Prior works, the study of, or mentorship under other artists/creators that impacts the development of a piece of art, literature, conceptual design, scientific theory, et al; those things which assist in sparking ideas or steering a creator toward their finished project.

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Is James T. Kirk known to be based on Horatio Hornblower?

Kirk is known to be based on Horatio Hornblower. (from a recent answer on SFF.SE) Is there some reference showing that ("based on") to be an actual fact as opposed to inference? I'm not asking ...
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Which, originally non-English, work has the widest reception in English SF?

I'm trying to understand how big the influence of translated SF is in the English speaking world. Part of the question is which is the single most influential work from outside. So, which story, ...
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How much was Equilibrium influenced by Fahrenheit 451?

I see some similarities between the movie Equilibrium and the book Fahrenheit 451. Does anyone know if there is actually any association? or am i just looking at the extremely basic ideas of ...
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Are the Half-Life 2 Antlions a Starship Troopers reference?

The Antlions in Half-Life 2: bear a strong resemblance to the Starship Troopers Warrior Bug Although these pictures don't convey the resemblance very well, especially when in swarms antlions are ...
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Was R2D2 inspired by Daleks?

I know this is a potentially silly question but thinking about how both can fly in the newer versions of their respective franchises (and this animation from the official Doctor Who tumblr), I just ...
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Was Harry Potter inspired by The Lord of the Rings?

It seems like many parallels can be made between Harry Potter and Lord of the rings. Firstly between Sauron and Voldemort: They both crafted magical items so that they could transcend death. They are ...
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What influenced the far-future setting of Viriconium?

Personally, I think Viriconium is the best far-future scifi I have ever read. It is also by far the most beautiful prose I have ever read in a sci-fi novel. In fact, it is so "literary" at times that ...
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What are the connections between Hamilton's Star Kings and “Star Wars”?

From SG Glossary's "Space Opera" entry: The Star Wars movies themselves owe much to Edmond Hamilton's 1949 novel The Star Kings and its sequel Return to the Stars. However, having read Star ...
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Creation myth that inspired The Silmarillion?

In J.R.R. Tolkien's Silmarillion, the creation myth is based on music - the creation of elves, etc. are new themes in the music, the "devil" introduces discords that are then used to develop the music ...
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Has Iain M. Banks ever cited his inspirations for the backstory of Cheradenine Zakalwe? (possible spoilers)

Specifically, I recently heard the story of Ed Gein, and how it influenced the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I'm wondering if either inspired the story of the Chairmaker. Are there any ...
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Was there a common influence for the characters Leela on Futurama and Aeryn on Farscape

I recently started watching the series Farscape and something that struck me were the similarities between the character Aeryn and Leela from Futurama, detailed below. Both shows were made in 1999, ...
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What are the influences on Star Wars?

What are the primary influences on the Star Wars universe? I recall reading that Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand faces was a significant influence on the story from the first 3 Star Wars ...
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Who/what are Kim Stanley Robinson's Influences?

I'm a big fan of Kim Stanley Robinson's books, and as with musical interests, I like to know who their influences are. The problem is this: His work is quite distinct, and I can't find any conceptual ...