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

Top new questions this week:

The Dothraki cut their braids after defeat in battle, but when would a Dothraki be spared after being defeated?

Quoting A Wiki of Ice and Fire: The Dothraki’s proof of valor is their braided topknots. Whenever they lose a battle they must cut their braids as a sign of defeat. However, in the television ...

game-of-thrones a-song-of-ice-and-fire  
asked by KoenP 49 votes
answered by Nika G. 65 votes

How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

In the beginning of The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn were sent by the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic to discuss a settlement to stop the Trade Federation from blockading the ...

star-wars phantom-menace obi-wan-kenobi  
asked by Shokhet 39 votes
answered by user65380 75 votes

Does Data "unlearn" things?

As we all know, Data has a photographic memory and can consume vast amounts of information. Assuming his capacity to retain knowledge is finite at some point, does Data purge some unneeded information ...

star-trek star-trek-tng star-trek-data  
asked by iMerchant 37 votes
answered by Often Right 44 votes

What was the highest rated episode of Star Trek?

In all of the televised episodes of Star Trek (TOS, TAS, TNG, DS9, VOY & ENT), what was the single highest Nielsen rated episode?

star-trek star-trek-tng star-trek-ds9 star-trek-voyager star-trek-enterprise  
asked by sfhq_sf 35 votes
answered by Richard 38 votes

Why was the image of Supreme Leader Snoke not "scaled to fit our primitive screens"?

Holograms are common in the Star Wars universe. The first, or at least the most memorable, being R2's projection of Princess Leia. Note that this is a scaled version of Leia. Possibly because that ...

star-wars hologram  
asked by Andrew Thompson 35 votes
answered by Skooba 65 votes

Why did Anakin turn to the Dark Side?

In the movies of The Phantom Menace / Attack Of The Clones / Revenge Of The Sith , Anakin turns bad and becomes Darth Vader. What is the reason he turned in to a Sith, and didn't the Jedi council know ...

star-wars darth-vader revenge-of-the-sith anakin-skywalker  
asked by RANSARA009 28 votes
answered by Jonah 38 votes

What, exactly, did the 2nd monolith do?

The first monolith appears on Earth some 50,000 years ago... Or so we are led to believe as humans are still ape like creatures and we see that one is killed by a saber tooth tiger. The monolith ...

asked by Scottie 27 votes
answered by Richard 45 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 AncientSwordRage 20 votes
answered by dlanod 25 votes

Why did Harry Potter intentionally lose the Resurrection Stone in the Forbidden Forest?

Just before he is sacrificed to Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, Harry dropped the Resurrection Stone. “I thought he would come,” said Voldemort in his high, clear voice, his eyes on the ...

asked by DavRob60 66 votes
answered by TGnat 61 votes

Can you answer these?

Poisonous planet girl with no emotions

I am trying to find a book I read a long time ago. This girl was raised with no emotions and trained to explore this new planet. The planet was poisonous to humans. She was sent to it with a doctor ...

asked by Amy 3 votes

First time(s) other superheroes acknowledge Superman as morally superior to themselves?

It's common contemporary refrain that Superman is better than us and you see that in some of the modern event books exalting the character as the center of their universe. However, when did this ...

dc-comics superman  
asked by 4 votes

Novel featuring strange attractor and quest to find his father's spaceship

Its a science fiction novel from the 90s. A man, down on his luck, trying to find the great spaceship his father captained. He has his father's pistol, which had something special about it - maybe the ...

story-identification books young-adult  
asked by gervase 5 votes

New blog post:

The Great Science-Fiction/Fantasy TV Showdown! – Results and Round Two

by Rogue Jedi on May 2

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped me with this, including, but not limited to everyone who helped choose shows, everyone who voted and predicted,  Jack B Nimble for all ...

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