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What is the first mention of Star Wars in a hit song?

Nils Lofgren sang I'm gonna take you to see Star Wars tonight on the live version of Take you to the Movies on the album Night After Night. The Discogs page ...
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What is the first mention of Star Wars in a hit song?

Bill Murray sang the Star Wars theme during The January 28th, 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live. The episode included a sketch with Bill Murray playing Nick the Lounge Singer, a parody of a lounge ...
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Was Terry Pratchett inspired by Hal Clement?

That was probably not the source of the name. The Annotated Pratchett file about Truckers (the first book of the Nome trilogy) says that the name Masklin is a pun on the word 'masculine'. That ...
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Which was the first sci-fi story featuring time travelling by passing memories back to your former self?

1947: "Time and Time Again", a short story by H. Beam Piper; first published in Astounding Science Fiction, April 1947, which is available at the Internet Archive; also available at Project ...
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Seek, Locate, Destroy

Blake's 7 was first broadcast 1978. The Daleks first appeared in 1963. The first occurance of a Dalek saying "Seek, locate, exterminate" I can find was in Destiny of the Daleks (1979), also written ...
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Short story about a sea monster attacking a ship - this author inspired Lovecraft

Perhaps "A Tropical Horror", a 1905 short story by William Hope Hodgson (1877–1918) of whom Wikipedia says: Hodgson's work is said to have had an influence on H.P. Lovecraft, even though ...
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Are there reliable sources for the influence of Babel-17 on other SF using strong Sapir–Whorf?

Haden Elgin was a linguist in her own right. She would not have needed to read Babel-17 to learn about Sapir-Whorf. That's not to say she hadn't read it, of course, just that "influence" may ...
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Was there any real-world inspiration for the DS9 episodes "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost"?

According to the write-up in the DS9 Companion, the script for Homefront/Paradise Lost (and the general theme of "everyone's paranoid about the shapeshifters") wasn't especially inspired by ...
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Did Jack London influence "We"?

While I cannot say for certain whether Yevgeny Zamyatin was influenced by Jack London's The Iron Heel, Zamyatin does not acknowledge any debt to London in the most natural place for him to have done ...
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Was Heart of Gold designed after Aries 1B or USS Discovery?

It appears not. According to an inside look at Cinesite, the company responsible for the film's visual effects, the good ship Heart of Gold was originally modelled after a teapot (emphasis mine, and ...
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Was there any influence of "Foundation" series by Asimov on "Star Wars"?

Though different, I have found some "traces" in Star Wars that somehow resemble Asimov's Foundation saga. I will try to resume those similarities in the following points: The Mankind is spread over ...
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What is the first mention of Star Wars in a hit song?

It seems that Bicycle Race is the earliest hit song to mention Star Wars. Bicycle race was recorded in June-July 1978, and released 13 Oct 78. It remains popular and is considered a Queen classic, so ...
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Short story about a sea monster attacking a ship - this author inspired Lovecraft

Perhaps "The Man Who Was Saved", a short story by B. W. Sliney, first published in Weird Tales, May, 1926, available at the Internet Archive. The story fits your description pretty well. ...
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Was Terry Pratchett inspired by Hal Clement?

According to Marc Burrows' biography of Pratchett, The Magic of Terry Pratchett, at 12 years old Pratchett was a fan of the Victor Gollancz publishing company, which included Hal Clement's works, so ...
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Was DC’s Adam Strange an influence on the creation of the TV program Doctor Who?

Adam Strange: human archeologist from Earth accidentally teleported to an alien planet where he eventually became the love interest of the daughter of the scientist responsible for his teleportation ...
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What is the first mention of Star Wars in a hit song?

There were two Star Wars instrumentals that got a TON of airplay in 1977, and I am sure both qualify as hits, although perhaps not as songs as they had no words and thus didn't technically mention ...
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Have any of Heinlein's (then) fictional inventions been developed into actual ones?

Cell Phones He used the concept of portable phones in many of is novels starting in 1948. The basic concept of his "pocket phone" was just that, a phone that fits in your pocket and allows you to ...
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Which was the first sci-fi story featuring time travelling by passing memories back to your former self?

The Dark Chamber (Leonard Cline, 1927) contains the inverse of this concept, where the main character attempts to recall the memories of his ancestors, one generation at a time (i.e., passing memories ...
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Which was the first sci-fi story featuring time travelling by passing memories back to your former self?

I'm not sure stories of ancestral memory are on topic here, but just in case, let me mention a couple of early stories on that theme. 1910: "When the World Was Young", a short story by Jack ...
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Is Day of the Triffids accepted as an inspiration for zombie books, movies etc?

You are not the first to compare the two, from Infected, Zombies And Triffids The plants that take over the world in Day Of The Triffids have many characteristics of zombies. In particular, they ...
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Is Day of the Triffids accepted as an inspiration for zombie books, movies etc?

I've been saying this for years: it isn't even the basics of the plot, but the structure. The horror of the incident and the individual struggle. Formation of groups and founding a community safe ...
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Is there a Tolkien "church"?

Theoretically, at least, I once posited that Iluvatarism would be that religion. There is certainly enough matter in the legendarium to put together a sort of basic theistic religion. More, certainly,...
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Is there an article that discusses the influence of Robert Heinlein on John Varley?

We have John Varley's own words, in a blog he wrote after accepting the 2009 Robert A. Heinlein award: I’ve won Hugo and Nebula awards, but none of them mean as much to me as this one does. I ...
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Was DC’s Adam Strange an influence on the creation of the TV program Doctor Who?

The evidence you give to suggest a link is extremely weak, so I have no qualms in saying no, it probably was not an influence on the creation of the show. Doctor Who was, and still is, relentlessly ...
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Was there any influence of 'Day of the Triffids' on '28 Days Later'?

Having been reading John Wyndham for 20+ years I would suggest that any self respecting (especially British) Sci Fi venture would be influenced by his work. Whilst not as mainstream as Arthur Clarke, ...
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Did Jack London influence "We"?

"The Iron Heel" was an enormous best seller in Russia before and during the writing of "We", as were nearly all of London's books between 1902 and 1916. It would have been highly ...
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Was there any influence of "Foundation" series by Asimov on "Star Wars"?

Star Wars has a huge long list of identifiable influences. Amongst them are Kurosawa, spaghetti Westerns, Swords & Sorcery fantasy, The Dam Busters movie and the 633 Squadron movie. Likewise the ...
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Was there any influence of "Foundation" series by Asimov on "Star Wars"?

I thought I would include a selection of text from the first Foundation book that sounds awfully similar to a certain scene in Star Wars A New Hope. Specifically, the scene where Han, Ben, Luke, ...
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Was there any influence of "Foundation" series by Asimov on "Star Wars"?

One thing I found similar is that both Millennium Falcon and the ship of Dever (the trader who was sent by the foundation to investigate the Empire) They are both claimed to be able to "outrun any ...
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