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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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In what episode of TNG was an ancient Vulcan psionic weapon discovered?

In what episode of TNG was an ancient Vulcan psionic weapon discovered? If I recall correctly, the device had 3 parts: life, death and balance in between. It worked only against aggression (to the ...
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Why did Rev Bem's appearance change?

Rev Bem (Reverend Behemial Far Traveller) was a regular in the first season and a half of Andromeda, and looked more-or-less like a typical Magog. He makes a guest appearance in the 3rd season ...
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How does spell blocking work in the Harry Potter universe?

Does one have to introduce a "speed of spell" to explain the spell blocking? IMHO one has to build up protection before the impact - so how can a wizard react to a spell that is in progress?
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How did Gandalf come to possess one of the Elf rings?

Gandalf wasn't an elf, but rather he was one of a few wizards sent to help Middle Earth. So, how did he end up with one of the Elf Rings? And, why did Frodo not notice it, when he easily noticed ...
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Can anyone help me identify a story about squirrels and the octal system?

I remember reading a book when I was a kid (age 7-9) about squirrels (or maybe other small animals) that were using the octal numeral system. Counting to 7 (since 8 = 0) was a whole new magical world ...
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How does anyone remember the Dark One's name?

In the Wheel of Time, naming the Dark One by his real name, Shai'tan, is considered dangerous because it draws his attention to you. Likewise for darkfriends; it is considered blasphemy so they don't ...
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How do the sensors in Star Trek receive information faster than light speed?

I was just watching an old Star Trek Voyager episode and Harry Kim said roughly "Captain, another super nova exploded just 0.36 lightyears away!". My question here is how something can happen 0.36 ...
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In “Fear Itself,” did Matt Fraction base his additions to the Thor-canon on actual Norse mythology?

In the current mini-series event "Fear Itself," Matt Fraction introduces a character known as the Serpent who is Odin's brother claims that Odin usurped the throne of Asgard from him. He also has a ...
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How do the timelines from Misfits align?

In episode 6 of the second season, we saw the fulfillment of a number of predictions made earlier in the series. There are a number of spoilers involved in this question. Specifically: However... ...
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Which of the three endings to Stephenson's “Anathem” is “definitive”?

Near the end of Anathem, the story posits three different "world lines": Jad and Erasmus arrive on the bridge of the invading ship; Erasmus (and, presumably, Jad) die when Jad triggers the "...
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Which of Steve Perry's novels prominently feature the “Siblings of the Shroud”?

I know there is a list on Wikipedia of the books in the "Matador series", but I'm primarily interested in the society/pseudo-religion "The Siblings of the Shroud" explored mainly in "The 97th Step". ...
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In S. M. Stirling's Emberverse series, is it ever revealed what actually caused “The Change”?

I have only read the first book in S. M. Stirling's Emberverse series, Dies the Fire, but found myself frustrated that the underlying cause of “The Change” was not revealed and thus did not continue ...
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In Dick's “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, is Deckard a replicant?

I have watched different versions the movie and read the book a number of times, and I still can't decide: was Deckard a replicant? I know that he has an emotional reaction to the question of how he ...
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In what order should I read the Robert Langdon books? [closed]

The Robert Langdon book series by Dan Brown consists of: Angels & Demons (2000) The Da Vinci Code (2003) The Lost Symbol (2009) Inferno (2013) Origin (2017) Does it make the most sense to read ...
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Are Vulcans really incapable of telling a lie?

There were various episodes where Vulcans did lie. For example, Spock did lie in episode The Menagerie and Vulcans from Enterprise series were often deceitful, like in The Andorian Incident. Now, ...
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Which Star Wars book series takes place immediately after Episode 6?

Having read very little Star Wars fiction, yet being a fan of the series, I've decided after watching a Star Wars marathon of all of the movies that I'd start reading the novels to continue the story. ...
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How does giving a system more power cause it to work better?

During all Star Treks, if a system isn't performing the way they need, they always reroute power from other systems. How does this power surge cause systems to work better? I always thought that if ...
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Can you help identify a book about kids getting pulled into a fantasy world? [duplicate]

There's a specific book I have been trying to remember/find for about 15 years, but any book in the same "category" is a welcome answer. The specific book I'm trying to find involves a bunch of kids ...
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Can anyone help me identify a story about kids with silver blood?

I vaguely remember reading a young-adult book about a group of kids. The kids turned out to be aliens, and the one identifying mark they had was that their blood was silver (or something else)? I ...
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What order should the Chronicles of Narnia books be read in?

I've heard a lot of good things about C.S. Lewis's series "The Chronicles of Narnia." But I don't know what order I should read them in. Should I read them in the order they were written/published, or ...
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What is the best way to read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski?

The book House of Leaves follows Zampanò; Johnny Truant; and Will Navidson and his family who all are affected by this house that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Since the book ...
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How old is Vimes?

At the end of Unseen Academicals (or, if it's easier to place, Thud!), how old is Sam Vimes? Is it possible to even figure out what his age is?
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Doesn't the Doctor Who episode Blink have a paradox?

I have a problem with the Doctor Who timeline in several episodes. For example, in the 10th Doctor episode, "Blink", the Doctor and Martha Jones were trapped in 1969 and are able to leave a message ...
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Who are Species 125?

In Star Trek, the Borg Queen is said to be from Species 125. Has this species been identified? Or has it been assimilated before the rest of the galaxy could encounter them?
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What happened to the bomb in Bender?

On Futurama in the episode "War is the H-Word", Bender was fitted with a bomb that when Bender utters "Ass", would blow up an 'enemy' planet. The bomb was modified to activate under a different word ...
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Short story from early 1990s about the survivor of a nuclear war and an organic starship

I read this story as part of an anthology sometime in the early '90s. The protagonist survives a nuclear war but when he comes out of the bomb shelter he is "beamed" up to a mysterious organic ...
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How is Caesar physically able to speak in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'?

This Wikipedia link says, Sign language and computer keyboards are used in primate language research because non-human primates lack vocal cords and other human speech organs. However, primates ...
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Is the setup of humans who can't speak shown in 'Planet of the Apes(1968)' plausible?

In the original (1968) Planet of the Apes movie the humans are depicted as if they can't speak any language. Is that plausible? How can humans lose their ability to speak? One can see that humans ...
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Early in The Hobbit the dwarves refer to a king - which king?

From chapter two of The Hobbit, Roast Mutton: They have seldom even heard of the king round here... Which king are the dwarves referring to?
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Where can I find a complete bibliography for Elektra?

Anyone knows where to find a complete bibliography of Elektra. The wikipedia article is of little use and Google didn't help that much... A bibliography with timeline would be great!
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Has Iain M. Banks ever cited his inspirations for the backstory of Cheradenine Zakalwe? (possible spoilers)

Specifically, I recently heard the story of Ed Gein, and how it influenced the movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I'm wondering if either inspired the story of the Chairmaker. Are there any ...
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What's the real world equivalent for the greyscale disease?

Greyscale gets mentioned a lot of times, but at the back of my mind it seems like its some sort of leprosy. What's the nearest real world disease that comes close to GRRM's greyscale.
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Was Number 6 John Drake?

Was the character in The Prisoner, Number 6, supposed to be the same character from Danger Man, John Drake? Patrick McGoohan denied it, but co-creator, George Markstein said otherwise.
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In what order should I watch the various Stargate TV Series?

I am unfamiliar with the (multiple) Stargate shows and films, other than the movie which I saw a while ago. I want to try watching the series to see if it is something that I like. What are the non-...
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What situation does the Fool refer to at the start of Fools' Errand?

In the book Fool's errand, The Fool refers to a situation (during his first meeting with Fitz) in which he felt Fitz's presence with him. What time and person did the Fool refer to?
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Novel about a starship that crashes on a world of primarily female leadership?

Spaceship crashes in the northern part of a world which has primarily women leadership. Spaceship crew assimilate and build a kingdom. The new kingdom is built around the technology but the ...
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In the Matrix, of what importance were the Potentials?

When Neo goes to see the Oracle for the first time in the first movie, a 'receptionist' greets Neo and asks him to wait with the other potentials while the Oracle gets ready. It's revealed that: Why ...
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Did the Iron Man suit come from HYDRA's technology?

In Captain America, HYDRA is shown to have a great deal of advanced technology that was only feasible due to the extremely advanced Cosmic Cube-derived power source. HYDRA's Dr. Zola is credited as ...
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Is the Super-Soldier serum in Incredible Hulk the same as the one in Captain America: The First Avenger?

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Dr. Erskine creates the formula and uses it successfully on two people. In The Incredible Hulk, General Ross dusts off the old Super Soldier serum, except the ...
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What keeps a lightsaber from going on infinitely?

Is there a reason ever given that explains why a lightsaber (which I assume/was made to assume is a sort of laser) doesn't go on infinitely like a normal laser (excluding atmospheric conditions)? ...
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What was the first memory given to Jonas in The Giver?

In the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, the Giver hands down memories to Jonas, a 12 year old. What was the first memory the Giver gave to Jonas?
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On what planet did Marvin see the burning words?

Before Marvin dies, he is helped to get to see the big burning words. What book was this, what planet were they on, and did Adams actually say what the words said?
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Who was Sifo-Dyas?

This question is somewhat related to this one, but I thought I'd ask it separately: In Episode II, Obi-Wan goes to Kamino and discovers the clone army. He finds that its creation was ordered by a ...
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In the Codex Alera books, what names are given to Water and Wood Knights?

In the Codex Alera books, the Knights are grouped by element, each with a special name, like Knights Aeris for the knights that use wind. Earth: Terra Fire: Ignus Wind: Aris Water: Metal: Ferris ...

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