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Top new questions this week:

Roughly how large is the population of Sandworms on Dune?

I read online that a Sandworm can grow to 450 meters long, and there are legends of worms up to 1000 meters long. The same article also stated that Sandworms are territorial and so will claim an area ...

asked by Richard C 45 votes
answered by Vanguard3000 74 votes

Is there any material which cannot be cut by a lightsaber?

In all the Star Wars movies till now we can see many Jedi & Dark Side characters using various types & colors of lightsabers. As per the movies, lightsabers can cut through everything & ...

star-wars lightsaber  
asked by RANSARA009 42 votes
answered by elemtilas 141 votes

"Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack and Quill's "Awesome Music Mix"

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) has a distinctive style in part because of the soundtrack, which in-universe, derives from the "Awesome Music Mix" tape Quill is given by his mother just before Yondu ...

marvel marvel-cinematic-universe guardians-of-the-galaxy-1  
asked by Anthony X 39 votes
answered by Jenayah 66 votes

Dystopia of a world where old people get killed

I am pretty sure this was a short story in a collection of sci-fi stories. It was written from the perspective of one of the people whose job was hunting down and killing people that grew too old, ...

story-identification short-stories  
asked by Lot 25 votes
answered by Mike Scott 63 votes

First account of autism in speculative fiction

When was the subject of autism first dealt with in speculative fiction? Some clarification is needed as to the meaning of autism. The word itself dates to 1910, when psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler coined ...

asked by Invisible Trihedron 18 votes
answered by Buzz 15 votes

Aliens attack space station and dissolve humans into food

I am looking for a specific short story I read in college. The story was written prior to 1981. The story was about an alien race that attacks a space station and dissolves the humans for a food ...

story-identification aliens food  
asked by kkflash 16 votes
answered by Zab Zonk 21 votes

Vampires cause electronics to disintegrate

This is bugging me because it's a random detail I remember that's stuck in my head. The main character is entering the lair of one or more vampires and happens upon a box of what seems to be sand and ...

story-identification vampire  
asked by FuzzyBoots 12 votes
answered by Martin Goldsack 18 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the relationship between Beleriand in the Silmarillion and Middle-earth in Lord of the RIngs?

I've read both The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings. Both take place in the 'west' of Arda, and Beleriand (where most of The Silmarillion takes place) is destroyed. So where is the Middle-earth ...

the-lord-of-the-rings tolkiens-legendarium the-silmarillion  
asked by Jason 37 votes
answered by Avner Shahar-Kashtan 52 votes

Why did Darth Vader die in Return of the Jedi?

At the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke had beaten Darth Vader in a duel, but didn't seem to injure the latter critically — all Luke did was sever Vader's right hand, which was a prosthetic ...

star-wars darth-vader return-of-the-jedi  
asked by TCSGrad 152 votes
answered by LudoMC 152 votes

What is Peter Quill's status after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?

Spoilers for the end of the second film Towards the end of the fight against Ego, we see that the bomb Groot set off blows up Ego's core. Shortly thereafter, it cuts to a scene where Quill is ...

marvel marvel-cinematic-universe guardians-of-the-galaxy-2  
asked by Pleiades 41 votes
answered by Jeff 47 votes

Do standard definitions exist for dragon, drake, wyrm and wyvern?

In many different books including Dragonlance, Tales from the Sword Coast, Magic: The Gathering and other similar fantasy series, I've seen references to dragons, drakes, wyrms and wyvern (which may ...

fantasy-genre magical-creatures dragons  
asked by DustinDavis 40 votes
answered by Beofett 35 votes

What's the recommended reading order of the Ender Wiggin books?

The series that starts with Ender's Game has a parallel series that starts with Ender's Shadow. The graph of the timeline is... well... complicated. Does it make more sense if you read them in the ...

books suggested-order enders-game  
asked by Bill the Lizard 115 votes
answered by thelsdj 88 votes

How old is Captain America when he receives the 'Super-Soldier Serum'?

Steve Rogers is said to have been born in the 1920's. WWII started roughly in 1939 with the invasion of Poland by Germany. Rogers attempts to enlist in the US Army in 1940, however due to his frail ...

marvel captain-america age  
asked by Monty129 18 votes
answered by Valorum 29 votes

What’s the meaning of Hogwarts motto?

The motto for Hogwarts is "Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus", or, "Never tickle a sleeping dragon". This seems like quite obvious advice and rather silly as a school motto. Is it essentially an ...

harry-potter hogwarts  
asked by Tango 50 votes
answered by DVK-on-Ahch-To 39 votes

Can you answer these questions?

Looking for an older (80s/90s) fantasy book series featuring intelligent dragons as antagonists

The dragons in question could take on "human" forms that wore armor that was really their living scales shaped around their humanoid bodies. One notable story in the series is one dragon unleashing a ...

asked by Flipscuba 7 votes

Short story about boy in England who fears new ice age as he notices dawn getting later each day

I'm looking for the title/author of this short story which appeared in an anthology. I think it was aimed at children - I read in the 80s in the UK. The plot line has a boy living in the South of ...

story-identification books  
asked by spike holden 8 votes

Had Frank Herbert planned out the Dune series when he wrote the first book?

One of the great things about Dune is the way it works well as a standalone story with a satisfactory ending that, while leaving room open for more, gives a sense of completion to the story. When he ...

asked by Richard C 5 votes
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