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Firefly scenes with Han Solo in the background

Apparently there are many scenes in Firefly where a figurine of Han Solo frozen in carbonite appears in the background. Is there a complete list of all of these scenes?
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Regional specialties in “Treason”

In Orson Scott Card's Treason, each area of the planet specializes in some sort of ability (e.g. the one where the protagonist is from is rapid healing). What are all of the specialties/regions in ...
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How is canon of derivative works determined for Star Wars?

For all types of derivative works, namely: Movies Novels Comic books Other written works (including RPG materials) Cartoons Video games Derivative movies (such as the infamous Ewok movies and even ...
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Instability of Niven's ringworld

I've read that the ringworld's design is actually unstable, and that it would drift and eventually collide with the star it was supposed to orbit. How is this flaw corrected in the subsequent stories?
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What were the “mistakes” in the first paperback edition of Ringworld?

The dedication of The Ringworld Engineers reads If you own a first paperback edition of Ringworld, it's the one with the mistakes in it. It's worth money. What are these mistakes that were ...
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Is there anything canon in the Terminator Universe that picks up where Terminator: The Sarah Connors Chronicles leaves off?

So, Terminator canon is pretty twisted, given all that time-travel stuff. But in the canon that includes the T:SCC, does anything pick up where the show left off that is considered canon?
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Given the multiple defeats at the hands of the Federation, why only one Borg Cube?

Given that the Federation defeats the Borg in every encounter they have, why do the Borg always only send one cube to challenge the Federation? They're pretty smart, you'd think they'd figure it out ...
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Was V'ger responsible for the creation of the Borg?

I remember reading somewhere a theory that V'ger (the being that the Voyager probe had become in Star Trek: The Motion Picture) was somehow responsible for the creation of the Borg. Is this canonical?...
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In the Star Wars universe, how are midichlorians supposed to work?

Taking aside whether connecting a mystical energy to a biological basis is a good idea or not, how is it supposed to work? I know that generally the more midichlorians, the more Force potential. Is it ...
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Why did Lucas begin the episode numbering at IV?

Complementary to this question, why did George Lucas start the numbering at 4? I know (now) he had a vague idea of what would be in 1, 2, and 3. But why not start with calling the first movie 1, and ...
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What stories are set in George R.R. Martin's 'future history' universe? (the setting for Dying of the Light)

Dreamsongs vol 1 lists the following in the intro to Section 3: The Hero (mentioned) Dying of the Light (first novel, mentioned) Included in Dreamsongs Vol 1 A Song for Lya This Tower of Ashes And ...
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What is the origin of all Star Wars movies?

Please dispel (or confirm, but I doubt) this thing I keep hearing about Star Wars. I heard that all 6 Star Wars movies had been written many years before their filming, even before the first movie ...
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Process management and high technology weapon. Novel name and author?

I am looking for help to point me out at a very old novel (likely from the '60s) about two empires at interstellar war. When it comes to starships, one is technologically very advanced, and the other ...
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Asimov - Start with Foundation or Robots

I want to start and (this time) finish the two Asimov series I have: the Foundation books (Trilogy in fact) and the Robots cycle. Is there a particular order between those two series or are they ...
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Is it true that The Doctor can only regenerate 12 times?

Is it true that The Doctor can only regenerate 12 times? Because if it is, the series won't last much longer. Matt Smith's Doctor is number 11 - that only leaves two more, right?
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How does the Impeller Wedge in the Honor Harrington series work?

I may have missed it somewhere, but how does the impeller wedge in the Honor Harrington series work. I am only a couple of books in, but I don't quite understand how the impeller wedge works to offer ...
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Other SF work that uses Psychohistory concepts?

I have a vivid memory of something similar to Psychohistory being used in either a TV show or movie (most likely TV). Earth is taken over by a totalitarian government (or alien), and two characters ...
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Who rules the universe at the end of the Dune saga?

Back in the day, I read the first 2 1/2 or so Dune books and I'm wondering who ends up ruling the universe at the end of the series. I know there was a Sandworm Atreides emperor who ruled for a few ...
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Who are Blakes's 7?

In the TV series Blake's 7, there were varying numbers of crew members of the Liberator and Slave, but never 8. With Blake, there was Avon, Vila, Jenna, Gan and Cally. By the time Dayna, Tarrent and ...
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What happens to Felice at the end of Saga of the Exiles?

In Julian May's Saga of the Exiles, Felice merges with Culleket when her attack against Aiken/Marc fails. They become an "incandescent duality" that Elizabeth safeguards in Brede's "room without doors"...
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In Stargate, how can you have a point of origin with only one coordinate?

According to this graph when you dial a gate you're telling it not only where to go, but where you are coming from: (Source: Wikipedia) I've always wondered, wouldn't the point of origin also ...
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What are the criteria for defining “hard” science fiction? [closed]

The term "hard" science fiction is used for sf that corresponds to our currently understood science models of the universe. The exact definition of what counts as hard science fiction is too ...
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What FTL drives in science-fiction are the most scientifically plausible? [closed]

Science-fiction has used wormhole travel, hyperdrive, teleportation, even sub-FTL flight combined with time travel o get characters there and back again. Even hard science-fiction writer Larry Niven ...
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Living on a building's surface in “Farewell Horizontal”

I read "Farewell Horizontal" a long time ago. It described people living on the surface of a really big building, in particular, sometimes standing perpendicular to the wall. My physics is a bit weak, ...
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What is the connection between Snow Crash and The Diamond Age?

I've heard that these two novels by Neal Stephenson take place in the same universe. What connections exist between the two novels and what is the time-line like?
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How did the Skylark deal with the Einstein light-speed limit?

In Skylark Three by E.E. "Doc" Smith, the Skylark has an acceleration of five times the speed of light, and in The Skylark of Valeron, it has nearly unlimited acceleration. Is there any indication of ...
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What was the original intended order of the episodes of Firefly?

I know the Firefly episodes were originally aired out of the order that Joss Whedon intended, and that many fans think this contributed to the show's early cancellation. Looking at Firefly on Netflix,...
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“Black Hats” in “The Number of the Beast”

Some years ago, I ran into a statement that the identity of the villains that start chasing the party in Heinlein's Number of the Beast could be figured out from internal clues. I completely failed. ...
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How fast should mutations be for hard science fiction? [closed]

I was disturbed by the rate of human evolution in Waterworld- maybe 500 years to evolve humans with gills*, and about a 1000 years to evolve into (back into?) something that is stronger than a ...
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Asimov's Foundation Epic the 'granddaddy of sci fi'? [closed]

What are the big influences that Asimov's Foundation Saga has had on other science fiction franchises?
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What Sci fi story featured a linear accelerator for space launch?

Trying to find a story that I read a couple years back -- Can't recall if it was an online short or something in print, though I'm fairly certain it wasn't more than novella length. The protagonist ...
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Jabba the Hutt's Sail Barge: Day the Earth Stood Still name connection?

I've heard that there were a couple characters on Jabba the Hutt's sail barge in Return of the Jedi that had names that were inspired by The Day The Earth Stood Still. What were their names, what was ...
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SF, Sci-fi, Science fiction and Speculative fiction

In communities discussing written s*f*, I've often found the following terminology: Speculative fiction, or sf, is anything that asks “what if?”: stories about the future, fantasy, alternate history, ...
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What are the visual differences between Boba and Jango Fett's armor?

Or, how exactly can you tell them apart? Is the armor completely the same except for the color, or are there some other differences?
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Fictional languages: How prevalent is it in SF stories compared to fantasy stories? [closed]

I've come across numerous instances of the development of well-developed fictional language in fantasy stories. How common is it for well-developed fictional languages to be developed in science ...
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Is there a novelization of Pandorum? [closed]

Is there a novelization of Pandorum? If not, did anyone else write about the inhabitants of a generation ship going feral?
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What was the robot's name in “Lost in Space”?

I don't recall him ever actually being called anything but names by Dr. Smith.
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What was Asimov's contribution to real-world robotics?

Isaac Asimov is one of the (if not the most) important figures of robotics in science fiction. Has he had an influence on the development of real-world robotics (in science or industry)?
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Are The Three Laws of Robotics explicitly defined in one of the Asimov's stories?

I want to know if The Three Laws of Robotics are explicitly defined in one of the Asimov's robot stories. In which one? I am asking this question because I remember reading something about the laws ...
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Plans for more sequels to Star Wars?

Does George Lucas have any plans for more Star Wars sequels or prequels? Proper movie sequels, not any supplementary animated shows or stories.
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What is the best place to start Warhammer 40k?

I've got three omnibus books containing 9 total Warhammer 40,000 stories. Before I mention which ones I've got, which book would you recommend as a good place to start the series?
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Actor or actress that have won best actor Oscar for role in sci-fi film

Are there any actors or actresses that have won an Academy award for best actor or supporting actor for their role in a sci-fi film?
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Heinlein book(s) with FTL travel?

I'm a new Heinlein fan and also an FTL (faster-than-light) fan. Did he write any books where FTL was possible? All the ones I've read so far have been intra-system (Sol) only.
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What resources exist to help SF fans meet other fans, face-to-face?

Where can SF fans who want to attend informal fannish gatherings find such gatherings? Meetup.com can be spotty, and there are lots of groups that don't have a presence there.
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Are there reference sci-fi websites that maintain lists of “must have” books? [closed]

Are there websites that maintain lists of "must have" English SF books? As an example, in French, there is La Bibliothèque Idéale de l’Imaginaire from Le Cafard Cosmique, which loosely translates to ...
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What Sci-fi film scores and soundtracks have won an Oscar? [closed]

Are there any sci-fi films whose musical score or soundtrack went on to win an Academy Award for best musical score? The Fountain comes to mind as having been nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Is there a website that shows which SF book/film awards there are?

What website references the SF awards that are awarded to science fiction books and films?
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Are SF comics considered for the same awards as books?

Are SF comics considered for the same awards as books?
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In the novels, what happens to the Doctor and the rest of the Voyager crew after they return home?

Voyager was a great show with a terrible ending. Basically the entire show revolved around the characters getting home, but when they finally do the credits roll five seconds later. So I wonder if ...
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What is filk music?

I recently heard that there was a sci-fi related music form called "Filk." What is Filk? Where can I find out about it?

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