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Science Fiction & Fantasy Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Why does everyone face the same way on the transporter?

When the away team prepares to beam down, they invariably assume the transporter formation: standing upright, usually with arms slack aside, all facing the camera. When they beam down, they reappear …

star-trek  
asked by congusbongus 73 votes
answered by Richard 66 votes

Exactly how secret was the reveal in The Empire Strikes Back?

Arguably the most famous scene in Star Wars is when Darth Vader reveals to Luke Skywalker that He is Luke's father. This surprise was kept secret to most of the crew and even the cast during …

star-wars production  
asked by SQB 40 votes
answered by phantom42 34 votes

Planet of the Apes (1968): What was the original mission supposed to be?

What was the intended mission of the astronauts in the original Planet of the Apes (1968)? At one point, Taylor mentions that Stewart was supposed to be their "Eve", as if they were going to populate …

planet-of-the-apes  
asked by ivan 32 votes
answered by SJuan76 14 votes

Why didn't Harry's scar ever hurt prior to him finding out he is a wizard?

Pretty straightforward: Why didn't Harry's scar ever hurt prior to him finding out he is a wizard? Harry's connection to Voldemort was present since Harry was one year old, so why didn't his scar …

harry-potter  
asked by Slytherincess 30 votes
answered by alexwlchan 28 votes

How long can a Timelord hold his breath?

In the episode Deep Breath, the way living species can disguise themselves as clockworks is to hold their breath. It looks like the Doctor has been able to do that for a very long time (at least 10 …

doctor-who  
asked by Trevör Anne Denise 24 votes
answered by Richard 28 votes

Do the Daleks remember the Doctor?

In the episode Asylum of the Daleks : Clara uses her bond with the Daleks to delete the Doctor from the Daleks' collective telepathically-shared knowledge. However in The Time of the Doctor : …

doctor-who  
asked by WizLiz 24 votes
answered by Amy 44 votes

What is the name of the mineral that can be found before Mithril in Moria?

I remember that in one of the Tolkien books it was explained a little bit how Mithril was obtained in Moria. Before reaching the Mithril veins there was another mineral that caused dwarves to get sick …

lord-of-the-rings mithril  
asked by cad 21 votes
answered by Richard 35 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Chronological order of the Drizzt series

A long time ago, when I was a wee child I read some of the Drizzt Do'Urden books, they really captured my imagination. I'd like to continue reading, but I've lost track of which books contain him, and …

suggested-order forgotten-realms  
asked by Pureferret 11 votes
answered by dlanod 17 votes

How did Iron Man fly without a big tank of fuel?

When Iron Man flies he is shown with fire coming out of his feet just like a fuel-propelled rocket. Where is the combustible material generating the fire coming from? Does he does have a fuel …

avengers iron-man  
asked by DavRob60 28 votes
answered by Keen 36 votes

Can you answer these?

Help identifying short story by Harold Lamb

Harold Lamb was an author who wrote adventure and historical fiction for the pulps, but anyone who likes Swords & Sorcery would probably like them, so I'm hoping someone here can help. The story …

story-identification short-stories  
asked by cr0m 2 votes

Physicist finds new laws of physics, patents toys

Looking for a short story, 40 years old or older: A physicist finds some new law of physics and is told he can't patent it. So he first builds a toy airplane that actually flies without any visible …

story-identification  
asked by gnasher729 9 votes

Have Lex Luthor and the Riddler ever tested their intellects against each other?

I'm not a big fan of "who would win" or "who's stronger" sorts of pair-offs between superheroes, because it's clear that the victor is just whoever would serve that particular story best. But the …

dc-comics crossovers lex-luthor  
asked by Alexander Winn 8 votes
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