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Why didn't Sauron fight in the final battle?

As depicted in the trilogy: Sauron did not lead his army to Minas Tirith He did not defend the gates of Mordor from Aragon's army In fact, he was never physically involved in (any) battle ever since ...
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Why do the Yellow Rings work backwards from the other rings?

From what I can see, all the colors in the emotional spectrum that have rings use the internal emotion of its wielder to control the ring's power. Except Yellow... Red feeds off the rage of the ...
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Why did the ring choose Sinestro?

It's a known fact that Sinestro was a Green Lantern before he defected and created his own Yellow Lantern Corps. If Sinestro had this inherent ability to feed off peoples' fear (as proven by how he ...
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What happen with the Yellow Ring after the Green Lantern movie?

In the Green Lantern 2011 movie, an extraterrestrial Green Lantern asked the guardians to make him a yellow Ring powered by fear. While this ring wasn't used in the movie, it's fate is not stated ...
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Why is River Song required at all?

"The Wedding of River Song" is the thirteenth and final episode of the sixth series of Doctor Who, and was broadcast on 1 October 2011. During this series finale episode we learn...
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Why do all the aliens turn to dust when they die?

In the film, I Am Number Four, every time an alien dies, they turn to dust. The manner of death doesn't seem to matter, as we see this happen to aliens who are stabbed, shot, etc. The film suggests ...
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Is Brother Eye sinister?

Reading O.M.A.C #1 (Sept 2011) and it seems that the satellite known as Brother Eye is controlling O.M.A.C. to gain access to some computer system. He's not concerned with the safety of any innocents ...
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Who invented the Autobots and Decepticons?

The transformers are all sentient mechanical beings. Who invented them? All mechanical life needs to be invented by biological beings, so who are their inventors? Are the transformers actually ...
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What happened in 'The Wedding of River Song'?

Forgive the bland title, but I didn't want to give away spoilers. "The Wedding of River Song" is the thirteenth and final episode of the sixth series of Doctor Who, and was broadcast on 1 October 2011....
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How long does it take for someone to get promoted in Starfleet?

After watching the series finale of Star Trek Enterprise, not a single bridge officer has acquired additional rank in the 10 year mission of the NX-01. How is that possible?
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Why can't a Jedi or Sith control something sliced with a lightsaber?

In a number of lightsaber duels between Jedi and Sith, we see one duelist, usually a Sith, use the Force to toss objects at their opponent. The opponent ducks or dodges the object, or slices it in ...
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Movie in which a hero beats the villain in a first-person shooter?

I need help identifying a movie - it might be a TV movie or mini-series - probably from 1995-2005. The hero has a computer he speaks to (it has a female voice), and there is a terrorist who, I think, ...
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How is Colonel Broyles alive again?

Prior to the events of the season 3 finale of Fringe, the Broyles from Over There (i.e. Col. Broyles) died. After the events of that finale, a character was wiped from history. Col. Broyles was ...
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Where is the room that bridges the two universes located?

In the third season finale of Fringe, Peter uses the machine to create a bridge between the universes. I thought this room was located in the base of the Statue of Liberty, as that's where the ...
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Why aren't we all Borg?

The Borg don't really seem like the type to hold back and in the tiny bit we saw of the delta quadrant in Voyager there were a lot of races technologically inferior compared to the Borg. So the fact ...
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Can the Flash run faster than light?

While trying to find out who was faster, Superman or the Flash (The answer is the Flash), I found out that the Flash can travel back and forth through time on ocassion. Does that mean that the Flash ...
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How does the Flash perceive time?

Under the assumption that Barry Allen can think as fast as he can run, how does he perceive things around him? Is everything else just moving at a minuscule rate to him? How does that not drive him ...
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Did Peter ever save that girl?

In the second season of Heroes, Peter ends up taking him and this girl into the future, where a virus has nearly wiped out the human race. He ends up coming back to present time, and ends up ...
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What was Dooku's plan for the Battle of Coruscant?

In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, during the Battle of Coruscant and just before the second confrontation of Count Dooku with Anakin and Obi-Wan, we learn that this confrontation was ...
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What happened to the village in Contagion? [closed]

In the movie Contagion, Dr. Leonora Orantes, a French member of the World Health Organisation (WHO), However, I don't seem to recall if the village was ever shown again. Do we know what happened to ...
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In the Transformers (recent movies), how do transformers select their transformation / vehicles

It's obviously not explained well in the movies. The Autobot twins manage to choose two new cars that they will transform into after they have already transformed into a vehicle and the same for ...
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Why didn't Sebastian Shaw explode?

In X-Men: First Class, Sebastian Shaw was the leader of the Hellfire club. He has the ability to absorb energy to keep him young and then use that energy to give him strength, or just release it. Why ...
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Why do the Liberator's personal weapons stop the user from having multiple weapons

In Blake's 7, when Roj and Avon discover the cache of hand weapons in the liberator (the ones with the curly telephone cables) they discover that if they pick up one, the other's appear hot to them. ...
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What is the story about the spot on Dagobah full of the Dark Side?

I just watched The Empire Strikes Back, and noticed the part of the cave where the Dark Side was strong on Dagobah. What is its story? Also, Luke slew Darth Vader there, showing someone's face under ...
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Why did Benjen Stark take the Black?

OK, I've waited until I finished ADWD in case there was any explanation there. Why was Benjen Stark on the Wall? Was there an explanation I have missed? I appreciate, as a younger brother, he would ...
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Why is Hawkgirl featured in the Justice League cartoons and not Hawkman?

Until about 30 seconds ago when I received the New 52 Hawkman, I thought that it was only Hawkgirl. Why wasn't Hawkman featured in the cartoon? What made DC use Hawkgirl instead of the other Hawk-...
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How did Tasha Yar know that she needed to make a hologram?

In the 23rd episode of Season 1 ("Skin of Evil"), Tasha Yar is At the end of the episode, the main crew of the Enterprise attends a ceremony where a hologram of her addresses each attendee. It ...
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Where/when is the Jade Court first mentioned?

I have seen mentions of the Jade court of vampires pop up recently, even in my book for the Dresden Files RPG. However, I have absolutely no recolelction of them being mentioned in the books. Where ...
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What is the status of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning's accreditation?

The X-Men's cover since its debut has been that of a school, the Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. On top of training young mutants in the use of their powers, they also receive comparable ...
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Was Judge Dredd a fascist and was it a sign of things to come?

In one story I remember reading that the judiciary had trouble makers planted in democracy protests to agitate trouble to cause the judges to intervene and lock people up. In another story (the ...
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Why is it called a tricorder?

The device is square, the readout is square, maybe it should be called square-corder. Did the original tricorder only have 3 functions? I checked the Memory Alpha entry but it doesn't state the ...
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How did Hiro help YT out of jail?

In Snow Crash, Hiro Protagonist is called on by YT to help her get out of jail when she was caught in a burbclave without a permit. How did Hiro help her out if he was in the Black Sun with David ...
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Does anyone track number of sff novels translated to English each year?

I recently learned of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation awards given this year at Eurocon in Stockholm. My question is how many Sff novels are translated into English yearly? Does Locus ...
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Is there a torch in every episode of Doctor Who?

Something I have been noticing since I started watching Doctor Who for the first time over the last few months. Is there a torch in every episode? Is that significant? And by torch I mean either a ...
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Novel where frozen people from a lost civilisation are discovered in the arctic/antarctic

Years ago (70's or 80's) I read a sci-fi novel. It started with the discovery in the arctic (or antarctic) of a pair of humans (male and female) frozen in a block of solid helium. When thawed out, ...
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Is there any Original Trilogy canon that says Anakin has to come from Tatooine?

Are there any references from the Original Star Wars movies (before the late 1990s special edition if that matters) that would require Anakin Skywalker to be from Tatooine? I was surprised that the ...
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Book where rat-like aliens invade Earth and enslave humanity

What's the name of the book where a race of rat like aliens invade Earth and enslave humans using mind control?
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How does Terra Nova send messages to the future?

In the first episode of Terra Nova, it's mentioned that Terra Nova is able to communicate with the future. However, it was established earlier that going through the time schism is a one-way trip, ...
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How do the Incredible Hulk's pants stay on but not his shirt?

I guess I can live with the fact that the Incredible Hulk changes size drastically when he transforms, but why does his shirt rip off and not his pants? I think that we need a little better answer ...
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How did a 14 year old get elected Queen?

Queen Amidala was an elected Queen at age 14. Despite the fact that she had participated in the Legislative Youth program, and she wasn't the youngest queen ever, it still seems quite young... How ...
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How old is Queen Amidala meant to be in the Phantom Menace?

This is a question which resulted from the chat area. Some speculated she is supposed to be 14, it is definitely mentioned she is one of the youngest queens ever elected. How old is she?
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Short story about aliens that are parts of a spaceship [duplicate]

I have a very vague recollection of a short story in which somehow the parts of a spaceship were aliens of different races, whose innate powers allowed them to perform a function (braking, steering...)...
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When did George Lucas replace Anakin Skywalker's ghost in Return of the Jedi?

In the end scene of Return of the Jedi, the previous actor (Sebastian Shaw) who played Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) was replaced by Hayden Christensen. When did George Lucas make this change? Was ...
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How do we know they were called 'Ewoks'?

I just finished watching Return of the Jedi, and I don't remember actually hearing any of the characters referring to the teddy-bear-like creatures as 'Ewoks'. Where did that name actually come from?
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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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Why does Darth Vader stop Boba Fett from shooting Chewie in The Empire Strikes Back?

In The Empire Strikes Back, when Han is getting frozen in carbonite, Chewie starts to freak out and throws some storm troopers off of the platform. The camera cuts to a shot of Boba Fett lifting his ...
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How did Luke further his training after the Empire's defeat?

In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Luke Skywalker is shown to have become a "Jedi Grand Master". However, he was not even what could have been called a Jedi master after the Emperor's defeat in The ...
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How does The Incredible Hulk change mass?

When Dr Bruce Banner becomes The Incredible Hulk he increases in height and presumably weight. My question is - how does that mass increase occur? I'm looking (obviously) for an in-universe ...
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How does Neville Longbottom get the Sword of Gryffindor?

I recently read the final book of the series. At one point was the vault heist, where the goblin Griphook runs off with the Sword of Gryffindor. Yet near the end of the book, Neville Longbottom ...
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What is the 'Finger Dance' in The Song of Ice and Fire

I have been trying to find a good explanation of the finger dance, or a real-life comparable game. I can't imagine it because they describe it as a game where many people lose a finger. I thought it ...

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