Questions tagged [survival]

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How Well Would Humans Fare In A Romero-Styled Zombie Apocalypse? [closed]

The Story takes place in the modern world, and starting from one day anyone who recently died with their brain intact will revive as a zombie to feed on living flesh. In this question we will not ...
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How long would humanity survive if a sudden eternal night occurs?

It's a normal victorian era day until people start to realize that the night is taking too long to pass and the sun is not coming out, in fact the sun is never coming out again. The sun still exists ...
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Functioning humanoid society with negligible gravity

In a fictional world, a humanoid species settles upon a foreign planet and intends to build a colony on this planet with an eventual goal of full habitation. They originally chose this planet for ...
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Can a gunsafe survive a nuclear blast level attack?

For reference, here is a type of safe I am talking about: Gun safes are extremely strong, they are on the more expensive end made with solid steel plates. But I am unsure whether something like that ...
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How can human feed themselves on a planet without organic compounds?

I have a planet that is mostly inhabited by "animals" that aren't carbon based, with intentions for humanity to eke out a way of living there. Now, easily I could reason that they just ...
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How fast would supplies become rare in a post-electric world?

I've created an alternate Earth where recurring G5 geomagnetic storms have eliminated the use of electricity. This means no major manufacturing and no shipping of everything from basic household ...
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How far in the past could a highly-trained survivalist live?

Related to How far in the past could unprepared humans survive?, but assumes a single survivalist, purpose-trained for his mission. He is to time travel as far back as he can and attempt to survive ...
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How can we prevent the Earth being scorched and swallowed as the Sun grows and eventually enters its red giant phase?

The Sun is slowly growing more and more luminous. As a result of these processes, multicellular life forms may be extinct in about 800 million years, and eukaryotes in 1.3 billion years, leaving only ...
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Survivability of a suddenly increased aphelion

I have long been wanting to write a story about Earth freezing relatively fast. In the past I have asked some questions here considering a scenario where Earth becomes a rogue planet... But I also ...
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Could a binary star system support life?

If we take an earth-sized planet with similar atmosphere, and put it into a P-type binary orbit, could it sustain human life? For sake of clarity, assume both stars are G-type stars and the planet is ...
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Super hot tropical forest

Consider an Earth like world except much hotter with extremely hot and wet tropical rain forests. Assuming 100% humidity, how hot might the alternate Earth tropics get and still support tree like ...
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Motivations for technologically advanced humans to abandon the solar system or a planet still habitable? [closed]

Let's say we are in the moderately distant future. For example, humans are technologically advanced enough so that interstellar travel is possible and Venus and Mars are terraformed. General ...
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How would men survive without women?

What could make a male-only human reproduction system exist, which makes women obsolete, expendable, and also gives men full control over their paternity?
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How long to turn a valley into a village? [closed]

So a group of villagers go up a very high mountain range fleeing from raiders. The urgency of their flight forces them to face the harsh mountains and, in their desperation, they end up finding a ...
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30 g kick to an entire planet, but only for extremely short duration [re-scoped]

I plan to subject an entire earth-like planet to about 300m/s^s acceleration, what is the shortest duration I can get away with for non-scientists to realize something has happened, without everyone’s ...
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How to politely coexist with a vampire?

Inspired by a comical misreading of the title to this question, how would you politely coexist with a vampire? Vampires want blood. You have blood. You'd prefer to keep your blood in your veins and ...
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How would a medieval kingdom survive a zombie outbreak [closed]

In my world, there is a zombie infestation that destroys and takes out many kingdoms, citystates, and villages. These zombies are fast and like the ones from zombieland. It is possible to get cured, ...
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How can plants spread to an extraterrestrial body without human assistance? [duplicate]

The plants can sense worsening ecological conditions in 2022. They need to germinate beyond planet earth. Assuming they can survive in space, germinate in extraterrestrial soil, and the like, how can ...
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How do we survive in post-apocalyptical permanent nighttime (with no electricity, communication, running water, and aliens of course)? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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