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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Star-wars intro inspiration

Looking at intro of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (from 01:18): ...
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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 [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 ...