Sci-Fi Pop Quiz 2

By Carl Slaughter: Here is a list of titles you are to use in answering the questions that follow.

  • The Mysterious Island
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • The First Men on the Moon
  • The Time Machine
  • The Invisible Man
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • The Adventures of Captain Nemo
  • The Adventures of the Nautilus
  • The Land That Time Forgot
  • The People That Time Forgot
  • The Lost Continent
  • The Lost World
  • Journey to Venus
  • Lost on Venus
  • Escape on Venus
  • Journey to Mars
  • Return to Mars
  • Marooned on Mars
  • Robinson Crusoe on Mars

(1) Which of these stories did Jules Verne write?

(2) Which of these stories did H.G. Wells write?

(3) Which of these stories did Edgar Rice Burroughs write?

(4) Which of these titles are fake?

(5) Which title is incomplete?

(6) Which title is slightly misspelled?

(7) Which stories have a crossover character?

(8) Which story originated as a movie?

(9) Which story originated as a comic book?

(10) Which two stories were written by famous authors writing out of their usual genre?

The answer key follows the jump.

Answer key:

(1) The Mysterious Island – Jules Verne; From the Earth to the Moon – Jules Verne;

(2) The Island of Doctor Moreau – H. G. Wells; The First Men on the Moon – H. G. Wells; The Time Machine – H.G. Wells; The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells

(3) The Land That Time Forgot – Edgar Rice Burroughs; The People That Time Forgot – Edgar Rice Burroughs; The Lost Continent – Edgar Rice Burroughs; Lost on Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs; Escape on Venus – Edgar Rice Burroughs

(4) The Adventures of Captain Nemo – fake title; The Adventures of the Nautilus – fake title

(5) The title that is incomplete is “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” The original title was “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

(6) The slightly mispelled title is “The First Men on the Moon.” The preposition from the original title is ‘in’, not ‘on’.

(7) The crossover character is Captain Nemo in Mysterious Island and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

(8) Robinson Crusoe on Mars originated as a movie, which, btw, included Adam West.

(9) League of Extraordinary Gentlemen originated as an Alan Moore comic book.

(10) Robert Louis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle

9 thoughts on “Sci-Fi Pop Quiz 2

  1. I would dispute the notion that ACD was writing “outside his usual genre”. Like Daphne DuMaurier, he didn’t really have a “usual” genre; he wrote all sorts of things. (Indeed, I think he said something along the lines of expecting to be remembered for his historical fiction rather than the ephemeral commercial stuff.)

  2. Inclined to agree with David Brain here – Conan Doyle’s best known for detective genre stories, true, but he had a respectable output in proto-skiffy (the Challenger stories, The Maracot Deep) and in weird fiction, not to mention the historicals and the general contemporary fiction… I don’t think you can pin the guy down to a particular genre.

  3. I do not agree on Robert Louise Stevenson being out of genre either. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was a nice horror book and not the only venture into the horror genre by Stevenson. Try The Body-Snatcher or Olalla.

  4. I think that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen contains two more crossover characters:
    Griffin, from The Invisible Man
    Jekyll/Hyde, from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

  5. The given answer to #6 negates the given answer to #2. Wells did not write “The First Men ON the Moon”.

  6. viktor: The given answer to #6 negates the given answer to #2. Wells did not write “The First Men ON the Moon”.

    We are so busted…

  7. an Alan More comic book.

    Moore.

    And, to be fair, it’s an Alan Moore/Kevin O’Neill comic book.

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