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Is it reasonable to ask about the meaning of phrases in a science-fiction work?

Peter Miles is apparently making his way through Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and is asking about the meaning of particular English phrases that are not explicitly about science fiction (although one ...
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Are questions about Coco on-topic?

Are questions about the 2017 Pixar movie Coco on topic? The film is based on the Mexican holiday the Day of the Dead, and has the main character trapped in the spiritual Land of the Dead for most of ...
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Are questions about the influence of SF works on later non-SF works on topic?

Suppose work A is clear science fiction or fantasy, and work B is not. Would it be on topic to ask about whether an on-topic aspect of A influenced a part of B? For example, would it be on topic to ...
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Can “does this exist” questions be reworded to be on-topic without asking for the first instance?

My understanding (based on this meta question) is that most list questions are off-topic unless the list is finite and narrow in scope. It seems that questions asking if something exists tend to be ...
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Are stories that only appear to contain fantastical elements on topic?

This question concerns a very famous short story by Saki. For much of the story, it appears to be a ghost story with supernatural elements. That there are no ghosts or apparitions involved is the ...
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Identification question when the book is not SF?

I scrolled through the list of SE sites, and didn't see anything promising. I've been trying to find a particular book for some time, but it isn't sci-fi or fantasy. Thus, not only may it be off-...
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Is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead on topic?

Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a perspective flip of Hamlet, written from the viewpoint of the two least important characters who die in the course of Shakespeare's ...
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Are questions about sci-fi/fantasy shows viewership on-topic?

I recently came across this question - How is the audience of the Arrowverse spread amongst the 4 shows? The crux of the question is this: Maybe it is the mathematician in me speaking, but I ...
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Are non-Googleable list-like questions allowed? [duplicate]

Sorry if this is a dupe: I would like to ask "Are there any other scifi novels with ADHD-diagnosed characters other than Percy Jackson?" I have spent quite a while Googling and have come up with ...
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Are the Donald Duck comics on-topic?

We have already determined that Duck Tales is on topic. Is Donald Duck on topic? There was already 1 question on the Duck universe, How wealthy is Uncle Scrooge in the Don Rosa/Carl Barks universe?, ...
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Is “The Rats of NIMH” series on topic?

I'm aware anthromorphic animals are rarely on topic. But what about the rats of NIMH series? Over here Kevin answers Our final criterion, then, is this: If the animal's non-human nature has ...
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Is Ducktales on topic?

Is the Disney TV and comic series Ducktales on topic? My question here was closed due to being about anthromorphic animals. However I strongly feel that Ducktales is far more than anthromorphic ...
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Are Dr. Seuss's works on-topic?

Are all, if any, of Dr. Seuss's many books on topic? I'm aware that anthropomorphic animals are not on-topic, but the vast majority of his works include far more elements as well: Many of his books ...
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Let's talk about Story ID requests for erotica

At the moment, so long as what we see on SFF is SFW, it is acceptable. However, I'd like to discuss clarifying the scope of what is considered on-topic for SFF. Specifically requests for identifying ...
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Would it be of interest to create a new category of questions; “Would this idea improve a movie/story”?

I often see movies and read stories that seem to have the possibility of improvement if either things happened differently or additional scenes/information were provided. If this is something that ...
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Is Science Fiction and Fantasy SE the proper place to debate the severity of Nazi Germany's atrocities?

I'm sort of at a loss here. An answer was deleted by users because it was deemed offensive. A moderator undeleted and "improved the grammar" of it and locked it as undeleted. All the while, a ...
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Should we edit the help centre to mention Worldbuilding?

Earlier today I was explaining to the OP of a speculative what-if question why that kind of question is off-topic here and better suited to Worldbuilding SE. I like to support my arguments by links to ...
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Are video game with non-human characters always considered SF/F?

I saw this recent question about the origins of Pac-man, and while video games are on-topic and the question is not about game mechanics, is it really an on-topic work? The only argument I can make ...
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Would a book collecting predictions fall under the scope of this site's story identification tag?

I am looking for a specific book that I read in my childhood (specifically, between 1986 and 1990), and while it would fall under the concept of "fiction" and indeed "science fiction", I am not sure ...
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Is Twin Peaks on topic? [duplicate]

Just wondering if David Lynch's second season of Twin Peaks is on topic at the site? It has science fiction aspects in my opinion -- do others feel the same? If I recall correctly, a question about ...
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Does Spaced count as sci-fi/fantasy?

I have a question about the series Spaced and I am fairly certain that the show's bizarre aesthetic and pseudo-surreal elements qualify it as some form of sci-fi or fantasy, but I may very well have ...
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Is a question about how many times a sci-fi live action has changed directors allowed?

I want to ask how many times an anime/sci fi live action which is in pre-production have changed directors already. I've read other topics here about making production questions (like behind the ...
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What are the decency standards on stack exchange? [duplicate]

I have a particular question that I want to post that deals with somewhat unpleasant concepts. I do not want to rustle any feathers or step on any toes (I learnt my lesson from my question about ...
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How can we make this question on-topic? Should we, at all?

Yesterday, this question was asked by a user. "Would the War of the Five Kings have occurred if Ned had refused Robert's request?" The trouble was: It was based on a hypothetical premise i.e. ...
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Asking a question about a film that is not fantastic, but its protagonist believes he lives in a tolkienesque fantasy world [duplicate]

The main character is a misfit living with his mother. There are no supernatural or preternatural elements in the story aside from the protagonist's psychosis (he believes that he is living in a ...
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Is Merchandising On-Topic?

I'm asking due to this question: When were replicas of Green Lantern's Power Battery and Power Ring first produced? Is it considered on-topic to ask merchandising questions about an on-topic ...
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What is the proper recourse for bubble-burster comments?

I'm sure most of you have seen the occasional cynical comment on questions with things like Because the author/screenwriters didn't think of it or It's just a story or some other such nonsense. This ...
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Can I ask about identifying a sci-fi puzzle book?

I was thinking of posting a "story identification" question regarding a series I use to read as a child. I do not think any book continued from the other, but there was a constant theme of a space ...
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Is Calvin and Hobbes on topic?

This one is quite the edge case. Prompted by this hot SE network question Did Calvin ever realise that Hobbes was not real? Is it on topic for SFF? No He's a Sunday paper comic It's not a fantasy ...
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Why has this science-based question been reopened?

The question How much power does the Martian heat ray output? was closed by me (as moderator) as being a "science-based question". Per my original comment at the time; The wording could be clearer....
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Is this Rick & Morty question on-topic?

This question - although asking about an on-topic work of sci-fi, the question is purely based on a real world question. Should this question be closed as off topic for seeking "Scientific ...
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What is the state of opinion on Gilbert and Sullivan Operas

I want to post a question about the plot of Iolanthe, but noticed there were no tags about the duo. Is this the right Stack to ask this question on?
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How do we judge whether a Sci-fi/Fantasy figure is important enough to get an “In Memoriam” meta post?

At the time of this post's creation, the leading answer for the meta discussion Should meta posts regarding the deaths of figures that are important to SFF:SE be on topic? is that these should be ...
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Should meta posts regarding the deaths of figures that are important to SFF:SE be on topic?

Over the past few years we've had several "In Memoriam" posts regarding figures that are of iconic importance to the SFF:SE community. Given that these posts seem to be generally well received by the ...
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Is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on-topic?

Santa's Omniscience in "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" This question was closed by the community within 1.5 hours of being posted, and currently has no votes to reopen. However, as one ...
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Are questions about xkcd explanations allowed here?

There is an xkcd tag in scifi stackexchange with only 9 questions Going through them, all the questions tagged with xkcd are about specific comics which are written around a known work of scifi and/...
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Is Uncharted 4 on topic for SFF:SE?

We've recently had a question about the game Uncharted 4. Is this game on topic for SFF:SE? Does it contain significant elements of the supernatural such as ghosts, zombies, djinn or other such ...
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Are questions about physical book production flaws on-topic?

I recently finished reading a recent release of a major SF author. In the book I noticed a major physical production flaw which I think would make an interesting question. The flaw is of a nature ...
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Is it OK to ask multiple questions on a theme?

When I saw this question, I was tempted to vote to close because I thought the question was unanswerable, but then I thought why bother, it's from a new user and probably doing so might discourage ...
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Are we consistent when flagging questions as 'too broad'?

Today a general question about vampires* was put on hold as 'too broad'. as no fictional universe was specified. But we also have this question which is pretty recent, with 15 UV's and 2 favs about ...
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Is “Dilbert” cartoon on-topic?

It's a vast media universe (super big comic strip, TV animated series) that has talking intelligent animals (Dogbert, Ratbert), imaginary futuristic technology (advanced AIs and robots), people being ...
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Is “What Lies Beneath” on-topic?

Mild spoilers below: The film has If Supernatural is any indication, I believe the film is on topic, but I wanted to be sure.
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Is critical analysis now off-topic?

This question was very quickly closed as "primarily opinion based", including by a moderator. The comments implied that it was being closed because the answer was subject to interpretation, which ...
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Is Codex 632 on topic on SFF:SE?

"Who was the enigma the world knows as Christopher Columbus . . . and why has his true identity been covered up for centuries? When an aged scholar is found mysteriously dead in his hotel room, ...
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Does Hunger Games Count as Science Fiction?

I'm not sure, because even though hunger games is classified in the book as science fiction, I'm not sure if it's classified as off-topic here?
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Is the TV show The Wombles on topic?

The Wombles has a few fantasy elements: A main character from a made up race. A setting that is basically invented. Wimbledon Common is nothing like the setting in the Wombles. As such would it be ...
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Are book recommendations questions allowed here? [duplicate]

I am looking for books where magic is commonplace (kind of like the Darkblade trilogy). I know other Stack Exchange sites don't allow questions like that, but some have more relaxed rules than ...
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Is Field of Dreams on-topic here?

The 1989 movie Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner is billed as a Fantasy/Drama movie on IMDb as well as Wikipedia. The movie features the following Fantasy elements (to name a few): "Ghosts" of ...
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Is there an interest in dedicated SciFi and Fantasy chat room?

UPDATE: Room created! Thanks to everyone who expressed interest! Everyone interested are welcome to visit the newly create room at: https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/42263/sff-ontopic-chat Q: If ...
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Is the Angry Birds game and movie on topic here?

Ok long story I sort of posted this question on Movies and Tv by accident (got my book marks mixed up :p) so please say nothing about the double up of the question. But here it is... finally in the ...

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