Please link to your favorite questions and answers which were either asked or answered from July 1st 2016 through September 30 2016 (They don't have to be your questions and answers.).

Your answers will be compiled into a blog post like previous quarterly posts.

I will be using DavRob60's queries for a baseline, but I really appreciate people voicing the ones they really enjoyed. Maybe you feel like you answered one really well, even if it didn't receive a lot of votes. Let me know about it.

As always (as in one time before) I will also be linking all blog posts that happened within this quarter.

Also if there was a meta post you feel should be spotlighted those are also good.

  • 9
    Seriously? two people downvoted this question which has been asked every quarter for like three years?
    – KutuluMike
    Sep 26, 2016 at 14:57

3 Answers 3




  • Upvotes on story-identification questions do not reflect the quality of the answer or the difficulty of finding it; they reflect the popularity of the author or work. (I got 69 upvotes for identifying "The Last Question" by Isaac Asimov.) Evidently this Gattaca movie has a lot of fans. (Is it any good?).
    – user14111
    Sep 28, 2016 at 7:18
  • @user14111 - I could probably have identified it, but I only ever saw about 5 minutes of it. So I don’t really know.
    – Adamant
    Sep 28, 2016 at 8:13
  • @user14111 - Yes, it's an excellent film. The whole "the future is the 1930s" noir pastiche is very well executed, the writing is tight and the acting is very good. They leave a lot to the imagination which is always nice and there's pretty much no CGI to distract from the story.
    – Valorum
    Sep 29, 2016 at 11:51

Questions in underappreciated tags

Part of my pledge to this site for a long time has been to try to popularise some relatively obscure tags (not necessarily obscure works of SF/F, but those which haven't had many questions asked about them here on SE). As part of this, I'd like to promote a few tags which don't have many questions but have had some good ones this quarter. Most of them are fantasy novels, because hey, that's my thing.

Answers which redeemed questions

Sometimes a question is posted which is very poorly received initially but gains more traction and upvotes after being redeemed by a great answer.

Apologies to anyone I forgot!

I always hate answering these "favourite questions and answers" posts, because I know that I'll never be able to remember all the posts I particularly liked. Doubtless as soon as this goes live on the blog, I'll remember more tags I should have mentioned, or more mediocre questions saved by great answers, or just some posts I really really liked which have slipped my mind for the moment.

However, perfectionism must at times be put aside for the sake of practicality. Yes, I'm sure there are things I've forgotten; but it's better to have an imperfect list than no list at all. Thank you for reading.

  • DVK's answer on the chandelier question annoyed me a little. Supposition versus research.
    – Valorum
    Sep 30, 2016 at 16:48
  • 2
    @Valorum In general I prefer answers which are based on a thorough knowledge of the canon, together with some logical reasoning and deductions, to those based on nothing but a quote from an interview or novel. The latter only requires Google-fu, but the former requires expert knowledge.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Sep 30, 2016 at 16:52
  • I actually rather thought that DVK's answer was a classic case of finding a complex answer when an overlooked one would suit. He's not wrong, it's just not the simplest explanation.
    – Valorum
    Sep 30, 2016 at 17:32
  • @Randal'Thor - an expert on Chaos. That's certainly myself :) Oct 1, 2016 at 0:34
  • @DVK "Chaos is not a pit. Chaos is a ladder" ... oh, wait, donkey.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Oct 1, 2016 at 0:35
  • You forgot me, but that's ok, apology accepted :)
    – Möoz
    Oct 4, 2016 at 2:34


I rather liked Nathaniel's

and RedCaio's


Tooting my own trumpet, I thought my answer to this one went above and beyond the call of duty

And I also rather liked my answer to this one (on the basis that there's no kill like overkill).

  • 1
    There is no reason to down-vote this response. Instead spend your time suggesting questions and answers that you enjoyed on the site this quarter. Sep 26, 2016 at 19:53
  • @Adamant - What can I say? I answer the ones I like. If I don't like them, I don't answer them.
    – Valorum
    Sep 26, 2016 at 19:59
  • 1
    People need to realize that self promotion is perfectly acceptable for my quarterly round-up. And this is atypical of Valorum, because he has certainly commended other people's questions/answers which he had nothing to do with in the past. Sep 26, 2016 at 20:04

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .