Zap Thy Neighbor: A Sci-fi Gadgets Quiz
by Staff
Are you a science fiction fan? Do you know where your towel is? Can you make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs? Strap on your jet pack and grab your ray gun, because it's time to see how much you really know about science fiction gadgets.

What component inside a lightsaber determines the color of the blade?

  • the primary crystal
  • the energy modulation circuits
  • the midichlorian chamber

What can't a "Star Trek" replicator replicate?

  • diamond
  • Romulan ale
  • latinum

When did the inspiration for the flux capacitor strike Doc Brown?

  • He got the idea after he slipped in the bathroom and hit his head.
  • He came up with the concept at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance.
  • In a self-replicated time loop, Doc comes up with the idea after a visit from Marty McFly.

Sonic screwdrivers are great, but which of these tasks is too difficult for a single screwdriver?

  • opening a crack in space-time
  • opening a deadlock seal
  • uncorcking a champagne bottle

Speaking of sonic screwdrivers, which incarnation of the Doctor never used one?

  • first
  • fourth
  • sixth

What did "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" describe as being "mostly harmless?"

  • the Earth
  • Vogon poetry
  • the Babel fish

According to "Back to the Future 2," what company produces the hoverboard?

  • Hasbro
  • Bandai
  • Mattel

If the Men in Black visit you, they might mess with your memory with which device?

  • the noisy cricket
  • the neuralizer
  • the lacuna

Leonard "Bones" McCoy didn't much care for the transporters in "Star Trek." Which other space doc didn't like the thought of dematerialization?

  • Katherine Pulaski
  • Julian Bashir
  • Beverly Crusher

In the "Back to the Future" series, which of the following wasn't a 2015 upgrade to the DeLorean?

  • Mr. Fusion
  • cloaking device
  • flight

The Ghostbusters wore proton packs to capture spooks. According to Venkman what were they?

  • unlicensed nuclear accelerators
  • fusion ray generators
  • illudium Q-36 explosive space modulators

Which science fiction series didn't use a living being to translate languages into English?

  • "Star Trek"
  • "Doctor Who"
  • "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

What do the phasers in "Star Trek" fire?

  • concentrated laser beams
  • mased photons
  • rapid nadions

What company makes the portal gun in the video game series "Portal"?

  • Aperture Science
  • Black Mesa
  • Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems

Which of these devices would allow you to travel between dimensions?

  • flux capacitor
  • interferometer
  • oscillation overthruster

The agents in "Warehouse 13" use special guns named after an inventor. Which inventor?

  • Nikola Tesla
  • Thomas Edison
  • Ben Franklin

Some gadgets are really big. What's the name of Sheriff Jack Carter's high-tech house in "Eureka?"


Batman's utility belt contains lots of gadgets. But which one of these has never been in the belt?

  • BatBerry Smartphone
  • Batcetylene Torch
  • Bat Goo Gun

Blade Runners use a special machine to determine if someone is human or a replicant. What's it called?

  • Voigt-Kampff machine
  • Ludovico machine
  • the machine that goes "ping"

Writers sometimes regret giving gadgets powerful abilities. Which of these gadgets from "Stargate" was later toned down?

  • Thor's Hammer
  • zat'nik'tel
  • Kull disruptor