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Imagine a small primitive humanoid civilization that developed independently in caves under the surface of Ganymede. We can assume there's enough light that filters through the crystalline surface to ...

I'm working on a passage of my SciFi novel where my current primary character is escaping from a highly secure, enemy military, space station. I would like him to cause some sort of catastrophe to ...

I'm playing around with a story idea that includes vacuum dwelling intelligent life, but I'm not sure I understand the constraints of biochemistry I need to deal with. There's lots of potential ...

I am envisioning a space faring species, evolved from an obligate carnivore and apex predator. The obvious concept to me is a tiger like species with prehensile tails that became increasingly adapted ...

The main character died, and they are transported into another world. Before they are sent by the deity to the other world, he is given overpowered skills. The main character is also given a game-like ...

DISCLAIMER: Any resemblance to other starships (living or dead) is purely coincidental. The starship 'Exciting Undertaking' is a brand new ship about to set off on a five and a bit year mission to ...

The ability to telepathically communicate with and control any of your infinite other-dimensional selves is rare, but exists! Rules for how this works: Although dimensions and possibilities are ...

One aspect of the world I'm conceptualizing is that some employees might opt to work while in a medically induced coma, or work at night while they sleep by using brain implants that induce a type of ...

I have a super-villain who is from another environment( e.g. aquatic, extra-terrestrial, extra-dimensional ( Bonus points for the least extreme from populous land-locked earth )) They are not a ...

Say you were to implement in the cranium, a series of baffles (similar to the system used in an airplane, to prevent the fuel from sloshing around). And arrange them in such a way as to partition the ...

Related to this previous question: Could a city be built out of Balloons? You can breathe helium in place of nitrogen to have a 85% helium to 15% oxygen ratio. Could a person be put inside a clear ...

Context: The world has been in a world war lasting centuries. Casualty rates are through the roof and can’t be lowered. The warring countries' solution was to make human factories by incubating ...

Setting: "One Big Lie" Sci-fi RPG The lies in this setting are an extension of relativity with a couple of extra dimensions allowing for FTL/Backwards Time Travel, and Thaumons. Thaumons (Magic ...

So I have been doing some thinking and I now am trying to design some aliens who can exhale very cold gasses or cool the atmosphere around them as a side effect of their metabolism and also survive in ...

A MacGuffin is a term for a motivating element in a story that is used to drive the plot. It serves no further purpose. It won't pop up again later, it won't explain the ending, it won't do anything ...

Many fictional spaceships of all kinds are known to have external lights. Do they even need them? Outer space is lit by the billions of stars and galaxies, so why are there external lights on ...

In the sci-fi setting that I've had on the backburner for a while now, there is a species known as the Azmarans. They are a very socially adept species, between them having a rather communicative ...

So I am in a sci-fi world where I am trying to figure out a system of super-national and multi-national organizations that would retain the independence of nations while also defining how colonization,...

I need to attack a city under the control of evil spirits to take back control. Since the enemy are spirits, physical or arms warfare will not help. Since spirits are shown to exist, magic is ...

Some Context I'm creating a universe where humanity has reached the stars. They've colonized a few star systems and, obviously, FTL drives are a common thing. The part of the story I'm currently ...

Imagine a portal. This portal is two-dimensional and circular, with a diameter of one meter. It is completely above the ground. It leads from Planet A to a planet across the galaxy (Planet B) . An ...

A planet was terraformed in humanity's distant past by technologically superior beings. The planet is very similar to Earth. I understand blue stars are highly radioactive and thus don't have real ...

I have been recently thinking and writing about a hard sci-fi universe with the exception of FTL. Within the system of Alchiba (or Alpha Corvi) lies a planet under the name of Mannhardt and is an ...

My scenario involves a high sci-fi setting, where starships are readily available to civilians with sufficient qualifications and money. Most civilians would not be fueling ships with antimatter ...

I'm Wyvera, a young female writer. I've been working on a science fiction project for more than a year now. This project, which I will eventually turn into a novel series, is supposed to remain as ...

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 elevator ...

Would it be possible to have a disease that only affected people in a certain age group, more specifically, teenagers? And what would the virus be targeting?

As opposed to stasis fields, which obviously don’t exist (more’s the pity). For those unfamiliar, a variable blade in the works of Larry Niven is basically your standard, garden-variety monomolecular ...

Alright so the basics here are pretty simple. I want to have pirates, but in the sky, pretty much what you expected from the title there. BUT, and it is a big one, there is this little problem I keep ...

Many science fiction stories describe soldiers who perform spaceship boarding/defense or planetary invasions as "space marines." This is by analogy to modern marines who historically specialize in ...

Some Context I'm creating a universe where humanity has reached the stars. They've colonized a few star systems and, obviously, FTL drives are a common thing. They basically jump you to another ...

I've recently read Alastair Reynolds' sci-fi best seller, Redemption Ark, where he explored the concept of manipulating an inertial frame overlaid on the quantum vacuum like many of the other ...

I've been toying with the idea of a society with alternative forms of families or social structures. In one individuals of coming of age (socially imposed) or due to a biological necessity (...

This is a fairly simple question with a likely rather complicated answer. Basically, I worldbuilding a planet that has become a complete wasteland of ash, rock and flowing rivers of magma. The ...

Context: So assume there are an unknown number of near-omnipotent/omniscient beings who have been confirmed to live inside of an area of space called the Active Galactic Nucleus (AGN). To provide a ...

Imagine an area in which there are multiple high-power sound wave emitters (speakers, transducers, etc.) that are placed and tuned to destructively and constructively interfere with each other such ...

We use base 10 because that is the number of fingers we possess. However it's not hard at all to imagine a culture encountering infinite numbers like pi or phi, deciding those were special, and ...

I’ve noticed that in some topics people mention something in the line of: “Oh, my universe is purely hard sci-fi, there’s no FTL, people use cryo-sleep to travel long distances between the stars”. ...

What kind of atmosphere would a planet need to alter the color of the sun and moon? I know this is rather broad, but I know that a certain gas in our atmosphere colors the sky blue, and gives the sun ...

Some Context I'm conceiving a universe set in the far future. Humans have already mastered FTL drives and populated several planets in various star systems. They have engines based on singularities (...

Obviously, I'm talking about sci-fi time-travel and not just being as time moves by, slowly but surely. Is there a reason one would actually bleed from any orifice? For any pain to occur? Dizziness? ...

I was curious about an odd effect I first saw in video here: YouTube : Copper's Surprising Reaction to Strong Magnets In the video, a big heavy magnet is brought to an abrupt halt by a simple piece ...

Let's say that you are some sort of tyrannical dictator of an inhabited world with futuristic technology (ex. railguns, a fully automated labor force, efficient space travel.) You know that within ...

What kind of disaster could be large enough to wipe out an entire planets life and leave it like a complete wasteland, similar environment to what Mars is? Nuclear warfare or meteors are what I have ...

I'm using Kapteyn-b for a story, which orbits its red dwarf star every 49 days. It's almost 5 times larger than Earth, though I've made a couple changes to the observed data to make it more plausible. ...

It's common in sci-fi for large medieval-esque populations of humans living in the ruins of a former technologically advanced civilisation. My story is one of these, with a large population of humans ...

In my sci-fi setting, people live in a gigantic metallic tower. For the sake of simplicity, let's say that each floor, or level, is a circle of around 200 km radius. Levels can be either empty, full ...

I put an object in a time-travel device (say something that looks like a microwave ). I am now going to transport the object in time, but leave it in the same position relative to the Earth. If it was ...

I've recently became curious about the moon wide super organism on Pandora known to the natives as Eywa. Eywa is theorized by human scientists to be a superorganism of all living things on Pandora. ...

Assuming humanity was suddenly highly motivated to do it, how long would it take a probe launched from Earth to get into a position to record and broadcast images of the position in the opposite orbit ...

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