Inspiration comes in many forms but is often the machinery and the *why* behind a lot of things in speculative fiction.

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Are the Scientological themes in FF: The Spirits Within intentional or just a coincidence?

If you know the basic idea behind Scientology, it's hard to watch FF: The Spirits Within without being reminded of it. Basically, the ghosts of aliens land on Earth and infect us with their ...
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Was Severus Snape based on a real person?

After the recent death of the much-loved actor Alan Rickman, it occurred to me to wonder: was the character of Severus Snape based on any real-life person? We know that JKR specifically chose Alan ...
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Was Caesar Flickerman based on any real TV presenter?

In the Hunger Games books and films, Caesar Flickerman, the host of the pre-Games tribute interviews and in some ways the 'face of the Games', seems like a realistic depiction of a modern talk show ...
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Was the design of the Peacekeepers inspired by the Stormtrooper design?

The Peacekeepers of The Hunger Games and the Stormtroopers of Star Wars have many similarities: Both wear almost entirely white full-body armor. Both see out of dark, face-obscuring black glass. ...
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Was the Hulk based on Jekyll/Hyde?

I've always wondered about the parallels between Bruce Banner and Dr Jekyll. Both are good natured men of science and both transform into questionable alter egos... Is there any evidence that Bruce ...
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Was the foresight from the spice in Dune series inspired by psychohistory in Foundation?

Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) was published in 1951, and primarily dealt with psychohistory, a branch of mathematics that laid down all the probable paths splitting off from a point and the percentage ...
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Has George or another creative director ever stated that Jar Jar Binks' character was in anyway influenced by C-3PO?

Both Jar Jar and C-3PO utter this phrase: How Rude? It seems likely to me that Jar Jar and C-3PO serve a similar purpose: ...
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What Star Trek species are represented with mostly/all non-white actors?

It is my impression that in most Star Trek episodes after TOS (across all the series), alien species are shown as white people with bumpy heads. On TOS they are alien species mostly white people in ...
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Who are the architects on whose buildings the buildings were based?

The short story "The Woman Who Fell in Love with a Postmodern Building and Set Her Lovers’ Boat on Fire" by Thaddeus Howze features three buildings: (...) an old world church in New York, ...
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Does Lovecraft's Color Out Of Space reference the concept of radioactivity?

I've read several interpretations and background information on "The Color out of Space" by H.P. Lovecraft, which all say his goal was to create a kind of truly alien monster - a color instead of a ...
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Is the Deep Purple song “The Mule” inspired by the character of the same name in Asimov's Foundation series?

On the album Fireball by Deep Purple, there's a song called "The Mule", which opens with the following lines: No one sees the things you do Because I stand in front of you But you drive me all ...
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Were the Observers in Fringe inspired by Marvel's Watchers?

In the Fringe universe, the Observers are bald and dispassionate and seem to do little more than observe important events throughout history. Except for once or twice when one of them can't help but ...
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Star-wars intro inspiration

Looking at intro of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (from 01:18): And further diving into Forbidden Planet trailer (in color): ...
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In Starcraft, are the Protoss inspired by anything special?

In Starcraft, the terrans are obviously humans, and Zerg are obviously inspired by Alien. Is there any particular inspiration source for the Protoss ? The answer would either present a source ...
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Was Half Life 1 inspired by HP Lovecraft's “Fungi from Yuggoth”?

The similarities aren't stark, but they remind me about each other so much. Yuggoth... is a strange dark orb at the very rim of our solar system... There are mighty cities on Yuggoth—great ...
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Did Jordan base the Aiel on Herbert's Fremen?

Were the Wheel of Time's Aiel based on Dune's Fremen? Did Robert Jordan acknowledge or otherwise address this connection?
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How much did Larry Niven's Ringworld inspire the Halo game franchise?

I have heard that the First Person Shooter Halo game franchise was inspired by Larry Niven's Ringworld. How Ringworldie is it? Is there more to the connection between Niven's classic Ringworld and the ...
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Is the picture based on a real picture in Terry Pratchett's “The Picture”?

I was reading A Blink of the Screen (see Amazon) and one of the short stories "The Picture" describes a painting. Is this a real painting?
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Was 'The Thing' from the Bromeliad Trilogy inspired by the Connection Machine?

I came across this description of the Connection Machine on this wikipedia page: The Connection Machine, a 65,536-processor parallel computer designed in the mid-1980s, was a black cube with one ...
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Was the plot of 'The One' (2001) influenced by 'Highlander'?

The two plots seem very similar: A sheriff's deputy fights an alternate universe version of himself who grows stronger with each alternate self he kills. Obviously it's taking form the age old ...
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What inspired the hybrid animals seen in the Avatar cartoon?

There are lots of (adorable) hybrid creatures in both Avatar cartoons; Legend of Aang and Legend of Korra. What inspired the creators of the show to include these hybrid creatures, as opposed to ...
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What is the Creeper?

In the film Jeepers Creepers we're never given closure over the creatures origins. Now that is half the appeal of the movie, but I sure am curious. In-universe, where does it come from? Out of ...
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What inspired the Incredibles?

The Incredibles story strike me as a very original plot line, with the 'supers' outlawed and a spurned sidekick villain. Most 'superhero' movies are inspired by the comics they originated from, but as ...
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Similarities between Dune and Wheel of Time?

When I first read Wheel of Time (shortly after I read Dune), I was struck by the similarity between the Aiel and the Fremen, as well as the White Tower and the Bene Gessirit. Are there any other such ...
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Was Titan A.E. officially linked to Freelancer?

I recently saw the movie Titan A.E., and whilst being a mildly enjoyable bit of cartoon escapism, what struck me immediately was, to a remarkable degree, the similarity to the game Freelancer. Was ...