Questions tagged [science-fiction]

A broad genre of fiction and movies exploring imaginary but non-supernatural ideas. To be used on questions pertaining to the genre of science-fiction in general, not for questions about individual movies.

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In science fiction films and anime, why do we see some planets are close in the sky?

It's very common to see this view but in reality, our earth doesn't have that one. We only have one Moon orbiting around our Mother planet. In sci-fi movies what is this term commonly called? Most ...
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What is the reference behind names "Alexander, Julian and Francis"?

In Japanese science-fiction stop-motion movie "Junk Head", the protagonist meets three individuals named "Alexander, Julian and Francis". It is surprising because all other ...
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How long is the crew "frozen" during the trip in Aliens

At the start of Aliens we learn that Ripley has been frozen for 57 years after the events of the first film. When Ripley is asked to accompany the Colonial Marines after contact with colonists on LV-...
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Loop of Marties in Back to the Future 1

First of all, this is just a question based on my curiosity. It can seem pointless and illogical because of some missing piece of information, but I am asking it anyway based on my understanding of ...
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Is it real that USA military find specialists to help in specific disaster situations?

In many Hollywood movies (specially movies with catastrophes like earthquakes, aliens, tsunamis, tornadoes...) military personal always wake up some scientists at their houses and take them (sometimes ...
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What was the exact purpose of the device in Regan's ear?

In A Quiet Place, there was a device like an earbud in the ear of the daughter, Regan, on day 472. Later, her father gives her a new device which she refused at first, but later wore it on her head ...
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Do the series "Devs" and "Tales from the Loop" have any connection in terms of who worked on it?

I recently watched "Devs", and now just started watching "Tales from the Loop". What struck me immediately is how both have the same feel. Tranquil scenes, dominated by nature. ...
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What did agent Patterson study to have those skills? [closed]

In the blindspot serie, there is an special agent called: Patterson Her job is help to the team from it's laboratory(at the beginning). She seems to have a high knowledge about: Hacking App ...
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How is faster-than-light communication achieved in Away?

Most of the technology in Away is just a small extrapolation of today's technology. For example, they are still using chemical rockets instead of e.g. nuclear ones. They still use bulky uncomfortable ...
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What does Psychotronic (Series, Movies or TV Shows) mean?

I ofter read the term "Psychotronic". What exactly does this mean and where does this term come from? It seems to be related to the Sci-Fi and Horror genres.
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First depiction of a quadruped robot-vehicle?

Episode 2 of Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990) shows the baddies pursuing the main characters in a convertible vehicle, a submarine/ship that becomes a quadruped robot at some point of the ...
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Has there ever been a movie in which humanity found a "Golden Record" of another species?

The idea of the Golden Record is already epic enough, and since movies that include sentinent alien species are always popular, it suprises me that apparently there is no popular movie about humans ...
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Scientific term for "flip and burn" [closed]

In The Expanse, (and other sci-fi keeping closer to the science than the fiction) the maneuver used to slow a space ship down is colloquialy referred to as flip and burn. What is the term used by real ...
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The science behind Andrew Niccol's film "Anon"

How does the "ether" work in the film Anon (2018)? The movie differentiates between real memories and recorded "files", but treats both of them as hack-able and manipulable. Unless all the people in ...
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Does David Lynch consider his own films to be science fiction / fantasy?

I have just seen both Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive for the first time. Both films contain elements that would be traditionally classified as "science fiction" or "fantasy", but these elements are ...
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Explaining wormholes using a sheet of paper

When explaining how wormholes work in movies its pretty common to see someone taking a piece of paper, folding it, and sticking a pen (or any other object) through it to show the folding of space-time ...
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Why don't aliens win in most movies? [duplicate]

Most alien/extra-terrestrial tropes based movies often depict them as losing despite being far more advanced physically and/or technologically. This is seen in cases like Aliens, Predators, ...
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Why do movies think the moons in alien skies are really large?

Many science fiction movies involve scenes set on the surface of alien planets. In many of these scenes we see objects in the sky of the alien planet; sometimes a sun or suns; more often one or more ...
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Are there any realistic AIs in movies? [closed]

Most of so-called Artificial Intelligences in Sci-Fi movies, in my opinion, are too advanced, too much human. They are just a kind of human with mechanical body. As of 2018, "realistic" artificial ...
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Is this the *only* matrix version? [closed]

Neo defeates Smith in such a way that Smith managed to replicate himself, which led to him being uncontrollably powerful thus the machines needed Neo’s help so they made a deal and, ultimately, peace ...
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Movie about earth being frozen, protagonist saves the day with sattelite [closed]

I think I saw the second half of this movie a couple of years ago (2010 or earlier) when it aired on TV on a Belgian channel. The movie was in color and couldn't have been that old. What I think ...
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Movie where everybody had a microchip implanted [closed]

I'm looking for a movie I saw more than fifteen years ago. I vaguely remember the plot but I can't find it! In this movie everyone has a microchip implanted that does everything for them: they don't ...
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Of all the movies and TV shows ever made, which of them is set furthest in the future?

Lately I've been comparing how futuristic-set TV shows & movies have evolved over time, and while doing so, I became curious of the following... What's the furthest-forward-in-time time period ...
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Why so many writers for Land of the Lost?

The crew of the Land of the Lost (1974-1976) had a large number of writers: In fact, there were almost as many writers as all the other crew members combined. Is this normal? Why would the series ...
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2000's Apocalyptic movie - man in a vault finds a butterfly? [closed]

I remember the plot going something like this: A society of people are living underground in a vault. After a while, when the main character (white, male) is instructed to go to a class or something, ...
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Horror/sci-fi alien attack found-footage movie [closed]

I faintly remember this "found-footage"-esque movie of, I believe, 4 teens/young adults recording an alien attack on what is probably New York or another American city. At some point they were in a ...
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A not-so-well-known movie on virtual reality [closed]

I remember some ten years ago I watched an old western movie about virtual reality similar to "Matrix" and "The Thirteenth Floor". In the movie, a computer game designer (or player?) lives in a ...
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Scifi/supernatural TV show about two kids (brothers or friends) in a weird town [closed]

There was this TV show about two brothers or friends, about 12-14. It had scifi and I think supernatural elements. The only episode I remember went like this: A mom dad and 2 kids go to a chinese ...
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Movie about frozen person who wakes up in the future [closed]

I know that there are lots of movies out there about frozen people waking up in the future, but I have looked far and wide for this and haven't been able to find it. (This may be a novel, but I ...
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1950s sci-fi movie about a trip to Mars [closed]

Ship from Earth crashes on Mars, and the crew asks the Martians (who just happen to look just like humans) for help repairing it. Martians agree, but plan to betray the humans and invade Earth. ...
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Name of this somewhat sci-fi but also fantasy movie based on people on bikes with walls coming out behind them? [closed]

There was this one movie I watched ages ago and here are the points of interest: Necessary points of detail not related to any plot: It was in colour It was in English The characters I believe were ...
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Sci-fi/paranormal TV show from the 90s to 2000s - Female investigator [closed]

I'm trying to find out the name of an older TV show I watched when I was a kid. It was a supernatural/sci-fi TV show, and involved a widowed (I believe) mother with her young teenaged daughter. The ...
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First example of "super-wealthy steal younger bodies for immortality" plot?

What is the earliest film or show whose plot incorporated some process by which super-wealthy/powerful people achieve immortality by continually transferring their mind (and then wealth) into the ...
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European movie about body-controling parasites in the forest [closed]

I more or less remember the plot. Probably made in early 2000s, it must be like 10 years since I saw it so 100% is older than 2010. Could be late '90es but somehow I think it was made after 2000. It ...
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Help me identify this probably obscure science fiction movie or TV show I saw in the early 90's [closed]

I apologize in advance, this is going to be really vague because I was really young when I saw it—roughly around the early 90's. It's definitely science fiction. I'm unsure if it's a movie or an ...
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Sci-fi movie about a gigantic Russian submarine [closed]

The movie starts with a rescue crew looking for a missing research submarine that vanished in very deep water. The rescue crew finds the missing research vessel and finds it to be full of holes, "...
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Name of old sci-fi show - man on a deserted planet, looking for a woman [closed]

I am looking for the name of an old sci-fi show of which I saw only a part in the 90's (in USA). The part that I remember had this person (I thought it was some astronaut on a planet) walking through ...
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Enormous robots invade Earth through lightning [closed]

I watched a film not longer than 7 years ago. I remember that there was thunder and on the next(?) day enormous robots came out of Earth (they were underground). Later the main character discovered ...
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An alien lands on Earth, women believes he's good turns out he's bad [closed]

I remember watching a film some time ago (not more than 5 years ago, so the film probably isn't older than 2007 I'd guess). It was in English. I watched it in Europe. I think in Paris to be exact but ...
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Patrick Stewart film with naked aliens who turn people into zombies [closed]

Looking for identification for a film I haven't seen in a long, long time (maybe 2 decades ago). The film is in colour but I remember it being quite dark, and it was made a while ago, maybe in the ...
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What was the point of the Sabre Data Protection technology in Elysium?

In Elysium, we see the CEO of Armadyne, John Carlyle, hammer out some code and upload it to his brain. He is asked if he wants to protect the data and is prompted to choose either "Paralyze" or "...
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Can anyone help me find this sci-fi/horror movie with guys backpacking and an invisible alien? [closed]

I have very little to go on, as I saw this movie when I was very young. Here is what I remember. I believe it was an American made movie; most likely a low budget straight to video. I'm thinking it ...
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Identify B-grade Sci-Fi 1970-1995: alien animal with long tail connected to researcher via cable, hallucinations, then bloodbath [closed]

I've seen part of a movie on a local cable network in the 90's. Movie was cut in the middle due to technical issues and I never was able to see it through the end or find it. Originally this B-grade ...
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Movie about robots from mid to early 2000's [duplicate]

There is a movie that I watched when I was very young (I'm talking around mid-early 2000's), though I can not remember it. But here is what I remember from it: There was a young man that was in this ...
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A 90's Sci-Fi movie about a town repeatedly attacked by a monster and then forgetting [closed]

I believe it is either a mid-90's or possibly later, US 'Sci-Fi original movie'. I am fairly certain I watched it on the Sci-Fi channel, though I tried browsing through a list of old Syfy (Sci Fi at ...
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A woman accepts being transplanted into a younger body [closed]

It is a futuristic movie. There's a woman who lives with her daughter. An asian woman. She has a well payed job. She's the image of the company. But because of her age (about 35) they need to change ...
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Post apocalyptic movie with androids "gangs" [closed]

I want to identify this movie, which I know just a scene from it. The year I saw it aprox 2000 The year it was released aprox 1998 Language English, a Hollywood movie most probably Colored but ...
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Is there a specific name for a character that is a sacrificial "example"?

I was wondering if there is a title/role in movies, specifically horror or Sci-fi movies, for characters that are cast specifically to die as a way of being an example. This could be as a way to show ...
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80s/90s TV show with hero with abilities similar to Unbreakable? [closed]

When the movie Unbreakable came out, it triggered so many memories of a show I saw as a kid in the 80s/early 90s, but I can't remember the name of the show. The TV show was similar to The Six Million ...
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American or British Animated Kids Movie About an Alien War [closed]

What I know: The characters spoke English It was 3D animated The title was one word I saw it in 2011, give or take a year, but I believe it was at least a year old when I watched it It was Sci-Fi and ...
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