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The game is afoot! This month’s questions (sent to us by readers) are:
About 20 odd years ago I read a comic, possibly Spider-Man, Batman, Superman or possibly something else altogether, and the story went like this: a low rent supervillain spent the entire story hatching a plan to defeat the superhero. Then at the end of the story he confronts the hero who floors him with a single punch. End of story, quite original, quite funny. Would love to know what this comic was!
I remember watching this movie on TV back when I was a kid, probably 20-25 years ago. It was about a young boy who stowed away on a rocket going to the moon. There was a scene where one of the astronauts got sick and the boy got on the radio to mission control, who talked him through the process of using a vacuum-cleaner type doodad to get the puke out of the astronaut's space helmet. I think there was also a scene where the boy was describing the dark side of the moon to the astronaut who was too sick to get to the window and look himself.
I am desperately trying to identify the memories of a book I read as a teenager. I will be 40this Friday and, clearly, middle-aged amnesia is hitting hard!
The book was a science fiction book (in fact there were two - the first two in the series and giving hints that there would one day be a third or more) about a space pilot who had himself illegally augmented a la Owen Deathstalker's boost. He appears to be a normal human until he activates his augments and then he's gifted with super-speed, enhanced sight, and a set of talons. Probably other stuff too, but I can't remember! I do recall that his name is Michael (at least, I think it is!).
As far as I can recall, I picked these books up in the super cheap 49p basket at the local 7-11 shop (but that's where I found Larry Niven's Dream Park, too, so...) which means you might have a hard time identifying it. But, if you could, I would be so grateful and spared further madness as I try in vain to find it!
I remember reading a book when I was a child that had illustrations that were part holograms - kind of multi-coloured 3D images. The book was an adventure story and I remember one picture of the main character looking into a puddle on the ground and seeing some sort of sub aquatic city. Any ideas what it was?
I am going mad trying to remember the name of a time-travel film that i saw about 25 years ago. It started with some kind of plague breaking out in America. Two people go back in time and appear on a busy walkway and attempt to find a cure from a doctor who had some kind of success with a similar plague.
Also,there was a scene where the travellers are shown a bronze arrowhead that was taken from a previous time-traveller who missed his departure time - with fatal consequences.
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