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Alternative for magnetic boots

In many sci-fi settings magnetic boots are used to help astronauts walk in microgravity. However, not all materials are ferromagnetic. Titanium, aluminum, the most form of carbon and silica can not be ...
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In a world where owning a cryosuit is necessary for day-to-day life, how would its expenses be handled?

For context, this world has an "integrated" colony that is composed of humans and aliens; the aliens live at temperatures as low as -182.8 C. As a result, humans cannot stay alive in the cryogenic ...
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What color dyes would be available to the average person in a medieval world?

I am a farmer or perhaps a slightly successful merchant in a medieval world. What types of clothes dye would be available to me? Purple is often discussed but would only be available to the wealthy, ...
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How could a cold weather creature survive in a hot climate?

I was thinking about how one of the reasons humans have been so successful is that we can adapt to live almost anywhere. A big part of this is that we can put on more clothes when it's cold, and take ...
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Making a skin suit from scratch [closed]

A theme I see in a lot of twisted horror movies is the idea of wearing somebody’s skin and while this is sick and twisted, I am also sick and twisted, so I went to the drawing board with the hope of ...
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Proper clothes for inhabitants of a planet of hats

Defining trope: government enforcing clothes to being ultra-practical and possibly not wasteful Setting: rebuilt post apocalypse Climate: temperate, with capitol that thanks to good metro and ...
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Fresh threads, Expired people: How to make long lasting cloths

There are many surviving pieces of clothing from hundreds of years ago, for example, there was a news story about a 500 year old incan girl that was preserved http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/...
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New tech, old clothes

I have noticed through several science fiction series that there are those who travel on spaceships with advanced technology yet their clothes are anachronistic Example: The questions Is it ...
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Why do people in Cryogenic sleep not wear clothes?

In a lot of science-fiction stories, there are people who hibernate of sorts in cryosleep. Basically something like the person's body is stored in a container which is then chilled at really really ...
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Would humanoids with fur be offended by fur clothing?

One of the races in my world is a fox-people. They are basically small humanoids with a few vulpine features, including ears and a tail. They live primarily in a sub-arctic climate, where their ...
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A Culture Run by Spider Silk

Before I press on the question, there are couple of things that need clearing up. The only reason that the silk that dominated Chinese culture comes from silkworms is that the caterpillars are herd ...
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How could royals walk in order to wear out shoes to prove they could afford it?

I’m looking at ways the nobility of my world could go about displaying their wealth and it occurred to me that they might intentionally adopt a way of walking that would wear out the soles of their ...
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Heat-absorbing species maintaining ideal body temperature [closed]

How would an otherwise human species' society or behavior differ if they were heat-absorbing* (not 'cold blooded' like reptiles) as opposed to producing heat, and they also require lower resting ...
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What would pants that cover all four legs of a centaur look like?

Centaurs are amongst us in modern-day society, but for the sake of decency they wear pants when in public. Whether or not a person, whether they are horse from the waist down or not, does so in ...
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What would people on multi-generational ships wear?

Conventional materials used in today's textile industry are not sustainable. But 'natural' materials (silk, cotton, ...) and synthetic (polyester, ...) require a lot of resources to produce and then ...
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What would make good clothing for an underwater species?

A soft and vulnerable intelligent underwater species, you can consider them closely related to Earth's octopus - in the way chimps are closely related to humans. Consider that clothing is often worn ...
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best wardrobe for a time traveler [closed]

I am a (male) time traveler who would like to pack a single suitcase with enough outfits to be inconspicuous in as many (past) eras as possible. What should I pack?
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Why do only clothes stay in an animal transformation?

I have a race in my world that has the ability to transform into animals at will. For reasons of practicality, the animals do not wear clothes and the clothes disappear during transformation. For ...
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Windscreen wipers for atmosphere suits?

Science fiction often depicts humans visiting alien planets which have unbreathable atmospheres. No problem; they are shown wearing atmosphere suits including a helmet with a transparent visor/...
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How to know realistic fictional body measures?

When creating humanoid races or species or just normal individuals, I sometimes want to describe a certain body measure and thus have to estimate a reasonable value. How do you do that? Are there ...
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What kind of attire would covert ops actually wear?

Watching modern Hollywood movies, one would think covert ops agents (especially women) all wear some sort of skintight latex or leather uniform when they're on some mission to sneak around. I highly ...
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Leg- and footwear for cybernetic soldiers

So, I have a world and cybernetics are common, but I might have a little bit of a "dumb" question. The cybernetics are often used in military settings (you have commando units of people with ...
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Future of clothing [closed]

Considering how drastic our clothing has changed over time, how might a distant (let's say 50 years) society dress? I know that our tastes in clothing have changed, but that is much harder to predict. ...
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How would I limit the amount of magical bling a person could wear?

So, in my setting, there are magical weapons, armor, tools, and jewelry. They are quite the standard fare, ranging from swords that can cut better to amulets that let you breath underwater and the ...
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Dwarven Clothing - Metal Only is uncomfortable, Cotton could be Deadly

In my setting, I have reasonably traditional Dwarves and Elves. The Dwarves magic allows them to control metals, earth, and other non living constructs. The Elves can control non sentient living ...
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How would society be different if humans possesed natural fur covering?

Humans' evolution has led to the loss of most body hair, which the NY Times article Why Humans and Their Fur Parted Ways covers fairly well. Among the theories: Humans went through a semi-aquatic ...
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What's the point of clothes?

I'm developing a world with many different races, many of whom live in relative isolation. I'm trying to understand how the fashion of each cultures/species would evolve. In our world we're obsessed ...

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