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Q: Is Fraggle Rock a dimensional nexus?

RusshiroThe 1980s Jim Henson show Fraggle Rock introduced us to the titular creatures, Fraggles, and their home, Fraggle Rock, an immense series of underground caves that seem to access our own world at different points. The Fraggles call us humans "Silly creatures", with one in particular, the explorer "...

 
1:31 AM
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Q: How did Loki deduce that Thor was there on Earth?

Umbrella CorporationIn the Avengers, after Loki got captured: Captain America: What's the matter? Scared of a little lightning? Loki: I am not overly fond of what follows. And then, Thor came to took Loki with him. From what I've gathered from MCU, Thor doesn't produce lightning an...

 
1:46 AM
@Jenayah Better?
 
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Q: What Asimov Book Should I Read

SIDDHARTH SALAPAKASo I’ve read the original Foundation trilogy, Foundation, Foundation And Empire, and Second Foundation. Which book should I read next. Keep in mind that I want to finish all the Foundation books and the Robot series. If someone could give the best order to read the following books it would really...

 
2:45 AM
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Q: Old Sci Fi Series

Vaughn OhlmanBack in the late seventies I began collecting a sci-fi series. There were just a ton of them, and they were all pretty standard pulp sci-fi hero stuff, all about the same hero and, I believe, by the same author... someone who later became famous and wrote these under a pseudonym. My mom chucked t...

 
3:09 AM
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Q: Trying to find a story which I recall being a direct response to Niven's "The Magic Goes Away"

LexibleI recall reading or reading about (probably in a fantasy magazine or a short story anthology) a story which I could swear was titled "The Magic Comes Back" as an homage or rebuttal to Niven's The Magic Goes Away about a world in which magic has faded to nothing, or nearly nothing. I have nebulous...

 
 
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4:24 AM
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Q: Sliders episode that makes fun of the Lewinsky Controversy

Nu'DaqThis episode shows the president of an alternate America hugging main character Maggie on TV similarly to the infamous footage of Bill Clinton hugging Monica Lewinsky- turns out this president's staff encourages such shenanigans because the public focuses on them, and ignores the more serious thi...

 
5:14 AM
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Q: When did River Song tell Rory and Amy about the teselecta in "The Wedding of River Song"?

Alex RodriguesIn the end of the series 6 finale, we can see River Song at the Pond's house telling them the truth about the Eleventh death and the Teselecta, but at what time did this happen exactly? It's implied by Amy that the Doctor "just died", so it could be on the same day (22 April 2011), however they c...

 
6:04 AM
@DavidW much
 
 
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7:17 AM
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Q: Movie ("The Host"?) with alien overtaking human bodies and "solving" the problems of human society

john01davA few years ago (or, maybe, more than a few) I saw a movie on Netflix. I thought that it was called "The Host," but when I went to find this movie again I found two other movies that are clearly different (one was made in 2020, and thus is too new, and the other is about a monster in Korea, which...

 
7:33 AM
waves in ASR
 
7:45 AM
*waves in the sea*
 
@Mithical ripples in time
 
@Jenayah jinx! (apparently)
 
 
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9:44 AM
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Q: How do the Trader books connect to the main Liaden storyline?

Vaughn OhlmanIn the Liaden universe, has there yet been a connection made between the Trader books (Balance of Trade, Trade Secret) and the main line (Agent of Change, Fledgling, etc.)? I'm thinking it must be through the creation of Bechimo... but I don't recall reading anything directly on point. Have I mis...

 
9:56 AM
Would like feedback on potential question:
> I'm looking for the first written fictional programming language. This would exclude where a computer interprets human speech, and where we 'assume' a human is programming as they can be seen making input to a computer, but we don't see that input. References by name without code is also acceptable.
 
10:09 AM
@b_jonas @TheLethalCarrot thoughts?
 
So the first case in an SFF-nal work where they have a fictional programming language and we see a person coding?
 
I assume you're excluding command line interfaces?
 
@Mithical unless it's explicitly a new programming language
@TheLethalCarrot yes
 
Seems alright to me
 
I'd also accept "Jo Bloggs wrote some code in the programming language FOOBARBLAST++"
So long as FOOBARLAST++ doesn't exist
I've added to the question, but mostly posted as is
 
10:29 AM
@AncientSwordRage Jurassic Park might be a good shout, from 1990 so it is relatively old
 
@TheLethalCarrot that's a real programming language AFAIK
 
Ah, I may have been thinkign of the OS
 
I'll have a look to see if I can find anything earlier but that is pretty early
 
true!
no one in the answers seems to be claiming it's a real language either
 
10:33 AM
Well looking at the snippets it doesn't exactly look real haha
 
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Q: First fictional programming language in sci-fi or fantasy?

AncientSwordRageI'm looking for the first written fictional programming language. This would exclude where a computer interprets human speech, and where we 'assume' a human is programming as they can be seen making input to a computer, but we don't see that input. References by name without code is also acceptab...

 
10:58 AM
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Q: Sci-fi TV series about medicine/virology/pathogen/germ warfare investigation

Donald BurrUnfortunately, the only details I am really sure of are the specific scenes I mention below. The rest I am quite hazy on. IIRC it aired sometime in the mid to late 90s (maybe even early 2000s?) and it was on one of the major networks (NBC?) as opposed to a cable network like SciFi/Syfy. The show ...

 
@TheLethalCarrot it looks like Criton wrote psuedo code and then complicated it up
 
I mean

`on fini.obj call link.sst {security, perimeter} set to on`

can be read fairly easily
it vaguely looks like fortran
 
11:42 AM
@AncientSwordRage No clue.
 
12:12 PM
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Q: What is the weave used by Rand in the Stone of Tear and why is it not used later?

fbenceIn the 4th book of the Wheel of Time, The Shadow Rising, Chapter 10 (The Stone Stands) Rand uses a powerful weave with the help of Callandor to purge the Shadowspawn from the Stone of Tear. I always had a slight feeling that the magic system was a bit underdeveloped at this point, and that is why...

 
12:37 PM
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Q: 2000s(?) children's book: girl is transported back in medieval times, befriends a squire, and takes part in a joust

JenayahI read that children's book somewhere between 2004 and 2011(ish), in French, though I wouldn't know whether it was a translation or not. I don't know for sure when it would have been published, perhaps in the 90s-2000s. If memory serves, the cover was blue-ish, with a drawing of a smiling young g...

 
@Marvin I saw a French story-ID question and was going to ping @Jenayah to answer it ... then scrolled down a bit further and saw the OP.
@AncientSwordRage That could be a good candidate for the "Stack Overflow Knows" thingy, where they pick interesting questions from across the network to promote on the company blog. Nice SO-SFF crossover for a broad audience.
 
@Randal'Thor true actually
 
1:07 PM
@Randal'Thor ahah!
 
 
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3:36 PM
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Q: Story or Book that features the Tree of life from the Garden of Eden

Demize GlitterswordAll I remember off the top of my head was the tree would alter the elderly people into a new form of protector. When we were exiled we were cut off from the tree and were forced to grow old and die instead.

 
 
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5:08 PM
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Q: Story or Book that features the Tree of life from the Garden of Eden

Demize GlitterswordAll I remember off the top of my head was the tree would alter the elderly people into a new form of protector. When we were exiled we were cut off from the tree and were forced to grow old and die instead

 
 
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6:22 PM
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Q: Film About a city surrounded by a wall, healthy people on the inside and infected on the outside

Yuking SalimIt’s about a city rounded by a wall, inside the wall only for healthy people and outside the wall for infected people. One time the gate is open and people from outside trying to get to the city and the government who see this give an order to close the gate. When people were pressed together the...

 
6:47 PM
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Q: Adult X-Men fanfic involving a mind controller who seduces all of the females in the Marvel comics continuity

FuzzyBootsI'm sorry, so very sorry, to be raising this question, but lately, it's been popping into my head and, as usual, I'm hoping to exorcise it by naming it, or at least asking the question. I think I read it in early college, so around 2000, online, in English, maybe on a fanfic site. It was a fairl...

 
7:36 PM
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Q: Is the d&d 5e magic item "ioun stone" derived from the magic of mandor from zelazny's Amber?

EngrStudentBackground: So I just learned about the "Ioun stone of Intellect". In action, it is described as: When you use an action to toss one of these stones into the air, the stone orbits your head at a distance of 1d3 feet and confers a benefit to you. A number, potentially a larger one, of years ago I ...

 
8:01 PM
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Q: "Incubators?" maybe the title or the last word

osnatThis story was in an anthology in the 60's or 70's. It concluded that our universe is actually an experiment or incubator... Any thoughts which it was?

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Q: How exactly are Molecular Manipulation and Reality Manipulation different?

RusshiroOn the surface, Molecular control and Reality manipulation do essentially the same thing: alter physical elements and environments on a fundamental level, essentially doing with them whatsoever the user chooses. At it's base, I think molecular control is just a bit more bound by the laws of physi...

 
 
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9:15 PM
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Q: Does Galaxy Quest spoof other Sci-Fi?

Vaughn OhlmanOk, so it is totally clear that Galaxy Quest spoofs Star Trek, in particular the original series. But has anyone seen any clear evidence in the movie of spoofs of other shows or books?

 
10:04 PM
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Q: YA sci fi novel a group of kids find out they're alien royalty. One of the girls has blue skin and can read minds

Mara CastilloI've been looking for this book for years! It's about a group of kids and someone gathers them all up and they find out they have powers and they're alien princes and princesses and they each have a different power and one of them is a girl with blue skin and she can read minds and she thinks she...

 
 
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11:18 PM
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Q: Where exactly was Obi-Wan going?

GremerIn Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, following his fight with General Grievous, Obi-Wan is handed his lightsaber by Commander Cody, remarks that they have a battle to win and then just starts climbing the sinkhole away from the battle. Where exactly was he headed? Was he heading to anot...

 

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