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12:01 AM
Q: Trying to find a graphic novel that I remember reading in my public library that is no longer there

EthanThe first book in the series(if it was one) focused on a teenager, in the beginning at some point he went to some sort of store or restaurant with some other teenagers and then it gets fuzzy but later at a skatepark or somthing he is confronted by a man with a robotic arm(maybe more robotic body ...

12:33 AM
Q: Harry’s power from his mother

F PIf Quirrell burnt when wanted to hurt Harry, why others didn’t? I mean had this power Harry had from his mother mentioned in any other situation? Or Lily's sacrifice just working for Voldermort and Quirrell died because of Voldermort?

12:50 AM
Is it frowned upon to delete an answer and then immediately repost it?
1:11 AM
To what end? But...generally yes, very much so.
1:34 AM
@NapoleonWilson Because I accidentally edited the question right after posting an answer.
Oct 3 at 4:57, by Alex
Not that it particularly matters, but in situations where you are editing the question and posting an answer at the same time, you might want to do the question first. This way the homepage will show "answered by Bellatrix" instead of "modified by Bellatrix", and I suspect the former is more likely to attract readers than the latter (especially on old questions that already have answers), and perhaps more importantly, clicking on the link will bring them to your answer rather than to your minor edits to the question. — Alex Aug 22 at 4:04
Oct 7 at 22:20, by Jenayah
purely for the sake of displaying "answered by", I have no shame in admitting it :D
2:08 AM
Q: How many of The Twenties are enumerated?

PaulIn the book Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison (which I admit I haven't read in over 30 years, but I was talking about it with my son), there's a planetwide Olympics style game called The Twenties that is literally twenty events everyone competes in and the winner gets the best overall score....

2:19 AM
@Alex - It's a bit of non-helpful noise, in my opinion.
Some users can see the deleted answers.
@Adamant But even for them it will be all the way at the bottom of the page.
Q: Is there a Howard-canon map of Conan's world?

DVK-on-Ahch-ToIn 1936 "The Hyborian Age: Conan's World", Howard laid out a somewhat detailed "canon" history of Conan's world, pre- and post-cataclysm. This included verbal description of the world maps and where each people's and states were. Are there any maps that are Howard canon (either drawn by him, or...

Q: When was it established that Colossus was made of osmium?

AdamantIt's well known now that the X-Man Colossus is made of organic osmium, a particularly dense material. Of course, many of these "scientific" facts about superheroes were conceived long after the fact, like the Hulk's nanotube skin. Further, it's possible that the writers were originally going for ...

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4:22 AM
Q: The science behind Andrew Niccol's 'Anon'

Bill KandiliotisHow does the 'ether' work in the film? The movie differentiates between real memories and recorded 'files' but treats both as hackable and manipulable. Unless all the people in this world are 'replicants' or existing in "The Matrix" none of the plotlines makes sense, or at the very least, this fi...

Q: What's the target audience of Discworld and how was it pitched for a publishing house?

bruxabruxaI'm not in the publishing area, but recently I've been reading up on middle grade and YA literature and the importance of target audiences, etc and then I started wondering about the Discworld series. I have looked up on the Wikipedia page for the series, but according to it, the genre is just "...

Q: Looking for a hilarious Harry Potter fanfic: Snape disguises himself as a woman when taking baby Harry outside

LionheartMost likely read on Ff.net, Draco and Harry are both deaged into babies and Professor Snape becomes the unwilling guardian of them where hilarity ensues; the storytelling of this fic wasn't serious at all. At some point, little Draco Malfoy demands chocolate which Snape denies him, at which poi...

5:18 AM
Q: Looking for Harry Potter fanfic: Snape takes care of a baby Harry

LionheartMost likely read on FF.net. I can't remember if it was a de-ageing accident or if it was a "Snape rescues/adopts Harry as a baby" But the most prominent portion of the story that I can only remember standing out was the detail of Snape's living quarters which had now been transformed to accommod...

5:34 AM
Q: What happenend between Garak and Ziyal's Grandfather

1252748Is there any further information than this singular quote about what Garek did to Ziyal's granddad? Or maybe more importantly how it was a significant enough and well-known act that even Major Kira knew about it and told Ziyal about it at some point? ZIYAL: You really think I asked you here t...

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7:58 AM
Ignore the ping
@Alex If you're deleting an answer to immediately repost the exact same thing that isn't a good thing to do, it initially smells of trying to "reset the votes" and something I'd hope mods look out for. And doing it just so it says "answered by" is annoying at best and certainly disruptive.
@Alex I agree with ^
It looks weird when someone deletes and reposts an answer. My first suspicion in such a case would be that they were doing something sneaky like trying to reset votes. If they deleted and reposted immediately as you're proposing, then it'd be clearly not about resetting votes. But wanting the front page to say "answered by" doesn't seem like a good enough reason to set people on a wild goose chase for suspicious behaviour.
Q: Short story where humans are stronger than all other aliens

Matthew SaltI'm sure I found this on this site but can't for the life of me find the answer again. I'm looking for a science fiction story that starts off on an alien spaceship. There is a human that was abducted and is now dealing with alien bureaucracy. While he is dealing with this another alien attacks...

8:34 AM
I hear ya. (By the way, not all the actions I ask about are things that I actually want to do. Most of the time I am just probing the theoretical behavioral limits for the sake of theory.)
FWIW I am too of the opinion it is probably better to have it say answered than modified but deleting and reposting is a bit far. If someone is interested in a question they'll click it no matter what it says
Aug 15 at 15:04, by Napoleon Wilson
You're supposed to write a one-liner, then delete, then edit, and then undelete to have an awesome answer posted 5 seconds after the question was asked and rake in the cred!
Bonus points for editing within the 5 minute grace period... assuming that still stands under deletion
@Jenayah I don't think that would actually help you.
@Alex it was a joke
8:40 AM
@Alex Writing a brief answer and then shadow-editing it into a really good answer does work.
Jason Baker is a master of turning a decent initial answer into a really excellent final answer.
@Randal'Thor Depends.
It's what Aegon does too
Stubb answer then fill with quotes and more information later
The reason why people vote more for earlier answers is not because they are earlier. It's because when it's the earlier answer you see it first. If the answer is deleted you don't see it, so there was no point in having the earlier timestamp.
@TheLethalCarrot I've seen a certain carrot doing it too ;-)
8:42 AM
Unless the case is where two answers say the exact same thing and you want to use the timestamp as proof that you said it first.
But even then, anyone can check the edit history and see the truth.
@Randal'Thor Probably once or twice, I certainly don't make a habit of stubb answers.. unless I'm on my phone :P
@Alex I don't think people are committed enough for that
Most people I mean
@Jenayah Well the only user I know is myself...
And I've done it.
@TheLethalCarrot can't argue with that
@Randal'Thor works, sure, but to each his own when it was supposed to be a long answer to begin with
@Alex TIL that Alex thinks he's in here chatting to himself and a bunch of wraiths.
8:46 AM
Oct 9 at 19:35, by Jenayah
@Alex I'm going to start thinking I'm just all alone on this site and you're one big creep with multiple accounts that you shaped into different characters.
Today (as in right now) I learned what TIL stands for.
Though I actually wouldn't be surprised if I have the most self-replies. I wonder if there's any way to check that.
Oh, that is golden... Friday the school sends us an email "nobody has classes Monday morning, you can come at 1:30 pm"
Today 11 am "the headmaster wants to tell you something, everybody in amphitheater 1 at 12:15, obligatory, we'll check who's there and who's not"

The Horrible Truth About SF&F

Oct 7 '15 at 23:18, 12 minutes total – 57 messages, 5 users, 4 stars

Bookmarked Oct 7 '15 at 23:33 by Wad Cheber

Dunno how much sense that conversation will make without knowledge of the memes of the time and the people involved :-P
@Randal'Thor I know a little bit about the Dark Days.
@Randal'Thor nuuuuh <10k ahah
@Jenayah C'mon, just another 350 rep :-)
8:58 AM
Great, and there's still no class on schedule for this afternoon, without a headsup from planning office telling us something along the lines of "it's not displayed, but you do have classes"
Repcap on a couple of different sites and you can get there today.
@Randal'Thor oh it's network rep, not site rep?
For chat aye
Yep, chat rep.
ok ok
catches the implication
Oh shit, I'm actually close to 10k on SFF :o
9:02 AM
Yup end of the week, maybe next week, at the rate you're going
:o :o
Hummm, my internship oral defense would say "push that to next week would you"
Unless you post a few bad answers.
@Alex not my jam :p
@Jenayah It doesn't have to be deliberate.
@Jenayah Or it could say, get the 10k rep milestone out the way...
9:06 AM
got a couple answers ready actually... I have the references, structure and screenshots, just need tp phrase it ahah
@TheLethalCarrot yeah and the next milestone hits your face anyways :p
@Alex a good bunch of my answers these days are LTTP (late to the party) anyways so they don't get much attention whether good or bad ahah
I mainly pushed for 20k privileges and gold GoT/ASOIAF tag badges, after that I've sort of bumbled along a bit
@Jenayah Yeah but you still don't have any negative scores, and only one zero score.
20k privs aren't that great.
10k is the big one.
@Alex indeed
25k are next to useless imo
9:08 AM
in Charcoal HQ, Mar 7 at 22:12, by Rand al'Thor
in The Sphinx's Lair, Sep 17 '16 at 17:23, by Rand al'Thor
in Mos Eisley, Oct 4 '15 at 21:21, by Praxis
@randal'thor : 10k is when you get instant healing, x-ray vision, and the ability to see 15 seconds into the future. 20k, you get improved stamina, and 25k you get a Starbucks gift card.
and a couple where I'd wanna shake the asker "CMON GIMME FEEDBACK" :p
@Jenayah Unlike some other people...
@Randal'Thor Lol
@Randal'Thor da imbrication iz realz
@TheLethalCarrot Surely I must have posted that in here before ...
9:09 AM
@Randal'Thor I do remember such a thing
Not that I've seen
Though you know I'm more of a TREU lurker
Ah, Mith posted it before.
Aug 8 at 14:42, by Mithrandir
in The Sphinx's Lair, Sep 17 '16 at 17:23, by Rand al'Thor
in Mos Eisley, Oct 4 '15 at 21:21, by Praxis
@randal'thor : 10k is when you get instant healing, x-ray vision, and the ability to see 15 seconds into the future. 20k, you get improved stamina, and 25k you get a Starbucks gift card.
Ah that looks like one of those times I was making a cuppa
9:21 AM
@Randal'Thor ohhh everyone is everyone
9:44 AM
@TheLethalCarrot define "lurker"? 'cause you do talk
@Jenayah lurker
Well I'm certainly more in the background and I used to solely lurk
Q: Why did the Engineers left the map to their military base planet?

Jaroslaw MatlakIn Prometheus the movie starts with the finding of the cave paintings of a star map. Shaw and Holloway had interpreted it as an invitation. In the further action it occurs, that the place pointed by the map was actually a military base with ships full of mass destruction weapons pointed to earth...

@Marvin Appears to be a dupe
@Mithrandir TLC is a hairy hydra/octopus hybrid with spiked tentacles, cool
9:56 AM
News to me
3 support calls, a bug fix and release notes to do all at once today... lucky me
Would have been nothing to do if the other dev wasn't off
10:19 AM
Q: Were the Stenzas possibly Time Lords in the past

JamieIn "the ghost monument" halfway through the episode there's writing on the ground saying that the stenza "scientists" were killed by there creations and it was written similar to circular gallifreyan even though the Doctor didn't see it, but also the new Tardis is yellow like the sonic screwdrive...

10:50 AM
Forget what I said about the headmaster's surprise announcement. I'm a douchebag​ :(
Well as long as you admit it ;P
A guy who was with us in first year is lost at sea...
11:07 AM
@Randal'Thor I never got starbucks gift card
@AnkitSharma Maybe you don't get it if you're already a mod when you hit 25k. What was your rep when you got elected?
Well I'm still waiting for mine though I did use to work for Starbucks so that's probably why
@Randal'Thor I think it was around 20 k but not sure
Now on 100k I will ask for whole Starbucks store
11:23 AM
Q: Story about a girl who predicts a weapons satellite will malfunction and destroy the planet

F1KrazyI'm asking this question on behalf of a friend, who posted about this story on Facebook a few months ago. This is my recollection of their recollection, but luckily my long-term memory is pretty good. The United States elect a populist demagogue as their President, and among other things, he cha...

If I create will I get into trouble O.o
11:57 AM
@Jenayah I don't think that the deleted message was relevant to acceptance though??
Well we can't see it to know ;P
yesterday, by Rand al'Thor
@Jenayah Only one from Valorum which he later turned into an answer. Nothing from the OP to confirm the answer, if that's what you're wondering.
@Randal'Thor Rand > The Ferret
Rand "sadder than" The Ferret?
Sorry I dropped a three
12:04 PM
He loves you?
Q: What was the point of Draco's plan?

Shana TarWhen I think about the whole plan Draco tried to fulfill throughout The Half-Blood Prince it seems unnecessary complicated. He got the task to kill Dumbledore, but instead of concentrating on this task he invents another one - bring Death Eaters to the castle. It almost cost him his life (as Vold...

@TheLethalCarrot he 3> me
I don't think I can say what that looks like
Greetings, Earthlings.
@TheLethalCarrot I'll be honest this is the 50% of the time even I dont' know what I'm saying
12:13 PM
I think that's the same for most people
@Donald.McLean Greetings Donling
@AncientSwordRage well just that there was a "accept my answer comment" so it read as if there was a deleted comment confirming it was the right movie
But in the end there wasn't, no big deal
@Donald.McLean greetings, Hubble guy!
@Jenayah ah ok
I'll bear than in mind next time
12:31 PM
@AncientSwordRage Mmm, ice cream.
It's a bit hollow
@TheLethalCarrot that is different
The DC Animated Movie Universe (DCAMU) is a term used for a series of animated films initially based on The New 52 continuity. This universe was first teased in the post-credits scene of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, with its events continued in Justice League: War. These films are part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie series but don't share the same continuity with films outside of sequels to Justice League: War and Son of Batman. == Released films == === Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) === Barry Allen wakes up in an alternate timeline, later known as...
The DC Animated Universe (DCAU; also referred to as the Timmverse by fans) is the shared universe centered on a group of animated television series based on DC Comics, produced by Warner Bros. Animation from the early 1990s to mid-2000s; beginning with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992, and ending with Justice League Unlimited in 2006. Some parts of the associated media franchise including direct-to-video feature films and shorts, comic books, video games and other multimedia adaptations are also included in the continuity. == List of DCAU media == While there have been several animated projects...
Both are different continuity
Bleh, why do these Marvel/DC things have to be so complicated.
If it's different I don't see any harm in the DCAMU tag
12:34 PM
Would it need a big retagging event to add it to all relevant questions?
Or is it on the scale that could be done over a day or two?
I guess it should be in 10s or max 20s
In movies we had only 6
Even around 100 is easy enough for 1 or 2 people to drip feed edits over a few weeks
I am sure I can do alone in 2/3 days it should be less, doing 5 for now
@AnkitSharma SFF has 11 times as many DC questions as M&TV does ;-)
@Randal'Thor But due to jumble up tagging I can miss out many of them :p
And DCAMU is less popular so will have less
12:43 PM
@Rand Can you make [dcamu] a synonym of that?
@Randal'Thor I am disappointed scifi might have lesser, as my search is showing
@TheLethalCarrot Done.
@AnkitSharma ?
@Randal'Thor I got only 4 till now
Only 5 DCAMU Q's not Dc
We have and got 2 question on it both on animated film
But this one is about comics :
Q: Who is this giant spider creature?

DaftWho is this giant spider creature? I don't want to call him a villain as he's in a picture with Justice League Dark and could very well be a temporary member or ally.

How to tag it?
12:49 PM
Seems already well enough tagged?
Does to me too
Fine then
Just asked
@AnkitSharma But you already tagged 5 :-P
@Randal'Thor hehehehe I was expecting more then 6, wait few films left
Will go in depth later
@Randal'Thor It's not so complicated ;) Less then how many doctors are there in doctor who :p
@AnkitSharma At least we don't have tags for each individual Doctor ;-)
12:54 PM
hahahahha nice point
But yeah, DW canon is famously complex too.
@Randal'Thor Shhhhh! Don't give people ideas
Either way I hate character tags so will never promote making tag for every doctor
Why mu scifi profile image is not changing, grrrrrr
As the Honest Trailers guy put it, it's the only show to build "thirteen recastings of the main character" into the lore, then hit that limit and pull some more out of a crack.
Was any of the doctor part of LGBT community?
I mean how much diverse they are
I know one is female and all other are male?
Are all white? no brown/black/purple?
1:00 PM
@AnkitSharma Umm, the Doctor's sexuality isn't really explored that much (except for Ten and Eleven, arguably). If you want sex stuff, watch Torchwood instead of DW.
Captain Jack is about as LGBT as it gets, and there are hints of romance between him and the Doctor, but nothing explicit.
@TheLethalCarrot looks all white from this pics to me
@AnkitSharma Yep.
Ah, Captain Jack was great, as was Torchwood :)
1:02 PM
@Randal'Thor That I know Torchwood character is pansexual if I am not wrong
Right middle is orange in that picture ;P
@TheLethalCarrot sun burn?
@TheLethalCarrot That must have been before the physician healed himself.
@Randal'Thor I know about him, I was researching about his filmography after getting impressed by his acting in flawed arrowverse
1:03 PM
Speaking of which, where the hell is John Hurt in that image?
I just grabbed the first off of google
You can't list the Doctors from One to Thirteen and forget about Eight-and-a-Half-or-Something!
If I am not wrong fans hated female doctor news?
@AnkitSharma Fans have been ... divided.
Which is the worst thing about the new casting, IMO: dividing the fandom against itself so horribly.
@Randal'Thor Bar a few exceptions I've only heard good things really but I don't really watch it and haven't seen the new episodes yet
1:05 PM
I wish next doctor is a brown asexual transwoman from India
But maybe this happened when Capaldi was "too old" and Smith was "too young" and so on as well. First new Doctor since I really became a fan.
@Randal'Thor I don't really want sex stuff my complain is diversity.
Don't know a single asexual character from any hit show
@AnkitSharma yeah, they're few and far between :(
Even they made asexual Jughead sexual in Riverdale
@AnkitSharma Lack of diversity in skin colour and (until now) gender is a fair criticism of the Doctors in DW. But it's hard to portray diversity in sexuality without, well, exploring sexuality.
1:11 PM
Is Riverdale scifi? I don't think but chat can be non scifi?
And don't get me started on how badly Sheldon was portrayed in Big Bang Theory
I don't like TBBT, more due to cheesy jokes but bad Indian representation also contribute. But after knowing about Apu from simson I have lack of faith in seeing good representation
In New Who the Doctor is the only member of his species in the universe, which kind of restricts his choice of romantic partners. (Welllll, there's romantic tension with several of his human Companions, but River is kind of Time Lord in a humany sort of way, Meta-Crisis is kind of human in a Time-Lordy sort of way, and other than that it never actually goes very far.)
But somehow I love Young Sheldon
Oh, wait, there's Elizabeth I and Nefertiti and some others too. Damn.
Always more to be dragged out of the depths of the DW canon :-P
1:14 PM
Heard about Fantastic beats controversy about showing gay love?
@AnkitSharma Nope. I care literally zero about Fantastic Beasts. Cashing in on a popular (but overrated) franchise.
@AnkitSharma nope. Can't really remember much of Fantastic Beasts to be honest
Dumbledore is gay but director denied showing anything related to his sexuality in teh film even when his bf Grindelwald being there but after backlash they changed mind and now will show his sexuclaity openly
It's notable only for the fact that it turned a school textbook into a series of five films. Dunno if that's ever happened before. Extreme levels of cashing in.
@AnkitSharma Sherlock Holmes is one possibility, I think?
1:17 PM
And they made nagini Asian woman and people loosing there head
@Randal'Thor the 'school textbook' was enjoyable though
@Mithrandir24601 Holmes is asexual, but I bet not all of his adaptations are.
@Randal'Thor Disney is making so much money to counter it WB need something too. If they can make 100s of SW then why not HP? It's a different fact I like neither of them
@Randal'Thor yep, thought so. That's, what, one character out of who knows how many...
@AnkitSharma Exactly, it's about companies making money. Not about telling a good story.
"WB needs money to compete with Disney" isn't enough motivation for me to be interested in a film.
1:22 PM
@Randal'Thor that's what every studio doing, cough cough venom cough cough Drak universe (The Mumm (2017)) which was failure and canceled now I guess
Why else they will make alien and predator sequels when there story left nothing to cheer for
Third (4th if you count TV show) terminator reboot is on the way
@AnkitSharma And maybe that's why I don't watch many films ;-) Too much money-spinning crap that'll be forgotten in a few years/decades.
@Randal'Thor Then watch Christopher Nolan films
I recently discovered an old sci-fi show called Blake's Seven. Made by the BBC on a crap budget in the 70s, but the characters and storytelling are powerful enough that it still has fans today.
And one of the characters was already familiar to me from a username on SFF :-D
Any show is good until it get hit and then they renew it till it become shit
Exception Breaking Bad
Only show with 5 season with constant good quality
@AnkitSharma GoT was good... Until the most recent season
1:37 PM
The most recent season was good for what it was
Would have been better had they decided not to finish in season 8 so they didn't have to rush everything
@AnkitSharma Firefly never got renewed to become shit.
Unless you count the one-off film Serenity.
[dodges angry browncoats] :-P
@Randal'Thor That is in my pending list. Failed to get legal/torrent way to watch it
@Mithrandir24601 because they can't make good story without the presence of book and Martin is busy writing spinoff rather then finishing books
2:02 PM
@AnkitSharma Babylon 5 was five seasons of goodness. My understanding is that it was planned to be only five seasons.
And I'm pretty sure that the writers of Stranger Things have decided to limit the number of seasons.
@Donald.McLean -Don't be so sure for Stranger Things yet.
After seeing how Netflix MCU stuff is going I am loosing trust
@AnkitSharma That's what they said in the post-season 2 interview show.
Maniac is good as there is no sequel yet
@Donald.McLean did they said how many seasons?
@AnkitSharma I think they said three or four.
2:06 PM
I got the impression that they have a specific plot line in mind and they'll stop when it's done. Which is exactly what happened with Babylon 5.
@Donald.McLean same for Breaking Bad I guess, he always had end plan only little change with season progress
@Donald.McLean With a clear plot arc all the way from the beginning, so it was clearly five seasons rather than "as many seasons as we keep making money out of it".
Although there was the niggle that they thought it was going to be only 4 for a while, so they had to wrap up most of the big plotlines in Season 4 and then introduce new ones in Season 5.
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Q: What exactly is Venom (2018)'s relationship with Marvel, Disney, and the MCU?

ThePopMachineAs many know, the rights to certain Marvel film properties are not owned by Disney, but by Sony Pictures. In particular, this includes the characters of Spider-Man and Venom. Now, we all know that Spider-Man is currently part of the MCU under a special agreement between Sony and Disney. Yet ...

4:05 PM
Q: Short story where a wakes up in mist and is attacked by a "cyborg"

Dean HorneRead a short story in Warren's Creepy or Eerie in the mid 1970's. Can't remember name, artist, writer or issue. Synopsis: A ragged man wakes up in mist not knowing where he is or how he got there. He hears, then sees a human torso/tracked chassis robot approach. After a brief conversation they b...

4:24 PM
Q: When did new Doctor Who get pierced ear?

BrianHaving watched series 11 epsiode 1 "The Woman Who Fell to Earth", the new Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) didn't have an ear ring. By episode 2 "The Ghost Monument", she was running around with an ear ring. Can't tell if it's a clip on one or a piercing one. I didn't see this episode from the very beg...

4:56 PM
Q: Please help.I cannot remember the name of the green character on this marvel t shirt. I can't find her anywhere

DutchessI cannot remember the name of the green character on this marvel t shirt. I can't find her anywhere. Please help.(https://i.stack.imgur.com/iF6jO.jpg)

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6:31 PM
Q: Looking for dog/ wolf story

Liz MI would like to use science fiction to teach about the evolution of the dog. Any recommendations for short stories?

Q: Old man washed up on shore

CFM_YYZI saw a TV show when I was a kid, where young man was lost at sea. Then near the end of the movie, he ends up washing back up on the beach as an old man. I think it may have been one of those quirky made-for-TV Sci-Fi shows that got me to love the genre.

@Adamant panel I was talking about in my latest comment
Edited in
6:47 PM
Q: 1960's or 1970's TV movie about about a futuristic society seeking pleasure "Who are you engaging tonight?"

Joseph FlemingI'm trying to find an obscure 1960's or 1970's movie I once saw on tv. It's about a society where bodily pleasures are encouraged, and pain & discomfort hidden with a "Soma" pill, they even taught this lifestyle to their children. In one part, a group took a day excursion out of the protected c...

7:03 PM
Q: TV Movie: Villain absorbs glass to heal

Vanguard3000I recall watching a movie in the late 90's or early 00's that involved a nanotech-enhanced cyborg, who I believe was some sort of experiment or secret military project in an otherwise normal near-future setting. He seemed to be the villain, and was hunting the main characters (a hero and love int...

7:19 PM
Q: First contact story pre-mid 80s

Rogue Troopersometime between 1982-4 I borrowed a book from school library which was about a powerful alien civilisation visiting earth. Humanity asked for medicines and technology to help with its problems. Instead the aliens ask for their help and take a group to a primitive planet to solve a problem. The h...

@Marvin This story-id question gives very few usable clues too. It probably matches lots of works.
@user602338 Hi.
7:35 PM
Q: City of Living Books

Chris SunamiI'm seeking a relatively recent (last 10 years) fantasy series translated from the German. The title is something like City of the Living Books. The tone is humorous, and is appropriate for children, but probably aimed at adults. It deals with a sentient dinosaur-like academic traveling to a m...

8:22 PM
Q: Is there going to be a book all about Hoid?

Ferrin DegulaIs Brandon Sanderson planning to write a book following Hoid's story? I heard somewhere that he was, but I'm not sure.

@Marvin Aren't these off topic?
8:38 PM
Q: Fantasy Book where the character had to collect pendants

andyjvI remember reading a fantasy book as a teen, so it would have been a young-adult novel. In it the main character had to collect pendants to ward off an evil. I remember him getting the first pendant early, and it had a cross type of shape on it. I think perhaps a wizard granted him the first pe...

@Marvin At first I read that as "Fantasy Book where the character had to collect pedants".
Sounded like an interesting concept for a book.
9:01 PM
@Alex It sounds like a video game.
@Marvin And that one, “Old man washed up on shore / a man was lost at sea. Then near the end of the movie, he sets out again and ends up washing back up on the beach as an old man.” => that must be either Odysseus or Aeneid. Who else would get washed up on the same shore twice?
scifi.stackexchange.com/q/190834/4918 heh, a time traveling robot question.
Q: Why does commander Lock insists on having all ships for the final battle?

AlucardIn the second movie of the Matrix Trilogy commander Lock says to the counsiler I believe I need every ship we have if we're going to survive this attack. But in the third movie none of the ships are used for the final battle except the EMP from the one which Niobe flies into Zion. And even ...

9:58 PM
Q: What is the actual color of the TOS Enterprise's front engine?

SpaceHazardIn TOS of Star Trek, the Enterprise's front end of the engine seems to change color. I think people also called them "bussard collectors." Sometimes they are pink, like in the remastered version, but often times they are depicted as orange or red for many different toys and pictures of them. By o...

10:26 PM
@Marvin Oh, well that one's easy... even just from what's in the blurb it's clearly The Dark Is Rising.
11:01 PM
Q: Young adult book from the Fifties

BrendaMy husband clearly remembers an odd book from the Fifties that was Science Fcition but was treated as fact. It came from a school library so it should have had a well known or at least a good author. It featured aliens who had come from Venus to Earth. The aliens interacted with humans but NOT ch...

11:48 PM
@Alex - vaguely reminiscent of the plot(?) of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.
- Collecting pedants, that is. Although several of their time-traveling friends weren't, of course.

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