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Why did the stormtrooper helmets change from the t-visor to the curved eye-sockets?

In the Star Wars movie A New Hope - we see stormtroopers with helmets like the following: Then in the Star Wars movie The Clone Wars - the helmets are shown as T-visors: My question is: Why did the ...
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A novel about “helpful” woodlice aliens who eventually end up destroying every civilization they try to help

I had this book but lost it after moving house. After the nuclear war the former USA are dominated by Han Chinese. An alien signal comes demanding that the President of the US arrives at their ...
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Story ID: post-apocalypse tribe, eats cryo-preserved humans

This story has stayed with me for a long time. Published in a 1970s (possibly '60s) issue of F&SF. Post-apocalypse setting -- no devastation described, but people live in low-tech hunter-...
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How can they see the chairs through the Dark Water?

In the Doctor Who episode "Dark Water" (S8E11), hundreds of human skeletons are seen sitting in the eponymous "dark water", which Dr Chang describes as follows: It's so cool. Look at this. We call ...
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Why does Jim think he'll die before reaching Homestead II?

In the movie Passengers, the writers got a lot of details about how an interstellar starhip would work, from the heat shield to artificial gravity. But there was one detail that they only glanced upon ...
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Fantasy series with a hacker/programmer wizard and female protagonist, similar to Wiz Biz

On Goodreads I found the Wiz Biz series: It all began when the wizards of the White League were under attack by their opponents of the Black League and one of their most powerful members cast a ...
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How does the Intrepid class purge baryon particles?

In the 6th season of The Next Generation, we learn that starships that undergo extended periods at warp will accumulate baryon particles, and need to be purged. The baryon sweep is lethal to organic ...
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What is the end state of a starship that has been assimilated by the Borg?

In this answer to Why do the Borg have physical computer interfaces?, the poster states: As mentioned by MarvelX42, when assimilating a ship that uses screens, it makes sense to just keep using ...
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What is the best real-life parallel of the Muntjac?

In Lev Grossman's The Magician King (The Magicians, Book 2) a central feature is the "Muntjac". I'm trying to visualize a real-life parallel, and I'm thinking a large schooner maybe? But that doesn't ...
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Did Fogg know the true identity of the paramedic?

When Quentin described meeting the paramedic to Fogg, he seems to indicate that he knows who Quentin is talking about. Of course, we know at the end of the first book that she But is it known if ...
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When does “The Mandalorian” take place?

In the first episode of the new The Mandalorian TV show, it is mentioned that the Empire is gone. We can then infer that this show is set after Return of the Jedi. Do we know exactly when the show ...
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What superheroes have worked for the Daily Bugle in the comics?

Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, quite famously worked for the Daily Bugle. However, upon doing research for another question I found out that Carol Danvers, before she was aware that she was Ms Marvel, ...
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Why did the Borg ignore these Enterprise crew members when they were assimilating?

During the movie, Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg were assimilating as many crew members as they could as they took over the Enterprise-E. Picard watches a Borg drone lead a crew member away to ...
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Why did Mortarion join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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Why did Magnus join Horus in his Heresy?

8 Primarchs turned traitors and joined Horus in his heresy against the Emperor and his crusade. The simple, global reason is that they were closer to the Warmaster than the Emperor and when Horus ...
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Short story in which three child siblings with superpowers kill all of humanity but are afraid of being destroyed in turn by their descendants

The story begins with the three children (two females, one male), about ten years old, carrying the corpses of their parents to the back yard. Later you discover that they have exterminated all of ...
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Who were the aliens in the “Star Trek: Enterprise” episode “Silent Enemy” (S01E11)?

Grew up watching Star Trek: TOS reruns, then happily watched the newer series until life took over and I only ever caught a few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Now, with a bit more time on my ...
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Earliest story to mention the different surface gravity on the Moon

What was the first science fiction story to mention that the Moon has a lower surface gravity than the Earth? I'm sure that was mentioned many times in science fiction before the Space Age began in ...
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Children stow away to the moon

I remember a children's book published by about 1961 in which a boy and girl who probably lived on a rocket base stowed away on an unmanned rocket to the moon. I remember that when the newspapers ...
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Why didn't Nick Fury call Captain Marvel instead of Spider-Man?

In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker asks Nick Fury why he approached him of all heroes to help deal with the threat of the Elementals against Earth's very existence: Peter: Sir, come on, ...
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Funky Alien Band in 80s Sci-fi Series: Identify Show & Episode

I have vague recollections of an alien band playing their futuristic funky music in a late 70s to mid 80s sci-fi series. Their instruments of course were not traditional and were of the futuristic ...
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Who would command the Enterprise D if the ranking officers were off the ship?

Who would command the Enterprise D, if Captain Picard, Commander Riker, and Commander Data were off the ship?
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What are Apocalypse's original mutant powers, and what abilities did he gain from the Celestial technology?

I was always a bit uncertain of the difference between the two. I checked around, and got some good ideas, but nothing concrete. Most followed the format (or at least, maintained the same level of ...
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Why do the Rebels probe the section of the shield within the gate?

In Rogue One, during the Battle of Scarif, once the shield gate has closed, Y-Wings and X-Wings from the Alliance are seen probing the shield by dropping bombs and firing torpedoes at it, to no avail. ...
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What's the name of the galaxy far, far away?

Has the in-universe name of the Star Wars galaxy ever mentioned in the canon?
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Why are Thalia, Jason, Nico, and Hazel allowed to swim?

Recently, as I reread Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (for the billionth time), something occurred to me. Percy Jackson is clearly banned from flying because of the rivalry between Zeus and ...
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Why didn't Fiona have that “True love's kiss” special effects in Shrek: Forever After?

Do you guys remember when Fiona's permanent Ogre figure was activated by Shrek's kiss in Shrek? It had that amazing transformation effect! see: Source In Shrek: Forever After, why was it passive?
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I want to speak the Goa'uld language, where to get started?

I want to learn how to speak Goa'uld. I know it's weird but I was wondering if anyone could show me some good sites that can help me.
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Book SciFi/Romance: Female author travels back in time to WW2 and flies in a B-17 bomber

I'm looking for a SciFi/Romance book, where a female author - living with her (great-) grandmother(?) - is writing a biography about the crew of a B-17 bomber a relative (grandfather?) flew in during ...
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Were there any novels ever written in the Terra Nova TV series setting?

Was interested in reading any books written in the 2011 Terra Nova TV Series. But in doing a few google searches, I could not find anything. Not even a Novelization of the series I was surprised that ...
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In the space battle above Scarif, why did the Rebels not use ion torpedoes against the shield gate?

In the space battle above Scarif, three rebel attack fighters launch ion torpedoes at a Star Destroyer. The torpedoes completely disabled the Star Destroyer. They ...
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Isn’t the Enterprise a no-smoking ship?

In "Lonely Among Us" TNG 1x07, we see Data taking on the persona of Sherlock Holmes while puffing an old English pipe complete with tobacco and stinky smoke. Wouldn't that violate safety and health ...
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Why are there so few Force sensitive Mandalorians?

I noticed that there aren't many Mandalorian Force users. Is there something wrong with their genes or is it that the Star Wars creators just don't want Force sensitive Mandalorians? I know only a few ...
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Is there an explanation for the inconsistency in the Mandalorians between the Clone Wars and Rebels?

Pre-Disney, the Mandalorians were a warrior people living on the planet Mandalore and several other locations. They were the instigators of the Mandalorian War. From Wookieepedia: Mandalorian was ...
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Are Vessels in Star Trek able to travel at speeds between 0.25x and 1.0x the speed of light?

Based on what I recall, full impulse is 0.25c and warp 1 is 1.0c. Are ships in the Star Trek universe capable of travelling at speeds that span that interval? If so, how and what do they call it?
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Is there a set limit on mutant abilities, where they're deemed too unrealistic?

In the X-Men universe, as a sampling, we have: Energy projection (Cyclops) Physical modification (Beast, Nightcrawler, Angel, Toad) Plus shape-shifting (Mystique) Teleportation (Nightcrawler) ...
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Is Rory still plastic (and follow up questions)?

After the events in The Big Bang, is Rory still plastic? If not, then how is it that he remembers 1000 years of being a centurion? (“He has a name but the people of our world know him better. As The ...
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Was the painting “In the Ring of Saturn” by artist Andrei Sokolov used as a book cover?

The BBC News exposé 'Our Saturn years'; Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen includes the text: “The Voyagers gave us a really wonderful ...
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90s/early 2000s sci-fi horror movie scene [on hold]

There was this movie I watched as a child with my parents, and I can remember one specific scene that scared the daylights out of me. The scene was referring this woman who I think died early on in ...
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Did a SciFi magazine really feature a story by L Ron Hubbard about founding Scientology?

On another Q&A site, I read a couple posts from someone. The posts claimed that a certain SciFi magazine (Some others in the comments speculate that it might be either Astounding or Analog, BUT IT ...
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Manga with main character abandoned by goddess and class

I'm looking for the name of manga where entire class is summoned by goddess but the main character has only paralysis poison and sleep skills and is abandoned in a dungeon. He uses those skills to ...
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Is Amos actually a psychopath/sociopath?

One of the most intriguing characters in The Expanse series, to me, is Amos. While he's one of the scariest sumbitches around, yet somehow he's one of my favourites. I've been wondering what a ...
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Which 2019 technologies were correctly predicted by Blade Runner?

We’re finally in 2019, the year in which Blade Runner — Ridley Scott’s iconic 1982 science fiction film — is set. Which technologies that exist in 2019 (at least as prototypes) were ...
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Why clap for Hagrid?

At the end of the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, after Hagrid returns from Azkaban and Harry gives him a hug, Dumbledore gives him a standing ovation, and soon enough most of the entire ...
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Was a legion's philosophy and tactical preference inherent even before being reunited with their Primarch?

The legions were created by the Emperor out of the genetic material of each Primarch, but in all cases the Primarchs were also shaped and changed by their experiences growing up and the environments ...
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Are there any plain-looking women in Tolkien's Middle-earth?

As far as I remember, Eowyn, Arwen, Galadriel, & others are catastrophically beautiful (as in 'if you go across the street looking at her you risk being trampled by a troll'). Are there any ...
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90s space-based shoot-em-up vertical scroller PC game

I'm looking for a space-based vertical scroller PC game that uses 2.5d sprites and was released in the mid-to-late 90s (though I'm still unsure about this) The features of this game include: You are ...
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How true to the comics is Mysterio's portrayal in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”?

I have a lot of nostalgia around Mysterio based on old Spider-Man games that I used to play, and have always had the impression of him as one of Spider-Man's oldest and most challenging enemies, but I ...
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Old book series about teenagers with dragon blood

I had this memory about these old books I used to read in elementary school, but I can’t think of the title. It’s a book series about these teenagers who all have dragon blood or DNA or something. ...
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Was Kubo and the Two Strings based on anything?

This exact question was brought up by my wife while we were watching the movie. I have some very minimal awareness of Shinto and that there are some common elements in play, such as the celestial ...

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