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Could Spock mind meld with an animal or dumb humanoid?

An intelligent animal, say, a dog, chimp, or dolphin. Could Spock meld with such creatures? What about tribbles? Humanoid beings with seemingly small amounts of intelligence, such as the Taurean ...
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Do Istari have memories of their time as a Maiar?

Inspired by Why does Saruman identify himself as a human? As the Istari are Maiar in human form, do they have full knowledge of their past as what are basically gods, or is their quasi-human ...
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Was O'Brien just doing his job?

The interpretation that wikipedia gives is that O'Brien was intentionally planted there to root out any thought-criminals. However, I think you could argue for an interpretation that O'Brien was a ...
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What happened to the Cardassian Union after the Dominion War?

Was the Cardassian Union dissolved after the Dominion War, or did it continue to exist? Who was put in charge of rebuilding Cardassia? Was it Damar? I only ask because Damar mentions to Kira after ...
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Why is Mother Yolanda a Yoda knockoff?

Mother Yolanda of "Sister Claire" webcomic seems to be a very deliberate and in-your-face Yoda knockoff (in the order of specificity of traits): She is a leader of a religious order She is shown as ...
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Comic book about a city of superheroes

Here's all I remember from the comic: The comic was about a city filled with people with superpowers, the plot focused a lot on a group of teenage superheroes, who where mainly goth, the whole city ...
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How was the Borg Drone able to transport through the Enterprise's shields?

In "Q Who," right after Guinan informs Captain Picard of the strength of the Borg, the captain orders the shields up. Several moments later, a Borg Drone appears in Engineering, having transported ...
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In Star-Wars - Why don't the Jedis or the Siths use real weapons instead of laser guns? [on hold]

I mean if I would have to kill a Jedi or a Sith, I wouldn't use the traditional laser gun (since this gives the chance to avoid the laser bullets), I would use a real gun (since this is faster than ...
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Why don't the Borg use shields or a cloaking device?

Though Borg Cubes are extremely powerful and durable, it seems that having shields would add even more to this. And yes, the Borg have their EM field, but why could they not use this in tandem with ...
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Book about people living in giant hotels

I read this book 15 or so years ago and can't remember the title, although I think it had the word "Paradise" in it. It took place in the future and centered around a man who lived in a giant hotel ...
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Why didn't the Vashta Nerada eat the statues?

In 'Silence of the Library' and 'Forest of the Dead', the Doctor and Donna are stuck in a library and have to battle micro-organisms that eat flesh. In the library there are statues with real human ...
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Where did Star-Lord get the troll doll?

At the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, We know that when Peter Quill (a.k.a. Star-Lord) was abducted he had on him the cassette player (with the Awesome Mix), as well as the gift his ...
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Why does Data have to ask the computer for directions?

In "Brothers," Data's father activates a sort of homing signal in the android's positronic net, in order that the two are reunited. While on the bridge, and before creating a security code, Data ...
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Is it ever explained why Harry has to cage Hedwig when he travels?

Doesn't this seem extremely unnecessary? Hedwig is an Wizarding Owl, she can fly and can travel wherever needed with minimal instruction. Hedwig in particular is very loyal and intelligent. There are ...
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What novel has people exploring a spaceship with cubbies that duplicated anything, including a hand?

A group of people are exploring a huge spaceship. They are worried about supplies until they find cubbies that duplicate anything put into them. They discover this by someone placing their hand inside ...
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Do energy creatures come in various sexes?

Other than the Q (who can change their appearance at will, so it's hardly convincing), it seems that "male" and "female" only appear to be functions of physical beings in the Star Trek universe. Are ...
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Why does the StackExchange admonition about spelling things correctly have a spelling error? [migrated]

It's always pretty painful to see people correcting others on their spelling make spelling errors themselves. I wonder, is that some sort of law? I don't subscribe to Karma, so perhaps it's something ...
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Identify a film with a device that can identify non humans

US SF film (maybe 80's). A guy starts work with a company in a new town. (Maybe he moves his family there.) He is working on a device that you look through and it will tell you if the object is ...
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Please identify this early film that mentions black holes

Scifi film probably 70's. Description: A spaceship exploring right near the end, the crew venture near a black hole which you never "see", but they know what it is because they send out a beam of ...
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How does “three to beam up” work? [duplicate]

In many episodes of Star Trek: TNG, people on a planet (or somewhere away from the Enterprise) transport back to their ship by someone tapping his/her communicator and saying "3 to beam up" or ...
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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this a long time ago, and it was in a book written many years before. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: ...
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What is the mass of an AT-TE?

This Wiki page does not appear to contain information about the mass of an AT-TE. If any canonical source on this is not available, how much is the approximate mass of (something like) an AT-TE? ...
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Story about the devil's note

Okay the question may not be very clear as it is hard to explain this book in brief. Basically it involves a schizophrenic person who is constantly seeing a little thing/person/demon (maybe a ...
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Do we know anything about magical history before Harry? [on hold]

Are there any other resources describing how the world of magic was before Harry was born and how Voldemort came to power the first time. Even articles about Dumbledore would be genuinely interesting. ...
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Trying to locate a story in which a man is so good he sprouts wings, then over-corrects and grows horns (or vice versa)

It was probably part of a compilation of short stories. I don't remember the title or the author's name, but remembered the idea of a man that literally turns into an angel/demon according to his ...
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What is the logical reason for bullying Spock?

In Star Trek (2009) we see a scene from Spock's childhood where he is regularly being bullied by some Vulcan children, in order to elicit an emotional response from him (see below video). ...
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How does Elsa resolve the practical problems of living in an ice palace?

While Elsa's ice magic is aesthetically effective on a superficial architectural level, the choice of ice as a fundamental building material presents a number of practical difficulties. How, for ...
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Who is this a copy of?

In Charlie Stross' Overtime, Bob Howard finds himself stuck in the office at Christmas, having 'volunteered' as Night Duty Officer. He begins to settle in for a boring couple of nights, when he finds ...
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Was the scene in Episode IV about Han Solo and a human Jabba, in the Original movies?

Ok, what I mean is that I don't recall and I can't seem to find it anywhere, is if the scene with Declan Mulholland acting as Jabba was in the final cut from the original Ep. IV or if it was cut (for ...
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Are there list of canon LGBT characters in comics with citations to source material? [on hold]

Looking around there are a lot of lists of disparate lists of LGBT comic characters but they tend not to include references or citations to comics that support their identity. Some characters are ...
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Short Story pre-1987: main character is Voyager-style space probe

I think I read this c. 1987. It would've been in a paperback SF short fiction anthology, likely with other stories by more famous authors (Heinlein, Asimov, the usual suspects). As I recall, the name ...
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Perfect eye-sight “A Long Time Ago.” [duplicate]

It just occurred to me that I don't remember anyone wearing glasses in the SW movie universe. Is this correct? Are there people wearing glasses in the EU (even if it's not Disney canon anymore)?
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Why didn't the senior staff invite Mot to the conference room? [on hold]

The Enterprise's barber, Mot, seems quite knowledgeable about other races and space travel in general. I remember one episode in which he talks to Picard about the Cardassians and their space. Since ...
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How did Secret Wars fit into regular comics continuity?

I’ve just read Marvel’s Secret Wars series from 1984/5. (Fun!) In it, a bunch of heroes and villains are transported to the far reaches of the universe, and (in a surprising turn of events for a ...
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How do men of the Night's Watch pay for visits to Mole's Town?

There's no mention of the Night's Watch getting paid and most of its members would have been broke when they joined. So how does anyone earn money to fund drinking and whoring sessions at Mole's Town? ...
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Epic Fantasy novel with assassin and orphans [duplicate]

I am reposting this question because i cant access my account to edit. I read this book back in the late 90s. It was a fantasy novel that took place mostly within a city. I remember a particular ...
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Was Thrain aware of the necromancer's presence in southern Mirkwood?

I ask this because when he foolishly went with Balin and Dwalin (I think) to retake Erebor some years before Thorin and co. actually do. He travels towards Erebor but goes through southern Mirkwood ...
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Did Doctor Schreber create Murdoch's ability in the first place?

Did John Murdoch spontaneously gain the ability to tune, or was it manufactured by Doctor Schreber and injected into him? Right from the beginning of the movie, Schreber seems to have a plan for ...
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Why didn't the Douwd make scarier illusions?

In "The Survivors," the Douwd tries to scare away the Enterprise using a re-creation of the imposing Husnock ship. Why not use something more intimidating, such as a Borg Cube or the Crystalline ...
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How did Chewbacca find C-3PO's parts?

While in Cloud City, C-3PO is shot by a stormtrooper, torn into pieces, and thrown in the trash. Chewbacca finds all of his parts, narrowly saving him from the incinerator. How in the hell did ...
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What is the meaning of “The seed is strong”?

In a ASOIAF, Jon Arryn repeated several times while dying The seed is strong: Eddard: "Was there nothing else? No final word? Pycelle: "When I saw that all hope had fled, I gave the Hand milk ...
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Why was it a mistake to come out of hyperspace close to Hoth?

From the script: Alarms sound throughout the hidden Rebel base. In the control room, a controller urgently gestures for General Rieekan to check a computer scan. CONTROLLER ...
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Why does Buffy not come back as a vampire?

In Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Series), during the Season 1 Finale, Why does she not either turn into another vampire? Or die suddenly? I know that Xander performed CPR on her, but that wouldn't ...
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Why doesn't Mr. Charrington turn Winston in earlier?

Mr. Charrington, owner of the junk shop in the novel 1984, turns out to be a member of the thought police. Why didn't he arrest Winston for just walking in the door? Why did he wait for Winston to ...
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What's the reading order for Age of X?

I've seen several discussions regarding the preferred reading order for the "Age of X" storyline but it seems they just listed the release order and quite often, that's not the way it works. As the ...
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Wasteland horror series in trade paperback

DC published an anthology horror series in the '90s called Wasteland. I have never seen a collected edition of this series. My question is: has the entire series, or any part of it, ever been ...
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What caused Groundhog Day?

Was there any any explanation, either in canon or out of universe (e.g. interviews with the writers), as to why Bill Murray's character initially got stuck in the time loop?
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Which comes first: The Sarah Connor Chronicles or Terminator 3?

I'm trying to figure out the progression of the Terminator timeline. It's pretty clear up until the end of T2. Afterwards, we have two Terminators in different timelines sent back by Skynet to ...
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Was A Song of Ice and Fire inspired by Chinese History, and if yes, to what extent?

I notice a few striking parallels between China history and George RR Martin's epic fantasy, "a song of ice and fire" series: The Ice Wall resembles the Great Wall of China. Both are meant to keep ...
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Can a living thing be a Portkey?

Okay so I'm writing a Harry Potter fanfiction, and I'm wondering if a living thing could be used as a Portkey. You know, if someone were to just point at themselves and go "Portus". Or if that's not ...

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