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Man “wakes up” most people sleepwalk through life [duplicate]

Looking for the title to a story about: A man who "wakes up" one day at work and realizes everyone around him still acts like he's where he would have normally been had he not "awoken". They talk ...
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Looking for 1970's UFO movie with underwater base

What was the movie where there was an underwater UFO base? I think it was a feature-length film, as I definitely saw it a theater in the mid to late '70s. Don't remember if it was Japanese or not. ...
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Forgotten SciFi Novel: World dominated by Competitions, Hero Won the 'Duet' Competition by 'under-singing'

I read this years ago and often cite the premise to vocalist friends that a good duet is about blend, not competition, as wonderfully demonstrated in this story — and I am always disappointed that ...
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Title of Sci Fi novel about a musical instrument that was the whole orchestra together in one?

I've asked this before a number of years ago on Amazon somewhere but after looking for over an hour and not finding it I decided to try asking again :) It was a sci fi novel, all I remember is that ...
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53 views

Why is all futuristic architecture always white or gunmetal/decay? [on hold]

It seems like in all scifi films that involve a futurist society all halls/rooms/buildings are either white (and also everyone tends to wear white clothes) or gunmetal (or a mix of the two) if it's ...
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2answers
345 views

How could Troi “sense” emotions in Data?

When Lore is feeding Data negative emotions in Descent, Troi notes with surprise that she could "sense" emotions in him. Now, "sense" is a word that Troi only seems to use when referring to her ...
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Is the wormhole still open?

We witness the closure of the tesseract once Coop successfully sends the singularity data back to Murph. And then it appears that Coop is sent back through the wormhole to our home galaxy. Is the ...
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2answers
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How could Saruman lose the battle of Helm's Deep?

I'm sorry but I just can't buy it. Saruman isn't stupid. In fact, he's called Saruman the Wise, so he must have known a thing or two about strategy. In the battle of Helm's Deep/Hornburk, according to ...
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1answer
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Any basis for the Solanum virus in classic zombie movies?

Max Brooks's The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) says that zombies are caused by the Solanum virus. Did Max Brooks completely make that up, or did any of the classic zombie movies (such as the Romero ...
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What's the deal with Chas?

I've very briefly done research on the character of Chas in the Hellblazer books, nothing in depth really, but I haven't found anything that references his seeming immortality. His survival skills ...
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What's the name of that werewolf movie?

For years I've been trying to find this movie I saw on TV once. I only saw the end. It featured a teenage boy (about 18 years old) and his family hiding out in a cabin. The kid is making molotov ...
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1answer
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Why did the protection spell work for Harry?

I'm new here(actually posting at least) so forgive me if I'm doing this wrong. I am a little confused as to why Harry's sacrifice in the forest gave the same protection to the people he loved as what ...
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1answer
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Why Murph still can read the Morse Coded wrist watch when she has brought the watch back to her office in NASA, which is out of her room?

We see Murph finally realised that Cooper is her ghost. Cooper has transmitted the quantum data encoded via manipulating the gravitational waves affecting the watch's seconds hand on Murph's ...
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1answer
55 views

Do skulls get soft with time? [on hold]

This is more of a biology question, but the context in which I'm looking at it is entirely within the genre of zombie apocalypse fiction. I've long noticed that in zombie shows like The Walking Dead ...
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0answers
60 views

Why wasn't Neo possessed by an Agent in the first movie? [duplicate]

If an Agent can possess anyone still connected to the Matrix, and, as we can see, they sense when someone is seen something weird (like the drunk beggar in the first movie), why didn't they possess ...
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2answers
80 views

Who was the first Super Saiyan to be seen on the TV series?

I'm looking for the first Super Saiyan that has been seen in the TV series. As I reminisce, I think Son Goku has been the first we can see transforming fully from Normal to Super Saiyan status (on ...
15
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8answers
2k views

The Moriarty Sentience Problem - A.K.A. Why isn't the Enterprise computer considered sentient?

In Elementary, Dear Data, Geordi instructs the computer to create an opponent to intellectually best Data. The conceit of the episode is that the computer does just that, and creates a sentient ...
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1answer
103 views

Why did Cypher say they were going to kill Neo?

In the beginning of the first movie, in the first conversation, between Cypher and Trinity, he says: Cypher: We're going to kill him, understand? Trinity: Morpheus believes he is the One. ...
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75 views

H. P. Lovecraft & his texts [on hold]

Does anyone know why H. P. Lovecraft always (or very often) uses the &-sign instead of "and" in his texts?
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1answer
56 views

Novel identification about a near future war between the west and Japan

I read this book back in the 1990s, and its plot revolved around Japan (pretty sure) going to war with (primarily) the west (although Im sure Russia got involved at some point against Japan). The ...
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10answers
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What's the “official” explanation for Harry's (and everyone else's) absence from muggle school?

So a bunch of kids all of a sudden "go missing" from school. Harry Potter having attended school for a couple of years before starting at Hogwarts, one semester just doesn't show up. How is this ...
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Trying to Find Name of Time Travel Short Story

When I was in high school (6 or 7 years ago), one of the short stories that we read out of the text book had to do with an alien civilization that had discovered time travel. They had managed to ...
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2answers
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How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...
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0answers
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Feasability of a torch missile [on hold]

I'm currently working on a realitivly realistic short story that is meant to be a space opera, but with plausable science. The only handwavium element is the use of 'red mercury', allowing the ...
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0answers
35 views

Help with reading order of Isaac Asimov's novels [duplicate]

I've only just started getting into Asimov's books and I thoroughly enjoyed them so far. I've already read the foundation trilogy, iRobot, The Caves of Steel, the Naked Sun and am nearing the end of ...
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1answer
937 views

Looking for a short story about a man travelling alone on a planet

About fifteen years ago I read a short story about a man on a planet (possibly Mars or the Moon), travelling alone between bases. It's written in the first person and as he's walking across the ...
2
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0answers
47 views

In Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, what other biblical stories besides Babel does he symbolize or reference?

I understand the Babel reference but am blind to the others. I'm not too familiar with the Bible. Thanks guys
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2answers
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Interstellar: Can someone explain the ending? [duplicate]

I don't know an awful lot about physics but I'm educated enough and have read/watched/played enough SciFi to understand the basics. It is my understanding that oxygen is running out causing people to ...
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3answers
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What is the weapon that Yondu wields in Guardians of the Galaxy?

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu is seen using a floating arrow as a weapon which he controls by whistling. This arrow is shown to be extremely powerful as it kills a whole squad of soldiers, ...
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1answer
210 views

Do Sith experience fear?

In the Clone Wars when Count Dooku first encounters Asajj Ventress and she claims to be Sith, he rebuffs her claiming that Sith do not feel fear and he senses fear in her. However when Yoda is ...
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1answer
82 views

Looking for a fantasy book, I read when I was a teenager (2000s)

The book takes place in winter and starts off by following a young boy who just turned a certain age like 13 or in that range. The boy notices that as he was walking back home that crows or ravens ...
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1answer
241 views

Sci-fi novel: object found in solar system goes into FTL, to galactic zoo

Trying to find this novel I've read a few years back. The story revolves around humans exploring an object entering the solar system only to be stranded on it as it goes into FTL. They adapt and ...
4
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1answer
145 views

What is the source of an alternate quotation of “Execution of state criminals is both painful and unpleasant”?

In Star Trek TOS "The Enterprise Incident" the Romulan commander states to Spock "Execution of state criminals is both painful and unpleasant." This seemed like a redundant statement to me and ...
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1answer
37 views

What is the correct viewing order for the Pokemon TV series and movies?

There are a considerable number of Pokemon TV Series and movies. I am finding this most confusing. Can someone give me the correct viewing order?
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What was the earliest work to suggest hereditary memory? [duplicate]

I just came across this BBC news article 'Memories' pass between generations (1 December 2013), I recall reading a few fictional works where memories are passed from one generation to the next. What ...
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2answers
99 views

A novel about America fighting a corrupt United Nations

I'm looking for a book set in the future where America is fighting a despotic / corrupt U.N. The U.N. practically forces the U.S. to join a new world order, disbanding their military. The US has a ...
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22 views

Where can I find data dumps of articles related to Science Fiction? [on hold]

Are there any free datasets related to Science Fiction articles? Like for example, wikipedia articles or news articles or anything related to this domain?
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1answer
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Is it possible to create armor with Smaug scales?

I haven't read the book, but I've read in some wiki that Smaug died by the black arrow and fell so the corpse still remains. Is it possible to skin the dragon and make armor with his scales?
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Sci-fi novel ship with neutron star at end to counteract acceleration

I read this novel 30 years ago, so it's at least that old, but probably decently older. I can remember only details, but I remember an older couple (a woman, who was captain of a ship, I believe), ...
3
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2answers
95 views

Post-apocalyptic novel with teenage girl who survived in a bomb shelter built by her father

Post-apocalyptic novel with smart teenage girl who survived in a bomb shelter built by her father. She thinks she's the only one left, but isn't. Probably from the 1970s. I liked it then, curious ...
2
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1answer
37 views

Looking for a novel - a man telepathically interacts with electric devices

I vaguely remember a book which I would like to read again. The plot was like this. A man lives an ordinary life but one day he starts having some memories ... or headaches, I don't remember. The ...
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21 views

names of free ebooks where humans are animals for another species? [on hold]

I'm looking for some good books/ebooks where humans are pets or kept in zoos. I would prefer it if you could name some that are free for Kindle, but don't have to be. Thanks :)
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Why is “Diagon Alley” named that way?

I totally didn't get the Diagon Alley / "diagonally" thing for a long time after reading the first Harry Potter book. I think my mind didn't want it to be such a sleazy pun. (Re-run commentary to ...
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1answer
239 views

Fantasy book series about people who are accompanied about animals represening their “soul”

It's a series of fantasy books in which the inhabitans of the world, from the time when they're children, get to somehow have an accompanying small animal that represents their soul or their ...
2
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0answers
44 views

Was Olivia really called “Han”, or was that a false memory?

OLIVIA: Well, I guess that I've always just enjoyed being on my own. Even when I was at boarding school, they used to call me "Han". PETER: As in "Solo"? That's cute. At least you had a nickname. ...
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1answer
515 views

Short story about if you die you are reborn as someone else in a different time

I remember reading a short story a few years ago and I would like to reread read it again. As far as I remember it went a little like this: You are in a car with your family and a truck hits it, but ...
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1answer
104 views

If Harry Potter went to Lord Voldemort AFTER Nagini had been killed, would he have survived Voldemort's killing curse? [duplicate]

So Harry went to Voldemort in the forest and let Voldemort kill him (thus killing the piece of Voldemort's soul within Harry). If this had taken place AFTER Nagini had been killed, would Harry have ...
4
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3answers
150 views

Did Danny Pink fight in the 2001 War in Afghanistan?

In a flashback scene in Dark Water, we see Danny Pink fight in what looks like a Middle Eastern country. Then, according to Doctor Who Extra, the narrator said that the crew made the set look like ...
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1answer
151 views

Is Orson Pink a descendent of Clara Oswald and Danny Pink?

In Listen, the Doctor and Clara meet Orson Pink, who, according to Clara, looks similar to Danny Pink. (Both Danny and Orson are played by Samuel Anderson.) Another clue is Orson mentioning about ...
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2answers
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Where did the term “Zombie” originate from? [on hold]

As I said above, where did the term "Zombie" originate from? Why can't we just call them the "reanimated"?

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