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Short story related to space time and boy that grows old

I'm trying to find a short story. I don't remember many of the specifics, but there is a boy that is exploring space and he doesn't heed the warning about flying too close to some object (maybe the ...
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Why does Joseph tell Elle she isn't a replicant?

Joseph manages to save Elle from her own folly after she She is clearly confused and worried she's a replicant. Joseph administers a Voight-Kampff test after failing to find a serial number in her ...
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How do the space helmets work in The Expanse?

I'm specifically referring to the TV Show, but not sure if the workings of the space suits and helmets are mentioned in the books. I've been rewatching the TV series again and wondered how the helmets ...
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Cyberpunk book which had a minor side character with a cybernetic implant to give him a perfect broadcaster's voice

I think I read this in the early 1990s, as part of a paperback in the English language. One scene recently popped into my head and I'm trying to pin it down. The main protagonists had some important ...
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Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 years?

In the modern military, senior officers would move between staff and command appointments. 22 years seems a long time to leave somebody in one position. Why was Picard Captain of the Stargazer for 22 ...
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Where did Harry hide transfigured body

(no spoilers, this is old enough I believe, but I still tried to avoid spoilers in the title) In Harry Potter Methods of Rationality, Hermione dies. Harry seeks to revive her and as the first step, he ...
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Man playing computer in chess. Uses a book-opening with known typo to win one, uses deep lookahead for #2

Sometime in the 1970s (?), I read a science fiction story about a human playing a series of chess games against a computer. IIRC, he had to win at least three games. One was won by finding a book of ...
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How many questions do blade runners usually ask during a Voight-Kampff test?

In the original Blade Runner Deckard asks Rachel over a hundred questions before he confirms she's a replicant. However, Rachel is implied to be a special case. When administering the Voight-Kampff ...
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Animated movie with a cute little girl, a talking dog, and a talking humanoid robot

I'm sorry if this is a hard question to answer, but here's everything I remember from this movie: My family rented a VHS for a single weekend. I watched it three times. I can still picture some images ...
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1970s book about an imp bothering an old lady who lives in a closed-off section of a mansion

In the late '70s, I was obsessed with a five-book box set that contained The Secret of the Sachem’s Tree by F.N. Monjo and Timothy and the Two Witches by Margaret Storey. I can’t remember the names of ...
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Why does Elle remember a home in Los Angeles?

In the Blade Runner: Black Lotus episode City of Angels, Elle goes to Los Angeles guided by a faint memory of a building with an angel painted on the wall as "home". In the later episode the ...
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Was Shadar Logoth designed to look like Osgiliath?

When watching the new Wheel of Time series of Amazon I noticed a lot of visual similarities between Shadar Logoth and Osgiliath in The Lord of the Rings movies. Specifically, the domes and towers ...
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A short story about a shipwreck in space

I read this story more than 40 years ago, but I think it was already old at that time. There was a shipwreck near a very small celestial body, with very low gravity. The survivors wanted to fall on ...
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How does the communication in The Expanse find its way to the receiver?

If two persons in the Expanse are communicating and don't know where the other person is, how can the communication find it's way to the target? This goes double if people think the person is on ...
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During the Cycle of Foundation, were there any robots helping humanity?

I finished Prelude to Foundation (after reading The Cycle of Foundation), and we learn that: Considering that Daneel intervenes only when necessary and that, in the prelude, we are only before the ...
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Help me find the title of a sci-fi apocalyptic movie following a brother-sister duo, but the sister is different somehow

I need help finding the title of this movie I had to have watched sometime between 2009-2016 where the movie takes place in the middle of some kind of zombie apocalypse. The main characters are this ...
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Does the German movie translation of Lord of the Rings intentionally use 'du' in this way?

Over on the German Language StackExchange, RDBury asks Is Gandalf really on 'du' terms with the Balrog? (Odd 'duzen' example) I don't speak German, but I get the impression from their question: ...
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Wrong physics in the Star Wars Universe [duplicate]

There are some issues with the consistency of nature laws in the Star Wars universe. For example, the speed of light seems infinite, or, in any case much larger than in our universe. When the First ...
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Looking for a Sci-fi movie that’s on VHS [duplicate]

I was young when I watched it so sorry for the vague details. The movie was in color and I have a guess it was released in the 90s due to the visual effects but that is just a guess. To my memory ...
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Was Rolf Scamander ever supposed to appear in the books?

J.K. Rowling has said in interviews that Luna married a character named "Rolf Scamander". No character of this name ever appears in the novels. Did Rowling just invent him for the interview? ...
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What were the other champions doing during the Ruined King event?

In the Ruined King event, the titular character, Viego, with his powers increased by the yordle Vex, becomes able to manifest his mists throughout the world. This enables him to corrupt a number of ...
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Manga about a noble girl who's banished by her parents and school, then later dies, goes back in time, and experiences similar events again

There's this manga I read a while ago. It's about a noble girl (villainess). She gets banished from school and her parents kick her out, and then she gets picked up by a merchant envoy. Fast-forward, ...
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In the Time Machine (2002) did the fiancée have to die?

In some respects, the idea that somehow a new "story" is written (By whom? the Guardian of Forever? The mind of the Creator of the Universe?) each time The Time Traveler tries to save his ...
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A novel about people marching against the wind. Possibly in french

I read this fantasy novel about 10-15 years ago. I know I read it in french, possibly in the original, but it might be a translation, and in that case probably from english, but maybe some third ...
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What song is Obadiah playing on the piano?

At 57:50 in Iron Man (2008), Obadiah comes to visit Tony and is playing something on a piano. It sounds slightly classical. What piece is he playing?
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Why did people in Digimon Season 2 forget what Digimon were?

In the second season of Digimon ("Digimon Zero Two"), there were several instances, in which the Chosen Children hid their Digimon from other people or pretended that they were dolls. This ...
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Why is the code to open Tony's workroom a three-digit number and does it have any meaning in or out of universe?

In Iron Man (2008), Stark calls Pepper down to his workroom to help him with his ARC reactor. When she comes down, she types in the code "106" into a keypad, seen at 49:13. Why is the code ...
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First to portray computer-controlled plane or other vehicle?

I read that This Island Earth had a computer-controlled plane, and this sounds extremely sophisticated for 1955, not just because computers were huge things in those days but also because it seems to ...
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How did Rhodey survive?

Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes was present during Stark's kidnapping in Marvel Studios' Iron Man (2008) - in fact, he was in the Humvee behind him (dubbed the "Hum-drumvee" by Stark ...
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The magic and the mundane, man of two worlds

I remember a book leant to me, middle-part of a series (?) in the early-mid 1990's, written in English. The protagonist possessed the ability to move between the mundane world of his not-especially-...
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Why is every place in the Wheel-of-Time TV series a mixture of races?

I've watched a few episodes of Amazon's new Wheel of Time series. It has its pros and cons, but something strange about it is that just about every single place has strong ethnic variety, as though it ...
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Are there any powerful magical entities has Superman [Post Crisis] physically overpowered in a battle, despite his susceptibility to magic? [closed]

We all know the only 2 major weaknesses of a Kryptonian are Kryptonite, and Magic. The first is rather straight forward; it weakens and kills them with enough exposure. The second, is somewhat ...
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Dune sand tent underground - why wouldn't digging and just being in a tent attract a worm?

Seems like being inside a sand tent down inside a dune would act like a vibration amplifying chamber -- even the vibration of simply breathing, snoring. etc - much less any movements would be ...
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Fantasy book where magic can pull objects from other dimensions [duplicate]

Recently I was going back to all those books I read and loved when I was younger ... much younger than now :) I fondly remember a fantasy series of books but cannot remember character names, titles or ...
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Why wasn't the Meta-Crisis Doctor as smart as Doctor Donna was?

He was half-human, half-Time Lord. Why couldn't he be as smart as Donna was? Also, why didn't he have complications and need to have his own memory wiped, like Doctor Donna?
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Manga about a member of the hero's party who dies of old age, and is reincarnated hundreds of years later

I am looking for an isekai manga I read some time ago. An old man who was one of the party members in the hero's party dies due to old age. He gets reincarnated after 300 or some years after, I am not ...
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A horror movie about a group of young people in a haunted mansion

I'm trying to locate a mockumentary horror movie. I remember there were 4-6 friends, who came to a haunted mansion – to film paranormal activity. Right before some of the friends started to sneak into ...
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How can 22 cynical soul effect basketball player on Earth?

Here we can see 22 cynical soul, who is at "Great Before" throws snow and basketball player fails to score a point: How can 22 cynical soul effect basketball player on Earth?
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What are the main characters ranks in the Star Trek TV shows? [closed]

What are the ranks of the main characters the various Star Trek TV shows (not the movies), e.g. ST:TOS ST:TAS ST:TNG ST:DS9 ST:VOY ST:ENT ST:DIS ST:PIC ST:LOW ST:PRO I cannot find a definite source ...
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Fantasy YA/children's book about meeting a male creature who is one of the last of his kind, then later encountering a female counterpart

I read a fantasy novel in grade school around 2007. I think it was a standalone novel, not part of a series. What I remember is the main character(s) enter a fantasy world. I have the impression they ...
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Manga about modern-day high school student

I read this manga a few years ago. It's set in the modern day and it's about a high school student who meets a girl with a sword and wears bunny ears who claims to be his fiance. She says that he is a ...
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Short story about what Earth looks like when people all disappear?

Does anyone remember a short story about all of humanity vanishing from Earth, and the story describes what happens over time, as industrial infrastructure collapses (nuclear and chemical plants, ...
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How strong was Darth Vader?

Darth Vader was comprised of many robotic parts. Just how strong was he with those parts if we don't take into account modifying his strength with the force? Is there any evidence that he had super ...
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What is the earliest story to deal with clones?

I’m looking for the earliest story with clones (genetic duplicates of people created via technology and grown from cells/embryos) in it. Just how old is the trope?
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What were the job parameters for the original Revenge of the Jedi poster?

The first posters released for Revenge of the Jedi are fairly famous, mostly for not matching the title of the final film. However, from the first time I saw it, what struck me was that, regardless ...
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Animated TV show where a high schooler turns into a creature, and fights another student from his school with the same ability

I think this show was on Disney XD, Cartoon Network, or Nickelodeon but I didn't find it on the list of shows. I saw it sometime between 2009 and 2013. Don't remember too many details and I don't know ...
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Yet another "spacemen and caveman" story

When I was a kid I had access to a handful of "golden age" SF mags, out of which a couple of stories stick in my mind. One of them started with a caveman returning from foraging with his ...
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What does "agreeable skeptic" mean?

Souls describing their personalities: I'm an agreeable skeptic who's cautious yet flamboyant. I'm an irritable wallflower who's dangerously curious. I'm a manipulative megalomaniac who's intensely ...
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Marvel comics: pink alien villain (character ID)

A pink-colored villain, female, I believe, of an alien species with a small body but a very large head, and the ability to shoot some sort of electric blast out of the center of her forehead, as well ...
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Movie about zombie vampires

This seemed more or less like a typical zombie action movie. However, the zombies are actually later revealed to be zombie vampires later on. Unlike the regular movie zombies, their head has to be ...

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