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Movie or tv series in 80s/90s which has a rooster wind vane set in a roof [duplicate]

When something is going to happen, it spins/rotate really fast. It's kind of a sci-fi/magic story. I don't remember much because I was maybe 7-10 years old when I watched it. It could be an Australian ...
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Story about a sentient star system, in a 50s or early 60s anthology

Story about a sentient star system, possibly in f&sf anthology from 50s or early 60s. I know this is a long shot, but I hope someone will know of this story. I believe it was called "Darkness or ...
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A medieval book with a redhead girl as a main character who allies with vampires and werewolves against scientific opposition

I am looking for a book about a girl who fights a war after her father dies. She forms an alliance with vampires and werewolves and other creatures. The opposition believes in science. She wins the ...
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Medieval show with magic gem [on hold]

I can’t remember much because it was a long time ago, but I remember there was a a guy with a magic gem, a girl, a big guy (I think he was blue), and an old man. It was a cartoon with a similar art ...
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Book - society of humanoid people that practise open relationships until they reach a certain age then have a monogamous partner

I think they lived kind of adjacent to a human race that had technology. They were the protagonists of the story. I read it around 20 years ago and it was probably about 15-30 years old then. They ...
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What is the first work featuring noise cancellation?

Alternate Question Title: Did Stephen Bartholomew invent noise cancellation? I just read "The Rumble and the Roar" by Stephen Bartholomew (Worlds of If Science Fiction, February 1957) It is a story ...
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How did Frodo know where the Bree village was?

How did Frodo know where the Bree village was? I've never read the books, but in the movie Gandalf just tells Frodo go to Bree expecting Frodo to know where that is. So if Frodo knows where Bree is, ...
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Trope identification and earliest examples: Stereotype exists because of banished people

Trope described: Humans live (quite far) away from race/species/distinct group of people called X. There is a lot of negative stereotypes about the X. They are all dishonorable, thieves, murderers, ...
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Why was New Asgard established at this place?

In Avengers: Endgame it is shown that New Asgard is established in Tonsberg, Norway. What is the reason that they chose this specific place for building their land to live? Does this place have any ...
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Theories by fictional characters [closed]

Got to wondering... We have Cliff Claven's (postal worker in Cheers TV show) Buffalo Theory in regards to the effect of beer on your intelligence level. We have Sam Vimes' Boot based theory of ...
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Are Americans overwhelmed by comics (Captain America, X-Men,…) and Hollywood? [closed]

I believe that virtual world is rising. On the other side, literature, romance, reading, learning, sciences, maths, ... things of importance might be interests. Virtual world replaces the reality. ...
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Is there wildlife in Downbelow on Babylon 5?

I was watching, and I noticed this shady character enjoying what appears to be a nice, freshly prepared lizard on a stick in Downbelow. How does a lizard whose destiny is to be cooked over a ...
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Mind transfer to prisoners on moons of Jupiter

About 20 years ago I read a series of books that had the main character transfer into the body of prisoners on four moons of Jupiter. Would anyone know what the name of the series was?
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Why wasn't Odinforce Thor strong enough to beat Thanos in Endgame straight up?

I mean, was the pizza and video games that bad for his overall powers? Or was Thanos really that much stronger? Captain Marvel and Scarlet Witch both overpower Thanos during their little 1 on 1s. Why ...
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Are there any individual aliens that have gained superpowers in the Marvel universe?

We have seen plenty of examples of Earthlings (Terrans) who have obtained superpowers through various means: Bruce Banner, became the Hulk after exposure to Gamma Radiation Steve Rogers, gained super-...
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Why didn't Nero use the red matter to stop the supernova before it happened? [closed]

Nero knows where and when Spock and the ship will emerge. I get that he's a "particularly troubled Romulan", but was there a reason for why he didn't just take Spock's ship and the red matter, cause ...
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Is there a canonical date for the destruction of Romulus?

All we know from the 2009 Star Trek film is the date when the star went supernova. However, we aren't actually given the date for the destruction of Romulus, only that the "fastest ship" was ...
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Have Steve Rogers (Captain America) and a young Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) interacted during WWII?

Captain America served in World War II and Magneto's backstory revolves around his time in a concentration camp. Have Steve Rogers and a young Erik Lehnsherr interacted during WWII? Presumably this ...
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Why didn't the Empire disarm the populace?

Why does the Empire allow its subjects to go around armed? Han Solo openly carries a blaster. Chewbacca carries his bowcaster. In Rogue One, Baze Malbus carried a heavy repeater cannon. How does ...
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Fantasy book where some people have special powers (NOT superheroes)

Synopsis: Some people are born with special powers and they are called something in the book. The main character is one of these somethings and their power is essentially super-strength and is the ...
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How did space travel spread throughout the Star Wars galaxy?

By the time of the Star Wars films almost every species has access to space travel and faster-than-light technology. Has it ever been mentioned where this came from, did a specific species go out and ...
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Do we know where Human life originated in the Star Wars galaxy? [duplicate]

Assuming that the different species of alien all originated on different worlds around different stars do we know where the "Human" lifeforms that make up the majority of the Star Wars films came from ...
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Sci-fi series about a mercenary with a spaceship with AI

It's a book series about a guy that has a spaceship and the ship has AI and he travels all over doing odd jobs. There's one book with Lucky Jack in the title I think. I'm pretty sure he's hired to ...
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1answer
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What do these prophecies reference?

In the Good Omens television series, when Aziraphale is reading Agnes Nutter's book of prophecies, some flash up on the screen. Some of them are easy to read, and others are very faint. For instance: ...
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Ron/Hermione Fanfic where Hermione creates a potion to understand Ron’s mind

The plot was where Hermione Granger brewed an experimental potion to understand Ron Weasley's mind. But ends up with a side effect of amplifying every kind of spell they cast. Understanding the ...
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1960s sci-fi anthology with a Viking fighting a U.S. army MP on the cover

A sci-fi collection with a Viking and a U.S. army MP fighting each other on the cover. I lost this in 1967. It was a paperback anthology.
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Was Voldemort related to Draco?

Bellatrix is Draco and Nymphadora's aunt and Voldemort sired her daughter, does that make him their uncle?
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Old story about some guy being able to manipulate radio waves

I read a story about some guy that was able to manipulate radio waves and turn inanimate objects to life. He was stopped when he was driven into a tunnel underground or under a river that was able to ...
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Story about tricking the earth empire into saving hopeless aliens

I'm hoping to identify an SF story (read it at least 20 years ago, I think), where Earth has set up a base on a distant world, and when the locals see how advanced they are, they quietly give up on ...
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Family science fiction movie where aliens chew gumballs to turn into monsters

What is the scifi family movie where aliens(?) have these gumballs that whomever chews it turns into an alien/monster/creature thing. The government is trying to capture the aliens for study and a ...
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Did Michael Sheen (Aziraphale) use a body double in this Good Omens scene?

In the recently released TV miniseries "Good Omens" based on the book by Pratchett and Gaiman, there is a wonderful character exposition scene where Was there a stunt double for this scene? I can't ...
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Sci-fi Film Viewing Order Needed! [closed]

I am very much into film, but there are so many I haven’t seen in the sci-fi genre. So, would anyone care to provide a viewing order? One of my favourite all-time films is the first Alien movie (...
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Was “Pale Blue Eyes” an inspiration for “Burning Chrome”?

Neil Gaiman, in a piece for Lou Reed written for The Guardian in 2013 and reprinted in his non-fiction collection The View from the Cheap Seats, writes: I would see Lou's songs surface in the ...
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Sci fi/fantasy book, people stranded on a planet where tech doesn't work, magic mist

Trying to remember a series of books that were ostensibly fantasy, but the population of the world had been marooned after a space colonization attempt. Magic worked through a mist called The Fey, ...
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Why were AT-ATs vulnerable to X-Wing Blasters? [duplicate]

In Rogue One, at the battle of Scariff we see several X-Wings pass through the planetary shield before it closes. After this they destroy an AT-AT with their blasters. In Empire Strikes Back, Luke ...
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The last tree in the Universe

The setting: Humanity has spread through the galaxy, but there is only one tree left on a remote planet. It seems that Earth was the only planet where trees evolved; there are tall grasses and such ...
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How do the Eagles decide where to drop people off?

In The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, eagles appear occasionally. How do they decide where to drop people off? Is it directed by a character? Or are they conscious enough to decide on a ...
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How did Avada Kedavra get its name?

How did Avada Kedavra, the Unforgivable Killing Curse, get its name? Most spells' incantations sound similar to their effect, with their names influenced from Latin. However, Avada Kedavra, ...
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What made the Ancient One do this in Endgame?

In Avengers: Endgame Banner travels to Initially he seems like he will be unsuccessful until Why did this happen, what made her change her mind?
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Rama sequels - where can I find a detailed summary of every book? [closed]

So it happens that, 20 years later, thank to a Kindle I re-read Rendezvous with Rama and I find it even better than I remember. Then, all happy to have all the books on my Kindle, I decide to finally ...
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What was going on with Mi-Do's change of appearance?

On the TV show Abyss, when Mi-Do reappears after a long absence, she has drastically different appearance from the way she used to look (that is, Go Se-Yeon's current appearance). At first, it seemed ...
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Who were other people having this magic discipline?

In The Magicians TV series season 4 it is said that Quentin's discipline was healing small objects or something like that which had powers of mending trivial broken objects . Who were the other ...
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Why is Blenner allowed to remain a Commissar?

Throughout the Gaunts Ghosts books there are references that explain Blenner's behavior, lack of discipline and sheer competence as a Commissar. Commissariat takes their role very, very seriously. ...
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Who are the rulers of the different lands in “The Shannara Chronicles”?

In The Shannara Chronicles (TV series) the four lands have been mentioned. It is never clearly mentioned that who are the rulers of those lands. Who are the rulers of those four lands in the TV ...
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Why was Hee-Jin dating Cha-Min?

On the TV series Abyss (2019), we first know Hee-Jin as just someone who knows Cha-Min. She seems to be dating him, and promising to marry him, for his money, and to just be a regular scammer. Later, ...
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Space opera book series similar to the Seafort Saga

I read a couple of these books in the nineties, similar Napoleonic/Hornblower space navy set up to the Seafort Saga. 'Ships of the Wall' was an expression used and, like in the Seafort books, ...
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What is the relation between Purebred and non-Purebred crawlers?

On the show Angel 'N' Devil, there are several types of vampiric entities: Nightcrawlers and Daycrawlers, which are spiritual creatures that possess humans; and Purebred Nightcrawlers and Daycrawlers, ...
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Where were Frodo and Sam captured by Faramir?

Frodo, Sam, and Gollum are on their way to Mordor when they are captured by Faramir's company. Before releasing them, Faramir takes them to Osgiliath. In "movie time", the journey to Osgiliath seems ...
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60's book about a boy who builds a spaceship from cardboard in garage

The boy builds this spaceship and a dog like a creature appears and makes the ship real. They take off on amazing adventures. I read this in the very early '60s and have never forgotten it.
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Did Marisol and Mesquite have to collaborate to levitate?

In Scumble, by Ingrid Law it seemed that the sisters Marisol & Mesquite O'Connell always worked together when using their savvy to levitate objects. Was this a requirement? And furthermore, if so ...

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