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Questions tagged [written-material]

For questions about the creation and usage of different sorts of written material such as books and newspapers.

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How could written materials be preserved after 3000 years of history? [closed]

Premise Grandmaster Fredrietch Kalven, a researcher of lost arts, was tasked by the king to find and record all written histories of their world since the earliest writings. After many years of ...
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What factors would affect the choice of direction of script writing to the inventor of a new writing system?

i.e left-to-right, right-to-left, top-to-bottom etc. My guesses so far : righty/lefty person, material on which writing is done, tools by which writing is done etc. But I'm not able to convince ...
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Paper from human skin

I'm writing a story about a people that lives in a very cold, icy environment. Their technological level of advancement ranges from stone age to dark ages in different areas. I'd like them to record ...
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Which parts of our civilization would survive 1000 years? [closed]

If some catastrophic event happened that wiped out humanity tomorrow, not destroying any objects or places, which parts of our civilization would survive for 1000 years? What would the world look like?...
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Where does ink come from in a Medieval setting? [closed]

In a medieval setting, in an area mainly on chalk or limestone, with a northern european climate were would ink for writing come from?
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Sharing digital data on physical medium

How can one store digital data in a manner readable without a computer? To pose a more concrete frame around the question, let's assume we can transport some limited amount of mass into the 1950s and ...
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In a culture that writes in circles, what would the medium for writing look like?

Most Earth cultures — as far as I know — tend to use square or rectangular surfaces to write upon, and similarly our texts are also organized into square and rectangular shapes. However, a culture ...
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Can the Great Race of Yith's record-keeping actually last for eons? [duplicate]

I was researching the alien races of H.P. Lovecraft when I came across this passage: For those unaware, The Great Race of Yith are so named because they've mastered time travel as a means of living ...
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Can a modern book that traveled back in time be proven to be older?

Imagine I travel back in time ~500 years, leave a modern ship/boat log book in a cave and the log book was discovered today. Since the book was discovered after it was possible to buy it off the shelf ...
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If people forgot how to write, how would the world be affected? [closed]

Suppose that you woke up tomorrow and the world had lost all memory of written communication including how to make paper and how to use pen, pencil, typewriters, colors, keyboards, basically any means ...
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What would it take for Jane Doe to craft a book from scratch?

Background Say hi to Jane Doe. Jane is a writer and, after years of writing and rewriting, has finally achieved what she believes is her greatest, most personal piece of writing ever. And she has a ...
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What could an aquatic civilization use to write on/with?

As the topic asks, what could an aquatic civilization use to write on/with? By aquatic, I mean they live in the oceans, breathe water, etc. -- like mermaids and such. And they are trying to create a ...
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Creation Myth Development Help [closed]

C.W Lewis's Narnia and J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-Earth series all had creation myths for their characters to believe. I want to have a go for one of my projects but I'm stuck. I would like suggestions, ...
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The Printing Press of Alexandria

"You think we should come up with a faster way to transcribe this stuff in case some guy tries to burn it all down?" Suppose someone at the Royal Library of Alexandria had invented the printing ...
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Suitable name for book of prophecies, book of riddles [closed]

I have used some prophecies and riddles in my stories. All of them were written into books placed in library called Old world diary. That book should have name - to it could be quoted as source of ...
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How could a book be constructed to last forever?

The Clock of the Long Now is a clock designed to mark time for 10,000 years. That's a really long time for humans, but what if there existed a species that would see such a clock as "a bit short lived"...