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Is *Lord of the Flies* generally classified as SF?

In this question, @user14111 refers to the book Lord of the Flies as being typically classified as science fiction. I remember reading it years ago, and having seen a movie adaption, but hadn't ...
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Are Andy Griffiths's bum/butt books on-topic?

Yes, you did read that title right... Does Andy Griffiths's bum/butt series fall within the scope of this site? I'm not sure if the fact that bums are sentient and can function separately from the ...
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Is Zoolander sci-fi?

Do Zoolander and its sequel constitute as sci-fi? There are certainly strong elements of sci-fi, including: Zoolander using a psychic power to stopping a throwing star from killing the Prime ...
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Are release date questions still off-topic?

I was reviewing this question and it seems to me that this meta question should apply, and that the question would be off-topic as too localized. However, when trying to flag it as such, I found that ...
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When is science fiction existing?

I asked a question similar to this https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/34196/depth-of-an-inhabitable-shell-around-the-earth on the SF&F site. I deleted it because I didn't want to ...
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Are questions about Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" considered on-topic?

Are questions about Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" considered on-topic? While I wouldn't necessarily classify them as science fiction or fantasy, they do have some fantastical ...
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Are questions about on-topic organizations or outlets related to on-topic properties on-topic?

Sorry, I know that question is difficult to follow. The specific case I'm asking about would be about the history of the leadership (editting, hosting, and ownership) of the Escape Pod podcast. For ...
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Are "where to watch/read/buy" questions on topic, and if not, shouldn't that be mentioned in the FAQ? [duplicate]

A couple of hours ago I was the first to flag "What is the availability of full episodes of the Shannara Chronicles on the MTV website for non-MTV subscribers?" as off-topic. However, afterwards I ...
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Laine Liska’s—and everybody and their cousins’—attitude toward Star Wars

Inspired by What has been Harrison Ford's attitude toward Star Wars? and What has been Alec Guinness's attitude toward Star Wars? and Kenny Baker's attitude toward Star Wars Who can ever ...
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What should we do with a tag that's used only for questions closed as off-topic but not deleted?

I just discovered that we have a james-bond tag. This surprised me, as community consensus is that James Bond is off-topic. So I went to burninate the tag ... and discovered that it's used on two ...
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Are Easter Egg questions off topic?

There are at least 3 new questions related to Easter Eggs for The Force Awakens. What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?” What are the parallels between The ...
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Is "Man in the high castle" on topic?

I've not seen all of the series but from what I have seen nothing seems particularly fantastical or science-fiction-y, the premise is that somehow the Axis won the war and have dominated the world. I ...
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Are "does this appear in canon and if so, where" questions on-topic?

I have recently asked a few questions on Star Wars: Are old-order storm trooper helmets sight restrictive? Did any Jedi in the Old-Republic employ prostitutes The basic formatting of these ...
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Are Toy Story questions on-topic?

I've noticed there are a few Toy Story questions on the site. There are also the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 tags. Should they be closed for being off-topic? I fail to see how Toy Story is sci-fi or ...
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Are questions about Black Mirror on topic?

The TV series Black Mirror is, according to WikiPedia: (...) a British television anthology series (...) that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...
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Is the TV show "Gotham" on topic?

Is the TV show Gotham on topic? In season 1, only one episode contains material that is seriously sci-fi in nature, which according to current guidelines only makes that episode on-topic, not the ...
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Are questions about SF-related websites on topic?

We know that books, short stories, graphic novels, TV shows, movies, and computer games are on-topic. What about websites? Specifically, I was wondering about the history and etymology of ...
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Do we allow Fan Fictions? [duplicate]

I just stumbled upon a question tagged with hp-methods-of-rationality and I found that there are handful of questions on that tag. Do we allow Fan Fictions? If yes, can I discuss a fan fiction told ...
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Does sci-fi have extremely low standards for questions compared to other stackexchanges?

I have noticed recently that a lot of questions that get asked are extremely easily answered with 10 seconds of Google. Examples include: What horse or horses played Shadowfax? Who is the head of ...
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What's the reasoning behind suggested-order questions being on topic? Aren't they opinion-based?

Related: Acceptability of reading/viewing order questions The reason I ask is, I don't see how these suggested-order questions rise above the level beyond 'primarily opinion based'. The linked ...
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Can I ask a question about movies with a particular motive?

Would it be okay if I asked for examples of movies where there's the motive of learning more than human can normally take? I'm looking for movies like "Limitless" (NZT) or "Matrix" (human brain ...
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What is our actual policy on science questions?

One of the most contentious close reasons we have on the site is the one that designates real-world science questions as off-topic. The close reason is worded as follows: "Questions seeking ...
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Is the story-ID question that turned out to be about the Axe commercial, on-topic?

A user asked What movie are these gifs from? The answer revealed that they were from an Axe commercial. In it, we see a number of angels walking the street towards a young man who has apparently ...
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Is The Last Man on Earth on-topic?

Is The Last Man on Earth on-topic?
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Are detective stories a part of Science Fiction and fantasy site?

Can I include questions about detective stories in this site? If not, on which site can I post them?
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What horror works are on topic? [duplicate]

Certainly zombie-related works are on topic, for example the-walking-dead. I presume The Walking Dead is on-topic because the zombies are fantastical. Or if they weren't fantastical, the result of ...
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Can I ask a question about important story arcs?

I really want to start reading about New Genesis and Apokolips. Can I ask a question about what graphic novel(s) and/or story arcs I should read to get started?
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Why was the question about All Halo Books List (100702) closed again, after it was re-opened?

Ok, so the question, Is there a list of all Halo-related reading?, was closed and then re-opened, after a bit of discussions in the comments section. The question was then re-closed very soon after. ...
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Are we allowed to change our custom "off topic" VTC options?

According to this meta question, when the VTC options were being overhauled, we were asked to choose a maximum of three customized reasons for off topic VTCs. The options we have now are: Seeking ...
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Is a question that requires an associated chat for lengthy discussion on topic?

Specifically, I'm referencing this question: Which character from Star Trek (TNG era) "died" the most times?. Why I believe this question requires a lot of discussion Initially, I left a ...
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Are questions about Mission: Impossible on topic?

Today we have seen a couple of questions about the latest Mission: Impossible film, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. As a spy film, we have seen characters use gadgets and devices that do not ...
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Is Inside Out on-topic here?

There are at this time two questions about Inside Out (one directly about it, one relating it to Toy Story): Do Andy and Riley live in the same world? https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/93997/...
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When are we okay with multiple-questions-in-one?

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/96150/a-few-questions-on-sirius-black just came up on the Close Vote queue. Because it's asking several questions in one go, I VTCd as too broad. Since this ...
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Are questions about the backstory of a sci fi or fantasy Lego set on topic here?

Lego frequently comes out with various themed sets with science fiction or fantasy themes, often with a back story. An example would be the Mars Mission sets. As per the Brickipedia page: The ...
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Archer questions on topic?

The case for allowing questions about Archer: Cyborgs Space travel (occasional) Weird fantasy (as in illogical and unrealistic) timeline Futuristic weapons and technology (in occasional episodes) ...
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Gorilla vs. Shark - a Longer Explanation

An issues that has come up recently, that seems to recur every so often, is the question of what constitutes a "Gorilla vs. Shark" question on SF&F. We know such questions are off-topic, ...
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Rick and Morty questions on topic?

Once the second season starts, and we have more than 11 episodes to discuss, will Rick and Morty questions be on topic here? For those who don't know, Rick and Morty is a cartoon on Adult Swim, and ...
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Questions about books about fantasy books on topic?

I'm currently reading The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull, and I was wondering if questions related to this book, which is obviously about LotR, would be ...
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Are questions asking for the picture source of memes genuinely worthwhile?

Earlier today someone asked for the source of a picture of Captain Picard that is often used in memes. Besides the fact that this could have been easily solved by a simple Google search, is this ...
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Are Tintin questions on-topic?

I have a question about The Adventures of Tintin. Wikipedia says Its well-researched plots straddle a variety of genres: swashbuckling adventures with elements of fantasy, [...] But I'm not sure ...
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Is question 39423 (origin of "reaping" souls) on-topic?

I just got a vote to close as off-topic on this question with the following comment: I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's not about a fantasy or sci-fi character or plot ...
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Cross-canon comparisons are off topic?

Recently I was reading a flame war between two users, and I came across ...asking for a comparison between transport technologies from two different universes, which is off-topic and will be closed ...
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Is a list question within the scope of Sci-Fi SE if it is a relatively small pool of answers?

This question got put on hold recently as being too broad. I voted to have it put on hold, and I stand by it being too broad. The issue I have with this question is not that the number of answers ...
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Are the classical epics on topic? [duplicate]

Do the classical epics Iliad, Odyssey and the Aeneid come under the scope of SFF? And Metamorphoses, of course. They involve fantasy by today's standards, but does it make a difference whether they ...
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Is magic realism on topic?

I know that there are differences between fantasy and magic realism, but can I ask questions concerning specific works of magic realism here? The best place would be a Books/Literature SE site, but ...
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How should we handle questions that are about non-SF/F elements in a SF/F work?

The many meta questions regarding scope have quite firmly established that questions must be about a work that is related to sci-fi/fantasy. We have, however, seen dissenting opinion and behavior when ...
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Are wuxia (kung-fu) stories on-topic?

Wuxia is a genre of Chinese fiction about ancient martial arts heroes. The martial arts as depicted in these stories often allow their masters to achieve superhuman abilities. The most famous example (...
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Why was this questions closed as "Off-Topic"?

Why is Victor Creed's Hair black in "X-men Origins: Wolverine" This question was closed as off-topic. My question is why? I want someone, maybe the people that closed it, to explain why ...
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Is it on-topic to ask "what are some of the reasons the Star Wars prequels are greatly disliked by the older fanbase?"

I never understood what's wrong with the prequels, and I'd like to find out.
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Is Animal Farm on-topic?

Is George Orwell's Animal Farm on topic here? It is clearly not Sci-Fi but could we consider it Fantasy? I'm going to add my own for and against answers for voting, but of course that doesn't ...

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