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Is the “Space, The Final Frontier” quote “in universe”?

Probably everyone reading this recognises the most famous split-infinitive in (science) fiction: From Star Trek TOS: Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. ...
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In the original Mad Max movie, is there actually any reference to an apocalypse?

While the Wikipedia article on Mad Max says: The film opens "a few years from now" in Australia, in a dystopian future where law & order has begun to break down at the end of the 'Oil Age'...
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How does one pronounce the word “Akallabêth” from the Silmarillion?

In the Silmarillion, "Akallabêth" is the story of how Numenor fell. Its an Adunaic word, not an elvish word, and I haven't found any Adunaic pronunciation guides. So, how is Akallabêth pronounced? I ...
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Have any sci-novels been written based on the ideas of Marshall T Savage?

Have any sci-novels been written based on the ideas of Marshall T Savage, as detailed in his book "The Millennial Project"?
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Why are Na'vi tetrapods?

I have a question about Avatar universe. Most animals on Pandora are hexapodal. Why then are Na'vi tetrapodal? I think that they should be closely biologically related to another animals, since they ...
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What happened to warp drives destroying the universe?

I remember a TNG episode where some scientists said that warp drives were causing a lot of damage to subspace. At the end of the episode Star Fleet decided that warp speeds would be restricted to warp ...
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What trilogy of Star Trek crossover novels had a monster that fed on fear?

I used to have a trilogy of Star Trek novels, and I'm hoping that somebody here can remember these. Here are some of the details that I can remember Each novel was in a different universe (first ...
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What does punk in steampunk mean?

There's an earlier question about the definition of steampunk, but the answers gloss over the 'punk' part of it, except for vaguely connecting it to cyberpunk. So is there any significance to the '...
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What are the main thematic differences between SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe?

The Stargate franchise spans three main series, an RPG, an animated series (which I understand to be non-canon), and more. My wife and I watched and loved SG-1, but I'm having a hard time convincing ...
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Why do Borg move so poorly (like 50s movie robots)?

Is there an in-universe explanation for why the Borg always move like 1950s cheap-special-effects sci-fi tin can robots? With the advanced technology they have, you'd think they would have BETTER (...
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IChing and space travel identification question [duplicate]

There was a short that I read in an anthology, when I was on my anthology kick about 8-15 years ago. I am fairly positive that the story was from pre-1995, if that helps anyone. I know it wasn't a ...
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Why do the Borg have such a hard time understanding individuality?

The Borg assimilate individuals and their entire mind becomes a part of their collective. Every time they to do this, they must gain the exact experiences and legitimate reasonings as to why other ...
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Similarities between Dune and Wheel of Time?

When I first read Wheel of Time (shortly after I read Dune), I was struck by the similarity between the Aiel and the Fremen, as well as the White Tower and the Bene Gessirit. Are there any other such ...
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What is the explanation for the basis of Buddhislamic faith in Dune Universe?

As a follow-up to a previous Dune question, Buddhislamic religion always struck me as a somewhat strange concept. From my limited (but greater than a random westerner) understanding of both, they ...
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What are the origins of Vorcan Radok?

Given the fact that Vorcan Radok is Mistress of the Assassins' Guild I would assume that there would be some explanation as to where did she come from. Is there more Vorcan Radok's character expansion?...
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Future Malazan novels by Steven Erikson?

Does anybody have any idea of what are Steven Erikson's plans towards works set in the Malazan world? Can we expect more of Ganeos and others? Also, I believe that Erikson and Esslemont have a pact ...
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Are there any churches in Dune?

In the Dune series there are several mentions of the Orange Catholic Bible and quotations from it. But it looks like the book from the long forgotten past. Are there any mentions of major functioning ...
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What exactly is a Warren?

I've been working through Deadhouse Gates, having finished Gardens of the Moon about 2 months ago and recently realized I have no idea what a Warren is. I remember something in the first book about ...
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Why did Rush do what he did at the end of SG-U S02E12?

I just watched episode 12 in the latest season of Stargate: Universe but I don't understand it. Of course the writers needed
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Is the Lensman series the first instance of “space cops” in SF?

This was prompted by the mention of the Lensman as a possible inspiration for Jedi over here, and them being mentioned on the Green Lantern Wikipedia page as an inspiration. I'm not familiar with ...
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What are the confirmed influences on Star Wars? [closed]

What are the confirmed influences on the Star Wars universe? I recall reading that Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand faces was a significant influence on the story from the first 3 Star Wars ...
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Does the order of glyphs matter in Stargate addresses?

Excepting the final glyph for point of origin, does the order of the glyphs matter when dialing a Stargate? I don't recall ever seeing someone dial an address out of order, or directly commenting on ...
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How come Patrick Swayze didn't fall through floorboards in Ghost

Caught the end of Ghost last night on Sky Living. It struck me as odd as there is a whole section on how he can't interact with living objects through touch. He goes and gets guidance from the train ...
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What would happen to an Elf if they had used one of the Three while Sauron had the One?

Would they become wraiths and dominated by Sauron, or would they just be able to be mind-read?
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Why didn't Yoda and Obi-Wan kill Darth Vader and the Emperor? Why wait for Skywalker?

Given their fighting skills in the prequels, it seems odd that Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi should decide to wait for the Skywalker kids to grow up. Shortly after the Episode III, it seems like they could ...
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Who feeds New Crobuzon?

China Miéville's Bas-Lag novels (Perdido Street Station, The Scar, Iron Council) is fantasy with realistic political and economic structures. So I don't expect the city of New Crobuzon to be isolated: ...
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Which Discworld book to start a newbie on [closed]

If you were going to loan one Terry Pratchett book from the Discworld series to someone, which book would you use?
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Did Steven Brust say there is no particular reading order for his Vlad Taltos novels?

I remember reading (or reading about) a remark by Steven Brust about his Vlad Taltos novels, in which he, rather than suggesting a reading order, advised against looking for a preferred order and ...
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What happened to the deleted Tron trailer?

Before Tron: Legacy came out, I saw this trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1IpPpB3iWI I don't recall seeing it in the movie, was it deleted, or abandoned?
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Ghengis Khan as model [closed]

It seems that many SF and Fantasy authors use the Roman Empire or the Marines as a model for military organizations. Yet, the Great Khan's empire was larger by far than Rome's, and, in the form of ...
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How does the Fire Nation survive through the 100 years between appearances of Sozin's comet?

How does the Fire Nation survive the 100 years of war? There were several reasons why it shouldn't: The terrain of Earth Kingdom is perfect for partisan fighting. They have the support of locals and ...
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Is there any indicator as to how many planets have Stargates?

I'm trying to figure out how many planets have stargates in the Stargate universe, preferably separated by galaxy. I've recently thought about just how many stars there are in the galaxy, and roughly ...
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“Your stupid friend is dead. We thought you were dead too” from Bridge To Terabithia? [closed]

I remember reading a book where a boy comes home to find his family crying. His sister (also crying) says "Your stupid friend is dead. We thought you were dead too." or something very similar. I'm ...
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Do the Borg ever lie?

I know that in the novel "ST The Return" by Shatner, the borg are able to lie. I was wondering if this novel is considered canon, and whether there are any other instances where they lie.
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What young adult SF book is about a boy saved by aliens and domed colonies?

When I was younger (lets go with probably about 20 years ago), I read a f/sf book that I've been looking for ever since, but I can't for the life of me rediscover it. It centers around a boy who is ...
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Why is Kruppe so powerful?

In Gardens of the Moon, we learn that Kruppe is the leader of the Darujhistan cabal. In Memories of Ice, he is withstands Caladan Brood's hammer (which surprises almost everybody). So why is he so ...
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What book features a boy who finds out he's the emperor of China?

I read this somewhere around 2006-2008. The book was about a kid (let's call him "Bob") who finds out he's the emperor of China. He lives with some poor old guy who is secretly some kind of master of ...
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Capturing the essence of Cyberpunk

I'm looking to make a social and alternate reality game that will be heavily cyberpunk themed. Like a significant portion of computer programmers my age, I was influenced heavily by "The Matrix" when ...
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Was there any influence of 'Day of the Triffids' on '28 Days Later'?

Was there any documented influence of John Wyndham's 'Day of the Triffids' on '28 Days Later'? If there was, please cite.
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Why did The Ancients not include the remote dialing feature in the Milky Way Stargates?

I've been thinking about the differences between the 3 types of Stargates: Milky Way, Pegasus, and the SGU gates. The SGU gates are the earliest, and they have some limitations compared to the later ...
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What Sci-Fi novel is about aliens who consider it simply convenient to exterminate the human race?

I don't remember the title/author of a Sci-Fi novel, where the author demonstrated that in case of an encounter with a more advanced alien life form, they would consider most convenient for them to ...
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Who is Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7?

Cloud Falling into the Life Stream During the events of Final Fantasy 7, Cloud's identity is shifted around, revealed to be based on Zack, and otherwise mangled beyond recognition. Eventually his ...
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Why didn't Agent Smith kill Neo before he met Morpheus and Trinity?

In the Matrix, Neo is picked up by the Agents almost immediately after his encounter with Trinity and during his call with Morpheus. My question is, why didn't the Agents just pick Mr. Anderson off ...
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Where does the video of Picard with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise come from?

In the awesome Picard Video, there are clips from another video where Picard is dancing with a hat and cane on the bridge of the Enterprise. I've never been able to figure out where this video ...
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What is the significance of Saruman's Ring?

At the council of Elrond, Gandalf tells of his encounter with Saruman. But I rode to the foot of Orthanc, and came to the stair of Saruman; and there he met me and led me up to his high chamber. ...
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How was Obi-Wan Kenobi able to hide his light side presence from Vader and the Emperor?

I read long ago, I think it was in Timothy Zahn's Thrawn trilogy, that Yoda was able to hide his presence from Vader and the Emperor because of that Dark Side cave on Dagobah. I found this reference ...
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What's the best order to read HP Lovecraft's novels?

I've always been interested in the Cthulhu mythos and I wanted to get into HP Lovecraft's books. What is the best book to start with? I know that Cthulhu was first mentioned in Lovecraft's Call of ...
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What order should Asimov's Foundation series be read in?

I believe that Asimov himself recommended reading them in chronological order, however I read them in the order that they were published and think that this is the best way to do it. What is the ...
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Why didn't Gandalf or Frodo Fly to Mount Doom?

Why didn't Gandalf use his eagles to fly over Mount Doom and drop the ring? I know he feared what he would do if the ring overpowered him, so why not just give Frodo an eagle? And, if there would be ...
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Reading “The Judging Eye” by R Scott Bakker without reading “The Prince of Nothing” series

A few months ago I was given a copy of The Judging Eye. It's been a great book, but it was obvious right away that I had a lot to catch up on. At the end of the book was a quick 6 page review which ...

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