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Does "2001 A Space Odyssey" involve faster than light communication?

No cheating. They are not interacting just receiving messages. Edit 1 Another recorded message. Birthday greetings for Frank. (And thanks to the youtube uploaders.) ...
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What is the communications range of a standard Starfleet combadge?

Approximately 40,000 km (ground-to-ship) Communications functions are carried out by tricorder through the subspace transceiver assembly (STA). Voice and data are uplink/downlinked along standard ...
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Was the method of transmitting an image in "Danny Dunn and the Voice from Space" inspired by scientific literature or vice versa?

I think it's likely that the book was inspired by the preliminary thoughts that Frank Drake had expressed before actually sending his message. Evidence: Drake is mentioned by the characters in the ...
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Do Starfleet communicators require a server?

No If we look at the few times in various series when everyone was far removed from compatible technology, we find that they can work just fine without. Off the top of my head, in TNG episode Time's ...
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Why didn't Sirius remind Harry about the mirror when he used Umbridge's fireplace?

We can't really know why Sirius did not ask Harry why he was not using the mirror, but I can think of a few ideas: First, Sirius did not know that Harry had broken into Umbridge's office to contact ...
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Is there an official way to refer to communicating by putting your head in the fire?

A specific term for it is never mentioned. In the books, there is never a specific name given to using Floo Powder to communicate by transporting just the head through the fire over the Floo Network. ...
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Who uses combadges other than Starfleet and Bajoran Militia?

The Klingons used a couple of different combadge styles. This kind seen several times in TNG. And this from the film Generations. Interestingly, the website Roddenberry.com (seller of 'officially ...
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Communcations and the MDV in "The Martian"

To quote from the first chapter: The MDV is basically a big can with some light thrusters and parachutes attached. Its sole purpose is to get six humans from Mars orbit to the surface without ...
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How do Starfleet comm badges know how to connect between personnel?

Shipboard As you surmise, when aboard ship, the commbadge offloads all the routing to the ship's main computer: During voice operations, the normal procedure involves a crew member stating his or ...
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Why don’t they switch to text communication when there’s a bad connection?

People don't switch to text communication because they prefer video, even when the video is of low quality. We know that text communication is possible, because the bridge receives messages without ...
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Story about extraterrestrial slug trying to communicate

Good afternoon! I am a teacher who first encountered this short story as part of a literature class at the University of Minnesota around 2000/2001. I continue to use it with my 6th and 7th graders. I ...
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Short story with audible computer networks

I am quite certain that this is "Incommunicado" by Katherine MacLean. It's asked and answered and described in this question. That was also a short question without a lot of detail, but ...
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What is the earliest story or book combining technological FTL communication with lack of FTL travel?

In George O. Smith's Venus Equilateral stories (mostly published in Astounding in the early 1940s), there was a background element of STL interplanetary travel. The resourceful engineers at the Venus ...
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Short story about a guy who turns an untranslatable alien signal into a sports betting wire

This is "Wait Till Next Year" by Robin Rowland, from the November 1988 issue of Analog. Searching Google book search for "Wait Till Next Year" and "betting wire" finds ...
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Does "2001 A Space Odyssey" involve faster than light communication?

It's made very clear in both the book and the movie that there is a long time lag for radio communications with Discovery. For example, in the birthday scene in the movie, the parents' transmission is ...
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Communication through deep space in Halo

The Halo universe has established FTL travel, known as Slipstream Space, or Slipspace. Slipstream space ... is a dimensional subdomain of alternate spacetime consisting of eleven non-visible ...
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What is the communications range of a standard Starfleet combadge?

As shown in numerous episodes, a standard combadge can reach a ship in orbit; we see the Away Teams reporting to their ship as soon as they arrive on a planet's surface to confirm their arrival. ...
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Need Name of Children's Short Story (1970s SRA, maybe) - Boy Fixes Radio of a Crashed Alien Craft

That would be "The Gizmo From Outer Space" by Keo Felker Lazarus The gismo that Jerry and Ron have found is no ordinary gadget. It's part of an alien spaceship's radio...and what's more, ...
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Communcations and the MDV in "The Martian"

It seems to me the descent stage would have had some kind of a communication system. Why? While the astronauts are on the surface, they communicate using the MAV. Why put a second, redundant comm ...
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"Cause and Effect": Why didn't the Enterprise check with a Starfleet "time beacon" earlier on?

Geordi refers to being stuck in a "fragment of time" in the dialogue: LAFORGE: This is going to sound pretty wild. Somehow, we've entered what seems to be a temporal causality loop. We think we're ...
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First reference to a wireless communication technology in Science Fiction?

This is an answer to the bonus question about wireless voice communications. 1879: "The Great Electric Diaphragm", a short story by Robert Duncan Milne, published in the May 24, 1879 issue ...
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How do they hear incoming transmissions through their communicator?

TOS: Let's say Scotty wants to talk to the Captain, so he presses a button on the communication panel and speaks: "Scott to Captain". If the Captain is aboard ship, the communication system simply ...
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What is the communications range of a standard Starfleet combadge?

TNG S03E03 - The Survivors RIKER: All right. I can't make you come with us. (takes off his comm. badge) Are you familiar with one of these? We'll be in the system for the next several days at least....
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Does "2001 A Space Odyssey" involve faster than light communication?

The "3000" sequel story also makes clear that the monoliths are capable to send and receive messages over a distance of 500 light years, but only at the speed of light. The result is ...
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Do non-Starfleet communicators also have Prescient Routing Tech?

The delay you're talking about is negligible. When human beings were in charge of making those connections ("Sarah, get me Floyd down at the Barber Shop"), it took a second or two, plus the time it ...
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How do Atlanteans communicate underwater?

They just talk. With a mouth and everything, like you and I would. In the comics, they just talk. Leaving aside 60+ years of comics panels where Atlanteans speak with an open mouth, shout with a wide-...
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Simultaneous use of Palantiri

The palantir of Osgiliath used by Denethor could be used to eavesdrop on the "conversations" of others, specifically between Sauron and Saruman, so it's possible to have more than a two-way ...
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Was there any kind of meaningful communication between humans and Tyranids in Warhammer 40k?

Just to be complete, I'm going to bring up some extremely old background. Beyond the genestealer cults, there are two other notes regarding communication with the Tyranids : During the first edition, ...
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