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A Far Future in which Network Security Does Not Exist [closed]

In The Grim Darkness Of The Far Future, There Is Only Analogue These days, our society seems to be growing increasingly fond of, even dependent on, wireless networks, to the point of obsession, if you ...
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How do I keep my futuristic racing hovercraft from becoming airplanes?

I'm working on a science fiction racing game that is centered around hovercraft that will race through various environments, both natural and man-made. I'm trying to establish a design language for ...
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Effects of a larger value for the Gravitational Constant?

Assuming otherwise-identical physics, what would be the effects on stars and planets if the value of the Gravitational Constant was, for example, 100 times greater than in reality? In particular, how ...
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Viability of Plasma Weaponry for Handheld Purpose in SciFi

I'm writing a short story and I'm intending to have one of the characters utilizing a plasma weapon as infantry. The way I'm planning on explaining it is the plasma is kept in a slightly unstable ...
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Could an alien creature with an exoskeleton naturally including lead levels roughly twice as high as iron in human bones get natural RAD protection?

The title is my question. I'm writing a short story and I'm considering have the aliens develop radiation weapons for use against humans and I'm trying to figure out a way that they could be both ...
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universe-creating machine (timelines) / other functions

I need to design a machine of a civilization 2400 years apart from our current technology. the function of the machine is to put a human in a kind of limbo, where he has lucids, where everything he ...
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I want to design a realistic Anti-gravity tank, how do I go about this?

In one of my stories, some guys form the 22nd century introduce a gravity or magnetic based hover tank. The problem is I am limited to real world Armour technology and KE and CE type weapons. the KE ...
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Would blue-collar jobs still be done by people in a scifi setting?

I'm working on a space-opera type setting for a story I'm writing, and while doing so I've been thinking about a question that has been bothering me for some time now. The protagonist of my story is a ...
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What would a magnetic field do to a particle weapon?

In my sci-fi universe, there are two types of energy weapons: plasma cannons, and particle beam weapons. The way things currently are is that energy weapons are space-based, because they don't work in ...
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An artificial intelligence intends to revolt against a government; and it needs a lot of humans to help it. How could it elicit participation? [closed]

Assume that this AI is designed to be trustworthy, so any promises or threats made are necessarily credible. Would it be a more effective strategy to make positive promises (e.g. promising that anyone ...
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If Spiders Were the Size of Horses, What Sound Would They Make?

I'm worldbuilding an alternate earth which has less gravity and the high oxygen levels of the late carboniferous. Thus, resulting in very large invertebrate life. In one scene, the main character is ...
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Why would a sentient and super advanced species begin to think like humans over time?

I have a super advanced sentient species that is not human, and developing by itself on a planet. With such advancement, we expect them to think on a higher plane or at least in a different way to ...
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Can a mountain catch lightning and store that energy or become conductive?

Can we have a natural or man made mountain / hill of metal / ore that can catch lightning and become conductive so that it can be used as an energy source? What would be the expected energy output or ...
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What would be the energy requirements to run a world with an artificial sun?

What are the design requirements so an artificial Sun, which is basically a reactor using nuclear fission technology, can give enough energy to power the entire world? Especially on planets like Mars ...
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In a world where mankind is ruled by a giant intelligent beaver, what food is no longer consumed (by humans)? [closed]

Pretend I'm writing a novel about a how a beaver takes over the world: What food/s may/might/(grammar?) no longer be consumed by humans or at least consumed less? Edit 1: I was wondering if anyone ...
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Nesting abilities of migratory interdimensional creature

I'm waving hands a fair bit here, and I am doing that because I believe that it is internally coherent, so if you accept these things, you shouldn't need the story to suggest answers. I'm including as ...
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What traits would a species have if it eats electricity to survive?

Microscopic or more complex, what do I need to keep in mind to create a species that eats electricity. Like it touches an electronic equipment or battery or cables and sucks in their charge or stored ...
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What technology would allow an advanced civilization to control volcanoes and earthquakes on earth?

How would humans or an advanced civilization control earthquakes and volcanoes and even, if possible, harness their energy? By control, we mean the ability to stop or trigger or accelerate or dampen ...
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Why would humans build / send sample humanoid robots on an alien planet before humans arriving themselves?

Humans can send rovers and machines on other planets to navigate or to establish bases before human occupation begins. These rovers and machines are non-humanoid and suited to their mission roles. ...
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What kind of charged rifles could exist in a hard sci-fi future? [closed]

Right so for a worldbuilding server I am part of I am making some weaponry. But now I got some test models done, I am unknown to what kindof weapons they are. The rp is set in 2150-2250. Not a solid ...
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What are the limits on increasing atmospheric pressure on an ammonia planet to get liquid ammonia?

I have an ammonia world, I.e., ammonia is a solvent. It is tidally locked to its Sun. To counter low temperatures, I can either have a hot core or high atmospheric pressure. The size of plant is earth ...
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Could an extremely powerful solar flare erase human memories?

The famous Carrington event in mid 19th century caused disruption of telegraphic lines. Many operators witnessed that the telegraph worked even though it was proveably out of power. In today's ...
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Can wind energy be harnessed on a tidally locked planet?

I have a tidally locked planet, with one side a sun-blasted desert and another frozen, and a twilight zone between them. If the twilight zone is affected by storms due to pressure differences, can ...
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What will be solar eclipse on a planet with two Suns, no moons and tidally locked to one sun?

An earth sized planet in the habitable zone between two stars has no moon (and even if it has, it is not significant to the story) and is tidally locked to star A but not star B. Can it still have a ...
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Is it possible for an ammonia planet to have a desert spot? Like the great red spot on Jupiter. Or can an ammonia planet never have any hot spots?

I have an ammonia planet that I want to have a desert spot. A hot desert. Can I tidal lock the planet to it sun and let that particular portion be hot? Or is there any other way? Or is it never ...
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Decelerating a relativistic, beam-powered starship at its destination without pre-established power-beaming infrastructure at said destination

Some background As most of us know, accelerating to relativistic speeds requires truly astronomical amounts of energy. I have internalized that a ship carrying enough energy/fuel to accelerate to near-...
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I want to build the safest habitat(a castle) I can

So I'm in the 1700s and thinking of building a castle surrounded by a 1000 metre moat. I am going to section off the moat into three parts so that each section contains piranha fish, crocodiles and ...
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What are good alternatives for 'Admiral' in a space force? [closed]

I'm currently writing a far-future sci-fi novel. I have officer ranks and their equivalent positions sorted for my space force, I have decided to follow my in-universe naval rank structure for a ...
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What level of technology can be expected from a society terrified of physical and wireless networks?

On my fictional near-future Earth, the emergence of a networked artificial intelligence which can travel through both physical and wireless networks (copper telephone cables, Ethernet, WiFi, satellite ...
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Could environmental concerns be a valid reason for needles to be used instead of bullets?

In my settings, humans live in a world where the planet reacts violently to environmental pollution. Once it's reached a certain point, monsters erupt from the planet and attack all human beings. ...
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Could a super cannon be viable for transportation of human beings?

Afternoon everyone, In my setting, humans live in isolated "burrows" with an immense and dangerous forest separating them. Rather than planes or helicopters, trains and super cannons are ...
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What would be a good engagement distance for space ships, assuming it took place in the sol system

(Edited due to oversights and ridiculous numbers) So I was curious about this. I know similar questions have been asked but they all have specific parameters that are different from mine. All ships ...
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How to kill people with blaster weapons

Recently, the R&D team found an exiting, yet unfortunately nonlethal weapon; Blaster technology. Blaster technology fires a projectile that moves at the speed of light, strikes the target, and ...
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The Laundry’s Basilisk’s Effects

In The Laundry, basilisks and associated weapons and creatures turn their targets to stone by transmuting 10% of carbon to silicon. Ignoring the question of how, what effects would this actually have? ...
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Which combat sport makes more sense to be a super sport in a world, Peak Human MMA or Metahuman MMA? [closed]

In my world I'm trying to make a combat sport that is so super that normal humans can't join. But I'm going back and forth with Peak Humans and Metahumans. To give you guys a clear definition of the ...
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Speedrunning medicinal science

Many believe that being incredibly rich equals to being god on earth and in artificial situations, yes it would make sense... except it never happened. All Kings and Queens got fooled, betrayed, ...
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How can gravity shielding be defeated?

In this science fiction universe, that has somewhat tough science in it, paragravity is an established technology that is used to its fullest potential. Which lies the problem where warfare is ...
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Negative Gravity and Spacetime: Does this align with known physics or is it inherently flawed?

This idea is based on a convoluted understanding on space-time. I posted the idea to r/scificoncepts, and it can be found here. The principle I’m working with is how gravity affects time. Generally, ...
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What large scale strategies would an interstellar nation use to conquer another interstellar nation? [closed]

I'm working on a science fiction setting for a game. I'm trying to write a setting that focuses on man-operated war machines in sight range combat. Everything ranging from fighters to mechs to capital ...
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super power = strength, density and mass shifting

A person with the ability to bend and contort and twist a 5"/5"/8' steel beam. This person is strictly super. I understand the person has to have similar or greater density. In this mock-up, ...
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Could cars drive normally on the inside of an o'neil cylinder?

Say we had some type of four-wheeled vehicle on the inside of an O'Neil cylinder with roads. I imagine if it drove in the same direction as the spin, there would not be many problems. However, I am ...
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What is the best way to explain a weapon that create a vacuum storm pillar?

I'd like to make an explanation for scientific phenomenon that has been use in this kind of technology without accidentally suggesting that the technologies in my world are advanced enough for space ...
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Universal translation throughout an environment? [duplicate]

Related to another question I had—-if there was something in a sci-fi environment that allowed for everyone there to understand each other, by letting every language be understood by anyone under the ...
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How can my large cephalopod aliens have an upright stance?

I have a species in my sci-fi setting, that are basically land-dwelling sapient nautilus. They differ from most concepts of "land-dwelling cephalopod" in that they're supposed to be the ...
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Do my Mutants having Chi/Spiritual/Magical/Supernatural powers undermined Religion and real-world beliefs? [closed]

I'm writing a story about superpowers similar to the X Men, The Boys, and My Hero Academia. The powers are explained with science. That alone already undermine the supernatural. But that's not the ...
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What temperature should a beam of light be at to burn through a person in a couple of seconds? [closed]

A magical technician who creates weapons with lenses, LEDs, and mirrors. What temperature should a beam of light be at to burn through a person in a couple of seconds? Cut a bone in a couple of ...
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What would a perfectly planned capital look like in a world with space travel?

In a world with limited space travel (basically, people can travel between different moons but not to other planets/galaxies), the ongoing form of government decided to build a perfectly placed ...
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What would make the atomic structures of matter easier to control in solidified form?

I am Alicia Dimetrescu, better known to my subjects as Lady Dimetrescu, a reality warper with dreams of world conquest. My powers give me the ability to control and change the atomic structures of ...
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We don't use our super-weapon against strong targets. Why?

The Union (it was the only name that would translate for so many species) has found a really nice super-weapon/life-form: intelligent grey goo. It's a massive swarm of drones each about 8 feet by 4 ...
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How could a universal translation drug work?

Rather than a machine or computer to translate things, how could a sci fi drug of some sort (such as a pill that one or both parties has to take and be under the influence of, or a gas that fills an ...

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