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Where did Toa Lhikan get the Toa stones from?

In the 2004 Bionicle lore and movie, six matoran (Vakama, Nokama, Matau, Onewa, Whenua, and Nuju) are given Toa stones by Toa Lhikan. They take these Toa stones to the Great Temple in Ga-Metru, where ...
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What are the connections between Hamilton's Star Kings and “Star Wars”?

From SG Glossary's "Space Opera" entry: The Star Wars movies themselves owe much to Edmond Hamilton's 1949 novel The Star Kings and its sequel Return to the Stars. However, having read Star Kings,...
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What is the earliest instance of the use of term “blaster” in sci-fi to denote energy-based weapon?

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” - Han Solo, naturally. So, by the time Star Wars was released, blaster was an established science-...
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What are the size limitations of Odo's ability to shape shift?

Odo seems to be able to become quite small (as small as a mouse) and much larger than humanoid form. Is there a limitation to how large (or small) he can become? Can he become as large as a spaceship?...
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Why does General Grievous seem to have a persistent smoker's lung?

I've been re-watching Star Wars after picking up the BD pack, and one thing that's been bothering me is the smoker's cough that General Grievous displays. Since he's (at least) half cybernetic, there ...
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What was the software used for gene sequencing in Rise of the Planet of the Apes?

Does anybody know what software was shown in this movie for sequencing vaccines? It seems real.
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Was Yoda fully sane on Dagobah?

Our (and Luke's) original impression of Yoda is by no means flattering. He looks like a crazy hungry green thing that unfortunately has the ability to speak. Yoda digs through Luke's stuff, eats Luke'...
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Why does Kyle XY not have a navel?

I admit that I never watched the show, but for some reason I am curious about this. Was this ever answered?
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Is JMS's 4-Point System still in use?

At a Baltimore-area convention back in 1997 (I think), I recall that J. Michael Straczynski spoke of a Four Point System that he had developed for rating the overall quality (hardness?) of a piece of ...
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In Mogworld, what is the nature of the relationship between Mr. Wonderful and Bowg?

In Mogworld, the assassin team of Mr. Wonderful and Bowg seem to have a pretty odd relationship. Mr. Wonderful appears to be a normal - albeit psychopathic - fellow, while Bowg comes across as almost ...
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How long was Bill Murray's character (Phil Connors) supposed to be in a time loop in the film “Groundhog Day”?

I've often wondered how long Bill Murray's character (Phil Connors) was supposed to be in his time loop before he got out of it. You could count the number of days depicted in the movie, but there are ...
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Has the Star Wars universe caught up to our time?

Star Wars is set "a long time ago", but I know there have been an expanded universe. Has that universe's time caught up to our time line yet?
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If there are universal translators, why are some words/phrases not translated?

In Star Trek, there are universal translators on the ship to make communications between the different species possible. But there are countless times when Klingons talk in Klingon and English, when ...
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Why didn't Dumbledore have access to his portrait on his biography?

In Book 7, it's learned that one of the difficulties Snape has in getting the sword of Gryffindor to Harry is that Harry and Hermione are taking very great precautions to stay hidden, including ...
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Does Red Skull die at the end of Captain America?

At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger (directed by Joe Johnston with Chris Evans in the titular role) you see Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) holding the Tesseract after being hit by Captain ...
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What is a TV series on Disney where people wake up on a spaceship but can't remember its name?

I tried hard but can't seem to find the answer. Basically, 4 or 5 people wake up from hibernation (or something similar) one day to find themselves on a spaceship. I remember one episode when they ...
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Short story where aliens deal with humanity on the misunderstanding that Star Trek is non-fiction

I'm looking for a short (which I'm fairly sure I read online rather than on paper) which has as its premise that an alien civilization observing humanity thought Star Trek was real rather than ...
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Could the ring have intended to be picked up by Bilbo?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, during the prologue, it explains how Bilbo got the ring. She says: Its time had now come. It abandoned Gollum. But then something happened that the Ring did not ...
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How did Stevie D. find Harry and who hired him?

In the book Changes, a hitman named Stevie D. was hired by someone with Susan's description to try to kill Harry. After finishing the book, I'm still unclear as to the motivation behind this and ...
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How do zombies smell?

In The Walking Dead, both the show and the graphic novels, it is established that the walkers determine prey from other walkers by sense of smell. However, we see some pretty far decayed walkers, ...
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Who are the “Heirs of the Blade”?

The seventh (and latest) book of the Shadows of the Apt series by Adrian Tchaikovsky is titled "Heirs of the Blade". However the only one I would really call a heir of the blade is So who are the ...
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What is the symbolism of the colors assigned to Istari wizards?

The 5 known Istari wizards all had different colors (Saruman the White, Gandalf the Gray, Radagast the Brown and two blue ones, with the later changes of Gandalf to white and Saruman to 'many colors')....
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In the Aliens movie, what do the Xenomorphs eat?

In the movies Alien and Aliens, what do the aliens eat? You would think they first feed from the body host, but then when the human host awakens he doesn't have anything visibly wrong, so the human ...
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Was there any justification (in-Universe) for the 9-member count of Fellowship of the Ring or of its specific make-up?

The Fellowship consisted of nine members: four Hobbits, two Men, one Elf, one Dwarf, and one wizard. Is there a specific in-Universe explanation for: 9 members I have seen un-cited references that ...
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What can I read and in what order if I want to delve into the Warhammer 40K lore?

After playing a lot of Warhammer 40K: Space Marine, I suddenly have a huge urge to read more about that universe. It seems this story is quite old and lots of books have been written about it, and ...
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What sounds attract zombies?

In the first episode of Season 2 of The Walking Dead, the survivors avoid using their guns for fear of attracting large groups of walkers. They take steps to ensure that everyone has hand-to-hand ...
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What novel had a boy who did backward every motion he'd made all day?

For example, the boy had to walk his whole day backwards as a way to untwist himself. His need to repeat all his daily actions in reverse was almost like watching a movie in reverse. The boy was the ...
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How are transporters able to transport energy?

It has always been my understanding that Start Trek transporters were an elaborate form of replicator. That is, when a person or thing is being transported, only a data stream is really being ...
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Can droids sense the presence of a Force user?

While watching Star Wars Episode I, I started thinking about how Darth Maul was searching for the Jedi (and Padme) with those probe droids. Is there anything in the Star Wars Universe to indicate ...
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Do we ever see written English in the Star Wars films?

In Empire Strikes Back, we see a transcription of what R2's beeps and bloops mean, but it's not English (sorry for the low quality, it's from the 2004 DVDs): I'd assume it's what Basic looks like ...
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How do Hypo-sprays work?

In Star Trek, the hypo-spray is the replacement of the syringe in our time frame. But does the hypo-spray actually pierce the skin? I've seen times when they are used on direct skin contact, through ...
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Why is it acceptable in the Star Trek universe for doctors to instantly sedate patients?

It seems like any time a patient becomes unruely in Star Trek, the on call doctor immediately hyposprays him with something to knock him out. How can it be ethically acceptable for doctors to just ...
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Actual hints of Picard's ancestry?

While it is claimed here and there that Picard name is inspired by Auguste Piccard, the first man who saw the Earth’s curvature, and his family of balloonists and bathyscaphists, is this actually ...
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How do people understand astromech droids?

In all the Star Wars movies, R2D2 just boops and beeps his way around. And everyone understands him perfectly, though he is obviously not speaking Basic. How do people understand him - is there like ...
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Pre-1996 YA fantasy - female cat burglar [duplicate]

I have been trying to remember the title/find this book for over a decade. The main character is an orphan. I think she is slightly psychic? She becomes a thief but hates stealing; at one point she ...
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When did Sinestro make his own green Ring?

In issue #2 of Green Lantern (Oct 2011), Sinestro gave Hal Jordan a ring that he said he made himself. How can he make such a ring? When? Is it merely a construct?
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What is the series where humans are genetically altered to go under cover on alien planets? [duplicate]

It was a series of 3 or 4 books. The crew of a ship were on a mission to recover something ( rings I think) from different planets. Humans had been genetically altered to live on each planet. ...
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Did Tolkien really explicitly consider Sam the true hero of The Lord of the Rings?

Quoting from Crouching Moron Hidden Badass: Literature on TVTropes (TVTropes link alert!!! Don't tell me I didn't warn you!): Perhaps even more aptly: Samwise Gamgee. His name roughly translates to ...
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Average lifespan of a demigod in Percy Jackson & The Olympians

How long can demigods live? Daedalus lived for thousands of years... by making a discovery for immortality, like Nicholas Flamel? Circe lived for thousands of years... by using magic? Or is she a ...
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Why does Picard need to give verbal orders to bring the ship out of warp?

Often when they arrive in a star system from warp, someone will say something like, "Captain, we've arrived in the such-and-such system." And he will give the order to take the ship out of warp. Now, ...
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How does Picard choose a warp speed?

How does Picard, or anyone for that matter, decide at what warp speed to travel? Obviously there are times when they need to get somewhere in a hurry and he says, warp 9 or maximum warp, but the rest ...
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If Galaxy-class ships had been developed by 2360, why couldn't they scout for the voyager crew?

Voyager was lost in 2371, now I realize that for a long time the Alpha Quadrant probably had no idea where Voyager was or if it was even still operating, but at some point during the series they made ...
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Who was that DC hero?

In the Young Justice episode, Revelation, a helicopter is knocked out of the sky, and the occupants fall out of the helicopter as it plummets downward. A hero flies by and saves the occupants. She ...
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Do Ferengi ever blink their eyes?

I recently watched some Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes and I noticed that the Ferengi never blink their eyes. Is it just the actors or do Ferengi as a race not need to blink their eyes?
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Who killed Bruce Wayne's parents?

In the 1989 movie Batman, it was shown that the man who would become the Joker killed Bruce's parents. Is this what happened in the official canon? Did Batman ever get revenge on the person who ...
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What is the Joker's real name?

Most villains who take on an alias do so to hide their real names or to show they have become the villain or whatnot. What about the Joker? I know he has a real name because he wasn't always the ...
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Why did so many people feel sorry for Donna Noble?

In Silence in the Library, River Song expressed an attitude that she was feeling sorry for Donna Noble. In The Stolen Earth, at the Shadow Proclamation lobby, while Donna was sitting on the stairs, a ...
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Where is the rest of Yoda's species?

We never seem to see any beings of Yoda's species - except, of course, Yoda himself. This leads us to the question of where the rest of the li'l critt'rs are. Yoda had to have parents, correct? So ...
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What was Gandalf's plan for getting the Ring to Mt. Doom?

I'm currently re-reading Lord of the Rings for the umpteenth time, and a question occurred to me. When Gandalf hears from Faramir that Frodo and Sam were heading for Cirith Ungol, he is shocked. ...
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Why is the indentation for Mars missing from the underside of the Ringworld?

I was reading Lary Niven's "The Ringworld Engineers" last night. In the last chapter I read, they were flying the Needle underneath the Ringworld, passing under The Great Ocean, looking at the ...

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