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Anime of little round guy with asian rice hat in the desert, lots of gangs and Mad Max stuff

I am trying to identify an anime from my childhood of a wanderer in the desert with a rice hat on. He fought with and alongside lots of Mad Max type characters, and wrecker-women. There were also ...
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1answer
118 views

TV Show About People Who Make Deals With The Devil

I remember watching a show on Hulu (90% sure it was on Hulu, but when I checked a list of their original programming I couldn't find it) that involved people meeting with a supernatural figure that ...
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Film: Secret world behind a bookcase- ageing prevents access

I'm trying to identify a story/filmstrip in which the main character (boy/girl?) can access a secret world behind a bookcase. I seem to remember it being one child, not a group like Narnia. As they ...
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2answers
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I thought Nick Fury went off the grid?

After seeing him and Maria in the Avengers: Infinity War post credits scene, and seeing him again in the recent Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, I was a bit confused. At the end of Captain America: ...
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1answer
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80s mecha anime about a boy and a girl with bunny ears

A boy gets a gun and a disc with a star on it from an old man. He shoots it into the ground, the disc makes a circle, and a robot emerges from the ground. The boy is inside a robot and controls it by ...
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647 views

Short story about the maiden voyage of an FTL capable ship

I am looking for a short story about a group of space explorers aboard an FTL-capable ship. The very first jump takes them near a dying star, so they have to flee immediately. On their way back to ...
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1answer
147 views

Anime with a main character who has a green little friend from another dimension

Does any one knows the anime where the main character has a green little friend from another dimension? He and his friend fuse by joining hands. It's like his buddy and he join bodies and then he has ...
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1answer
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Old fantasy image depicting a kid in a space suit building sandcastles on the moon

I'm looking for an old image seen in the 1980s. Stylistically, it looks like it could have been by Boris Vallejo or Julie Bell (both famous for heroic fantasy covers and pictures), but as far as I ...
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How are the different pips explained on Han's Dice?

In the original Star Wars trilogy, Han Solo's dice are seen with standard pips. While there is no clear movie cell with these pips, there is this Decipher game card for their CCG: Also, the dice ...
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Rok and Mog, robotic creatures in an Arthurian plot. Published in Asimov's or Analog within last 10 years

Unusual story of two robot like creatures named Rok and Mog who lived on a dark, metallic planet, lots of clinks, clanks, and spires. Had a sort of Arthurian plot where one of them scales a spire to ...
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1answer
472 views

Why did the Ring affect Gollum so much? [duplicate]

Gollum was once a normal hobbit like Frodo and Bilbo- yet after acquiring the Ring he became completely different. Why didn't this happen to Bilbo or Frodo? Yes, they were changed in some way, but it ...
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108 views

Short story from early '70's about pot infused postage stamps

This was a short story from the early 70s where hippies create a better world by putting cannabinoid oil into postage stamp glue. Very short and funny. Asimov perhaps?
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Help identify short story about a flight through the center of the earth

I read a short story in an anthology about pilots of a craft that regularly crosses through the Earth to the other side (commercial travel), the engine of the ship was called Rausch or Rorsch or ...
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If somebody uses the hair of a Metamorphmagus in Polyjuice Potion, can they then use the abilities of the Metamorphmagus? [duplicate]

If someone was to take Tonks's hair, as she is a Metamorphmagus, does that mean that they can change their appearance just like her, as Polyjuice Potion copies all of the attributes of the person you ...
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841 views

70s/60s Novel work on evolution and advanced intelligence

A science fiction novel where an experimenting scientist, an old man, studying evolution, picked a girl and her boyfriend as subjects and secretly injects them, the girl evolved to be most ...
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1answer
197 views

Is the origin of the words 'valar' and 'Valyrian' the same?

In the series A Song of Ice and Fire, we know the phrases 'valar morghulis' and 'valar dohaeris' mean 'all men must die' and 'all men must serve', respectively. It immediately follows that 'valar' ...
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1k views

Sci-fi book about a shape shifting machine wandering the surface of a planet sized space ship

Been looking for this forever, it was part of an anthology I think and used such generic names that it seems impossible for me to find without knowing the book name. It's about a shape shifting ...
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1answer
160 views

What's the difference between an Unreakable Vow and a blood pact? [on hold]

I recently re-watched Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grinderwald and had a major question. In the movie Albus Dumbledore has a flashback when he was a young adult In The Half Blood Prince we see a ...
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Young adult novel with multi-dimensional travel

I read the book in the 90s. I don't have a clear recollection of how old it may have been at the time, but I think it was relatively new. I think that there were a young man and a young woman in the ...
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1answer
121 views

Animated Series: Earth vanishes, two astronauts survive and explore space

I scarcely remember this animated series. The gist of it is in the title: Earth vanishes (I can't remember the reason now but it was probably explained) and the only surviving humans were two ...
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1answer
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What are the Autochthons?

In The Book of the New Sun there are many variations of humans and other life forms. There are regular humans, ape-men and Zoanthrops, and probably some other variations. However while the ...
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Book series my dad told me about. It involves space travel, clones, and an indigenous people with kangaroo tails

My dad read a book series that he recommended to me last year. Now that I am ready to start it, neither of us can recall the title. He said there were several in the series but he can't recall how ...
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How far is Rin from Deltora?

Deltora Quest and its sequels and the Rowan of Rin series are both works by Emily Rodda (a.k.a Jennifer Rowe). Although it had been established previously that Deltora and the continent that Rin was ...
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391 views

In what way did Worf “come here in a child's uniform”?

In The Next Generation episode "Sins of the Father", Duras says to Worf, "Yet you come here in a child's uniform and you bring outsiders to our great halls." What was Worf wearing that Duras ...
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Is Sauron a lesser type of god? [on hold]

Since he is a powerful being who is seemingly supernatural, could he be considered a god of some type?
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Was it just coincidence that “Barad-dûr?” sounds like an English phrase?

The first time I heard someone talk about Barad-dûr, I thought they were talking about a "barred door." The meaning would be more than appropriate. Is there any chance Tolkien happened to realize he ...
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1answer
107 views

Has there been an instance where the Tricorder was used to heal?

I have been reading about the Tricorder on Memory Alpha: A tricorder was a multifunction hand-held device useful for data sensing, analysis, and recording, with many specialized abilities which ...
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Do Jedi knights take the lightsabers of enemies they have defeated?

As another answer shows, after Anakin defeats Count Dooku in a lightsaber duel at the beginning of Episode III, he drops Dooku's lightsaber and leaves it there. He doesn't just ignore it, he ...
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1answer
74 views

Sci fi show about a boy with powers with rays coming out of a prism [duplicate]

I watched this show when I sass a kid (80-90s) about a boy that has some kind of powers. It’s set in the UK I think, in a cabin/lodge. It has a spooky theme where you see a prism slowly making taking ...
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With what Avatar has Norm Spellman logged some 400-500 hours of link time?

We're told that the Avatars "got big" on the 6-year flight to Pandora -- so they were apparently babies/larvae/whatever back home. How did Norm manage to link so many hours with an infant Avatar body?...
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Who is this half Thor, half Iron Man dude in the Spiderman: Far From Home trailer?

In the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, Jake Gyllenhaal is introduced as a new character. He seems to play a character who appears to be a hero; Who is this ...
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Why did this character die in Bumblebee?

During the final fight the character: I'm wondering how that was possible? Was the item somehow inside some specific weakpoints of the character or how/why did he die there? (naturally in universe ...
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Who can defeat Darkseid and how? [on hold]

Since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the relationship between Steppenwolf and Darkseid I did some research about Batman's dream and that omega sign and found out that Darkseid is literally the ...
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The Quiet Earth movie, did I miss something? [on hold]

I just finished The Quiet Earth and I'm wondering if I managed to miss something. At the start of the movie, there is quite a bit of imagery showing 6:12 on various clocks. During the movie, the ...
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What happened to Count Dooku's lightsaber?

In Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, Dooku fights Kenobi and Anakin in front of the 'captured' Palpatine. At the end of the duel, Anakin disarms (and dis-hands) Dooku and takes his ...
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Story where big game hunters end up being hunted by an alien panda with tentacles

What was the name and author of the sci fi story about a group of big game hunters in Canada who end up being hunted by an alien panda with tentacles? I read this story when I was a boy in the late ...
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Is “Spider-Man: Far From Home” set before or after “Avengers: Endgame”?

The trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home has just been released: With Tom Holland being in this film it gives some interesting insight into what might happen in ...
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In Rogue One, why don't the Rebels go directly to Saw Gerrera or Galen Erso and seek Jyn Erso instead?

They learn through Cassian that an Imperial Pilot defector was sent by Galen Erso with a message to Saw Gerrera and that he claims the Empire is building a planet killer. Why didn't they just contact ...
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How did Dobby curse the Bludger?

In Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, Dobby tries to keep Harry out of school, and when that fails, Dobby tried to injure Harry so he would leave. We know that he tampered with a Bludger so it ...
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Why can characters walk/run on space ships in Gundam?

I was watching Zeta and realized that characters seem to walk or even run around fine for the most part, but then when they need to move quickly or ascend, they simply jump and float to where they ...
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Where was the Nautilus built?

Does Jules Verne ever say where the Nautilus was built or constructed? Maybe in another book that I have not read the location is stated.
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Novel featuring a girl who turns into a cow

I read it as a teen between 1989-1991, and have ever since wanted to re-read it. I think it was normal, adult fantasy fiction rather than a "young adult" book. These are the few images I retain from ...
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How many Invsibility Cloaks were made? [duplicate]

We know that Harry Potter got one cloak from his father, James Potter. We also know from the fourth book of Harry Potter that Mad-Eye Moody also has an invisibility cloak. I was under the impression ...
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How long after Jurassic World was the opening scene of Fallen Kingdom set?

In the opening scene of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, we see a submarine crew discovering their submarine is not the largest thing in the bay. They weren't worried about that initially, figuring ...
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Imperius Curse lifted after Voldemort's defeat, even though he may not have been the one to cast the spell?

After Voldemort is defeated at the end of The Deathly Hallows, it's mentioned that all the people under the Imperius Curse were freed. Does that mean that Voldemort was controlling all the Imperiused?...
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Book or story where people’s brains need computer assistance to function; crimes are punished by disconnecting said computer [duplicate]

There is a book I saw once in the bookstore and have always regretted not reading. I maybe saw it in the early 2000s. 01-04? The concept was that society is so advanced that everyone has a computer ...
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How could a sister of battle win against a necron army?

So, I've read the book Hammer and Anvil by James Swallow and I'm a bit confused. I really like the Adepta Sororitas, but even so I'm still puzzled as how a simple sister could actually win against an ...
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What is the most populous planet in the Cosmere?

There are lots of planets in the cosmere. Some of the worlds feel "larger" than others. However, it's not clear which one has the largest population, or how it might compare to the population of Earth ...
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What do wizards in Muggle wheelchairs do if they go to Hogwarts?

Hogwarts is definitely not wheelchair-friendly. So what do wizards in Muggle wheelchairs do if they go to Hogwarts?
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Novel/novella about stranded colonists who eat a native plant and gain superpowers

I remember reading a novella or novel about a group of colonists deliberately stranded on an alien planet. There are almost no resources on the planet but they survive by eating a native plant from ...

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