Would aliens be able to create one using sufficiently advanced technology (perhaps sufficiently advanced biology or materials science) or could a kaiju that doesn't call the gravity-less vacuum of space home only exist because of magic? Is there ANY proposed theories or hypothetical future/alien technology that could plausibly explain the existence of kaiju? Or does the villainous square cube law continue to wresk havoc upon the dreams of innocent writers?

  • $\begingroup$ Check out Clarke's 3rd law. $\endgroup$
    – Borsunho
    Oct 24, 2016 at 0:35
  • $\begingroup$ I'm aware of Clarke's Third Law and I recognize the relevance of it, however I'm looking for answers that might plausibly explain kaiju using technology that doesn't exist yet, but which conceivably could. Rather than just wave my hands and say "MAGIC!" or "ALIENS!", I want an explanation that at least partially explains how such creatures might be possible using real, if slightly exaggerated, science. $\endgroup$ Oct 24, 2016 at 0:43
  • $\begingroup$ Cyborgs. Give 'em advanced materials (internally) for support and power (fusion reactors!), and you can move even a mass-y mostly-biological kaiju around... stomping humans and tanks like ants. Also, if you don't mind smaller ones, T.Rexes stomple pretty good. 2-ton lift strength even in those puny arms, iirc. $\endgroup$
    – anonymouse
    Oct 24, 2016 at 6:40

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If the kaiju is a construct built by the mass application of nanotech assemblers, then it may be built from any sufficiently strong material, and may superficially resemble any naturally-evolved and grown organism - or not, as its designers choose.

Nanoassemblers are currently science-fiction, but since the technology of automated assembly is advancing all the time, it is a logical extension of current technology that nanoassemblers might one day exist.

The question then becomes: How big could the kaiju be? See: How large a bioengineered mobile lifeform could exist on Earth?.

  • $\begingroup$ This is a very good answer for an un-answerable question. $\endgroup$
    – kingledion
    Oct 24, 2016 at 1:00
  • $\begingroup$ Sufficiently strong material. $\endgroup$
    – JDługosz
    Oct 24, 2016 at 1:41
  • $\begingroup$ Sufficiently strong biological material, that is. $\endgroup$
    – a4android
    Oct 24, 2016 at 11:19

Air composition.

There are two main places where the square-cube law hurts large creatures.

One is the problem of moving things around. How do you get nutrients and chemicals to different parts of the body? The problem shows up the fastest with oxygen, since that's needed for pretty much everything. If your leg isn't able to get oxygen, it won't be particularly useful. (This also applies to any other chemical replacing oxygen; I'm not aware of any hypothetical creatures which don't need to move reactive chemicals around their bodies.)

Humans use a centralized system, where there's one incredibly-complex system in the middle of the body (the heart and lungs) which sends oxygen everywhere else. But this gets more and more difficult as the body size increases, since that single pump is pushing more material over a greater distance.

One alternative is to use a distributed system: effectively, the different parts of your kaiju's body breathe separately. This is sort of what insects do, with gas exchange happening all throughout the body rather than in a central organ. However, this requires that the gas exchange mechanism be both simple (to allow for multiple instances in the body) and efficient (to actually work). In Earth's atmosphere, insect respiration is unable to support anything more than about 3cm across. But higher oxygen levels in prehistoric times made it significantly more efficient, allowing insects to grow significantly larger.

So if you increase the levels of oxygen (or whatever equivalent chemical) in the atmosphere, that makes one of the barriers easier to overcome.

The other problem is, plain and simple, support. Strength tends to grow as the square of length, while weight grows as the cube. So scaling something up directly would make it weaker and weaker.

But weight can also be offset by buoyancy. Sea animals on Earth can grow much larger than land animals, because the buoyant force of the water around them can offset their greater weight.

So if you could greatly increase the density of the atmosphere—by multiple orders of magnitude—that would provide somewhat more support for the kaiju's body.

However, at this point, your planet would look very different from Earth.

Completely changing the properties of air would affect human life tremendously as well: for one, in air dense enough to support kaiju, you could effectively "fly" or "swim" in any direction.

So since you mention alien design, the best choice is probably to rely on a hypothetical future material being arbitrarily strong to support the skeleton, and hypothetical future power systems being arbitrarily effective to keep it all running.


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