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Top new questions this week:

What's the "official" explanation for Harry's (and everyone else's) absence from muggle school?

So a bunch of kids all of a sudden "go missing" from school. Harry Potter having attended school for a couple of years before starting at Hogwarts, one semester just doesn't show up. How is this ...

harry-potter  
asked by Letharion 54 votes
answered by Daniel Roseman 48 votes

The Moriarty Sentience Problem - A.K.A. Why isn't the Enterprise computer considered sentient?

In Elementary, Dear Data, Geordi instructs the computer to create an opponent to intellectually best Data. The conceit of the episode is that the computer does just that, and creates a sentient ...

star-trek star-trek-tng holodeck sentience  
asked by Tritium21 41 votes
answered by Royal Canadian Bandit 27 votes

How did Q's actions stop the assimilation of the Federation?

In the Voyager episode Death Wish (S2x18) in the hearing between Janeway, Tuvok and Q there is a moment when Q brings three people from Earth across space and time to illustrate the effect that the Q ...

star-trek star-trek-tng star-trek-voyager borg star-trek-q  
asked by aJynks 25 votes
answered by Richard 26 votes

How could Saruman lose the battle of Helm's Deep?

Saruman isn't stupid. In fact, he's called Saruman the Wise, so he must have known a thing or two about strategy. In the battle of Helm's Deep/Hornburk, according to this wiki, 10 000 Uruk-Hai, 5 000 ...

lord-of-the-rings saruman  
asked by Dunno 20 votes
answered by Daniel Roseman 69 votes

What is the weapon that Yondu wields in Guardians of the Galaxy?

In Guardians of the Galaxy, Yondu is seen using a floating arrow as a weapon which he controls by whistling. This arrow is shown to be extremely powerful as it kills a whole squad of soldiers, ...

weapon guardians-of-the-galaxy  
asked by Daniel 15 votes
answered by Thaddeus 15 votes

Is there evidence of purely artistic works in Middle Earth?

I recently came across this on Twitter: yesterday, student's & i realized there is no fiction in middle-earth. prbly no art. every story = story of something that actually happened— ...

tolkien middle-earth  
asked by KennyPeanuts 15 votes
answered by Lexible 16 votes

Looking for a short story about a man travelling alone on a planet

About fifteen years ago I read a short story about a man on a planet (possibly Mars or the Moon), travelling alone between bases. It's written in the first person and as he's walking across the ...

story-identification short-stories books science-fiction-genre horror  
asked by Joe 13 votes
answered by Dosco Jones 15 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why didn't Sauron kill Gandalf instead of imprisoning him in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug?

I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug today. I loved it, but there was one thing I didn't entirely understand. I tried to search the internet for an answer, but I didn't find one. Why did ...

lord-of-the-rings tolkien middle-earth gandalf istari  
asked by Brukmoon 17 votes
answered by DVK 34 votes

Is there a difference in the Red Hulk's and Green Hulk's powers?

I get that the two Hulks are different characters, but is there a difference in the Red Hulk's and Green Hulk's powers?

comics marvel-comics the-hulk  
asked by dlanod 17 votes
answered by Thaddeus 29 votes

Can you answer these?

How can S.T.A.R. Labs afford to keep the lights on?

IIRC in the first episode of The Flash TV show, Dr. Wells mentions that after the explosion he has become something of a pariah, and that S.T.A.R. Labs has lost most or all of its backers. If this is ...

the-flash the-flash-2014  
asked by numaroth 4 votes

How much unclaimed space exists in and around Star Trek empires?

One of the most common things that happens in Star Trek (at least TNG, with which I am the most familiar) is that two starships from two nations/empires will encounter each other, and neither seems to ...

star-trek star-trek-tng politics map  
asked by Nerrolken 6 votes

Story About Time Travel Using a Gate on the Sun

When I was in high school (6 or 7 years ago), one of the short stories that we read out of the text book had to do with an alien civilization that had discovered time travel. They had managed to ...

story-identification short-stories time-travel timeline  
asked by Lexiconjuration 9 votes
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