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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Short story where the Apocalypse gets overshadowed by the First World War

I read this in an anthology back in the 90's, but haven't been able to find it again. the gist of it is that the Apocalypse starts during WW1 but no one notices because each of the seals is lesser ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Where was the fictional material “Unobtainium” first used?

I remember the fictional metal unobtainium used in several science fiction movies / stories, often to the point where my friends and I laugh when it is used. I know it is used in the movie "The Core" ...
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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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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 ...
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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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What was the fate of Hitler and the non-HYDRA Nazi party in the MCU?

The MCU Wiki article about HYDRA says that the organization, under the command of Johann Schmidt, broke away from Nazi leadership in 1943. (We see a scene related to this in Captain America: The ...
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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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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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Why does Gulliver's Travels have “teasers” at the beginning of each chapter?

At the beginning of each chapter is a short summary of that chapter. For example, from Chapter 1: [The author gives some account of himself and family. His first inducements to travel. He is ...
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What are the major differences between Frank Miller's 300 and the historical event it was based on?

There are many long-winded articles across the net that detail the many alterations and exaggerations that the Graphic Novel and Film makes to history. However, after reading several of these I am ...
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A good account of the development of the modern fantasy genre?

I am looking for a good account for the development of modern fantasy, something like this section on Wikipedia, just bigger and covering newer authors like GRRM or Glen Cook (you know an article is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Story identification - past history of anything touched

During our DnD game at the weekend something reminded me of a power/ability/side effect that I couldn't place at all. The power (could have been a side effect of something else) was that when the ...
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Did the First Slayer face Turok-Han?

"As Neanderthals are to humans, so the Turok-Han are to vampires." So says Giles in Season 7 of Buffy. I'm wondering, do we have a timeline on the Turok-Han's presence on the Earth? Actual ...
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Time travel story/book similar to Behold the Man, but closer to the bible

The book/story starts with the author, perhaps an athiest, appearing on a talk show and upon leaving the show, has some sort of accident, and wakes up in the time of Jesus. That's as close to Behold ...
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Who got warp drive when and how?

What is the timeline for the acquisition or development of warp drive among the various major species of Star Trek (e.g. Humans, Vulcans, Bajorans, Cardassians, Romulans, Klingons etc.)? If the ...
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Book about time travel to the Eruption of Vesuvius era

I read this amazing book about time travel, where people seems to randomly travel back in time where: Main protagonists appear in or near Pompeii with memory loss. The book ends with the Eruption of ...
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Looking for novel/novella (80s?, 90s?) about history revisionism

I recall it as a paperback novel from the late 80s or early to mid 90s. Maybe 200-300 pages (so I don't think it was part of an novella anthology, but perhaps I'm misremembering it). It involved a ...
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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 ...