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

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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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Shakespeare “in the original Klingon”?

In The Undiscovered Country, the Klingons view Shakespeare as one of their own and the Earth versions as adaptations. How on Earth could that be? Shakespeare was certainly human as forehead ridges ...
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Has Star Trek ever addressed why our timeline is different than theirs?

The Star Trek universe and ours are identical (as far as we know) until sometime between the 1960s and 1993. We know from Vic Fontaine and various references to Apollo that the 1960s happened very ...
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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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Where to start if I want to get into certain DC comics?

I'm a Marvel boy to the core. Never really read anything outside of the Marvel Universe other than a few things here and there of DC. Now that some DC movies are getting made, I wanted to get into ...
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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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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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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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Story involving a time machine in a museum and butterflies

Can someone tell me what story goes like this; A man goes to a museum to hunt dinosaurs using time machine. The guide tells him “Do not step off the path”. The guy steps off the path and unknowingly ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sci-fi Short Story Help — Surprise Ending — H. Beam Piper?

OK: Sci-fi short story, remembered from an anthology, H. Beam Piper-esque, I'm 64 so could be old. A ship of human scientists with a small security contingent land on an earth-like planet. Ancient ...
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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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Doesn't Paarfi's description of Mario's defeat of the Orb constitute treason?

In Five Hundred Years After, Paarfi describes in some detail the means by which Mario Greymist manages to disable the Orb long enough to kill the Emperor. Since, in-universe, FHYA is also a book ...
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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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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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Fictional origins of touch and gesture technology

Where do you think the first vision of touch technology comes from? All I come up with are from film and t.v. shows, for example tablets the earliest I can think of is Star Trek The Next Generation. ...