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Questions tagged [science-fiction]

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

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Cyborg adaptation to a high pressure environment

I'm currently working on a science fiction comic about humans marooned on an alien world for generations. This world is slightly larger and more metallic than earth with greater gravity a higher ...
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Is this genetically enhanced human possible?

Imagine a human which could deliver electrical shocks for example by touching someone. He could shock with different intensities from a harmful shock to knocking out a person. Of course he could ...
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Could a collision of a rogue asteroid with Pluto pull in objects from Kuiper's belt into the inner orbit without destabilizing any other Planets?

If a rogue asteroid close to the size of Pluto collides with Pluto, could this possibly cause enough disturbance to cause objects from Kuiper's Belt to be pulled into the inner orbit of the Solar ...
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What would happen to a planet after a quarter of it had been blown up?

An alien species has created a weapon. The alien stands on a planet, points the weapon at the ground, and pushes a button. A large amount of matter condenses itself into a mass, creating a huge hole ...
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Astronomical event that creates meteoroids/asteroids on a collision course with Earth?

Considering the below constraints what variant of astronomical event could create meteoroids and asteroids on a collision course with Earth? Constraints: Sustainable severity (long enough for ...
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Everyone a Girl Touches is Erased from Existence. (Need help Ironing Out Details.) [closed]

I have basic a premise but I need some insight... "A young protagonist has a curse: anyone she touches with her bare flesh gets erased from existence." The plot and mechanics that I have so far are ...
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How could living cells harness nuclear radiation for energy?

Question: many SF stories (e.g. The Expanse) put living organisms in highly radioactive environments and show them consuming that energy in some way. How might organisms put into these environments be ...
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What could the side effects be for long-term Cryosleep?

I’m writing a story about someone who is going to be frozen in cryo for about 450 years. He’s frozen in 2120, so the technology is certainly well-developed in his time. I’m thinking maybe the cryo pod ...
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Mapping Stellar Empires? [duplicate]

Any nation needs to have a firm understanding of its borders and controlled territories. How might a empire with FTL technology spanning multiple planetary/stellar systems make a map of their ...
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Effects Of Deorbited Space Elevator [duplicate]

What would happen to the earth is someone deorbited a space elevator? Let's assume it reaches up to geosynchronous orbit and the bottom is in, say, Dubia or some other part of the middle east. ...
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Galactic Law Enforcement - Handcuff Alternatives

So I'm building a galaxy with bunch of space-age civilizations and an galactic wide supra-nation. Something similar to the Citadel races in the Mass Effect games. Unlike those games, the most of the ...
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Any reasons for crew on space warships? [duplicate]

I was thinking why there would be crew on a space warships when everything can be automated by even basic AI. Without crew you can pull all the gees you want with your torch-drive and no need for ...
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Why would men find fedoras especially practical on a distant planet? [closed]

This question is a bit silly, I know. As an author my base motivation here is stylistic preference and a shameless attempt to evoke a flavor of golden era setting of so many great adventure and ...
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Anatomically Correct “Thirds” [closed]

The concept of "Thirds" comes from the anime OVA series, "Armitage III". Basically, the people of Mars designed robotic women that were actually capable of getting pregnant and giving birth to human ...
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Futuristic Heat Gloves

In my story, I've been drafting a character with abilities based on fire and heat. I had this idea that he could have gloves that can increase in heat on the outside while the inside temperature stays ...
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Realistic Mythical Creatures [closed]

What mythological creatures could be realistically created? In my world, there are people capable of advanced genetic creation and manipulation. I was just wondering what creatures would be plausible ...
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How would one develop a transistor in a medieval setting

What are the requirements for such an endeavour? I am making a novel where the protagonist is reincarnated into a medieval society. His plan is to push forward technology into the modern age. He ...
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Withholding Fusion Technology

I am designing a world where one world power or set of world powers have developed commercial fusion reactors. The fusion of this world meets all of the expectations fusion we believe might be ...
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Plausible explanation of nano-tech shapeshifting weapon holding together?

In my book, I want to have a character who has a weapon that is actually a swarm of nanobots, and that can take on the shape of any melee weapon within a matter of seconds. I'm thinking of holding ...
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Anatomically Correct Asari

The Asari are one of the iconic races from the popular Mass Effect games and universe, and while the image above isn't from any official media, it's close enough to what they look like. Besides their ...
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How thick would clouds have to be to completely blot out the sun?

Title explains it all. Assuming an earth-like atmosphere and cloud composition, how thick would the clouds have to be to completely blot out the sun, causing the surface to be pitch black? How this ...
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What sort of rules / limitations could govern and affect a crystal resource that is both anti-gravity and energy-producing?

I apologise if this is rather vague but I'm struggling with creating a concept that would allow a Victorian (steampunk) civilisation to have antigravity ships and floating islands through the use of a ...
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What design considerations would there be for a space ship using low-tech bioregenerative advanced life support and propulsions systems?

The ships would be permanently extra planetary and manned by 4-5 crew. All life support water, food, oxygen and propulsion being produced by bacterial cultures (not necessarily the same). With all ...
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Keeping Humanity Relevant Without Going Too Far? [closed]

Some fictional works with other sentient races, especially sci-fi stories (like Mass Effect for example), tend to say humanity is "special", or even outright "superior", in some way to keep them ...
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Dangerous pending task in world managing A.I

I've had this idea for a short novel, at the intersection of the One thousand and one nights and the Multivac (& co) short stories from Asimov. The idea is that there's some kind of super AI that ...
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Evidence of spacetime anomaly in local geology?

My current project features a contemporary scientist who is convinced that some sort of spacetime anomaly occurred in a tiny rural Yorkshire, U.K. community circa-1850; he believes a dilapidated old ...
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Humanity surviving on a sunless planet

My world was once analogous to our own Earth, where life evolved in the light and heat of a nearby star. Unfortunately, a cataclysmic event knocked the planet out of orbit and sent it spiraling as a ...
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How would a sentient planet work?

I'm trying to develop a planet which has somehow developed sentience. By sentience I mean more of an animal intelligence than being a person. So far I've got a couple of ideas: It's actually a ...
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Using the Casimir effect with a railgun to reduce mass, size and recoil?

The civilization I've built has developed the technology for near limitless, sustained power generation. Through this advancement it's been possible for them to solve for Alcubierre's Bubbles and ...
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Balanced but Factionally Divided Government System for my Mars Colony

QUESTION: Would this system of government be effective, and if so (why) and if not (why)? What I'm mostly looking for here is a reality-check or improvements / observations on how my proposed ...
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How could I explain an alien species' non tool based plant manipulation without using magic?

I'm trying to find a way to explain an alien species' ability to control plants, specifically plant growth for crops, without it being 'magic.' So they can ensure the health and size of the plants ...
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What would happen if science became more advanced? [closed]

What would the world be like if our science became so advanced that we could prevent ourselves from dying? Would it be a healthy place with happy, healthy people, or would it be an overcrowded dirty ...
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What might happen if someone poured 10^40 liters of water onto the sun? [closed]

For reference, a 10^40 liter sphere has a radius of 10 au.
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Could this bubble float with a person inside? [closed]

Related to this previous question: Could a city be built out of Balloons? You can breathe helium in place of nitrogen to have a 85% helium to 15% oxygen ratio. Could a person be put inside a clear ...
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How do my PA civilizations rebuild after a depletion of the planet’s natural fuels?

How do my PA civilizations rebuild after a depletion of the planet’s natural fuels? Even with a wealth of information to rebuild, would civilization still be permanently stunted due to being unable ...
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How could a technological society exploit an absurdly strong, permanent magnetic field?

In a previous question on this site I asked about the side effects of a having ludicrously strong, permanent, static magnetic field on the surface of a planet, capable of pulling in non-magnetized ...
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What would be a scientific explanation/theory for superpowers? [closed]

Amongst the towering, alaskan mountains coated with stark white snow sits an isolated ‘research facility’ trying to play god. They’ve created a human fetus and are trying to give it superpowers. I’m ...
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Is depicting scenes of sub-FTL deep space travel with burning engines accurate?

I've seen many sci-fi scenes that feature a ship underway on a deep space journey. As the ship passes the vantage point we can see engines burning during sub-FTL speeds (The Expanse most recently). ...
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Can biological material be magnetic?

To clarify, in full Cronenberg fashion, I would like to know if there is any biological material that does or can exist that is magnetic and could work in a Gauss Rifle. Using a Gauss Rifle or Coil ...
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Are there any structural materials suitable for production underwater?

One of the points made in a number of recent questions regarding underwater races has prompted me to review one of my older pieces of world-building. Namely: the difficulty of producing common ...
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Is there a way to counter high gravity to make it livable for humans?

I was not entirely sure how to word the title question, so allow me to put my question into more detail here: Suppose there was a planet with just the right conditions to allow humans to live there (...
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Could a blimp be powered using thunderstorms?

Could a untethered blimp be built strong enough to with stand a thunderstorm? Could wind generators be placed on it to transfer turbulence of shifting wind into wind power? Rain could be collected ...
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Teleportation rules that don't cause Infinite Energy

High-Magic world. What sort of rules could be put in place to nip the pesky infinite energy teleportation problem from happening? Currently the rules I have are: Large mana use / long cooldown Short ...
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Heat regulation in an asteroid base powered by a small nuclear reactor

So, I’m writing about the siege of an asteroid base. This asteroid is near the outer edge an asteroid belt at the solar radiation equivalent of Saturn’s orbit from its star (although the raw distance ...
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How might a slow fire energy weapon reliably neutralize its target?

Inspired by this question, so credit to them for the core idea. How might a slow fire energy weapon reliably neutralize its target? Here are some details about the precise design I had in mind: It ...
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Is there a liquid that could protect a human inside it from impact?

I am trying to figure out what kind of liquid, if any, can be used to severely impede or slow human motion without killing or severely damaging their bodies (IE if after being submerged in this liquid ...
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Way to divide up Earth for post-apo story purposes [closed]

So, I'm basicly creating world in which most of terrain which isn't shoreline, mountain or plateu is shrouded in "Mist" (with capital "m") which renders this terrain inaccesable for people, they are ...
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Is full VR immersion plausible?

First, let me define what I mean by "full VR immersion". A helmet or headwear that covers or plugs into the brain, allowing them to control a virtual self or physical thing (such as a robot) as well ...
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How do you “devolve” a species?

I am writing a story where a species undergoes devolution. Is there any scientific or plausible way to do this? The process can be instantaneous or may take ages, I do not mind which as I need to ...
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Alternative biological oxidizer

A concept I've encountered a few times is aliens with "vastly" different biology than terrestrial creatures. In this case, I'm interested in replacing the parts that use oxygen with something a bit ...