Use this tag for questions about the inspiration behind ideas (names, characters, objects, titles, etc.) in science fiction or fantasy works.

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?
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