Stories about science, or questions about the science of a story.

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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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Earliest story involving a Man-Made Creature turning on its creators?

Does anyone know of the earliest known record of a story involving some sort of artificial creature, brought into existence by humans, that, at some point, becomes violent and attacks its creators or ...
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Fantasy novel series with paraplegic protagonist

I am looking for a fantasy book where the main character travels back and forth between Earth and his world and they watch him like he is on TV. He gets stabbed in the stomach and in the second book ...
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How/where did Stanislaw Lem learn advanced mathematics?

It seems, based on some of his writings (for example this poem from The Cyberiad, http://www.aleph.se/Trans/Cultural/Art/tensor.html), that Stanislaw Lem had some background in non-basic mathematics. ...
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Stainless Steel Rat warp drive?

In The Stainless Steel Rat universe, space ships would often travel quickly across the galaxy. There was one case when DiGriz traveled a long distance to meet an alien race. I can't remember if the ...
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Short story about a woman who has lost her right to use science

This story would have been in a short story collection or anthology over the last few years. I think it was about a woman who would not allow medical treatment for her children due to vague ...
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Smallest creature an Animorph can change into?

In the Animorphs series book series, you see them change into mosquitoes, fleas and all sorts of small creatures. Could they go into single celled organisms? Also, when they changed into mosquitoes, ...
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In Ex Machina, can this character survive?

This is not about who I'm quite sure is doomed, but Is there any way this character could survive for long?
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Does the Ringworld have frozen belts near the rim walls?

The Ringworld is an object around 1 million miles wide and with a diameter of approximately 2 AU, encircling a Sun-like star. From what I can tell the surface of the Ringworld is "flat", as in the ...
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Looking for a movie with a young alien conected to a control room

Years ago I watched a science fiction movie about a young alien man connected up to the control room of a spaceship. On board were several earthlings, with one of them being a model of some sort. The ...
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Early 90s story of kids shot into space in “pod” as trial by ordeal

I read a story (in the early 90s) about kids who faced some kind of trial by ordeal where they were shot into space (I think) in what I remember to be "pods". Does this ring a bell with anyone? I ...
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Book where biological dust comes to Earth and causes havoc

I am looking for a science fiction book with a theme centered around an alien life form that sends a virus as a probe in space to look for life forms. This dust arrives at our planet and havoc ensues. ...
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Book (pre 1982) - recalled mercenary only survivor of radiation weapon [duplicate]

I read a book somewhere around 1981 or 82 at our local library. It was the first book in a series. I can almost remember the entire book just not the title nor the author. I would love to find out if ...
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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this a long time ago, and it was in a book written many years before. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: ...
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Movie about a mad scientist stealing life/talent/enthusiasm from unsuspecting teen girl or girls. Black guy hero

It was an older movie, probably 80's-ish era. Medium budget. Scientist was trying to defy the aging process. Girls he used were young teens, and the process killed them, I think. I only caught the ...
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Could a Warp Drive distort a planet or star? [closed]

Warp drives are supposed to be devices that alter the shape of space to facilitate very quick travel of very large distances. Now what happens if you take this fantastical potentially legitimately ...
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Where did the daylight come from in the interior of Babylon 5?

The interior (open space) of Babylon 5 had night and day; whence came the daytime light? Light sources bright enough to account for the ‘daylight’ were never depicted in the show. In Arthur C. ...
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Earliest use of Relativity in SF?

Einstein proposed the theory of Special Relativity in 1905, and General Relativity in 1916. I knew that the use of Relativity as a story concept appeared in Heinlein’s “Time for the Stars” (1956), ...
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Are the coreward rimward names real science names or just sci-fi?

For example: http://www.ufstarfleet.org/wiki/index.php?title=Galactic_Directions It shows some names used for directions of the galaxy. Coreward Coreward refers the direction of the galactic ...
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How exactly does one farm moisture?

This question has been bothering me since I was six years old- we know that Aunt Buru and Uncle Owen are moisture farmers, but what is it that they do? What is the process? Is it profitable? What ...
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Real Time Machine [closed]

Is there an existing time machine in film or literature that exists or is specifically based on research in the applied sciences?
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Is it possible to journey to the center of the Earth as described by Jules Verne? [closed]

Are there volcanic tubes that could possibly lead an exploration to the center of the Earth as stated by Jules Verne in the movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth?
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Did Robert A. Heinlein “Invent” the elastic inertiometer?

In the "Cat Who Walks Through Walls" (1985) by Robert A. Heinlein A "new" novel approach to measuring mass in zero G used. For a mass reading Budget Jets does not use a centrifuge but the ...
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Title of book: “(something) World” nanotechnology, world-wide speed limit displayed in the sky,enforced by satelite weapons?

The protagonist awakes to find himself with amnesia, and the story is his journey to self-discovery. Two features of the story are nanotechnology in his body, and a world-wide speed limit, displayed ...
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Is there a “mathematics fiction” genre? [closed]

The science fiction genre has been and is still an area in which visionary authors can express their ideas about new sciences. Many successful academic research were influenced by works of science ...
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How does time travel take into account the rotation/revolution of the Earth?

Hypothetically, if you were to travel say, 6 months into the past with no spatial displacement, you would end up floating in space because the Earth would be on the opposite side of the sun. I know ...
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Equal Mass in both universes in Fringe

I'm only just getting to season 3, so if this has been answered later, just say that. In 2x14, Jackson, Walter says that the two universes will try to fix an imbalance in the mass of it's own ...
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Title of a book about a mysterious light in the sky from the late 90s?

I vaguely remember a book and it has been driving me crazy for years. It had these things: A mysterious light in the sky (maybe healing people) Religious overtones/themes (not a religious book to my ...
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Jean Johnson's “An Officer's Duty” - pores invert in decompression?

I've enjoyed the first two books in Jean Johnson's "Theirs not to reason why" series. The science seems relatively well thought out to me. The emergency pressure suits were described as being a ...
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What is the science behind Lightsabers in the Star Wars franchise? [duplicate]

I have seen all of the Star Wars movies, but I have not read any of the books. I would like to know if the science of the Lightsabers was ever explained, and, if so, what is it?
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How, if at all, does Midi-chlorian count relate to blood volume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish? This question is based on Is the relation between midi-chlorian ...
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Acceleration of Cosmotron Express in Tom Swift Jr Vol 32

In 'Tom Swift and his Cosmotron Express' (1970) by Victor Appleton II, Tom invents his fastest spaceship that can go to the moon in 3 hours and tour all the planets in the solar system in 2.5-3 days. ...
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Why would Tony Stark need to drink Chlorophyll?

In Iron Man II, Tony Stark is suffering from Palladium poisoning due to having to use the element Palladium as the core for his ARC reactor. In order to combat the effects this has on his body he ...
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Does Douglas Adams use of 'Infinite Improbability' allude to P=NP?

Having just re-awakened the old P=NP post, I started to think: Is Douglas Adams's description of the discovery of the Infinite Improbability drive via use of the Finite Improbability device a ...
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Can Matt Murdock feel radiation pressure?

I was singing in the shower holding a near empty bottle of shampoo when I felt the vibrations on the bottle. Having a dumb moment I thought to myself "If only Daredevil could see vibrations, then it ...
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What experiment were they running on the sand?

In spider-man three we see sandman transformed into sand and he then manages to reconstitute himself. This is all because some crazy scientists were running an experiment, that he got in the middle ...
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Is this retrovirus actually science fiction? [closed]

In the second book of Dean Koontz's unfinished Moonlight Bay trilogy, there is a retro virus that takes DNA from one creature alter itself accordingly and deposits itself into another cell, causing it ...
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Novel where “sub-standard” humans are sent to perform space exploration

When I was in my early teens, I read a science fiction novel I have since lost track of, and can remember neither the title nor the author. I can remember only a few details about the novel, but ...
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How do story-related dreams happen? [closed]

I am curious to know how dreams happen in our mind particularly when we sleep. I read many fictional stories and when I went to sleep after finishing the book, I used to get dreams in which I was the ...
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Is it possible to build an instrument which can travel faster than light? [closed]

I have heard about atomic rockets in novels which have the capablity to travel faster than light. I have also heard about fictional stories where objects capable to travel faster than light. My ...
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Does the computer-system on the Enterprise NCC-1701-D still follow the basic architecture of a Turing Machine?

Although the Turing Machine is a theoretical model to describe computing power, in its basic idea today's computers are still (quite sophisticated) implementations of this basic concept, although you ...
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What enables blood benders to levitate their victims?

In the episode Out of the Past, blood benders are seen being able to levitate their victims. I understand that a blood bender has power over his victim, but logically, shouldn't that power be ...
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What science fiction trilogy has the dead coming back to life

This has been driving me crazy. There is a science fiction trilogy where the dead start coming back to life. It wasn't zombie fiction though. In this trilogy, humanity has expanded to the stars, but ...
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Why can't metalbenders/earthbenders affect pure metallic platinum?

In the episode, The Aftermath the Metalbending Police Force has been investigating Future Industries factories for collusion and production of weapons by Hiroshi Sato with the Equalists. The ...
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Can you blow up a star? [closed]

Give a sci-fi writer long enough and eventually he'll want to destroy a star. It's been done in Star Wars (granted, EU), Star Trek (attempted and successful), and Stargate (both intentionally and ...
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Book about a brother and sister living in a futuristic world

It was 1981-1982 when I read it. My female English teacher told me to read it...not the class. Not sure when it was written? I remember it was written from the sister's perspective. There seemed ...
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Space Shuttle related quote referring to a bird on the back of a giant bird

As I look at this amazing picture of the last flight related to the space shuttle taken by Ben Cooper, I am trying to recollect a line from some book (Science or Science fiction) that I read a long ...
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Are the language elements in Snow Crash supported by science?

After reading Snow Crash, I have to wonder if any of the premise or main/supporting plot points are backed by any science, or even plausible based on our current understanding. For example: Little ...
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Does the ending of Tau Zero make sense?

Warning: I'm trying to obfuscate much of this question, and hiding the key elements in spoiler blocks..but some spoilers will probably be inevitable. At the ending of the book Tau Zero the ending ...
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Is Batman a scientist?

Batman clearly does a lot of research and development (apparently on his own in many timelines). The question has been posed before. Is Batman a scientist?