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Questions tagged [influences]

For questions about how SF&F works have influenced other works or culture. Use [inspiration] for questions about what inspired (ideas in) works of SF&F.

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Which was the first sci-fi story featuring time travelling by passing memories back to your former self?

I've finished watching an anime called Steins;Gate (2011), where one of the time travel methods they feature is traveling back in time by passing memories back to your former self, similar to X-men: ...
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Seek, Locate, Destroy

From Doctor Who (new) Series 8, Episode 2, "Into the Dalek": DALEKS: Seek, locate, destroy. Surrender is not accepted. And again: MORGAN: Fire! DALEK: Exterminate. Advance. Seek, locate, ...
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Is Day of the Triffids accepted as an inspiration for zombie books, movies etc?

Day of the Triffids was written in 1951 and contains many of the same themes as many zombie films. In fact you could replace Triffids with zombies pretty easily right through the book. I believe I am ...
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What is the first mention of Star Wars in a hit song?

Jaws was never my scene And I don't like Star Wars "Bicycle Race" (1978) by Queen In the 1978 song "Bicycle Race" by Queen, off their album Jazz, the films Star Wars and Jaws are mentioned. ...
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Was there any real-world inspiration for the DS9 episodes “Homefront” and “Paradise Lost”?

In Star Trek, I've come to notice that several in-universe events mimic events that were going on in the real world at the time of writing (the Klingon/Federation war in TOS mirrors the Cold War, the ...
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Was Heart of Gold designed after Aries 1B or USS Discovery?

In the 2005 version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Heart of Gold appears thus: In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, there are two ships with similarly round designs and thin ...
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Did Jack London influence “We”?

Summary: Did Jack London's dystopian novel, The Iron Heel, published in 1908, influence Zamyatin's We? Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel, We, completed in 1921 and published in English in 1924, is one of the ...
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Did “The World Set Free” inspire the creation of nuclear weapons?

I recently discovered that the term "atomic bomb" was from the H. G. Wells novel The World Set Free. Although not the intention of the novel, did it inadvertently inspire the creation of such weapons?...
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What was the image Dr. Juliet Burke carved in a tree in season three?

When Dr. Juliet Burke was sent to the camp of survivors on the beach by Ben, she carved an image on a tree as a sign for him. What was that image? The reason I ask is that the image could indicate ...
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Which, originally non-English, work has the widest reception in English SF? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how big the influence of translated SF is in the English speaking world. Part of the question is which is the single most influential work from outside. So, which story, ...
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Was there any influence of “Foundation” series by Asimov on “Star Wars”?

In the second book of the Foundation trilogy, Foundation and Empire, written in 1953, the Mule appears, an amazing and intriguing character. Reading this book give me the sensation that George Lucas ...
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Have any of Heinlein's (then) fictional inventions been developed into actual ones?

I'm not a smoker, but I thought that Heinlein's self-lighting cigarette idea is a darn good one. Are any of his fictional inventions actually being produced or researched in the real world?
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How has the social impact of the scifi classic Star Wars affected real world technology? [closed]

A lot of us have probably heard about people that Star Trek inspired to get into high tech jobs, and even (pre?)invent some of the devices(like communicators) depicted on the TV series. Is there an ...
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Was there any influence of 'Day of the Triffids' on '28 Days Later'?

Was there any documented influence of John Wyndham's 'Day of the Triffids' on '28 Days Later'? If there was, please cite.