Noreascon Four

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Noreascon Four
P.O. Box 1010
Framingham, MA 01701

617-776-3243 (fax)

Traditionally, Worldcons hold at-con trivia contests, sometimes between competing teams, sometimes between competing individuals. Noreascon will be taking this a step further by posting a trivia contest here on its website. The questions will be more difficult than those asked at an at-con trivia contest since anyone who chooses to participate will be able to spend time looking up the answers.

All entries must be turned in no later than 6:00 PM on Saturday September 4, at the Info Desk in the ConCourse. The winners will be announced in the at-con newsletter on Sunday, September 5 with prizes awarded on Sunday.

The Rules:

  • Entries may be completed by either individuals or teams.
  • Prize(s) will be awarded per entrant. If a team enters, it will be up to them to determine how to divide their prize(s).
  • The winner will be the entrant with the most correct answers. In case of a tie, the winner will be selected by random drawing.
  • Entries must be received at the Info Desk in the ConCourse no later than 6:00 PM on Saturday, September 4.
  • All official entrants must be members (attending or supporting) of Noreascon 4.

Confirmed Prizes:

  • Gordon van Gelder: A Two Year Subscription to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • John O'Neill: One year subscription to Black Gate Magazine
  • Plus a membership from Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon, and other prizes from Off World Designs and the Secret Empire.

The Questions

  1. How can you be sure your copy of Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Empire is a true first?

  2. Which film or television series includes a recreation of Georges Méliès's 1902 film Le voyage dans la lune?

  3. Which magazine's first published fiction began with the line,

    Sergeant Hank Smiley of the Bunco squad was a large young man, built somewhat on the scale of a Norse hammer-thrower, and he did not like appearing in public in his stocking feet.
  4. Which novel is framed by a letter from Robert Walton to his sister, Margaret Saville?

  5. On what date were long distance phone call charges abolished?

  6. In what year did Chewbacca receive a medal which matched those given to Luke Skywalker and Han Solo at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope?

  7. What is the connection between Gollum in The Return of the King and Rukh in The Last Unicorn?

  8. What is the home planet to the only alien race in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe?

  9. In an alphabetical list of all cities to host a worldcon, which city appears at number ten?

  10. Which science fiction author was born in Lexington, Missouri?

  11. Which science fiction author held patents for tracer ammunition?

  12. What issue of which magazine has an author line-up of E.E. "Doc" Smith, Vic Phillips, Colin Keith, Robert Arthur, Webster Craig, and Malcolm Jameson?

  13. Who promises Any Place in Space—in 5 Minutes?

  14. Besides their profession, what do Karol Bobko, Anthony England, Manley L. Carter, Jr., James S. Voss, Kathryn C. Thornton, and Kent V. Rominger have in common?

  15. Who received his first Hugo Award at a Windycon?

  16. Who was once known as 8XK40367?

  17. What was Delbert Guyne, Ph.D., D.D., proprietor of?

  18. By what title is Hogan Zimri Marek Gwernach better known?

  19. Where did the dirigible Arrowhead fly?

  20. In what country would a person find Fuddlecumjig, View Halloo, Swing City, and Ruby Imp's Cavern?

  21. Which craft had the registry number T-1339?

  22. On what date was Victoria Luczak's funeral?

  23. Who wrote about the detective David Silver?

  24. Whose first published story features Professor Barry Pennywither?

  25. Name the books/stories from which these lines come:

    1. Memory dived down and perched on the rock which had once been the Giant Ingolf. "It's a long story," he said.

    2. The legend of Jacurutu contained no story of the cistern poisoned, but it might have been.

    3. When he had drained the cup he was drinking, Golias looked at Beowulf. "Think it's time to make our beds?"

    4. But one thing is certain. Man himself, at the very least, is music, a brave theme that makes music also of its vast accompaniment, its matrix of storms and stars. Man himself in his degree is eternally a beauty in the eternal form of things. It is very good to have been man. And so we may go forward together with laughter in our hearts, and peace, thankful for the past, and for our own courage. For we shall make after all a fair conclusion to this brief music that is man.

    5. In those days, far south in Calormen on a little creek of the sea, there lived a poor fisherman called Arsheeh, and with him there lived a boy who called him Father.

    6. About forty years ago a French scientist and philosopher named Jacques Monod wrote, "Man knows at last that he is alone in the indifferent immensity of the universe, whence he has emerged by chance."

    7. Every Sunday ministers and priests took to their pulpits to proclaim that Jesus was the only Messiah, and every Sunday there were a few less people in their congregations. A thousand authors and biographers tackled the enigma of Jeremiah, and came up with a thousand different conclusions.

    8. Three years here, and he had accomplished what? A book, appropriated by Sabul; five or six unpublished papers; and a funeral oration for a wasted life.

    9. "His is the House of Pain.
      His is the Hand that makes.
      His is the Hand that wounds
      His is the Hand that heals."

    10. Two more people died on the twenty-eighth, both of them primaries who had been at the dance in Headington, and Latimer had a stroke.