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Short story about a man alone in a station on the moon

I read a short story in middle school I've been thinking about recently but I can't remember it's name. I totally know the story but I have no idea what it was called. A man was alone taking care of ...
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Identify a book about a boy with a magic mirror who becomes a scribe then wizard

I am looking for a book about a boy that was on a farm and looks into a magic mirror. Later the boy becomes a scribe and eventually joins a wizard college. He used magic in a sewer to hone his ...
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Palpatine's flesh in Episode 9. Damaged or undamaged? [on hold]

In Star Wars EU, Palpatine's clones lacked the Sith lightning damage that the original Palpatine had sustained from fighting Mace Windu. Assuming that the Palpatine in Episode 9 is a clone, would his ...
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Why didn’t Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?

Why didn’t the Dementors fight with Voldemort in the last battle of Hogwarts?
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How did Kyle Reese know what to buy to make pipe bombs?

After fleeing the police station and checking into the motel, Kyle goes shopping for supplies returning with moth balls, corn syrup etc but how did he know what to buy? I think that in the original ...
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Book: suicidal girl is saved by a dragon in human form, dragon community faces internal strife

Read this book several years ago for free on my Kindle. It began with a girl's attempted suicide interrupted by a man. I believe he heals her? We later find out he is a dragon. He lives with several ...
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Fantasy story; one type of magic grows in power with use, but the more powerful they are, they more they are drawn to travel to their source

World is a non-Earth and mostly steriotypical sword and sorcery. I think there were only humans. I believe it was a stand alone novel, but it could have been in a series. I think it was written in ...
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Why does Hermione say “how often do I have to tell you” when telling Ron that you can't (Dis)apparate inside the Hogwarts grounds?

While writing an answer to Was there any reason to think that there might be students younger than 17 coming for the Triwizard Tournament?, I came across this line: “A Portkey?” Ron suggested. “Or ...
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What is the visual aesthetic of Brave New World [on hold]

In Brave New World does Huxley ever describe the look of the World State? The buildings, clothing, technology, or anything like that?
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Half Blood Prince and the Death Eaters at Diagon Alley

In the beginning of the Half Blood Prince, you can see death eaters blowing up the wall to diagon alley. So, wouldn’t the muggles be able to see and walk straight into the wizard world? Also I mean ...
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Anime in which aliens invade Earth and a robot scientist makes a toy robot to fight it

I don't remember the plot but in the anime a scientist makes a boy's toy into a robot to fight the alien robot. The anime was very new and had very good animation. The boy controlled the robot in ...
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SciFi series, one book about some criminal with his extra fat cells in suitcases

It was a series, something like Spaceways Patrol or something. Kind of pulpy, maybe, around the 80s. Small books, maybe around 150 pages. One of the books had some guy who was storing his fat ...
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What is the appropriate reading order for Sword Art Online?

From Googling around a bit I've gotten the impression that: The Light Novels (LNs) are the source material The "Progressive" novels (PNs) expand upon the source material The Manga was adapted from ...
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What are the out-of-universe reasons for the references to Toby Maguire-era Spider-Man in Into the Spider-Verse?

We see numerous iconic scenes directly lifted from the Tobey Maguire-era Spider-Man films in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, such as: etc. What are in out-of-universe reasons (rights, story-...
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What did Thanos do to Eitri's hands?

What did Thanos do to Eitri's hands? Are they: encased in metal? cut off and replaced (by Eitri or Thanos) with metal? turned to metal? something else? In Avengers: Infinity War, Eitri reports on ...
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Combination spy novel and horror regarding “mind vampires”

I am trying to track down a novel I read in December 1990 on my way to Saudi Arabia. Lost the book. It melded some Navy "moles" in the Pentagon funneling secrets (about a new plane) to the Russians ...
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What's the meaning of “fortified infraction restraint”?

In Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Lando shows his Millennium Falcon to his new friends: Han: Looks like you had a little work done. Lando: Indeed I have, Han. Installed an escape pod in the ...
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758 views

Short story by Isaac Asimov about a mental chef

I'm looking for a short story by Isaac Asimov about someone who creates dishes not in the kitchen but by combining ingredients in his head.
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1answer
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Why didn't Eitri join the fight?

In Avengers: Infinity War, after the passage of Thor, Groot and Rocket to Nidavellir, Eitri has nothing left to lose, his planet is dead and he can no longer forge weapons by himself. Given that he is ...
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Giant alien robots controlled by dinosaurs

I'm looking for a movie I watched in early 2000s, but I'm not sure when it was filmed, maybe in the 80s. It was about aliens having invaded Earth using giant robots. The rebels build their own robot ...
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Why didn't The Mountain enforce Cersei's order? [duplicate]

In S07E07 "The Dragon and the Wolf" of Game of Thrones, while Jaime is preparing his troops to march to Winterfell, Cersei pulls him aside & tells him she means to double cross the rest. She has ...
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Did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon?

In Stars Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from his chair in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or from one of the Falcon’s two swiveling gun turrets? ...
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Novel: non-telepath helps overthrow rule by telepaths

Years ago, I read a novel whose title I'd like to rediscover. What I can remember is this: The novel's world has powerful, amoral-or-evil telepaths who are in a dominant social position. They've got ...
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Who owns the rights to 'Valentine the Dark Avenger'?

Who owns the rights to Valentine the Dark Avenger? The only Wikipedia reference I can find is the following Dark Avengers listing which is definitely owned by Marvel. It seems funny to me that it ...
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Teenagers find an ancient lizard creature in stasis and accompany him on adventures to an undersea city

When I was a kid, I read a book (likely from the '60s) about a pair of kids who find an ancient lizard/fish man inside a cave. The cave has been recently exposed by an earthquake and the creature is ...
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Symbolism in Frank Herbert's Dune (kundalini anyone?) [on hold]

I'm trying to be very clear here to keep Stack reviewers happy. Have any reviewers of Frank Herbert's Dune (reviewers exist) commented that the worms represent kundalini (symbolism is the bedrock of ...
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2 Way Horcrux Chain

Lets say you had 3 wizards, let’s call them A, B and C. If A were to turn B & C into Horcruxes, B were to turn A & C into Horcruxes and C were to turn A & B into Horcruxes. Would killing ...
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Book: troubleshooter born into a desolate future world

I think the book or series is from the late 70s early 80s. It's based in the future; the character was born in a desolate world and grew up with an almost animalistic survivability. It was not by L.E....
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What was the dust in Harry's battle with Voldemort?

In Order of the Phoenix, when Harry forced Voldemort out from the possession, what was the dust floating around Harry, and what was it called?
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Why was sabotage so easy in the Triwizard Tournament?

Since the Triwizard Tournament is the biggest competition in the wizard world, why would it be so easy for someone to bewitch it?
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What did Robin Hobb call a group of dragons?

Robin Hobb towards the end of the "Realm of the Elderlings" series called a group of dragons something and I can't for the life of me remember what it was or find it in said books or online. Anyone ...
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How old was King Rastakhan at the time of Battle for Azeroth?

In the WoW expansion "Battle for Azeroth", players finally visit the legendary Zandalari Empire. Horde players meet its king, Rastakhan, eventually even During the quest to do so, players witness the ...
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How did no one exiting the Hogwarts Express bump into Harry under his Invisibility Cloak?

When Harry was on the Hogwarts Express trying to look through Draco’s belongings, how was nobody bumping into Harry when everyone was getting off?
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Batman/Clayface story about a death cult made of teenage horror fans

I'm trying to find the Batman comic that centered around Clayface and a death cult made up of teenage horror fans. Anyone know the story, and/or what the comic was, or the number of the comic, if it ...
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What happens if both Sith master and apprentice accidentally kill each other under the rule of two? [on hold]

Has this ever been discussed in the books? Surely over thousands of years of the rule of two there must have been an incident where a fatally wounded opponent nearly delivers a killing blow in a ...
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Sci-fi movie about a woman in an asylum / psychiatric ward

I saw this movie when I was a kid around the early-to-mid '80-s - I only remember a few details of it but what I do remember left quite an impression so I'd like to find it and watch it again. Here ...
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Harry Potter fan fiction where Sirius Black rescues Harry as a child

This was a Harry Potter fan fiction in which Sirius rescues Harry when he is a kid, walks to his uncle's cabin, and uses a "cooking wand"?
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How many people in the wizarding world knew where Harry Potter lived?

This question says the wizarding world believed Harry Potter lived with Muggles, but maybe that is all that most wizards knew about his location. How secret was Harry Potter's home in Little Whinging ...
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What can the Arcana do to stop the Sharona military

If you read the latest Multiverse book ( Hell hath no fury) the union of Arcana is in a bad place they lost control of the Hell Gate their Invasion force is completely cut off from resupply. Most of ...
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Book where humans were engineered with genes from animal species to survive hostile planets

This was asked elsewhere but the querent has never been back. It has, however, got me very curious as to the answer. Please note: I can't answer anything on the content as I'm not the OP looking ...
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Short Story with Cinderella as a Voo-doo Witch

I remember reading this in a college English class about 20 years ago. The elements I can remember are: Cinderella's mother was killed by the king because she was a witch. Both Cinderella and her ...
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At the end of Thor: Ragnarok why don't the Asgardians turn and head for the Bifrost as per their original plan?

At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, the Asgardians are heading for the Bifrost when they are intercepted by Hela's soldiers and Fenris. After they are all destroyed and only Hela herself remained, the ...
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2001: A Space Odyssey's use of the song “Daisy Bell” (Bicycle Built for Two); life imitates art or vice-versa?

In Kubrick's movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey (IMDb), the computer HAL is heard to sing the song "Daisy Bell" (aka "A Bicycle Built for Two") as David Bowman is disconnecting HALs higher memory functions. ...
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90s Movie/TV series in which a boy travels to different worlds, fighting an evil scientist [duplicate]

Saw this movie/TV series the 90s, though could have been made in the 80s. It was a live action show. Boy meets a scientist, who can open a portal to different worlds They are being chased by an evil ...
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Sci-Fi book where patients in a coma ward all live in a subconscious world linked together

I'm looking for a book that I think I read about forty years ago. About a number of patients in a coma ward that lived in a subconscious world run by another powerful patient also in a coma... somehow ...
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Steamy fantasy book, succubus-type character being after the “seed” of male protagonist

I'm trying to remember the name of a fantasy book I read a while back (10 years ago). There was a male protagonist who was some kind of "chosen one" and a succubus-type character who was after his "...
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What is that brown stuff around the planet Xahea?

In Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2, Episode 13, "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part I", another Red Burst™ leads the ship to the planet Xahea, home of Queen Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po, who Ensign Tilly met in the ...
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How is Gendry supposed to fulfill Arya's request?

There are no dimensions. How is Gendry supposed to make it? Is it a blowgun? A spear? What materials does it require? Gendry is supervising the forge for thousands of dragonglass weapons and Arya ...
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How did Mr. Incredible know how many powers Jack-Jack exhibited in Incredibles 2?

At the end of Incredibles 2, Elastigirl was surprised by Jack-Jack's powers. Mr. Incredible said she missed his first 17 powers. However, we the audience saw these powers. He was asleep when most of ...
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What was the meaning of the Night King's message?

In S08E01 of Game of Thrones, we see this message: We have seen this several times, the symbol drawn with horse heads, the stones around the Weirwood where White Walkers are created and in some caves,...

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