Episode Seventy One – Screensaver of the Ancients

Screensaver of the Ancients

The lines in the desert are faulty code and the lights in the sky flash a dire warning.

A patch of stars suddenly goes out – how can space have dead pixels?

An ancient machine patiently awaits it’s dead crew, collecting samples all the while.

Press-ganged convicts explore a vast and *very tetchy* artifact in search of answers and a pardon.

An AI races to free it’s colleague from a collapsing simulation, where it is trapped with an ancient and angry piece of software.



That’s Nazcar not NASCAR.

A more scientific and less alarmist description the internal mechanisms of CRT televisions.


Veridian Dynamics

RPG – Numenera

Conway’s Game of Life

Comics – Planetary

Novel – Cyber Way

Novel – Roadside Picnic

Blue Screen of Death

Novel – Deep Thought from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Van Allen Belt

Novel – Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

“Film” – The Core (2003)

“Film” – The Creeping Terror (1964)

“Film” – Space Mutiny (1988)

RPG – QAGS Core Rules

RPG  – Fate Core

Solar Sails

The Oort Cloud

TV – Invader Zim – Season 1 Epsiode 7a – Planet Jackers

Film – Truman Show (1998)

Gamma-ray burst

Kardashev scale

Novel – Rendezvous with Rama – Auther C. Clarke

TV – Stargate Universe

Space Racism

Film – Sunshine (2007)

Tom’s Hardware

RPG – Millenniums End

Short Story – The Ruum by Arthur Porges

RPG – Atomic Robo

Novel – The Man In The Maze by Robert Silverberg

Film – Cube (1997)

Board / War  Game – Space Hulk

Taz’s RPG – Rewind – reference to that FTB thread

Film – Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Manga / Anime – Log Horizon

Film – Groundhog Day (1993)

The dead groundhog was from Winnipeg – “Yes, more than one North American municipality uses rodents for climate modelling.”

RPG – Primetime Adventures

Film – A Knights Tale (2001)

Various Robin Hood films.

“Prince of Malibu” (1991)

“The Muddy Patrick Bergen One” (1991)

“The Disney One” (1973)

TV – Covington Cross

Covington Cross Special Promo versus Game of Thrones – 1995 Style

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