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Why Prague and a Czech empire?

First of all, a little correction to the question: The Bartimaeus books don't name it a Czech empire. It's the Holy Roman Empire they name, but that has a strong connection to Prague. An Empire with ...
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Was Lovecraft's "Shunned House" a real building?

Yes, it was based on the Stephen Harris House, 135 Benefit Street, Providence. Here's a picture by Flickr user Andrew Kuchling: And here's Lovecraft on his letter to Lillian Clark, 4 November 1924 (...
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Why would there be dive shops in or near Denver?

Colorado, particularly, the Denver area allows access to a number of interesting and unique diving experiences, including deep lakes and reservoirs. Some examples, quotes taken from 5280 Promotions: ...
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Did Sam Beckett (from “Quantum Leap”) ever jump into a period between 1993 and 1999?

In a word, yes (and no). In none of the TV shows does he jump into a contemporaneous setting with the broadcast dates of the show itself (e.g. 1989-1993). The latest jump that he does on screen is ...
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Where does The Last Unicorn take place?

The setting is most definitely a fictionalised version of our own world. Within the first few pages of the source novel there's a reference to Arab horses For a moment the man was very close to her,...
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Does the Dungeons & Dragons Movie (2000) take place in any known setting?

According to e-mail correspondence between Robert Blezard "Knightfall" (a D&D fan) and movie writer David Arneson, Izmir was made up for the movie: Specifically, Knightfall asked: I ...
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Does the Dungeons & Dragons Movie (2000) take place in any known setting?

The Dungeons & Dragons movie was not fit into any of the then-existing campaign worlds that had been released by TSR or its successor Wizards of the Coast. There was some tentative talk of using ...
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When is "An Uncivil War in America" set?

It certainly does not seem clear from the story itself. In one online location of the story, here, there is a blurb at the beginning which appears to be from the author. On Thaddeus Howze's profile ...
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Is this "satellite photo" the only representation of the shape of Gilligan's Island?

We see multiple version of the island map in various episodes. They're all largely similar to the high altitude map shown in Splashdown. Map of the island from Forward March. Map of the island from ...
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Does the Dungeons & Dragons Movie (2000) take place in any known setting?

As far as I know, it is in a setting of its own, created for the movie. Actually, the page for the film on the Italian Wikipedia states the setting was made for the movie, although it shares ...
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Do the Ninja Turtles live in sewage?

"About 60% of New York City has a combined sewer system" - meaning most of New York's sewage and stormwater runoff goes down the same pipes (though that number is decreasing over time as ...
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What stories are set in George R.R. Martin's 'future history' universe? (the setting for Dying of the Light)

Here's what I found. The last two I'm unsure about because I haven't read them yet. I'd recommend starting with The Hero, skipping Men of Greywater Station and then reading Tuf Voyaging, Sandkings and ...
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What is the status of human slavery in the WH40K universe?

Slavery is pretty rampant in 40k, even if it isn't formal ownership of a person. Instead, the Imperium engages in all sorts of acts that allow the state to dictate an individual's life: indentured ...
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Where does The Last Unicorn take place?

My reasoning is that the last unicorn takes place somewhere along the shores of eastern Europe. Maybe alone the south coast of France near the Gibraltar straight (as it looks rocky enough for Haggard'...
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Is the Craft Sequence set in our future?

The phrase from Three Parts Dead is "Alt Coulumb's generators derived that heat not from felled trees or the black magic oils of the ancient dead, but from the grace of a god...." Gladstone's not ...
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Why Prague and a Czech empire?

To make a long answer short, in ancient and medieval eras it was believed that the Roman Emperor was the rightful direct ruler or overlord of all the world. People didn't believe that the Roman Empire ...
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