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I'm stranded on an alien planet. How can I tell what's good to eat?

Survivor, Season 435 (teaser trailer): The holocamera pans over the night sky, revealing an utterly unfamiliar set of constellations. A blur, familiar to viewers, starts to disturb the seeming peace ...
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Where in the solar system is the most viable place to put my colonists, after Mars and Luna?

Mars and Earth's moon already feature in a lot of fiction about space colonization. After these two planets, and assuming that other solar systems are too far away, what is the best place within this ...
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Motivations for interstellar colonizations

Question is ultimately asking why would we do this? A few parameters first... Technological: Our current knowledge of physics is correct and there is no such thing as faster than light travel, nor ...
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What technical expertise would be required to create a sustainable colony?

A ship is sent through a wormhole to an unknown planet to create a sustainable colony. The colonists know that they won't have further contact with their home planet - this is a last ditch effort to ...
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A city to last ten million years: Construction

In the future, a high-tech human civilization has colonised a distant planet. The planet is basically Earthlike in gravity, climate, terrain and vegetation. They want to build Forevertown: A city with ...
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Planetary colonization by a female crew

I'm working on a planetary colonization story where a crew of 36 women are sent to populate an earth-like planet. The crew takes with them the tools needed to survive the first years. Enough to build ...
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Colonizing a fresh Earth : where to place the first settlements?

Context A God contest is organized. Each participants starts with a human-free alternate Earth and a certain amount of god-credits to buy humans and supplies. Some Gods used a big part of their ...
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Could a Megacity be a Penal Colony?

This question is inspired by a premise from the video game Batman: Arkham City, in which a portion of Gotham City has been closed down by the public to be reserved for prisoners from such places as ...
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How to blanket moon with a permanent atmosphere?

There exist numerous theories on why the Moon lacks a layer of air if any, however the main culprits are gravity and the lack of Geo-dynamo simply put the Moon does not have the necessary mass nor the ...
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Could the Romans have colonised the New World?

The question of whether the Romans could have crossed the Atlantic in a storm has already been answered and the answer seems to be: yes but unlikely. Could the Romans have crossed the Atlantic in a ...
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A city to last ten million years: Location

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Second question: What would be the best choice of site on the planet's surface? Assume the planet is more or less Earthlike in its ...
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Interstellar commerce: why would planets be valuable?

The Background: I am going to be asking a series of questions that will be relevant to forming some sort of a picture of human space commerce. Let's say that Earth-based human civilizations have ...
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How long would a Martian colony take to gain independence?

Assuming only plausible advancements in science, a Martian colony is established before the end of the century. (Sooner if possible). What materials would be needed in regular shipments from Earth? ...
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Colonizing the galaxy by slow boating reality check

Humans like to explore and seem to have an almost instinctual need to expand. After spreading throughout the solar system and even into the Oort Cloud they decided that humanity should follow the ...
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How long would it take to terraform a lifeless but somewhat earthlike planet using bacteria, fungus, seeds and eggs?

What are realistic time-schedule expectations for far-future terraforming and developing earth-like plant and animal/fish/bird populations on distant planets, by means of robotic space probes with "...
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What are the most important raw resources for a human colony?

I'm working on colony development. The word is similar to the earth around 5000–4000 B.C. and humans basically known how to hunt, farm, build houses/structures and share their knowledge between ...
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A city to last ten million years: Maintenance

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Third question on Forevertown: What are the key issues for maintaining the physical infrastructure of a low-tech city over ten ...
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What are the minimum local environment requirements for a human colony?

In a new self-sufficient human colony, what are the minimum requirements of the local environment (i.e. what resources would it need) for long-term survival? Let's suppose that the colony land on ...
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For how long can I hide the discovery of a new continent?

I've got a late middle-age like world, with a situation similar to Europe/America: one continent has a technological advance, and enough sailing skills to discover the other continent. The incentive ...
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What would the fastest way for microscopic humanoids to spread across the world?

As part of a series of questions that I've been doing about microscopic humanoids ... In my world, there are a race of microscopic humanoid organisms (0.3 mm - 0.33 mm). They live in a variety of ...
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An Earth-like planet is found in another solar system. What are the top priorities after landing in order to create a self-sustaining colony?

Set in the not so distant future, we find a habitable planet very much like our own. The only downside is that it's around 500 years of travel with our current technological capabilities. We have to ...
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Making a Planet Seem Uninhabitable

How can I make it so that an otherwise colonizable planet (or moon) can (entirely naturally) seem uninhabitable from a certain point on its surface? Background: There are a series of immovable gates ...
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Why would a sleeper ship be designed to only wake one person in case of emergency?

Starliners are huge colony ships. They carry enough equipment, building materials, embryos, colonists and nutrient rich rations to permanently establish a sizeable colony on a far-flung world. ...
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What are the most important factors that determine the balance of power between kings and nobles and merchants?

I am writing a fantasy world with post-medieval technology. Instead of just standard feudalism, I want mercantilism or capitalism to play at least some role in the power dynamics. I am thinking about ...
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Would a civilization that is trying to colonize a landless world be able to do so?

Would a civilization that is trying to permanently colonize a landless world with no atmosphere (think Europa's sea) be able to do so? Permanence matters - it means you can't simply build domes that ...
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Could you live in underground lava tubes on Venus?

In approximately 50 years, NASA and many other international space agencies collaborate to create a cloud top base on Venus. The astro-geographers on the station (aka the loser's club) want to go to ...
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Building a Base on the surface of a planet like Venus

I know living on Venus would be virtually impossible for us now. But I'm trying to picture what life would be like on the surface of such a world, and how advanced in technology a species would have ...
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How big a population can the solar system support considering only power and living space?

The average power utilization per person is 1 Megawatt. The average living space is 1000 cubic meters per person. The average total mass in use by a person is 1000 tons. Assumptions Solar power ...
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Could Mars-colonized humans survive a return to Earth?

Mars' gravity is 38% of that of Earth's. Supposing a human born and raised on a Mars colony traveled to earth later in their life, would they be able to survive the increased gravity? ...
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Death from old age stopped, with expansion to new worlds to handle population growth

One of the biggest 'immortality sucks' issues has always been the question of what to do with the new people being born. Without death, a world's limited resources can't keep up with a never ending ...
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How fast would a civilization with FTL spread out?

Let's say that a civilization has access to FTL. Let's say it is instantaneous so travel time between solar systems isn't a factor. How long would it take for them to spread out from their home solar ...
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Terraforming a low oxygen Earth-like planet

My colonists have been terraforming a planet for centuries. They chose this exo-planet for its many earth-like qualities (size, gravity, Goldilocks zone, volcanos, similar sun). However, it is like ...
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What average percentage of settlers is required to ensure the supply of food?

In a world similar to the earth, a new colony (let's say 1000 settlers) is installed in a wild environment without any other colonies around them (i. e. no commercial routes). The technology ...
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How to fly around the Martian thin layer of sky without burning holes in our pockets?

In the late 21st century C.E. total human population on the Martian soil reaches 5 millions with the majority inbred. They are scattered across the red planet living in football field sized domes and ...
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How long might it take a new planetary colony to achieve technological parity with their starting civilization?

So, given the following assumptions and starting criteria: The colony ship comes from a human culture that is about 100 years advanced from the present. The amount of initial colonists are around 5,...
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Planetary immolation

I am working on a book that features a form of "colonization" by destroying all life on a planet by basically doing on a large scale of what a "fuel-air-bomb" does. My question is what would be the ...
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Baby defects: Complicated system

On the generation ship in one of my stories and possibly more, there exists a positive relationship between the egg laying humanoid aliens who have an egg pouch on their chest and the humans they are ...
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How many people would it take to repopulate the Earth? How large would the population get before degradation? [closed]

I'm wondering how many people it would take to start a new civilization. I'm thinking generally speaking in the following scenarios: Scenario A) A group of people are exiled from their home. They are ...
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How can lower gravity affect evolution? [closed]

I am thinking of evolution of human beings as a species. If we were to stablish a colony on, for example, Mars, how would the lower gravity affect future generations of humans living there? Is there ...