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Questions tagged [victorian-era]

For questions relating the Victorian Era of England and the United Kingdom (or alternate histories of same) or relating to events worldwide during that time period (1837–1901).

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Could 'robotic' prostheses be possible in the victorian era?

In my world I would like to have a cyborg-inspired veteran, but am not sure what kinds of prostheses would be possible, ideally without the use of electrics. My main concern is how the prostheses ...
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How might a purely mechanical 'voice' function?

In my world there are mechanical semi-humanoid automata. Would it be possible to make them speak in a fashion that sounds natural (i.e. human)? How might it function? The mechanism should be capable ...
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Mechanical amplification without creating huge distances?

How would a mechanism look that allows a person to e.g. turn a crown-sized wheel (from a watch) by any amount (e.g. 180 degrees) resulting in a turntable (from train yards) turning the same amount (e....
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Victorian optical sensors?

In my fictional world I would like to have something similar to modern optical sensors for things such as aiming systems, night-vision goggles and automaton vision. The main problem I face is ...
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Would a non-lethal military be effective?

An empire spanning the globe has a military force trained and equipped for the temporary impairment of combat forces, such as sleeping gas, shields and nets. The empire is by far the most ...
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Victorian CCTV?

In a setting of late Victorian technology, would it be possible to record and replay sound and light near-real-time similar to modern video-recordings? The ideal criteria for the system would be (in ...
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How can humans be brought back to life? [closed]

In my story a scientist figures out the way to bring his dead family back to life, either through creating new beings that look like them or by reanimation. The story is set in a sort of Victorian era ...
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What economic effects would magically-enforced isolation have on the Victorian age British Empire?

The year is 1862. A magician raises up an impenetrable magical barrier around the British Isles. The barrier is spherical in shape, and it contains England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. It also ...
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How well could a dog pick out the scent of a single person in a pool of carnage?

I'm writing about a world that predates most modern forensic techniques, and I am looking for some old-fashioned methods of sleuthing that would have been available at around the 1850-1900. In one ...
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In a Victorian Era steampunk D&D campaign: what historic implications would it have if Scotland was underwater? [closed]

So, this is a rather unusual question. I'm not going to talk to you about the backstory because that's another question by itself, but I want to talk about how Scotland has influenced the rest of the ...
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How much to charge for fictional substances in Victorian England setting?

I'm working on a little steampunk setting, which incorporates a lot of the elements of Victorian England. One of the similarities is the economy, in that prices and wages in this world are fairly ...
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Victorian Ship Weighing

In a Victorian society, an engineer has come up with a clever boat lift for his canal, using counterweights. In order to work correctly and most efficiently, the operators will need to know how much ...