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Q: Computer that quotes George Orwell

PeteA novel that I read in the 1990's. I think the title was 'Bugs' but I can't swear to it. I've googled for books with that title, and none of the hits seem familiar. Set in the present day. As far as I recall it was only barely science fiction. Protagonist gets a new job, perhaps in a university, ...

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Q: Ebook (Kindle?) involving a teenager railroaded into becoming a superhero versus aliens

FuzzyBootsI read this as an ebook, probably a Kindle book, in the last five years or so (so read within 2015, although I think the book was older). The protagonist is a teenage male who does something involving saving a girl (I think associated with a prominent politician?) of about the same age in a situa...

 
 
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5:22 AM
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Q: Looking for a book about talking dragons with no humans

Brett When I was a kid I remember going to a relative's house and reading the beginning of a book about warring factions of Dragons. I was not able to finish before the weekend visit was over. I've never found that book and the relative is clueless. Here's what I can remember about the book: This bo...

 
 
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1:52 PM
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Q: Is this Sci-fi?

Vaughn OhlmanThe British comedy writer P. G. Wodehouse wrote a book entitled 'Laughing Gas', in which a upper class British gentleman, and a boy both go into the dentist at the same time and both are given laughing gas. When they both awake they discover that they have switched bodies. Outside of the 'switche...

 
2:34 PM
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Q: What did Elrond mean by telling strangers at the council this phrase below?

S EThis phase have been taken from the fellowship of the ring, book II, chapter II, page(271): Yet it is not so. Believe rather that it is so ordered that we, who sit here, and none others, we must find councel for the peril of the world.

 
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Q: Why everybody loving SAO Alicization arc or why its better than earlier seasons?

ptlg225Honestly I dont get it why everyone praising the Alicization arc or why its much better than earlier seasons. For me Alicization part 1 have a few good things, but in the whole it is a really big mess and the ending is just so WTF. In many ways I think its a step back/devolution compared to the e...

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Q: Why wasn't Newt Scamander's wand snapped when he was expelled from Hogwarts?

TheMadHatterNewt Scamander was expelled from Hogwarts after he took the blame for someone else's crime. A similar thing happens to Hagrid and his wand was snapped . However Newt still has his wand. How & Why ? Why wasn't his wand snapped ?

 
 
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7:32 PM
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Q: The Culture: how do the 99% live?

Italian Philosophers 4 MonicaBanks' Culture series has a not-insignificant place amongst the debaters of future societal models as a Post Scarcity society. It's given as an Utopian example of how people live and find meaning in a benign, tolerant society where no wants for anything. However, in all the culture novels I've r...

 
7:57 PM
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Q: Dystopian short story by Walter Jon Williams about AI and human disaffection

Italian Philosophers 4 MonicaThis is probably late 90s early 2000s by Walter Jon Williams. Short story, easy to remember, aside from me not knowing the title. AIs, along with the top 2% of people, basically run everything and provide for everything. People aren't really in need or oppressed, but they don't have much to do...

 
8:52 PM
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Q: Is this Sci-fi?

Vaughn OhlmanThe British comedy writer P. G. Wodehouse wrote a book entitled 'Laughing Gas', in which a upper class British gentleman, and a boy both go into the dentist at the same time and both are given laughing gas. When they both awake they discover that they have switched bodies. Outside of the 'switche...

 
 
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10:47 PM
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Q: Which Sci-Fi work first showed the plot of falsely defaming AI?

Umbrella CorporationIn Star Trek: Picard (2020), Synths (AI robots) which led to their ban by the Federation. But, it later turned out that Romulans (a natural species) were behind this to falsely defame Synths so that they can be banned. This wasn't my first encounter with this. In the Doctor Who episode Kerblam (...

 
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Q: Can food be created from nothing?

J. MiniIn chapter 5 of the second book, we get this: "Professor McGonagall raised her wand again and pointed it at Snape’s desk. A large plate of sandwiches, two silver goblets, and a jug of iced pumpkin juice appeared with a pop." which appears to be creating food from nothing. Is this actually what ...

 

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