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March 4 12:00 AM ET

The BBook of Geek Literature Quiz

By Brian Briggs

This is the third of eight quizzes taken from the 8 pillars of geekdom (software, TV, literature, gaming, movies, science, hardware, Internet) found in The BBook of Geek. In the BBook, there are six facts listed for each of the 128 topics. Of those facts, only two are real. For the quiz, I've made it easier. You only have to tell if one fact is true or false. Answer carefully, your geekiness is at stake.

  1. H. P. Lovecraft - The Necronomicon in the movie Evil Dead takes its origins from H.P. Lovecraft.
        True
        False

  2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Google is working on an actual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that they plan to give to the first interstellar astronaut.
        True
        False

  3. Robert A. Heinlein - Heinlein co-founded the Heineken brewery with fellow sci-fi writer Tom Eken.
        True
        False

  4. Arthur C. Clarke - A geostationary orbit 22,000 miles above Earth is officially recognized as the Clarke Orbit.
        True
        False

  5. Isaac Asimov - Asimov grew his trademark mutton chops to taunt rival sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke who, because of a genetic abnormality, could not grow facial hair.
        True
        False

  6. Jack Kirby - Developed a drawing technique for depicting energy fields in comics now known as 'Kirby Dots' or the 'Kirby Crackle.'.
        True
        False

  7. Stan Lee - Has made over 10 appearances in movies based on Marvel comics.
        True
        False

  8. Philip K. Dick - The Pixar film A Bug's Life is based on a short story by Dick entitled Stop Bugging Me.
        True
        False

  9. Batman - Elton John is writing songs, and plans to star in a Broadway musical based on the Batman character called Gotham City Sings.
        True
        False

  10. Spider-Man - BusinessWeek listed Spider-Man as one of the top 10 most intelligent fictional characters in American comics.
        True
        False

  11. The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien wrote an alternate, never-published ending to the novel where Samwise Gamgee throws Frodo into the fires of Mount Doom along with the ring, because he was sick of all his shit.
        True
        False

  12. Manga - Manga literally translated means 'whimsical pictures.'
        True
        False

  13. X-Men - Wolverine, the most popular of the X-Men, was not in the original X-Men lineup of characters.
        True
        False

  14. Dune - Giant sandworms in Africa are responsible for keeping the Sahara desert mostly uninhabitable.
        True
        False

  15. O'Reilly Media - The animal featured on the cover of the Visual Basic in 30 Days is a buffalo taking a dump.
        True
        False

  16. Webcomics - XKCD creator Randall Munroe once worked at NASA where he was responsible for drawing stylized stick figure portraits of the astronauts for publications.
        True
        False

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