Questions tagged [alternate-worlds]

For questions about worlds other than Earth that are significantly different. This could be a water, ice, barren or other planet. For questions about planets similar to Earth with specific differences use the *earth-like* tag.

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Recommended Space Simulator? [closed]

Call this the equivalent of the map simulator, only for space. Does such an animal even exist? Finding downloadable map resources is easy. This, not so much. I'm essentially looking for a ...
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Geothermal vents as main source of heat in atmosphere

On Earth, there are geothermal vents - heat coming from underground vents that support life at the bottom of the ocean where the sun cannot reach. My question is, would this be possible to support ...
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Our Earth is a Magic Sink-Hole. What follows?

This Earth does not have magic that can be directed by people to their own desires. It follows low-level laws of physics with exceptions detailed below. Rather, some other parallel reality has magic ...
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The Rocky Road of Life for Rocks

Back in highschool I had a teacher who was adamant that rocks were alive; stating things like "They reproduce when you break them". They might have been a bit on the "outthere" side, but I was ...
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Universe in which there is quantized rest mass?

I was thinking of a universe in which rest mass like spin, and electrical charge is quantized. In this hypothetical universe elementary particles could have an intrinsic/quantized rest mass so long ...
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Creating a planetary system that can support six different types of biochemistry

First type - Fluorosilicones in Fluorosilicones, 400° to 500° C Second type - Fluorocarbons in Molten Sulfur, 113° to 445° C Third type - Proteins in Water, 0° to 100° C Fourth type - Proteins ...
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Rapid healing magic causes long-term illness later - effects on society

I'm building a world where a small subset of the population have the ability to induce rapid healing (potentially capable of sealing a large wound in seconds) by encouraging rapid cell growth. ...
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No sunlight, just high-energy radiation?

Is it possible for a planet to have very little visible-light energy and receive enough energy to support life from ionising radiation? Dim light, including starlight and ionized-air glow is ...
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Is it possible to build a floating air city with today's technology? [duplicate]

Today we face a major problem which is overpopulation, and all the governments around the world are working together to find a solution to this problem before it's too late. Luckily one of our ...
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A planet with a different water:land ratio and [closed]

I'm drafting a world for my first fantasy series and I am using human beings as the main species. Would there be any issue with people being trapped on a planet for a long period of time without ...
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Nitpicking a Multiverse [closed]

Let's say that there was a god attempting to create a multiverse to the specifications of a certain sci-fi horror cartoon ( rick and morty ) , but just the basic outlines. Which competing scientific ...
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Platformer Planet: what could cause floating land and wingless flying creatures?

You have undoubtedly played them. Games with floating land and platforms, "falling out of the world", high jumping, floating and slowly revolving objects, and wingless flying enemies. Question: What ...
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Modern Warfare in a Super Mario Alternate Reality

As a little side project I'm creating an alternate reality where our world ends up as a Super Mario-esque 3D game world, complete with the video game style physics and nuances of the game. As our ...
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A World of Low-Tech Critters

So, I'm writing a fanfiction; I don't know if this is a shunned topic here, but I'm asking anyway. In this fanfiction, a human finds himself in the Redwall universe, equipped only with a duffel bag ...
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Can I just stack the Earth?

We live on this sphere of matter, and most people are content with that. However, it is really inefficient! A sphere is the shape with a minimal surface area compared to its volume, so assembling the ...
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Alien Papers — how would someone from another reality use *their* native documents to function in our reality?

Related to this question, which deals with the no-papers visitors. However, in my case, instead of a character with no paperwork whatsoever -- we're dealing with someone from an alternate reality who ...
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Is the human bias in fictional universes a best-practice or a lack of imagination?

In most sci-fi literature, the 'human bias' is very visible in every aspect of fictional universes. Here are some examples. Future technology is just a modified version of today's items. In 2001, a ...
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Would a world leaning towards technocracy be more “advanced”?

Back on the Earth, or in the West at least, we think of democracy as the ultimate political regime. Revolutions demand its establishment and some countries even add 'democratic' to their names (e.g.: ...
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What naming conventions could we use for a person based on time of origin?

So typically in a three - dimensional setting we tend to refer to people by their geographical point of origin (eg, Americans, Asians, even Jovians if we want to leave Earth). My question is, what ...
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Everyone has two right hands [closed]

What would differ in a world where everyone has two right hands (i.e. the orientation of left hands is reversed)? I'm most interested in how this would impact everyday life (social interactions, work ...
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An Earlier Pleistocene = Mass Extinction?

Five million years ago, the warm Miocene gradually descended into the cool Pliocene before dropping into the frigid Pleistocene. Such a change in temperature was so gradual that life went on without a ...
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The neverending winter

In a story I am working on the entire earth has fallen into winter that; exists in the same level and temperature all over earth and never ends. The top scientists around the world have been trying to ...
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Being the Warden to the Correctional Prison Planet called Slearth, What types of rules would you regulate? [closed]

What rules would you inforce to have total control of Slearth inmates? What privileges would you give the inmates of Slearth to keep them at ease? Would you just enforce medication to all Slearth ...
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How much United States military power depends on the West Coast and Pacific territories?

Let's say West Coast states, Hawaii, etc., are not a part of United States. Maybe California still belongs to Mexico and Hawaii is an independent kingdom. Doesn't really matter. My question is, how ...
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Dragon evolving from humanoid: Ice dragon

On an Earth-like planet, there were humanoids. They themselves evolved from reptiles. Now, this is happening in reverse. That is humanoids are turning into reptiles. But not your ordinary reptile. The ...
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What would humans look like if they had evolved to live in Russia [closed]

Let us assume that the ancestor of the first animal of the Homo genus (Homo Erectus) was transported to what would now be Moscow. They should be hairy enough to survive(unless they already have ...
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From where will Santa deliver after North Pole melts?

I know that Global Warming is controversial topic, so for scope of this question please accept below statements as facts. (And if you have hard time accepting them, just assume alternate Earth): By ...
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What If We Had More Iron?

Back home, 84% of Earth's core is iron, one of the most abundant elements in the cosmos. We have used it for many purposes in the 6,000 years of human history, from the heads of arrows and spears to ...
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One day, China suddenly stops all exports. What happens to the world economy?

I am more curious about the immediate effects on local and global socio-economics rather than the likelihood of the rest of the world declaring war on China or were the other countries would get their ...
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What would happen if everyone in the world desired equally to start a business?

Consider the following concept: Everyone in the world is naturally a hard worker. Everyone in the world is naturally of equal intelligence. Everyone in the world receives equal educational ...
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Flat world and water

If the Earth had no mountains or valleys (if the world were flat) would it be covered in water? So basically, is the mean height of the total surface area of the world (without counting the water, ...
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How does Santa keep the elves from revolting?

As it's that time of year I thought I'd do a Christmas themed question that is a big problem for the old man up north; Why don't the elves rise up and kill Santa? First let us consider the horrible ...
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How to accomplish planetary independence

Inspired by this question: How many of a Typical Sci Fi Army would you need to take a planet? Let's have a Galactic Empire which spans the galaxy. The Empire is ruled by The Emperor from one central ...
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Could a habitable planet form with no major bodies of water?

In the book Dune by Frank Herbert. Arrakis is a desolate planet composed entirely of deserts. Water is a precious commodity due to its rarity. The Fremen have found ways to live on its surface, ...
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What would have the impact been on WWII had Germany had a more sizable U-Boat fleet at the start?

From Wikipedia: At the outbreak of war, the Kriegsmarine had a relatively small fleet of 57 submarines It took the allies until middle of 1943 to gain an upper hand against the German u-boats. The ...
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Where to hide the Illuminati?

Go to the kitchen, open your baking utensils and make yourself a tinfoil hat. Put it on your head before continuing to read this question. Done? Ok: Let's have an alternate Earth where The Illuminati ...
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Polar Solar: A world on its side

I am working on a world and I have run into a minor roadblock. The world is altered such that one of its polar regions is constantly facing the sun and the other is always facing away. I figure that ...
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Can humanity discover Monsters world?

Recent favorite fairy tale of my family is Pixar's classic: Monsters Inc. After watching it for millionth time, I have a question: Would we be able to discover that there is "Monsters world"? For ...
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Liquid universe: The beginning

The current Underwater tag challenge gave me an idea: What if the whole universe were actually liquid? To elaborate: How can a liquid universe come to life? Ultimately, I want to have a universe ...
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with $2million what kind of survival kit would you bring to a prehistoric earth like medieval world with dragons, dinosaurs and uneducated populace? [closed]

what items would you bring with you to another world with the budget of 2million dollars. You were given the information that they are not technologically advance and they have magic. On top of it ...
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Results of Pangaea

I have a parallel universe very similar to Earth but with a society with the technological level of Europe during the Middle Ages. I want this parallel Earth to be one big continent, one giant land ...
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Psychological effects of a “normal” human in a fantasy setting

I'm working on a deconstruction of a high fantasy setting. The plot starts with a female protagonist being forcibly summoned into said setting with few to none of her memories. The world is ...
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Corporations becoming actual humans [closed]

In real life, corporations are already considered juridical persons for legal purposes. But in my world they have started to spontaneously become actual, physical or natural humans. This means no ...
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How would society be different if humans possessed a heat cycle?

Primate evolution has led to the loss of a heat cycle. This has allowed us to have children at any time of the year. But imagine a world where humans never gained that ability, perhaps even evolving ...
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Could cosmic background radiation be used as a means of cataloging parallel universes?

In a situation where you have people traveling between parallel Earths, where they dropped in with little ability to tell which Earth they are on, could checking cosmic background radiation be a ...
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Is waterwalking possible?

I am working on a world situated on the Earth. There is normal gravity, normal conditions of living - normal everything, except the human population itself. The situation: Humanity as a species ...
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What would bat houses look like? [closed]

In This Question we discussed how likely bats are to become sapient. Lets assume that they could. They would weigh at most 150 lbs and would look much like flying foxes. Assuming they could evolve ...
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Building a Megalodon proof boat

A Megalodon was an ancestor of modern great white sharks. With the difference that it could have killed and eaten whales without worry of injury. It is believed that these creatures went extinct ...
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What would humans look like if their evolution had been slower?

Context God games are organised, in which a hundred immortals participate. Every "God" is given an alternate dimension. These dimensions are all identical and contain an Earth where Humans didn't yet ...
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What are some questions I should be asking myself? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the process of writing my first novel and have started to work on world building. Since I am new I'm not sure where to start. I was hoping you guys could help me by posting questions ...

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