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Who was the first author to write about transhumanism?

I believe that this could well go to David Zindell for Neverness which was published in 1988 as it features many elements of transhumanism. Does anyone know any different?
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What happened to Alice at the end of the Magicians?

I stood confused through the end of the book "The Magicians", especially in trying to figure out what happened to Alice. What I understood that occurred is as follows: The rest of the book, however, ...
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Is the 1984 Series of The Transformers the beginning of the story?

My son asked me about watching The Transformers animated series. I looked it up on Wikipedia and it looks like there have been a lot of different reboots. Is the 1984 series where it all starts and ...
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In the New 52, did Barbara Gordon become Oracle?

In Batgirl #1, part of DC's New 52, Barbara Gordon was still shot by the Joker, just as she was in the former continuity. She lost use of her legs for 3 years, then miraculously regained use of them. ...
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Why do some Jedi disappear when they die while others don't?

Some Jedi disappear when they die: In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi In Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi And others don't: Star Wars Episode I: ...
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Why did Optimus Prime order Sam to 'push the cube into me' - instead of using it as a weapon against Megatron?

Simple question. In the first Michael Bay Transformers film, why did Optimus Prime tell Sam Witwicky to push the cube into Prime's chest - instead of just attacking Megatron with it? And also why ...
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Why the number 52?

DC Comics has referenced the number 52 on several occassions. 52 the comic 52 versions of earth the New 52 etc. Is there some numerology working here? Is there a code behind it?
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What is the jurisdiction of the Green Lantern Corps?

Oa is the central hub for the Green Lantern Corps as well as the house for the Central Battery and Book of Oa. It is also said to be the center of the Universe. From this wiki (which is the only ...
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What is the Cthaeh in Wise Man's Fear?

What is the Cthaeh in Wise Man's Fear? Also, And what is it that Kvothe does that is so horrible? Didn't they sort of imply that he was the cause for the war? Is this Cthaeh supposed to be the ...
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What were all the forms of the Vord?

In Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series, there is an "alien" race known as the Vord. The Vord is known for its powerful reproduction rate and its adaptability, all led by the Queen. What forms of the ...
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Why does Earth have 4 Green Lanterns?

The following are 4 Green Lanterns active on Earth: Hal Jordan Guy Gardner John Stewart Kyle Rayner I know that some of these characters died, then came back to life. But why would they still be a ...
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Why is Leia a princess?

We learned that her mother was a queen, but this doesn't matter since she was adopted. And she also ignored everything about her lineage before the revelation preceding the Battle of Endor. So, why ...
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Where was the fictional material “Unobtainium” first used?

I remember the fictional metal unobtainium used in several science fiction movies / stories, often to the point where my friends and I laugh when it is used. I know it is used in the movie "The Core" ...
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Is there a precursor to the Culture?

The Culture, from the Iain M Banks novels, seems to be a merger between a utopia and a dystopia. Is this a new phenomenon or do other examples exist?
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In “A Clash of Kings”, what is the basis for Lord Stannis' claim to the throne?

I'm about 20% of the way through "A Clash of Kings" and I'm confused about Lord Stannis' right to claim to the throne. Throughout Game of Thrones, we learn that Jon Arryn learned of the true father ...
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Help finding a novel where a man goes through a wormhole to a futuristic religious dystopia

I read a novel about ten or fifteen years ago (which I didn't really enjoy very much) but it is now bothering me that I can't remember what it was. At the start, this guys is on Earth and I think he ...
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Children in Ender's game

Why is there such a big focus on children in Ender's game and why are only children trained in the battle academy? Why can't teenagers or adults start training also if they have whatever skills the ...
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Short story about meddling time travelers

Sometime in the late 80's/early 90's I read a short story about a group of people (I think they were researchers at a university) who go back in time to change something, and then keep going back ...
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What is the story in which an alien was found on a barren planet and the media named it “Cutie-Pie”?

An alien was found on a barren planet by a space expedition, they catch it and bring it to earth. The alien did not live on that planet, it was just passing through. The alien was named "Cutie-Pie" by ...
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What tune is Oliver Knox whistling in the 4400 episode 'Becoming'?

The third episode of The 4400 ('Becoming') has a returnee who whistles what I'm sure is a TV or film theme tune while stalking some women and taking photos of them. What is this tune? It drives me ...
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Can characters be brought back in the Potter-verse via time manipulation?

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", Hermione was able to go back in time to change present. Does this allow for the resurrection of any character? There's one character in particular that ...
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What are the last two metals and what do they do?

I've recently finished the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and at the very end of the book: Is there a reliable answer to what they are and what they do? If there is another book to read that ...
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Short story where a character moves through dimensions via mental exercises

It's been about 25 years since I read a story in an anthology. The only details I remember from it are that a guy is told that if, while walking down a road (or something similar), he mentally forces ...
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What happens at the end of “Mountains of Madness”?

I can only tell from my memory, as I do not have the book here at the moment. I guess Lovecraft never told, but are there hints in other works?
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Which accent do Duros speak with?

In the course of a RPG campaign set in the Star Wars universe, a question has arisen about a Duros character: should his speech have a significant accent when speaking Basic? As we are not English ...
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In the book/movie Sphere, why was the space craft built with aerodynamics?

I don't remember if there was a reason given in the book, but I know the ship was discovered because one of the fins cut a cable that was being laid. If your ship is only traveling in space, why make ...
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When does the new Action Comics #1 take place?

I say 'new' Action Comics #1 as I'm not referring to the one published in the 1930's, but rather the one that was released on Sept 7, 2011. In this issue, we see an extremely young Clark Kent. As ...
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Can I read Orson Scott Card's “Hidden Empire” before “Empire”?

I bought Orson Scott Card's Hidden Empire today at a second-hand store and I just realized that it's actually a sequel. I've read the Ender and Homecoming series by Card, and I know reading them out ...
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Time War with villians preventing tragedies

I remember reading a short story which featured a man who was involved in a time war. He and many others were pulled from major disasters just before their deaths, and brought into the fight. The ...
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A book about space travel using the power of the mind

Read a book a few years ago (though I think the book itself is more than tens years old) about a woman who captained her own starship and used some odd type of star travel that involved pretty much ...
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Book about a family that drank from the fountain of youth

There is a book about a girl that ends up finding this family in the middle of a woods (or forest?) that are immortal because they drank, unknowingly, from a well that was essentially the fountain of ...
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Who is the unnamed God in the book 'American Gods'?

In Neil Gaiman's American Gods novel, many of the gods and other mythological creatures are recognizable from real-world cultures. With most of these, the link to the real-world is very clear (either ...
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What is the status of Omnitopia: East Wind by Diane Duane?

The sequel to Omnitopia: Dawn, released in 2010, East Wind is listed on Amazon as having a release date of August 2, 2011, but says "usually ships within 1 to 2 months" and no one seems to have ...
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What is the relationship between Fillory and Narnia?

I've recently started reading the book "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman. There is considerable mention of a land known as Fillory, which seems to be related to Narnia, from C.S. Lewis's series.. Is ...
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Identify a movie about a princess and geese

I am looking for the title of a (series of?) movie(s) about a princess who is connected with geese (it could also be swans, big domesticated birds anyway). From the plot I remember a princess (a ...
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In the X-Files Episode “Deadalive”, did Scully cure Mulder of the alien virus without the vaccine?

I just watched it (going through the mythology episodes). Mulder had what Scully "strongly believed" was the alien virus. Doggett failed to get the vaccine from Krycek so Skully treated him with "...
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Why did hot Adamantium not destroy Wolverine's body while replacing his skeleton?

It's true that his healing power can repair his body, but it takes time (based on the movie series). Hot adamantium (which destroyed his skeleton to take its space) was able to destroy his body ...
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The Silmarillion — Different versions?

I just read about the book The Silmarillion and thought I'd like to buy it, but I'm a little confused about the different versions that I found. On amazon I found foremost these two versions (I hope ...
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What is the relationship between fantasy and science fiction? [closed]

While reading another questions, I had to think about what is the relationship between fantasy and science fiction? Is science fiction just a sub-genre of fantasy? If they are considered different ...
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What was JK Rowling referring to during the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD commentary?

In an interview on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD Rowling mentioned that the director Alfonso Cuarón had unwittingly foreshadowed developments in then unreleased HP books (and of course would not ...
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In Halo Reach, why is the AI carried in a large canister?

As the identity of the AI I'm asking about is a major plot point in the game Halo: Reach and as I've just recently finished it, I've decided to keep the identity of the AI a secret using spoiler code ...
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Lizard Men from Space Invade Earth

Sometime around 2005 to 2007 I read a book that told the story of an alternate history Earth that took place around World War 2. This book was part of a series but not the first or last book (I only ...
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Corpses controlled by live operators fighting gladiatorially/ring style

Does anybody remember a short novel or story about a guy who's the controller/operator of a fighting corpse? I seem to remember him visiting a whorehouse-type establishment and thinking he'd love to ...
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What is the difference between Alchemy, Sorcery and Witchcraft? [closed]

From a science fiction/fantasy point of view (I don't want to start a religious debate). From what I understand from the stories I've read, Alchemy combines magic and science. But then what is ...
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How/Why did Wonder Woman gain the ability to fly?

From what I remember, Wonder Woman couldn't fly, but now that I think about it, I watch Justice League the animated series and she does have the amazing ability of flight. A little research showed ...
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How does Superman fly?

If I remember correctly, Superman's powers come from the fact that Earth's sun is yellow and Krypton's sun was red. So he is supercharged by our sun's solar energy or something like that. While this ...
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How does Superman shave?

I've seen several times when Superman is sporting a beard. How does he shave his indestructable hair? I remember once in Superman the Animated Series that he used his heat vision, but that doesn't ...
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Can She-Hulk's hair be cut?

Marvel Comics writer Fred Van Lente just asked via Twitter if She-Hulk has ever had short hair. This got me to wondering if the indestructible She-Hulk's hair can even be cut. Can her hair be cut? And ...
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How many companions chose to leave the Doctor?

I am re-watching Ss 1-5 of the new Doctor Who, waiting for S6 to come to Netflix... and I just finished S3, with Martha Jones. At the end of her season, she chooses to leave the Doctor, to return to ...
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Why were Wolverine’s metal blades shaped differently than his bone claws?

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he had ugly bones coming out of his hands. Assuming adamantium replaced his skeleton, the adamantium should have taken their shape, instead of being nicely-shaped blades. ...

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