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Short story where Earth is given a racist governor who likes species of a certain color

I'm trying to identify a science fiction short story I read many years ago. In it, Earth receives an emissary from the Galactic Government, who informs us that (our sense of self-importance ...
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In Marvel Comics, what material is the Infinity Gauntlet itself made out of?

The Infinity Gauntlet is the way that Thanos and others have wielded the six Infinity Stones. In comics, it looks like this: In the comics universe (not the Marvel Cinematic Universe), what material ...
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In Stay Tuned, why was nobody worried about Murray Seidelbaum reaching 24 hours?

The Knables went into the satellite dish at 10:30 pm, as we know from Helen’s broken watch left behind. The implication is that the Knables were sucked in the following night, and they meet Murray ...
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Which was the first story to feature orbital rings?

Since they are related ideas (many times an orbital ring depends on a space elevator, though not always a space elevator has an orbital ring, neither always an orbital ring has a space elevator , ...
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What were the different themes in the Great Music of the Ainur?

The LotR Wikia page on Melkor tells us: When the Ainur sang the Great Music before Eru, Melkor wove some of these alien thoughts into his music, and straightaway Discord arose around him. Some of ...
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How did Kaladin break his oath?

Throughout Words of Radiance, a lot of Kaladin's arc is dedicated to his struggle to come to terms with Elhokar's incompetence as king. He listens sympathetically to Moash's arguments about why the ...
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Short story with very a old, plant-like warrior who fights a war against an enemy species

This has been eating at me for a few years now. I believe I read this in one of the 'best sci-fi of the year' aggregations. The plot centers around an old warrior living in peace in a small town. He ...
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Short Story - Man lives in isolation in a compound, plays tennis against a robot, arranges meeting with a woman

I read this story in an anthology in the late 1980s or early 1990s. I don't remember the name of the anthology (that will be for a future question) but do remember it also had the first chapter of ...
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Old cartoon movie or series: robots walking down a tilting corridor to get “sacrificed”

I just remembered a scene from a somewhat old sci-fi cartoon series or movie but Google only brought me here so I'll give it a try. What I can remember: a lot of robots walking down a tunnel or ...
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Comic about an alien who crashes in a junkyard

An alien who has stolen something valuable from a creepy black and white lady (also an alien) crashes on Earth. He has a pet that looks like a black and white fox-like creature with no mouth. The ...
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Where is Polis from The 100 located today? [duplicate]

I was researching earthquake resistant buildings and saw one that look exactly like the Polis tower. I did some research and discovered it is in LA.
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What vampire has the longest existence? [on hold]

I wanted to ask what the life span of a vampire was, but as undead that did not seem like the right question. What vampire has the longest existence?
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Story that is part biblical text and part science fiction

A friend of mine is trying to find the source of a story she uncovered a few weeks ago. She probably copied it from a book or a magazine in late 1960/early 1970 in the Netherlands, so the text is in ...
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80s animated movie where a time traveller goes to the past and is mistaken for Jesus whilst surfing

I need help finding an old animated movie I think was from the 80s. I can only remember one scene off the top of my head, which was about the time traveller being in the past and going for a surf and ...
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Short story in which aliens follow chain of increasingly ferocious/belligerent animals culminating with human child

This is a short story in which aliens land on Earth and track, follow and observe animals. For reasons I forget they follow a chain of increasingly belligerent animals. Near the end a wolverine faces ...
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What are all the versions of Gary?

In Final Space season 1 chapter 8 Gary goes to visit the imprisoned Titan, Bolo. When he first "meets" Bolo he sees multiple versions of himself and comments on a few: Construction Hat Gary Eagle ...
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2 War machines survive the destruction of humanity, try to build a robot to repair themselves

The story is about 2 war robots who have survived a war that wiped out humanity world-wide. There may be more of the robots functional elsewhere, but since the long-distance communication robots ...
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Movie where a woman is running away from a plant creature which rips her shorts?

I'm trying to figure out a movie's name. In the movie there was a woman running away from some plant creature, and she was knocked out. I remember it tried to rape her and ripped her shorts as its ...
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Non-astartes Demon Prince?

Are there any known examples of the chaos gods turning a non-astartes into a demon prince in warhammer 40k? I know other Xenos races like the Laeren do worship them and they have normal human ...
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What are these Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and which anime characters are holding them?

This picture shows ten people holding Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, and I presume they are all from the anime series. The ones in the front are Blue Eyes White Dragon and Dark Magician, and the sleeves make it ...
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Short story. Farm equipment & construction robots, post apocalyptic

This was a short story in one the readers we had in grade school. Gist of it was that humans had semi sentient robots for almost all tasks, but humanity has died out and the robots are looking for ...
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Could a Borg member survive a ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’-type transporter malfunction? [on hold]

Given how durable and adaptable the Borg are, could they survive the type of transporter malfunction seen in ‘Star Trek:The Motion Picture’(1979)? If so, could this Borg member reshape itself into ...
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Webnovel(?) About Man Waking Up In The Future

I can recall reading an excerpt of the first chapter of this work. I believe the rest was hidden by a paywall, even though the story was primarily online. It was about a police officer (or maybe a ...
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What part do the Protoss play in the “Ascension”? And if none, doesn't that make Terrans “pure of form” instead?

In StarCraft 2, the “Infinite Cycle” which the Xel'naga initiate is described as the coming together of “purity of essence” (ostensibly the Zerg) and “purity of form” (ostensibly the Protoss), to ...
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Novel with an adult voluntarily augmented to mech suit tech

This was a novel I read back in the 90s. The book was in English. The time is set in the future. The US (I think? Or an allegorical nation that mirrors the US) is fighting a war against (allegorical) ...
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Stand-alone novel with clones, re-populating Earth, lunar base and apocalypse, probably hard SF

I have a question regarding 1 book I have read but can't re-read as I don't remember its author and title. I can't find it using Google and some databases. I don't think I'll ask for another books so ...
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Book series I read sometime in the early 00s set in a fantasy world perhaps on an island with a castle/kingdom nearby

I checked these books out from my middle school library. I remember the main characters were a girl and guy. They were both a sort of unexpected hero. I know it was set in a fantasy world perhaps ...
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What happened to Sulu's predecessor?

In the beginning of the Undiscovered Country, Hikaru Sulu has been promoted to captain and commands the starship Excelsior. Where was Styles, the previous captain during this time?
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Writing Machines/Robots/AIs [on hold]

I'm looking for short stories about machines/robots/AI-programs that write stories; e.g. "The Great Grammatizator", "Fifty Million Monkeys", "Fault-Intolerant", "Galley Slave", etc. Any assistance ...
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What does the world of of Ted Chiang's “Tower of Babylon” actually look like?

Can someone visually explain the world from the 'Tower of Babylon' story? Where does the sun go at night if the world is a cylinder? Is the sun outside/inside of the cylinder or on the same level as ...
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Which was the first story to feature space elevators?

In many very popular sci-fi anime stories, there are "space elevators", or, in other words, a giant tower which allows to transport people and/or objects from the surface of Earth to space. Some of ...
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Dramione fanfiction on a spell's name, Draco and Hermione create a potion of empathy and find a cure after deciphering an old journal

I want to find a Dramione fanfiction which I think is on a spell's name. In it Draco and Hermione are paired for potions. They create a potion of empathy link or something like that. They try to find ...
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Which was the first story to feature helmets which reads your mind to control a machine?

In Pacific Rim (2013), a similar idea to this was featured. A helmet connected to your head and a suit connected to your spine allowed a human brain-machine interface, but apparently mostly in the ...
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What did Professor Quirrell's office look like?

Starting in the second Harry Potter book, Harry becomes quite familiar with the interiors of the DADAs' offices and how the current occupant decorates it. Do we ever have an inclination on how ...
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Is there anything that prevents them from using plasma guns on helicopters?

In Pacific Rim (2013), one of the Jaegers - Gypsy Danger - has some arm mounted plasma guns, which seem to be really effective against the Kaiju. Is there anything in-universe preventing them from ...
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Show about 5 teens who all have elemental powers and turn into different humanoid creatures

I loved this show but it's really bugging me as I don't know the name... I remember it being animated and in the morning, in the year 2011 or around that. The plot was about 1 teen girl with blonde ...
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Why did Shae (falsely) implicate Sansa?

In S4E6, during the trial where Tyrion is accused of regicide, Shae provides a false testimony to the jury. The question of why Shae betrayed Tyrion has already been covered, but I haven’t found ...
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Sci fi book, man buys a beat up spaceship and intervenes in a civil war on a planet and eventually becomes a space cop

UK paperback, possibly early eighties. This man goes to the used spaceship dealership. The salesman shows him many types but his eyes are continually drawn to a beat up old heap in the corner which ...
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Why did Tywin never remarry?

With all of Tywin Lannister's talk of protecting the family legacy why did he never remarry after the death of his wife? He was still relatively young at the time and there are examples of older lords ...
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What “person” is Ebony Maw referring to?

In Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ebony Maw says to Doctor Strange, who wears necklace with Time Stone on it: In all the time I've served Thanos...I have never failed him. If I were to reach our ...
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How old are Richard and Kahlan?

The protagonists of the Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind are Richard and Kahlan. How old are they throughout the course of the series, especially during the events of the first book, Wizards ...
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Old book about a land surrounded by a thick fog wall where people are exiled to the other side

About 12 to 15 years ago I read a book that started off as a sword and sorcery-style book about a land surrounded by a thick fog wall. I don't remember who wrote it or what it was called. If I ...
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Post-apocalyptic webcomic. Hero is a former doctor turned android, named something like Abe or Aron

I've been looking for this one over several months. Webomic was ongoing 2 years ago, I was really hooked up. Thing is I don't remember anything except little details of plot like: Post-apocalyptic (...
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80's Animation Sci-Fi Movie - Woman and man on a planet attacked by large colorful bees

First of all, the movie is not Nausicäa or Time Masters (1982). Although it is kinda similar. What I remember (memory is 17 years old): I saw this movie on Free-TV or VHS in maybe 2002. The ...
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Name of a comedian from the 80s/90s? [on hold]

I am looking for the name of a comedian from the 80s or 90s. He appeared once on Comic Strip Live or Evening at the Improv. His set was based on mayhem at Thanksgiving, with discussion of why jello ...
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Why wasn't the Galactic Empire aware the shuttle Tydirium was captured by rebels?

This statement on this question doesn't seem right to me with what we know from A New Hope. There is no evidence to say the canon Imperials knew that the shuttle was stolen. The Galactic Empire ...
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YA sci-fi book about a girl who is hired to go to a planet and steal some alien technology

The book is about a girl who is hired to go to a planet and steal some alien technology. She teams up with a scholar whose goal is to save the technology. The scholar's dad is in jail. The girl had ...
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Why didn't the moisture farmers just leave Tatooine?

In the films, both Anakin and Luke want to leave Tatooine, which indicates how harsh life was on the dusty ball. Moisture farming takes place against a background of slavery, illegal smuggling, ...
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Which characters are present in Dr. Strange's Tarot Deck?

I found these two images by accident while reading about Tarot. And From the wikis it seems like at some point Dr. Strange was using a Tarot deck to distribute tasks among some Marvel heroes. In ...
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Why didn't General Grievous intervene during the fight of Darth Tyranus vs Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi?

I saw one video by the Star Wars Reading Club about this, and it made me wonder as well why Grievous never helped Dooku out during the battle between Darth Tyranus, Anakin Sywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi....

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