Editor’s note: Every now and then an older trivia recap will “fall into my lap” via Facebook notifications. In the spring/summer 2013, the Sporcle Live trivia league served up free “theme” trivia nights in conjunction with the release of such movies as Man of Steel, World War Z, and Star Trek: Into Darkness, among others. These were nice because the trivia was free to play, plus the movies were free to watch! And you could win prizes in the trivia games on top of all of that! Alas, all good things must come to an end (sigh). It was so nice not having any “sportsball” questions! Oh yeah, another “bonus” was that points from these theme nights could be subbed for shows at your regular trivia spot, which was nice if the theme nights were the same night as your regular trivia spots. It was also a nice way to get a little leg up on the competition and I certainly took advantage of THAT (guilty)! All of that said, here’s a partial recap of a sci-fi themed trivia night that was paired with a screening of Star Trek: Into Darkness. We wound up winning a gift card for second on this trivia night, out-nerded only by the league team Calrissian Rhapsody.
1. What is the name of the person who created Data the android?
2. What character’s name is derived from the Swahili word for “freedom?”
3. On what planet did Obi-Wan Kenobi discover the clone army in “Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones?”
4. Vangelis composed the Chariots of Fire soundtrack as well as the soundtrack to what science fiction film?
You KNOW you’re a bad-ass in the world of music when you go by just one name…here is Vangelis.
5. The NASA Mars rover Curiosity’s landing spot is named for what science-fiction writer?
6. What is the name of the curved ceremonial Klingon sword?
7. What popular and influential science fiction film is based on a short story called The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke?
8. What was the call sign for Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when he was flying with the rebels?
9. What ’98 film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly and Rufus Sewell has achieved a huge cult following despite poor box office numbers?
10. In the film Contact SETI receives a series of signals from what star?