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Q&A Is this a reasonable way to enforce a ban on exotic weapons in an interstellar setting?

In the late 23rd century certain groups of mankind stared down the barrel of what may be possible in the future: cross galactic relativistic kill missile storms, gamma-ray Dyson Beams, Kugelblitz b...

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

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Q&A Could aliens from beyond the singularity of a rotating black hole survive and colonise regions of a normal universe?

Would it be possible for aliens that originated and evolved in a planetary system beyond the ring singularity of a rotating black hole to send individuals out into a normal universe to colonise it?...

2 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Ichthys King‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Ichthys King‭

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Q&A Artificial oxygen oasis in an otherwise CO2 atmosphere

I wonder if it is possible to install artificial equipment that would exhaust oxygen into air in otherwise CO2 atmosphere so that locally people could breath in open air without any kind of tent or...

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

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Q&A Would it make sense to send potential human colonists on the initial manned expedition to a habitable, Earth-like planet?

In the near future, humanity has spread out across the Solar System. A new planet is discovered, let's say 30 light years away, that shows it to be Earth-like and could harbor Earth life without to...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Space_Cadet‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Space_Cadet‭

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Q&A Where would a technologically advanced group of people forced into space by a calamity obtain water from?

The fleet in my setting are forced to leave the planet due to a volatile virus, and leave in pre-prepared spacefaring vessels capable of transporting ten million people per ship. The ships have alg...

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

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Q&A Why would a sleeper ship be designed to only wake one person in case of emergency?

Starliners are huge colony ships. They carry enough equipment, building materials, embryos, colonists and nutrient rich rations to permanently establish a sizeable colony on a far-flung world. Alth...

36 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Joe Bloggs‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Joe Bloggs‭

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Q&A What might cause a civilization to be unable to colonize a large moon but live in space stations around it instead?

In my world a moon is reached and colonised but only in space stations for a long time. They gain the ability to reach the surface and then story happens. It needs to be something that can be bypas...

25 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Topcode‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Topcode‭

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Q&A How to handle transhumanism vs space colonization

Given the difficulties in doing things like constructing O'Neil cylinders or habitats on places like Mars, is it at all plausible that current humans could ever really colonize anything in space? I...

4 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A Human labor required to setup automated mining outpost on faraway planet?

Glossing over the technological implications of interstellar travel, what sort of human labor might still be required in a future where we are capable of setting up nigh-fully automated endeavors o...

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

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Q&A Landing on a new planet in Earth's near future, how long before they can reproduce the technology they came with?

So given an Earth in our near future, year 2100 or so, where some of our tech has improved to the point where we have robots and the usual sci-fi devices for interfacing with computers. A colony i...

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

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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 Solar expansion and habitability

Is there a feasible setup where the Sun has expanded enough to make the Earth uninhabitable, but some of the other rocky bodies in our solar system (past Earth) become more reasonable colonisation ...

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

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Q&A Colonies on Jupiter

I'm making a series where a multi-purpose frigate travels to Jupiter in order to help in the Mars versus Jupiter war. However, I don't know what the colonies would look like. Maybe floating wit...

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

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Q&A How could humans reach distant stars and still stay as a united government if you can't use faster than light travel

If we didn't have the capability to use faster than light travel then how could we stay unified and are any realistic examples in science fiction?

29 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Miles Means‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Miles Means‭

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Q&A The One Problem With Terraforming and Colonizing a Super-Earth

Many people are excited with the idea of super-Earths--rocky, habitable exoplanets greater in mass, density and diameter (because I'd prefer to go the whole way than stop at the halfway point) than...

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

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Q&A Will be electronics production in zero or low gravity possible and how soon?

On the Earth's surface, we look back to an ultimately high tech evolution of computer hardware and according integrated circuit manufacturing appliances. The knowledge required to build robust mod...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by J. Doe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by J. Doe‭

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Q&A Where would space habitats get their oxygen from?

Suppose you want to build a large scale habitable structure in space or on a planet or moon without an atmosphere or any organics, and this would be a long term or permanent settlement, not a tempo...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Alex Kinman‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Alex Kinman‭

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Q&A The Great Oxidation Event...Artificially Imposed on a Tharn-Like Alternate Earth

From 2.4 to either 2.1 or two billion years ago, Earth underwent a surge in a waste product that we know as "oxygen". Before that, life thrived in an ocean rich with iron under an atmosphere loade...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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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 Designing a biological drop pod?

How would a biological drop pod make it into the atmosphere and land safely? I have a race of aliens that use biological tools instead of technology. Their ships are living beings that can travel t...

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

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Q&A Generating breathable air on Europa?

Humans have colonized the subsurface oceans of Europa - building large cities embedded in the icy crust, hanging beneath it, and resting on the rocky seafloor. These colonists mine metals for const...

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

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Q&A An Earth-like planet is found in another solar system. What are the top priorities after landing in order to create a self-sustaining colony?

Set in the not so distant future, we find a habitable planet very much like our own. The only downside is that it's around 500 years of travel with our current technological capabilities. We have...

16 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by FruityB‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by FruityB‭

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Q&A How to render Venus semi-habitable?

It must be very dark and hot on the surface of Venus, but my humans want to change that and make a Venusian colony. The problem? The extremely thick atmosphere would make it problematic to say the ...

11 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by JDSweetBeat‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by JDSweetBeat‭

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Q&A Why Colonize a Planet Without the Continued Benefit of Modern Technology?

I'm new to science-fiction and I'm intrigued by the consequences of "Plan B" in the popular movie Interstellar. "Plan B" means transporting a supposedly sustainable population to a habitable planet...

7 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by H3R3T1K‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by H3R3T1K‭

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Q&A Self-sustaining Mars colonization

Background A 100 years in the future Mars has been colonized, new settlers and resources arrive from earth every 26 months (when the planetary orbit lines up best) by first taking the space elevat...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by cypher‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by cypher‭

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Q&A Minor terraforming that allows people, and doesn't inconvenience local flora and fauna

What I'm looking at doing is a small game where you land on a planet, and the atmosphere is not survivable by a human being, but there is local life. Over the course of the game, terraforming has t...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by MartinArrJay‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by MartinArrJay‭

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Q&A Are generation ships inherently implausible?

So I've been thinking about the idea of a series that takes place on a small fleet of generation ships, traveling at around 10% of lightspeed to Proxima Centauri, which should take around half a ce...

15 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A Would decompression cause a moon habitat to explode?

Assume I have a human colony on The Moon. A meteor fragment gets by the defense system and smashes into a portion of the dome, let's say the hole is 1 meter in diameter, it's big. Safety measures...

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

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Q&A What could cause the majority of people to live in space habitats?

So I'm thinking here about the sort of setting like Eclipse Phase, in which virtually all of humanity lives in a wide range of space habitats because of an apocalypse on Earth. I am imagining a var...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Adam Reynolds‭

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Q&A How fast would a civilization with FTL spread out?

Let's say that a civilization has access to FTL. Let's say it is instantaneous so travel time between solar systems isn't a factor. How long would it take for them to spread out from their home sol...

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

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Q&A Avian adaptation to microgravity and low gravity environments

I like to hear the sound of birds when I travel amongst my orbital and planetary habitats scattered around the outer system. Most of these settlements are very densely populated - what you might ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chairman Yang‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chairman Yang‭

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Q&A Adverse effects of reduced food variety on microbiome

We often see, in Sci-fi, food being produced from, say, algae or yeast. What could be the effect of such a limited diet on the gut microbiome? Would there be any believable side-effect that would h...

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

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Q&A Can a human colony survive on a 'hot' world?

A colony ship headed for its new home countless light-years from Earth suffers an unfortunate malfunction on the final part of its descent phase and crashes onto the planet. Thankfully, the ship cr...

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

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Q&A Why would Earth be long-term unsuitable for an advanced alien species that's already colonized it?

I'm writing a story where aliens are using humanity like a botnet to do hyper complex calculations - each infested human has a program running in their subconscious brain that does a small part of ...

25 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by crass_sandwich‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by crass_sandwich‭

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Q&A What would come first, the colonization of the solar system or interstellar colonization?

I have a world (around 3000-3500ad) where human race is spread across various planetary systems - so interstellar travel it's possible. The interstellar travel is possible via a Bussard Ramjet whi...

13 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Radu Rojas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Radu Rojas‭

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Q&A What could a self-sustaining lunar colony slowly lose that would ultimately prove fatal?

I've got a lunar colony that was set up to be self-sustaining before a collapse of life on Earth. The colony has survived on its own for several thousand years through a period of technological reg...

20 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by aaronius‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by aaronius‭

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Q&A Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has...

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

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Q&A Would living on around Alpha Centauri change how our eyes see color?

I am writing a sci fi novel in which one of the primary factions is a lost space colony sent to Proxima Centauri (Alpha Centauri C) roughly 350 years prior on a generation ship. The trip took rough...

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

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Q&A Would that heat-engine provide power to the colony on Titan?

I have an idea for an energy source for a colony on a cold world with not enough solar power. Is my idea workable, or is it debunked as perpetual motion machine? Here is the set-up and my plan: Sc...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Christmas Snow‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Christmas Snow‭

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Q&A Environment/Ecosystem for a "Sunfall" colony

I've read a lot of posts about moons around large gas giants and I think I have fairly good idea about basics to them. I'm not super great with all the science parts myself but they give me lots of...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nymn‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nymn‭

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Q&A Would gas giants work as waste disposal sites?

In my novel, the many moons of Jupiter and Saturn have been colonized, but I'm running into some logistical problems - namely, waste disposal. My first instinct was to dump it on-moon; while this ...

12 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Kabob Maraca‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Kabob Maraca‭

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Q&A What would an asteroid impact feel like to someone standing on the moon?

On the Earth, with our atmosphere, even small objects entering the atmosphere such as Tunguska or Chelyabinsk can do devastating damage due to the shock-wave travelling through the air. People coul...

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

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Q&A Would complex life evolve on this planet, and could humans survive on it without much outside help?

Okay, as an extension of my previous question, I'm just going to lay bare all the details I've written down about this planet (including corrections from my last question), and ask the big question...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Z.Schroeder‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Z.Schroeder‭

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Q&A What would be a good reason for space colonists to lose their technology?

In my universe, humans nuked themselves in a war so thoroughly that the Earth has been rendered uninhabitable. As a result, they have to leave Earth and find a new home. They briefly tried to settl...

10 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A Methods and Feasibility of Antimatter Mining?

Say 200-300 years in the future, humankind has colonized much of the solar system, using a combination of laser thermal drives and solid-core nuclear rockets (fusion never really panned out). Sudd...

9 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Gryphon‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Gryphon‭

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Q&A Would it be easier to colonise a living world or a dead world?

This question about eating on a alien world got me thinking.... Would it be easier for humans to colonise a world with existing life, or one which was biologically dead? For the living world, let...

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

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Q&A How would an AI divide its physical sphere of inflence into a "grid" of sectors?

So, my colony mothership crawls along through sub-space at a "slow" ftl as it sends out faster probes ahead of it. Once it has located a cluster (meaning an acceptably dense grouping, not necessari...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by HA Harvey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by HA Harvey‭

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Q&A We Have Successfully Established Plants and Insects on Mars. How Long Will It Take Them to Colonize the Entire Planet?

In my last question, I have asked on how, once Mars has been terraformed, Terran species of plants and the insects on which the majority of them rely on would adapt to Mars's longer year. By far, ...

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

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Q&A How would gravity and centrifugal force interact in Dyson constructs?

I am developing an alien race whose homeworld is a Dyson sphere planetoid (they used collected planetary and asteroid matter to construct a "hollow planet" around their sun, along with "night" sola...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by HA Harvey‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by HA Harvey‭

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Q&A Human colonies beyond Pluto (on a potential ninth planet)

To be able to colonize another world, there are some requirements; the harvesting of energy, enough recourses, handling of the environment (pressure, temperature and gravity and so on) and availabi...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tim Hansen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tim Hansen‭