Science Fiction & Fantasy Weekly Newsletter
Science Fiction & Fantasy Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

What's the story behind the Spock helmet?

I came across this rather puzzling piece of Star Trek merchandise: It is described on the packaging both as an "Official Star Trek Helmet" and as a "space fun helmet". Its features include a ...

star-trek spock toys  
asked by Praxis 89 votes
answered by Jason Baker 88 votes

Why was Darth Vader so careless?

I have been wondering for some time why Darth Vader, one of the leading officers of the Empire, repeatedly put himself into such danger? To name a few cases, in A New Hope, he boarded Tantive IV, a ...

star-wars darth-vader  
asked by Gaussler 72 votes
answered by Paul D. Waite 120 votes

Was the Millennium Falcon a one-off or was it mass produced?

Do the books ever specify whether or not another ship of this make exists? Or is it truly unique? Maybe a long time ago in a galaxy far far away manufacturers made single one-off units, but here ...

star-wars millennium-falcon  
asked by Kai Qing 50 votes
answered by Mike 82 votes

Why does Gandalf the White not remember his original name?

'Gandalf,' the old man repeated, as if recalling from old memory a long disused word. 'Yes, that was the name. I was Gandalf.' Why wouldn't he remember being Gandalf right away? Why would Eru ...

lord-of-the-rings gandalf istari  
asked by Foreboding 45 votes
answered by Jason Baker 57 votes

Does Gringotts employ any non-goblins?

I'm asking for a friend, a wizard who until recently worked at the Apothecary in Diagon Alley, but is really interested in banking, like his Muggle cousin who made millions of dollars working for a ...

harry-potter gringotts  
asked by CHEESE 43 votes
answered by TZHX 52 votes

What does the writing on Poe Dameron's flight vest say?

Not the most vital fact, I know, but what does the writing on Poe's vest-thingy say?

star-wars the-force-awakens  
asked by Martha 32 votes
answered by Jason Baker 61 votes

Can someone name these retitled Dr Seuss books?

I recently came across the following image, that have had their titles replaced by the moral of each story. Numbering left-to-right then top-to-bottom, I recognise: ?? ?? The Cat in the Hat ?? ...

story-identification dr-seuss  
asked by AncientSwordRage 31 votes
answered by Wad Cheber 48 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why did all the Ringbearers leave Middle-earth in the end?

At the end of The Return of the King, Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond, and Galadriel left Middle-earth on a ship, along with other elves. I named those five because they were all ringbearers and it ...

lord-of-the-rings rings-of-power  
asked by DavRob60 52 votes
answered by Mark Beadles 70 votes

What does Lucy turn into at the very end?

So, I just watched the movie Lucy (starring Scarlet Johansson), and although I think I got most of it, I do have some questions about it. To begin with: "Humans normally use only about 10% of ...

movie lucy  
asked by Manish 13 votes
answered by Thaddeus Howze 19 votes

Can you answer these?

Are the Scientological themes in FF: The Spirits Within intentional or just a coincidence?

If you know the basic idea behind Scientology, it's hard to watch FF: The Spirits Within without being reminded of it. Basically, the ghosts of aliens land on Earth and infect us with their ...

inspiration final-fantasy  
asked by Daft 3 votes

Why does Mat's medallion hurt the gholam?

In the Wheel of Time series, at one point we see Mat get in a fight with a gholam, and he hits the gholam with his Foxhead (One Power Canceling) medallion. When he hits the gholam, it is burned. Do ...

wheel-of-time  
asked by Aggie Kidd 2 votes

Fantasy book about high elf lord, human woman, magic

I read last year a book about a high lord elf whose job is performing magic; he loves books and is looking for old books containing old magic, so called sexual magic. He finds an intelligent, ...

story-identification magic  
asked by lili 8 votes

New blog post:

Lego Marvel’s Avengers – A First Look

by Michael Edenfield on Feb 8

The latest entry in Take Two Games’ highly successful Lego video game series is Lego Marvel’s Avengers. Similar to the Lego Harry Potter and Lego Star Wars games, Lego Marvel’s ...

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