zeph’s pop culture quiz #10
Why did the jet crash?
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UPDATE (11 January 2012):
And I thought you all were sci-fi movie specialists ;-) Well, here is some more information: The pilot died and his oxygen mask crumbled to powder—but why? If you know that, you’re close to the movie.
UPDATE and solution (11 January 2012):
Thorsten ‘↑Kueperpunk‘ Küper ↵solved it without further ado: The pictures are taken from the movie ‘↑The Andromeda Strain‘ (Wise 1971), based on the ↑novel of the same name by ↑Michael Crichton (1969). The pilot died from an extraterrestrial microorganism or virus or life form, hence his jet crashed. Although the microscopic thing from outer space is at the centre of the story, the movie has a decidedly cyber- or biopunk ring, renders a nice cold-war ambience, and on the side criticizes the belief in thermonuclear weaponry as a final solution to problems.