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Crime is an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.

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Story about a future gang initiation - but there's a twist

I read this story in the 1980s in an anthology, I think. I thought it was by Laumer, but I don't see a familiar title in his ISFDB page. The story is about a new member being initiated into a gang. ...
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Short Story. A human jewel thief teams up with a mountain sized alien thief with psychic powers who doesn't like to leave his planet

The jewel thief starts the story in jail. He is contacted telepathically by a psychic alien. He proposes they team up. The alien can use his psychic powers to make all the people nearby believe the ...
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Device that helps criminals beat lie detectors also cures criminals

While looking for this story I found an interesting story id question at rec.arts.sf.written An old Analog story featured a machine that could help you beat a lie detector. While under this machine, ...
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Why wasn't Yon Rha arrested as a POW?

In ATLA S03E16 The Southern Raiders, Zuko, Katara & Aang deliberate on which of the ff to do re Yon Rha: Find and then get revenge eg by killing. (Zuko) Find and then don't get revenge by simply ...
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Short story with “Roth Stone” and “Schenken Club” (contract bridge) references

I’m looking for a short story published in 1965 or 1966 possibly in “Fantasy and Science Fiction”. It involved a crime mystery and had the terms “Roth Stone” and “Schenken Club”, both obvious contract ...
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Short Story 1980s or 1990s from Analog SF - Police use crime scene DNA to create disease specifically for the criminal

The story I'm looking for takes place several years after the police/FBI have developed technology allowing them to create a non-fatal but debilitating disease that is specific to a particular person -...
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Short story with anthropomorphic rats, deadly addictive drug, noir crime setting: Spoiler alert

Seeking a pre-1980 (I believe) fantasy short story about crime and redemption. It’s written in the style of a gritty police procedural with the moral overtones of a classic detective story. The drug ...
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Short story, probably in Asimov's magazine in the early 2000s - rehabilitation through simulated reality; success is not killing anyone

In this story, a man gets irritated by someone he encounters, and kills them, easily (perhaps just by wishing them dead). It turns out that he is being rehabilitated for his violent tendencies - if he ...
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Underground vehicle case

I'm trying to remember the title of a young adult science fiction adventure novel or novella, probably from the late 50s up to early 70s, set in (then) present or not too distant future. It starts ...
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Short story in Asimov's - recreated aquatic ape used for murder

In the 1990s (I think), I read a short story in Asimov's magazine that used the then-popular (though never really accepted in the scientific community, I think) theory that mankind evolved from apes ...
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Is there 'false flag' war crime in ATLA? [closed]

Now asked on Law SE here. Scenario (in ATLA) : Hypothetically, if the concept of 'false flag' war crimes exists in ATLA, then based on S01E17, Sokka is ostensibly a war criminal. See the reddit ...
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How'd the fire nation justify its war? Was there some kind of propaganda that the other nations' leaders were corrupt or something?

How'd the fire nation justify its war? Was there some kind of propaganda that the other nations' leaders were corrupt or something? Or did they just say, what, 'we can rule better than they can'? (...
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Seeking story about prisoner having to repeat his crime as punishment [duplicate]

A man is in prison for manslaughter or murder, and he is expected to murder other citizens of what I seem to remember was an underground colony. I remember perpetual night and individual houses. ...
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Sci-fi short story / novella about a detective investigating the murder of a man whose body was planted to discredit him or the police system

The central character is a male detective. The story is set in a future time where advanced forensics and personal data tracking makes murder impossible to get away with. The body of young man is ...
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What is considered the higher punishment by the Imperium: Penal Legion or Servitor?

There are two famous ways to punish criminals in the Imperium: make them a servitor or consign them into a penal legion. I am aware that the people punished in either way are different. Most criminals ...
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Novel with gang conflict and cybernetics

This was a science fiction book from the 2010s. It might have been part of a series. It had a Hispanic teenage girl lead, I believe. She might have refused to get cybernetic enhancements for some ...
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Space opera with large cat and discussion about infinite dimensions

I'm trying to remember a novel I read in the late 80s or early 90s. I don't remember too many details. This is what I do remember: It involved a voyage through hyperspace. As part of this voyage they ...
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SciFi movie where a guy gave up his prison sentence in exchange for his body to be used or his consciousness

I'm pretty sure it was futuristic. Had flying cars in it. Guy gave up his prison sentence in exchange for either his body to be used or his consciousness. It was something about clones or conscious ...
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Are joined Trills responsible for the crimes of their predecessors?

I was watching the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 episode, "Dax", wherein a hearing is conducted about whether Jadzia Dax should be extradited for murder and treason committed by Curzon Dax. I know ...
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Detective Story on the moon with a space yacht and an escaped prisoner

This is a story I remember picking up at the library and reading sometime in the last decade (probably around 2015, so unfortunately the timeframe won't help much). It was in the USA in English and it ...
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Short story: Transported to the moon as criminal punishment, people doing crimes to go on purpose

Not sure exactly when this was published. I think it was in Asimov's or Analog, but not sure on that. It might have been on one of the big-round-number anniversaries of Heinlein's, because it has a ...
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Why does the Earth have a penal colony in Star Trek?

In certain episodes of Voyager and DS9, we learn about the existence of the New Zealand Penal Settlement on Earth. But at multiple times during DS9, Sisko and others wax on about how Earth is a ...
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Movie circa 2005? Involves cops, gangsters, demons?

There's a movie I watched a few years ago. It's crap, but it's really bugging me that I can't think of its name. I think it was released around 2005 (possibly earlier, but no earlier than 2003 or ...
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Do magical investigations ever use any muggle techniques?

For example, in Goblet of Fire, when Winky the house elf is found holding Harry's wand after the World Cup attacks, the Ministry of Magic at first wants to take this as proof that Winky conjured the ...
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Book of sci-fi short stories containing time machines, strange planets and civilisations

This story reminded me of something similar I had read 10+ years ago. I'm trying to identify a book of short stories, possibly by the same author. I only remember bits of it. A story about time ...
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Need help to find a sci-fi collection I read at school (mid 80s)

I am now 46 and so it's been bugging me for over 30 years - time to try and do something about it. The collection was in my lower school library (UK). It was a thick black hardback book and I believe ...
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Man convicted of being anti-social sentenced to share apartment with simulacrum of himself

In the future, man is convicted of being anti-social. Sentenced to share an apartment with another man, who turns out to the most obnoxious person ever. At the end, protagonist figures out that ...
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Seek SF melancholy story about woman who waits for her partner

A short story probably over 30 years old. Man is convicted of political crimes and sentenced to suspended animation for 100 years without possibility of parole. On defrost he gets apology and ...
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Why are ships in Star Wars so ridiculously easy to steal?

Throughout both continuities, we see many times that stealing ships is exceptionally easy, as they appear to only rarely be locked, and to not require keys, passcodes, etc. to fly them. A few ...
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Sci-Fi detective novel, genetically modified humans

I read the book more than 10 years ago. It's about a detective, set in a futuristic setting where humans have developed the ability to genetically alter their body. I remember that the book would ...
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Has Batman ever successfully scared anyone straight?

Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible... -Bruce Wayne, Detective Comics #33 (...
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How is a Runabout secured against theft?

It is pretty common in DS9 that two officers go on a mission, typically to the Gamma Quadrant, and beam down to the surface (or another ship). The Runabout's computer is portrayed to be slightly more ...
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Do Federation prisons still use bars on the cells?

Watching DS9, S2E21, The Maquis, Pt II. Sisko is trying to talk Cal out of further activities with the Maquis. He tells Cal that the Federation won't stop until Cal was "behind bars". Since we know ...
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Identify this book. Two stories taking place at once, alternating by chapter

This book told two stories at the same time, alternating by chapter. One was a violent detective thriller set in Northern Ireland around the 90s and the other was a horror / mystery taking place from ...
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Story where someone gets disconnected from computers for cybercrime

I read a short (in the range of 5-20 pages) science fiction story a while ago, and can't remember the title of the story or its author at the moment. The basic story is that of a super-savvy computer ...
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Book/Movie where criminal is punished in a stadium by focused thoughts

Forgive me if this sounds like a vague question, but I remember in school once, our teacher told us about a book or movie where a criminal is taken into a stadium and is punished by the focused energy ...
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I'm trying to identify a short story title, maybe "Killbird" [duplicate]

I read this in an anthology over 35 years ago. The paperback was probably 10 to 15 years old. Basic plot was a series of robot birds, AI that could learn, set free prevent murders. They decided ...
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What movie features a human-controlled robot wearing a clown outfit?

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw as a kid. Here's what I remember: A guy controls a robot by wearing a device. The robot mimics his movements exactly, so if the guy is walking down the street or ...
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What were the typical punishments for violating different Federation laws?

Earth and other Federation planets were often depicted to be somewhat utopian in nature, however there are cases where domestic crimes have been depicted at various points throughout Star Trek. Were ...
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