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What is the first reference to an internet of computers in science fiction?
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I'm not sure if it's close enough to qualify, but Jules Verne's "Paris in the 20th Century" (1863) describes electrically-powered mechanical calculators which can send messages to each other....

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Short story where the Earth has been kept inside a force field for millennia
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I think that's Alan Dean Foster's With Friends Like These (1971), which was anthologized in a short story collection with the same title. In the story, aliens put up a Shield around Earth millennia ...

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Sci-fi series: humans are immune to telepathy, become soldiers for an alien group fighting against invertebrate telepaths
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That would be the Damned trilogy by Alan Dean Foster, consisting of A Call to Arms, The False Mirror, and The Spoils of War. Two major alien civilizations, the Amplitur (a squid-like species with ...

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What is the origin of Hikaru Sulu's last name?
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According to the Hikaru Sulu article on Memory Alpha, a comprehensive Star Trek wiki: Sulu's given name, Hikaru, was canonically established in Star Trek VI, though it had been used in fan circles ...

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Book about a time-traveling dinosaur hunter
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This might be David Gerrold's novel "Deathbeast" (1981, a little later than what you remember, but very close) The plot has two guides leading a party of hunters and photographers on a disc-shaped ...

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Fantasy novel with amnesiac witch, impotent soldier and cursed animals
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This is Mary Brown's "The Unlikely Ones". The plot and characters are exactly as you describe: In a dank cottage, 5 unlikely heroes are enslaved by an evil witch through very painful pebbles ...

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Story with time travel into the future and uncommunicative post-humans who bury themselves
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That's "The Failed Men" by Brian Aldiss. It's collected in Man in his Time. Time travelers go to the future and try to help a race of humans who look rather monstrous but are very gentle and ...

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Fantasy novel series where dragon fight alongside humans in wars
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Possibly "Bazil Broketail" (1992) by Christopher Rowley, which is the first in the series. The dragons were bipedal (I believe the wings were specifically amputated) and used enormous swords. The ...

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Story about planet Urth
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This is Alan Dean Foster's "With Friends Like These" (from the anthology collection of the same name): “You have done us a very large favor, gentlebeings, and we are oh, so grateful! How many years ...

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Short story about mis-delivered cloning kit from the future
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I think that's William Tenn's "Child's Play" (1947). This link has a detailed description of the story, see if this is what you're looking for: Sam Weber, an unsuccessful lawyer, has received a ...

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How was it anatomically possible for Danaerys to breastfeed her dragons from her breast?
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This video of ducklings 'nursing' on a foster cat mom might be enlightening (at about 2:45). The natural instinct of ducklings to forage led them to discover that nibbling on the cat's nipples would ...

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90's horror movie with a robot living on the ceiling in a house and turns evil
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Could it possibly be "Demon Seed" (1977)? It's about an artificial intelligence named Proteus that escapes the lab and gets into it's creator's computer-controlled house, where it keeps his wife ...

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1980's horror TV show
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Yep, that's Monsters! It was a comedy & horror anthology series that ran between 1988 and 1991 on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy).

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Book: The main protagonist is transformed into one of the non-humanoid aliens
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Sounds a bit like Jack Chalker's "Web of the Chozen". (1982, ISBN-10: 0345304551) A spacer named Bar Holliday crash lands on an alien planet that is populated by "Choz", quadrupedal, deerlike ...

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Earth visited by an enormous creature
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I believe that might be Brian Aldiss's "Heresies of the Huge God". The story is from the journals of a priest of the Huge God, a giant, many-legged, lizard shaped creature which arrives on Earth (it's ...

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What was this book about books that never existed?
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I looked up "A Perfect Vacuum" and while it was interesting, it definitely wasn't the book I was looking for. However, searching for similar books did eventually lead me to find it! "The Catalog of ...

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70's to 90's werewolf horror novel, witch turns a boy's brother into a werewolf who eventually kills her but keeps her corpse as he loved her
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“Moondeath” by Rick Hautala (1980, reprint came out in 2011). The plot involves a man who moves to a new town and starts an affair with the local librarian, then finds out the town council is - like ...

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Is it ever explained why the Thundercats have species specific names?
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For Snarf, at least, in-universe his real name is Osbert, but he found this embarrassing and went with his species name instead. Quote from the episode "Feliner Part 1" Snarf: Who are you? How ...

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80s horror book with a man crouched and eating a leg on the cover?
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I'm gonna take a stab in the dark, could it be The Year's Best Horror Stories XIII, edited by Karl Edward Wagner. It came out in 1985 and the cover matches your description very nicely. I haven't been ...

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Childrens Book of Illustrated Horror Stories from 1970s
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"Monster Tales" (1973, edited by Roger Elwood) features a story called "Wendigo's Child", by Thomas Monteleone, about a boy who bring home the small, half-bird, half-human looking mummy he finds in ...

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Book about dragons blood that heals
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Possibly "The Blood of a Dragon" by Lawrence Watt-Evans (1991)? It's the fourth book in his Ethshar setting, but the books are almost all standalones, not part of a continuing plotline. The story ...

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What 80s/90s cartoon had a girl with a koala, and a father trapped in a bubble in another world?
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Could it be Noozles? It's about a girl exploring an alternate dimension with her magic koala friends in search of her father (whose own father is trapped in a giant crystal sphere); it used to show on ...

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Short story about scientist hired to resurrect/clone husband of ultra-wealthy woman
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Theodore Sturgeon's "When You Care, When You Love." First published in 1962. Sylvia Wyke is the richest person in the world, and when her husband, Guy, dies, she puts all of her vast resources into ...

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Furry underground race with sleeping human instructor emerging into primitive world
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Robert Silverberg's "At Winter's End". It's the saga of the "People", a species of intelligent, bipedal baboon-descended creatures who have spent thousands of years in underground cocoons hiding from ...

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Is the Mayor anything other than a bumbling oaf?
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In the episode "Hot Air Buffoon" he actually makes a fairly effective villain - at first his bright idea to fly around in a hot air balloon punching criminals with an extendable boxing glove works ...

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Children's book about a girl maybe being influenced by her black cat to become a witch
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"The Witches of Worm" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1972). Jessica, a troubled young girl who lives with a neglectful mother, finds a stray kitten and hand raises. She comes to believe the black cat is a ...

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PBS(?) TV show - Artist draws horror story - Man reincarnated in Hell as a pig
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There look like two candidates: Cover to Cover and Pappyland. John Robbins, who did Cover to Cover, had several shows in the vein over the years.

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Who wrote story about a cliff and changing species, and another story about people being holograms?
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The second story might be Brian Aldiss's 1976 short story "Appearance of Life" (it is sometimes anthologized as "Talking Heads"). The story is told by a Seeker, a descendant of humanity, who has ...

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Trying to remember a dinosaur book
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Building on Frank's answer, there was a book series based on "A Sound of Thunder", "Ray Bradbury presents Dinosaur World" (actually written by Stephen Leigh). The plot continued the story, and the ...

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Obscure movie from 1980s/1990s - Cartoon (maybe anime) with girl
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You might be looking for "The Fantastic Adventures of Unico", an anime originally released in 1981 and based on a manga by Osamu Tezuka. In one segment of the film, Unico - a baby unicorn with the ...

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