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I've reached out to the film's Prop Master and the film's Senior Graphics Artist who both kindly responded to my (more than slightly odd) email. I assume they won't mind my quoting verbatim. I don't remember any 4 hole binders. We punched all the hand books to 3 holed ones with 2 hooks like NASA does. The binders in bg [background] were probably 4 hole just ...


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Lots of US muscle cars are being brought over to Australia currently, as the law now states that if they are older than 30 years, they are able to be registered as a classic and don't need to be converted over to right-hand drive. Also, lots of drag racer companies prefer to use left-hand drive in top-end full-body cars (as opposed to fibro-body or rail cars)...


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The Martian was filmed in Hungary and Microsoft lists A4 as the default paper size for that country in its applications adding weight to the suggestion that it was just cheap to go and buy some notepads locally rather than ship them in and they would therefore have likely been A4.


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Based on the map seen in Star Wars: Complete Locations, the distance (as the crow flies) is 84.6 miles (136.1 km). Luke's Landspeeder has a top speed of 155 mph, which means that the journey would take less than an hour, even accounting for the need to take a less-than-direct route around the Mesra Plateau. Interestingly, an earlier reference map from the ...


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My suggestion would be Utopia by Sir Thomas More, written in 1516. In it, More gives a very detailed description of a fictional society, religion, and political system on the equally fictional American island of Utopia. Early editions even came with a map, reminiscent of the ones you'll see in the preface to Narnia and Lord of the Rings books. There are of ...


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Edit as recommended (but may be valuable to someone else): Well, while not definitive, worldbuilding was created as far back as Ancient Egypt if not further. The goddess Nun (Nunet?) was associated with the chaos that existed at the edges of the universe as a myth. And there were others, inhabiting places called 'heaven,' in Egypt as early as 3000 BCE, ...


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Word of God is that they are separate universes: When I think about it, your books all seem to happen along the same messed up timeline. Is there a Bacigalupiverse? I deliberately say I’m not writing in the same universe because I don’t want the baggage. But yeah, there’s a package of obsessions that build a certain future. It’s always populated by ...


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I don't know if you would consider philosophical speculation as world building, but certainly The Republic of Plato is an example of a constructed fictional society with a lot of thought put into it. One could argue that the description of Atlantis in Timeo and Critias as a fictional world construction, making Plato a proto-scifi/fantasy writer, though some ...


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Yes, there's definitely a moon. Just grabbing my copy of Inheritance (I don't have e-books of the first 3) I can find: Darkness lay all around them, heavy and oppressive. A thick layer of clouds obscured the moon and the stars. Without the red werelight Angela held in the palm of her hand, even Eragon and the elves would have been unable to see. ...


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