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Astronauts Shot Down, hidden by SF fans
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Fallen Angels by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Michael Flynn. From here: IT ALL HAPPENED SO FAST One minute the two space Hab astronauts were scoop-diving the atmosphere, the next they'...

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Why is there no medical confidentiality in Star Trek (except when there is)?
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We are talking about a medical station in a naval context here. I guess that privacy isn't that great a concern in the military (which ST is in large parts modelled after). See for example this ...

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Story where humans fight aliens that were advanced in space travel technology but behind in warfare technology
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The Road Not Taken by Harry Turtledove. See also Short story, where FTL travel is super simple Space travel is super simple, but somehow humans never discovered it. The aliens have never developed ...

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Searching for title about consumption
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The Midas Plague by Frederik Pohl, published in Midas World, according to wikipedia: "The Midas Plague" (originally published in Galaxy in 1954). In a world of cheap energy, robots are ...

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How was Loki able to breathe when Thor put his hammer on Loki's chest
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You don't necessarily need to lift your chest to breathe. There is also belly breathing.

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Since they no longer kill animals for food, what does the replicator use as a template?
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Speculation based on logical reasoning: He said "no longer". Presumably when replicator technology was developed, they still had ample opportunities to scan and store a real steak, to be replicated ad ...

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In-universe explanation for why is the TOS-era Enterprise is more austere than the Discovery?
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The most simple answer is fashion. To us, the TOS ships and props look primitive and STD more advanced, but how things look is just a matter of style. Between the two series, you can imagine the ...

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Independence Day - Why is there gravity in space?
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After their ship is reactivated, we can see it floating unsupported in the underground hangar. It clearly has some anti-gravity technology. We also see it putting on crushing acceleration without ...

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A Fire Upon the Deep: how come the refugee ship goes so fast to the Tines' world?
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The OOB2 expected to reach the Tines' world a lot faster than it did. The Zone storm, plus it's damage, delayed it. As we find out in the last chapters, the storms were actually caused by the growing ...

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Story based in the future where magic is facilitated by microscopic computers
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This could be the story Ra written by Sam Hughes and published online. He is currently in the process of rewriting the last few chapters, BTW. It features a current-day world, but with magic, which ...

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What movie has a sofa time machine and a flying bike?
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This is Traumschiff Surprise – Periode 1, a german comedy and Star Trek/Star Wars spoof from 2004. The Sofa is their time machine, the persons travelling are Captain Kork, Spuck, taxi driver Rock, ...

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How did Doctor Octopus survive even one punch from Spider-Man in Spider-Man 2?
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Doc Oc's neural interface influences his nervous system (we see the AI in his tentacles has some control over his emotions). It is possible, though not directly explained in the movie AFAIK, that it ...

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