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Questions tagged [history]

Stories that deal with History or alternate Histories, or refer to the history of a particular reality or people.

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Are there any real people mentioned in the Potterverse?

In HP is there ever a mentioning of a person that exists or did exist in reality? I'm looking for specific persons (e.g. George Bush) not titles (e.g. President of the USA).
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When did the terms science fiction and sci-fi enter our vernacular?

I know there's some debate on exactly when "science fiction" itself became a genre, but I'm curious if anyone knows either 1) when the term science fiction was coined and 2) when sci-fi became ...
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What are the machines in the Matrix doing?

In The Matrix, the machines won the war against humans. They have incredibly efficient production and lots of energy. What are they doing in the meantime? What purpose do these machines have? I could ...
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Why this year in Valerian?

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets starts with this awesome montage showing humanity's progress through a series of peaceful handshakes as vessels and space ...
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Is Harry Potter a World War II allegory?

JKR, when asked about the influence of Nazism on the series, answered with the following: "I wanted Harry to leave our world and find exactly the same problems in the wizarding world. So you have ...
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Identify Novel about Russia/United States where Boris Yeltsin downed pills with vodka and died [closed]

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I was reading for a short time while working an unpleasant job last year haha. I thought Tom Clancy was the author, but I looked up his novels & none ...
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What story involves archeologists in the future that study the 20th century?

My mother remembers reading a book many years ago that took place in the distant future (hundreds or maybe thousands of years, I'm not sure). The idea of the book is that archeologists (of that time) ...
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Tony Stark's PhD Field Subject

In the film Iron Man 1, is it said at the beginning of the film that Tony Stark has a PhD in Physics. Is it ever mentionned more precisely in what field he had this PhD ? Is it related with JARVIS or ...
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Who drew this hollow Moon theory picture?

I would like to use this hollow Moon picture on my site (from elarcadelosdioses.wordpress.com): Here is a similar contrast photo of the Moon from space.com: It appears often and w/o any credentials. ...
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Pulp era book, spaceship accidentally time travels back to the Old Testament, saves Jonah

I remember some pieces of the story. It was a small but FTL cabable ship, I seem to remember some kind of military discipline, they were doing something routine (patrol?) when "things went wrong". ...
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Why were the Grimm fairy tales sanitized?

The wiki article is not all that helpful. It says the volumes were criticized because adults did not think they were suitable for children. The rest of the paragraph, unfortunately, is all ...
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A story about Earth warriors who think they are fighting aliens, but discover they're fighting other humans

I need help idenfying this story, published before 1979 (when I read it). Earth armies fight what they are told are aliens. They have a rallying cry as they attack the aliens (something like "Dirty ...
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What is the earliest literary appearance of zombies?

I guess I have no doubt that zombies are part of the human imagination, and that they would simply spring up in our dreams even if we'd never heard of them. But I'd still like to know what the ...
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Under which kingdom are the Iron Islands?

According to the Game of Thrones Wiki, there seem to be 7 kingdoms but 8 governors. It seems to me that this is the correspondence: Kingdom of the North -- The Lord Paramount of the North and Warden ...
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Did Zefram Cochrane invent the warp drive that is used by all races?

In Star Trek First Contact, the Vulcan's visit Earth after picking up the signature of the newly invented warp drive. Did Vulcan's already have warp capabilities? If no, how did they get to Earth so ...
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What states did the 2 extra stars on the American flag represent in Star Trek TNG “The Royale”?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "The Royale", the away team find the remains of an astronaut, his uniform had an American flag with 52 stars On the sleeve is a version of the United States flag with ...
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Were the Assassins from the Assassin's Creed series actual historical figures?

Were the Assassins from the Assassin's Creed series actual historical figures? I do not know the game series, although I've talked about briefly with a friend who insists that the series is ...
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What do these references mean in George RR Martin's “In the House of the Worm”?

In the short story "In the House of the Worm", the main character gets to see a panel (sort of mural) that depicts As opposed to the main character, I couldn't make much sense of the scene. I ...
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What's the first instance of fictional profanity in sci-fi?

There's a tradition of sorts in sci-fi where aliens or future humans use profanity that doesn't exist in the real world. I'm curious when this started. Which story or novel is the first time the ...
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Are there any real-life parallels to the Night's Watch and their fall from prestige? [closed]

In A Song of Ice and Fire (and also in the series Game of Thrones), the Night's Watch is a peculiar institution: Regardless of its actual usefulness, it serves a supposedly "vital" function which was ...
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What is the history of the Ents?

I know that the Ents were created by Yavanna, to protect the forests from the dwarves, but also it was the Elves that taught them to speak. Is there any mention of Ent history in any of Tolkien's ...
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Where did the Q come from, before the Q Continuum?

In the Star Trek Universe where did the Q come from? I mean before they were Q in the Q Continuum? In Star Trek Voyager you learn that the race is somewhat intolerant of individualism (in the episode ...
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Explanation of this quote “it took man six thousand years really to discover science”?

The quote is from Theodore Sturgeon's "Microcosmic God", 1941, and in full is: It took man six thousand years really to discover science, three hundred to put it to work. It took Kidder's creatures ...
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Is there a timeline for the urbanization of Coruscant?

Coruscant would have gone through a gradual transformation from an all-natural world to an ecumenopolis. When was it an almost 100% natural world, without civilized settlements? (Meaning the only ...
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Wonder Woman and world history in the DCEU

In the Wonder Woman movie, she who is a very important historical person. If you consider Hitler's rise for power, the Beer Hall Putsch from November 1933 would not have had this impact on Hitler's ...
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What's the significance of the boat rides? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, we see Harry and the rest of the first-years riding boats up to Hogwarts when we're first introduced to it. According to the wikia (emphasis mine): The ...
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How accurate is the portrayal of Leonardo Da Vinci in Star Trek: Voyager?

A rich portrayal of Leonardo Da Vinci is displayed in Star Trek: Voyager, in the episode “Concerning Flight” (Season 4, Episode 11). How close to life is this? The character seems full of specific ...
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Does Harry Potter contradict any historical events?

Which historical events are different in Harry Potter, than they are in recorded history? I'm not looking for the major things that the books add in (i.e. magic), but for small things.
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Did Spock warn of disasters in the new Star Trek universe?

Did Spock Classic (in the new timeline universe) warn NuSpock of upcoming natural disasters? i.e. V'ger, the whale probe, Praxis and explosion, the Borg, violent first contacts, the wave from ...
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When did the “Mutant Problem” begin?

X-Men (and related stories) feature mutants of various kinds at pretty much every point in history, including some who pre-date history. That being said, my understanding is that public awareness of ...
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Why were Hobbits not included in the old lists?

In the chapter on "Treebeard" in The Two Towers, we find that Treebeard, upon first encountering the Hobbits, has no recollection of their kind in the "old lists" the Elves had made regarding the ...
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Is there more information on what Yoda did on Dagobah? [duplicate]

His Wookieepedia page and databank give some details on his housing situation and how he helped out a couple surviving Jedi, but is there any story or series of stories that better explain the ...
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Why doesn't the Guild control CHOAM?

Given that the Guild controls all interstellar travel, why don't they entirely control CHOAM? It's pretty clear that CHOAM is basis of the wealth of the galactic nobility (beyond what is available to ...
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What did Coruscant's nature look like before it was urbanized?

Clearly Coruscant was not always an ecumenopolis. It would have once been a normal planet with nature, etc. To narrow this down, I'm looking for a general description of the characteristics of the ...
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What's the most recent specific historical element that is common between Star Trek and the real world?

It is well known that there appears to be some divergence between the events of the Star Trek universe and ours (in particular, the Augments and Khan Singh, etc.) Related: Has Star Trek ever ...
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Series of novels about a future Britain with a lot of musicians as part of the government?

These are rock-ish musicians who go around giving a lot of concerts (described in detail) that either pacify or rouse up the audience. They also engage in street fighting, and are part of a group that ...
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In the 90's I read a series of books

I can't remember the name, but it had a college age magician who was supposed to have been corrupted by a succubus, but she ended up falling in love with him. In addition to this, there were various ...
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Tolkien's history of Elves singing and Ents walking and talking

Background Gandalf, when prompting Théoden to get him to understand from his memory who might have brought the forest to fight the Orcs at Helm's Deep, states (bold added): It is not wizardry, but ...
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Was there a first known “force” user/s

As the Dai Bendu (pre Je'daii) were the first to use the force, was there ever a documented case of "a first person" to actually use the force before anyone else? or was the force something that ...
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What is the first appearance of a dark alternate world in fiction?

In many works of fiction we have seen the presence of a dark, alternate, usually near mirrored version of a world. Examples of this would be in Zelda: A Link to the Past, and more recently My ...
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The rise and fall of empires (cyclical barbarian invasions) set in a lecture hall

I read a short story a few years ago (late 90s) where a professor of Ancient History is giving his favorite lecture to his students about the rise of their empire. Some points I remember: The story ...
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What is considered 'ancient history' in the 24th Century?

In several TNG episodes, I recall references to Riker talking to Picard about remembering something from “Earth's Ancient History”. I am just wondering, considering TNG is set in the 24th century and ...
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Are the Egyptian historical references in Stargate SG-1 based on actual history?

Are the references to historical facts in SG1 based on actual facts or are they made up in story lines for the show? Specifically I was asking about the history to the Egyptian gods Ra, Apophis etc. ...
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What was the Lost Ones first appearance, Azeroth or otherwise?

I have been curious about the Lost Ones (mutated Eredar/Draenei) ever since I first stumbled upon them. Have they made any appearances in any canon stories previous to World of Warcraft time-frame?
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What major real-earth historical events had a different outcome because of Marvel Supers?

I am interested to know if any past event (let’s only consider Earth's timeline up to World War II, for the sake of brevity — the events from WWII to the present are well-covered in the comics). We ...
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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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According to comic book canon, how many full scale, full bodied Kryptonian humanoids made it to Earth?

According to comic book canon, how many full scale, full bodied Kryptonian humanoids made it to Earth? Krypto, being non humanoid, of course wouldn't make the list, and neither would any Kandorians (...
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When did pure-historical Doctor Who go out of fashion?

When Doctor Who first came on TV in the 1960s, it was designed in large part as an educational show, and alternated between stories set in the past (teaching children about history) and stories set in ...
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When did magic originate in humans? [duplicate]

I have no idea how the magic gene in Harry Potter is supposed to work, or how it first came about. It could have been some kind of genetic mutation, or maybe we--I mean, wizards--are a totally ...
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Why does the Enterprise in “Star Trek Enterprise” look more modern than the one in the Original Series?

Star Trek : Enterprise takes place over a hundred years before the "Original Series" (with Kirk and the crew) but we have a problem here. The spaceship in the series TOS is very spartan, where they ...