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Short story about 4 coloured beetle-like aliens in a terrarium

Story starts with a guy buying a terrarium with 4 groups of beetle-like insects brought and installed in his own house by an alien race. A different color each. Each tribe were supposed to start a ...
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How was John Connor damaged in Terminator Genesys?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this if you want to wait to see the movie first. At the end of Terminator Genesys, The gyroscope thing looked like Also note that
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Really short story from main writer that needed to be read twice

I don't remember much of the plot but I do remember it was only 2 or 3 pages long and there's absolutely no way of understanting much of anything until you read the story again. Then everything was ...
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What is the 1st published example of Kal-El using the scientific method to benefit the general population of Earth?

What is the first published example of Kal-El using the scientific method to benefit the general population of Earth? I'm looking for the first time it was noted, not an example published later and ...
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Mid 20th century post-apocalyptic novel which utilized the term “the Mysteries”?

"The Mysteries" were descriptions of past cultural traditions such as religion or ethnicity which became mangled when half-remembered by survivors of an apocalyptic war or pestilence. I especially ...
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YA vampire novel with ties to the Dracula mythos. Renfield's name was flipped around to Dleifner

I think the book took place in a library? Maybe. I definitely remember Renfield's name being flipped around. Thanks!
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Why does Superman love Lois Lane?

In every DC Comics alternate Earth I can think of, Superman and Lois Lane are together. Why? Other than "because the writers said so" or "because she occupies the requisite-female-love-interest ...
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How far can Mr. Fantastic/Plastic Man/Elongated Man stretch?

Is it an infinite amount or do they eventually start tearing?
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Are Spider-Man & Deadpool the only characters who have met alternate versions of themselves?

As I understand it, Spider-Man has met alternative versions of himself on several different instances, such as the Noir, 2099, & Ultimate alternates, at one point teaming up with them and other ...
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In Ender's Game, why is having a third child discouraged?

One of my favorite childhood books is Ender's Game. Throughout the book, having a third child is greatly discouraged and frowned upon. Even going as far as the world sanctioning Poland for it's ...
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Which Raptor survived?

In Jurassic World, Owen names his 4 raptors. Pretty sure they were named Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo. Blue was the Beta, with Owen as the Alpha. Is there any way to know which of these Raptors ...
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Is X-23 considered a mutant?

After years of reading X-Men, I noticed something that I had originally missed: if X-23 was cloned using Wolverine's DNA, does this mean she is not technically a mutant? Or does the fact that she was ...
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Star Wars Universe - ship designations [duplicate]

Many ships in the Star Wars franchise are named after their look: Y-wing, X-wing, K-wing etc. As the main alphabet in use is Aurebesh , why not name the ships after that? Looking at the link for ...
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Carnival short story/novella?

Was there a short story titled "Carnival" about alien beings who use humans as surrogate mothers. This is about an alien who treats a human as a pet, but still has him (?) carry the embryo. Is this ...
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Searching for a book with a human survivor vs wolves/animals

I'm searching for a book with a post-apocalyptic setting and a lone-human survivor conflict with wolves (primarily) and other semi/sentient animals. It starts out that the reader thinks the ...
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What should Spider-Man look like? [on hold]

This question stems from the recent controversy over the new choice of Spider-Man for the upcoming Captain American movie. There was people who claimed it was unfair, that they chose another white ...
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What species is the spider in the title sequence of Penny Dreadful?

In the title sequence of Penny Dreadful, we see closeups of a spider, with yellow dots on its body. ...
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Book title of a girl with hidden powers when genetic engineering is a staple

Sorry but I only remember two main events that got stuck in my head. 1- Someone tries to rape her and she manages to get away but she doesn't know how she did it. (Some capability she wasn't aware of) ...
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Book title with a harsh alien world and buoyant balloon-like beings

I specifically remember that those buoyant explosive gas filled balloons were an annoyance for flying ships. This is mentioned several times in the book. At the end they seemed to play a very ...
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Is there any news about the Lost Fleet books and spinoffs?

I have read all the books in the Lost Fleet series and the Spinoffs The Lost Stars Series. Im curious if the author has ever said if he will be making more of these lovely things?? Cant find anything ...
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Ghostly book I can't remember the name of

I once read a book about a family that moved into an old Manor house. The family experience ghostly writings on a wall, and if I recall correctly they carry out a written conversation with the author ...
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Floating island with many moons

The anime is like this. There is a girl and she has friends (kids and mostly boys). Then her only memory is a floating island with many moons. Then they discovered that the girl is the princess of ...
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Where did Voldemort's soul appear?

After killing Voldemort in his original body (before he created a new one from Adam's rib Wormtail's hand spiced with Harry's blood) by the rebound Killing curse, his soul was ripped from his body, ...
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Would Voldemort have lost his powers if he hadn't made so many horcruxes?

I am currently rereading all the books, and a previously overlooked yet certainly key distinction keeps coming up: the reason for Harry's survival vs. the reason for Voldemort's loss of power. In ...
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

When the USS Enterprise first appeared, its warp nacelles looked like this from the rear: At some point in The Original Series, the Enterprise seems to have enjoyed a mild refit, resulting in ...
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Was every starship refitted as of the 2280s?

The original USS Enterprise underwent a refit under the supervision of Captain Will Decker and Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott over the period 2269-2271. In this time, the Enterprise went from to ...
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when do the stargate Atlantis seasons take place in SG-1 [duplicate]

I'm going to start a Stargate marathon where I watch all of SG-1 and Atlantis. I know the 2 series take place roughly in the same timeframe but I am wondering at what points in SG-1 do each seasons of ...
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How did Voyager encounter the Krenim so soon when Kes hadn't ascended?

In Voyager's Before and After, Kes warns Captain Janeway (at the point in her timeline when she is eventually stabilized) about their impending encounter with the Krenim "in about six months", for ...
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Seeking the title of a horror short story about serial killers seeking to kill other serial killers

I'm looking for a horror short story anthology published in the late 70's to 80's that contained a great story whose title and author also elude me. My memory is hazy, but the tale describes a couple ...
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Story Identification- Book about kids playing a D&D-like game that invades the normal world

So, I read this book as a child, and have been trying to remember its title for a couple of years, with no success. the story was about a group of kids who were playing a role-playing game, and ...
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ID Story: A robotic storyteller that is sentient

I'm fairly sure this is an Asimov short story, but I can't actually find the name of it. A group of kids has a robot that tells stories. They are mean to it, and generally abuse the thing. At the end ...
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What is the first work of science fiction in which no character is an earthling and there is no mention of Earth?

I am looking for the first work of science fiction in which no character is an earthling and Earth is never mentioned or referred to, even indirectly. Star Wars would be an example of such a work.
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Novel about a man living in an empty shopping complex

I read a book, when i was a kid, that had a man that was hiding in an abandoned shopping complex, that appeared to be in a skyscraper (It had multiple levels, at least.) The guy was mortally afraid of ...
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Short story about a government super agent investigating an alien phenomenon

I'm trying to identify a short story I read as a teenager about a kind of alien tunnel or cave that the government is investigating. They keep sending volunteers in and each one gets killed unless ...
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Questions about the ending of Station 11

Can anyone explain the ending of the novel Station 11 to me? I enjoyed it but was a little confused. Is Station 11 a metaphor for the airport?
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Could Voldemort use a Fidelius Charm to protect his Horcruxes? [duplicate]

The way I understand the Fidelius Charm, it will keep a place from being discovered as long as the keeper doesn't divulge its location. I am a little unsure about if the keeper can hide in that place ...
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Which episodes did the footage of the thirteen doctors come from?

Is there a definitive list of which episodes / scenes that they used for the classic doctors in The Day of The Doctor?
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What enabled the Shrike to kill Rhadamanth Nemes?

Toward the end of Endymion (the third out of four books in Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos series) the Shrike, who has been intermittently following Raul, Aenea, and A. Bettik prevents Radamanth Nemes ...
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Is there a test or trial to become a padawan?

We know that Jedi are recruited at a very young age. Anakin Skywalker himself was deemed "too old" to begin training at 9 years old. We also know that younglings are assigned in groups to a Jedi ...
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Trying to find a book about a kid who ends up being summoned as a demon

I´m trying to find a book about a kid who tries a drug, ends up in an out of body experience, and his soul then gets summoned against his will to serve as a demon by a wizard. At first they think he ...
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What is the origin of the term “first contact”?

This term has a long history in Star Trek: Star Trek: First Contact ST:TNG episode "First Contact" First Contact Day Also: Stargate: Atlantis episode "First Contact" Does this term originate in Star ...
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What is the time difference between Prince Caspian and The Dawn Treader?

So, a question was asked earlier: How much time passed between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian? And I had made a comment that was, rightly suggested, to ask as a question. ...
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Short poignant 1960's era sci-fi story about space shuttle crewman's infatuation with captain

I remember reading a short, perhaps 10 pages, sci-fi story, perhaps from the 1960's, pre New Wave or soon after, about a space shuttle crew member who routinely awakened from the rocket's blast-off ...
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What did Mace Windu mean when he said that Anakin is too old to become an apprentice? [duplicate]

There is a scene in The Phantom Menace where the members of the Jedi Council tell Qui-Gon their decision about Anakin: MACE WINDU : He is too old. There is already too much anger in him. Did ...
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Were there any spacefaring Ewoks?

In the expanded universe do any Ewoks ever leave the forest moon?
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Looking for an old short story - teleportation and airplanes

After reading this question, I'm reminded of a short story which involved portals between planets. The portals were unstable and weren't (couldn't be) anchored to the ground. To travel through one, ...
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How much time passed between The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian?

The book series will nonchalantly say "hundreds" or "a thousand" or "thousands" of years in different places throughout, but is it ever stated exactly how much time passed between Peter, Susan, ...
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Is there anything a Green Lantern ring can't create?

I know it's limited by the user's willpower and imagination, but is there anything the rings truly can't create?
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First popular illustrated hero with a prominent logo or distinct symbol on the character?

I think the mind immediately goes to Superman's shield, but I wonder if any other character's prominent symbol predates him? The Phantom might be a contender with his Death's-Head belt buckle and ...
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In The Terminator, is John Connor his own father?

When re-watching The Terminator, I wondered whether it is possible that Kyle Reese is in fact John Connor. The reason for this is that we never get to see John Connor himself, we only see shots of ...

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