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Children in Ender's game

Why is there such a big focus on children in Ender's game and why are only children trained in the battle academy? Why can't teenagers or adults start training also if they have whatever skills the ...
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Short story about meddling time travelers [duplicate]

Sometime in the late 80's/early 90's I read a short story about a group of people (I think they were researchers at a university) who go back in time to change something, and then keep going back ...
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What is the story in which an alien was found on a barren planet and the media named it "Cutie-Pie"?

An alien was found on a barren planet by a space expedition, they catch it and bring it to earth. The alien did not live on that planet, it was just passing through. The alien was named "Cutie-Pie" by ...
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What tune is Oliver Knox whistling in the 4400 episode 'Becoming'?

The third episode of The 4400 ('Becoming') has a returnee who whistles what I'm sure is a TV or film theme tune while stalking some women and taking photos of them. What is this tune? It drives me ...
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Can characters be brought back in the Potter-verse via time manipulation?

In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", Hermione was able to go back in time to change present. Does this allow for the resurrection of any character? There's one character in particular that ...
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What are the last two metals and what do they do?

I've recently finished the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson and at the very end of the book: Is there a reliable answer to what they are and what they do? If there is another book to read that ...
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Short story where a character moves through dimensions via mental exercises

It's been about 25 years since I read a story in an anthology. The only details I remember from it are that a guy is told that if, while walking down a road (or something similar), he mentally forces ...
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What happens at the end of "Mountains of Madness"?

I can only tell from my memory, as I do not have the book here at the moment. I guess Lovecraft never told, but are there hints in other works?
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What accent do Duros speak with?

In the course of a RPG campaign set in the Star Wars universe, a question has arisen about a Duros character: should his speech have a significant accent when speaking Basic? As we are not native ...
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In the book/movie Sphere, why was the space craft built with aerodynamics?

I don't remember if there was a reason given in the book, but I know the ship was discovered because one of the fins cut a cable that was being laid. If your ship is only traveling in space, why make ...
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When does the new Action Comics #1 take place?

I say 'new' Action Comics #1 as I'm not referring to the one published in the 1930's, but rather the one that was released on Sept 7, 2011. In this issue, we see an extremely young Clark Kent. As ...
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Can I read Orson Scott Card's "Hidden Empire" before "Empire"?

I bought Orson Scott Card's Hidden Empire today at a second-hand store and I just realized that it's actually a sequel. I've read the Ender and Homecoming series by Card, and I know reading them out ...
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Time War with villians preventing tragedies

I remember reading a short story which featured a man who was involved in a time war. He and many others were pulled from major disasters just before their deaths, and brought into the fight. The ...
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A book about space travel using the power of the mind

Read a book a few years ago (though I think the book itself is more than tens years old) about a woman who captained her own starship and used some odd type of star travel that involved pretty much ...
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Book about a family that drank from the fountain of youth

There is a book about a girl that ends up finding this family in the middle of a woods (or forest?) that are immortal because they drank, unknowingly, from a well that was essentially the fountain of ...
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Who is the unnamed God in the book 'American Gods'?

In Neil Gaiman's American Gods novel, many of the gods and other mythological creatures are recognizable from real-world cultures. With most of these, the link to the real-world is very clear (either ...
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What is the status of Omnitopia: East Wind by Diane Duane?

The sequel to Omnitopia: Dawn, released in 2010, East Wind is listed on Amazon as having a release date of August 2, 2011, but says "usually ships within 1 to 2 months" and no one seems to have ...
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What is the relationship between Fillory and Narnia?

I've recently started reading the book The Magicians by Lev Grossman. There is considerable mention of a land known as Fillory, which seems to be related to Narnia, from C.S. Lewis's series.. Is there ...
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Identify a movie about a princess and geese

I am looking for the title of a (series of?) movie(s) about a princess who is connected with geese (it could also be swans, big domesticated birds anyway). From the plot I remember a princess (a ...
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In the X-Files Episode "Deadalive", did Scully cure Mulder of the alien virus without the vaccine?

I just watched it (going through the mythology episodes). Mulder had what Scully "strongly believed" was the alien virus. Doggett failed to get the vaccine from Krycek so Skully treated him with "...
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Why did hot Adamantium not destroy Wolverine's body while replacing his skeleton?

It's true that his healing power can repair his body, but it takes time (based on the movie series). Hot adamantium (which destroyed his skeleton to take its space) was able to destroy his body ...
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The Silmarillion -- Different versions?

I just read about the book The Silmarillion and thought I'd like to buy it, but I'm a little confused about the different versions that I found. On amazon I found foremost these two versions (I hope ...
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What is the relationship between fantasy and science fiction? [closed]

While reading another questions, I had to think about what is the relationship between fantasy and science fiction? Is science fiction just a sub-genre of fantasy? If they are considered different ...
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What was JK Rowling referring to during the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD commentary?

In an interview on the Prisoner of Azkaban DVD Rowling mentioned that the director Alfonso Cuarón had unwittingly foreshadowed developments in then unreleased HP books (and of course would not ...
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In Halo Reach, why is the AI carried in a large canister?

As the identity of the AI I'm asking about is a major plot point in the game Halo: Reach and as I've just recently finished it, I've decided to keep the identity of the AI a secret using spoiler code ...
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Lizard Men from Space Invade Earth

Sometime around 2005 to 2007 I read a book that told the story of an alternate history Earth that took place around World War 2. This book was part of a series but not the first or last book (I only ...
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Corpses controlled by live operators fighting gladiatorially/ring style

Does anybody remember a short novel or story about a guy who's the controller/operator of a fighting corpse? I seem to remember him visiting a whorehouse-type establishment and thinking he'd love to ...
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What is the difference between Alchemy, Sorcery and Witchcraft? [closed]

From a science fiction/fantasy point of view (I don't want to start a religious debate). From what I understand from the stories I've read, Alchemy combines magic and science. But then what is ...
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How/Why did Wonder Woman gain the ability to fly?

From what I remember, Wonder Woman couldn't fly, but now that I think about it, I watch Justice League the animated series and she does have the amazing ability of flight. A little research showed ...
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How does Superman fly?

If I remember correctly, Superman's powers come from the fact that Earth's sun is yellow and Krypton's sun was red. So he is supercharged by our sun's solar energy or something like that. While this ...
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How does Superman shave?

I've seen several times when Superman is sporting a beard. How does he shave his indestructable hair? I remember once in Superman the Animated Series that he used his heat vision, but that doesn't ...
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Can She-Hulk's hair be cut?

Marvel Comics writer Fred Van Lente just asked via Twitter if She-Hulk has ever had short hair. This got me to wondering if the indestructible She-Hulk's hair can even be cut. Can her hair be cut? And ...
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How many companions chose to leave the Doctor?

I am re-watching Ss 1-5 of the new Doctor Who, waiting for S6 to come to Netflix... and I just finished S3, with Martha Jones. At the end of her season, she chooses to leave the Doctor, to return to ...
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Why were Wolverine’s metal blades shaped differently than his bone claws?

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, he had ugly bones coming out of his hands. Assuming adamantium replaced his skeleton, the adamantium should have taken their shape, instead of being nicely-shaped blades. ...
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In the Halo universe, why are Master Chief (and some others) called "Reclaimers"?

When 343 Guilty Spark and Master Chief met, 343 called Master Chief a "Reclaimer". The word is also used several times in the books. What does it mean? Did the Forerunners leave the artifacts all over ...
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New 52 Justice League #1: Are all the super humans considered evil?

Just read the first new Justice League and from what it looked liked, everyone thought all the Super Humans were evil. Even Batman. Is this the assumption going into the new reboot?
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What is the difference between Action Comics and Superman? And Detective Comics and Batman?

I just read the New 52 preview issue and I went through all of the preview pages for the new comics. What are the differences between Superman and Action Comics? Batman and Detective Comics? ...
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What is the story in which a man and an alien are penpals? [duplicate]

The human has a terminal disease and the alien is incarcerated. The alien has a long lifespan and he wants to travel the universe. Hence, he exchanges "souls" with the human (without the human's ...
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In Singularity Sky, why did Eschaton kidnap majority of the Earth's population?

Was a simple warning not enough? Or was it a demonstration of power?
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What are Neville, Seamus, and McGonagall talking about blowing up?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the following exchange occurs: Neville Longbottom: Are you really giving us permission to do this? Minerva McGonagall: Yes, Longbottom. Neville ...
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Who created the cylons - Graystones or Final Five

In BSG, it is said that the Final Five created the adversarial Cylons. In Caprica, it is said the cylons originated thro Graystone technology. So, who actually created the Cylons that wiped out the ...
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Why does Q click his fingers?

Why does Q click (snap) is fingers whenever he uses his powers? Is there an in-universe reason or is it pure theatrics?
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"not a vengeance party" scene

I think this scene was from a military sf or fantasy book, but I can't place it. Commander: Well, you've seen what they did to [men's names]. How many of you want a chance to get back at the sons of ...
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Story wherein special glass slows time [duplicate]

I don't recall much about this at all. A friend, who had recommended many other books/authors I ended up liking, told me about a story in which a scientist develops some kind of special glass, that ...
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What do the Istari in The Lord of the Rings represent?

In The Lord of the Rings, the Istari are the wizards sent from Valinor by the Valar to Middle-Earth. Their purpose was to help the Men of the West (Gondor) to defeat Sauron. There are obvious ...
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Looking for '70s era Time Traveling Young Adult Novel

I vividly recall this book I read when I was a kid in the '70s. I thought it was called Saturday the 14th, but I am having no luck with that title. It's about an adolescent girl having a really bad ...
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Why does Gulliver's Travels have "teasers" at the beginning of each chapter?

At the beginning of each chapter is a short summary of that chapter. For example, from Chapter 1: [The author gives some account of himself and family. His first inducements to travel. He is ...
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Why can latinum not be replicated?

According to Memory Alpha, Latinum cannot be replicated. What is the reason for that?
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A fish with a [human] face will bring a tsunami. Is this an actual Japanese wives' tale?

In the movie Ponyo when Sōsuke brings the fish he rescued to the nursing home his mom works at and shows it to the old ladies in wheelchairs, the grumpy old lady screams that a fish with a [human] ...
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Novel about a scientist dad with the ability to edit published books

The following question was just sent out to a private mailing list I'm on: OK, this is driving me nuts. About 20 years ago I remember reading a scifi novel where the kids got in an argument with ...
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