Post Quiz: How Sci-Fi Literate Are You?

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Post Quiz: How Sci-Fi Literate Are You?

When asked, the Post Editor always said, 'No, I'm not a science fiction fan.' And then realised exactly how much science fiction he'd read in a lifetime. You may not think of yourself as a science fiction fan because you don't obsess over 'lore' or engage in cosplay, but you may know more than you think. See if you can identify these science fiction works – films, television series, or books – from their summaries.

  1. The story starts when the Earth is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. It's all infinitely improbable.
    • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
    • Martian Timeslip
    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    • The Shape of Things to Come
  2. Monoliths make early humans clever. Then one shows up on the moon, and there's a big light show.
    • One Million Years BC
    • Third Rock from the Sun
    • Starship Troopers
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  3. Children believe they are engaging in a computer simulation, but are really committing genocide.
    • The Maze of Death
    • The Wicker Man
    • Ender's Game
    • The Hobbit
  4. Humans stop reading books and only watch interactive electronic media on their flatscreen TVs.
    • Fahrenheit 451
    • The Martian Chronicles
    • Eternal Beauty of the Spotless Mind
    • Last night's programming on Fox News
  5. A man who has witnessed what he considers a war crime becomes 'unstuck in time' and lives his life completely out of order.
    • The Maze of Death
    • Slaughterhouse Five
    • A Wrinkle in Time
    • Passenger
  6. People living under the Nazi regime in North America discover the existence of parallel worlds.
    • The Man in the High Castle
    • The Forever War
    • Fatherland
    • Happy Birthday, Wanda June
  7. A man has a precognitive flash while shaking the hand of a politician and decides to kill him.
    • The Shape of Things to Come
    • Heaven Can Wait
    • The Dead Zone
    • 11.22.63
  8. Surprisingly civilised survivors from post-apocalyptic Earth time-travel to the 21st Century to try and save the planet. Unsurprisingly, this isn't as easy as it looks.
    • Time Trax
    • Seven Days
    • The Time Machine
    • Travelers
  9. Aliens from another planet disguise themselves as amazingly incompetent humans and move into an attic apartment in Ohio. No one really notices how odd they are because it is Ohio.
    • Earth Girls Are Easy
    • Third Rock from the Sun
    • The Man Who Fell to Earth
    • Red Dwarf
  10. A loser, a sentient cat, and a conceited hologram walk into a universe….
    • Red Dwarf
    • Third Rock from the Sun
    • I'm in Marsport Without Hilda
    • Galactic Pot-Healer

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