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2:04 AM
Q: The Last Man on Earth: Vampires feed on each other?

releseabeJust rewatching the 1960s Vincent Price version of I am Legend and in the first minute or so we see him look at dead bodies and he narrates, They feed off of weak ones. I do not recall this from the book which I have admittedly not read in years and actually the line in the film surprises me whic...

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3:45 AM
Q: Secret alien vampires at odds?

HopalongProbably late 80s,there were secret vampire factions in conflict, but they were actually aliens (stranded?) who disagreed on how to treat humans.

Q: Manga about a man who is repeatedly transported to a fantasy setting, where he helps the people he meets

Alexandra Eileen UemuraThe mc is a man in his 30s(?) who makes a living doing odd jobs. He is frequently transported to world with a fantasy setting where he inadvertently helps the people he meets, before being transferred back to where he was a just before the shift to the fantasy world. He doesn't realize he is bein...

4:11 AM
Q: Worf's trial: why are there duplicate witness?

BentoE17, S4: Rules of engagement I use the part with Quark from chakoteya transcript to expose my doubts. [Quark's] QUARK (to camera): It was about seventeen hundred hours. I was doing some cleanup work. Doctor Bashir was at the bar talking to Etheria, one of the dabo girls. BASHIR: Have you ever se...

4:36 AM
Q: God and the devil make a bet

HopalongVery short, like one page. Probably part of a collection. God and the devil wager about man's suffering for God's love. Devil has cat's eyes. He chastises God for causing suffering in the first place.

5:02 AM
Q: TV Show - Mission: Reading or Reading Mission

SwordfishI'm trying to find information about a TV show, or perhaps a segment from a TV show. I believe it was called Mission: Reading, or Reading Mission. It was a live-action kids educational TV show circa the 1990s, either American or Canadian. I only saw one episode of it. It featured a boy and a girl...

5:52 AM
Q: What is Darth Maul’s real name?

Rishja_GreenOne thing that has always bothered me while watching Star Wars is that I don’t know what Darth Maul’s real name is. I know that Darth Maul is a Sith name given to him by Darth Sidious. All of the other Sith that I know have a real name and a Sith name. Like Darth Vader is Anakin and Lord Tyranus ...

@Marvin @LogicDictates Please fix tags when reviewing.
6:43 AM
Q: Were the Beacons of Gondor real or animated?

RainI just re-watched the last movie in the LOTR franchise, and I couldn't help but wonder whether they really built the Beacons of Gondor on top of mountaintops and lit them in order to get the shots used in the movie, or at least some of them. It would strike me as quite a task to haul the logs up ...

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9:14 AM
9:30 AM
@DavidW Not pingable for me now it seems
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10:35 AM
@Marvin @LogicDictates going forward please could you fix tags on review?
11:00 AM
Note that if you haven't heard about them already we use tag hierarchies here, so a tag within a work should have the main tag on it too. For example, questions should always have on them. questions should have and on them.
For the above a Star Wars question should always have on it and a lot of those tags are redundant as well, character tags should only be used for questions about that character
@Marvin Also in this case all LOTR questions should have the tag on them
@TheLethalCarrot I wasn't sure of that one
A: Tolkien tags - the way forward

user57650Keep middle-earth for questions about the geographical area, tolkien for the author himself, and a new tolkien-legendarium for his works as a whole. Also, possibly a new arda tag. This would mean all questions tagged middle-earth or simarillion would also get the tolkien-legendarium tag. How w...

It's the main universe tag now
@TheLethalCarrot nice!
11:18 AM
@AncientSwordRage - I generally try to.
@LogicDictates good stuff
Q: Is Teixcalaanli based on a real human language?

wogslandIn Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire the main planet speaks a language called Teixcalaanli. Is this language based on Aztec, Mayan, or some other real human language?

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1:07 PM
@DavidW are batcave questions the Rondo of 2020/21?
1:21 PM
Greetings, Earthlings.
Q: Short film about a time loop?

AlexanderI remember watching a short film years ago about a time loop where there's this guy in a white plastic onesie with goggles, almost like a CSI worker. It starts with him in a room behind a chair I think and it ends with him jumping off a building onto a safety mat. He tries to avoid other people t...

2:17 PM
Q: Mutant youth return to Earth

HopalongThis was a novel from late 80s-early 90s. I think it was one of those space-faring humans return to explore damaged Earth. The difference was that the youth who touched down had been mutated in space. I think they might have had psionic powers and one had a mineral form. So like the 100, but with...

2:39 PM
@AncientSwordRage Not getting the reference, I'm afraid.
@Donald.McLean Ahoy!
@LogicDictates If you're not familiar with a work/universe, it's helpful to check the tag usage guidance. It usually notes the universe or other tag that should be used along with a specific work tag.
At least for the larger tags it does, I spent a while a while back going through related tags and fixing up the usage guidance but there's still a lot missing or out of date
It's a massive pain just to keep on top of having tags with wiki excerpts, never mind updating out of date ones. A couple weeks back I fixed a big bulk of tags to give them tag wikis and we still have some, once again, without them: data.stackexchange.com/scifi/query/924671/…
2:56 PM
Q: What's with the time travelling robots?

Mr ListerI often see comments like "Oh no, time travelling robots again" on story identification questions. Why? What's the history behind that? Why is it an issue? Tried to search, but haven't found anything definitive, except this confirmation that it is indeed an issue! So, what is the issue?

Don't think they're quite rondo level
@TheLethalCarrot thankfully
Although Alex Downs and his Shrek questions with the Fortuna obsession is likely somewhat close
cf. Toad's slime
I answered one of the new questions at one point
3:05 PM
that is a cursed tag :p
Q: Guy gets mugged, then his corporation sponsors the gang?

HopalongA novel series from the 90s,possibly late 80s. Thought the title was something like Boedekker's Demons, but I think I got the name mangled. Corporate dystopia, guy gets mugged but then turns the gang into a media sensation. At first everyone's profiting but then there's a falling out and things g...

3:26 PM
@AncientSwordRage Ah, that's a bit before my time. :) No wonder I missed the reference.
4:23 PM
Q: Why not change Luke’s last name?

Rishja_GreenAfter Revenge of the Sith when Luke and Leia are born, they are hidden so that Darth Vader, their father, won’t find them. But, they changed Leia's last name because she was adopted by Senator Organa and his wife so they changed hers to Leia Organa. I know that Luke was adopted by his aunt and un...

Q: Futuristic agent stuck in past, runs off with own mother

HopalongPretty sure this book was from the 80s. Set in the future with spaceships, a special agent has a traumatic memory of someone taking away his mother and being abandoned. Somehow on a mission he ends up in the past and tries to save a woman during a calamity, but doesn't have time to get her son. O...

5:04 PM
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7:23 PM
Q: Young Adult Fantasy about children living with an elderly woman and learning magic related to their skills

MattI'm trying to track down a book I borrowed form a library in the UK around 2000/2001. Here are the details I remember: The story is set in a fantasy world; no connections to our world The main characters are four children who have no connection initially but are brought together over the course ...

7:59 PM
@Marvin Youtube actually has a lot of short films about time travel. It's somehow a popular topic for small groups of amateur filmmakers.
It's mostly not about time-traveling robots, mind you.
David Brin's Foundation's Triumph is about time-traveling robots, and its plot is so outlandish that if you tried to ask anything about here, mods would think it's another Rondo post.
In any case, asking about time-traveling robots is fine, we're only closing the open-ended recommendation questions about them.
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10:10 PM
Who would win in a fight to the death - time traveling robot or time lord?
10:30 PM
Robot ninja pirate time lord!

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