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Does Odo have eyes?

I was watching the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, "The Alternate", wherein Doctor Mora and Odo were reminiscing about when Odo was a young blob, and Odo said something about seeing (...
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Fantasy book with a female protagonist in a wizard oppressed world that Comes into magic through a stone she picks

Looking for an online novel I read a while back. I believe it was set in a wizard oppressed medieval era. The main protagonist is a girl who finds a stone and is somehow able to use magic. On this ...
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How is beskar forged?

Since beskar is an extremely heat-tolerant metal and even survives lightsaber and blaster attacks, how do the Mandalorian metalsmiths forge such a metal? The only thing that could vaporise the metal ...
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Was Arthur Weasley's car truly invisible?

Outside of invisibility cloaks, the only mention of invisibility that I can recall in the series is Arthur Weasley's Ford Angila. I find it suspect that he was able to make a car turn invisible, but, ...
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Did Star Trek ever tackle slavery as a theme in one of its episodes?

One of the first SF stories I liked was The Planet of the Apes. Obviously, it was taking the transatlantic slavery trade as a subtext. I was too young then to know that when I watched it. Another ...
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How did Professor Slughorn not notice a year's worth of polyjuice potion going missing?

A key reveal in Half-Blood Prince is that, despite the school's increased security measures, someone has been stealing polyjuice potion from Professor Slughorn. The context suggests that the amount ...
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Why does Le Guin say that Superman's mother was a 'funnybook'?

In an academic study of SF, Ursula Le Guin, who herself is a pioneering SF and fantasy author is quoted as saying: Superman is a submyth. His father was Nietzsche and his mother a funnybook. Why the ...
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Manwha that opens with a protagonist evading a boss to mine some rocks and gets a really rare drop (possibly armor)

So this manwha starts with a guy who is in a game type world and he runs past this boss fight to mine some rocks and I think gets a really rare drop or something. I think the drop he gets was armor. I ...
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Was there an actual masque in the Masque of Mandragora?

The Masque of Mandagora was a story cycle of the fourth doctor and set in fictional city of San Martino in 15th C Italy. In it, Heironymous, an astrologer, attempts to call up the Mandagora Helix to ...
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Is Mr. Sin in the Talons of Weng-Chiang a deliberate play on words?

The Talons of Weng Chiang is a story cycle of the fourth doctor. In it there is a homonculus called Mr. Sin, was this a deliberate play on words by the story writer - Robert Holmes?
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Who was the first to make use of the joke “You mean, when are we?”

There is a very common joke in time-travelling stories. One person asks "Where are we?" and the other responds, "When are we?". What is the earliest instance of this joke being made? I am ...
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If The Ministry has the power to detect what specific spells have been used, how didn't they know that Morfin's memory had been edited?

Chapter 17 of Half-Blood Prince gives us this explanation for how Morfin Gaunt was framed for the murder of the Riddle family: Voldemort Stupefied his uncle, took his wand, and proceeded across the ...
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Inconsistency in Star Trek TNG holodeck [duplicate]

I’m rewatching TNG, and twice have noticed that objects from the holodeck are able to exit the holodeck. Wesley gets wet and stays wet when leaving; and also has a snowball fight, throwing a snowball ...
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Was Mona 'the vampire' delusional or just day-dreaming?

I remember having a strong negative reaction to how the primary character's day dreams are portrayed in the TV Series. The series follows the adventures of Mona Parker, who refers to herself as "...
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How does this conversation in Shadows of the Empire make sense?

I actually liked Steve Perry's Star Wars novel Shadows of the Empire from 1996, but there are a couple of things that keep my head spinning. Above everything else, I don't understand the following ...
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Why is Weng-Chiang called the 'Butcher of Brisbane'?

The Talons of Weng-Chiang is one the story cycles of the fourth doctors which found critical acclaim. In this story, Magnus Greel, runs away from the 51st Century to pose as a Chinese magician in ...
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Does Rand al'Thor succumb to Ba'alzamon?

In the chapter "The Dark Waits" in the Eye of the World, Rand dreams of the Four Kings, a village that he has just been through; and in this dream, he meets Ba'alzamon and there is the ...
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Why are AI systems almost always feminine?

I'm curious about this, as to why most of the AI systems found in spaceships and other "advanced" technologies tend to be more female-oriented. Female-oriented as in, the entirety of the ship/...
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How did Kirk regularly beat Spock in 4-Dimensional chess?

As I'm re-watching TOS, I notice 2 cases within the first few episodes where Kirk defeats Spock in chess. At least 1 of the 2 times, if not both, Spock failed to see a checkmate that was only 1 move ...
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Were there any other monsters in Doctor Who which were a play on words?

The Daleks were originally the Kaleds. Notably, Dalek is Kaled spelt backwards. This is just a simple play on words. Were there any other monsters in the long running Dr.Who series that were a play on ...
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Did Doctor Who ever tackle slavery in one of its story cycles?

The original remit for Dr. Who was that it was to be a children's entertainment programme and that it had to be educational and involve science. Given that Britain was involved in the transatlantic ...
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Why did they change the registry number of USS Discovery?

In the recent episode S03E06 of Star Trek: Discovery, USS Discovery got lots of upgrades but one possibly overlooked major upgrade was its registry number: (A new letter has been added to USS ...
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Why does Robert Jordan repeat ad nauseam that 'thinking is dangerous?'

Midway through his novel The Eye of the World, the first book in the saga, The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan writes: He tried tracing the maze with his eyes, to see how many connections Ba'alzamon ...
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I am looking for a fantasy manwha that isn't really an isekai

Basically the main character is on a quest in a game type world and he gets an S class item right as he dies. It has a similar world I believe to hardcore leveling warrior where the top players are ...
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What age is President Snow?

I've seen it claimed on the Hunger Games wiki that President Snow is 76 in The Hunger Games and 76-77 in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. This claim is repeated (and quoted) on quite a few other sites. ...
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Film about a man who becomes a murderer after receiving an artificial heart

I read about this in a book about classic horror films in elementary school, around 1987 to 1991, in Ashland, KY. The main character is a scientist who is developing an artificial heart. To prove his ...
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1950s Children's TV Sci-Fi Where the Villain is an Arrangement of Crystals That Achieved Consciousness

I am trying to locate the name of a serialized children's sci-fi program. My most vivid memory is the ending. The bad guy turned out to be a half dozen crystals whose positions relative to each other ...
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Anime about a guy that goes to a magic school but doesn't have any magic

Got told of an anime about a guy that goes to a magic school but doesn't have any magic. Heard he had black gloves and some students don't want to let him in because he doesn't have magic so he fights ...
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Initial uses of the term “ultradrive” as a faster FTL drive?

This question about an early story about an FTL drive with unfortunate side effects for which the answer was Randall Garrett's 1954 "Time Fuze" and the use of "ultradrive" left me pondering the ...
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Was the Doctor Bashir on the DS9 station the real Doctor Bashir or his Changeling replacement during the episode “The Begotten”?

DS9 "In Purgatory's Shadow Part-1": GARAK: When were you brought here? BASHIR: Over a month ago. I was attending a burn treatment conference on Meezan Four. I went to bed one night and woke ...
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Short SF story about a test which determined what you do for a living

I am looking for a short science fiction story from my childhood (about 30 years ago). The story tells of a boy or young man who is shortly to go from his home (farm?) to the big city to be 'tested'. ...
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Is Jack Harkness going to come back? [closed]

We all love Jack, right. So is he going to come back for another series of Doctor Who, or are going to be left in the dark
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How were the Cylon Centurions re-enslaved by the biological Cylons?

It’s explained in the opening to the miniseries that the original robotic Cylons were created by humans on twelve colonies. Eventually, the Cylons rose against the humans leading to the first Cylon ...
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Title of book about humanity seeing their lives X years in the future due to astronomical event

I have recently been recommended a book, but I don't remember its title, nor its author. It's about an astronomical event that makes all humanity experience/see their lives some exact number of years ...
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Book about planetary disputes, conflicts, wars, settled by a roving Jurist/Judge

I'm sure the book was from a well known old-school sci-fi writer. Looking for a book, or maybe its a short story within a collection of short stories, where disputes are settled by roving Jurist/Judge ...
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Do other Klingons have a choice if they want to follow a discommendation?

I've recently rewatched Star Trek - Deep Space 9 - S03E03 - The House of Quark. At the end of the episode, Quark goes to his knees and says that this is no combat but an execution. He therefore wants ...
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Why did Damon and Stefan try to kill Klaus?

Damon and Stefan both belong to Klaus' Sireline, then why do they repeatedly try to kill him knowing that if Klaus dies, then they will die too?
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Searching for a specific sci-fi short story about bioships

All right y'all, I made this account specifically to ask this question because it's killing me trying to find this story. I thought it was an Ursula K Le Guin thing but maybe not. It's set on a space ...
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In “Star Trek” (2009), why does one of the Vulcan science ministers state that Spock's application to Starfleet was logical but “unnecessary”?

When Spock is in front of the ministers being told that he was accepted into the science academy, they appear confused or irritated by his application to Starfleet. Spock says that "it seemed ...
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Lovecraft (?) story about man trapped in dream

I'm looking for a short story that I believe is only a couple of pages long in which the narrator describes his friend who does not speak English falling into a sort of trance and writing down (in ...
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How Were The Flood on Earth Contained

In Halo 3: How did the UNSC clean up or contain the contamination? Given its past record, even on advanced Forerunner worlds the parasitic organism wasn’t easily contained or extinguished without the ...
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Why do Star Trek vessels always approach each other on parallel planes?

Space is just open 3D space, right? In Star Trek, ships are always coming from somewhere else: different solar systems, galaxies, etc. However, when they meet, they always seem to be on parallel ...
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Why is the outer-rim still considered remote, given the immense speed of hyper-drive?

While the exact speed of a hyper-drive is still a debate, most fans agree that it'll take you across the galaxy in days at most. Given this, why are the outer-rim worlds still so intensely ...
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How did stormtroopers know how to simulate Sandpeople attacks?

Stormtroopers kill Owen and Beru Lars, and then incinerate them to simulate an attack by Sandpeople. Moreover, they bring banthas to leave incriminatory tracks (which do not fool good ol' Ben). But ...
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Are there any plants on Tatooine?

Are there any plants on Tatooine? If not, what do the animals at the bottom of the food chain eat?
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How did the Gravemind get to The Ark in Halo 3?

1) Cortana says that the Gravemind did not know about the portal to The Ark, or to where it led. How would the Gravemind even know where to go, assuming it could slipspace High Charity at least 200,...
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Is Elastigirl's body shape her natural shape, or did she choose it?

Helen Parr aka. Elastigirl has the power to bend and change her shape, so is she choosing that shape or is that just the way she is?
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Are there the equivalent of chimpanzees, etc. on other worlds with humanoids?

I mean, on Vulcan or Chronos are there "primates" that resemble the humanoids that correspond to humans on Earth? EDIT: Reading about Klingon evolution it seems very possible that during the ...
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Hogwarts parchment length compared to standard paper?

We read that the students are writing foot-long essays, and sometimes up to 2-3 feet of parchment in essays. Do we have a way to compare this to a normal school using regular paper or type? How long ...
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What is the timeline of the Diablo series?

As someone new to the Diablo series, I'm a little unsure about its timeline. I have been playing Diablo 2 to prepare for Diablo 3's release. In Diablo 2, they mention the fall of Tristram and Diablo's ...

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