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Questions tagged [science-fiction]

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

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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 would the current period of history be called in the future? [closed]

In my SciFi book, 400 years from now, humanity has expanded throughout the solar system and managed to survive the death Earth. In their history, Earth fell during the third world war in 2093 CE and ...
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On a world of sapient anthropoid felines, can fur pattern be used for recognition?

On a world populated by sentient anthropoid species evolved from Terran felines, both big and small cats, could the local authorities use the fur patterns and colors the same way that we used ...
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Would it be possible to distil specific human emotions into an edible drug form?

I am writing a dystopian future where I hope to make it possible that specific emotions can be taken in the form of pills or drug form; or, combined pills taken to form more complex feelings. ...
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Population Growth of an Extraterrestrial Colony

Okay, i need help here. I'm sure this question has been asked before and if it has, please refer me to it. But a story I have been working on for a while now revolves around the adventures of a colony ...
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Could people of the 14th century create an inline engine for use in aircraft and vehicles?

If an expert of some kind travels back in time to the 14th or 15th century with modern tools and machines that don't require power to work and if he were to past on the knowledge of modern technology ...
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How much static electricity can balloons generate? [closed]

The question 'Could a city be built out of Balloons?' has an answer mentioning using the static charge generated by the city as a power source. This made me think: how much static electricity is ...
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Can a steam powered plane be as effective as a normal plane? And if so what can be done to improve it [duplicate]

can a steam plane fly as long as a normal one? Can it carry heavy loads and can it fly as high as a normal one?
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Using warp bubble of Alcubierre drive as a deflector shield?

So, whenever I see people or articles discuss the properties of the warp bubble surrounding an Alcubierre drive, there is always mention of extremely high (yet undefined) tidal forces. What I want to ...
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Ideal Place For Kenya Spaceport?

Its 20 seconds in the future. The space age is truly dawning this time. And I the CEO of a wealthy aerospace company, am looking for the perfect place to set up shop with my new spaceport. I've ...
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Creating a Matryoshka Shell world: temperature regulation

In a galaxy far far away, during a fit of inspiration for a super massive marvel of technology, the Imperator dedicates an astounding 10% of energy and materials from his civilization's dyson sphere ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 3: Metabolism

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 2: Temperature control

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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What does the physiology and biochemistry of a vacuum adapted post-human look like? Part 1: Radiation resistance

I am a post-human adapted for permanent life in vacuum and micro-gravity. How might my physiology and biochemistry overcome the following challenges? Please note I have a strong cultural aversion to ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones Part 2

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources (water particularly). In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones?

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources. In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt to exterminate humans ...
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How to discover hiding modified humans and their missions? [closed]

Consider an earthlike world where the following happened: An UFO "crashed" somewhere on Earth some yrs ago. It sunk into a swamp and was never found (since the swamp was huge and the UFO was small). ...
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Some science or graspable logic behind a whole new world below the ocean on earth

So not trying to wander into flat earth theory here, But a hidden fantasy world (of elves) in the present day. How would we explain it. There is no contact whatsoever between the two world. Could ...
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Biology of hermaphrodite species

How from a evolutionary standpoint hermaphrodite species can exist and have a good genetic diversity, with no self-impregnation? But, this race visually looks more like females, they do have breasts ...
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Could there be strong weather on large space stations?

I'm not talking about the ISS. I'm talking about larger stations such as Bernal Spheres, O'Neil Cylinders, Stanford Tori, good old-fashioned hollowed-out asteroids, and so on. We have a sci-fi game ...
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How would a multinational armed forces be organized followig a near catastrophic alien attack? [closed]

The novel I am writing takes place in a world where the United Nations became the Global Association of Nations, a union of the entire planet under a collective defensive and political federation. ...
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What's the ideal era for harvesting resources by an advanced society?

It's 2100-ish and we're experimenting on our new time travel device, or let's say time travel bunker. What we gathered of information so far are: We can't really go back in time, literally. Every ...
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Could You Create a Stasis Field to Negate the Effects of Gravity [closed]

So I've been thinking about Stasis Fields lately, and wondering if there would be any way to create a Stasis Field that would prevent a person or object from feeling the effects of gravity from high-...
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Realistic hovering mechanism for my sci-fi drone

What realistic mechanism could be utilized to allow my drone to hover and move around in a visually pleasing and non distracting way? I am currently working on a short sci-fi film, which, among other ...
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Possible Ideas For Microgravity Apartments? [closed]

In my world Deimos is a thriving port city in which numerous people live. The most inhabited and built up area is the Central Hub, a large cylinder about a football field (either kind) in diameter, ...
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How could an AI be in the real world organically and humanely (not in a robotic body)? [closed]

Say I have some artificial intelligence characters in a virtual reality world that my human characters have bonded with in ways of friendship, romance, etc before they find out they're AI. How would ...
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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 [closed]

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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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 ...