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Why are turbolasers called "lasers" when they appear to be scaled-up blasters?

There's a nice description of how the turbolaser works in the Star Wars: Official Fact File #45. In essence, the technology uses lasers to energise the plasma which is then ejected at high speed ...
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Is there a difference between Narsil and Andúril?

There's an old philosophical problem called the Ship of Theseus, or Theseus's Paradox. It talks about a ship that was preserved by the people of Athens as a cultural relic; over time, they took away ...
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Why does no one take a fallen enemy's sword to sell it in Game of thrones?

The Focus on Highborns/Higher Social class A Lord or an anointed knight would find looting corpses below them. They normally own a fortune so they do not need to sell swords from corpses. Common ...
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Can goblins or orcs see the light Sting gives off?

Yes. In this passage from The Hobbit, chapter IV, the goblins can clearly see Orcrist and Glamdring. Sting was of the same make, so there is no reason to believe that its light would be any different....
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If PPGs don't penetrate metal, why didn't people use armour in Babylon 5?

They did. In the very first pilot episode, The Gathering, Sinclair and Garibaldi suit up in black padded vests when going after the changeling net assassin. Garibaldi takes a PPG hit directly to the ...
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Why do they fight with knives and not with assault rifles in Dune?

It is because of the personal shield worn by warriors, except in the desert on Arrakis. A slow moving object will penetrate a shield. A fast moving projectile will be blocked by it. Paul grew up ...
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Why don't they use dragonglass sword?

Dragonglass, if it is like our obsidian, would be too brittle to make classical swords. But that does not mean that they are limited to arrowheads, spears (by the way, the first picture seems to show ...
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Will Ezra's lightsaber revolutionize dueling?

No. According to Star Wars Insider #154, you need to disengage the blade in order for the battery pack to power the blaster. Your lightsaber duel would last about four seconds and then you'd get your ...
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If PPGs don't penetrate metal, why didn't people use armour in Babylon 5?

PPGs aren't common, which is why people don't wear body armor that often. As the audience, we often see them, but that's because our perspective follows the staff and crew of Babylon 5 around. They ...
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TV series episode about using oxygen in space suit helmet to fire gun

This is the Firefly episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds" as per this entry about Jayne's gun Vera: In the TV series' episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds", "Vera", Jayne's powerful ...
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Earliest use of a prosthetic-integrated gun in speculative fiction?

Assuming newspaper comics fit your "speculative fiction" moniker, and assuming a flamethrower is close enough to a gun, Dick Tracy had Dr. Plain as a villain with a prosthetic arm containing ...
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Will Ezra's lightsaber revolutionize dueling?

Ezra's lightsaber's design would have changed the rules of lightsaber combat, but not enough to save the Old Republic. Your idea, however, is potentially enough to save the Old Republic. There is a ...
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Is there a difference between Narsil and Andúril?

In short: Symbolism I think Tolkien was using the forging of Andúril to amplify the symbolic effect of the Return of the King as a counter point to the rise of Sauron. There is a good bit of ...
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Why did the Elves only create 3 blades that could glow blue?

As I understand it, and by the time in which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place, there are many Elvish blades that have the ability to glow blue when orcs are near. The elves were the ...
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First science fiction story to use the word "laser" or "maser"?

Just a slightly earlier than any of the references to "laser {x}" listed in the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction is this description of a maser weapon, from Poul Anderson's novel ...
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How much would Rick's bag of guns weigh?

At least 100 pounds Shotguns Harrington & Richardson Pardner Pump Compact Weight: 6.5 pounds Harrington & Richardson Pardner Pump Protector Weight: 7.5 pounds Mossberg 500 12 gauge with ...
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Can goblins or orcs see the light Sting gives off?

The glow is visible to anyone who can see the blade. However it appears the sheath completely masks the glow as Aragorn is unable to see the blade glowing while it was sheathed. 'Let us see what ...
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Is it possible to construct a multi-colored double-bladed lightsaber?

According to the Star Wars Database, Maul's double-sided lightsaber was just two standard ones joined together. The Sith apprentice Darth Maul wielded a double-bladed lightsaber made by joining two ...
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Earliest use of a prosthetic-integrated gun in speculative fiction?

The earliest I can find is Limbo by Bernard Wolfe (1952). A review by The Nihilist Void explains the nature of the "arms" race: Little do the citizens of either country realize, however, ...
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Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books? (And is it a shortsword?)

No George R. R. Martin made the following comment which makes it clear that the show version is not faithful to the book one as he seems to only have used cruciform sword designs. I recall Valyrian ...
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Can dwarves forge magical weapons as well as Elves can?

Dwarves have forged weapons of the same renown I'm sure Tolkien would have probably rejected such a classification system, but if you consider the weapons named in your question to be "magical&...
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Why does no one take a fallen enemy's sword to sell it in Game of thrones?

This does happen, albeit in the books more than the TV series. In Season 6, Episode 7 it is stated that the visitors to the camp are looking for Money, Food or Steel as payment for protection. Also ...
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Why does no one take a fallen enemy's sword to sell it in Game of thrones?

Let's rephrase the question: "Why does no one take the murdered victim's sword to sell it?" CSI doesn't really exist in the Game of Thrones world, so if there are no witnesses to your fight with an ...
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Can you identify these Fantasy / Sci-Fi Weapons from Grrl Power?

Let's create a community answer for this, even though I can only put a small amount into context: Riddick's Ulak knives from The Chronicles of Riddick Soul Edge from Soulcalibur Scissor Sword from ...
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How does gunplay work in Westworld?

This was discussed with showrunner Jonathan Nolan in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes. In short it's the bullets that are special, not the guns. With the same guns, the guests can blow the hosts ...
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Weapons that glow when the enemy is near. Are there precedents before Tolkien?

In Nigerian mythology, the god of war wields a sword called the Mmaagha Kamalu that glows red when enemies are near. (I can find very little by way of source for this one) I do not know of any ...
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Why don't they use dragonglass sword?

Dragonglass (obsidian) is a brittle material. Daggers are short and less likely to break. Furthermore, obsidian cannot really be forged. You're effectively breaking shards off and hope that one comes ...
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How powerful were the Fremen projectile weapons?

The gun in question is the Maula pistol. Stilgar explicitly calls it so later in the book from the quote in the question. lifted the weapon from Paul's waist with the other, tossed it to a ...
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Which ancestral weapon is the oldest in The World of Ice and Fire (Planetos)?

Since your question is about all ancestral swords, not just the Valyrian steel ones, Dawn is oldest ancestral sword in Westeros. It is claimed to have been passed down to the greatest Swordsmen of the ...
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Was Ned Stark using Ice during his fight against Jaime Lannister?

In the book A Game of Thrones the great-sword known as Ice is not mentioned in the encounter between Jaime and Ned. I have quoted select sentences from the full passage that details the fight. "...
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