Robots and Time Travel: Science Fiction Books Quiz



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Do you love reading sci-fi? Take this quiz to see if your science fiction book knowledge is out of this world.

Which author wrote the classic science fiction novel "Frankenstein"?

Some critics argue that Shelley's novel, published in 1818, was the first work of the science fiction genre.


What is the title of George Orwell's science fiction novel about a totalitarian regime?

"1984" was first published on June 8, 1949, only months before Orwell's death on Jan. 21, 1950.


True or false: The 1982 movie "Blade Runner" was based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"

Although writers Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples wrote the screenplay, author Phillip K. Dick penned the original novel.


Which author wrote the science fiction novel "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"?

Verne's novel was first published in France in 1870 and later translated to English and published in the U.S.


Which novel did the author Joanna Russ publish in 1975?

Russ originally penned "The Female Man" in 1970.


Which author wrote the science fiction novel "Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000"?

Hubbard's book was first published on Jan. 1, 1982, and inspired a feature film that was released on May 12, 2000.


Which science fiction novel did Aldous Huxley pen in 1931?

From May to August 1931, Aldous Huxley wrote the science fiction novel "Brave New World." The book was Huxley's fifth novel and was published in 1932.


Who authored the science fiction book "The Dispossessed"?

Le Guin's book has not been out of print since it was first published in 1974.


How many novels are in the "Dune" science fiction series?

The first of the six books, "Dune," was originally published on June 1, 1965.


Which author wrote the "Dune" series?

Filmmaker George Lucas once credited Herbert's "Dune" as a major influence on the "Star Wars" film franchise.


What is the title of the 1969 novel written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.?

The science fiction novel "Slaughterhouse-Five" was written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and published in 1969.


Which science fiction author wrote the "Mars" trilogy?

The series novels by Robinson includes "Red Mars," "Green Mars" and "Blue Mars."


What is the title of the collection of short stories that accompany the "Mars" trilogy?

"The Martians" was published in 1999 by Spectra Books.


Which Arthur C. Clarke novel was based upon his earlier work "The Sentinel"?

The story is the basis for his novel "2001: A Space Odyssey."


What is the name of the computer in the novel "2001: A Space Odyssey"?

The initials HAL stand for "heuristically programmed algorithmic computer."


How many books did Arthur C. Clarke write in the "Odyssey" series?

The first novel in the four-book series was first published in 1968, and the last book in the series was originally published in 1996.


True or false: "The War of the Worlds" was H.G. Wells' first novel.

"The Time Machine" was the first novel written by science fiction author H.G. Wells. It was first published in 1895 and was an instant success.


Which H.G. Wells book was adapted for a radio broadcast in 1938?

"The War of the Worlds" caused a panic when it was adapted as a radio broadcast on Halloween night in 1938.


The science fiction novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" was adapted from which production?

It was adapted from a weekly radio series. Author Douglas Adams first published the book in 1979.


Which award did the author Cormac McCarthy receive for his science fiction book "The Road"?

"The Road" earned McCarthy the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006.


Which author wrote the novel "Stranger in a Strange Land"?

The initial draft of Heinlein's book was 220,000 words, but Heinlein cut roughly 60,000 words for the final published work.


True or false: "Stranger in a Strange Land" was the first science fiction book to make the New York Times best-seller list.

"Stranger in a Strange Land" was published during the 30th anniversary year of the New York Times best-seller list and became the first science fiction book to make the list.


What year was "Stranger in a Strange Land" published?

The novel was first published on June 1, 1961. In 1991, Heinlein's original unabridged version of the novel was published.


How many Hugo Awards did Robert A. Heinlein receive for his novels?

Heinlein was honored with three of the seven awards posthumously.


Who is the protagonist in the science fiction novel "Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie?

The protagonist and heroine of Ann Leckie's science fiction novel "Ancillary Justice" is named Breq. The book is the first in the "Imperial Radch" trilogy.


Which author wrote the science fiction novel "Solaris"?

Polish author Stanislaw Lem wrote the 1961 science fiction novel. Lem's novels have been translated to more than 35 languages.


Which author wrote the series "I, Robot"?

Asimov's stories ran in American science fiction magazines before being compiled in a single book and published by Gnome Press in 1950.


How old was Isaac Asimov when he sold his first short story?

Author Isaac Asimov was 19 years old when he sold his first short story. Asimov was born in Russia and emigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 3 years old.


True or false: Isaac Asimov wrote and edited more than 500 books.

Isaac Asimov was a prolific author, and he wrote or edited more than 500 books and 90,000 letters. Asimov's work covers nine of the 10 main categories of the Dewey Decimal System.


By which nickname are the authors Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein often called?

The authors Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein are often referred to as the "Big Three" of the science fiction genre.


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