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What is the reading order for books in Peter F. Hamilton's Confederation Universe?

I want to read this series from the beginning. Just looking at his wikipedia page, it looks like all of his books follow their publishing date, but I was wondering if anyone out there that has read ...
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Mutants with healing factors in the X-Men movies

Some mutants, notably, Wolverine have a healing ability, so they basically don't age (or don't age much) and they recover perfectly from wounds and injuries, and they can't be poisoned. In X-Men ...
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Fantasy novel featuring anti-heroine wood-elf thief famed for ability in bed

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a story featuring a heroine who was almost an anti-heroine. She was a wood-elf thief who was famed for her ability in bed. It didn't go into graphic ...
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In what order should Tolkien's writings on Middle-earth be read?

I've already read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which I assume would be the best start in any case. I also got about halfway through The Silmarillion several years ago and am quite familiar ...
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Story about girl who must become REAL to inherit throne

I don't remember if this is a short story or novel. It could be either, but I'm more inclined to think it's a short story. It's been over 20 years since I read it. The story drew a clear ...
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How prevalent is the supernatural in The Dresden Files?

After reading the Hollows series by Kim Harrison, I've picked up Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first book in the Dresden Files series (I understand there is/was a TV show at some point, but have ...
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Role and significance of Molly Grue

In Peter Beagle's The Last Unicorn, I find the character of Molly Grue is something of a cipher. She seems to serve as a councilor and all-around wisewoman, but never seems to take an active role in ...
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What are the revisions in the (Revised Edition) of The Hobbit?

So this past Saturday a group of my friends and I all watched the three The Lord of the Rings extended edition movies in one sitting. That night, I borrowed a copy of The Hobbit, which I've never ...
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Story wherein a computer, which can answer any question, refuses to do so?

Trying to remember a story I read some years ago. Summary: IBM came up with a computer that could answer any question put to it. The President asks it a question which it refuses to answer. Prez sends ...
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Short story about two brothers leading an expedition to the prehistoric past, one (Orren? Owen?) is killed and erased from history

I read this story (must have been in an anthology; I didn't read SF/F magazines) when I was a kid, which puts the publication date before 1975. I remember it as being much older than that, though, not ...
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Did they goof mixing Warehouse 13 and Eureka universes?

So, I've been watching Warehouse 13, and I've seen at least 3 episodes with actors from Eureka in the show. Of these, the first 2 had the same actors with different people, the last had the same actor ...
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Why would they get the numbers of the Eagles wrong in Space:1999?

In episode 2 of season 1, the Eagle you can see in the first five minutes is referred to as Eagle 1. Yet, in the scenes within the cockpit, you can clearly see a nice big 6. There's another episode (...
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Doctor Who episode where a time machine needed to be 'Primed' via a Genetic sample from a Time Traveler

I was pretty sure this was Tom Baker (Doctor #4), but haven't been able to find the episode. Some race or group had developed a time machine or time-cabinet type of device, but exposure to the time ...
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Why did Scotty think Capt Kirk was alive?

In season 6 episode 4 of of Star Trek: TNG; Captain Scott is recovered from a transport buffer after 75 years on the Jenolen. He asks if Jim Kirk was still alive and if he'd come to rescue him. But ...
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What role does Radagast the Brown play in “The Hobbit”?

Having heard that Sylvester McCoy is slated to play the role of Radagast the Brown in the upcoming film adaptations of "The Hobbit", I am wondering what role this character actually plays in those ...
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What is the significance of the boy with the scar at the back of his head in “The Tree of Life”?

I just saw the movie recently. I thought a lot about it, in particular about this boy with the scar and I couldn't figure it out. I think this boy appears four or three times and in all scenes you can ...
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What is the meaning of Planet of the Apes(2001) movie ending?

In the last scene of the movie, How the heck did this happen? What is the meaning of this ending?
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In the Wheel of Time series, why is Moghedien's a'dam not leashed?

When we first see thas a'dam it is specifically noted as having a leash between the collar and bracelet. But when Moghedien is captured she moves around freely without a leash. I realise the a'dam ...
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In what way is the 11th Doctor's TARDIS new?

In the 11th Doctor episode The Big Bang, the Doctor sets up the ending by telling Amy: A daft old man who stole a magic box and ran away. Did I ever tell you that I stole it? Well, I borrowed it. I ...
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What was the intended ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail?

I've heard from many sources that the ending to Monty Python and the Holy Grail (where it abruptly ends just before an invasion on the French castle, due to the police arriving to arrest the cast) was ...
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How long did Frodo and Sam take?

How long did it take for Frodo and Sam to get from the Shire to Mount Doom in Mordor and drop the ring in?
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How long did Marvin the robot live?

In The Hitchhicker's Guide trilogy, Marvin ends up living for a very long time. How long does he live before he finally dies?
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How much of Stephen King's work is based on Lovecraft's works?

I heard that Stephen King based some of his work on Lovecraft, who based some of his work on E. A. Poe. Does anyone know which works of King's were based on H. P. Lovecraft?
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Are there nice wedding-related quotes in Doctor Who? [closed]

Two of my friends are getting married. They're both huge Doctor Who geeks, and actually met through a DW RPG. Their wedding invitation contained a very subtle DW reference (you wouldn't have been able ...
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How does one learn new words in the Ancient Language?

In the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, magic is controlled on the basis of knowing its true name in the Ancient Language. There are many words which are forgotten, which are too new to have ...
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Children's book about child on failing generation starship saved by Cygnus The Swan?

In the late 1970s I bought a book at a school book fair (likely published by Scholastic) about a young boy who lived on a generational starship. The ship was failing. I remember some bit about an ...
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Name of a series of children's science fiction books from the 1970s - not set in same universe / not sequels

In a public school in Mississippi around 1977 I came across a series of science fiction juvenile books. When I say "series", I mean that they were by the same publisher and had the same binding...but ...
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What are the anti-Church messages in the “His Dark Materials” trilogy?

His Dark Materials contains criticisms of a controlling Church and forced removal of free will. Some of the parallels of the Magisterium to controlling hierarchies of cardinals, bishops can't be ...
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A story about aliens mistaking humans as parasites

Aliens discover Earth but are mistaken who the real inhabitants are: i.e. the aliens think that humans are parasites or something and that the real Earthlings are cars or something else. Is this an ...
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What is the symbolism of rats in George Orwell's “1984”?

Why are rats used as Winston's greatest fear? What do they represent?
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What are the markings in the transporters in Star Trek for?

There are always these circular spots in the transporter rooms on which the teleported people appear and where they wait for the teleportation to happen. (Image from Ex Astris Scientia). These spots ...
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Why did the villain of Sunshine flicker?

Why did the villain of Danny Boyle's 2007 movie, Sunshine, flicker? Also, did he have "superpowers" (he seemed able to either run really fast or phase/teleport)?
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How to logically explain a talking goat even if it is possessed? [closed]

In the movie Drag Me to Hell the demon moves from possessing a human to possessing a goat, whereupon the goat says something like "you tricked me...". How can the goat be talking, even though it is ...
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When did Spider-Man fight against the X-Men?

I remember reading some of my uncle's old comics a long time ago - these were from the 80s or earlier. One scene that stands out is a scene where a bunch of Marvel heroes were in a large alien base. ...
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Are there real world creation myths that inspired The Silmarillion?

In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion, the creation myth is based on music - the creation of elves, etc. are new themes in the music, the "devil" introduces discords that are then used to develop the ...
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Can you help me identify a short story about mandatory suicide?

I read this story years ago in a very old magazine, so it is written 1990 or earlier. It was a Bulgarian magazine from the 80s, printing translated stories, probably космос or наука и техника за ...
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Are Colossus' Eyes Vulnerable?

The mutant Colossus in X-men is a tank: he's big, strong, and tough. He can take it and dish it out. He's big, and gets bigger when he activates his mutant ability: he grows at least a foot in ...
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Can wizards create their own spells?

In the Harry Potter series, are wizards capable of creating their own spells, or are they limited to the spells that they're taught/learn? I seem to remember something about Snape creating ...
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When was Babylon 5 constructed, and how long did it take?

I've just recently started watching B5, and I'm near the end of season 2. One thing that's seemed strange to me is that all five Babylon stations were built in the decade following the Earth-Minbari ...
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What do the other farmers symbolize in Animal Farm? [closed]

I remember reading somewhere that Mr. Pilkington, Frederick, and the other farmers in Animal Farm symbolized different countries, but I forgot which country they each symbolized. Is that true, and if ...
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What is the drink Deckard has in the bar (Blade Runner)?

In the movie, Deckard is shown to have a drink in a bar. The drink seemed to have worms under the glass. Is there a sci-fi explanation for that drink?
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Why is the future LA full of chinese in Blade Runner?

In the movie Blade Runner, the future Los Angeles(2019) is depicted as having lots of chinese people and chinese influence. Why is that the case?
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Which of Judge Dredd's enemies had a nickname related to “fists”?

I am looking for a specific one (I just can't seem to put a name to the face in my head). He was a Karate/martial arts expert that had several big fights with Dredd that mostly ended up in draws (i.e....
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In the book “Jurassic Park” does the Lysine Contingency actually get explained?

I was watching the movie recently and noticed that one of the characters (very) briefly mentions a safety they built into the system should any of the dinosaurs escape. They called it the Lysine ...
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Reading Charles Stross Laundry Series out of order

I have just bought the The Fuller Memorandum and realized that it is the 3rd book in a series. Is it OK to read just this one, or should I read the other 2 first?
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Does “The Gods Themselves” take place in Asimov's Foundation “shared universe”?

Many of Asimov's science fiction novels, either by original design or later retconning, take place in the same shared universe. Most prominently in that universe, we find Hari Seldon's "Foundation" - ...
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Is Lord of the Rings extolling the ordinary or casting it off?

In Shadows of Imagination, Clyde S. Kilby asserts that The Lord of the Rings: joins the high art of the world in revealing the significance, even the glory, of the ordinary At the same time, in ...
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How were the main characters in “The Road” able to survive the (most likely) lethal levels of radiation?

In Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel The Road, and the movie adaptation, it's probably safe to assume that the apocalypse was caused by a nuclear war. Considering the story seems to be told ...
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Was the “Corporate Sector” part of the Republic?

In Attack of the Clones Obi-Wan sees the officials from the 'Corporate Sector' and other factions meeting on Geonosis but later there is a map that shows it as a independent sector. Did it succeed in ...
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How long did it take for the Borg to reach the Alpha Quadrant?

How long did it take for the Borg to reach the Alpha Quadrant? Was the entire journey made on transwarp? What was the relative speed metric of vessel sizes, speed e.g Transwarp, SlipStream and just ...

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