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Are these three Star Trek characters all a result of the same “glitch”?

In the various Star Trek shows, we have seen at least three examples of a Holodeck character achieving sentience: Professor Moriarty (TNG) Vic Fontaine (DS9) The Doctor (VOY) In all three cases, the ...
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Who was the person that Vilgefortz killed at the end of the Battle of Sodden?

In the final episode of the Season 1, Vilgefortz stands as one of the mages opposing Nilfgaard. During the battle of Sodden, he duels Cahir and looses, however, he manages to escape. We can see him ...
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Novel: Earth fights galaxy-wide empire, loses, gets one seat in galactic senate/parliament

Read this novel circa late 1950s. Plot as follows from vague and imperfect memory. Earth is expanding into near stellar neighborhood. Finds planet that once held a now-vanished civilization, but which ...
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Old part-animated live action movie musical; single mom takes a correspondence course on magic

A question yesterday gave me a flashback about a movie I saw a part of long ago, and I'm wondering if someone here could identify it for me. I seem to recall the colors striking me as technicolor, and ...
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Short story with explorers or tourists on a planet with dangerous, but attractive glass plants

I read this in the past 3 years, but I'm sure it was in an old (1950s most likely) pulp magazine that I read once I discovered that the Internet Archive had hundreds of them. The story concerns ...
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Is there any evidence that Whiterose's machine was real?

In Mr. Robot, Chinese Minister Zhang, aka Whiterose, has at great expense and effort over the course of decades constructed some sort of machine in New Jersey. The interior looks science-fiction-y the ...
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Cartoon series: kids disappearing under bed into rectangular blue portals

It was a kids cartoon. There were rectangular portals that opened on the floor and kids were abducted or could transport through them. In one scene I remember someone running into the room, seeing the ...
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Story about a library where every book possible is stored

I am trying to work out the title and author of a story I remember reading. I think its a short story, about a library which housed only books of a certain length, but had every single combination of ...
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Have we seen a dyad in the Force before?

In The Rise of Skywalker we find out that the connection between Rey and Kylo is a bit more than what we first though. They form a dyad in the Force: a pairing of two physical beings that become one ...
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Is it a honor or disgrace to be the first host to a Trill symbiont?

The great benefit of having a symbiont is having access to its memories and therefore access to a vast repertoire of knowledge and experience. So, basically, being the first host to a symbiont is, as ...
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Did Gandalf know that the nine had risen or not?

In Chapter 1, "Many Meetings", of The Fellowship of the Ring the following exchange occurs: "Then you knew of the Riders already - before I [Frodo] met them?" "Yes, I [Gandalf] knew of them. ...
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How did Underdog get his powers in the 1960s cartoon?

The 2007 Underdog film was amusing, but not the most logical or plausible superhero [parody] movie. In it, a normal canine is granted various Superman-like powers after being doused in various, ...
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In Star Trek, are food replicators also used by everyday people as a household item?

In Star Trek, are food replicators also used by everyday people as a household items? Or is the technology only available to Starfleet?
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Short story about a space combat/chase that can never be resolved due to the deltaV between the ships

I'm looking for the name of a scifi short story. I'm pretty sure it is in one of the 'Years Best in Science Fiction' but I have like ten of them and they are huge so I don't know which one it is in. ...
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Did the writers know Odo’s heritage and the details of changing society from the start? [duplicate]

During the DS9 series the Changling/Dominion society becomes a key part of the narrative. I have been trying to look online and while I can see quotes about how Odo was written to take on the role of ...
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Heinlein, “Everything not compulsory was forbidden,” in “Coventry?”

There is a satirical phrase, "Everything not forbidden is compulsory," which seems to have been a part of popular culture (in varied form) in the English-speaking world in the early 20th century. It ...
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Why do Witcher books use modern scientific terms?

In this answer on Movies SE, there is a quote : I underwent the usual mutation there, through the Trial of Grasses, and then hormones, herbs, viral infections. And then through them all again. And ...
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First sci-fi based explicitly on the Hiroshima bomb?

Reading the synopsis of Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), it involves a feral child who was affected by the bombing of Hiroshima. (It really sounds kind of intriguing despite apparently goofy ...
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Cartoon movie where humans go to a new world and are treated like gods, play in a soccer-like game

It is a cartoon movie. 2 people (along with a pet) go to a new place where those people think of our 2 people as gods. All I remember is (at last) soccer-like match, the goal is like a basketball ...
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What is the earliest instance of “Dark Elves” in modern Fantasy?

In many different modern fantasy settings, Dark Elves as a race share some common traits, and can be considered to be an archetype of sorts from which each setting adapt some features to better fit in ...
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How did Rey repair the Skywalker lightsaber?

In The Last Jedi Rey and Kylo have a tug of war over the old Skywalker lightsaber, was Anakin's, then Luke's (who lost it), then Maz gave it Rey etc. However, in The ...
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Manga where the main character kills the Demon Lord (as well as his own friends)

The main character kills the Demon Lord at last but is forced to do it again as his evaluation comes to be F. He killed his own friends because they were really slow. And he is evaluated by the God ...
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Why didn't the Doppler know the answers to these questions?

The Doppler claimed, after taking the form of Mousesack, that everything Mousesack had known belonged to them. And indeed, Doppler-Mousesack displayed knowledge of certain facts, such as that ...
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How does the Death Star maintain an atmosphere? [duplicate]

In A New Hope it's clear that the Death Star has an atmosphere around it. Explosions near its surface result in fireballs indicating oxygen, and ships show clear signs of being affected by drag (air ...
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Book about a girl who can communicate telepathically with an orange cat

I’ve been looking for a certain book now for at least 5 years. It was a hardcover edition, with a mostly grey cover and a girl with an orange cat sitting. The book’s setting was in an apocalypse, or ...
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What comes around , a drarry fanfic [closed]

Can anyone please tell me where to find this fanfic, I think the author, tuckerpuppy(harleyD) might have deleted it from all previous platforms
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How common is the ability to create portals?

Various mages are seen to have the ability to create portals for transport. It seems that Yennefer is particularly talented, but her ex-boyfriend also was able to do it, and the assassin that was ...
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Movie about making a movie about zombies when real zombies show up

It's a zombie movie, but they are also making a zombie movie. Then real zombies come out. At one point, a guy takes a girl in a trailer and has sex with her. He starts to bleed when he pees. And it'...
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80's movie with evil amulet?

This was a movie or maybe TV show I remember seeing as a kid - probably in the 1980s, very late 1970s at the earliest. (The film/show itself could be older) The detail I remember somewhat clearly is ...
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Star Trek novel with Vulcan / Romulan shower that removes skin?

Back in the 1980s I read a Star Trek novel I'm trying to identify. Here's what I can remember: Involved the TOS crew & characters, Kirk specifically At some point Kirk visits either Romulans or ...
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What happens to Jedi expelled from the order?

In this scene from Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Obiwan tells Anakin that he would be expelled from the Jedi Order if he puts his personal feelings ahead of his duties. ...
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What film had a similar plot to “In Time”? [duplicate]

I've seen this movie recently but it remind me of an excellent short from the 80's. I'm convinced that In Time stole the idea from that short because it is identical: It was a dystopian future were ...
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Why did Lando give up his role as Administrator of Cloud City just to side with Leia, Chewie and the Rebellion?

Nowhere in the film does Vader ever indicate that the Empire will take over the city, nor does Vader even seem interested in anything outside of Luke, and to a lesser degree Leia, Solo, and Chewbacca. ...
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What book was Kirk referring to, with the theme of “let me help”?

In TOS: The City on the Edge of Forever, Kirk, having traveled back to the 1930s, says: Let me help. A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that ...
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How did Ben Solo get to Exegol? [duplicate]

Rey stole his ship, and he was talking to Han. There didn't seem to be any other ships there.
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Man tries to drive out of town, but keeps winding up at a diner outside of town

There was a TV episode of a man that cannot find his way into or as I remember out of a town. On returning to the town he stops at the same isolated diner over and over again. The diner is inside or ...
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Short story and/or excerpt of book about alien culture with orange eyes and human colony on alien planet?

A story I read as a short story/book excerpt in an English textbook in middle school in 2007 and haven't found since. There is an alien girl with orange eyes and a colony of humans has moved onto the ...
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Cartoon: 4 kids transform into video game characters to save the world from a hacker and an evil program

There are 4 friends: 2 girls and 2 boys who play video games. A virus program escapes and, with the help of a programmer boy, transforms the world into a video game. But a good program in a white robe ...
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Starship areas described but never shown

I was thinking about something slightly related to this (possible another question later but it might be regarded as a duplicate) I do not have any specifics tech-wise in this but the question is ...
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What is the meaning of Cassandra's vision of Lex in “Smallvillle” S01E06?

In Smallville S01E06, when Lex finally decides to learn his future, Cassandra sees him being the President of the United States, he's wearing a white costume. Then he walks out of the building, ...
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Are the swords of the Nilfgaardians magical?

In the first episode of The Witcher (2019) we see the Nilfgaardians fighting against regular soldiers. Their weapons seem extremely effective: while we do see one hacking ineffectually at a shield for ...
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What was Geralt's reasoning with the ultimatum?

In the TV series, when Geralt was confronted with the ultimatum of whether to kill he ultimately chose the former, but I don't quite grasp his motivation. On the one hand, he would have to kill ...
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Movie title: two planets heading towards the Earth

I saw the movie as a kid, so it was probably from the '80s. It's about two planets heading towards the Earth. The first one passes close by, causing floods, earthquakes, etc. The second one (spoiler ...
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What's the meaning of “start the clock”?

In Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019), Colonel orders pilot to shoot Rodan, the fire demon which is approaching them back: Colonel: Gold Squadron, engage on our six. pilot: Copy. Start the ...
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Was Damar's comment to Leeta in DS9 S06E06 ad-libbed by the actor?

In episode S06E06 of DS9 (Sacrifice of Angels), several members of the resistance cell (Kira, Jake, Quark, & Leeta) are sitting around a table discussing the situation when Damar walks in and "...
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Movie where an adventurer and trickster go into a foggy tunnel to find treasure, traps tempt them off the path

There was a fantasy movie I watched in reruns in the '70s where an adventurer and his trickster friend had to (near the end of the movie) get through a cave to get a critical/magical treasure. Inside ...
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Was a hand-held Claymore mine-based space weapon or anything similar described in fiction before it was proposed in reality? (ca. 1959)

This answer in Space SE contains the images below which come from a 1959 report on project Horizon which was found here (direct link to PDF). The images show an astronaut on the Moon using a hand-...
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Are Tribbles sentient / have a civilization?

Forgive the lack of better words in the title, because, yes, they seem to be aware of their surroundings to the degree that they react negatively to certain species, so they are sentient in the way a ...
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Did Darth Vader ever take off the armoured portions of his suit to go undercover?

What I’m wondering is if there was ever a time where Darth Vader ever had to go undercover, and took off the distinctive black armoured portions of his suit, so that he was just wearing the life ...
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What is the basis for a parsec in the Star Wars Universe?

From Wikipedia Article on Parsec: The parsec (symbol: pc) is a unit of length used to measure the large distances to astronomical objects outside the Solar System. A parsec is obtained by the use ...

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