Questions tagged [post-apocalypse]

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Game theory solution for HAM radio users during apocalypse [closed]

Premise Consider the cult classic scene of a zombie apocalypse where pockets of survivors are reconnecting over radio channels. One party claims to offer salvation, drawing in small groups of ...
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It's 400 years from now. Humanity is 99% gone. Which man-made structures would remain? [closed]

I'm Derek B. Miller. I'm the author of Norwegian by Night, The Girl in Green, and American by Day. I have a forthcoming sci-fi novel called RADIO LIFE being released in autumn, 2020. I am already ...
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What do you call a society after it collapses to a certain degree? [closed]

I've been thinking about phrases like "a post-apocalyptic society", "a stone-age society", "bombed back to the stone age", etc. I've also been wondering how these terms apply to First World, Second ...
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Is it a good idea to build floating city on water?

Let's say in a post-apocalyptic flooded Earth, the land is becoming more crowded and more scarce as the sea levels rise. So a countries government decides to build a floating city that expands ...
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Is popping corn still viable as seed stock? [closed]

In a very near-future (as in, assume no spectacular technological advances or changes to society) post-apocalyptic situation, would a group of survivors scavenging a store after all of the fresh ...
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One half of my population was eliminated. How do I restore them without causing havoc? [closed]

A few years back, the Evil Overlord magicked away half of the world population - they were effectively locked away in time, for all intents and purposes. Then, against all odds, the Super Team was ...
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How can leg amputation be done and how would the amputee recover in a post-apocalyptic world? (50 years after our current time)

I am writing a story where my main character and her friend gets transported to a post-apocalyptic future that takes place 50 years after the time period they lived in. She eventually gets her leg ...
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Which human-made monuments would still be standing thousands of years after an apocalyptic event? [duplicate]

It has been several thousand years since an apocalypse happened. The cause was some kind of explosion, be it nukes or a extinction-event meteor. Humans have persisted, as they do, and have effectively ...
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What is a possible future weapon of mass destruction? [closed]

Instead of using nuclear weapons as a cause of an early civilization collapse (I feel like that's too generic), what are some alternative weapons that could trigger the start of a new era?
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To what extent would a 21st Century Industrial power collapse under an airborne HIV-like virus? [closed]

In an alternate 21st Century Earth, an airborne strain of HIV, or a brand new airborne virus that causes the same symptoms of HIV evolves. The new Super-HIV virus retains the ability to transmit by ...
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Land and sea are infested by giant carnivourous squid/crab things. How do I survive? [closed]

So, recently, a bunch of Kraken eggs have hatched, bringing them back form a few centuries of extinction for unknown reasons. Also, turns out that when their sea-based population gets too high, some ...
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How much “value” would someone able to make certain commodities have in a post-apocalyptic world?

I'm still unsure how much technology will be available in this world, I don't know if there will be "pockets of working grids", if people can only get energy from generators(which also adds the ...
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How plausible would it be for post-apocalyptic survivors to develop a mass psychosis/culture bound syndrome of seeing ghosts?

Some kind of WW3/resource war event happens. The majority of human beings (definately over 90%, so billions) are killed by a series of bioweapon diseases used by both sides or die in the ensuing ...
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In an Earth with massively spiked CO2 content, how might survivors set about reducing that content?

Some cataclysmic event has transpired on planet Earth in the not-too-distant-future, and the outside air is now thick with CO2, causing all of the problems that come with it. Human beings can no ...
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Post- Nuclear Holocaust. Radioactive wastelands vs eco-system and chances of human survivability?

I'm attempting to flesh out the history to a sci-fi novel I'm currently writing, which is set in the future. Several hundred years prior to the beginning of the story, lack of resources lead to ...
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Need a North American location with a large city and whitewater river for post-apocalyptic fiction

My story has several key locations that I would like to ground in a real place in North America. It takes place 50-60 years in the future after 97% of humanity has been wiped out. I'm having a hell of ...
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Realistic powers in an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic setting

In most apocalyptic settings(specially those with a zombie-kind of plague) the main character(s) only have very mundane means to deal with their problems and those always have a catch: any gun they ...
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How long would a medium sized city last if transplanted to another world?

I'm creating a story where a couple of cities across the globe have been transplanted into a different world. About a five mile sphere around a centered point in a city has been taken. They are neatly ...
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Can this underground culture survive for 200 years

I have a underground culture that has been cut off from the surface for near on 200 years, and I am trying to understand what issues will I need to cover and am most likely to run into for there ...
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How to cross the Atlantic in a post-apocalyptic world [closed]

A small group of people in the UK survived a global apocalypse. They have access to the remain stock piles of gasoline, kerosine, food, and clean water, and pharmaceuticals. And, have access to ...
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Would sea levels drop in a Younger Dryas-type event?

I was imagining a sort of post-apocalyptic/collapse setting, where a few centuries of climate catastrophes brought on by climate change cause essentially your general end of the world as we know it ...
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What would be a reason for taking over the Washington Space Needle in a Post apocalyptic world battle [closed]

In the last battle of a story I am working on the last battle to be over the Space needle in Seattle Washington and I need a strategic reason why... The Set up: Two groups are fighting over the Space ...
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Places LEAST likely to be looted in an Apocalypse [closed]

In an pist appacolyptic earth quake zombie infection, what places that might be over looked in the first 3 week by looters and survivors? Big places such as Walmarts and Costco's are bound to be ...
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How long until land life can return after the impact?

So, it finally happened. The Earth was hit by a comet, and anyone outside of a research station at the bottom of the Atlantic is now dead, or dying. So, here's what we need to know: How big would a ...
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Manners Maketh Man

Working on the art book for my post apocalyptic world building project I got used to accompanying the introduction of each character or topic with a quote to set the mood and to emphasize how little (...
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Why there are messed up teens in a world where everyone can be designed to be perfect

I have a book where in the future a sterility disease spreads across the world making people unable to have children. Then, a company rises to power and using CRISPR are able to make babies again. ...
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What are the effects of firing a gun in a small stairwell [closed]

In a scene in my book I'm thinking of having a character shooting a zombie at point blank range, while they are in a really narrow stairwell. What are the effects of a gunshot in such a small space?
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How to make vehicular combat viable in a Post Apocalyptic world?

I want to create a Mad-Max-esque post apocalyptic setting. Unfortunately after a bit of looking into this, there is one massive issue with the idea of lots of maniacs tearing across the barren ...
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What disaster could wipe out civilisation worldwide, but allow for immediate rebuilding? What would be the side effects?

For a story I have, modern civilisation must be destroyed by a worldwide disaster. The objective is roughly something that: Could be man-made or aided (if not now, maybe in the future) Decimates, ...
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Would it be realistic for horses (whether naturally or from man) to make their way south to post apocalyptic New Orleans?

I want the majority of the population of New Orleans to ride on horseback instead of cars or gasoline-fueled land vehicles, but would it make sense for traders from the North to breed horses and bring ...
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What would be the most effective way for a parasitic alien lifeform to spread and grow on a post-apocalyptic Earth?

The background is that Earth is the victim of a massive comet strike, that wipes out a large portion of humanity (let's say 80-90%). Let's say that the comet was carrying an alien parasite that's a ...
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What is the most REALISTIC cause of a worldwide catastrophe/apocalypse in the near future? (next ~100 years) [closed]

Trying to figure out a post-apocalyptic scenario and looking to stay somewhat within the realm of possibility. Given how tech levels MIGHT be in a 50 years, what would you say would be the most likely ...
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Could an American state survive nuclear war?

In a timeline where the USSR didn't collapse and the Cold War escalated into a full-blown nuclear conflict sometime around the year 2100, the world is left utterly devastated. Both the Soviet Union (...
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What are some occupations that would exist in a small settlement in a post-apocalyptic world where going outside would not be a requirement?

Let's say it was a nuclear holocaust and billions died. The setting is the US so distances are large - people are very far spread apart. There are bigger settlements/cities but for our purposes we'll ...
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How could a bioweapon designed for warfare go wrong and kill billions, and have additional side effects? [closed]

In the 22nd century, the major world powers are at each other's throats, fighting over dwindling resources and territories. One of the sides develops a biological weapon, let's say a virus, to be ...
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A plausible reason for an alien race to attack Earth and lead to a post-apocalyptic setting [closed]

My current story is post-apocalyptic, but instead of a virus/asteroid/zombies, I'm going for an alien-caused catastrophe. The setting is a future Earth affected by depleted resources, climate change ...
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How to safely construct deep underground harbors on a Snowball Earth?

A radical shift in the Earth's orbit has made the Earth much colder, with all the oceans freezing over, and the atmosphere liquifying and falling as rain. Humans live deep underground in areas of high ...
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What reason would a hidden, deep ocean society have to come up to the surface of a post-apocalyptic Earth and claim the land for themselves?

This is strictly Earth based. Would it be possible for a society to develop their own civilization underwater (nothing fantastical like Aquaman or whatever, but more of a grimy, hardscrabble existence ...
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Can You Protect Yourself From Spores With A Bandana?

Currently I'm working on a project where there's a zombie plague going on that's transmitted through spores (for reference, it's basically like the infection from The Last of Us). I was wondering if ...
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What could potentially lead to a AI/robot-driven post-apocalyptic world?

Let's say that it's the 23rd century. Climate change has gotten worse and resources are dwindling to dangerously low levels. Coastal cities have flooded, displacing hundreds of millions of people ...
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Is this a plausible way for an alien organism to unwittingly cause a mass apocalypse on Earth?

It's around the mid-2300s. Earth is, to put it simply, in trouble. Climate change has resulted in flooding of major coastal cities, displacing billions, which ultimately led to widespread conflict and ...
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How big would an asteroid have to be to destroy 99.9% of the human population? How would the remaining survive? [closed]

Let's say that a mega-asteroid is heading towards Earth. I want it to destroy essentially the entire population except maybe a few million people around the world. Now, I know that for an asteroid of ...
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Is there a way the earth could be permanently without electronics? [duplicate]

I want a post apocalyptic earth setting, many thousands of years in the future where civilization has no ability to create electronics. I looked into emps, gamma rays, and solar bursts but nothing ...
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Given the materials of a nuclear reactor, what is the most effective body of water to threaten pollution on?

I have a colony of semi-post-apocalyptic survivors who have created a deterrence scenario involving their access to both a nuclear reactor and some body(s) of water. Ideally, I'd like the water to be ...
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Rapidly Spreading Disease Timeline - Fungus Based

I've been working on this concept where a deadly new fungus starts spreading from two central locations. One in Europe and one outside of a major city in the United States. Over the course of 16 days, ...
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How would falling buildings affect the earth?

So basically, humankind was t the pinnacle of technological greatness. We had a massive network of floating cities all around the globe. During "The Fall", all the massive spire-like buildings fell, ...
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How to protect these rhinos? [closed]

In my post-apocalyptic world, rhinos are used as beasts of burden. However, in order to survive harsh conditions and harsher predators, they need to have some sort of armor (natural or unnatural). ...
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Armor that is “good” but also weak in some way [closed]

In a setting where a people armed with guns and effective armor (of some sort), are engaged in a struggle against another people armed with primitive weapons and equivalent armor. By that, it's ...
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Wich knowledge would persevere in this post-apocalyptic world?

First of all: sorry for my english. I'm writing a post-apocalyptic book and I got some simple questions before I can finish shapping its world. In my fiction, the world fell apart (doesn't matter ...
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Indispensable tools for scavenging

In my world the „apocalypse“ dates back several decades and most people have settled down, the scavenging is left to professional adventurers who roam the less accessible and more dangerous ruins of a ...

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