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Rescuing the population of a dying planet

Trying to find a book I've read about ten years ago. It was translated into Russian, the original was (probably) written in English. It was about a planet in a solar system with a single red giant ...
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Doesn't Alfred worry about Cave Disease?

Since Alfred is in charge of the housekeeping, and disruption of soil containing bat guano releases infectious elements into the air, has he never expressed any concerns about Histoplasmosis, ...
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Alien gifts of a game to subjugate the human race

I'm making myself crazy trying to remember the name of a short story I read years ago. It was in a short story collection, and may have been by Arthur C. Clark or Robert Heinlein. I think it was in ...
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Can Ant-Man solve world hunger?

Can Pym Particles be used to take an ordinary apple, blow it up to the size of a building and feed an entire town?
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Why didn't Hari Seldon recognize Eto?

So, at the beginning of Prelude to Foundation, Hari meets "Chetter Hummin". He goes traipsing around Trantor with him; meeting Dors, going to the library, working for a while, going to mycogen, ...
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What kind of bats live in the Batcave in Christopher Nolan's Batman?

Near the start of Batman Begins young Bruce Wayne falls down a well and gets attacked by bats. Later we meet the bats again when he first discovers the bat cave and in one scene Batman uses the bats ...
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Could Neville have picked up the prophecy in the Ministry instead of Harry?

Or to put it another way, why does the prophecy in the Ministry have a (?) sign in front of Harry's name? This was the label on the prophecy S.P.T to A.P.W.B.D Dark Lord and (?) Harry Potter ...
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A man works as an alien negotiator - the aliens are pacifist haystack creatures. Man's old rival shows up. Lots of cool cultural alien stuff

So, I'm looking for this short story. I read it a couple of years ago, but I have the feeling it was written in the 80s or earlier. It is about a business man on an alien world. He is an expert in ...
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What Batman stories follow on from “Skulduggery” by Brian K. Vaughan, with the 'Skeleton' character?

At the end of 'Skulduggery' there is a short character introduction for "Skeleton" that came from "Batman: Gotham City Secret Files and Origins". It is just a small couple of pages to introduce the ...
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How many direwolves remain now at the end of Season 6?

Now at the end of "Game of Thrones" Season 6, how many of the direwolves the children were given in the first episode remain? I suppose Arya's direwolf is still alive... but how about Jon's and the ...
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Is the astronomical structure of the Discworld widely known by its inhabitants?

Until recently, I'd assumed that the astronomy of the Discworld - its flat shape and the fact that it rested on four elephants riding on the back of Great A'Tuin - was common knowledge within the ...
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Looking for a scifi novel with advanced pheromone technology

I remember a lot of things about the book, but none of them have brought up a name and nobody I've asked remembers it Pheromone technology plays a big role in the world- airborne pheromones serve as ...
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In Terminator:Genisys, why doesn't this character kill Sarah and Kyle when he has the chance?

In Terminator:Genisys, when Sarah and Kyle go forward in time to 2017, they end up getting arrested by the police and such. He (the aforementioned non-Terminator character) then spends the rest of ...
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Where did the protagonist get the 200 years he gambled in In Time?

I'm watching In Time, a movie where time is a currency. The main character had 18 hours and was given a gift of 116 years by a wealthy man who was ready to die. The man told him only Don't ...
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Was Beleriand bigger or smaller than Middle-earth?

Before it sank Beleriand was the land of Elven-kind, then later on home to Men as well. Beleriand connected to Middle Earth and the Helcaraxe. Was the land of Beleriand of greater size than that of ...
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Why did C.S. Lewis use Turkish references including “Aslan”?

So "Aslan" is the creator of Narnia and a magical powerful lion. When I was reading the books I didn't realize that Aslan was actually the real name of this lion because "Aslan" means "lion" in ...
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Who does Chewbacca meet at the end of his comic series?

Spoilers for the 2015 Chewbacca series below. At the end of the Chewbacca comic series, Chewie returns to Kashyyyk and reunites with some Wookiees. Do we know the names of these Wookiees, or ...
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Why did Voldemort blow his cover and choose to go to the Ministry? [duplicate]

Voldemort clearly had a good thing going for him when Fudge was in denial about his return. This allowed him free reign to move, manipulate and organise without Ministry interference. In his pursuit ...
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Echo Death, obscure novel from 1972?

Can anyone help to find the exact title and author of a novel I read in 1972? It was checked out of a library, and I believe it was a new release at the time, though I may be wrong about that. I ...
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In Half Life 2, why is the game logo the symbol of the resistance?

In Half Life 1, the reasoning for the game logo makes sense: the whole storyline is sparked by a high-energy particle experiment gone wrong. Thus, the lambda is the out-of-universe game logo. The ...
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Why did Vanessa not connect Lily with Brona Croft?

How does Vanessa not recognize Lily as being clearly the same person as Brona Croft? Yes, she only met her once but she took a very keen interest in her as she was intrigued to see the woman that had ...
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Was this character from Star Trek Beyond on Archer's ship?

Be forewarned that there are major spoilers ahead. In Star Trek Beyond, we find out that As I recall, the only MACOs who actually saw action in the Xindi campaign were the ones assigned to Archer'...
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Is there an objective standard of what constitutes an advanced Force maneuver?

In a comment on this answer, I said that I don't know what constitutes an advanced Force maneuver, and that claiming any one maneuver to be advanced seems like conjecture and speculation. Is there an ...
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What are Bob Howard's academic credentials?

I read all of the Laundry Files books, and I vaguely recall that Bob insists on being called Doctor at some point, implying he has a PhD, probably in Computer Science. Is this ever confirmed in any ...
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Is there any indication that this character is joining the show for Season 4?

There's been a lot of fuss on social media and buzzfeed-style sites saying that will be joining the cast. is there any in or out of universe evidence to support this? It seems a bit left-field if ...
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Is Optimus Prime as we know him one of the Thirteen Original Primes?

In the Aligned continuity, one of the Thirteen Original Primes, Optimus Prime, chose to be reborn as an ordinary Cybertronian to live among the ones soon to be born from the Well of Allsparks. He was ...
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In Terminator: Genisys, the Terminator says he can't time travel. In the original trilogy, he does. Why?

So in Terminator:Genisys, Sarah Connor and the Terminator are debating who's going to go back in time. The Terminator says he can't go, the electromagnetic fields would destroy his skin layer and it ...
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Do any humanoid species in Star Wars have shorter average lifespans than Humans?

It seems like there are a lot of humanoid species in Star Wars with longer-than-human average lifespans, but I can't think of any humanoid species that were called out as having shorter lives. Were ...
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How did Tuf know there is an armed plasma cannon in the next corridor?

So, this question is about George R.R. Martin's Tuf Voyaging, the very first story's finale (The Plague Star). Tuf lured Rica Dawnstar into a trap set by Jefri Lion for Kaj Nevis, but how did he ...
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Story Identification: A Comic Book from 1970s about a Criminal trapped in Endless series of Rooms

I'm trying to find a comic book story I read in the 1970s. It involved a criminal who kills a guy in, I think, the back room of the guy's store. It might have been a barbershop. For some reason ...
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Did Obi-Wan train Luke in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back?

In my previous question, Have we ever seen an untrained Force-sensitive using Force powers?, I told you about an argument between me and my friend on whether or not it would have been possible for Rey ...
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Robots on planet with no humans until a rocket with a human lands

I'm hoping someone will recognize this short story. It involves a culture of robots on a planet, and the story is told from the perspective of one of them. One day a rocket lands. The robots, ...
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When do Legolas and Gimli begin to respect and trust one another?

During the time of the Fellowship, Elves and Dwarves weren't exactly the best of friends and this has been depicted by Legolas and Gimli. However, they eventually develop an incredibly strong ...
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Why is Agent Scully still skeptical of Mulder?

I'm now starting season 3 of X-Files and for some reason, whenever Agents Mulder and Scully encounter weird, unexplainable phenomenon and Agent Mulder posits a theory involving aliens or supernatural ...
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English language in the Delta Quadrant [duplicate]

Is the prevalence of the English language in the Delta Quadrant ever explained in Star Trek: Voyager? All of the races they encounter seem to have their own, non-English, language. So how is it that ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the proximity of the nexus to earth?

When the Enterprise-B was launched in Earth-orbit, it was only 3 lightyears away from two transport ships captured in the Nexus. That means the Nexus was the closest out-of-system object. However, ...
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A cottage in the woods [on hold]

The story was about a boy who went cross country running then fell over knocked himself out, when he woke he saw an old lady beckoning him she said that the Her cat got ill and she wanted to go to the ...
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Help identifying movie from Russia or similar

My recollection is very sketchy but this is what I remember.... Film was possibly black and white I saw it as a child in the late '80s early '90s but it's older It was subtitled and in Russian or ...
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Why was Marvin the referee?

To give a brief refresh on the plot... Aliens invade Looney Tune Land and want to enslave Bugs and Co. The plan to save themselves from this fate is a basketball game in which they enlist Michael ...
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Children or Young Adult Fantasy Story

I'm currently on the lookout for a book that my boyfriend read while he was in primary school, he started in 1999, and it was in their school library, so he might have read it around 2006-2007, ...
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What was this movie involving girls who turned into monsters?

Okay this has been bothering me for years. When I was younger, I remember going to the movie store and seeing this movie with a group of girls on the cover, maybe 3? And they were really pretty on the ...
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Who were the Kingsguard escorting Cersei? (Season 6 Finale)

(Note, I added the "Season 6 Finale" as a way for people to identify that there are spoilers coming if they have not the episode yet) Now to the question... During the scene where Cersei sits on ...
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Murder and the Android [on hold]

"Murder and the Android", was a NBC Sunday Showcase adaptation of Alfred Bester's "Fondly Fahrenheit", broadcast in November, 1959. It was awarded the Hugo in 1960 for "Best Dramatic Presentation." ...
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Have we ever seen an untrained Force-sensitive using Force powers?

In Star Wars The Force Awakens, I have a friend who claims it would be impossible for any untrained Force-sensitive to use an "advanced maneuver" Have we ever seen an untrained Force-sensitive ...
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Why was Bane excommunicated from the League of Shadows?

In The Dark Knight Rises we know that Bane has been excommunicated from the League of Shadows. Considering that Bane protected Ra's Al Ghul's daughter Talia al Ghul while in prison, why did Ra's Al ...
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Will Jamie Lannister get his hand back? [on hold]

At the end of the season 6, the red woman is shown to be heading towards the south. Will she come into contact with Jamie and do some black magic and give him his hand back somehow? (I understand ...
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Harry Potter- Muggle Borns may be honorable? [on hold]

So I was thinking about blood purity the other day and came up with an interesting idea. I think there is a flaw in pure blood supremacy. So the common thing is as we know that muggleborns are ...
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Was Tasha Yar really executed on Romulus?

I do not think Sela was being honest with Picard. If she told Picard Tasha Yar was still alive, he may have made more of an effort to find her. Do we know that Tasha Yar was really executed on ...
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Help identifying older movie from a scene recollection

There is a scene from a movie I saw some time in the last 30 years where a guy in a space suit is trying to fix something outside of a spaceship .One of his tools starts to float away and without ...

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