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TV movie about a man scared of a figure seen in mirrors

There's a short TV movie I remember seeing as a kid that I thought was really scary and have never found out what it was. Can anyone help naming it? I remember seeing this on television approx 15-20 ...
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Short story involving survival on a small asteroid; people stranded on it must keep off 'day' side

I have a strong recollection of reading a short story as a kid in the 1980's - 90's about a couple of guys (kids, maybe) that were stranded on an asteroid or moon after some disaster and needed to ...
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Is C-3PO a slave?

Does he have free will? What determines who he assists? I remember in Star Wars when C-3PO and R2-D2 were sold to the Skywalkers, there were control bolts inserted into C-3PO's chest. But how did ...
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What power(s) did Hiro's father have?

I've been re-watching season one of Heroes. It seems like almost everyone initially introduced is the offspring of two people with powers. Hiro's mom was a healer, what powers did his dad have?
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How old were each of the Doctor's incarnations?

As of the second season of Matt Smith as The Doctor, we've seen him give his age variously in a range between 900 and 1100 years (Note: I'm being deliberately vague here to avoid spoilers; being more ...
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Is exponential population growth in The Amalgam addressed in Greg Egan's books?

The Amalgam is a galaxy-wide conglomerate of intelligent species that have the technology to scan their brains; it turns up in several of Greg Egan's short stories ("Glory" and "Riding the Crocodile")...
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Connections between Sanderson's stories

In his story Warbreaker, the old warrior who started the Manywar was named Kalad, and in The Way of Kings, the soldier-slave Kaladin is one of the focal points of the story. Very similar sounding ...
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What short story from the 1960s is about future where there are no printed books [duplicate]

A friend recently reminded me of a story where two children hear/learn /read in a book about a time long ago when all books were in print, and it's very strange to them as they are totally electronic ...
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In the Vorkosigan Saga, which books are essential to familiarize a new reader to these particular characters?

Non-spoilerish, other than "something happens in Cryoburn," but this question is probably best answered by readers of that book. Please keep your answers non-spoilerish as well. There are (more or ...
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Did President Franklin Roosevelt appear in Buck Rogers?

Did Franklin Roosevelt appear in the Buck Rogers comic strip, as suggested in the quote below? If so, in what issue, or on which date? From the In Roosevelt History blog: FDR: SPACE RANGER In ...
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Differences between the podiobook and paper version of Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant

Mark Jeffrey's Max Quick: The Pocket and the Pendant was original published as a podiobook. I listened to the podiobook several years ago, and recently read the paper version. Jeffrey has said that ...
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Identify Short Story about a Man/Computer trying to hack into a casino in Mars

This is a short story I read back in the 80's (but it could be older). It centered around a man who was artificially augmented with a computer that could be plugged directly to his spine. The story ...
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Anyone remember a Golden Era pulp mag short story about a sentient(?) implantable computer named Manche? [duplicate]

I believe this story was published in the late 1950s or early 1960s; it may have started as a short story and then been turned into a novel. The basic plot was that the protagonist had created a tiny ...
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What does an arakh look like?

I keep imagining it as one end scythe and the other end sword. Though, I couldn't imagine the practicality of using such a weapon. Are there any pictures or concept arts depicting what GRRM thought an ...
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How did Captain Jack Harkness become immortal?

In Torchwood (the series), Captain Jack Harkness gives some information on how he became immortal and what it means to him. This may be considered spoily to people who haven't seen Torchwood yet. Is ...
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Were Renly and Loras really in a relationship?

The HBO series of Game of Thrones is quite blatant about the existence of a sexual relationship between Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell. I don't recall this being the case in the books, and if it ...
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A story mentioning Isaac Asimov as a character

I've been trying to remember a story in which robots (or more likely people) in far future try to build a time machine. In the end they seem to send an assassin to kill Isaac Asimov so that he couldn'...
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What happens to someone who destroys a Star Wars Droid?

Some Star Wars Droids are definitively sentient beings, but it appears that they are not treated as such. The Legal Status section of the Droid article of Wookieepedia (which have no references) said ...
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What is the context of the quote "With great power comes great responsibility"?

Without a doubt, this is one of the most famous quotes from Spider-Man. I think that in the movie, it's Uncle Ben who says it. However, was the quote also present in the comics? More importantly, what ...
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Do Asimov's other works fit within the Foundation timeline?

I know that the Elijah Baley, Galactic Empire and Foundation books share a common timeline, but I don't know if Multivac, Lucky Starr, Nemesis, The Gods Themselves, Fantastic Voyage and others fit in ...
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What film or TV episode had breathing bags in it?

I remember watching a film on TV that involved astronauts going to a planet, which might have been Mars. It had some sort of life form that were described as "breathing bags". They were attached to ...
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A girl who transcends time

I remember quite a bit, but can't seem to find the title or (female) author. A girl accompanies her father as he captains a mission to travel at near-light speed in order to experience the effects of ...
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How many promotions did Riker turn down?

A second season episode of The Next Generation I watched the other day had Cdr. Riker turning down an offer to command his own ship. I seem to remember other offers being rebuffed by Riker, though he ...
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name and author of story about man who escapes by uncontrolled jump into hyperspace

I read a story once about a man who escapes from his pursuers by doing an uncontrolled jump into hyperspace. If I'm not mixing my stories up he was blind but could see through the eyes of other ...
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Is the top still reliable? [duplicate]

Several times in the movie, Cobb says that no one should touch your totem, which would otherwise lose its ability to tell you if you're in a dream or not. I understand, there is no "magical" ...
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In series 6 of Doctor Who, when did the Amy swap happen?

In the series 6 episode of Doctor Who, The Almost People, we learn that there had been a swap at some point. When did this swap happen?
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Does a good map of Dune exist?

Did Frank Herbert include a map somewhere in the books? I only found low resolution and hard to read maps on google. The Arrakeen city and surroundings would be most interesting.
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Was that Cybermats that I heard?

In the 11th Doctor story The Almost People I could have sworn the Doctor muttered something about Cybermats. Was I hallucinating? This was at the beginning of the episode when the Doctor and his "...
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What happened to the Cybermen in our universe?

In the new Doctor Who series the Cybermen come from an alternate universe and an alternate Earth. In the old series the Cybermen came from our universe. So what happened to them?
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How many Doctor Who stories have there been without a companion / assistant?

The Deadly Assassin Is one of my favourite stories of the classic Doctor Who series. Its unusual for being the only story where the Doctor does not have a companion or assistant - Sarah Jane having ...
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Is anything known about the Doctor's brother?

In the 10th Doctor episode Smith and Jones when Martha asks the Doctor if he has a brother, he says No, not any more. It seems like if there had never been any mention of a brother, and no plans ...
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How did River Song know to go to Earth after the events of The Big Bang?

In The Big Bang (the concluding episode of the Pandorica arc), the Doctor is erased by the cracks in space-and-time. Yet Amy brings him back by remembering him, which is triggered by River Song ...
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What happened to Anubis's host?

Anubis was a goa'uld who ascended with the help of the ascended being Oma Desala. I'm wondering, then, what happened to Anubis's host. We've seen that when others ascend, their clothes are left ...
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Was the pianist in Gattaca an "in-valid"?

Was the pianist in Gattaca a "valid" or "in-valid"? Is there any evidence, in universe, or in RL interviews with the director/producers/cast, to say if the pianist was considered an in-valid or as ...
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Differences between versions of "Nerves", by Lester del Rey

In 1942, Lester del Rey published Nerves, a novella about an accident at an atomic plant; in 1956 he published a new version of it, expanded to a novel. I read those two. According to the ISFDb, there ...
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Why are newly animated Transformers always evil?

In the Transformers film series, common household electronics like cellphones, radios and blenders are often turned into Transformers when they come in contact with the AllSpark energy. Why are these ...
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Which short story has a medical trial that goes better than expected

It was about a medical trial for a menopause treatment that ends up being essentially the fountain of youth (the reader can see this, the pharm company misses the forest for the trees), and then when ...
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What real-world substance most closely corresponds to mithril? [closed]

While reading descriptions of mithril in The Lord of the Rings, it struck me that its properties might well correspond to a real material, possibly as an alloy with other metals. Is there such a real-...
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In Eureka, what is the plasma/smoke screensaver they use?

I noticed in Eureka season 3, episode 16 "You Don't Know Jack", that in the background setting of the locked-down lab, there is a type of multi-colored display of swirling plasma/smoke. I was ...
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Why did the Tollan get wiped out?

In SG-1 we met the Tollan. They never went through a 'Dark Age' after being transplanted from Earth, and are thus at least 200 years ahead of us, technologically. In their first appearance they ...
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What effect would the One Ring have on other people?

We know that for hobbits, the One Ring makes them invisible. But, at least according to the movie, Sauron was not invisible when he was wearing the ring. What effects would the ring have on other ...
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Children's science fiction show with two robots on a planet of junk

I've been trying to remember the name of a British children's science fiction show from (I think) the 80's. The show revolved around two robots who lived on a planet made up of junk. I think the ...
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Series featuring telepaths, raising children with aliens to learn each other's language

So, I'm trying to remember the name of a series of books that features telepaths who contact people with their minds across the galaxy, and send ships. I remember one of the key ones was on a moon in ...
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Who are Darmok and Jalad and what is Kalenda's?

Would someone be kind enough to explain me this joke? xkcd 902
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What is the backstory of the Doctor Who story The Satan Pit?

Is there any backstory to the 10th Doctor episode The Satan Pit other than what is revealed in the episode itself? There are many gaps in the story, such as: What is the beast? Satan? If he is just ...
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Where can I read more about adventures of characters from "The First Law" (J. Abercrombie)

I just finished the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and was wondering whether I can read more about adventures of: Sand dan Glokta Ferro Bayaz & Kahul in his other books? I know that Bayaz ...
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Why was Gandalf involved with the Dwarves' quest to rob Smaug?

From what I understand, the Istari were sent in to help the peoples of Middle-earth get through the third age. Why then, did Gandalf help the Dwarves along (and get Bilbo involved) in their quest to ...
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Why does Harry Potter wear glasses?

Is there some in-Universe (or somewhat canonical) explanation for why Harry wears glasses - either 100% of the time, or at least, when playing Quiddich? Surely, given assorted spells, there should be ...
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What is The Event?

In the marketing prior to the start of the airing of the TV series The Event, we are told that the numerous goings-on in the first few episodes are not The Event. Do we know what the event that the ...
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Why do Jawas always wear hoods? Even indoors. What do they look like?

What are Jawas supposed to look like under their heavy clothes?
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