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Q&A A light tower based communication system

I'm building a world with cities of extremely different technological capabilities. One has a monopoly on gunpowder and one has complete understanding of the magic system in the world. The only t...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mister Onion‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mister Onion‭

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Q&A Would sound shifts be severe enough for two dialects to be mutually unintelligible after 400 years of no verbal contact?

A group of English-speaking settlers travel to the Earth-like exoplanet of Rataan, which is 5 light years away. They board the generation ship Genesis that will reach Rataan in 200 years (0.25% of ...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭

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Q&A I want my gryphons and birdfolk to have facial expressions. How?

So, Both birdfolk and gryphons have a head structure, similar to that of birds of prey, i.e: forward facing eyes. Sure, the color of the plumage and the beak-type can vary, but one problem is still...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Facial expressions for dragons?

Though this applies to lizardfolk and most creatures with a snout as well, I'm having trouble giving more facial expressions to dragons. Sure, they can wink, bare their fangs and laugh out loud and...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A How to build a wormhole for FTL communication? [more Engineering than Physics question]

I came to SE WB while I was researching about space radiators for my sci-fi. I don't remember where exactly I found an answer to my question (Maybe? Idr) but I stunned with this site. You all looks...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Rodolfo Penteado‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Rodolfo Penteado‭

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Q&A A dragon, a gryphon and a tengu are flying toghether. How can they actually communicate?

One problem, I think writers often overlook, is the problem of flying creatures communicating with each other. I call this the "I can't hear you over the sound of the f@cking headwind!" For my wor...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Semi-FTL quantum communications

I'm trying to come up with idea's that have some plausibility of sending information FTL. So we can entangle particles together. When you measure them you influence them. If you measure one up the...

3 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Demigan‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Demigan‭

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Q&A How do you send out SOS in space if there is no absolute coordinate?

Imagine your spaceship encountered a gravitational anomaly and discovered that you are lost in space, your computer tells you that you are still inside the Milky Way galaxy but it cannot find the S...

9 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A Intergalactic Communication?

I am building a science fiction world with technology comparable to the Halo Universe (AKA Warp Drives are a thing). The story is set in a section of the galaxy with various nations controlling mul...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Tigershad0w‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tigershad0w‭

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Q&A Are (near) instant data transfers feasible on an intergalactic scale?

Inspired partially by this comment on one of my answers, I got to thinking on what the quickest way to communicate would be on an intergalactic scale. Say humans have colonised the galaxy, and use...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Plutian‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Plutian‭

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Q&A "Dragon amongst the sheep" How could a dragon avoid other animals registering him as a threat?

So, one of the less know abilities of dragons here is anivoice. Anivoice allows dragons to communicate with birds, mammals, reptiles, dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Of course, the information, relayed...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Why would a civilization want to contact with a hypothetical extraterrestrial civilization?

Mankind has been always interested in making contact with another (extraterrestrial) civilization. We have launched the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes with plaques explaining where the Earth is located. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Garoal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Garoal‭

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Q&A Communicating the idea of danger to an unknown alien civilization

An alien automatic "beacon" tries to warn us about some imminent danger. It does so with launching a succession of large "veils" in front of their star so we can detect them via the transit method....

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Keelhaul‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Keelhaul‭

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Q&A Designing a safe way to share location of a secret ship

There is a secret ship and it is used by pirates as a recharging point. It has a nuclear reactor as a power source and other ships are using electricity. Let's assume in this world stealth technolo...

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Kirill‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kirill‭

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Q&A So, magic is based on swarm robotics and nanotechnology. How can I have Anti-magic fields?

So, at its core, magic is using a swarm of tiny (50-100 micrometers), naturally occuring robots to deliver substances to a given location and initiate chemical reactions that lead towards the desir...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Ways for advanced civilizations to mask communications on an interstellar / intergalactic scale

Say we have a civilization on the verge of becoming Type II, and are in the process of building a Dyson Sphere. They are aware that in the process, and especially after completion, there will be te...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by SapphireFlame‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SapphireFlame‭

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Q&A Could echolocated images be used for a language?

So I have this underwater echolocation using species. I'm wondering if they could have a language partly based on recreating sounds from returning echolocation waves to 'talk' images at each other....

6 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chickenpeep Chickenpeep‭

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Q&A Living Planet Possible?

Although a question about how large a living thing could be has been asked and answered, would a being such as Mogo from DC's Green Lantern series be possible? Mogo is the size of Earth roughly ...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by The Glis Jackel‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by The Glis Jackel‭

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Q&A Lighthouse Alternatives

In my pre-electricity world, fast communication is achieved by means of lighthouses, each being able to direct strong and precise beams of light towards distantly visible lighthouses. However a pr...

18 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A How might a highly intelligent aquatic species (mermaids) communicate underwater?

I'm trying to create basically realistic mermaids, and working on developing body language and vocalizations. I have most of the vocalizations I can think of (suggestions are still appreciated), bu...

11 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Guest‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Guest‭

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Q&A If an Alcubierre Drive is possible, can you communicate FTL without a vessel?

Assume that an Alcubierre drive is feasible. In fact, assume that one has been built. A superluminal starship can propel itself through space by distorting space in front of it and behind it. Howev...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A Injury to the lower jaw - what would be the consequences?

One of my characters suffers an injury where a spike pierced his lower jaw and severed his tongue. Ignoring the fact that he may not have survived this wound under normal circumstances (eldritch p...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Henderson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Henderson‭

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Q&A How could a civilization detect tachyons?

In an effort to work out a believable form of faster-than-light communications for my setting, I've ruled out a few things: wormholes (which are in use, but are too random in where they lead, to be...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cereza‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cereza‭

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Q&A Looking for a soft substance that doesn't dissolve underwater

I'm writing a story that takes place entirely underwater, mostly in a deep sea town and shallower city. Both are underwater and populated by beings who can survive underwater. My thinking is that...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by John Lewis‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by John Lewis‭

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Q&A Which sounds could a tongueless person produce?

In my world, officials dealing with sensitive information have their tongues amputated. Naturally writing and a special, government-only sign-language are the main forms of communication, but crea...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A How can a person become completely mute without external indications?

I have searched for a while now, but I cannot find a definite answer. A character I am writing has been captured by the antagonist, operated on and released, now completely mute. I've looked ar...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Person‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Person‭

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Q&A Most bit efficient text communication method?

What would be the most efficient text communication method for a spacecraft operating on a super low bit rate (I'm talking something like 5 bits an hour, excluding error handling)? As you want bo...

13 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Exostrike‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Exostrike‭

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Q&A Alien message: arrows and sequence order

This is part of my Alien Message series: Recognizable natural numbers for alien message? Alien message: "Invitation" I recall a TV show featuring a discussion on the design of warning messages ...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by JDługosz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JDługosz‭

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Q&A Keeping GHz wireless RF out of our heads without stopping the internet?

Premise: Neurologists found that GHz wireless RF had modest but quite negative effects on people's brains. Subtle collective effects in neuronal firing patterns across the brain due to interactions...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by uhoh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by uhoh‭

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Q&A How can animals of various species organize themselves against a super-predator?

Cats in New York City are an invasive species that are a plague to the animal kingdom. It is well documented that these bloodthirsty psychopaths are responsible for the murder of billions of innoce...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Incognito‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Incognito‭

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Q&A How would an advanced civilization have constant communication between planets?

In this universe humans have advanced far enough to be able to colonize planets in our system but not enough to do interstellar travel. Earth is united and they have moved beyond countries and bord...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by John Hamilton‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by John Hamilton‭

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Q&A Why bother programming facial expressions for artificial intelligence if humans are bad at recognising them?

Set in the near future, robots and mankind coexist amicably due to the great technological advancement in robotics and artificial intelligence. They are everywhere and some took a human form. All o...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user6760‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user6760‭

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Q&A What does my dragon sound like?

My dragon So to give a quick description, this is a 2 mile long, nuclear powered dragon of doom. I think I'll going with a fission/fusion hybrid creature for this beast. Another piece of relevant ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nick‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nick‭

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Q&A Ancient Roman Pneumatic tube Postal Service

The Romans had pumps, aqueducts, water wheels (which were used to grind flour, saw wood &amp; stone etc), valves &amp; pipes (they are known to have used stone, clay, lead &amp; copper for pipes). ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pelinore‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pelinore‭

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Q&A Verbally communicating with a no-lips, no-nosed, spiked tooth alien

In my world, humans encounter an alien species. They want to communicate verbally with each other, so I'd like to know what sounds could be shared by both species. The species has no/very thin li...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Thatguypat‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Thatguypat‭

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Q&A Could you carry a wormhole through another wormhole?

Okay, let's assume that travel between star systems is done through stable, stationary wormholes on the outer boundaries of each system. This alone is slightly magic for now, of course, but let's r...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Cereza‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Cereza‭

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Q&A Is it possible for a planet's climate to block, or at least make wireless communication irrelevant?

So, I'm writing a sci-fi story, which has a setting which involves human colonists crash landing on a massive, icy hellhole. The weather is extreme on the surface, and because of it, wireless commu...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Knight_Owl‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Knight_Owl‭

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Q&A What would make radio transmission unfeasible on a planet?

I am looking for a good reason to make radio communications on a planetary scale unfeasible or impossible. Short-range use is acceptable, but no transmissions should make it to orbit or over the ho...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by flexneck‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by flexneck‭

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Q&A How to use a certain technology to communicate with colonies but keep the how-to a secret?

I'm building a world for a role-playing game campaign using the Stars Without Number system. Some background information first: Stars Without Number Original Setting: In the original story prov...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Aventinus‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Aventinus‭

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Q&A FTL travel is impossible. How is interstellar trade possible?

Assume a universe depressingly like ours, in which special relativity holds. No hyperspace, no warp drive, no wormholes, and even the limited get-out clauses offered by real world physics either do...

26 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Lostinfrance‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Lostinfrance‭

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Q&A Is there a scientifically plausible faster-than-light communication system?

In series such as the Hyperion Cantos and Ender's Game, there exist fictional faster-than-light communication systems allowing either instantaneous, or near-instantaneous transmission of informatio...

9 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Kohlbrr‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Kohlbrr‭

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Q&A Quick solutions to a modern warning placed on the surface of a planet for future generations

In response to Write once perpetual storage, is such a thing possible? Separatrix pointed me at How could an ancient race warn the future in a universally understandable way? and How might modern h...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ash‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ash‭

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Q&A If everyone in the world disappeared except 35 random people, how long would it take for one of them to realize they're not alone?

Everyone suddenly disappears from earth except 35 people randomly scattered wherever they were before everyone disappeared. How long would it take on average for 2 or more people to meet? What othe...

23 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by LDR‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by LDR‭

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Q&A How to improve TCP/IP for an interplanetary WAN?

Background It is the near future. After a major world war and limited nuclear exchange, the nations of Earth have consolidated into a few blocs. The threat of further war and the cumulative damage...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by kingledion‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by kingledion‭

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Q&A With light years between us, why talk?

Let's say in the year 2000 we launch a ship to some distant part of the galaxy. If the ship travels with a constant 1 g acceleration for like 28 years (accelerating halfway then decelerating), then...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Qfwfq‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Qfwfq‭

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Q&A What phonemes are most recognizable underwater?

In my fantasy world, there has been a longstanding presence of underwater civilizations, both alongside and independent of surface-based kingdoms. In the style of Tolkien's Beleriand, various conti...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Enthusiastic Leviathan‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Enthusiastic Leviathan‭

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Q&A Why would robots use verbal communication?

Robots (intelligent machines using some form of artificial intelligence), are central to the plot in a snippet I'm working on. These robots do not have to interact with humans on a regular basis: m...

16 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by QuiquÈ…‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by QuiquÈ…‭

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Q&A How Would A Speedster Communicate?

Related to On a Speedster's perception of time and ability to function in civilian life So I have a character that is always fast, a Speedster really, 1 second is 24 hours to her. As pointed out b...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MnIce‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MnIce‭

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Q&A Can this FTL communication, based on quantum entanglement, work?

Editorial Note This is a canonocal question meant to cover all possible specific questions that fit the schema, as well as the fully general "Can quantum entanglement be used for FTL communication...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Mephistopheles‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mephistopheles‭

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Q&A Need a way for Earth not to detect an extrasolar civilization that has radio

The exposition is that a civilization exists about 200 light years from earth and has been capable of radio communication for several thousands of years. They are not trying to hide from detection ...

17 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by MoreOrLess‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MoreOrLess‭

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