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Use this tag for questions about the inspiration behind ideas (names, characters, objects, titles, etc.) in science fiction or fantasy works. Use [influence] for questions about how SF&F works have influenced other works or culture.

Inspiration can come in many forms but is often the machinery and the why behind a lot of things in speculative fiction. It concerns those things which assist in sparking ideas or steering a creator toward their finished project. Questions in this tag might be of the form:

  • What was the inspiration for character X's name?
  • Was work A influenced by work B in any way? (one or both of A and B being SF/F works)
  • Was item Y based on anything in the real world?