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Questions tagged [inspiration]

Use this tag for questions about the inspiration behind ideas (names, characters, objects, titles, etc.) in science fiction or fantasy works.

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Have any speculative answers from this site been used in any subsequent official works? If so, what was the first instance?

On this site, there are questions that are often not directly answered by anything in canon materials. Sometimes answers need to be speculative. My question is, have there been any speculative ...
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Is Lord Grant based on an actual Jazz musician?

In Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, Peter, the main character, has a father (Lord Grant) who was repeatedly almost famous. There are enough hints and descriptions of the various events, that ...
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Did Iain Banks ever acknowledge Hermann Hesse as an inspiration?

To an outside observer it seems that the game of Azad, from the empire of the same name featured heavily in The Player of Games, bears strong similarities to the Glass Bead Game from Hesse's 1943 ...
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Was Trinity (The Matrix) based on Molly (Neuromancer)?

I just started reading Neuromancer, and found Molly being very much like Trinity from the Matrix: similar clothing, proficiency in combat, sometimes cold attitude, even the black sunglasses/lenses. ...
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Was the Spider-Verse arc inspired by Spider-Man: The Animated Series?

In Spider-Man: The Animated Series season 5 during Spider Wars, we learn about parallel universes with different versions of Spider-Man and they fight a common evil. This arc seems quite similar to ...
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Was Governor Pryce's character inspired by Colonel Spalko?

Is there any official confirmation that the character of Arihnda Pryce, the governor of Lothal in Star Wars Rebels was inspired by the character of the KGB Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones ...
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Was “A Town Called Mercy” based on “The Hunted”?

Yesterday, I watched the Star Trek: TNG episode "The Hunted", which revolves around a man, Danar, who at first seems to be merely a particularly skilled and violent criminal, but who is later revealed ...
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Are there any identifiable characters from works of SF to be found on the cover of Iron Maiden's “Stranger in a Strange Land”?

The cover of Iron Maiden's single "Stranger in a Strange Land", features their mascot, Eddie, in a futuristic bar. According to Wikipedia (although uncharacteristically unsourced), Eddie's ...
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Do the hypnotic moths in these works share a common origin?

In The Worst Witch TV series (2017), there's a creature called a hypnapillon. It's a moth, described as feeding off of people's "minds, fears, imagination," and it hypnotizes its prey with patterns on ...
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Was the Monks storyline a Brexit metaphor?

TV Tropes claims that the Monks storyline on Doctor Who (seen in "The Pyramid at the End of the World," etc.) is an allegory for Brexit: ...the actual Who Brexit allegory story (the Monks trilogy) ...
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Inspiration for Ulysses 31?

What surprised me most about Ulysses 31 was its use of Greek mythology in a futuristic setting. For example, the protagonists encountered Zeus (amongst other mythological characters): What inspired ...
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Is Zam Wesell inspired by early Ralp McQuarrie Concept Art of Han Solo & Starkiller Hero?

I was recently looking at some early McQuarrie concept art (and my 30th anniversary action figures based on them) commissioned for George Lucas' second draft, which would eventually become A New Hope. ...
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Does this “collecting royal souls” plotline have a common origin?

A few works seem to share a rather specific plotline, regarding the collection of the souls of various royal bloodlines. For instance, in The Bone Witch and its sequels, by Rin Chupeco, part of the ...
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What influenced the novel 'Definitely Maybe' by the Strugatsky's?

For those who have read Definitely Maybe by the Strugatsky brothers or know a bit about 1970's Russia, the Brezhnev Era or how the Mikhail Kheifets case with Boris Strugatsky testifying as a witness: ...
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Where does this rhyme about Quatermass come from?

I found this rhyme about Quatermass II. I'm trying to find out who wrote it and whether there's an expanded version somewhere. Does the rhyme have a real-world origin? There was a man from outer ...
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Origin of a custom of deceased attending their own wakes?

In the first book of the Amra Thetys series a charming local custom is described in which the deceased attends his own funeral banquet: I was a little late. They’d already had the ceremonial meal ...
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Did Douglas Adams get the idea of communication/alien dolphins from “Stationary Orbit” by Peter Macey?

Inspired by this question/answer. Given that the novel by Macey was written four years prior to the first broadcast of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and subsequent novelization, is there any ...
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Who is the model for Callaghan in Big Hero 6?

Background: Professor Callaghan is the head of the robotics program at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. It is later revealed that He is described (decently, IMO) in the Disney Wiki as: ...