Jeremy French
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Looking for a short story about man's planned invasion of Mars (or reverse), which fails because of bureaucratic lack of funding
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I think it may be Loophole by Arthur C. Clarke. Synopsis (from here): They decide to act. Several Martian spaceships reach earth, & issue a warning: stick to earth, or face the consequences. ...

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Why did "Moody" suggest to Harry that he should consider becoming an Auror?
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This has to be speculation but there are very similar in and out of universe explanations. In universe: "Moody" is playing a character, he is essentially under cover. He has to say and do ...

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What is the earliest science fiction work that depicts a world where humans are subjugated to another earthly species?
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I'm sure someone will find something earlier but Day Of The Triffids (1953) I think fills the brief and is earlier than the works mentioned in the comments. I think there are different interpretations ...

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Does the chess challenge in Philosopher's Stone adjust to the player's ability?
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No it was not adaptive, Ron was just good. Dumbledore said so himself when dishing out the house points. "First -- to Mr. Ronald Weasley..." Ron went purple in the face; he looked like a radish ...

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Who are the first dystopian science fiction writers?
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This is going out on a limb (is more fantasy than Sci-Fi), but the Hell in Inferno by Dante is pretty nasty and could have some of the common themes of a dystopia. A large subjugated populous and evil ...

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Why didn't Sam just destroy the ring?
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There are some very good answers here. The one thing they don't touch on is the master servant relationship. The basis of the Class system in England (which Toklen transplanted in some way to the ...

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Is there any indication of a follow up to 17776?
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Probably. The author did a Q&A about 17776 q: Will you expand upon the story in the future, or is this it? a: I’d really like to! I already have some ideas.

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How valuable is Thrawn to the Galactic Empire?
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The Emporer sees everyone who is not the Emporer as expendable. Maul, Dooku, Vader are all just tools to help build and maintain his power. In the same way that Ships and Storm troopers are. Thrawn ...

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In ANH, C3PO tells Uncle Owen that his first job was vaporators, but how is this possible?
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We don't know everything that happened to C3PO between ROTS and ANH. He probably had his memory wiped many times, he is a bit of a blabbermouth. In the Rebels episode "droids in distress" we see that ...

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Looking for quote about the absurdity of people driving cars
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This is the closest I can find from The Hitchhikers Guide. IT is more about the absurdity of bypasses and excess travel than the size of cars though. (Cars were in general not nearly so big in 1980) ...

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What's the 'earliest future' mentioned in a work of science fiction?
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Of the top of my head Nineteen Eighty-Four stands out as having a specific date and being in the future relative to publishing. There are undoubtedly other examples of futures written before 1948 (...

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Film about a man who had a boil on his shoulder that turned into another head
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I think it is "How To Get Ahead In Advertising" Dennis Dimbleby Bagley is a brilliant young advertising executive who can't come up with a slogan to sell a revolutionary new pimple cream. His ...

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What story has a man forget a very significant question?
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If you are thinking of the Hitchhikers guide, this could be Fenchurch “And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to ...

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Why did Imperial Star Destroyers change?
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Cribbing a bit from Wookieepedia I think I can explain. They are two different models of Imperial Star Destroyer class I and II. There is not much in the Disney canon about this at all, in fact, ...

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Did Han Solo know that Anakin Skywalker was Darth Vader?
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The (Non Cannon) Lego "Star Wars Droid Tales" shows Han Finding out. After the battle of Endor. When R2D2 gives C3PO his memory back. Luke -Then you two fought in the Clone Wars with Obi-Wan? ...

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To what extent are the Valar, Maiar, etc. brought up in LOTR?
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I think it is quite deliberately left out of the main tale aside for hints and passing references. It adds to the air of misery of things and is an important part of the story telling. If you start ...

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Population growth in The Culture
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Surly it depends on when people have children. If you live to 500 but have a child at 20, and they have a child at 20 you can easily cover that population growth. There would just be a lot of ...

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How old is Smaug, the dragon, in The Hobbit?
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It is not known. Tolkien did not write any passage (that has been published to date) which specifically states “Smaug was born on [such-and-such date] in [some place name]”. However, it is made ...

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Can Maul use Force Lightning?
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I'd suggest that if he was taught he would have used it in one of the many battles we have seen him in. At the very least it would have been quite handy while trying to fight two Jedi while he still ...

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Did Luke know about the other Rebel Alliance Jedi?
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We now know that Luke would not have met Kanan or Ezra until at least after the Battle of Endor. Asoka is a little unknown, she was around of sorts but didn't seem to be taking an active role in the ...

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How does the Rebel fleet at Endor compare to that at Scarif?
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The Scarif fleet was painstakingly built up over the past 19 years but most of the larger ships were destroyed in the battle or after Vader's flagship arrived. The Endor fleet was made up of what ...

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Why would Snape set his office password to 'Dumbledore'?
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Supposition here: If it was a password Snape set up, it was easily explainable. It is humiliating a conquered enemy. Stamping his authority on the office. Reminding anyone who heard it who he had ...

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In the new canon what do we actually know about Darth Plagueis?
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From the prequel trilogy we have this. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith so powerful and so wise, he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a ...

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Are the apocalyptic conditions shown in interstellar possible?
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In terms of the crop wilting, no. In interstellar there was a plague that seemed to affect all crop plants. Such a thing is very unlikely to naturally occur. However: There is of course global ...

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Why was Dumbledore gone for hours when he went to the Ministry?
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Just a theory. Could Dumbledore be waiting for things to play out. There are a lot of chess analogies in the book, could he be making a slight sacrificial move in order to do a checkmate on Quirrell....

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Why didn't Obi-Wan counsel Luke on his affections for Leia?
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out of universe: Leia was not written to be Luke sister until ROTJ. Before the prequels were released it seems that Obi-Wan is not clued up on the existence of Leia, at least not when he was alive. ...

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What is the first instance of teleportation using a machine (aka transporter) in Sci-Fi movies or TV?
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There is an very good article here, about the origins of the teleportation in sci-fi. Perhaps the earliest recorded story a matter transmitter was Edward Page Mitchell's "The Man Without a Body" in ...

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Is magic invented or discovered? Is it inventive like Muggle technology?
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My question is, isn't all magic ancient (being too old may be forgotten by many) or at least old? I think this is a slight misunderstanding of 'ancient' I don't think Dumbledore just meant old, but ...

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Why is Yoda oblivious to all of this?
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Yoda was old, while he had experienced much, he had no first hand experience with the Sith. He had also become very set in his ways, which were his masters ways. His biggest flaw was to not recognize ...

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Who created the TET in Oblivion?
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There is some information here: Very little is known about the Tet's origins. According to Malcom Beech (Played by Morgan Freeman), the artificial intelligence feeds off of one planet after another ...

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