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How can a person “Hold a stargate open” with their arm?

In several episodes of SG1, Atlantis, and once in SGU a person is able to hold a gate open by sticking just their arm through. The show explains why the gate stays open (to prevent a person from being ...
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Where did Luke Skywalker learn to build his own lightsaber?

I know that, as part of their training, all Jedi were required to build their own lightsaber. Did Yoda teach Luke on Dagobah before heading to Bespin?
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Name of a sci-fi story about time travel

There was a short novel I found in my library few years ago, whose title nor author I don't remember. It was in a hard sci-fi setting: there was a pair of characters (man and woman) which traveled ...
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What are the philosophical and societal differences between Star Wars and Star Trek fans? [closed]

This question is not meant to be a subjective debate on Star Wars vs Star Trek. I would like to know the underlying philosophical and societal differences between fans of Star Wars vs fans of Star ...
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Who Erased Kamino from the Jedi-Archives?

Did Obi-Wan ever identify who erased the Kamino system from the Jedi Archives? Was is Palpatine? Was it Count Dooku? We know that Sifo-Dyas was the Jedi who supposedly ordered the Clone Army and ...
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In the Stargate franchise, were the Ancients originally from earth?

I'm very familiar with the Ancients, but I can't remember if they came from planet Earth, originally? I remember an episode about an ancient device that may have been used to create life on Earth when ...
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If the Puppeteer worlds are traveling near light-speed, shouldn't their time be dilated?

If it were, the time that Louis Wu spent there would have seemed very short, but would have actually been years. Was this ever addressed?
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How close was the Puppeteer's homeworld to the Ringworld?

Specifically, I'm curious about 2 key points in time. When the Ringworld was first explored by Louis Wu (Ie, the book Ringworld) During the Fringe War (Ringworld's Children) And if you want a bonus ...
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What is the origin of “clear” as a primary colour?

In The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel, the five primary colours are given as red, green, yellow, clear, and dark. The description in the book is: Clear is the colour of the wind, the colour ...
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Did Leia know Luke was her brother when she kissed him?

In ROTJ Leia says "somehow I've always known" If she has always known then did she know when she kissed him?
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Who is the third head of the dragon? [closed]

In the series A Song of Ice and Fire, dragons always occur in groups of three - The three conquering dragons, the three eggs etc. Somewhere, it's also implied that there should be three dragon-...
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Explanation of seasons in “A Song of Ice and Fire”

Is there any sort of in-universe scientific explanation of the irregular seasons in "A Song of Ice and Fire". What does the orbit/tilt of their planet look like? How can a year be measured?
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Has the light from the Star Wars galaxy reached us yet?

Star Wars is set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Has Earth received the light from any of those events yet?
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Is there any evidence that using alternate universe/timeline in a franchise hurts/helps it?

Background: There is a widespread approach in sci-fi/fantasy franchises to use alternate timelines/parallel universes as a technique/device to continue/extend/expand the franchise. Notable examples I ...
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What is the name of the movie where the president crash lands in a prison city?

There was a movie that I saw maybe 10 years ago about a city in the future that is used as a prison (walls around it). Airforce One (or another plane) crash lands in the city and the protagonist of ...
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Aliens from Schisms in Star Trek

Did the aliens from The Next Generation episode Schisms ever return? It seemed like they were probing this universe/dimension, and not for friendly purposes. Do they make any other appearances in ...
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Why doesn't Shadow realize that?

According to Neil Gaiman's account, How is it possible that he does not realize that? Or does he?
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Does J.K. Rowling deny writing fantasy?

From this article (about the recent protest from SFF authors against BBC's discriminatory behaviour). JK Rowling sadly felt she had to deny she was writing fantasy with her Harry Potter series –...
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Does the crew of the Destiny have a large enough population to found a colony?

In a recent episode of Stargate Universe, we learn that alternate versions of the crew ended up back in time stranded on a planet. They proceed to establish a colony, which over the years grows to a ...
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Spanish subtitles for Tron: The next day

Does a Spanish subtitled version of Tron: The Next Day exist? Alternatively, are there Spanish transcriptions or subtitles available? Tron: The Next Day is a 10 minute short film "bridge" between ...
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Can I skip these books in the Magician/Riftwar series?

The official site provides the recommended reading order for Raymond E. Feist's "Magician" series / Riftwar Universe. I've read the first three (Magician, Silverthorn, Sethanon) and have just had a ...
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Spell casting in the Harry Potter series

In the Harry Potter universe, magically inclined children are sent to school where they start learning how to cast spells and other magic related activities. It's clearly shown that the children have ...
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Are there any more races in Middle-earth?

Not counting orcs, balrogs, and the like. Are there any more diplomatic races found in the history of Middle-earth? Any singular or group of historical significance? The ones we're obviously aware of:...
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In Contact: Why not send a second pod? [duplicate]

I've just finished watching the Contact movie and having had time to reflect a bit more on it, I still cannot understand why the government would not just send a second pod through the machine if they ...
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Whose arm gets bruised in the missile scene of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

The very end of Chapter 16 of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy says: The deadly missile attack shortly to be launched [...] will result merely in [...] the bruising of somebody's upper arm[....
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How did Gared (Night's Watch man) get back from behind The Wall? [duplicate]

The surviving Black Brother, Gared, from the prologue of A Game of Thrones is apparently the deserter who is beheaded in the beginning of the book. But how did he manage to get to Winterfell from ...
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What are the current productions of the Star Trek Universe and are they planning to make more? [closed]

The Star Trek universe is a pretty large universe with its end hardly in sight. I know one should stay away from a list when asking questions, but many Star Trek-ies want to know what I'm asking. I ...
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Which is the movie where aliens are all around us and control our minds?

I remember a movie where aliens are living around us and look like us too, but then a man finds some glasses through which he can see how they really look. He also finds out that there are subliminal ...
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In what book are there advertisements in dreams?

I read a part of a book about a man in a dystopia. Everyone was constantly entertained, but books were forbidden (I think). The mother of the main character was constantly listening to the radio. That'...
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Why did Darth Vader die in Return of the Jedi?

At the end of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Luke had beaten Darth Vader in a duel, but didn't seem to injure the latter critically — all Luke did was sever Vader's right hand, which was a prosthetic ...
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Does C-3PO ever do his job?

C-3PO is a protocol droid that is fluent in over six million forms of communication, but it seems like everyone in the galaxy can understand every other language. Has C-3PO ever had to translate? I ...
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In Stargate, why can radio waves propagate throught the wormhole, but not light?

Light and Radio waves are essentially the same, just at different power levels. Why can light not penetrate the wormhole?
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In Stargate why can you go only in one direction through the gate but radio signals can go both ways?

So why can people and other objects just go in the one direction while radio signals can go both ways? Is that ever explained or is it just fact?
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What is the correct reading order for Stephen King's 'Dark Tower' series (updated)?

There are a considerable number of properties relating to Stephen King's Dark Tower; The original novels as well as various media such as a prequel and sequel-comic series, short stories, mentions in ...
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Story where the number 3 is the monster?

I remember as a child (in the nineties) reading a story where the narrator was a little boy and how he was scared only twice a day – when the clock read 3:33. The 3's would be powerful enough (there ...
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In the Star Wars Universe, is the Mandalorian race considered a real race or just an off shoot of the human one?

Since I have no idea what the human race is called in the "Galaxy far, far away..." but if I'm not mistaken Mandalorians are just like the human race. So I want to know if the Mandalorian race is an ...
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Who made first contact with the Romulans and why was the the neutral territory established?

I've noted that the Romulans have been a constant problem in the various Star Trek series. I'm just wondering who started it all? and why are they a constant problem? Plus I want to know more why the ...
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What is a Hedge Knight?

Reading the Ice and Fire books, I keep on coming across the term Hedge Knight (and, also, the apparently pejorative, Hedge Wizard). What specifically does the prefix Hedge refer to?
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If the Wraith know about Atlantis, why don't they go there more often?

I haven't watched every Stargate: Atlantis episode, but I've watched quite a few from the later seasons and have been watching some lately from an earlier season. One thing that really confuses me is ...
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Prior to the start of Deep Space 9, why was Garak exiled and left on DS9?

At the start of the show, Garak's been exiled from Cardassian space, and was left on Deep Space 9. I don't think the reason for this exile was ever explained. It seemed to be a genuine exile, and ...
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How different are the US and UK versions of Being Human?

I've watched the UK version of Being Human, and I'm curious about the US version. If they are different shows with the same basic concept, then I'll probably watch the the US series as well - but if ...
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Ending of Irreversible: metaphor or open to interpretation? [closed]

I have seen the movie Irreversible and I'm not sure what was the intended interpretation of the ending, or indeed whether there is one. Warning: this whole question might be a big spoiler if you ...
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What happened to the Exocomps?

In Star Trek, whatever happened to the exocomps? I recall that they were in an episode that showed them as sentient, but never saw them again.
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Why does Leia's accent change during A New Hope?

In the first 30 minutes of Star Wars IV, Leia has a pseudo-British accent. As the movie progresses she loses her accent and gets a more American-tough girl accent. Is there a reason behind this?
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What plot differences are there between the Game of Thrones TV series and the books? [closed]

It has been a while since I've read the books and I recall the show being fairly accurate. What plot differences are there between them? Are any substantial, or are they all particularly minor?
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Story about dead people coming back for a limited time

I have a very vague memory of a novel/short story/film/perhaps even graphic novel, where dead people were able, for some time after their death, to return to their family and speak with them for a ...
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Why did the Tau'Ri need ZPMs when they had the technology to contruct a power-booster device?

During my re-watching of some of the early SG-1 seasons, I came across a classic episode, "The Fifth Race". During this episode, using purely Terran technology, O'Neil constructs what is discovered ...
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How does the Doctor know how old he is?

I've often wondered, how does the Doctor know how old he is? He not only travels through time, but also through space, and visits planets where days can be shorter or longer than 24 hours. How does he ...
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Is there *any* sci-fi series of works where consuming it in order of publication results in spoilers? [closed]

I've seen a lot of questions on here about chronological order versus the published order of books and the best way to read a series. While I understand the desire to create order, are there any ...
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Brian Daley and James Luceno's collaboration as Jack McKinney

What is known about Brian Daley and James Luceno's manner of collaboration when they wrote as Jack McKinney? (As in: did they tend to split up the book in the middle, or write a sentence each, or was ...

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