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Short story; Aliens look for Playboy bosoms

It was a short SF story I read approx 40 years ago. Unremembered anthology in the UK. An alien scout party beam up or abduct a man and a woman, strangers to one another, from some American road. The ...
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Story about a group of space travelers who landed on a planetoid, only to discover it was a spacecraft

A story I read once years ago and would like to reread but do not know the name featured a group of space travelers who landed on a planetoid, only to discover it was a spacecraft. Gaining entry, they ...
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What exactly is this goblin doing here?

This goblin took a wand from this person and handed it over to this person here: What exactly is this goblin doing here?
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Who is the huge soldier among Zod's retinue in Man of Steel?

In Man of Steel, when Zod attacks the Council, we get a glimpse on some of his soldiers. One of them, seems to be a physically huge guy (I don't think it is a matter of perspective in the screen) Can ...
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Short story where a scientist finds a way to explode the iron in the Earth's crust, considers a childhood of bullying, and releases the process

I was reading this story-id request and it reminded me of story I read somewhere in the mid 90s to the early 2000s in an anthology. A scientist finds a way to explode the iron in the Earth's crust. I ...
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Isekai manga where mc receives two blessings/skills

I was reading a manga where the MC was reincarnated into another world after receiving two XP related skills/blessings from two goddesses as they had a mix-up and both gave him a skill/blessing when ...
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What are the bosses references to in Violent Storm?

The 1993 Konami video game "Violent Storm" features a lot of allusions to earlier works in various media. The whole game is patterned after Capcom's "Final Fight"—itself a game ...
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In what short story did the protagonist have to convince a relativistic ship/cycler to not destroy life in his system as a precautionary measure?

The setting is on a remote station or outpost on a planet I believe. The character whom the narration follows (1st or 3rd POV) has only objects like a telescope and a radio transceiver to communicate. ...
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Live action movie, space station/colony destroyed by drones at end

This was a sci-fi film that I saw the end of on TV either late 80's/early 90's. Unfortunately I only remember the end where the space station (I think) the main characters live and work on is under ...
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Manhwa where an ordinary person awakens as a mage, and remembers his past life

This manhwa is similar to Solo Spell Caster. It starts out with the main character as an ordinary person, and in this world there are people that have powers to fight monsters that I believe come ...
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What else was inside Ben Kenobi's chest?

Form the movie Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, we all remember the scene at Ben Kenobi's hut where the old hermit gets up and goes to a chest where he rummages around and then extracts from it ...
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How did Paul Atreides Differ From the Intended Kwisatz Haderach?

It's been a while since I've re-read the Dune books, but I remember the Bene Gesserit were upset with Jessica because she was ordered to bear only female children. The long range plan was to breed ...
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Public domain images of Little Fuzzy?

I've been rereading H. Beam Piper's "Little Fuzzy", and I had a thought for a t-shirt I might have made to wear to my next Con. But it requires an image of Little Fuzzy. Any ideas where I ...
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A short story where popularising math leads to people doing math like "muzak"

The story starts with two math people in an elevator, complaining about the "Muzak" that's piped in and inescapable. They complain about how trite and shallow it is, nothing like "real ...
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Why didn't Obi-Wan offer an apology or pay for the mess at Chalmun's Cantina?

In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, there is a very well known scene at Mos Eisley Cantina of the brief confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Dr. Cornelius Evazan and Ponda Baba where the noble Jedi ...
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What is the title of the short story using the plot device of a Film archive found on earth's moon by aliens

Short story published in either a magazine or more likely an anthology. Probably published in the 50's or 60's. Earth is dead and aliens land on the moon. While studying the moon and earth, an ...
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Thor comic book (1960ish) in which Thor resists an alien weapon

In or before 1961 I spent some time at a Boys Club in Philadelphia, and one thing I did there was read comic books. I remember a Thor comic book in which aliens (possibly the Kree or the Skrulls) were ...
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Carnival/Muses short story?

Anyone know of a short story that takes place in a carnival with the Muses as central characters? They each use their particular talents to compete for the attention of a handsome new member of the ...
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English-language version of film of Heinlein's "The Door into Summer?" [closed]

The Door into Summer is a 1957 science fiction novel by Robert Heinlein. Apparently it was made into a Japanese-language movie in 2021 by producer Shinji Ogawa and director Takahiro Miki. The lead is ...
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Can a robot be fooled by a human posing as a robot?

There are at least two Asimov stories that I recall when a robot “harms” a human. In the bicentennial man at the very beginning the surgeon robot refuses to perform the procedure as it would harm ...
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What is the first work to base Hogwarts uniforms on modern school uniforms?

The text of the first Harry Potter book describe the school uniform as a black robe with a black cloak, a hat, and dragon hide gloves when hand protection is needed, and I think that's pretty cool. ...
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A short story about a “fractal” world

I read this about 15-20 years ago. I suppose it was in some collection, but I don’t really remember. It might well be much older. In this story, if I remember correctly, all living things are humanoid....
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Comic: a frontiersman and his Mexican sidekick fight a sect of Aztec mummies

Comic book, possibly American, from the early 1970s, in black and white. A Davy-Crocket-style frontiersman ,whose weapon of choice is an axe, has a Mexican sidekick with certain similarities to Sancho ...
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Was there any "official" word on the Inkheart film trilogy?

The Inkheart trilogy was pretty popular in the early 2000's, at popular enough that the author, Cornelia Funke, sold the film rights to all three books to New Line Cinema. The first book was adapted ...
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What kind of power was hoped-for/expected to be gained from the One Ring?

Several characters tried to get hold of the One Ring on Frodo's journey to Mount Doom, some by force like Boromir, some by persuasion like Galadriel. All spoke of gaining power and using it against ...
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What’s the threshold of power for a wielder of the one ring to defeat Sauron?

Through the series I recall there are different implications (or at least that’s my recollection of it) on who could use the ring to obtain enough power to defeat (and replace as Dark Lord) Sauron and ...
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Sci-Fi Short Story Identifcation. Time Travel, Takes Place on Titan?

I am looking to find a short story wherein a group of people leave their ship to respond to a distress signal on Titan (maybe?) They head into some kind of ice caverns on a mountain. The crew come to ...
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In Dune, how much did spice cost for a non-Arrakis citizen? [duplicate]

I'm taking about the original book, before the Atreides took over. Was spice only for the mega rich? Could a middle class Caladan citizen for example buy it?
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When was the Japanese film Rodan (1956) shown in the USA?

According to Wikipedia, Radon/Rodan was released in 1956 in Japan and 1957 in the USA. The King Brothers Productions 1957 theatrical release of Rodan was quite successful in its first run in the ...
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Animation from the 1990s-2010s which happens on a planet with pandas who get powers from special objects to save a world

When I was young I used to watch an animation on TV somewhere between the 1990s and 2010s. If I remember correctly there was a peaceful kingdom on one planet but was attacked by an evil being so the ...
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Why was the US so desperate to hide the Monolith from the Soviets in 2001?

In 2001, we see the the Soviets being suspicious about the communications blackout at the US Clavius base on the Moon (all quotes from this transcript) Smyslov: Oh well, er, Dr. Floyd I hope you don'...
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Why is Amanda Waller not aggressively pursuing the metahumans in The Flash?

I'm about three seasons into The Arrow and about two seasons into The Flash. In the second season of Arrow, Amanda Waller's reaction to Slade unleashing an army of Mirakuru-enhanced soldiers was to ...
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Short story by Stanislaw Lem about an astronaut piloting a mech on a frozen world

I'm trying to find a story by Stanislaw Lem about an astronaut piloting a big mech (golem) on a frozen world. He sets off to find another pilot that disappeared somewhere in the frozen waste. There ...
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Sci-fi short story about aboriginal man put into a dome with a sophisticated woman, so that they could be studied by psychologists

Read the story around 1984, part of a collection. A man who is rough, primitive in behavior, is captured, and placed within a "habitation" dome, along with a much more sophisticated woman ...
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Identify anime series about detective agency ran by a guy and two women

The three characters were adults running a struggling detective agency. They were in love with each other but hesitant to do anything about it. The community around them supported their love and were ...
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Sci-fi book series about an ex-soldier who's kidnapped from Earth by a spaceship-stealing robot, and goes on to create a mercenary band

A series of multiple books (recent; still writing more in the series). An ex-soldier living in their parents' cabin stumbles on a damaged spaceship in the woods, is kidnapped by the robot captain (who ...
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Why does Jacob indicate "Expeditionary Forces" by performing a "digging" gesture with his hands?

Jacob: Yeah. I was part of the expeditionary forces there. Why does Jacob indicate "Expeditionary Forces" by performing a "digging" gesture with his hands?
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Did the original X-wing Starfighter have a fifth thrust source?

It is well known that X-wings Starfighters are driven by 4 fusial thrust engines mounted on each wing but in an early 1975-76 Star Wars concept art by Joe Johnston and an original painting by Ira ...
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Book about a society that used runes to harness elemental magic, which they learned about in schools

I have not even come close to finding this book. I read (some) of this book around 7 years ago or so. It was on the Apple Books app (orange application for iOS) though I doubt it’s still on there as I’...
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Was Douglas Adams trying to express something in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite science fiction stories. I used to consider it as only an interesting story book, but now I think the author wants to express a lot of things ...
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Do Kryptonians possess psychic abilities?

Kryptonians are noted for their incredible physical and mental abilities, due partly to their greater evolution, and partly to their adaptation to Krypton's harsher environment. More emphasis has been ...
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Novel or webnovel about a guy whose brother is killed by a drunk driver. After killing the driver, he commits suicide and is reincarnated

The book starts with this guy's super-depressing life. He's abused and taken advantage of; it's him and his brother vs. the world. His brother is killed by a rich boy drunk driver who gets of scot-...
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Was Douglas Adams specifically joking about British small talk?

There's this paragraph in the book: “One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as ...
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Fantasy Book - Unrequited Love, Female Protagonist Not Human?

I read this book in middle school or before, which would mean publication in 2002 - 2003 at the latest, though I couldn't tell you how old the book was when I read it. I started writing down books I ...
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Title of Neal Asher short story where separatist terrorists are infiltrated by human looking AI, disguised as a fat local farmer?

This is a short story about a Separatist special ops team that has to destroy a communications link of some sort. They have help from local peasant like volunteers. One of these is an AI disguised as ...
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Did Zelazny give a reason for using the name "Amber"?

Did Roger Zelazny ever give a reason for using the name "Amber" in the Chronicles of Amber series? I'm looking for his out-of-universe thinking. If anyone can find the in-universe history of the ...
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90's (?) fantasy novel where character uses blue ley lines to transform into dragon

I remember at some time in the mid-90's getting a book from my local library where part of the story was a young person, (possibly teens, and I think male), being taught by an elder (maybe human, ...
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Looking for a short story about the perfect beer

The story was about a man working at a brewery that accidentally made the perfect beer. The man may have been in advertising. He starts to notice that the heads on the beers are taking shape, so he ...
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Is there common fantasy term for a group of people composed of various species that the speaker is not a member of?

In our own language we have the term alien, which we also use in sci-fi settings. In Warhammer 40K humans use the term Xenos to describe a group of intelligent beings that contain none of our own ...
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How could Karen go free?

Due to her interaction with Cassie, Aftran decided to let her host, Karen, go free. Near the end of #19 The Departure, Aftran is inside Karen's head, in the woods, talking to Jake. Karen's body is ...

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