anise
    (c) paprika
    (d) indigo soil
    (e) melange

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    4. The Left Hand of Darkness

    In author Ursula Le Guin’s novel, “The Left Hand of Darkness,” how often do the sexless, androgynous humans on the planet Hain experience sexual urges?
    (a) once a month
    (b) once a week
    (c) once a day
    (d) once a year

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    5. Brave New World

    Aldous Huxley’s futuristic story, “Brave New World,” takes place in 2450 A.F. “A.F.” stands for:
    (a) Avant Fall
    (b) After Flood
    (c) After Ford
    (d) After Food
    (e) After Fire

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    6. Childhood’s End

    In which way do the Overlords of Arthur C. Clarke’s “Childhood’s End” NOT interfere with human affairs?
    (a) ending the space race
    (b) outlawing bullfighting in Spain
    (c) intervening with apartheid in South Africa
    (d) causing the extinction of all insect species

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    7. The Time Machine

    When the protagonist of “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells travels forward to 802,701 A.D., he encounters ape-like creatures who live underground and only come out at night-time, called:
    (a) Morlocks
    (b) Orangulas
    (c) Chimpires
    (d) Homonitwits
    (e) Lilliputians

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    8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    In the future of Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, possessing which of these grants you the highest status?
    (a) android animals
    (b) live animals
    (c) a feed
    (d) empathy

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    9. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    In the comic sci-fi classic “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, why do the Vogons want to destroy Earth?
    (a) Earth is their biggest intergalactic competitor.
    (b) Earth’s atmosphere is poisonous to the Vogons.
    (c) They want to move into Earth’s spot in the solar system.
    (d) They want to create a “hyperspace bypass” and Earth is in the way.
    (e) They think it’s ugly.

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    10. The Sirens of Titan

    In author Kurt Vonnegut’s “The Sirens of Titan,” Malachi Constant causes his own downfall by claiming that he obtained success through:
    (a) divine favor
    (b) Pokémon
    (c) the chrono-synclastic infundibulum
    (d) robots


    Now, find your score.


    0-3: The Time Traveller (room for improvement)
    Like the protagonist of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine,” you have all the equipment you need to develop a rich knowledge of the sci-fi canon, but you still need to work out some kinks. Try to avoid the Eloi–they don’t seem like the most bookish of future humans!


    4-7: Malachi Constant (expert in the making)
    You, like the 22nd century’s richest man, may think you have all the knowledge you need. But, as Malachi learns, space and time are infinitely vast. So, if you’re rustier on, say, Ursula K. Le Guin or Arthur C. Clarke, now’s the time to bone up.


    8-10: Ford Prefect (pro–needs a new challenge)
    Towel: Check. Copy of “Hitchhiker’s Guide”: Check. You know how to navigate space and you know the ultimate answer (42, naturally)–now, let’s delve into all of sci-fi’s subgenres. Get back into your spaceship and peruse our lists of the best Hard Sci-Fi and Space Opera tales.


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