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Where do the regions of Westeros appear to align as of the season 6 finale?

Based on previous question: Under which kingdom is the Iron Islands? my understanding is that there are 9 regions of Westeros subject to the rule of the Iron Throne from Dorne joining up to Cersei ...
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Civilisation battles enemy along time-warped front. May be fighting itself [duplicate]

City is involved in a very long war along a front which is subject to some kind of warping, such that you can never actually get there—just fire through it. At the end, protagonists suggests that the ...
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Trying to find a book about a soldier that ends up fighting forever

Looking for a story about a soldier from around 1990 to the 2000's. It was about a soldier that came home from a war and didn't fit in. so the army offered him a deal. He was to go into some sort of ...
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Why didn't the Capitol besiege District 13?

This looks like it might be inspired by this question, but in fact it's been on my to-ask list for months. In the novel Mockingjay and the film adaptation Mockingjay Part 1, the Capitol and the ...
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1960s SF novel with sub war, telepathy, dolphins, recreational drug that makes you sick, then cures you for fun

I've clarified the details and added a few things I've remembered since first asking the question. I hope that helps someone figure this out. I'm trying to recall a short novel probably from the ...
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What was Herman Munsters' role when he fought in World War II?

I was researching the Munsters as I build a Lego Munsters diorama for Emerald City ComiCon. According to Herman Munster's Wikipedia page, he fought in World War II. Herman married Lily, and ...
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How long did the War of Five Kings last?

The Five Kings are: Robb Stark - The King of the North Stannis Baratheon - Robert's younger brother and legitimate heir Renly Baratheon - The youngest Baratheon who decided to proclaim himself king ...
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Why did the Empire not put their Stormtroopers in camouflage when they were stationed on Endor?

Playing the Star Wars: Battlefront game, there is a level set on the forest moon of Endor. On this map, the Rebel forces have a massive advantage: they are wearing camouflage. Used correctly, this can ...
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Which war did Frank Bryce injure his leg in?

It is said that Frank Bryce, the gardener for the Riddle house, injured his leg during the "war". Frank Bryce was the Riddles’ gardener. He lived alone in a run-down cottage on the grounds of the ...
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Help find name and author of science fiction story about robots taking over all aspects of war

I read this short story a while ago. It described a futuristic war fought by robots. It featured a team of some sort of military elite going in an underground train (which broke on the way) to their ...
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Book title about mutant humanoid slugs post apocalyptic vs air force?

I am trying to find a book series from the 80-90s whose main character talked about practicing "yuwinitsu" or you win when it suits you. It was post nuclear with a war between humans and mutant slug ...
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Has the Galactic Empire ever conducted large scale ground battles?

The Galactic Empire was at its prime after the end of the Clone Wars and prior to the Battle of Endor. The Battle of Jakku saw most of the Imperial Navy, Army & Stormtrooper Corps committed and ...
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Why do clones just run into battles and get shot at and just keep shooting?

Why do they do keep on showing when getting shot at? Why do they also run into battles without taking cover?
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Modern military jet goes back to World War I

Looking for title and author of a short story. A pilot of an (American?) near-future military jet and his machine find themselves back in time on an airfield near the front line in World War I. The ...
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Which real-life battles did Captain America fight in?

Over the years, due to various retcons, Captain America seems to fought in practically every single battle in World War II. Is there a list of the real-life World War II battles Steve Rogers of the ...
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What was the largest death count in Star Trek?

In Star Trek they face many trials, wars, battles, what was the single worst catastrophe the federation faced, in reported casualties? Was it the battle of Wolf 359, an engagement in the Dominion war, ...
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A short story about a soldier in the future

Looking for a short story about a soldier in the future on a mission. At a certain point he bites down on a banana shaped capsule under his tongue and the drug accelerates his metabolism for the ...
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How did the clones land at the battle of Geonosis?

In Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, we see the Cavalry (warning: TVTropes link) arrive in the form of the clone army led by Master Yoda. However, just a few scenes later as Dooku is ...
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Name of short story about soccer-like game

I am looking for the name of a short story by a renowned sf writer where world violence and wars were eradicated by introducing pacific soccer-like competition around the world. But, as time passes, ...
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Why didn't the Alliance destroy The Reavers?

In Serenity, we learn that So my question is, why didn't the Alliance destroy them? There were less than 30,000 Reavers and the Alliance had a much larger military. We also learn that So why ...
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Characters exiled from Earth return home, fight against an organisation controlling the Government

I don't know many of the details, here's what I do know: The book was written in 1999 or earlier. I'm thinking probably earlier, like 80's. From what I remember of the beginning, I think the book is ...
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Earth boy goes to a magical fantasy world when he sleeps

Boy is on Earth but when he sleeps he goes to a different world. Both worlds' stories carry on over the book and they connect at the end. It starts with the boy in a monastery and in a small apartment ...
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Mankind prepares for a war with aliens by warring among itself

I am looking for the title or author of a atory I read back in the 90's, no idea when it was written. The plot goes something like this: Humanity has gained access to space travel and sends 9 or 12 ...
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Need title of 1980 - 1990 techno thriller about remote sensing technology

I read a military techno thriller in the 1980s - 1990s that I would like to identify by title and author. At the time I was heavily into this genre. The book was about an advanced US technology that ...
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Man drafted for a future war that was all a thought experiment

Military Science Fiction. Short Story found in an anthology. Mid 1990s. Paperback Title was: _last_name_'s War The last name was complicated to read/pronounce maybe Polish or Norwegian. An ...
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I am trying to remember a short story title about post apocalyptic cats

I read a short story as a child. Nuclear war has happened and the protagonists are satellites/computers. They chat and plan and think they have human survivors who they nurture and help only to ...
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Why no automated warfare in Herbert’s Dune?

Frank Herbert created the weaponry in Dune to build a deadlock: If a lasgun is fired upon a Holtzmann shield, both will be destroyed. Unpredictably, there might be even larger damage up until to what ...
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Aliens abduct mathematician, astronomer, woman

Bits I remember about this SF movie which probably originated in late 50s / early 60s: Humans are flying in a light, general aviation, high winged, single engine aircraft. An alien in a flying ...
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Story about planet Urth

Looking for title of short story, travelers come to Urth looking for help from an advanced civilization, against aliens, discover Urth inhabited by essentially backward farmers. At the end of the ...
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Science fiction book in the mid-1980s about medically/drug enhanced soldiers fighting a war

I thought it was called "The Drug War" but I can't find that anywhere. I remember the main character lives in a society where the citizens are well off and drug use is rampant. He decides to join the ...
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30's story about space war: Earth ship destroys enemy planet with weapon, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon

Looking for 1930's short story about space war where Earth ship destroys enemy planet, only to return to find Earth destroyed by the enemy with the same weapon. The gist of the story was the debate on ...
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Short story…probably pre WW2. About a battleship ordered to surrender

I think the short story was in an anthology of stories...something like "best science fiction short stories" or the like. Basically, a battleship (US but country not mentioned) was ordered to ...
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Book series about a group of humans rediscovered by an interstellar empire

I read it when I was young. A group of humans in one system are separated from a powerful human empire for several hundred years. The large empire accidentally finds them and slowly tries to conquer ...
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Looking for a short story involving warfare on the moon

The story consists of the conversation at a dinner party between two couples. The husbands are soldiers in the opposing "white" and "black" armies that constantly wage war on the surface of the moon, ...
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Short story about robots wearing out and 'dying'

I am looking for the name of a short story, maybe from the early 1950's. I tried most famous authors without success. Plot: all humans are extinct after a great war (decades ago). Fighting robots ...
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Need book title - at intersection of 3 empires a planet with a warlike race

At the intersection of 3 galactic empires (one of which is human) There is a planet guarded by all 3 because that race is too warlike
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ST: Why do people shooting phaser rifles miss?

In an answer to this question (Why aren't phaser rifles used more often?), one author quote from Major Kira: It's Federation standard issue. A little less powerful, but with more options; ...
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When a spaceship maneuvers to avoid enemy incoming fire and detection, does it need to be outside 300,000 km? [closed]

Allow me to elaborate it further. Let's say ship A and ship B are trying to find each other in space. Ship A uses its passive radar to scan the sky to detect ship B's heat signal. But I'm thinking, ...
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Scifi short story where 'blues is good reds is bad'

I'm trying to locate a short science-fiction story where a war is fought between two essentially interchangeable factions. After action, members of the opposing sides socialize like typical ...
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I read a paperback novel in/around 1970: protagonists were an underground/partisans in a war by telepathy

It made a great impression on me at the time. It was probably a few years old when I read it, if I remember the condition of the binding correctly. The scene/s that stick in my mind have the ...
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Science fiction short story - limited war where last surviving soldier is immune from all laws [duplicate]

Looking for a science fiction short story, probably published in 1960's or 1970's. War has been formalized to a battle in a valley sized arena between two armies that is fought until only one soldier ...
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An alien tries to stop war by disabling weapon technologies

I'm looking for the title and author of a short story where the central plot goes like this. An alien comes to earth and uses his very advanced technology to try to stop war. First, he disables ...
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looking for a sci fi cartoon (american) from late 80s early 90s

For years I remember a TV show that I didn't like, and would only watch the opening credits. I remember it from primary school so it must have been on TV between 1989-1992 at least- it featured some ...
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WW2 submarine yarn with 10 or 12 “Bermuda” type triangles

I'm trying to recall the name of a book from the 70's in which a submarine is lost in WW2 off the coast of Japan and returns 30 (or so) years later, crewless, off the coast of Hawaii. The Navy refits ...
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Does anyone know the title of a novel about a war in Antarctica?

I remember a friend of mine was reading a novel about a war or military confrontation between the Americans and Russians in Antarctica but neither of us can remember the title or author? Anyone able ...
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Story about enemies in a space battle sharing their last moments over com as their ships die

I am looking for the title of a short sci-fi story which I read sometime around the mid '80s. It is about a man and a woman talking through some communication system during the last moments of their ...
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SF space film in which the alien gives birth while isolated on a planet with a human

Years ago I watched a film where an alien and human are having a dogfight (each in their own small spaceships). They crashland on a planet together, and although they still want to kill each other, ...
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Looking for story where mutual assured destruction by space ship behind the moon

I am trying to find a short story I read that stuck with me. I probably read it in the late 60's or early 70's. It was written first person from the President to the crew of a spaceship that was ...
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War with remotely piloted micro-machines

While waiting to get onto a computer booked at the local library about 2 years ago, I picked up a sci-fi novel whose name and author I cannot recall and began reading. Elements of the opening part of ...
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Which Twilight Zone/Outer Limits episode featured a Manchurian Candidate-like terrorist cell?

I remember seeing either a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits (I think) with a plot line around a group of brainwashed/Manchurian Candidate-like mercenaries soldier types who were drawn together not ...