Questions tagged [space-colonization]

For questions concerning species that have settled on or near celestial bodies they are not native to and the challenges this presents.

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What could be some form of technology that could and would be rapidly formed in the event an new space race was started

The year is 2045 and China has launched a successful colonization mission to Mars after what seems like decades of simply catching up with the USA in terms of space exploration, rocket science, lunar ...
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Could rotating “sub-cylinders” work on an O'Neill cylinder?

I'm working on an Alien-esque pseudo-cyberpunk space station. My idea for the station was a classic O'Neill cylinder with smaller "sub-cylinders" at 90 degree angles along the sides, each ...
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Lethal Pandemic

I'm looking to create a lethal disease for a sci-fi book. The plot surrounds a group of rich people taking teenagers off earth to start a new life away from this illness. The pandemic has been going ...
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How to decide if a Planet is better off to be Terraformed or Stripmined?

In Science Fiction, when civilizations grow powerful enough to conquer the planet and are in need for room, they turn to the planets in outer space. Obviously, the other planets have very different ...
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When colonizing Mars, what would the emergence of a local economy look like? [closed]

Let's say humanity keeps advancing in its attempt to achieve permanent human presence on Mars, At the beginning it might be only temporary deployments (like to the ISS), but after some time let's say ...
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Can we harness energy from heliopause?

This question pops up in my mind when I read Bob516's question, indeed even a nuclear reactor can't last forever and anything strayed too far out would not be able to receive significant energy from ...
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Effects of a star and planet on human evolution

Possible Human Evolution I am working on a series set in Alpha Centauri where (in the universe) there are 4 main habitable worlds and a couple that have protected surface dwellings. As well, there ...
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Is this a reasonable way to enforce a ban on exotic weapons in an interstellar setting?

In the late 23rd century certain groups of mankind stared down the barrel of what may be possible in the future: cross galactic relativistic kill missile storms, gamma-ray Dyson Beams, Kugelblitz ...
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Could aliens from beyond the singularity of a rotating black hole survive and colonise regions of a normal universe?

Would it be possible for aliens that originated and evolved in a planetary system beyond the ring singularity of a rotating black hole to send individuals out into a normal universe to colonise it? Or ...
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What is the Feasibility of a Cloud Colony on Saturn?

I did some research recently for a story on the physical feasibility of some aspects of living in the Saturn cloud deck, and wanted to share it. Please, however, if you have alternate approaches, add ...
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Stranding my colonists on an alien planet they were supposed to eventually inhabit [closed]

So the background is that a colony ship has arrived in the orbit of a habitable, Earth-like planet. The colonists are in cryosleep and are being woken up in batches. An initial round of scouting the ...
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Artificial oxygen oasis in an otherwise CO2 atmosphere

I wonder if it is possible to install artificial equipment that would exhaust oxygen into air in otherwise CO2 atmosphere so that locally people could breath in open air without any kind of tent or ...
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Would it make sense to send potential human colonists on the initial manned expedition to a habitable, Earth-like planet?

In the near future, humanity has spread out across the Solar System. A new planet is discovered, let's say 30 light years away, that shows it to be Earth-like and could harbor Earth life without too ...
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Where would a technologically advanced group of people forced into space by a calamity obtain water from?

The fleet in my setting are forced to leave the planet due to a volatile virus, and leave in pre-prepared spacefaring vessels capable of transporting ten million people per ship. The ships have ...
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Why would a long-distance spacecraft require self-sacrifice to reach its destination? [closed]

Given a colony stasis ship (ie a ship filled with frozen people to be decanted on reaching the destination), which for some reason cannot reach its destination, how could one (non-frozen) crew-member'...
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What might cause a civilization to be unable to colonize a large moon but live in space stations around it instead?

In my world a moon is reached and colonised but only in space stations for a long time. They gain the ability to reach the surface and then story happens. It needs to be something that can be bypassed ...
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How to handle transhumanism vs space colonization

Given the difficulties in doing things like constructing O'Neil cylinders or habitats on places like Mars, is it at all plausible that current humans could ever really colonize anything in space? Is ...
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Human labor required to setup automated mining outpost on faraway planet?

Glossing over the technological implications of interstellar travel, what sort of human labor might still be required in a future where we are capable of setting up nigh-fully automated endeavors on ...
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Landing on a new planet in Earth's near future, how long before they can reproduce the technology they came with?

So given an Earth in our near future, year 2100 or so, where some of our tech has improved to the point where we have robots and the usual sci-fi devices for interfacing with computers. A colony is ...
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Would sound shifts be severe enough for two dialects to be mutually unintelligible after 400 years of no verbal contact?

A group of English-speaking settlers travel to the Earth-like exoplanet of Rataan, which is 5 light years away. They board the generation ship Genesis that will reach Rataan in 200 years (0.25% of the ...
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Solar expansion and habitability

Is there a feasible setup where the Sun has expanded enough to make the Earth uninhabitable, but some of the other rocky bodies in our solar system (past Earth) become more reasonable colonisation ...
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What societal or economic pressures would cause a martian settlement to fight earth? [closed]

In this world our hero is martian and fighting against earth alongside the rest of mars, its set in the early 2100s but there's one problem. Why would mars want to fight earth? Things to know: earth ...
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Colonies on Jupiter

I'm making a series where a multi-purpose frigate travels to Jupiter in order to help in the Mars versus Jupiter war. However, I don't know what the colonies would look like. Maybe floating with ...
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How could humans reach distant stars and still stay as a united government if you can't use faster than light travel

If we didn't have the capability to use faster than light travel then how could we stay unified and are any realistic examples in science fiction?
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Will be electronics production in zero or low gravity possible and how soon?

On the Earth's surface, we look back to an ultimately high tech evolution of computer hardware and according integrated circuit manufacturing appliances. The knowledge required to build robust modern ...
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Are (near) instant data transfers feasible on an intergalactic scale?

Inspired partially by this comment on one of my answers, I got to thinking on what the quickest way to communicate would be on an intergalactic scale. Say humans have colonised the galaxy, and use ...
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Designing a biological drop pod?

How would a biological drop pod make it into the atmosphere and land safely? I have a race of aliens that use biological tools instead of technology. Their ships are living beings that can travel ...
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The One Problem With Terraforming and Colonizing a Super-Earth

Many people are excited with the idea of super-Earths--rocky, habitable exoplanets greater in mass, density and diameter (because I'd prefer to go the whole way than stop at the halfway point) than ...
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Generating breathable air on Europa?

Humans have colonized the subsurface oceans of Europa - building large cities embedded in the icy crust, hanging beneath it, and resting on the rocky seafloor. These colonists mine metals for ...
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An Earth-like planet is found in another solar system. What are the top priorities after landing in order to create a self-sustaining colony?

Set in the not so distant future, we find a habitable planet very much like our own. The only downside is that it's around 500 years of travel with our current technological capabilities. We have to ...
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Minor terraforming that allows people, and doesn't inconvenience local flora and fauna

What I'm looking at doing is a small game where you land on a planet, and the atmosphere is not survivable by a human being, but there is local life. Over the course of the game, terraforming has to ...
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Cyborg and Interplanetary Exploration / Colonization [closed]

The exploration / colonization of space and nearby planets presents several challenges. Among these are lower gravity, lower pressure and exposure to both solar, and cosmic radiation -- each of which ...
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Would decompression cause a moon habitat to explode?

Assume I have a human colony on The Moon. A meteor fragment gets by the defense system and smashes into a portion of the dome, let's say the hole is 1 meter in diameter, it's big. Safety measures ...
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What could cause the majority of people to live in space habitats?

So I'm thinking here about the sort of setting like Eclipse Phase, in which virtually all of humanity lives in a wide range of space habitats because of an apocalypse on Earth. I am imagining a ...
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How fast would a civilization with FTL spread out?

Let's say that a civilization has access to FTL. Let's say it is instantaneous so travel time between solar systems isn't a factor. How long would it take for them to spread out from their home solar ...
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Mean time to create ecumenopolis [duplicate]

We have fairly standard Sci-Fi scenario. Our human species somewhere near 2100s find ways of FTL travel and start colonizing galaxy. After some time they find also wormhole gateway connecting ...
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Can a human colony survive on a 'hot' world?

A colony ship headed for its new home countless light-years from Earth suffers an unfortunate malfunction on the final part of its descent phase and crashes onto the planet. Thankfully, the ship ...
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Are generation ships inherently implausible?

So I've been thinking about the idea of a series that takes place on a small fleet of generation ships, traveling at around 10% of lightspeed to Proxima Centauri, which should take around half a ...
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Why would Earth be long-term unsuitable for an advanced alien species that's already colonized it?

I'm writing a story where aliens are using humanity like a botnet to do hyper complex calculations - each infested human has a program running in their subconscious brain that does a small part of the ...
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Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would have ...
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Would living on around Alpha Centauri change how our eyes see color?

I am writing a sci fi novel in which one of the primary factions is a lost space colony sent to Proxima Centauri (Alpha Centauri C) roughly 350 years prior on a generation ship. The trip took roughly ...
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Environment/Ecosystem for a “Sunfall” colony

I've read a lot of posts about moons around large gas giants and I think I have fairly good idea about basics to them. I'm not super great with all the science parts myself but they give me lots of ...
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Would that heat-engine provide power to the colony on Titan?

I have an idea for an energy source for a colony on a cold world with not enough solar power. Is my idea workable, or is it debunked as perpetual motion machine? Here is the set-up and my plan: ...
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What would an asteroid impact feel like to someone standing on the moon?

On the Earth, with our atmosphere, even small objects entering the atmosphere such as Tunguska or Chelyabinsk can do devastating damage due to the shock-wave travelling through the air. People could ...
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How could an overseer of a space colony make sure that the defensive weapons the settlers are using cannot be turned against him?

I have this idea of a mining colony on an isolated planet. It's a dome like structure in a middle of an desert surrounded by a force field and some physical walls. The complex is lead by an overseer ...
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What would be a good reason for space colonists to lose their technology?

In my universe, humans nuked themselves in a war so thoroughly that the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable. As a result, they have to leave Earth and find a new home. They briefly tried to settle ...
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If Vikings Settled on a Tropical Island, How Would That Affect Up The Native Ecosystem? [closed]

An ice age has hit the already cold planet of Ryu 108. Its inhabitants, with the culture and technology of Scandinavia at the height of the viking age, are forced to feed themselves with a drastically ...
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Would it be easier to colonise a living world or a dead world?

This question about eating on a alien world got me thinking.... Would it be easier for humans to colonise a world with existing life, or one which was biologically dead? For the living world, let us ...
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What secular civic space would pioneers build for small frontier towns?

I am thinking about a part of a world with a lot of small towns on a frontier, like the early colonial era in the Americas, or pioneer days in the American Midwest, and later the Great Plains and the ...
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Maintaining Earthlike Gravity on other Worlds/Stations [closed]

I am writing my first short story in science fiction and am struggling with the issue of gravity. TLDR: What would it take to make a planet match Earth's gravity (e.g. Titan (yes, it's a moon but ...

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