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Human Survival on Alien Flora/Fauna [duplicate]

Allow me to pose yet another hypothetical. Your spaceship has crash-landed on an earth-like planet. The air is breathable. The gravity is a bearable 1.2 g. The planet is teeming with fauna and ...
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Prehistoric messages to the future

I'm one of the test subjects for a new device, capable of sending an individual back to any point in history. I've been told that - due to certain problems with the process - I'll arrive naked, and so ...
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Why would a civilisation choose to inhabit a single enormous vessel instead of maintaining interstellar colonies?

The setting: Very distant future, Earth is long gone/forgotten/just not around anymore. Humanity, whatever it may consist of (people, AI, something in-between) inhabits a single vast generation ship ...
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Is it a forgone conclusion that any exo-bacteria discovered on an alien, albeit Earth-like planet will be deadly to human life?

Would the discovery of alien bacteria found on even an Earth analog planet preclude the possibility of colonization due to the potentially deadly nature of bacterial/viral infections? Put differently, ...
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How to check what is edible on an alien world? [duplicate]

You've landed on another planet. There are some forms of plants and animals on this world but how do you know what is safe to eat? Obviously we went through this on earth, finding the right berries ...
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Can an Alien Breed With Earth Animals?

This is my first post here, but here we go: I have been creating an alien world for a while, and the sentient species on it is very canine-like. They have a canine body, legs, and head, and the only ...
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Compatible biochemistry, or not?

I showed a draft of a short story I wrote to some friends and got a very derisive comment from the chemist in the group. According to him the chemistry just isn't possible. I'd like a second ...
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What hardships would humans face colonizing a nearby habitable world

My story involves a groups of colonists from a near post-apocalyptic Earth settling on a nearby, newly discovered habitable world, each colony separated and unknown to the others initially. Throughout ...
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What would be the human physiological reaction to an alien biosphere?

This is the first question about colonizing an alien world; the second question on agriculture on this planet is here. So here's the idea: human beings travel to and land on an Earth-like world with ...
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Aliens visitors and disease?

If someone from our Earth- from, say, NYC or some other big city- ended up on Planet "Qwerty" for some reason or the other and bit someone in a no holds barred fight, would diseases transfer between ...
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Would Earth plants grow in an alien environment?

This is a second question about the same world described in this question about human reaction to an alien world. So here's the idea: human beings travel to and land on an Earth-like world with the ...
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What abilities might each member of a 4-person planetary recon craft have?

Scenario: A generation ship travels to a star system that has at least one planet that's believed to be potentially habitable and, therefore, a possible location for a colony. After sending some ...
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How can newborn babies survive without any adult human help in a new planet? [closed]

A few centuries from now, earth is doomed. To survive, humanity decides to send spaceships to the closest earth like planets. The trip will last centuries and is the last hope for humanity so multiple ...
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Why would aliens live on alien worlds? [closed]

A common idea in science fiction is one alien living on a different aliens world, yet this is done without mentioning the problems; Isolation, discrimination and the new world meeting your needs. ...
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What supplies would colonist need to take to another planet

Imagine humans discover FTL travel and they send a crew of 100 people: 1 captain 2 pilots 2 copilots 40 scientists/doctors 20 soldiers 30 engineers 5 robots What supplies would they bring with ...

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