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What's the inspiration and/or meaning behind the names Dahj and Soji?

Certainly they are reminiscent of the name Lall, which means "loved one" in, I believe, some South Asian languages... But what do we know here, both in and out of universe?
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Weird scifi movie about military sending a team to island/survivors, crashed ufo

It was pretty old movie 70s-90s, about a military sent to investigate a remote island with strange signals, or crashed survivors on an island[cant remember exactly]. When the team landed it became ...
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1979 or earlier short story - dispute settled with opposing factions fighting on a planet using WWI rules

I am trying to track down a sci fi short story from a magazine. Been bugging me for years. Not sure what magazine - journal size 7-8" x 10-11" - approx 70 pages when I picture holding it. I got the ...
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Sci-fi movie from 80s-00s about a killer alien roaming a dark city

I vaguely remember a movie about an alien/monster roaming a dark/grim city. It could hibernate/burrow or drill underground, or used underground city infrastructure to move. It murdered different ...
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Short story where aliens think cars are the dominant life form

It's not HGttG and it isn't a poem. It was like a page long and it was in my textbook in high school circa early 2000s in CA, USA. I remember there were aliens and they were talking about how humans ...
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Is The Doctor on her 3rd set of regenerations?

I was reading in the news today that it's been confirmed that Jo Martin's Doctor is an actual regeneration of the Doctor. How can that be when all 12 regenerations of her previous regeneration cycle ...
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Did anything happen to the Vorlons after they assassinated Deathwalker?

In B5: Deathwalker (Season 1, Episode 9) the Vorlons assassinate the titular Dilgar scientist. They did this pretty openly. Were there any diplomatic consequences of killing her for the Vorlons?
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Ready Player One - Book references in the film to 'Wargames'?

Finally got around to watching the film version of 'Ready Player One'. Obviously the film doesn't stick to the book when it comes to the tasks/tests but I did notice references to the main book ...
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Was the outcome of the galactic civil war pre-determined by Dooku and Sidious?

I get that the entire point of the civil war was to install Palpatine as emperor. However, it feels that could have been accomplished had the separatists won. Is there any canonical information ...
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Brian Aldiss short story about caveats of advanced military technology [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember a short story I read many years ago about the negative side of developing and deploying advanced weapons technology in an SF setting. It was about some intergalactic power that ...
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Was Batman ever issued a ticket for his infractions?

This question asks if Batman could be arrested for driving an unregistered vehicle, in the real world. The answer, of course, being a clear yes. In the comics, Batman commits several infractions on a ...
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Movie where people are trapped with no connection to the outside world but have food and water

The movie I remember is not from Hollywood, below are some of the scene references. Theme of the story is people get trapped in certain places (with recurring food and water for their survival) and ...
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How did Aladdin trick Genie inside the cave with his first wish?

In Aladdin (2019), by rewinding, Genie reminds Aladdin that he already used his first wish to get out of the cave but Aladdin argues that it didn't count as his wish. How did Aladdin trick Genie ...
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When did the Separatist Movement start within the Galactic Republic?

When and how did the Separatist Movement begin? I am asking about the separatists before they officially became the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In the second movie, the separatists have ...
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Did Count Dooku know about Order 66?

Since Count Dooku worked closely with Darth Sidious to undermine the Republic both internally and externally, he might have known about Order 66. He could have used the Clone Troopers to destroy the ...
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Old post apocalyptic cartoon where the main character has red hair and lives with a nomadic group

I am looking for an animated TV series which was probably made in the '80s or '90s. The main character had red hair. The cartoon is set in a post apocalyptic environment and the character lives with ...
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SciFi writer’s stories are plagiarized from the future

An author of science fiction repeatedly finds that no sooner has he published a new work than he finds that that it appears as though he had plagiarized it because it is suddenly listed as an already ...
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End of the train line/depot, protagonist slips into another dimension

I’ve been trying (with no success) to find a story I read on the internet about a decade ago about a man that either falls asleep or just decides to travel to the end of the line on the train and ends ...
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Primer (2004) - Does a time traveler's cell phone ring if both he and his other self exist at the same time? [closed]

In the movie Primer (2004), there are two main characters who travel back 24 hours in time using their time machine. When they arrive, both they and their past selves exist in this same town at the ...
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What four TV series appeared on Sci-Fi channel about the same time around March 1999?

I recall seeing four new TV series that appeared on the SciFi channel about the same time. Two of them were Farscape and First Wave. Unfortunately, I cannot recall the other two. According to IMDb, ...
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Has the concept of Multiple Universes ever been explored in Star Wars? [duplicate]

Has anything similar to, say, the Star Trek (TOS) episode Mirror mirror ever happened in Star Wars media? For those who don't know, Kirk and his landing party end up on an alternate Enterprise ...
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Is there any connection to the ancient Rome city in “Burning Chrome”?

It sounds like a pronunciation trick Burning Chrome and Burning Rome. Is it just my wrong guess or are they connected somehow?
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Sci fi TV series about a parallel universe where belts let them stay there and give them power

I'm looking for a TV show that I watched when I was a kid (2000s). It's not Sliders, Parallax, Spellbinder, or Stormworld. It's about a boy who travels in a group with a girl and an old man (maybe a ...
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What was the actual legal or political process by which the Emperor dissolved the Senate?

In Episode IV, word spreads that the Emperor has just disbanded the Imperial Senate and that power would pass to regional governors. It seems a done deal at this point, as if the Emperor just had to ...
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Short story: post-climate-change, mega-rich underwater retreat

I'm trying to find a short story from a pretty recent collection (sometime in the past 5-10 years). The plot involves 2 people in a sub (some sort of male consultant/operative/spy, and a female pilot)...
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Short story: humorous story with protagonist talking in riddles

I read this short story a few years ago, online, but I didn't save the link, author or title. It was about 5-10 pages long, with the following plot points that I remember: A lone human explorer lands ...
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Which one is correct, Ardacer or Adarcer?

In MERP 8006 Treasures of Middle-earth, a compendium of Middle-earth magic items for MERP (a tabletop rpg), Adarcer is a material defined as: This is a white alloy, a fusion of ang (iron), glôin ("...
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Why did the Galactic Senate grant emergency powers to Chanceller Palpatine but would not vote to create a Republic army?

Isn't it almost the same thing? Didn't they know Palpatine's leanings on the military bill and that he would likely form an army. And why didn't the same senators feel dissapointed when Palpatine ...
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Has anyone continued the flower meme in time travel or dream stories written since Time Machine? [closed]

In his collection Other Inquisitions, JL Borges has a short essay titled The Flower of Coleridge. He notes that the famous ST Coleridge quote about waking from a dream-like journey with a flower in ...
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Movie about Chinese nuclear satellite threatening a US space station

This movie came out in the 80's or early 90's. A crew aboard a space station notice a satellite orbiting close to them and find out it's actually a Chinese orbiting nuclear weapon. They spacewalk and ...
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What was the first sci-fi TV series to have titles for each episode?

Star Trek: The Original Series had titles for each episode. (e.g. - “Amok Time,” “Balance of Terror,” “The Doomsday Machine,” and so forth.) Doctor Who episodes had titles as far back as 1963. (e.g. -...
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What are some examples of recycling of narration in science fiction? [closed]

The first one I recognized was while watching the original broadcast of The City at the Edge of Forever in Star Trek TOS. The narrator intoned, "Time is like a river." I thought, "Hey, I've heard ...
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A universe not quite like ours

Okay this is a story someone else was telling me about. I wanted to read it but he didn't remember the title. This was in the mid-eighties; the story itself must be at least that old. The protagonist ...
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Did Palpatine foresee that Anakin would kill him?

I read it somewhere in the 90s that Palpatine/Sidious had a vision in which he foresaw that Anakin would kill him and the reason why he tried to turn him to the Dark Side is to make sure it doesn't ...
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How did the Justice League survive on the Anti-matter Earth in “JLA: Earth 2” if they're made of ordinary matter?

! In the Graphic Novel JLA: Earth 2, the Justice League travelled to the Post-crisis Earth 2, which is presumably the Anti-matter universe of Qward without being annihilated, could someone please ...
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Sci fi short story, enemy weapons made the population deaf [duplicate]

I read this short story at least thirty years ago, an anthology in the UK but the story was set in the US. A grandmother is struggling to raise her grandson, I think the parents are dead. There is an ...
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Looking for story about farmer who sees aliens land in his field, but it turns out that the farmer is the alien and the aliens are humans

I’m looking for the name of a YA Science Fiction short story that I read in middle school in the 70’s. As I remember it, the story was told from the perspective of a farmer who was tending his fields ...
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Is there any canonical AI in the 'Verse?

In Joss Whedon's Firefly universe, is there any evidence of artificial intelligence, regardless of how advanced? In particular, I'm wondering if creating a basic autopilot AI for an asset in the ...
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Scary short story about boy who finds out he’s the only real human on Earth

Looking for a short story I read maybe 10 years ago, about a boy who finds out that he’s the only real human on Earth, and all the other people he sees are not human but something else. It takes place ...
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Looking for YA short story about boy who finds family living in cave from alternate world

I’m looking for the name of a YA short story that I read in middle school back in the late 70’s. I believe it was part of a Science Fiction short story collection. My recollection is that it had “Key” ...
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Is this scene from a Deryni novel? [duplicate]

The scene is: Wizards have gathered for a once a year forging of a ring of power. The ring is struck only once each year. There are required to be mythical beasts (don't remember which one) in the ...
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How far out were the story themes of the “12 Monkeys” TV series planned?

I have just finished watching the 12 Monkeys TV series. It seems pretty well put together with, from what I can tell, most of the timeline story arcs pulled together. Have the writers ever talked ...
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Book about boy with superpowers

There’s a book I read about a boy that has superpowers he didn’t know but then he went somewhere (I can’t remember I think it was like some camp with his school). He then goes to a forest from hearing ...
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Why did Picard not recognize this individual in the first episode of Star Trek: Picard?

Why did Picard not identify Dahj as Lal in Picard S01E01 "Remembrance"? The background is that Data had made a painting, which we had not seen before, of his daughter Lal. As the painting is titled "...
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Who drew the Wendimoor mural

In S2:E09 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, we find out that in the ‘throne room’ (or whatever exactly it is) in Wendimoor, there are mural drawings of Earth, similar to the ones of ...
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Why didn't Robert go to King's Landing after Lyanna's abduction?

After Lyanna was kidnapped (or eloped) with Rheager, Lyanna's brother Brandon went to King's Landing to clear the matter where he, along with his father, are killed by Aerys. But why didn’t Robert ...
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Triton book series

In the late 1960's or early 1970's there was a book series about a boy whose parents were research scientists on on an island. There was an explosion and he was blown into the water and somehow ...
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What “cup” is Genie referring to?

In Aladdin (2019), Genie says to Aladdin: Genie: Don't ever interrupt me, no matter what. Now, I usually don't have to go through all of this... because by the time the guy gets to me, he ...
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Anime where a woman knocked into a window leaves Japanese characters with her blood

There was a scene where a random woman was knocked onto a window, and as she slid down, she wrote Japanese symbols with her blood. There were also scenes where a guy said phrases that allowed him to ...
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Would Legilimency be easier or more difficult against an Animagus?

When a witch or wizard transforms into an animal, we know they can still think and listen, like Pettigrew did when living as a pet. But according to Sirius it can alter one's emotional state. Could ...

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