Eos Online Launch Convention

Step right up, SF readers, and find out how much you know about the literature you claim as your own. Below you'll find twenty multiple-choice questions about SF books and writers of the past and present. The first ten questions are relatively easy: at least, they're easier than the second ten, which will put your knowledge to a firmer test.

When you're done, hit the "submit" button at the end and your test will be scored. No cheating!

1. Isaac Asimov wrote two great series of novels: the Foundation series and the Robot series. Which was the first book to connect the two?
Foundation and Empire
The Robots of Dawn
Foundation's Friends
Robots and Empire

2. Ben Bova is not only a respected author but has also been editor of two prominent SF magazines. What were they?
Astounding and Analog
Analog and Asimov's
Asimov's and Omni
Analog and Omni

3.What novel was the movie Bladerunner based on?
The Humanoids
by Jack Williamson
Caves of Steel
by Isaac Asimov
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
by Philip José Farmer

4. In what classic SF novel do the Eloi and the Morlocks appear?
The Time Machine
by H. G. Wells
From Earth to the Moon
by Jules Verne
The World of Null-A
by A. E. van Vogt
by Larry Niven

5. What do the aliens of Arthur Clarke's Childhood's End look like?
The Devil

6. Dune and Dune Messiah were the first two books of Frank Herbert's classic series; what was the title of the third book?
God Emperor of Dune
Heretics of Dune
Return to Dune
Children of Dune

7. In George Orwell's 1984, what is the protagonist, Winston Smith, most afraid of?

8. Which respected British novelist wrote Brave New World?
Aldous Huxley
Kingsley Amis
Thomas Huxley
Anthony Burgess

9. What was the title of Ray Bradbury's famous novel about a "dark carnival"?
Dandelion Wine
The October Country
Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Martian Chronicles

10. What 1960s SF novel gave us the word "grok"?
A Clockwork Orange
by Anthony Burgess
Stranger in a Strange Land
by Robert A. Heinlein
by Samuel R. Delany
by Philip K. Dick

There. That wasn't so bad, was it? Now you're ready for the harder stuff. Best of luck . . .

11. William Gibson's first novel, Neuromancer, was one of nine books published in the revived Ace Special series edited by the late Terry Carr. Which of the following books was not published in that series?
by Carter Scholz and Glenn Harcourt
Green Eyes
by Lucius Shepard
In the Drift
by Michael Swanwick
Involution Ocean
by Bruce Sterling

12. Which novel won the 1980 Nebula Award and provided the name for a new science fiction imprint launched the following year?
by Carl Sagan
by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
by Gregory Benford
by C. J. Cherryh

13. Rudy Rucker is best known in the SF field for his novels, but he has also edited two books, one of them an anthology of science fiction stories. What was its title?
The Secret of Life
Full Spectrum
Mind Tools

14. Which writer has won the most Hugo and Nebula Awards?
Robert Silverberg
Connie Willis
Isaac Asimov
Lois McMaster Bujold

15. Michael Moorcock, the versatile author of the Elric series and longtime editor of the ground-breaking British magazine New Worlds, has also played in several rock and roll bands over the years. What was the name of the band he played with in the '60s?

16. James Tiptree, Jr. was the primary pseudonym of the writer Alice Sheldon. What other name did she write under?
Andre Norton
Racoona Sheldon
Sidney Sheldon
H. C. Turk

17. Although best known for his series of "Amber" novels, Roger Zelazny first won the Hugo Award for a novel which wasn't part of that sequence. What was it?
He Who Shapes
Damnation Alley
This Immortal
Eye of Cat

18. What is the name of the planet on which most of The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin takes place?
Rocannon's World

19. The Nazgul were evil beings in J.R.R. Tolkein's classic Lord of the Rings. In what novel were the Nazgul a rock-and-roll band?
Wrack and Roll
by Bradley Denton
Little Heroes
by Norman Spinrad
by Lewis Shiner
The Armageddon Rag
by George R. R. Martin

20. There have been eight editors of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction since it was started in 1949. Which of the following was not an editor of the magazine?
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
J. Francis McComas
Gardner Dozois
Avram Davidson

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