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12:18 AM
Q: New custom close reason: Future Works

Rand al'ThorLast year (2020) saw some changes to the question closure system across the SE network. These included changing the text saying "off-topic" in custom close reasons to "a community-specific reason", which inspired the SFF community to reach a consensus to create a new custom close reason for our w...

12:37 AM
@Marvin @Randal'Thor I've gotten that too and never once thought to check...
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1:51 AM
Q: Girl lives underground with horrible people whose names all start with "W" or "U"

SophieShe goes above ground and meets a boy and they have to save the world by stopping and starting time. At the end she gets a new name and it's like Mophy or Sophy or something like that.

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Q: What happened to the Atreides family's holdings after the death of Duke Leto?

RichSWhat happened to the holdings of the Atreides family after Duke Leto is assassinated? His family rules planet Caladan, has a seat in the Landsraad assembly of noble families, has control over planet Arrakis, and owns a large stake in the Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles (CHOAM). The CHOA...

4:17 AM
Q: 3D movie about a boy on an alien world

user73910I remember watching a 3D animated movie a long time ago. It was about a boy or a young man who has a companion or pet of some kind (I think it was a robot maybe?) who goes into a portal that leads to an alien planet for some reason. I think it had something to do with his father. He ends up on a ...

5:05 AM
@Alex ah!
@DavidW those are real !
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6:19 AM
Q: How old is the universe in the MCU?

Calc-You-LaterThe timescale of history in the MCU has me very confused, for a couple of reasons - but primarily, concerning the history of Asgard and its conflicts. (Note: I do throw in a few other questions in the middle of this post, but I make sure to annotate them with "this is a different question" or som...

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Q: In Jeffrey Carver's the "Reefs of Time" dedication page, who is "Chuck"?

Patrick MarshallIn Jeffrey Carver's the "Reefs of Time" dedication page, who is "Chuck"? Does anyone know? Thanks "This is for Chuck. You waited so long, and then were snatched away too soon. And for all you readers and fans who also waited a very long time. Thank you for your loyalty and patience."

9:35 AM
Q: Please help find or recommend something like this

IdkkkkkI read this yaoi like 2 years ago, it’s about some guy that gets stuck in a game he plays and finds the male lead he decides to raise him to become the king or something, but the male lead falls for him and the princess that wanted to marry him tried to like put him under her control,(kinda like ...

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12:08 PM
@Marvin do we need a tag?
Nah, only two questions so far.
@SQB so far...
12:29 PM
Q: Why is there a line in English in Loki's song

WadeIn Episode 3, Loki sings an Asgardian drinking song: The lyrics are as follows: Når hun synger hun synger kom hjem Men trærne danser og fosserne stanser When she sings, she sings come home When she sings, she sings come home Men trærne danser og fossene stanser N...

Also, not all questions about future works are of topic. Some can be answered before the release, because it is not answered by the release itself but rather from other sources. "Will Joe Actor feature in Next Big Instalment of Franchise?" can probably be answered before release and even questions about the contents can be answered if anyone involved in the production has answered that in an interview. — SQB 18 mins ago
@SQB good point, but OTOH we can't use "the answer is unknown until a future release" as the criterion either, since it's OK to ask a question where the answer is "we don't know" if it can be answered in that way based on existing canon.
Give me a while to heat up my wordsmithing forge.
@Randal'Thor pump the bellows with your caffeinated beverage of choice
> This question is about future works. Any answers would be purely speculative, since the question concerns some as yet unreleased material and cannot be resolved until its release. Note that this close reason does not apply if an answer can be written based on already released works. For more details, see Should questions about future works be closed? and What are future works?.
How's that?
@Randal'Thor how about 'already released information about works*, which covers (released) interviews (etc) about future (unreleased) works?
@Randal'Thor there's a book series (from the start of their writing career) where the third book is in an unpublished limbo, and I have been trying to find out why it's unpublished... I found a facebook post by the author saying his publisher doesn't like the book given their more recent works.... would that be future works?
I'm thinking not?
> This question is about aspects of a future work. Any answers would be purely speculative, since the question concerns some as yet unreleased material and cannot be resolved until its release. Note that this close reason does not apply if an answer can be written based on already released information about such works. For more details, see ...
too long then I guess
12:45 PM
@SQB another point regarding your comment: answers shouldn't determine whether a question is on/off topic. If someone asks "will Joe Actor feature in Next Instalment", we shouldn't need to go and check whether the cast has been announced yet (essentially answering the question) in order to know whether that's on-topic or not.
I don't usually say this, but I'm tempted to err on the side of closing such questions, reopening them if someone proves the answer is known, in the same way as we'd reopen if the work gets released.
@AncientSwordRage excellent idea, or just "already released information" because character count.
@AncientSwordRage No, I don't think "why hasn't Future Instalment been published" would be future works. It might be a time-sensitive question, where answers would become obsolete later, but it's about the current state of affairs, not what will be known after publication.
good to know on both parts Rand :D
> Your question appears to be about a work of science fiction or fantasy which **hasn't been released** yet. If you can ask purely within the scope of already released works or existing pre-release information, then please edit to clarify. Otherwise, your question can only be reopened after the release date of the work you're asking about. For more information, please see [this FAQ post](https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/q/5187) and [this refinement](https://scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/q/11865).
502 characters ... so close.
We could change "and" to "&", but that would give Napoleon a heart attack :-P
> ... For more information, please see [this FAQ] ...
> For more information see [this FAQ post]
> Your question appears to be about a work of science fiction or fantasy which hasn't been released yet. If you can ask purely within the scope of already released works or existing pre-release information, then please edit to clarify. Otherwise, your question can only be reopened after the release date of the work you're asking about. For more information, please see this FAQ and its refinement.
Yup, that works.
either would work I think
1:01 PM
Made some edits.
1:38 PM
@Randal'Thor looks good.
(Sorry, was AFK for a bit).
@Randal'Thor I... don't know. The same goes for some of the story IDs that seem too vague, until someone pipes up and knows exactly what OP is on about, solely on one tiny detail.
Also, what I mean is the difference between "this will (likely) be in the film/book/WoSFaF" vs "this is general information that is already known from interviews".
And yes, that does depend on the answers.
But I agree it's hard to pin down.
Q: Book about a fantasy world where the more runes you have, the stronger you are, and the nobility have loads

Ryan McClungWhen I was a kid, I remember reading a book about this fantasy world where you can be imbued with runes. I apologize if this is vague but I will jot down some memories I have of it: The more runes you are imbued with the stronger you are. The nobility have loads of runes. There's specifically a ...

1:55 PM
@SQB which is why I think it's ok to re-open on a case-by-case basis
2:10 PM
Q: Why didn't Prof Lupin allow Harry Potter to cast a spell on the Dementor?

Ashley LongProf Lupin didn't allow allow Harry Potter to cast a spell on the Dementor during the Boggart class in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Is there any reason?

Q: Fantasy series involving warring clans, demons, and a boy with a mark connected to ravens

KobacYeaI am thinking about a book series that I read long ago, I think that it comes out in early 2000, maybe in the '90s. The book follows different POVs and the story is about clans that are in a war with each other (one of them is called Dun or something and there are warriors with great hammers) whi...

2:35 PM
Q: Why hasn't the third novel in the Moonlit Bay trillogy been written and published yet?

AncientSwordRageFor a long time I've known there would be a final book in the Moonlit Bay trilogy (largely due to the ending of the second book). However it'd been over twenty years since Seize the Night was written. What is delaying the writing and publication of the third book? He is quoted as saying he's been...

@Marvin Feels good to finally ask/answer that
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4:35 PM
posted on July 26, 2021 by tech

Click here to go see the bonus panel!Hovertext: The fact that tiny gas-masks would be really cute has actually sold me on bunker life. Today's News:

5:31 PM
@Mithical I took at stab at a missing image description, but then decided it would be better off without the image
Q: Manga about a powerful demon who kills other demon kings to make him weaker

Long_NgVThe manga is about the journey of a powerful demon. He has to kill other demon kings to fulfil his promise with his lover (maybe I'm wrong). However, for each demon king he kills, this demon becomes weaker. He even has a watch to check how many demon kings are left (12 demon kings).

@AncientSwordRage Looks like a reasonable decision
(assuming you're referring to this)
@Mithical yes
Valorum's needs fixin' but that can be done tomorrow
5:46 PM
Q: A book from the 80s/90s with a stage magician and a couple women

MindxingI'm sorry but my memory is quite spotty on this but I'm obsessed with trying to remember this book. I don't remember the author or title at all. I barely remember a few things. the main character was a man who I think was a stage magician but there was always this ambiguity about whether or not ...

6:37 PM
@Mithical Did you just win an election?
About 3.5 years ago.
@NapoleonWilson That's weird. It must be site bug, because it shows them as having been appointed today.
Maybe other moderators have been re-appointed?
More a bug in SE's recording diligence. ;-)
@NapoleonWilson And now I just noticed that on our site, moderators only have a year listed, but on Literature, they have the year, day, and month listed.
I sense a connection.
I bet it is a beta site bug.
Look, Politics also has year, day, and month.
@Adamant I was reinstated upon request after having stepped down a while ago.
6:45 PM
@Adamant Maybe it turns out Mithical won the election on SciFi all those years ago, too, but the system never registered it.
@Mithical That makes sense. What about the differences between the beta sites and the main sites? Is that a feature, or a bug?
(And no, I didn't win an election on Lit, I was picked as a pro-tem mod by the CMs, towards the end of the system working that way.)
Elected by the CMs then.
@Adamant Beta sites technically have pro tem moderators, who are considered "appointed" rather than elected. Appointed mods show the exact date rather than a year; dunno why.
My guess is that if a site is expected to last a long time, a year is sufficiently specific.
6:47 PM
(And the appointment date will be changed to the original date (which is in 2017), just waiting on a dev to get around to it.)
I also forgot that Gallifreyan wasn't part of da OG gang.
@NapoleonWilson There still could be a bug...the date format could be a bug.
@Adamant It is. There aren't 26 months in a year. But it's hard to get the Usonians to fix that bug.
@NapoleonWilson 26 months?
@NapoleonWilson Unfortunately, I'm the only one of the original Lit mods who even has an account anymore. :(
6:51 PM
@NapoleonWilson Oh, you mean 30 months? You do not like the month/date format, I suppose.
I admit that it is less logical.
@Mithical I can sympathize
@AncientSwordRage Heh.
It is true of this site as well, I guess.
Still, if you think of the month/day/year format as providing the most useful information first, it makes sense.
Because you randomly made up the month as the "most useful information"? ;-)
@NapoleonWilson No, because farmers care more about whether it is August or September than about whether it is August 9 or 10.
Months are much more relevant to planting and harvesting than days or years.
Of the three chunks of time, they are the most useful for agriculture.
Then you forgot to add a socio-historical qualification to your explanation. But yes, kind of, I guess.
6:56 PM
I suspect that giving hours before minutes has a similar justification.
7:07 PM
ISO-8601 is the only true date format, don't @ me.
7:58 PM
You have my sword
Q: Where do the Rings of Power get their powers from?

WadeI think that the One Ring's power got its power from Sauron - that he basically put some of his power in it. But where did the other Rings of Power get their powers from?

Q: Is Neville Longbottom the Head of Gryffindor House in the epilogue of Deathly Hallows?

Sir Richard TremaineIn the epilogue of Deathly Hallows, we know that Neville Longbottom is the Professor of Herbology, by this line: “Yeah, but at school, he’s Professor Longbottom, isn’t he? I can’t walk into Herbology and give him LOVE!” But Minerva McGonagall’s Wikipedia page says about Neville: And elected him a...

8:34 PM
Q: What was the white column?

Kyle JonesIn Man-Kzin Wars 14 there is a short story entitled "The White Column" by Hal Colebatch. The story describes the last clairvoyant vision of a "far-seer" who was asked to find "the most advanced artifact existing a hundred years from now." The vision produced by the seer was of a white column of ...

9:20 PM
Q: What old sci-fi film is the source of this Hotels.com ad clip? Part 2

Rand al'ThorYoutube continues giving me ads for Hotels.com, and now I've seen a slightly different ad with another brief clip that looks like it must be from an old sci-fi film: A saucer-shaped spaceship does a drive-by shooting of the planet Earth, which proceeds to explode in chunks. The quality of the c...

10:11 PM
Q: Is the language of the TVA, He Who Remains, and all of the printed material in these places in English or Allspeak?

Jacob JonesMany years ago, I learned about Allspeak and how the Asgardians used Allspeak which was basically like a magical way that no matter how they spoke, it was translated into the vernacular of the person hearing them. I've always just assumed this was the case for any advanced civilization in the MCU...

10:48 PM
@Aww_Geez Weasels aren't rodents; they're carnivores, specifically mustelids. — Rand al'Thor ♦ 19 mins ago
Perhaps this is sufficient to let @Randal'Thor back in the Pedants Club?
Are you implying I ever left it?
I’m pretty sure I kicked you out a while back; I’ll have to check the transcripts.
Apr 27 '20 at 23:50, by Alex
Sep 17 '19 at 13:19, by Alex
Mar 3 at 18:05, by Alex
@Jenayah He has been kicked out of the Pedants Club.
But who made you the president of the Pedants Club?
I prefer Supreme Chancellor.
You can be a chancellor, but supremeness must be proved before being accepted.
A: More questions from new Community VP - how'd you get started?

Rand al'ThorAs a maths student, I was using Mathematics SE a lot back in 2012, but never considered it as a community rather than just a resource to search and find answers. At some point I scrolled down to the bottom of the page, saw the list of network sites that used to be displayed there (and isn't clear...

^ hey @Jenayah, now you can tell the story of your first story-ID answer and get rep for it :-)
10:55 PM
@Randal'Thor How about lowest scoring Mea post?
That'd be an odd way to prove supreme pedantry.
@Randal'Thor Possible duplicate of:
yesterday, by Alex
@Jenayah An excuse to tell your favorite story to the entire network.
No, I pasted the wrong link.
Ah well, I shouldn't be surprised.
That I wasn't the first to think of Jenayah, I mean, not that you pasted the wrong link.
My post there actually got downvoted.
Why would anyone downvote someone's origin story?
11:00 PM
@Randal'Thor I’ve posted the wrong links often enough.
Better than posting the wrong lynx.
I'd hate to receive a lynx in the post and then have to return it to be replaced by another.
@Randal'Thor Maybe they didn’t like the last part about Stack Overflow.
There's a reason why Tolkien sold a billion copies and you didn't — Valorum May 27 '15 at 19:15
@Alex Pedantry ain't usually poetry.
Ne’er the twain shall meet.
@Randal'Thor Many people would downvote Darth Vader’s origin story if they could.
Q: 90s retelling of Twelfth Night set in Internet chatrooms

SerenthiaI'm looking for a book I read in the late 1990s that actually was the inspiration for the username I still use today. It was based on the plot of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, with people falling in love while not knowing one another's true gender identities. These people met in chatrooms in the ...

11:16 PM
@Babelfish Sounds interesting.
I was going to answer that meta but not sure if I’ve missed the boat on that now and my “origin” story for SE isn’t exactly anything exciting
Don't know if there's any boat to miss really.
11:32 PM
Noone's is really any more interesting than anyone else's and hardly anyone will read most of them anyway. There's not really much of a boat to miss or catch there.
11:52 PM
Q: Can you help me

AmberdpveI fotgot the name of a manwha of it started with his dad selling his mother and after that beating the boy the mother came back sick and pregnant the mom was dying and the bog triest to safe her by stealing hurbs after he comes back the cabin is on fire a few years later gets “adopted by a dutch...


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