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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 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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Liaden reading order

I read Low Port by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and liked it a lot. Now I want to read the novels. The English Wikipedia gives the correct order as Agent of Change < Conflict of Honors < Carpe ...
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Looking for the name of a show about a saxophone player super hero

I remember a long time ago a tv series about a group of people that got super-powers from a meteorite that fell onto the earth and broke into fragments. The main character got the ability to see a ...
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How many different versions of Fry are frozen in the Cryogenics Lab in Futurama?

In a number of episodes of Futurama, Fry and other characters travel back in time numerous times, to freeze and unfreeze themselves, and do various other actions in the cryogenics lab. How many ...
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Stargate - Earth's “point of origin” Symbol

I've realised something which, given the canon of SG-1, seems odd. If we go on the idea that the Ancients did create the Stargate network (obviously this wasn't mentioned in the film and possibly the ...
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What is the chronological reading order for the Dragonlance novels?

Years ago I read the original Dragonlance Chronicles along with the Legends series, Tales, Meetings Sextet and so on... Now, years later, I have decided that I would like to reread the original ...
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How does the Iris on the stargate works when establishing a wormhole?

I was watching the SG-1 earlier and realized something. When a Stargate is locked there is a surge (for lack of a better word) in front of the gate. Carter says it is unstable wormhole etc. Also says ...
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What sort of linkage is there between the Stargate movie and television universes?

I rewatched the Stargate movie recently, and it got me wondering about what I've been missing with regards to the TV series that have been spun off. I enjoy reading people's opinions on which series ...
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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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