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what types for guns and magic would be suited, for a arabian-style steampunk 5e setting? [closed]

I am in the process of doing a homebrew setting for 5e. That is based around a steampunk arabian aesthetic. My setting will include guns alongside magic, though both won't be common nor rare but ...
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Would A Sci-Fi Civilisation Use Magnetic Tape Data Storage Too?

In my story, the primary data storage method for the order of semi-militant and highly augmented archivists that the MC is a part of uses magnetic tape storage for their data. Would a sci-fi ...
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Negative pressure projectile propellants (Alternatives to gunpowder)

While I was looking into alternatives to gunpowder I stumbled onto a comment talking about an ignited chemical propellant that could be placed in front of a bullet and effectively suck it forwards out ...
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How long would a stock of nuclear warheads and their delivery systems remain viable? [duplicate]

My world is recovering from a period of chaos lasting around 50 years, during which time many things were not maintained, or only sporadically maintained. My story takes place in (what used to be) a ...
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Keeping an airship aloft using only propellers (and nuclear reactors)

Airships! Many people love them, many see them as a flying safety hazard, especially the hydrogen-filled kind. And recently, I've thought about the other alternative: Propeller-Airships! I'm ...
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How to fight effectively on a space station [duplicate]

So the question here is fairly simple. What kind of weapons can you use on a space station that can kill someone in advanced body armor, and even the occasional person in powered armor, without too ...
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What would be left after 150,000 years [closed]

In the story I'm writing a human is landing on a planet of a far advanced alien civilization that went extinct. The reason for that is "unknown" so there was no war or natural catastrophe. ...
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Why wouldn't the world have advanced warning of a significant asteroid/comet strike?

Suddenly, the news warn of a civilization-resetting asteroid/comet about to hit the earth in hours. No-one knew a thing. Why? Well, my research shows that such an event is extremely unlikely in any ...
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How many people can China geographically support?

I'm writing an Alternate History Timeline. In that timeline, the Self-Strengthening Movement implemented by the Qing Dynasty actually works. As a result, the Qing Dynasty is able to modernize, fight ...
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Efficient method of storing energy in a near-future, semi-hard sci-fi game

I am creating a relatively hard sci-fi video game that takes place in the year 2147, and am trying to make it represent a future that might be completely realistic. There have not been that many ...
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With modern technology would it be possible to build an HG Wells style Martian tripod?

With modern technology would it be possible to build an HG Wells style Martian tripod? It should approximate to one of the HG Wells war of the worlds style tripods at roughly 30m high and have a “heat ...
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How disadvantageous would symmetrical, four-fingered hands be?

I'm working on a fantasy world in which orcs are more obviously similar to swine and I want them to have hands which look like they could have evolved from pig's feet. My "concept design" is ...
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Appropriateness of lasers for alien plant control

In my science fiction setting, it is the tail end of the twenty-first century, and most scientific fields and engineering disciplines have advanced substantially. There has been further developments ...
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Colonizing a frozen Waterworld

So in my fictional scenario a civilization has to leave their home planet. Having no possibility to travel close to light speed, their best bet is the neighboring system which includes an ice world ...
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How does constant darkness effect a culture's clothing?

In my world, Elves live in a tall forest with a canopy so thick that almost no light reaches the forest floor. Due to this, Elves have all but gone blind. The sun still warms the upper layers, but ...
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What are advantages of plasma based weaponry in ship-to-ship combat

I want to know what are some general advantages(and disadvantages) of using plasma-based weaponry over kinetics. I know containment is generally the killer, but in my setting that is a non-issue ...
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How practical would it be to use a handgun-knife hybrid weapon?

I am writing a character for a tabletop rpg campaign in an high fantasy world which is starting a magitech revolution. She is a secret service operative and I was thinking of giving her this hybrid ...
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How could hovercraft be made an economically viable option for overland transportation?

The level of technology is mostly on par with that of the early 1970s. Hovercraft similar to the SR.N6, Bell Aerospace Voyageur and Lebed are what is available. Other methods of transport are at the ...
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What materials and building techniques would a Late Medieval-Renaissance city use next to an ocean?

I'm designing a coastal city (called Bruxport), and I'm wondering what types of materials and techniques would be used to help combat erosion, water damage, and salt build-up from damaging buildings? ...
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Alternative methods for heat management(short and medium term)

I am aware of methods such as heatsinks, radiators, and thermoelectric generators, but I was wondering if there are any alternative methods to dissipate heat on a military vessel in combat. Preferably ...
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Is there a reason why computers of the 1920s-1980s look the way they do? [closed]

Good day all. I'm currently penning a document for my worldbuilding project that deals with the aesthetic (or rather design language) of the world's current level of technology. For reasons ...
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Would a non-equatorial space elevator be feasible? [duplicate]

For context, my story is quite far in the future(not sure quite how far), and space is quite developed at this point, so elevators are a thing that have been made, although only a few. Essentially, ...
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Would Earlier Knowledge of Rubber Vulcanization have been a Game Changer?

I was working on an alternate history world where the Americas are not heavily colonized and I became aware of how some people in the Yucatan were vulcanizing rubber long before Goodyear. Assuming ...
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Could a planet have metalloids but very few metals?

Could advanced technology be created by an intelligent species on a planet where there are very few true metals and only large amounts of metalloids? I envision a planet sparse in accessible metals, ...
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Time dilation on a heavily oblong planet

Once upon a time writer Hal Clement had created a world named Mesklin. One of features he didn't detail for historical reasons is a time dilation between polar areas, where gravity is 700g and equator,...
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Could we manufacture carbon nanotubes in space en masse?

Would it be possible or practical in the not-too-distant future to mine, process, refine, and manufacture carbon nanotubes (CNT) in space on a large scale? The output would be used to construct the ...
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What kind of alien technology would make space colonization viable?

This isn't about what kind of technology would make spaceflight easier, this is about what kind of a discovery would incentivize world superpowers to aggressively invest in spaceflight. I'm asking ...
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Why does my futuristic society want transparent iPads and computer monitors?

Transparent iPads/computer monitors seem to be a staple of sci-fi (Star Wars, some of the new Marvel stuff, Red Notice etc). The screen is always functioning on the side of the Reader, and the ...
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Earliest possible time for hydrothermal carbonization

Assuming that some lucky (and very wealthy) alchemist was on the right track, what is the earliest time that the hydrothermal carbonization process can be both discovered and implemented on a large ...
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Could a society with medieval technology discover all the planets in the solar system?

Could you have a telescope advanced enough to see a planet as far away as Neptune is from Earth, in a civilization with a tech level equivalent to 1100 AD? Would it be possible to discover all the ...
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What settings would you need for a useful nanotech horse?

In a future society, nanotech and super science has made a thing called horse bags. You buy a bag from the store, stuff some dirt in there, and a few hours later a trained horse comes out. You can ...
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How did she buy her freedom? Any ideas? [closed]

In my book, an alien race conquers the earth and kidnaps the most intelligent or prominent people in certain branches of science where they consider that humans are more advanced. Shortly after, a ...
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Data storage on marble statue

In my novel I need incriminating international information somehow embedded in/on an erotic marble statue. Is this possible? If so how would it be done and how info later be retrieved? I've searched ...
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How can I make so that not much useful scientific knowledge or artifacts remain of an ancient, advanced civilization?

My setting: The world is currently at the technological stage of about late 1970s. There are computers, including early personal computers, television, and all. The world seems to be developing at a ...
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Making nuclear weapons almost impossible to build

The Issue I am currently working on a world that is supposed to take place around the 1980s, in terms of parity with Earth, technology-wise. There is a lot of magic mixed into it as well. The real ...
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How early technologically could manganese nodules be economically dredged if there was a serious desire to do so?

While the idea of deep sea mining has only started to see significant effort in recent times, there were earlier efforts in the 1960s and 1970s. While they were first discovered in 1868, first ...
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What event, short of a war or apocalypse, could cause social and technological regress?

In the world in which my story takes place, interstellar transport was achieved and some tentative voyages were made. But then, something happened to cause a general and widespread technological and ...
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Is it possible to live without killing?

Hooray! Aliens are discovered, the alien community is out there, and we want to join them. However to join their illustrious organisation, the Galactic Federation, it is a deeply moral group, and the ...
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Could these technologies be fabricated and utilised by this semi-industrialised society?

I have this society that has enjoyed some rather fantastical circumstances resulting in a unique path of technological advancement, and I need help figuring out what kind of technologies they would be ...
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Is this timeframe realistic for compact full-brain simulation?

The year is 2175, and at this point, there are compact ASIC systems (no larger than a 2024 smartphone) that use a combination of powerful dedicated processors and some quantum computing subsystems ...
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Could medieval agriculture develop without soil?

In a water-world where the only "land" are the floating, rotting corpses of titans, how would a medieval civilization develop agriculture? Since they are of medieval technology level, ...
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How would an alien civilization equivalent in advancement to humans today hide their existence from future humans?

160 light-years from Earth, 1000 years in the future, exists an alien civilization roughly equal in its technological advancement to modern civilization on earth. They fear the possibility of the ...
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Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’? [closed]

Can CRISPR technology be used to create ‘super soldiers’ that are animal human hybrids? So the hearing of a bat, night vision of an owl, hunting prowess of a wolf, maybe resistant to pain and ...
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Moving people and goods between spinning and non-spinning parts of a space station [closed]

I'm thinking of three possibilities - all of which have the user experience of elevators and don't require space suits. involves a programmed pod that moves a short distance in space between docking ...
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Cybernetic AIs get hacked, while sentient AGIs are immune?

First question, I hope I do this right! I have a world in which most of the Solar System (including Mars, some Lagrange points of Venus, and most of the gas giants’ moons) have been colonized set a ...
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Pulsed Acceleration Gravity

Let's say I have a spaceship under construction with a habitation module and I want a reasonably compact means of mimicking the compressive effects of gravity on the body I have two candidate ideas ...
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Shrink and steal the moon [closed]

Can the moon be shrunk to the size of a tennis ball and change the weight to be lighter to take it back to earth?
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Underwater motion detector

Citizens of an underwater city along the Ring of Fire are trying to protect a 50kg object. The object is housed in an underground cavern near the city. How can motion be passively detected in or near ...
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Designing ad-hoc radio relay system for people lost on alien world

I have a story set on a habitable but otherwise unpopulated alien world with a breathable atmosphere in which two opposing groups of survivors of a crash each try to seize control of an orbiting ...
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How quickly could a bronze age society be reborn after regressing due to a mass extinction and ice age?

In my setting's history a rome analogue has somehow managed to conquer the entirety of a eurasia sized continent. An advanced bronze age society with significant understanding of magic. As a cooling ...
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