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Q&A Oh crap, it's 2020ad, and the Earth is about to explode! Can we make it to the stars?

Okay, not literally Krypton style, but let's say some local astronomical event is going to render every rocky surface in our solar system totally uninhabitable. Details aren't terribly important, ...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by SomeGuy‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by manassehkatz‭

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Q&A What could cause Earth to drift out of orbit over a period of months to years?

I would like to have Earth slowly move away from the sun, taking somewhere between several months and a couple of years to reach the point where human life on the surface is no longer possible. (T...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Monica Cellio‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Canina‭

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Q&A How would Humans change, or evolve, to being Domed for many thousands of years?

A little snippet from my story idea, for some context- "The Earth Government Collapses, caused by the cutoff of resources from the Colonies. Large-Scale war soon erupts, with Nuclear Weapons being...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Hunt Castle‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Hunt Castle‭

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Q&A If the Earth would break apart, how likely would the large debris stay in orbit?

In the story I'm writing, Earth gets destroyed and the few million humans that survive go to live on another Earth-like planet. Since the destruction of the planet, the humans do visit their star...

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

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Q&A What species will benefit most from humanity's having been here?

Assuming that as a species, we do ourselves in, not through war but through environmental neglect and overpopulation, what species will benefit most from the effect we have had on the planet during...

15 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Henry Taylor‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Henry Taylor‭

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Q&A Naturally altering the climate in order to create lush areas in a wasteland - Is it plausible, and if so how?

In essence: I'm playing around with a few ideas relating to a post apocalyptic United States, and one of the concepts I've come up with is a world of mostly dusty deserts and other regions mostly d...

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

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Q&A How Would I Believably Wipe Out an Entire Planet's Population and Culture Without Destroying Said Planet?

In my story, there is a planet. The planet's name is not really important for the sake of this question, so we're going to refer to it as "dead planet". Background: Dead planet is entirely hot d...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A What conditions would be necessary to have all of the world's mainland animals be subjected to island gigantism?

Most of the humans on my alternate universe's Earth have gone extinct due to a global war, leaving a handful of survivors and the buildings to serve as a reminder of how great they once were. This ...

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

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Q&A Could present-day humanity survive on Antarctica alone?

Tomorrow morning, an apocalyptic event wipes humanity off the face of the earth - except for in Antarctica. The nature of the catastrophe is unclear, but it seems that any human will die within a f...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tom Hosker‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tom Hosker‭

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Q&A How long can 400 people survive in an underground facility if they had to seal off their heat vents?

Assume the surface of the planet is experiencing ice age conditions and the facility was designed to keep the occupants alive for 6 months. An emergency forces the permanent closure of all Heating...

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

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Q&A Would it ever be theoretically possible for future humans to prevent the sun from increasing in luminosity to the point of killing all life?

I am currently brainstorming a hard (like the hardest possible; everything that occurs in the story must at least be theoretically possible) sci-fi story which will take place far in the future. I ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Darien Springer‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Darien Springer‭

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Q&A Post-apocalyptic aircraft

I have a post-apocalyptic scenario, set in the ruins of an American metropolis with flooded streets. Boats are used most of the time, but aircrafts have advantages, for battle or if you have to get...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Cee Mon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Cee Mon‭

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Q&A How plausible would it be for post-apocalyptic survivors to develop a mass psychosis/culture bound syndrome of seeing ghosts?

Some kind of WW3/resource war event happens. The majority of human beings (definately over 90%, so billions) are killed by a series of bioweapon diseases used by both sides or die in the ensuing co...

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

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Q&A Post- Nuclear Holocaust. Radioactive wastelands vs eco-system and chances of human survivability?

I'm attempting to flesh out the history to a sci-fi novel I'm currently writing, which is set in the future. Several hundred years prior to the beginning of the story, lack of resources lead to s...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nicky Pritchard‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nicky Pritchard‭

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Q&A Let's make a second Bible: Noel's Ark

Phone message to you, Noel, on 10th October 2016 (AD): Hey, Noel, it's Rudolf Jelínek here. God just send me a message on Facebook (I know it's true, because god gave me a vision in my sleep): ...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by RudolfJelin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by RudolfJelin‭

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Q&A What kind of event, if any, would knock the moon off its orbit, without destroying it?

I am recalling the Space:1999 nuclear waste containment explosion; this has been criticized because such an explosion would have actually destroyed the moon. I am curious for events that could happ...

9 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by guido‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by guido‭

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Q&A Need a North American location with a large city and whitewater river for post-apocalyptic fiction

My story has several key locations that I would like to ground in a real place in North America. It takes place 50-60 years in the future after 97% of humanity has been wiped out. I'm having a hell...

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

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Q&A Why can't our self-replicating message in a bottle stay in Sol?

Suppose we knew of an extinction level event in a few decades, and through a large Manhattan Project-type effort humanity manages to construct a von Neumann probe with a copy of all human knowledge...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jay Lemmon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jay Lemmon‭

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Q&A What if the earth were physically split in half?

This question asks what if the world was divided into two regions? I'm asking what if the world were split into two planets. Let's say some aliens come to Earth and prank us (apparently they never...

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

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Q&A How could a plague that killed off the dinosaurs come back?

In my story, something pretty insane happens during the 3rd season. The common conception was that an asteroid strike contributed to the extinction to dinosaurs, but unbeknownst to all it was not...

22 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Noble‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Noble‭

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Q&A What survivable events would make Earth least inhabitable?

I am interested in events that would so radically change Earth (for the worse) that it would be near uninhabitable for humans. The event may or may not be deadly to humans, but the world it leaves...

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

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Q&A Would sea levels drop in a Younger Dryas-type event?

I was imagining a sort of post-apocalyptic/collapse setting, where a few centuries of climate catastrophes brought on by climate change cause essentially your general end of the world as we know it...

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

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Q&A Thunder Clap Armageddon

In a superhero setting, a thunder clap is where someone claps with superhuman strength, causing damage such as broken windows and burst eardrums. What I want to know is, taken to the extreme of the...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by SkySpiral7‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by SkySpiral7‭

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Q&A How long until land life can return after the impact?

So, it finally happened. The Earth was hit by a comet, and anyone outside of a research station at the bottom of the Atlantic is now dead, or dying. So, here's what we need to know: How big would a...

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

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Q&A Earth Exploding

If the Earth all of sudden was instantaneously transmuted into pure light, what would happen? How much energy would be released? How much damage would it do to surrounding space? Would it destroy...

4 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by TheNumberOne‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by TheNumberOne‭

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Q&A How deep would a bunker have to be to prevent significant radiation seep?

Thousands of years after a nuclear war that killed all life on the surface of earth, the descendants of the humans who fled to bunkers emerge... How deep would these bunkers have to be to prevent ...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Gryphon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Gryphon‭

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Q&A The moon will fall to earth in 100 years, how fast is the asteroid that knocked it down?

We have at most 100 years to abandon earth. The 10-km asteroid which killed the dinosaurs has hit the moon head-on instead. As a result, the moon has slowed down and it's orbit will decay by 400,00...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Vogon Poet‭

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Q&A How to make vehicular combat viable in a Post Apocalyptic world?

I want to create a Mad-Max-esque post apocalyptic setting. Unfortunately after a bit of looking into this, there is one massive issue with the idea of lots of maniacs tearing across the barren lan...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Jimmery‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Jimmery‭

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Q&A How might people try to stop the world becoming a rogue planet?

I'm working on a story about Earth or an Earth like planet with current or very near future levels of civilisation and technology drifting or speeding out of the solar system. Currently my method f...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Wiggo the Wookie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wiggo the Wookie‭

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Q&A What disaster could wipe out civilisation worldwide, but allow for immediate rebuilding? What would be the side effects?

For a story I have, modern civilisation must be destroyed by a worldwide disaster. The objective is roughly something that: Could be man-made or aided (if not now, maybe in the future) Decimates...

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

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Q&A What would cause the land to "rise" in a future, post-apocalyptic world?

We are in the future in northern North America (U.S or Canada). The land has "risen" (or more accurately, filled in) with several hundred feet of earth and sand and silt so that a modern city will ...

16 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Arwood‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Arwood‭

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Q&A How to safely construct deep underground harbors on a Snowball Earth?

A radical shift in the Earth's orbit has made the Earth much colder, with all the oceans freezing over, and the atmosphere liquifying and falling as rain. Humans live deep underground in areas of h...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by ak7‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ak7‭

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Q&A What reason would a hidden, deep ocean society have to come up to the surface of a post-apocalyptic Earth and claim the land for themselves?

This is strictly Earth based. Would it be possible for a society to develop their own civilization underwater (nothing fantastical like Aquaman or whatever, but more of a grimy, hardscrabble existe...

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

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Q&A Can You Protect Yourself From Spores With A Bandana?

Currently I'm working on a project where there's a zombie plague going on that's transmitted through spores (for reference, it's basically like the infection from The Last of Us). I was wondering i...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Ely Miller‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Ely Miller‭

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Q&A Is this a plausible way for an alien organism to unwittingly cause a mass apocalypse on Earth?

It's around the mid-2300s. Earth is, to put it simply, in trouble. Climate change has resulted in flooding of major coastal cities, displacing billions, which ultimately led to widespread conflict ...

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

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Q&A How much damage could a complete loss of technology cause?

I'm working on an idea for a story. It takes place in the somewhat distant future, say 200-300 years. Some time between now and then, an event occurs which causes all computers to simultaneously fa...

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

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Q&A Rapidly Spreading Disease Timeline - Fungus Based

I've been working on this concept where a deadly new fungus starts spreading from two central locations. One in Europe and one outside of a major city in the United States. Over the course of 16 da...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nick Quillin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nick Quillin‭

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Q&A How would falling buildings affect the earth?

So basically, humankind was t the pinnacle of technological greatness. We had a massive network of floating cities all around the globe. During "The Fall", all the massive spire-like buildings fell...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Comrade Mango‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Comrade Mango‭

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Q&A Possibile explanation for a [somewhat] realistic floating continent scenario?

I'm writing a story that takes place in a world where people live on continent-sized chunks of earth (basically the size of tectonic plates) suspended in the air, left over from some cataclysmic ev...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Dave Murdock‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Dave Murdock‭

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Q&A Post nuclear apocalypse fauna

The chicxulub asteroid impact caused climate change, and the climate change caused a mass extinction. But many land-based animal groups survived, crocodillians, lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, sa...

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

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Q&A How many people are necessary to maintain modern civilisation?

Modern Earth; a series of connected events (natural disasters, mass migration, drug-resistant pandemic, collapse in biodiversity, armed conflict) have led to a significant reduction in human popula...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user65791‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user65791‭

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Q&A What would be a realistic, competent response from the rest of the world if Britain were wiped out by a zombie virus?

I am referring to the situation described at the start of the movie 28 Weeks Later, where Britain had been wiped out by a zombie virus, but the rest of the world was (seemingly) fine. What would b...

9 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Kenny LJ‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kenny LJ‭

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Q&A Could human civilization live 150 years in a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier colony without resorting to mass killing/ cannibalism?

An un-treatable virus starts infecting and killing people. Societies are on the brink of collapse, and it is decided the best way to save the most amount of people is to move everyone who can fit i...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Alex‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alex‭

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Q&A What type of chemical catastrophic event might reduce the bioavailability of iron?

I am imagining a world where an astronomical event occurs, like Earth collides with a comet, and humanity is all but wiped out. In their desperate attempt to recover, humans enter a form of stone a...

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

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Q&A What dog breeds survive the apocalypse for generations?

There was an apocalypse. Humans left cities in swathes, leaving their canine companions behind in the ruined cities. My question is, which types of dogs survive? Criteria -The dogs are going to be...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DT Cooper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DT Cooper‭

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Q&A Deadly virus going extinct - "grey goo" a solution?

With the evolving global warming and thawing of permafrost, an ancient deadly virus begins to spread from Siberia across Eurasia, affecting domestic animals first and mutating quickly onto the rest...

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

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Q&A How large would a mega structure have to be to host 1 billion people indefinitely?

Ruins of buildings, abandoned cities and suburbs dot the coasts of Earth's landmasses, inhabited by wild animals and the pieces of a once vibrant civilization. The oceans are relatively empty, the ...

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

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Q&A Logical justification to wear black leather in the Post-Apot

So, let's say we have a character like this: Living in a place like this: In many post-apocalyptic media, leather jackets and blue jeans are the main form of attire for characters, even ones ...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by DT Cooper‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by DT Cooper‭

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Q&A Is a post-climate apocalypse city in which many or most insects have disappeared realistic?

Supposing climate change continues at its current "worst case" projected rates, would we see a noticeable reduction in insects down the line? I am wondering if it makes sense to have a character wh...

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

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Q&A What could cause an entire planet of humans to become aphasic?

I'm working on a story in which there is some sort of planetary erosion of language. Humans lose the ability to communicate verbally (orally and written). They can remember having language, can eve...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sarah Fitzsimmons‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sarah Fitzsimmons‭