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Why addict the Jem'Hadar to Ketracel White?

One of the few things that bothers me about the Dominion arc in Deep Space Nine is the Jem'Hadar. I enjoy the concept but I don't understand why they would be genetically addicted to Ketracel White ...
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Why does Spock's rapid aging stop after Genesis?

In The Search for Spock, Spock is resurrected as a consequence of super blood the Genesis effect. A new organism, genetical identically to the deceased Spock, is created from the DNA in his corpse, ...
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Identify this YA book series about dragons, acid blood, and dangerously cold nights

I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books about a boy who works with dragons. Dragon's blood (or maybe it was slobber?) is acidic, and the children who wrangle these dragons often end up ...
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Crew quarters on the Enterprise in Star Trek (2009) and Into Darkness

Something that bothers me is that, in the two alternate timeline Star Trek films, we do not see crew quarters — not even once. Were sets for crew quarters built at any point? If not, does ...
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In the TV series Gotham, do Cat's goggles do anything?

In the TV series Gotham, other than giving her a vaguely cat-like silhouette do the green-tinted goggles that Cat wears serve any purpose?
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identify this book about a human turned into a god by aliens

I am wracking my brain trying to figure out the name of this sci- fi novel--and its respective author--that I read back in early to mid-1980s. The book is about an ordinary man who, during some sort ...
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Need to know the name of this 90s scifi paranormal show

I watched this show in 1991. One episode I remember is a teenage girl who had a crush on her teacher. She walked through a mirror and everything looked the same except it was backwards(?) She had a ...
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Why was Hulk so intent on killing Natashia (Black Widow) while on the Helicarrier?

She had never attacked him or offered any violence towards him in any way, yet he stalked her throughout the bowels of the ship intent on killing her as she did her best to avoid him and play hamster ...
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Why does the One Ring prevent Frodo from throwing it into even an ordinary fire that can't possibly harm it?

Near the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring, as Frodo learns the true nature of Bilbo's ring from Gandalf, Gandalf challenges Frodo to throw the ring into his hearth. Though Frodo has been able ...
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Why did nobody ever use the Room Of Requirement to it's full potential? [duplicate]

In all the time The Golden Trio spent fighting Lord Voldemort, why did nobody ever go to the Room of Requirement (once they had discovered it), and say "I need a way to defeat Lord Voldemort ...
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How did Wolverine pass through the spinning blades unharmed?

In the first X-Men film (2000) near the end when Wolverine gets lifted up by Storm (and Jean to stable him) and he catches the "helm" of the device containing Rogue who was surrounded by spinning ...
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Why specifically was Obi-Wan Kenobi the “only hope” of Princess Leia?

I know that there is a sort of similar question about how Princess Leia knew about Obi-Wan here, but I'm curious as to why and how Princess Leia thought an aging Obi-Wan Kenobi would be of any help to ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan or Owen Lars change Luke's last name? [duplicate]

The novelization of Episode III makes it clear that Anakin was known as a galaxy-wide hero on the HoloNet, and that he had become a household name. Why did Obi-Wan and Owen Lars, when making the ...
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“John Brown's Body”

NOT the William P. McGivern/David W. O'Brien story. This short story had Brown colonized with helpful microbes (from the days before nanites) that did him all sorts of good, however sometimes they ...
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Help finding a very interesting book about alien invasion, please

In the 1990s, I checked out a book from my local library about an alien invasion. I think it was misfiled, because it was in the non-fiction section. The book was designed in such as a way to make ...
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The reason for two year skip in the past?

In 12 Monkeys (TV series) the "meet me in two years" serves as major part of initial plot set up. At first I thought Cole is stuck jumping in intervals or something. But later it's clear that it's ...
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ID this Book: Faculty at Second-Rate Magic University Saves the World

I read this book a few years ago, but I don't think it was new then. Now I can't find it. The protagonist is a faculty member at a second-rate magic university, on a world dominated by a race of ...
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Short story :super computers save humanity

This is a short story about 1 super computer (USA). The computer(big one) is talking to the captain , the news is that there are less and less children born on Earth. They ask the computer if the ...
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Young adult novel about soldiers and crystals

I'm trying to find this book I read a while ago. When these kids are sixteen, they change and they can use their magic. There are two breeds of soldiers who (on interbreeding) create a third ...
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Is the character of Mirasta Yale from TNG episode “First Contact” ever revisited?

First off, this is not a question about the movie First Contact. It is a question about the eponymous episode from Season 4 of TNG. In that episode, Riker is wounded on Malcor III, where he is ...
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Can Gungans speak standard basic (English) instead/in addition to their own variation? [on hold]

I'm wondering if Gungan who were a Jedi, or who were raised by some other people not their own, would speak regular Basic or not. And a regular Gungan could speak Standard Basic if they choose it or ...
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Sci-fi book identification-Feral Child to Superhuman

I read a sci-fi/thriller novel many years ago, probably published between 1980-1990 in the USA in English that had the following elements: A feral child/teen is found in the wilderness, but his ...
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How does offering asylum not violate the prime directive?

Assuming that the criteria by which the offer of asylum is offered is based on human values, how can it be offered without violating the prime directive?
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Is the last “One” present at the re-founding of Zion?

The comment discussion in this question made me wonder something: according to the Architect, the One plays a key role in re-founding Zion and beginning the next iteration in the Matrix cycle. But ...
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Were all “The Ones” before Neo also called Neo?

We learn that Neo (aka Thomas A. Anderson; aka Missster Anderson) is the 6th incarnation of "The One". Since The Matrix is a complex simulation of the real life, let's assume that each ...
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Discrepancy in “Towers of Midnight”

In WoT 13, Towers of Midnight, Tam is with Perrin and Rand at the same time. He goes to Rand, talks with him. At the same time, it is told him speaking with Perrin and crew. No mention of him being ...
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Were the other Potentials actually humans?

In The Matrix : Reloaded, when the Kid catches up with Neo right before he leaves Zion, he hands him a gift from one of the Oracle's children: a spoon. Of course, it's a reminder of the lesson learned ...
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Man chained to a gold Inca-style shield and wandering desert

Watched in UK in about 1991. Mexico? desert. Cowboy-ish, contemporary as a pick up truck arrives in last scene. Totally bizarre, a man is chained to a gold Inca style shield and wanders desert, ...
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Producer/director stages alien abduction to help single mom and kid facing eviction [migrated]

I remember this movie from the 80's or early 90's. Might have been a TV movie. Looking for the name. Plot outline: movie producer/director is making an alien-themed film has a young boy ...
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Deus Ex Machina?

I'm looking for a sci-fi story I read about 20 years ago. It includes the following elements: A lab, and a computer simulation of the universe or earth. Evolution (possibly). A simulation created ...
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Aliens experimenting on human capitalism by creating an entirely new market in butter pats

As I recall it, after creating a huge butter pat market from nothing, one day the aliens just walked away from it. Probably some deep political philosophy behind it that I missed when I first read it ...
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Story where child is raised by robots and 'rescued' by humans

I'm trying to remember what book this was. Think it was a scene in a full length novel. Might have been adult sci-fi or young adult. The bits I remember clearly: There was an 'orphanage' where ...
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Why was meta-crisis Doctor dangerous?

From Doctor Who episode Journey's End transcript: ROSE: No, but I spent all that time trying to find you. I'm not going back now. DOCTOR: But you've got to. Because we saved the universe, but at ...
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How did the meta-crisis Doctor survive (or remain sane) when Doctor-Donna didn’t?

From the Doctor Who episode Journey's End transcript: DONNA: I thought we could try the planet Felspoon. Just because. What a good name, Felspoon. Apparently, it's got mountains that sway in the ...
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What short story has an “alien” ( actually human) invasion described point-of-view-style? [duplicate]

From what I remember, the story is a POV telling of someone describing an alien invasion in detail. As the story progresses, the aliens themselves are described by the narrator. However this is done ...
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How did Dumbledore know that Slughorn was an armchair?

In Chapter 4 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, do we know why Dumbledore immediately knew that Horace was the armchair? Please, I am looking for a different answer than "Dumbledore is ...
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Can Mystique replicate a person by just looking at a photograph?

I have always wondered how Mystique's transformation works. If Mystique has never seen a person, but gets his/her photo with only face visible (passport sized). Can she still replicate him/her? If ...
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Mystique replicating a target's attire, how does it work?

I have always wondered how Mystique's transformation works. Please spare me as I don't read many Marvel comics, just those random ones which I can get. From what is seen in movies, she can instantly ...
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When did Palpatine first use his walking stick, and did he really need it?

When did Palpy first use a walking stick? I don't see him having it towards the end of Episode III and since he wasn't shown on screen in IV and V, I would presume somewhere in between? On the other ...
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Seeking Sci-Fi movie about a black man alone in spaceship

I think it was an English movie and set in modern world. The movie is only about the one black guy (astronaut) in the spaceship, who is on a mission to reach some planet (maybe Jupiter? from what I ...
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Science fiction story about political acumen

I vaguely remember reading a science fiction story in which the character was introduced as a unambitious government official (a bureaucrat). I believe in the story it mentions that while his ...
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Name of a series of books (Fantasy)

I believe in one of the books an elf makes his way through a maze to find a black crystal of some sort. When he leaves the maze there is an army outside waiting for him and he uses it to kill the ...
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In Interstellar, how could you build a space colony without bringing the Blight with you?

In Interstellar, there is a Blight destroying all the world's crops. If Plan A involves launching a space colony, presumably full of crops, etc., how could they avoid bringing the Blight with them? ...
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Why is the Elder Wand aligned with Harry and not Voldemort? [duplicate]

I get that Draco was the true master of the elder wand, and by disarming Draco, Harry becomes the wands true master. However... When Harry is hit by Voldemort's killing curse in the forbidden ...
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Why did the machines not invest into clearing the skies?

The machines turned to using humans as a source of power after the humans darkened the skies, since the machines relied on solar power before. If the machines were smart at all, they'd realise that ...
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Science fiction novel about a man who travels through time and falls in love with a warrior woman

I believe it was a full novel, that I must have read as a preteen, so it can't be newer than the late '90s or early 2000s. I don't remember much, but I think it was about a man who travels forward ...
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Collection of stories in dystopian future; two people working in shifts working in a cave depicting early human life

I'm sure the first story was something to do with a human exhibition. The story was something to do with two people who had shifts working in a cave depicting early human life or something of the ...
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Erkenbrand of Westfold

Is it ever stated why Erkenbrand of Westfold isn't in the movies? He plays such a vital part in the book of the Two Towers with Gandalf aiding the battle of Helms Deep it just seems strange to leave ...
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What Was the Name of the High Tech TV Spy Show in the 70's?

I remember a show from the 1970s where agents had miniature cameras (rings and pendants) and 2-way communications with a command center staffed by translators and other specialists who communicated ...
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Why didn't the Death Eaters capture Harry Potter at the end of the Half-Blood Prince?

I was watching the Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince movie recently and when Harry tries to take down Snape at the end it was a perfect opportunity for the Death Eaters to take Harry to ...

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