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Short story about what Earth looks like when people all disappear?

Does anyone remember a short story about all of humanity vanishing from Earth, and the story describes what happens over time, as industrial infrastructure collapses (nuclear and chemical plants, ...
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How strong was Darth Vader?

Darth Vader was comprised of many robotic parts. Just how strong was he with those parts if we don't take into account modifying his strength with the force? Is there any evidence that he had super ...
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What is the earliest story to deal with clones?

I’m looking for the earliest story with clones (genetic duplicates of people created via technology) in it. Just how old is the trope?
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What were the job parameters for the original Revenge of the Jedi poster?

The first posters released for Revenge of the Jedi are fairly famous, mostly for not matching the title of the final film. However, from the first time I saw it, what struck me was that, regardless ...
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Animated TV show where a high schooler turns into a creature, and fights another student from his school with the same ability

I think this show was on Disney XD, Cartoon Network, or Nickelodeon but I didn't find it on the list of shows. I saw it sometime between 2009 and 2013. Don't remember too many details and I don't know ...
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Yet another "spacemen and caveman" story

When I was a kid I had access to a handful of "golden age" SF mags, out of which a couple of stories stick in my mind. One of them started with a caveman returning from foraging with his ...
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What does "agreeable skeptic" mean?

Souls describing their personalities: I'm an agreeable skeptic who's cautious yet flamboyant. I'm an irritable wallflower who's dangerously curious. I'm a manipulative megalomaniac who's intensely ...
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Marvel comics: pink alien villain (character ID)

A pink-colored villain, female, I believe, of an alien species with a small body but a very large head, and the ability to shoot some sort of electric blast out of the center of her forehead, as well ...
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Movie about zombie vampires

This seemed more or less like a typical zombie action movie. However, the zombies are actually later revealed to be zombie vampires later on. Unlike the regular movie zombies, their head has to be ...
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Who are all the people that Lawrence painted?

In the Phineas and Ferb season 1 episode “It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World”, Phineas and Ferb's dad Lawrence Fletcher paints a paint-by-numbers picture. When he completes it, we see it together with ...
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Which known Jedi and Padawan pairs were of the same species?

Canonically, I can only think of three Jedi Masters / Padawan learners that were of the same species: Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker (human) Master Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan (human) Master ...
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Dune universe - For the preborn, why would any new individual personality form?

Noticed this sentence in Children of Dune, and it got me thinking about Alia: ".... experienced the womb as prison to an awakened consciousness—a living awareness from the second month of ...
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Help identifying a story about siblings and ghosts

I'm looking for a book that was vaguely described to me, so the information I have is only secondhand. I've attempted to find it on my own, but have had no such luck. Here are the facts as they were ...
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Batman villain- child or teenage crime boss

I saw this character in a Batman comic in either late 80's/early 90's. The character is a child or teenage crime boss who fancies himself a general/strategist; early in the comic Batman tries to "...
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Were the distinctive elements of the uniforms snow troopers from The Empire Strikes Back based on any particular real-world uniforms?

After we watched all three Star Wars movies again last week, one of my sons asked me which variant of the stormtrooper was my favorite. I told him it was the snow troopers from The Empire Strikes ...
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Breaking rocks in Asterix

I vaguely remember an Asterix comics book or animated film I watched in the 1990s where Obelix and Panoramix are depicted breaking rocks with hammers, possibly doing forced labor in a prison camp(?). ...
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Why did the bell/clock tower fall?

In the 2021 Hawkeye series, first episode, on a bet, Kate tries to ring the bell in a tower which also contains a clock. After a debate on whether the ringing is due to the bell, or the clapper inside,...
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What does "life" mean here?

In Soul (2020), Jerry explains about spark to unborn souls: Jerry: Maybe you will find their spark in the Hall of Everything, where literally anything on Earth could inspire. Or perhaps you'll prefer ...
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Continuity in Coma (2020 Russian film)

In the beginning of 2020 Russian film Coma, the main character, Victor a.k.a the Architect finds himself in a strange and magical world. A soldier named Fly and some of her companions find him, save ...
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How do Skrulls work physiologically?

Skrulls are a shapeshifting race in the Marvel Universe. Now, I know that it's a fantastical world where trees talk and gods of Norse mythology are real, but do the Skrulls follow the law of ...
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How can Joe can bring things to Heaven?

In Soul (2020), here is a picture of Joe wearing glasses: In the zone, using a small maple seed 22 had kept, Joe convinces her that she is ready to live, returning her to normal: How was he able to ...
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Vintage movie about early modern humans

Many years ago, I saw a movie that seemed to be set in the stone age. If my memory serves me correctly, the movie looked old even then, leaving it likely in the 1960s-80s range. Since it's been so ...
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Novel about a great swordsman who died and became an orphan boy

I don't really remember a whole lot about this novel. It's like this...A great swordsman, who is like really good, was killed or died because he was deemed a traitor. And then the novel goes to this ...
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Relevance of a character name in Dan Simmons' Olympos

In Dan Simmons' novel Olympos, a character called Moira is also referred to as 'Moneta' (chapter 56). Is this a throwaway line, a reference to the character of the same name in the Hyperion series, or ...
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Why did Sauron need a large army when he could have used the Nazgûl to kill all his enemies in Middle-earth? [closed]

I am curious as to why Sauron went to the trouble of raising a large army to conquer Middle-earth when he could have used the Nazgûl to kill all his enemies in Middle-earth such as all the armies of ...
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What 50s/60s sci-fi movie ends with aliens/martians taking a child in their spaceship and destroying earth?

What '50s or '60s sci-fi movie ends with aliens/Martians taking a child in their spaceship and destroying earth? This is live action. Filmed in black and white. I believe it is American made. It is in ...
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When did Batman use lead in his costume as defense against x-ray vision or other powers?

Reference this question, and Batman’s Batsuit wiki for context. In seeking answer to that question, Batman’s wiki notes that Batman has used lead in his costume to foil superpowers, and mentions this ...
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Has Batman addressed the hazard of lead exposure while wearing lead in his armor?

Batman is sometimes seen to wear lead lining in his costume, for example in Superman/Batman Annual 1 or Superman/Batman #9, as well as other occasions as detailed here. In DC canon, lead poisoning ...
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Web site with posts talking about humans being overpowered ("OP"), strange, or dangerous from the aliens' perspective

I remember seeing a Web site a couple years ago that explored user-submitted stories where aliens find humans OP, strange, insane, etc., etc. Now I can't find it anywhere. Does anyone know what I'm ...
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Has JMS ever detailed the origin of the name or term “Babylon 5” used in his works?

Long predating production of Straczynski’s Babylon 5 television series, he was the lead writer on Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future,” a weekly television show based on Mattel’s toys of the ...
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Did Twilight know she was the second student before the incident with the crown?

Twilight's personality in the Friendship is Magic show has always being shown as quite insecure. She constantly overthinks things and one of her biggest fears seems to be disappointing others (see: ...
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Manhua where the main character replaces a prince/duke's first love? [closed]

Trying to find a story where there are two blonde twins that hold the most power in the castle (being princes or dukes, I can't remember), but the older brother doesn't like his younger brother. So he ...
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What are the most magnificent examples of fictional architecture from Solar system planets? [closed]

I am asking for examples of really impressive architecture and interior decoration set on various worlds in our solar system. The Grand Apartment of the King at Versailles had seven rooms or salons ...
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Radch Universe - Where to find full history (pre-expanse, start of expanse)? [closed]

I want to know more about Radch history, especially how and why it started to expand. I read all 3 books, but I thought there might be some more material somewhere, or even (interesting) speculations ...
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Story about a hungry alien who eats the universe and accidentally creates multiple universes when he poops

Time: Early 2000's or maybe earlier Genre: Sci-fi/Comedy/Dark Narrative work: A novelette or a story book Language: Might be in another language than English. Possibly French Plot: There is a ...
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Why does Sally have a premonition?

The Nightmare Before Christmas characters pretty consistently follow a pattern where their traits are related to the kind of monster they are. For example: Jack can pull his ribs out to play fetch ...
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Do the events in Empire Star happen only once, the same way over and over, or slightly differently in different iterations?

(Note: I was going to ask "Is Empire Star simplex, complex, or multiplex?" but thought better of it.) After what must be the single most transportative hook in all of Science Fiction, Samuel ...
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What story has an alien symbiote bond with a human in a cave?

I'm looking for a story (novelette, short, etc) I've read in an anthology, about a human running from pursuit who lands in a planet and enters in a cave where something falls on his shoulders and he ...
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Comic with a symbiotic spaceman who meets a robot inhabited by Hitler's brain

A comic book probably of European origin from the late 1970s or early 1980s. The symbiote is a man with a small limpet-shaped node onto his cerebral cortex. This node is sentient and communicates with ...
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“Uh oh, Chongo!” — What language did Chongo “speak?” [closed]

In the “Danger Island” segments of the Banana Splits Club, which were directed by Richard Donner and starring Jan-Michael Vincent, we are introduced to the character of Chongo. Chongo played by Ken ...
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Game featuring teenagers that turn into animals

I remember I had this demo game about a group of teenagers (maybe 4 or 5) and they could transform themselves into animals. I only played the demo version, so I don't know about others scenarios ...
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Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had a main character with an aiming chip in his hand

Looking for name of old sci-fi book from the '70s or '80s that had main character with an aiming chip in his hand. His palm would itch and when he scratched it, it would make weird symbols appear in ...
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(Novel?) story identification - a child gets control over the colors of sunrise and makes a mess of it [duplicate]

We read a chapter from this in grade school, but never the whole novel (or novella or something). Here is all I can remember: There was a character who could prop himself up in mid air. He slept ...
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What sign language does Makkari use?

There are a few facets to this question: What sign language is shown in the Eternals film (is it actually ASL, BSL, etc)? If it is an actual real-world sign language, are we supposed to infer that ...
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What happened to the people trapped in the past?

Time travel in the The Tomorrow War has two premises: Time only flows in one direction. It's like a river. The Jumplink placed two rafts on that river thirty years apart. Now, we can jump back and ...
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Why is Makkari deaf and mute?

I was talking to a friend about the fact that Makkari is mute and deaf in Eternals. We were throwing theories like "She lost hearing because she runs fast" or "Like humans, Eternals can ...
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Which of the Eternals were based on mythological characters?

Many of the Eternals have names that are very similar to classic mythological characters. This is even called out and explained directly for a couple of them: Thena was the Greek goddess Athena, and ...
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Confusion about increasing brain activity [closed]

What could happen if our brain activity increased? Is there any specific theory about this? I often think about this steps and feel if we deeply use our brain to think like use at a level of 80% then ...
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Book about a boy who discovered he had superhuman abilities, and ran away from an organization that wanted to use him as a weapon

I’m looking for a book I think I read maybe in 2018. I don’t remember much, but I remember reading it in middle school, so I believe it would be in the more advanced part of a children's section of ...
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Book about a girl who wakes up on her birthday and she's floating

I remember it's a book about a girl who wakes up on her birthday and she's floating. During the party a guest I think falls off a cliff and she rescues them, showing she has powers, so her family ...

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