Via Tor.com, the best SFF blog out there (yes, better than io9), a poster with the ABCs of science fiction film. The poster was designed by a guy named Stephen Wildish, who does lots of cool stuff like that. The thing is, though, the titles aren’t actually included. So, knowing the genre and the first letter, how many films can one recognize? This is the challenge.
I’ll accept that challenge, publicly, despite knowing I’ll never get a passing grade without cheating. I’ll note that, following standard practice, “the” does not count as part of the title for alphabetical purposes. Self-imposed rules: No Googling or web browsing of any kind until the quiz is finished.
A: The Abyss
B: Blade Runner (not really sure how, but I can’t think of any other “B”s and Ford was blondish in that movie, I guess)
C: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (or Cube, possibly)
D: The Day the Earth Stood Still (cause it kind of looks like Keanu Reeves, I guess?)
E: The Empire Strikes Back
H: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
I: I, Robot (I’m sure it’s Will Smith, and based on his outfit, this is the right movie, but he did another sci-fi movie starting with “I” — I Am Legend, duh)
J: Judge Dredd
K: King Kong
L: Logan’s Run (I’m basically sure this is wrong, but I’ve got nothing)
M: Moon (total guess)
P: Planet of the Apes
R: Running Man
S: Solaris (changed from Space Odyssey based on colour palette)
W: War of the Worlds
Some of these seem like they should be easy, but I’m just not getting them. Considering the ones I left blank, I have a max score of 18. Considering how many I’m unsure of, though, I could certainly do worse than 13/26, i.e., a failing grade. I’ll check the results when he gives them out and share them in a post.
Can I recommend other sci-fi freaks take a crack at this?