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1:32 AM
scifi.stackexchange.com/a/251940/4918 "Sci-fi novel involving an animal that could be ridden like a horse and used to travel through time" is solved, nice
and it even matches an earlier story-id answer: scifi.stackexchange.com/a/11771/4918
1:59 AM
Q: What accounts for the political success of André Bourgeois?

AdamantIn Miraculous Ladybug, André Bourgeois is the mayor of Paris. He is said to have won election four times, meaning that he has been mayor for almost two decades. Moreover, in his most recent election, he won with an astounding 97% of the votes cast, a result which would make some dictators envious...

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4:32 AM
Q: What are the rules and logic for time travel set in Loki?

toroidIn this article by Vanity Fair, Michael Waldron talks about the rules for time travel set by Loki (2021): Marvel already made its case for how time travel works in Avengers: Endgame, but that, Waldron points out, “is the way the Avengers understand it.” With a TV show it’s a little different. “I...

Q: How did Malfoy drew this moving pictures on paper?

Ashley LongI am confused how did Malfoy drew this moving pictures on paper: I feel my question is different from this question

5:19 AM
@Randal'Thor what @Alex said :-)
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7:47 AM
[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Pattern-matching website in body, potentially problematic ns configuration in body (97): Research Paper related help needed by PatriciaA on scifi.SE
Q: Research Paper related help needed

PatriciaAIs there anyone who help me to complete a research paper related to information technology?

[ SmokeDetector | MS ] Post is mostly images (18): Inspiration for the Dementors by Cdawg on scifi.SE
8:44 AM
@SmokeDetector ... have you been time travelling smokie?
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11:00 AM
Q: Why was my question closed as duplicate?

Maciej PiechotkaI realize that it has no impact on anything but my question was closed as duplicate despite being asked 3 years earlier, having more answers, being higher upvoted and having more views than another.

11:21 AM
Q: Why didn’t Ripley and the survivors nuke the derelict ship from orbit?

ChristopherAfter taking care of the Alien Queen when she sneaks aboard the Sulaco why didn’t Ripley and the others stay in orbit and destroy the derelict ship before leaving?

12:13 PM
Q: Isekai manga where the protagonist is born the son of a noble or as a prince who wants to become an adventurer

Rahmi Hediyati RidwanThe MC is reborn as an aristocrat child or a prince, and when he is five and a half years old, he disguises himself so can go to a guild in to be on an adventure. When he becomes an adventurer, he goes to a forest to search for some medicine plant but meets with an orphan boy, who is attacked by ...

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1:29 PM
Q: Manga in which the female lead can see into the future, and saves the male lead's mother

Mari AnnI think it's an isekai. The female lead (FL) knew what was going to happen in the future. In one chapter, she begged to accompany her fiancee's family outing which the male lead (ML) thought was annoying but it turns out that she wanted to save the ML's mother. She prepared a rope and used it to ...

2:21 PM
Q: What is Cortana's solution to the Flood?

MatthewIn Halo 3, one cinematic states that Cortana has found a solution to the Flood other than the Halo rings. Master Chief wants to go to the Ark to pursue this solution (and is told that stopping the rings is first priority). According to this question, the Gravemind also wants to know what this sol...

2:51 PM
Q: Favorite Question and Answers from Second Quarter 2021

Jack B NimbleOops. A little late, but still good. Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from April 1st 2021 through June 30th 2021. Your answers will be compiled into a blog post like previous quarterly posts. I will be using DavRob60's queries for a baseline, ...

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5:08 PM
Q: Trilogy of book involving a man's journey through ritual magic

Sean DugganThis is going to bug me... I was reading A book from the 80s/90s with a stage magician and a couple women and it reminded me of a trilogy of books I read in the late 1990s as discarded paperbacks from my local college (the bookstore would "destroy" remainder inventory by cutting the covers off to...

posted on July 27, 2021 by tech

Click here to go see the bonus panel!Hovertext: Have you noticed that people act like it's weird that the universe follows rules, but not that one apple and one apple equals two apples? Today's News:

@Babelfish 'If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware this book is stolen property. It was reported as "unsold and destroyed" to the publisher, and neither the author nor the publisher has received any payment for this "stripped book."'
Q: Anything-goes future Olympics where competitors can dope

DavidWI'm struggling to remember the details of this, but I'm positive it's not Achilles Choice. I would have read this in the mid 1990s, but I don't even recall if it's a novel or a novelette. The protagonist is a (mostly?) baseline human in competition at a future Olympics. The primary conceit of th...

@DavidW wow
5:33 PM
That's dope!
5:43 PM
What can I say? I've dropped out of touch, but I used to know a bunch of authors. None of them were what I would consider "well off." If you can't afford a book, borrow it from the library, or a friend; at least that way a copy gets paid for, and the author gets their few cents.
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6:48 PM
@DavidW I've never heard of covers being removed...
I'd have imagined that second hand book sale are more prevalent than illegal book sales though
@AncientSwordRage the way it's meant to work is that if a bookstore has a bunch of stock it can't sell, it strips the covers and sends them back to the publisher, then sends the book interior to be recycled
The publisher then gives the store (which paid for the books up front) a refund on the stripped books.
The "stolen property" message is meant to make it harder for bookstores to strip books, send the covers back to the publisher to get a refund, and then pocket the money from selling them anyways.
AIUI the practice dates back to when mmpbs were printed on cheap newsprint and cost <$1, and the cost gap between mmpb and tpb/hc was a lot wider -- it wasn't worth the shipping costs to send mmpbs back to the publisher for a refund.
7:35 PM
@AncientSwordRage I've seen people selling "second hand" books without covers.
Not recently, mind you.
But most of my paperbacks from the 80s and 90s have some form of that printed on the page with the publication information (copyright, printings, etc.).
I just checked some more recent paperbacks, and up to the latest I checked (a couple from 2015), they still have that.
7:57 PM
Wow, there's lots more too it than I realised
Huh. Children, maybe a timeout is in order? (Of course there's also something to be said for the author being able to control their own question.)
8:45 PM
Q: Short story where professional basketball players have the abilities of past superstars imprinted on them

SpencerI remember a story I read in a mid to late 1990s anthology (perhaps some "Year's Best" anthology, because I use to buy those from time to time) where all the players in the NBA had the abilities of past superstars imprinted upon them. Each player had the abilities of a different superstar, that...

Q: Webcomic about adventures of a group of low-end superheroes

January First-of-MayI've read this webcomic a few years ago, up to about halfway through its run at the time, and wasn't able to find it again (despite actively looking several times). What I remember is that the main characters were a bunch of E-list superheroes, so weak/obscure that they were basically shut out of...

@DavidW flags work best to make us aware of these things. We’re looking into it already here though :)
Assuming you’re talking about what I think you are haha
I'm pretty sure we're talking about the same thing. It was pretty obvious, which is why I didn't really think a flag was necessary. :) But your point is well made; I will use braces next time in addition to the belt.
I didn’t see it until a flag made me aware but I’m not as active at this time and was walking Stella whilst it happened. Best not always to assume just in case
Roger that.
9:10 PM
Q: Why is coffee so expensive in Luna: New Moon?

MegalonychidaeIn Luna: New Moon, coffee is described as being ridiculously rare on Luna — I can't understand why that would be the case. Even at modern launch costs it seems like a kilogram of coffee would be no more than $10,000, trivial to a fabulously wealthy Corta. Is there something I'm missing?

9:36 PM
Q: Illustrated book from the 1980s or 1990s with paintings of possible lifeforms on Venus, Jupiter, etc

WaterMoleculeI had this book as a kid with beautiful paintings of different lifeforms that could inhabit the planets in our solar system. Venus has large black creatures with giant ears. Jupiter has floating gasbags. Europa has creatures with ice-skate-like appendages for feet. I've Googled a bit, but I can't...


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