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Questions tagged [science-fiction]

For questions relating to worlds with a setting of common science-fiction.

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What would be the impact on Titan, Saturn and the Solar system if aliens harvested as much hydrocarbons as possible from Saturn's moon?

The scenario Many science fiction novels are concerned with aliens visiting Earth, but what if aliens have no interest in Earth at all and yet they arrive at the Solar system for the sole purpose of ...
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Energy beam pierces 200m thick steel wall. What happens next?

With a powered-by-phlebotinum (ergo very handy, very powerful) rifle, I am able to shoot high-energy beams which, in turn, can pulverize anything in their path in a considerable radius. The beams can ...
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How to explain the presence of a dense debris field around Earth?

I'm creating a sci-fi world similar to ours roughly 50 years in the future. Unobtanium, a futuristic metal and fuel source, was discovered in 2020. Its broad utility led to rapid advances across all ...
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Derogatory Terms for Martian/Ceresian/Deimosian/etc [on hold]

What are some ideas, preferably based in clever word usage, puns, or some such, for derogatory terms or slurs (of varying intensity) for the inhabits of Mars/Ceres/Deimos/Venus/Jovian moons/other ...
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Do antenna farms on spacecraft make any sense or are they purely aesthetic?

Antenna farm as seen on the USS Sulaco from Aliens (1986) We often see menacing sharp communication spikes and clusters on spacecraft in movies, shows, games, and etc. It makes the ship look more ...
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Can my synthetic human grow?

I'm an advanced AI in far futuristic sci-fi setting. To give you the size of how advanced we are, I'll just drop here a short list of our accomplishments: We have discovered cold fission-reactors ...
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Bacteria microbiota and alteration to human biology [on hold]

So I am sure you know, microscopic life is all around, there's some in us even now, doing things to aid our body, there's more of them than there are human cells. However, I am not as informed as I ...
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Calendar dates on different planets

I have about five main planets in my fictional universe and like any planet, their days, months, and years are all different. Are there any problems that could mess the narrative up, since my ...
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Would it be possible to live on a yeast variant?

Would it be possible for a human to survive on a diet of modified yeast as seen in many fictional stories? Not necessarily be able to get perfect nutrition from, or live healthily on, but simply live ...
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Effect of nuclear fallout on glacial ice

I'm working on building a post nuclear war society in a nuclear winter where northern countries have risen to dominance through a combination of being non-primary targets in the nuclear war and having ...
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Could humans go from earth to an exoplanet 5 times the size of jupiter

If humans were to travel from earth to another planet that was an exoplanet 5 times the mass of Jupiter ("Rocky earth like planet"), would they be able to survive? Background: The planet I was ...
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Could a single person while amongst many slip into a parallel universe?

I’m trying to build a world for a short story where the protagonist increasingly finds truths in Fortean-type phenomena. He witnesses proof of mythical creatures, for example. He begins investigating ...
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How would Asiimov's “Three Laws of Robotics” be enforced effectively for robots built by private companies? [closed]

For a storytelling project, I'm trying to imagine a world in which fairly advanced, bipedal robots are being developed and produced by private companies. As these robots would be capable of easily ...
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How would one make a lion mount for a fantasy world? [duplicate]

In my fantasy world, magic, aliens and super technology all exist and so I figured it would be cool to add a type of lion or bears that are rideable. My questions are How big should they be? (...
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Ideas to nullify the gravity of a Neutron Star?

Hello everyone! I've been sitting here for the past hour extensively rewriting a setting because I ran into an issue with mapping. I had a setting built off the good 'ol concept of a dyson sphere ...
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Travelling the multiverse by accident? [closed]

As you've probably guessed, I have no idea how multiverses and parallel universes, or space-time travel, etc work. I don't know how Physics or Mathematics explains alternate universes. But, they are ...
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Metamorphosis Lycanthropy Part 2

If you notice the part two, yeah I had one before this. Please read it before reading this one: Metamorphosis Lycanthropy Edit: just figured out it was closed. Sigh . . . Edit 6 You have been ...
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Metamorphosis Lycanthropy [closed]

Edit 1.5 You are a biologist and have perfected a Werewolf Serum 6, a special virus that interacts with the brain and will make a human turn into a werewolf-like animal. The serum is created with ...
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Shrinking people and objects - what physics could accomplish this?

Popular science fiction is full of examples of people and objects being shrunk down to the size of insects or smaller. Let us assume that everything is shrunk. Thus an animal would still contain the ...
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How do I make a space battle both realistic, with physics in play such as no sound and weird motion, but also very epic and intense still?

I always wondered what it would look like for a Sci-Fi battle in space to occur if it were a bit more realistic. I don't plan to use any space fighters or anything like that, just big capital ships ...
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How do you non-catastrophically reduce the mass of the Sun by half?

In my previous question, I asked how much mass the Sun would have to lose in order for Saturn's orbital velocity to be its escape velocity. The answer proved to be somewhat unexpected - when the Sun ...
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Possible Villain motive for gaining omnipotence? [closed]

I've reached a dilemma regarding the motive of a villain I have recently created. I wanted to reach out to see if I can get any insight online to help me formulate ideas about it. Keep in mind that ...
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How can Ganymede have an Earth-like gravity without us having realized it?

Imagine a small primitive humanoid civilization that developed independently in caves under the surface of Ganymede. We can assume there's enough light that filters through the crystalline surface to ...
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The time it takes to advance a medieval period country to a spacefaring intergalactic country

The main character died, and they are transported into another world. Before they are sent by the deity to the other world, he is given overpowered skills. The main character is also given a game-like ...
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Might it be possible to work while sleeping without significant long term health complications?

One aspect of the world I'm conceptualizing is that some employees might opt to work while in a medically induced coma, or work at night while they sleep by using brain implants that induce a type of ...
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How to keep track of everything with an infinite-dimensional telepathic ability? [closed]

The ability to telepathically communicate with and control any of your infinite other-dimensional selves is rare, but exists! Rules for how this works: Although dimensions and possibilities are ...
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How can changing environments make my super-villain super-powered while causing chronic (extreme) pain? [closed]

I have a super-villain who is from another environment( e.g. aquatic, extra-terrestrial, extra-dimensional ( Bonus points for the least extreme from populous land-locked earth )) They are not a ...
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How would a life form conform their anatomy to fit whatever they wear?

In the sci-fi setting that I've had on the backburner for a while now, there is a species known as the Azmarans. They are a very socially adept species, between them having a rather communicative ...
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Capture a city of wild spirits by humans without an arms battle? They can be attracted to a vessel they will attach/feel drawn to and stop resisting [closed]

I need to attack a city under the control of evil spirits to take back control. Since the enemy are spirits, physical or arms warfare will not help. Since spirits are shown to exist, magic is ...
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What’s the ideal size for a human factory?

Context: The world has been in a world war lasting centuries. Casualty rates are through the roof and can’t be lowered. The warring countries' solution was to make human factories by incubating ...
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Terraformed planet orbiting a blue star

A planet was terraformed in humanity's distant past by technologically superior beings. The planet is very similar to Earth. I understand blue stars are highly radioactive and thus don't have real ...
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Is it dangerous for a ship's crew to get stranded in a nebula?

Some Context I'm creating a universe where humanity has reached the stars. They've colonized a few star systems and, obviously, FTL drives are a common thing. The part of the story I'm currently ...
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How do I retain national independence while also having a one world government?

So I am in a sci-fi world where I am trying to figure out a system of super-national and multi-national organizations that would retain the independence of nations while also defining how colonization,...
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Sending a large object at a small portal

Imagine a portal. This portal is two-dimensional and circular, with a diameter of one meter. It is completely above the ground. It leads from Planet A to a planet across the galaxy (Planet B) . An ...
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Pirates, IN THE SKY? [duplicate]

Alright so the basics here are pretty simple. I want to have pirates, but in the sky, pretty much what you expected from the title there. BUT, and it is a big one, there is this little problem I keep ...
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If antimatter were common starship fuel, what could prevent it from being commonly weaponized?

My scenario involves a high sci-fi setting, where starships are readily available to civilians with sufficient qualifications and money. Most civilians would not be fueling ships with antimatter ...
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Self-sustaining Mars colonization

Background A 100 years in the future Mars has been colonized, new settlers and resources arrive from earth every 26 months (when the planetary orbit lines up best) by first taking the space elevator ...
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Disease that targets only teenagers

Would it be possible to have a disease that only affected people in a certain age group, more specifically, teenagers? And what would the virus be targeting?
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How can I locate myself in a random point of space?

Some Context I'm creating a universe where humanity has reached the stars. They've colonized a few star systems and, obviously, FTL drives are a common thing. They basically jump you to another ...
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Non-nautical term for space marines [closed]

Many science fiction stories describe soldiers who perform spaceship boarding/defense or planetary invasions as "space marines." This is by analogy to modern marines who historically specialize in ...
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Biological bonding mechanism

I've been toying with the idea of a society with alternative forms of families or social structures. In one individuals of coming of age (socially imposed) or due to a biological necessity (...
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How to interface with beings in the galactic core?

Context: So assume there are an unknown number of near-omnipotent/omniscient beings who have been confirmed to live inside of an area of space called the Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN). To provide a ...
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Localized manipulation of the speed of light

I've recently read Alastair Reynolds' sci-fi best seller, Redemption Ark, where he explored the concept of manipulating an inertial frame overlaid on the quantum vacuum like many of the other ...
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Resonant Frequncy Interference Pattern

Imagine an area in which there are multiple high-power sound wave emitters (speakers, transducers, etc.) that are placed and tuned to destructively and constructively interfere with each other such ...
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How Would a Base Pi or Base Phi Number System Impact a Culture? [closed]

We use base 10 because that is the number of fingers we possess. However it's not hard at all to imagine a culture encountering infinite numbers like pi or phi, deciding those were special, and ...
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Why is Cryo-sleep considered harder sci-fi than FTL? [closed]

I’ve noticed that in some topics people mention something in the line of: “Oh, my universe is purely hard sci-fi, there’s no FTL, people use cryo-sleep to travel long distances between the stars”. ...
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Why would time travel affect the body in any major way, especially damaging? [closed]

Obviously, I'm talking about sci-fi time-travel and not just being as time moves by, slowly but surely. Is there a reason one would actually bleed from any orifice? For any pain to occur? Dizziness? ...
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Can Lenz's Law Allow a Simple Block of Metal to Divert a Charged Electron Beam?

I was curious about an odd effect I first saw in video here: YouTube : Copper's Surprising Reaction to Strong Magnets In the video, a big heavy magnet is brought to an abrupt halt by a simple piece ...
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Planet Size Disaster [closed]

What kind of disaster could be large enough to wipe out an entire planets life and leave it like a complete wasteland, similar environment to what Mars is? Nuclear warfare or meteors are what I have ...
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What kind of climate would a planet with a 49-day orbit have?

I'm using Kapteyn-b for a story, which orbits its red dwarf star every 49 days. It's almost 5 times larger than Earth, though I've made a couple changes to the observed data to make it more plausible. ...