Questions tagged [survival]

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How do we survive in post-apocalyptical permanent nighttime (with no electricity, communication, running water, and aliens of course)?

A race of aliens have invaded Earth and they love the dark. These aliens have caused intense smoke shading to occur so that it is permanently pitch black. It has been several weeks since it went dark, ...
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How realistic would it be to have a human based colony surviving a “great flood” style event and living only on ships?

Technology: end of ww2 era (before de-armerment) Population: ~2.5 billion Location: current earth Essentially, massive amounts of water have appeared, covering the entire earth. Humanity has roughly 1 ...
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Most hospitable biomes for living off the land

I'm trying to figure out which are the most hospitable biomes for living off the land. Say we have a small spacecraft fallen through a time warp that takes it sideways in time, where it finds itself ...
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How would a person with food allergies cope in the Middle Ages?

In a story I'm working on, a character suddenly finds himself transported back to the late Middle Ages. This is completely unexpected, so he doesn't have time to prepare. It occurred to me that a lot ...
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Can loneliest loneliness kill in a post apocalypse?

My story occurs in the near future after a nuclear holocaust, the human population is reduced to mere thousands spread out all over the world. A mysterious disease seems to infect the survivors of the ...
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What can we eat in the late Cretaceous?

Suppose there is a team of explorers sent back in time 66 million years ago somewhere before the K-T event took place, the mission is to spend no more than 3 months to retrieve a blood sample from a ...
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How Can Crashdrake Live In a Pine Forest?

Crashdrakes. These dragons are, for just about any intent or purpose, a cassowary, or in other words they are big, flightless, highly aggressive and yet herbivorous death birds. Seeing that dragons in ...
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Feasible ways for humanity to survive a nuclear apocalypse?

As stated in answers to my previous question: How many survivors would grow on earth years after a worldwide nuclear holocaust? ...even two countries like India & Pakistan bombing each other a few ...
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Why do dragons need to roar before chasing down their prey?

The dragons are the size of a double-decker bus with a long wingspan of over 100 meters, despite their muscular build they lack both endurance and stamina so more often than not they would simply ...
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Lightspeed travel survivability [closed]

In my sci fi novel, a technologically advanced version of the human race is capable of harnessing and creating large amounts of antimatter for interstellar travel at 99% the speed of light , ...
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A dragon flash-heats a forest, how long does it take the forest to recover?

A closed-off dell ringed entirely by mountains is smothered in smoke at 900°F from a dragon. After suffocating the forest, a magical barrier seals them in. It is invisible but doesn't allow airflow ...
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What would the survival rate be for a group of people forced into an underground, bunker style community?

Suppose 1000 people were forced underground into a relatively well set up bunker style community. Assuming they have no official leadership or organization to begin with, they must rapidly learn their ...
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How to fake my death in 1994 [closed]

The year is 1994. I am being monitored by a shadow organization with agents in every corner of the government, public service, and positions of power. Fortunately for me they have a lot of people to ...
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How badly has the snakebot doomed the world?

First, on January 20th, 2017, the capitol cities of the Nuclear Club were destroyed by (very clean) 80 megaton nuclear blasts: Washington DC, Moscow, London, Paris, Beijing, New Delhi, Islamabad, ...
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How might Elves in this setting survive?

I'm working on a short story. In in this story there are elves. I'm hoping to realistically write how they would fight both one another and other races. NOTE: The elves didn't naturally evolve, they ...
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Could an ecosphere realistically survive in space long enough to plant life on a new celestial body

I’m not taking about the ecospheres by the brand “ecosphere”, but the type you see on the channel life in jars. These type of ecospheres are essentially a sealed clear container with water, dirt, ...
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human version of hermit crabs

I have some tribes of nomads that live in pretty harsh places, going around by carts or building shelter is usually not an option. They live and sleep in some kind of heavy primitive armor, I was ...
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Living around a quark star

Let's assume the theoretical quark star exists - and humans have found it. There's a planet orbiting it, and for the purposes of my story, I want it to be habitable. My question is: Can you have a ...
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How to survive on earth like planet with no supplies at the start [closed]

Before I start, I would like to explain the purpose of this series. A few days ago, I had a big project where I had to a design a prompt for everyone to write about. So for the next few weeks, I will ...
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Barren Rock: Habitable?

I was roleplaying with my siblings, and one of them had selected the Shaman Class I devised. A Shaman's power over the elements comes from their connection to said elements, so their place of origin ...
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Would a somewhat benign "vampiric" virus be doomed to infect everyone?

In one of the books of the The Witcher series Geralt has been told by a vampire (Regis, if I recall) that it was not true that vampirism could be spread by bite. He elaborated that the whole idea was ...
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Mermaids: Dealing With Predators

Mermaids have it rough. Being a marine species, they lack the means and quite possibly the inclination (as mermaids, like people, get used to what they have) to create fire and work metal, and ...
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A city under supernatural siege: sounding a proper alarm

This is in effect a continuation the "using dead bodies materials for food/construction/etc" series. The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with ...
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Would You Fit All the Domesticated Animals on This One Continent?

There is an alternate Earth somewhere in the multiverse, one in which there are three continents, all separated by an interconnected network of seaways that make up only 45% of the planet's surface (...
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Using dead bodies for material 5: civilian armors

The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with just a few minutes of warning anywhere, regardless of it being the middle of the street or on top of your bed ...
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Arming all untrained people with firearms, which weapon would do?

This is an extention of this question: Using dead bodies for material 4: ammunition The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with just a few minutes of ...
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Using dead bodies for material 4: ammunition

The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with just a few minutes of warning anywhere, regardless of it being the middle of the street or on top of your bed ...
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Using dead bodies for material 3: fuel

The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with just a few minutes of warning anywhere, regardless of it being the middle of the street or on top of your bed ...
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Using bodies for materials 2: construction materials

The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with just a few minutes of warning anywhere. It can be a single one, or millions that swarm the area. The world's ...
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Using bodies for materials 1: food

My question is different than this question: How can I feed an entire population on corpses?. My question asks for creature bodies to be used as food sources and material rather than human bodies, ...
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Could humans survive in the solar system if the earth was destroyed? [closed]

In this setting humans have settled all around the solar system but the bulk of the population is still in earth however an asteroid wiped out all life. Now can humans sustain themselves with whatever ...
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Forest fires for heat

I am writing a work of fiction in which, circa 2030, the global average temperature of the Earth falls by 150C (~270F) over the course of five months. This upends the way societies work as people ...
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Surviving in a city under constant threat 1: minimum requirements for survival and maintenance

The fluff: A new energy source is invented using the energy of the void and it takes the world by storm. By the time they realise it creates connections to other dimensions it is too late, and ...
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How long could a human survive in a near-pure CO2 atmosphere?

Imagine Mars's atmosphere has been mostly terraformed. By that, I mean that the surface pressure and temperature have been brought up to at least survivable values. (The atmosphere is still 95% Carbon ...
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Is this Subterranean Isolationist City Self-Sufficient

In the story I'm writing, there is a city located entirely underground in a complex network of artificial and nature tunnels and chambers under and inside of a mineral-rich mountain range. An ...
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How would a group of people on a rogue planet expand their settlement into an empire with minimal resources? [closed]

The type of rogue planet I am referring to is a terrestrial planet that has been ejected from it's solar system during it forming. The planet has a thin atmosphere and has no star, because of this the ...
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How would a enormous more-than-city-sized ship fare in a fantasy world?

A long time ago in my world, a people, who lived alone in a continent-sized island away from any significant other landmass, had a schism. Half of them departed in a fleet with numerous ships into the ...
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Can 1 person survive this experiment? [closed]

You know when scientists run decades long experiments where they create new species of bacteria in petri dishes to test them one against the other or to test them against various antibiotics and see ...
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Cannibal City: Part 1 - Eating your enemies

The Great City has impregnable walls. No-one has ever overwhelmed them and likely no-one ever will. The only way to defeat the inhabitants of this mighty city is to besiege them and simply starve ...
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How realistic would it be if it survived to turn into a land invertebrate? Like an Earth octopus? [closed]

Two superheroes are fighting a battle. The First one breaks the second one's spine, above and below, breaks the ribs, pulls out the spine, and leaves. The Second has the ability of bio-kinesis, he can ...
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If Earth suddenly become a rogue planet what would humanity have to do to survive [duplicate]

If Earth become a rogue planet leaving the sun's orbit and leaving our solar system what would humanity have to do to survive and how long could they survive? Edit: I should note that it is not a ...
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What kind of building structures could a group of eleven people make whilst stranded on a tropical island?

I'm just curious to know what kind of structures a group of people would make on a tropical rainforest island. Context After an incident in the beginning the story these eleven young people (young ...
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How to survive on earth if everyone disappeared? [closed]

One day, at 3am, everyone on Earth vanishes except for Tim. Tim is 17, does well in high school but doesn't have many real world skills. Tim lived in a large North American city. Questions: After joy ...
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How long would it take before the water flowing out from an encased and flooded suburb is drinkable?

One of the early events in my story involves a 2x2 mile section of a suburban town that is encased in invisible walls 100 feet (30m) high and perpetually subjected to heavy rain at a rate of about an ...
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How Could my People Avoid Altitude Sickness While Riding Giant Birds?

In my book series, some of the people of the planet Aurea use giant vultures called Argentavis for transport and aerial combat. These domesticated, selectively bred birds are far larger than their ...
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Help! Mage stuck inside a wall!

When teleporting an aura of magic covers your body and this aura works as a coating portal. Instead of you entering a portal, the portal eats you. The portal is created magically and eats the user in ...
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What kind of deadly ranged weapon can pixies use against humans?

Description of pixies As heavy as a standard golf ball. As big as official ping pong ball. Humanoid but have a pair of wings for flight. Prefer to live in forested areas. Eats fruits and insects. ...
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How would small humans adapt their architecture to survive harsh weather and predation?

These humans would be 10x smaller than us, around 16-18cm tall, just divide by ten on our current heights. If we're small, that would mean animals are 10x bigger than normal. Keep in mind that puddles ...
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What would allow gasoline to last for years?

Looking for a way gasoline can last more than 3-6 months? Going off the simple zombie apocalypse scenario, I want a way to find vehicles and drive them after they have sat for 2,3... x number of years?...
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How does a flying hydra work?

A hydra is a multi-headed beast usually depicted as a serpent in many mythologies. I suppose each head should have an independent brain and thus would each have a different wake/sleep cycle not unlike ...
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