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Q&A How Would Victorian-Era Firearms Fare Against Dinosaurs?

In a world that takes place during the Victorian era (1837-1901), how effective would period-accurate firearms be against something similar to a dinosaur? As a brief aside, I will accept weaponry f...

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

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Q&A How would a "zombie fungus" work on humans?

Short question: which hormones should high contagious fungi spores produce to make their human host spread the joy and infection (by hugging and kisses) on early stages of infection, and become p...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by vodolaz095‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by vodolaz095‭

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Q&A Smallest possible Victorian cogwheel size

In my late-Victorian-based world, mechanical contraptions are incredibly advanced due to the early discovery and quick popularisation of mechanical computation. The science of writing instructions...

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

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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 What is the highest level of accuracy in motion control a Victorian society could achieve?

In my late-Victorian world high-precision clockwork is highly available, but I am having trouble finding out exactly how precise their work could be. I have done some research on the subject, but ...

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

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Q&A Victorian long-distance express transport?

In my world, law enforcement is dispatched from the capital to places around the island. The reason for them being dispatched in this fashion is due to there being few officers and the capital bei...

8 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 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 capa...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A Storm-proofing Late-Victorian Aircraft

In my world, both lighter- and heavier-than-air craft exist and are rather useful devices. However, problems tend to occur when confronted with storms. Steering through a storm is not a problem in...

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

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Q&A Compact Mechanical Energy Source

In my late-Victorian world there are independently moving automata that may act as pets or servants to those that can afford them. They require a fair amount of energy to run at full capacity, eno...

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

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Q&A Super Strong robotic prosthesis steampunk Style

I'm thinking of a character that has the magical ability to transform parts of his body into technology, similar to Generator Rex or Bleeding armor iron man, but only with the technology that he "u...

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

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Q&A 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 ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A 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 ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by A Lambent Eye‭

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Q&A 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 muc...

11 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Matt Bowyer‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Matt Bowyer‭

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Q&A 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 on...

6 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dog‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dog‭

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