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Were there hints before the first Doctor's regeneration that timelords could regenerate?

Was the ability of timelords to regenerate mentioned in any episodes before the first Doctor became the second Doctor? Or was regeneration presented as a surprise to the audience when it happened the ...
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Are there any plans to continue the story of The Guyver?

The series Bio-Booster Armor Guyver is a loooooong running manga series and franchise, that has been around since 1985. It's an interesting franchise, combining sci-fi fantasy with themes of war, ...
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In what years has Picard been depicted in-universe?

With the release of Star Trek: Picard, we've now seen Jean-Luc Picard in at least two new periods. In which years has he been depicted so far? Depicted means that action occurs at a particular time ...
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Looking for an obscure mecha manga from the 90s or earlier [duplicate]

So I have a real challenge for the mecha manga/anime buffs around here. Here goes: Way back in the mid 1990s, I borrowed a VHS tape from a schoolmate that was some kind of mecha anime. The only ...
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Why do 'The Wiggles' appear to wear Starfleet uniforms?

As in the question header, I recently had to sit through 2 hours of The Wiggles (with my grandson) and I noticed they are wearing what appears to be Starfleet uniforms. Is there a reason for this? ...
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I’m searching for short-story or novel where whole planet was grass-like stuff

There’s a long short-story, or maybe a novel where an astronaut crash-lands on a planet where a grass-like species dominates the entire ecosystem. At least on land, he sees some dolphin-like creatures ...
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I’m searching for conscious genetic engineering [closed]

I’m looking for some good sci-fi (preferably hard sci-if) where creatures consciously manipulate their own genetic code.
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SF novel - Space adventure with a single human traveling the galaxy looking for answers

The time period is near-future pre-interstellar, think Expanse tech level. Man finds an artifact in the ice on one of the outer planets' moons. It’s an ancient machine stuck in the ice. The ...
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How did Kovacs get Mary Lou's stack?

(Episode #9 Rage in Heaven) In season 1 episode 9 Kovacs gives Mary Lou's stack to his sister Rei while faking his apathy for all of it. Mary Lou's stack was taken by Ortega much earlier in the ...
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Why does T-1000 have three arms?

Several times throughout the helicopter chase scene in Terminator 2, the T-1000 is shown with three to four hands. Why? There are three reasons that can think of for this. In-universe, he is capable ...
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What is the processing power of Lt. Commander Data in Star Trek - The Next Generation? [duplicate]

I overheard some of the kids in one of my programming classes discussing this. I am curious as to what the answer is. What do you guys think?
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Can an individual apply to become a Federation citizen?

It's a plot point in Deep Space Nine that Nog, as a non-Federation citizen, requires a waiver to attend Starfleet Academy. That leads to the question of how one can become a Federation citizen if one ...
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Old black&white sci-fi movie; two kids find a flying saucer

Looking for a movie I saw as a kid which scared the bageebuz out of me. I think it was black and white. Story is: This flying saucer lands in a park but has the ability to be invisible. These 2 kids, ...
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Why is the Federation Presidency headquartered in Paris, Earth?

The question Why is Starfleet HQ in San Francisco? establishes why Starfleet is based in San Francisco. The Federation council is also in San Francisco. I would like to know both the out-of-universe ...
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80s or earlier fantasy series about a world without metal [duplicate]

I’m looking for a fantasy series (at least 2 books) I read in the mid-80s. Most of it was set on a world without metal, so they had found other ways to make weapons. A second world, with metal, tries ...
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Looking for a short story with a twist in the tale about a society under attack and it turns out they were rats living in a basement

I read this many years ago in an anthology I've lost and can't remember the name of. There are two groups of creatures separated by a lake and they are at war - you assume you are on an alien planet, ...
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How big is Starfleet (at the top)? [duplicate]

During the TNG years (or at any point you like until the end of DS9), how many active Starfleet officers were there overall, at a given time, of the ranks: Fleet Admiral Admiral Vice-Admiral ? ...
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Why does Haku send Chihiro to Kamaji the boilerman to ask for a job instead of Yubaba?

In the movie Spirited Away, Haku tells Chihiro that to avoid being turned into an animal she must have a job at the bathhouse. Later, we find out that Yubaba the witch who runs the bathhouse, has made ...
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What's the biggest expansion of the Empire of Man before the Horus Heresy?

What was the biggest expansion of the Empire of Man before the open rebellion of Horus Lupercal began (Istvaan V), i.e. what Segmentums / Sectors were controlled by the Empire of Man at that point? ...
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90s (or earlier) short story about a future war fought only by machines maintained by people underground

In school I read a short story about a future war fought by ancient machines that are maintained by people (deep underground, I believe). The war is waged by humans perhaps on multiple planets. I ...
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Aliens, masquerading as foreign humans, have conquered the Earth; fly using pressor beams

I believe this is a short story or novelette I read in the late 1980s. In my memory it has the feel of an old story (pre-New Wave), so I probably read it in an anthology. The Earth is subjugated by ...
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What is a “standard orbit” in Star Trek?

Whenever the Enterprise arrives at a planet, Kirk orders a "standard orbit". But what are the properties of a standard orbit? And has anything other than a standard orbit ever been used? Anything ...
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Are there any human factions besides the Imperium, the forces of Chaos, and Tau's human auxilia?

Are there any independent human factions that are not part of the Imperium, Chaos, or the Tau? I know that there were many human factions before the Great Crusade, but what about now? If yes, are ...
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Green Lantern comic with Hal or Guy offering another character a pack of alien beer

I have a recollection of a couple of panels from a Green Lantern comic depicting a Lantern offering another character an alien beer/brew out of a crate. I have no other memory of the plot. Judging by ...
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What is the significance of Roy Batty's fingernails in “Blade Runner” (1982)?

I just rewatched Blade Runner and noticed there are multiple shots of Roy Batty's fingernails, which are very short as if they've been chewed or picked at excessively. Is this just included to show ...
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Did Sauron have the military power to control all Middle-earth?

Inspired by here: Why was the ring necessary for Sauron to control Middle-earth?, but not a question about the Ring itself, but about Sauron's military power. TL/DR: Could Sauron conquer Middle-earth ...
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Why didn't Scott grow tired in Endgame when he was Giant-Man?

Whenever we see Scott grow big into Giant-Man he ends up growing tired and passing out or almost passing out. We see this in Captain America: Civil War, where he doesn't stay big for too long before ...
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Why are the Jedi a mystery to the Mandalorians?

In episode 1e08, the Mandalorian meets the armorer again and has this exchange with her: Armorer: It looks helpless. The Mandalorian: It's injured, but it is not helpless. Its species can move ...
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Story about a boy who could wish to be someone else and would gain their skills

Young adult novel, that I read roughly 20 years ago. The main character was a teenage boy who discovers that he can wish to be someone and he would gain their skills, though he still keeps his own ...
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Who was stronger, Lucian or William?

Underworld: Evolution says William became ,"the first and most powerful Lycan." But Underworld: Rise of the Lycans says Lucian, "possessed a strength and focus that ...
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How many Imperial Inquisitors are there?

In the Disney canon, the inquisitors more or less replace the role of the Emperors hands from legends. But I do not recall seeing an exact number or figure that tells us just how many Inquisitors ...
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Terrestrial Flying Saucers

I read part of a novel in the 1970's where a secret organization or civilization on earth was had flying saucers and was trying to take over the human race. I remember something about the saucers ...
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Why didn't Ashford shoot Inaros?

In season 4 episode 10 of The Expanse Ashford corners Inaros and could shoot him, but Filip ambushes him. Filip has a gun pointed at Ashford so if Ashford shoots Inaros then Filip will shoot him. ...
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Short story about an investigator trying to contact a man who inherited a lot of money [closed]

I am trying to find a Science Fiction short story probably from an anthology in the 1980s or 1990s. The story line is in the form of field reports from an investigator who is trying to contact a man ...
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What is the earliest that the shunned guardian motif appears?

I would like to know what is the earliest work using what I call the shunned guardian motif. What I mean by shunned guardian is a character (or organization) which guards the society from some ...
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Colonists on Mars who hunt each other, one operates an old spaceship and gets back to Earth

I read this novel maybe in 1990, I think it was a few years older than that, I got it from a (now closed) UK library. Some teen in a struggling colony on Mars is going to come of age, this involves ...
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Plains natives happen across a late 1890s airbase

Long ago I read an anthology whose introduction to one story seemed to claim it was the first of its sort. Reading over the Wiki article on alternative history, this appears to be very much not the ...
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How did Savage Opress obtain his lightsaber?

I did some research but I struggled to find an exact origin of how Savage obtained his lightsaber. I know it is Sith tradition to steal one from a Jedi and "bleed" the crystal, but there's no allusion ...
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Science Fiction (novel?) involving robotic feline pets named Pookas? [duplicate]

This was a case of me finding this in the process of doing research for my question, but I figured I'd post it. Somehow, the subject of pookas came up in a conversation at work, and I mentioned that, ...
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If the “New Adventures of He-Man” is the SAME He-man from Masters of the Universe, WHY is he so much WEAKER?

That's...basically it. You can watch the Filmation He-Man and At least once per episode, he will do something that is unarguably super human in his strength; shattering a mountain [or picking it up], ...
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What is the deal with Commodore Oh's name?

In Star Trek: Picard episode 2, "Maps and Legends", we met Commodore Oh who appears to be very high in (the head of?) Starfleet Security or Section 31. Objects on her desk and her position indicate ...
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Why does Legion have to be used instead of any Geth?

In Mass Effect 3 if Legion survives the second game you find him in a Geth ship boosting Reaper codes against his will, but even if he doesn't survive they make a remake of him as a form of VI. But ...
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What did Picard not regret saying to Worf in Star Trek: First Contact?

In Star Trek: First Contact, Picard and Worf have an argument leading to Picard calling Worf a coward. After he comes to his senses, he says: Picard: Mr Worf, I regret some of the things I said... ...
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Why did Borra say, “If only Conall could see you”?

In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019), before Queen Aurora asked her to walk down the aisle, Maleficent was approached by Borra: Borra: If only Conall could see you. Maleficent: Borra...it's ...
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How can Picard have a Romulan housekeeper?

In Picard, Picard has a small but loyal staff at his home. His housekeeper appears to be a Romulan. At the same time there is great tension between the Federation and the Romulans, not helped by the ...
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Was this the first use of the F-word in Star Trek? [duplicate]

In Series 1 Episode 2 of Picard, Admiral Clancey accuses Admiral Picard of 'f***ing hubris'. Is this the first use of the F-word in TV/movie Star Trek?
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Horror short movie where an AI implant comes to think of itself as its owner, then is extracted and subjected to sense deprivation [duplicate]

I'm currently searching for the name of a series (or a short movie perhaps?) that I have seen some time ago. I remember the video shows a woman living her daily life in a smart home. Some time after ...
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Why didn't the Eternian Army help, or even offer any aid, to Etheria against the Horde?

Thinking back on it now, it makes little sense; Adora was the Princess of Eternia, the kingdom if not the planet itself. And in various flashbacks, the Sorceress says that the Horde tried to invade ...
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Is this how the Rule of Two works?

"You want to kill me. That is what I want. Kill me, and my spirit will pass into you. And all the Sith that live in me." Darth Sidious to Rey, The Rise of Skywalker In The Rise of Skywalker, ...
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Did Darth Sidious have the same in mind for Luke as for Rey?

"You want to kill me. That is what I want. Kill me, and my spirit will pass into you. And all the Sith that live in me." Darth Sidious to Rey, The Rise of Skywalker In The Rise of Skywalker, ...

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