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Seeking title and/or author of dystopian science-fiction novel from late-70s/early-80s

In the novel, humans all lived underground and were decanted - not born, were undersized, short-lived, emotionally-empty, and prone to suicide and freak-outs. Above ground there were mechanized ...
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How many field agents does MIB have?

I'd be interested in a number (or at least an estimate) of how many field agents Men In Black (MIB) agency has. I'm specifically referring to field agents, as opposed to guys on cleanup crews/...
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How does Steve Rogers treat Tony Stark post Civil War?

I have a question about the aftermath of the Civil War crossover story-lines in Marvel Comics. I have been out of the loop for a long time and my Google Fu has failed me! Please Sci-Fi, you are my ...
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Rereading of Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks and chapter order

I just finish Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks. This book is written in a peculiar way that makes it a non-straightforward read, and I'm wondering how different an impression a second read would leave. ...
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What is this book? Nanotechnology from the Moon destroying the world's technology

A friend of mine recently highly praised a Sci-Fi book he read, but could not recall the author/title since he read it a while back. He did provide many details but apparently not enough for my ...
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Men In Black: After Agent K's retirement, why was Agent J left as senior partner?

From my limited understanding, generally police-type agencies partner an experienced senior agent/detective with a junior one. However, at the end of "Men In Black" movie, Agent K announces that he's ...
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In Marvel Comics, why did the Asgardians cut off contact with Midgard (i.e. Earth)?

In the Marvel Comics universe, the Norse gods are real. Thor, Odin, Loki and friends actually exist in that universe. The Earth in the Marvel Universe is pretty similar to the actual Earth, ...
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Why are transmissions in StarTrek sometimes real-time, but sometimes require significant time to reach the destination?

Watching TNG again I realized that some subspace transmissions are occurring in real-time, but some reports require significant time to be delivered. The odd thing is that this doesn't seem to be ...
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What are the titles of the short stories about Drizzt?

I know there are some short stories about Drizzt Do'Urden out there. I have read most of the books, but I would like to read the short stories too. Any idea what the titles are (and info on where I ...
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Who is the Hindmost in the Ringworld sequels?

In Ringworld, the puppeteer Nessus leads the expedition with a goal of mating with the Hindmost. In the sequels, the Conservatives took over power on the Fleet of Worlds and the deposed Hindmost ...
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Why do we hear Leia's Theme during Kenobi's death?

This was an interesting point brought up by a music professor; by the second third of Star Wars, John Williams has introduced and reinforced a number of musical themes: the "Force theme", Luke's theme,...
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Chronological order of the three Tiassa sections?

From Wikipedia's page on Steven Brust, the chronological order of the books is as follows: Taltos (1988) Dragon (1998) Yendi (1984) Tiassa, section 1 (2011) Jhereg (1983) Teckla (1987) Phoenix (1990) ...
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Late 80s - mid 90s Disney TV movie with mechs

I'm trying to identify a Disney TV movie from the late-80s to mid-90s. The plot points that I can remember are: 3 teenagers on a spacecraft, all in recently in trouble at their (military?) academy ...
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What was the importance of the ISOs in Tron: Legacy?

I never really understood what the movie said about what makes the ISOs special. Flynn found them to be something amazing, but I don't think the movie made it clear what made them even more fantastic ...
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Why is there a lot of low-tech in Battlestar Galactica?

On one hand, residents of the Twelve colonies perfected travel in spaceships and FTL jumps, but on the other hand, they have some really low-tech technologies, such as disconnecting a network by ...
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What's the approximate crew size of a BC-304 cruiser?

The Stargate wiki says that the crew size of a BC-304 cruiser is about 200 people. Where does this number come from? The BC-303 is stated to have a crew size of 115 at one point in the show, but the ...
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Fantasy novel where the forces of good have prevailed and the “heroes” are assassins, thieves, etc

I'm looking for the name of a fantasy novel I read once where the forces of good have prevailed and now everything is out of balance. I remember that the band of "heroes" consist of and assassin and ...
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Why is Good Magician Humphrey “Good”?

Most of the Magicians in the Xanth novels I've read to date are pretty decent folk. However, the only one called a "Good" Magician (as opposed to just "Magician") is Humphrey, who of the lot is the ...
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Originator of the “Gods Require Belief” Trope

Terry Pratchett (and Neil Gaiman afterwards) seems to have popularized the idea of gods as supernatural beings that require belief in them to exist. But is this idea truly original to him? Or are ...
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Why do science fiction movie writers love to use nukes to solve Earth crises? [closed]

I've noticed that there is a reoccurring theme of sci-fi movies that solve problems by using nukes: In Sunshine (2007), the solution to our dying Sun was to send the entire Earth's payload of nukes ...
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How is it that the outer planets in Firefly are not frozen?

Is there an in-universe explanation for how it is that the outer planets in Firefly all seem to have temperate climate zones, despite their distance from the sun? I am assuming here that the outer ...
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What are the Firefly specifications?

Are there any canonical specifications for the Firefly ship? Including (but not limited to): Speed Cargo capacity
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Trek Warp Scale Re-Calibration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite? In TOS (I forget the episode) but with some help enterprise reaches warp 13 (or something significantly greater ...
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Roughly how many people know the Stargate exists?

Over the course of the 3 Stargate shows, and several movies, we've seen a pretty large number of people working in the Stargate program. We've seen: SG teams at SGC Numerous scientists working on ...
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What happened to Goran'Agar

As far as I know Goran'Agar (from the episode 'Hippocratic Oath') is the only Jem Hadar without the addiction of ketracel white. In the end of the episode he disappears into the forest. Are there ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...
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Why didn't the Omnius wipe out free humans before Tio Holtzman and Sorceresses of Rossak developed the means to defend/attack?

Was there an explicit in-Universe explanation for why Omnius never bothered to physically destroy humans before Tio Holtzman and Sorceresses of Rossak developed the means to defend/attack? It seems ...
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Is there an issue-by-issue summary of Sandman?

I am looking for some place that has an issue-by-issue summary of Sandman. Could anybody provide me such a link?
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What percent of Fry's DNA comes from his Grandfather in Futurama?

In the episode Roswell That Ends Well Fry's abnormal parentage is revealed. During the commentary David X Cohen challenges viewers to describe that parentage. I would expect to see all possible ...
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Why does everyone on almost every planet in the Pegasus Galaxy speak English?

We know that Earth is the origin of humans in the Milky Way galaxy. The Goa'uld relocated people from Earth to other planets. As far as I remember the Goa'uld has rarely or never been in Pegasus ...
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Earliest story about civil nuclear power

Does anybody know which is the earliest SF story about the civil uses of nuclear power (possibly, power generation)? The best I can find is a 1940 short story by Robert A. Heinlein, “Blowups Happen” (...
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Are the explanations for Mass Effect technology realistically plausible? [closed]

In the popular video game Mass Effect on Xbox, you can find explanations about the technology that is used in the game. It seems that some of the technology is based on things that could be realized ...
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Is Ender genetically-engineered?

In Ender's Game, is Ender genetically engineered (along with Peter and Valentine) or are they just naturally gifted?
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Who is the man who assists Rand at the end of A Crown of Swords?

Just finished reading this book for the second time. I'm a little confused as to who this guy is. Rand doesn't recognise him as one of the forsaken, but he could be in a disguise. He seems to wield ...
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Does Bender's Big Score contradict Luck of the Fryrish?

In the Futurama season 3 episode "Luck of the Fryrish", we learn that Fry's brother Yancy had a kid named Philip, after his lost brother. However, in the movie Bender's Big Score, we see Fry travel ...
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Minority Report - How was PreCrime supposed to go national?

In the movie Minority Report, there is a lot of build up to the nation wide release of PreCrime. But in the movie the precogs only have a range that entends to the greater D.C. area. And the seemingly ...
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What was the point of the armbands in Never Let Me Go?

In the film Never Let Me Go, the camerawork made the scanning of the armbands that the donors wore quite obvious at several points (at school, at the cottages, and even at Kathy's apartment. What was ...
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Reading order for Dragonlance?

I wanted to try out more of Weis and Hickman's works(I liked the Deathgate Cycle very much), and I decided to do it with Dragonlance. Since there are a lot of books in the series, can somebody clarify ...
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What's the first instance of fictional profanity in sci-fi?

There's a tradition of sorts in sci-fi where aliens or future humans use profanity that doesn't exist in the real world. I'm curious when this started. Which story or novel is the first time the ...
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Story featuring smart people sent on a space mission to nowhere

The story in question featured, as the vague title suggests, a "space mission" that is really a cover for forcing a bunch of really smart people to be in close proximity to each other for long enough ...
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Which Sandman issue(s) has the man who cannot die?

I am looking for the particular issue of The Sandman, in which a man decides not to die. Can anybody tell me which issue is it?
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Do these Neal Stephenson books have a recommended chronological order?

I've had "In the Beginning...was the Command Line" by Neal Stephenson on my Amazon Wish list for a while, but I do realize it's not much of a science fiction / fantasy book (still going to get it some ...
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“Gardener in the dark” — what is this an allusion to?

In Freefall (the webcomic by Mark Stanley), AIs run a neural pruning program called “Gardener in the dark”, a sort of planned obsolescence for robots. I'm convinced the name is an allusion to a fairly ...
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The role of Q beings

Where in the Star Trek Series does it explain why the Q beings do the things they do? Did they ever mention their purpose in the universe? How does this relate to our human characters? If they are so ...
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Is there any evidence for the bet between Robert A. Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard?

It is widely believed that L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein made a bet in a bar one night either that L. Ron could not create a religion, or to see who could create a religion first. (In the ...
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What was the name/author of a Sci-Fi book where the sun goes Nova and Earth and Venus must fly away?

What was the name/author of a Sci-Fi book where the Sun goes Nova and Earth and Venus must fly away? It was written like a memoir from a scientist from the future who accidentally was thrown into the ...
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Why do the Rama aliens want to gather intelligent life forms?

I've read the original Rendezvous with Rama but I never got around to reading any of the sequels. So I never got the straight story on how the whole series ends. From what I gather from the ...
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Why didn't Dr. Venture grow more clones after they were all killed?

In the third season finale of The Venture Bros, all of Hank and Dean's backup bodies were killed in an epic battle. During the fourth season he says that Hank and Dean no longer have any backup ...
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In Stargate: Atlantis episode Lifeline (S4E02), why doesn't the anti-replicator field affect Elizabeth Weir?

Her nanites ought to have been disabled by the field, why wasn't she affected? Is there an in-universe explanation that I missed?
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Why not two Blood Jars in The Last Apprentice?

At the end of book 6, "The Clash of the Demons" of The Last Apprentice (aka "The Spook's Sacrifice" of the Wardstone Chronicles), Thomas Ward was about to sell his soul to the Fiend when Alice came ...

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