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Questions tagged [science-fiction]

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

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Explaining pyrokinesis powers

I write sci-fi, and I don't love fudging important things. I have a character that was a victim of genetic experiments (I know how original). I want to find a semi-reasonable way to explain this.(not ...
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Time travel from stationary position?

This is my first question on this site, which I recently found and can’t get enough of. In many time travel scenarios, the machine is static in space. My question is how to explain this. For ...
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What society/government would be stable if people get superpowers randomly? [on hold]

To refine the question: Goal: a society/government capable of lasting centuries. This takes place somewhere within a technological time period (1000BCE to 1000CE). No gunpowder or explosives. I'm ...
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Humanity loses the vast majority of its technology, information, and population in the year 2122. How long does it take to rebuild itself? [on hold]

The year is 2122. An AI created in the year 2115 with complete, unfettered access to control of the entirety of Earth's electronic equipment has caused a mass extinction event of humanity after ...
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An immanent, Omnipresent, all-seeing eye [closed]

By the title, I don't really mean the type of all-seeing eye that Sauron in the LOTR is, where it's perched on a tower watching all over middle earth, looking for his ring etc. I mean an all seeing ...
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Plausibility of this Zoonotic(inter-species) Reproduction Method

I've answered a few questions with this process but I wanted to see if I could bounce/refine this off the communities more biologically adept members. Basically, it goes like so: As a means of ...
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Would intelligent life evolve any other body plan than humanoid?

Disclaimer: This question uses some liberal wording to get key ideas across. It's not meant to be academically rigorous, so please try to focus on the ideas and not the exact definitions of the terms ...
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Is it possible for something like a werewolf to exist? [closed]

The most impressive thing to me about how werewolves are used in fiction, is their ability to transform humans into other werewolves with their bites. Aside from the full moon myth, could it be ...
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How can I make a dense asteroid field?

Okay, so I'm working on a novel and I'd like to have a dense asteroid field, something akin to the old ESB Hoth field, though it doesn't need to match that exactly. The notion is there is an advanced ...
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What's the minimum time that it would take for an advanced species to create an ecumenopolis?

In figuring out the rough timeline for my sci-fi, I've run into an interesting dilemma. As it stands right now, There are about 90 years in between one of my civilizations discovering space travel and ...
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How would a receding sea level affect cities along Asian & Australian coastlines?

To make a long story short, the previous ice age resulted in not just massive glaciers and building snow from appearing, but larger landmass as well due to most of the water being frozen from the ...
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Are external lights on spaceships even necessary?

Many fictional spaceships of all kinds are known to have external lights. Do they even need them? Outer space is lit by the billions of stars and galaxies, so why are there external lights on ...
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What's a scientifically plausible method for cryopreservation?

I've been working on a project and I'm trying to make it as scientifically plausible as I can get it to be. Since space is large, and it's physically impossible in this universe to reach the speed of ...
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How would an energy-based “projectile” blow up a spaceship?

I have noticed this in many fictions: during a battle between spaceships exchanging fire in empty space, a pulse of laser fire hits the hull and the entire spaceship explodes into many pieces. Is ...
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Can a space-faring robot still function over a billion years?

This short story, which I've already written, is set in the FAR, FAR FUTURE, where a robotic space probe is exploring as much of the known universe as it can, despite its AI not knowing if its ...
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How can the remains of a god's corpse be kept off the black market and out of the hands of mortals?

A demigod is a mortal being infused with divine energy. This essence comes from a divine spark in their soul that activates due to some external traumatic event. This spark is very rare, and most ...
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What are the implications of a race with multiple personalities [closed]

In my universe there is a race of proto-humans known as legionaries. They have a are a minority group and used to be even smaller, only living on one planet in the past. This race used to give birth ...
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Mass human die off [duplicate]

If there was a mass human die off, let's say due to a super-flu pandemic, what would be the greatest danger to the survivors in regards to dealing with bodies? Typhoid? Any other secondary diseases? ...
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Feasibility of A Decoy Earth

I am currently writing a story that involves the never-ending-theme of alien invasions. Assume Humans are roughly at a Type I civilization at this point. Humans have unfortunately wandered into a ...
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Could controlling the oceans result in a wide-spread freeze?

My idea is a device that gives its user great power over the ocean, its currents, and presumably temperatures. Could this be used to dramatically (and in relatively short time) effect the climate of a ...
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Degradable ammunition for electro magnetic guns

Would it be possible to make ammunition for railguns and gauss rifles that would degrade over time either through a natural process or by the means of star radiation, so the missed shots don't ...
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Bicycles/human-powered vehicles on low gravity planets/moons?

In this scenario, humanity has managed to colonise some of the solar system, including Mars, some of the moons of Saturn and Jupiter and some of the larger asteroids of the belt. In most places they ...
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which problem can be solved by virtual world technology [closed]

can we use this technology to do scientific experiments(example : making The Large Hadron Collider, New medicines's reactions against virus and bacteria.) maybe you can make the argument that the ...
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If aliens would be like us, how can we survive [closed]

We Humans are the most intelligent species of this planet, we have total control over all other species of this planet, we can use them however we want like (Food,clothes,experiments). We are the most ...
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Is that possible to make a world in which no one needs to speak? [closed]

In my ideal world, everyone will be very very Intelligent. By that I mean everyone can think and feel what other people around them think and feel, so no one needs to talk with each other. Everyone ...
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Would Small Mecha be well-suited for Underground Warfare?

Assume a subterranean civilization exists with technology roughly on par with the modern era. With changes due to lack of certain environmental factors being likely due to the vastly different ...
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Plausible reason to leave the Solar System? [closed]

According to this article, it would take tens of thousands of years to travel to the nearest star given today's technology. My question is, what could give the countries of today, or most of them at ...
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What is a good way to explain how a character can produce flames from their body?

So in a webtoon that I am drawing/writing everyone is born with 1 or 2 psychic abilities that can range anywhere from teleportation, sensory manipulation, thermal conductivity, elemental kinesis ...
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What would be some possible ways of escaping higher gravity planets?

I know that chemical rockets would allow for some minor loads to escape the gravity of a planet with higher gravity. My question is, what kind of technology would possibly allow a dominant species ...
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What could cause an entire planet of humans to become aphasic?

I'm working on a story in which there is some sort of planetary erosion of language. Humans lose the ability to communicate verbally (orally and written). They can remember having language, can even ...
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Properties of a planet roughly four times as big as Earth

I have some research I want to do about a planet for a novel I'm writing. It is a fiction/science fiction novel, but I do wish to actually have some parts of the world correct in the scenes I depict. ...
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How do sapient birds/theropods build their seats?

Thinking about the shape gets pretty weird. So my species has a more or less horizontal posture, pretty much a small sentient raptor. They can assume an 'upright' position, but only in the sense of a ...
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Space weaponry?

So in the sci.fi world I am currently building, I am trying for a fairly technical approach to space combat. Movement is cumbersome and you're strafing more so than performing maneuvers that aren't ...
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How long could humans survive on my planet?

I have created a planet which is a clone of Earth. Except I messed up where wasps, cobras and scorpions were concerned and they have turned out to be the size of elephants (everything in proportion). ...
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Mathematics of monsters

Researching for a science fiction novel. My character loves math + I have dyscalculia = Problem. Therefore, I need your help. In my story, there are aliens we can see, but we can't hear or touch. ...
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A Theory for Science-Fiction Time-Travel

From H.G. Wells onward, there have been many stories concerning the phenomenon of time-travel. Few of them provide a plausible mechanism. For my story I would like to put forward such a theory. We ...
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Occupation Forces

So, I'm well aware that Sci-fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale. This is an effort to avert this for intragalactic conquest. My mighty space navy has crushed a solar system's defensive fleet, and now ...
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I'm trying to write a story connected with the theory of Hollow Earth [closed]

I cannot post here the links yet, but you can just search it up, there's so many links out there that will explain to you the theory. Honestly, I don't believe in this theory but I found it ...
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The ultimate organism! [closed]

So I've created this creature I'm calling the Shod, short for shadow of death. This creature lives in space and looks like a massive, black cloud. Inside the Shod, particles move at immense speeds, ...
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How to render much of a world's metal unusable?

The idea of a metal-poor science-fiction/fantasy setting has fascinated me since I first encountered it in Dark Sun, and learning about Tekumel just deepened it. When it came to my own setting, I didn'...
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How could a vampire pathogen operate in hard science fiction?

While the vampire is a monster of folklore, modern technothrillers (e.g. Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, Ultraviolet, Blade, Underworld, Daybreakers) have portrayed vampires as humans infected by a ...
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How plausible are my metal eating life forms and their impact on civilization?

This question is a continuation of two prior ones. How to render much of a world's metal unusable? What minerals and metals in particular were vital to the development of early civilization? The ...
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Help with military structuring [closed]

I'm building a military for this sci-fi book I'm writing, and I'm struggling with the hierarchy of command this military should follow. At this point, I'm just worried about the planetary forces, ...
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What do you think about pulsed ntr as a low end torch drive [closed]

Can pulsed ntr be a good torch drive. Atomic rocket says that with some development it can be a low end torch ship. Suppose extraction of hot fission fragment is possible and and also better cooling ...
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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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Is it possible to perform surgery on your own spine? [closed]

My character has to perform surgery on herself and by herself. She has all the surgery tools and a screen to watch what she is doing. She is in a clean stable environment and there is no risk of ...
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What if Earth became a rogue planet? [duplicate]

I'm writing a science fiction novel in which Earth essentially gets the boot out of our Solar System. No sun, no moon, just Earth flying through the depths of deep space. I need to nail down rogue ...
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Convert radioactivity directly into electricity: Possible or not?

Is it possible to directly convert radioactivity to turn it into electricity? If yes, then what is the conversion rate?
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Would a planet the size of Mercury with the gravity of Earth be scientifically possible? [duplicate]

I'm trying to do calculations for a planet around the size of Mercury with the gravity of Earth. Would the gravity be too high for a planet this size? Do I have to change some numbers, or is this ...
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What would be the most viable form of lighting in future bladerunner-esque cities? By viable, I mean widespread and efficient [closed]

Neon has been around for a very long time in cyberpunk narratives. LED seems like the way to go according to some of the responses - any other viable candidates?