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The Mostly Harmless quiz

A series of sci-fi and fantasy quizzes from the National Literacy Trust

  • Do you know your fusion drive from you hyper drive?
  • Your Norwegian Ridgeback from your Hungarian Horntail?
  •  The importance of a towel?

We’re calling on ultimate sci-fi and fantasy fans to battle it out in a series of quizzes. Each quiz will cover a different genre of fantasy or science fiction, with brainy teams competing to win the Mostly Harmless Cup - a prize coveted throughout the galaxies! Prizes will also be on offer for costumes, team names and on-the-spot questions.

The first quiz will have spotlight rounds on:

Game of Thrones and Star Wars

Where: The Reliance, Shoreditch, London
When: Tuesday 22 August

Time: doors open at 6.30pm, quiz starts at 7pm

Entrants will need:

  • A team of up to 8 sci-fi and fantasy fans
  • An out-of-this-world team name
  • Knowledge of the works, worlds and film adaptions of Terry Pratchett, Margaret Atwood, Douglas Adams and more

Entry fee is £10 per person in advance or £12 on the night. This includes a free Pan Galactic Gargleblaster cocktail!

Register here

All profits from our quiz nights will help us to change the life stories of some of the most disadvantaged children in the UK.  


Prizes on offer include; limited edition prints from the new illustrated edition of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which have been donated by Bloomsbury Publishing, signed books from Orbit Books. Other prizes from Orion Publishing Group and

Quiz Supporters

Thank you to the following publishers and organisation who have donated prizes:

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 Orbit BooksBloomsbury





"A towel is just about the most massively useful thing any interstellar Hitchhiker can carry. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you — daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course you can dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Host your own Mostly Harmless quiz

We are looking for dedicated science fiction and fantasy fans to host their own quizzes in their local areas

Host your own Mostly Harmless quiz

The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944.
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