Questions tagged [survival]

For questions about the viability of life in certain conditions. For example, it could be used in questions asking about the possibility of life on a planet or other astronomical body.

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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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Why don't adventurers (and monsters) suffocate in lower levels of dungeons?

Why don't adventurers (and monsters) suffocate in lower levels of dungeons? Gases in mines and dungeons can be unbreathable I asked a question about this on Physics to check my reasoning. Why does ...
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A 19th century proximity suit

If 19th century workers needed to be inside an active volcano for several hours, would they have materials to make a proximity suit to do this? Assuming working temperatures of 900°F for 4 hours, and ...
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How much trouble would a great depression era rural county have with settling a late cretaceous Montana/Wyoming?

I have a very specific setting in mind that can be pretty much summed up as "Wild West with Dinosaurs". However, I'm still trying to figure out the details of just how the people native to a ...
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Which countries/organizations are most likely to ensure survival on a freezing Earth?

I am writing some fiction about a freezing Earth. My previous questions about it were mostly about the physics aspects of it. After watching the Snowpiercer movie, I'd like to explore a human aspect. ...
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chance of surviving a planet killer explosion

Our main characters have just arrived at the brand new SpaceStation2™ (now with geostationary orbit!) soon they get settled in with the other characters already there, then the planet explodes, no ...
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How to avoid altitude sickness in medieval age?

There is an enchanted thingy at the top of a mountain, and there is only one hero who can wield said thingy in order to save the world. The mountain is 5,000 meters in height and the atmospheric ...
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Could cats sustain themselves in caves?

An odd question, yes, but a question I am asking anyway. I have a group of feral cats that lives in a cave system. They've lived down here for generations, and survival of the fittest weeded out the ...
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Supplies necessary for subterranean survivors to adapt to the apocalyptic surface?

In my world, there was a brutal nuclear war, killing off a large, large amount of humanity. While the (former) working-class and blue-collar survivors spent a century fighting and scavenging in an ...
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Can a single survivalist in a post-apocalypse, post-EMP world have electrical appliances?

EMP has wiped out every electrical circuit on the planet (Carrington event level). At the same time some unspecified non-persistent major disaster has wiped out everyone on Earth except her. There's ...
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The 42-Hour Day: Instant Extinction?

The information presented in the previous episode is out of date. In an alternate universe, there is still an Earth in geochemistry only. This one, Alternate Earth 600, is a "backwards Earth"...
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Portable replicator; the answer to some big problems?

So I was thinking about this TNG episode where Wesley and Picard are stuck on a desert planet with some other guy. They have no water, and no food. Then I got this idea: portable food and water ...
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An island world where potatoes are the only land vegetation - can it support human life?

NOTE I have re-edited the title to make it clearer. I have also added some detail in the paragraphs below that does not invalidate any of the existing answers. Let us suppose that a group of humans ...
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(Survival-Type Situation) How can I Craft a Powerful Sedative From Easy To Find/Gather Materials, Assuming No Meds in Clinics or Hospitals?

I have a character that finds himself in a decent-sized town that has already been ransacked, what can I use to craft sedatives that would be effective on both Zombies, (assuming their anatomy ...
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Is it possible for primitive tribe of humans to live most of their lives in system of caves?

I have an idea for a society of humans who have a level of technology similar to that of the North Sentinelese Islanders: borderline stone age with maybe some ability to use metal. The population can ...
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Could a colony on Neptune work?

My book is set far, far into the future, in a widely settled solar system. An expedition is sent to Neptune, and the expeditioners find out that there are massive cave systems reaching deep into ...
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What could lead to everyone on Earth becoming gay, and the human race facing extinction because they believe they can't reproduce?

I'm interested in creating a (humorous, satirical) science-fiction short story wherein the protagonist repeatedly claims if everyone was gay, the human race would die out. Then (somehow) one day... ...
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Optimal way to survive nuclear winter? [closed]

In my world, a global thermonuclear Third World War happens, causing a nuclear winter that will last around 5 years, coupled with radioactive fallout permeating the world. Here’s the thing: I want to ...
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How would snake creatures which use uroboros to roll to safety avoid brain damage?

Imagine a particular species of snake living in a mountainous region that when provoked or threatened will curve itself into a loop and every muscle in its body will tighten as it rolls down the slope ...

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