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Were there science fiction stories written during the Middle Ages?

I would say a good case can be made to answer 'yes' on this. Per Wikipedia, "During the Middle Ages in the Middle East, foundations for the scientific method were laid by Alhazen in his Book of ...
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Computer Game - Opens with meeting a famous person and chasing a robber who vanishes using magic

This sounds very much like the prologue sequence of Myst III: Exile. You were greeted by Katran (Catherine from the original Myst games), holding their daughter Yeesha, and were visiting Atrus (who ...
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90's TV series where a boy goes to another dimension through portal near power lines

I'm pretty certain that this is an Australian TV show from the 1990s called Spellbinder. It has power suits which can throw balls of lightening, and are recharged by rubbing the cuffs together. In ...
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Fantasy book set in medieval times, in which one of the characters wields a double-sided battleaxe

You might be thinking of The Sapphire Rose (1992) by David Eddings, the third book in his Elenium series. According to this TV Tropes article, it features a character called Ulath, who wields: a ...
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Series about female warrior in Arthurian-like medieval Britain

This may be The King's Peace by Jo Walton. The King's Peace is a fantasy novel by Welsh-Canadian writer Jo Walton, published by Tor Books in October 2000. The first of Walton's published novels, it ...
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Were there science fiction stories written during the Middle Ages?

The question has a fundamental problem, which is an artificial separation of "science", "magic" and "religious miracle". Pre-Enlightenment, this separation simply did not exist. You'll recall that ...
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Book: Civilisation has limited time to progress from medieval to space travel

Possibly King David's Spaceship? I disremember much of it, but the titular vehicle is a primitive Orion-style booster using conventional explosives instead of nuclear devices. The driving motivation ...
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What 80s children’s fantasy movie has a scene with a court jester who snaps his fingers and disappears?

With you saying possibly a TV mini series I'm wondering if you saw Timothy Claypole, the mediaeval jester in Rentaghost. He was a 'sprite ghost' and could indeed disappear. The firm, located in South ...
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Were there science fiction stories written during the Middle Ages?

From the second century there is what is considered the first science fiction story: "True History", Wikipedia It contains robots, space ship fights, aliens, a trip to the moon and to the sun. It's ...
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Knight paying lady back for playing with his life

It's The Glove and the Lions, by Leigh Hunt, and it ends as follows "By God!" said Francis, "rightly done!" and he rose from where he sat: "No love," quoth he, "but vanity, sets love a task like ...
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90's TV series where a boy goes to another dimension through portal near power lines

That would be Spellbinder. A group of teenagers go on a school camp in the Blue Mountains in Australia. While at the camp, Paul Reynolds accidentally goes into a parallel universe. This other ...
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Science fiction short story where medieval villagers were used to time travelers

Just based on keywords, it might be Rebecca Ore's "Hypocaust & Bathysphere" as per this review of Lightspeed Magazine, May 2017 (a reprint of its 1995 release in Asimov's Science ...
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1990s/2000s PC strategy game in which you build a village, discover new lands, and fight knights

This sounds like Stronghold Legends, the mythological edition of the Stronghold series of medieval strategy games. I'm looking for a game that I used to play in the early 2000s. It was a strategy ...
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Trilogy of books that feature a scientist thrown into a medieval world due to an experiment gone wrong

This is the Reluctant Sorcerer trilogy by Simon Hawke. Book 1: The Reluctant Sorcerer (1992) Book 2: The Inadequate Adept (1993) Book 3: The Ambivalent Magician (1996) The protagonist, Dr. Marvin ...
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Elite troops and Single Combat in Westeros

Kingsguard are not a battle unit Kingsguard are elite bodyguards, not elite shock troops. They do not fight in formation i.e. 7 armored knights whacking anything that comes their way. They are used ...
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Sinister themed comic/graphic novel containing the Book of Revelation, Apocrypha, ravens, the Four Evangelists

I haven't read it for years, so I'm not sure about all details, but several of your points fit "Le troisième Testament" by Xavier Dorison and Alex Alice. The French original was published by Glénat ...
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Were there science fiction stories written during the Middle Ages?

Not sure you want to count that as sci-fi, but there is Utopia (Thomas Moore, 1516) It is a description of an imaginary place to illustrate what the author considers the best possible society. It ...
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Elite troops and Single Combat in Westeros

Something worth remembering is that all-out open warfare is not that common. Many if not most knights historically never experience it in their lifetimes: the closest they'd normally come is smaller ...
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Book about a boy that enters a medieval fantasy PC computer game

The series is called Finn's Quest by Eirlys Hunter, and the first book is called The Queen-Seekers (2000). This is the original cover of the first book. It appears to be a first-person view through a ...
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PC Game: Flaming skull skeletons as enemies

This sounds like Crusaders of Might and Magic, a medieval fantasy-themed game for PC and PlayStation from 1999. It is a third-person action sword-wielding and magic-shooting game with a black haired ...
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1990s/2000s PC strategy game in which you build a village, discover new lands, and fight knights

Total Annihilation: Kingdoms Things that fit: Time period Fantasy Setting Wizard Dragon in Launch Cutscene Kingdoms was released in 1999, with DLC released in 2000, that would seem to fit with early ...
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Sci-Fi cartoon series about animal versions of the Knights of the Round Table

Could it be Argai: the Prophecy, a piece of French animation (originally released under the title of Argaï: La prophétie) from 2000? The story is partly set in the year 1250, partly in 2075. Angel, ...
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Book series: Rings, chainmail, and words of power. Female protaganist

The Jelindel Chronicles This is the Jelindel Chronicles, by Paul Collins. From the Goodreads description of the first book, Dragonlinks: An all-powerful, enchanted mailshirt from the stars. Six ...
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Planet Colonization book with benevolent AI

I'll have to re-read the first book but I think I finally found the series. I think this is the Safehold series by David Webber. I've been searching for this book series for days and finally found it ...
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Story with a spaceship that crashes into a medieval civilization

It sounds like Fall of Angels, one of the Recluce novels by L.E. Modesitt Jr. The central characters are space military from some war who end up in a fantasy (low tech, high magic) universe. One of ...
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80s/90s Post-apocalyptic novel, medieval with a "great fire" and a "mystic / shaman"

Except for the age of the protagonist, everything matches the beginning of the Sword of the Spirits trilogy, by John Christopher: The Prince in Waiting, Beyond the Burning Lands, and The Sword of the ...
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Novel about a girl using a tomb to travel to medieval times

A long shot, but is this possibly Crown of Dalemark, fourth in Diana Wynne Jones' Dalemark quartet? It doesn't quite fit, but some elements are similar to your recollections. Spoilers below:
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Fantasy kids' book about a medieval land with monsters and magical jewels

Maybe Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda? I actually ended up here because I was trying to find the name of this series. The one I had was a thick compilation of all the books, with the gemstones down the ...
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Late 1990s to early 2000s movie or TV series that involved a talking goose/duck

Might this be Fantaghirò or Cave of the Golden Rose, first film of the Fantaghirò series? For many centuries two kingdoms have been at war with each other, though neither side remembers what the war ...
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Book about three companions forced to solve puzzles to find gems

Deltora Quest, by Emily Rodda Deltora Quest is an 15-book series divided into 3 sub-series - the 8-book Deltora Quest, 3-book Deltora Shadowlands, and 4-book Deltora Dragons. The first series is ...
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