Stories about science, or questions about the science of a story.

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Book about extremely overpopulated world where caring was a liability

I am looking for a book about an extremely overpopulated world where caring was a liability. It's a love story of how these two people manage to care for each other in that world. It's also about ...
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Could a Warp Drive distort a planet or star? [closed]

Warp drives are supposed to be devices that alter the shape of space to facilitate very quick travel of very large distances. Now what happens if you take this fantastical potentially legitimately ...
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Where did the daylight come from in the interior of Babylon 5?

The interior (open space) of Babylon 5 had night and day; whence came the daytime light? Light sources bright enough to account for the ‘daylight’ were never depicted in the show. In Arthur C. ...
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Earliest use of Relativity in SF?

Einstein proposed the theory of Special Relativity in 1905, and General Relativity in 1916. I knew that the use of Relativity as a story concept appeared in Heinlein’s “Time for the Stars” (1956), ...
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Are the coreward rimward names real science names or just sci-fi?

For example: http://www.ufstarfleet.org/wiki/index.php?title=Galactic_Directions It shows some names used for directions of the galaxy. Coreward Coreward refers the direction of the galactic ...
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How exactly does one farm moisture?

This question has been bothering me since I was six years old- we know that Aunt Buru and Uncle Owen are moisture farmers, but what is it that they do? What is the process? Is it profitable? What ...
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Real Time Machine [closed]

Is there an existing time machine in film or literature that exists or is specifically based on research in the applied sciences?
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Is it possible to journey to the center of the Earth as described by Jules Verne? [closed]

Are there volcanic tubes that could possibly lead an exploration to the center of the Earth as stated by Jules Verne in the movie "Journey to the Center of the Earth?
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Did Robert A. Heinlein “Invent” the elastic inertiometer?

In the "Cat Who Walks Through Walls" (1985) by Robert A. Heinlein A "new" novel approach to measuring mass in zero G used. For a mass reading Budget Jets does not use a centrifuge but the ...
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Title of book: “(something) World” nanotechnology, world-wide speed limit displayed in the sky,enforced by satelite weapons?

The protagonist awakes to find himself with amnesia, and the story is his journey to self-discovery. Two features of the story are nanotechnology in his body, and a world-wide speed limit, displayed ...
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Is there a “mathematics fiction” genre? [closed]

The science fiction genre has been and is still an area in which visionary authors can express their ideas about new sciences. Many successful academic research were influenced by works of science ...
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How does time travel take into account the rotation/revolution of the Earth?

Hypothetically, if you were to travel say, 6 months into the past with no spatial displacement, you would end up floating in space because the Earth would be on the opposite side of the sun. I know ...
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Equal Mass in both universes in Fringe

I'm only just getting to season 3, so if this has been answered later, just say that. In 2x14, Jackson, Walter says that the two universes will try to fix an imbalance in the mass of it's own ...
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Title of a book about a mysterious light in the sky from the late 90s?

I vaguely remember a book and it has been driving me crazy for years. It had these things: A mysterious light in the sky (maybe healing people) Religious overtones/themes (not a religious book to my ...
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Jean Johnson's “An Officer's Duty” - pores invert in decompression?

I've enjoyed the first two books in Jean Johnson's "Theirs not to reason why" series. The science seems relatively well thought out to me. The emergency pressure suits were described as being a ...
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What is the science behind Lightsabers in the Star Wars franchise? [duplicate]

I have seen all of the Star Wars movies, but I have not read any of the books. I would like to know if the science of the Lightsabers was ever explained, and, if so, what is it?
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Book about wish fulfilment using subatomic particles?

I have memories of what I think was a full novel, but might have been a short-story/novella. A scientist has discovered either a new sub-atomic particle, or a way to isolate a known particle, and a ...
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How, if at all, does Midi-chlorian count relate to blood volume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish? This question is based on Is the relation between midi-chlorian ...
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Trying to recall a YA SciFi series from the 80s (or 70s?)

I recall it being a series of books, each being approximately 200 pages or so. The main character I recall had 'bionic' powers - or, his skeleton was made out of some indestructible type of metal or ...
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Acceleration of Cosmotron Express in Tom Swift Jr Vol 32

In 'Tom Swift and his Cosmotron Express' (1970) by Victor Appleton II, Tom invents his fastest spaceship that can go to the moon in 3 hours and tour all the planets in the solar system in 2.5-3 days. ...
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Why would Tony Stark need to drink Chlorophyll?

In Iron Man II, Tony Stark is suffering from Palladium poisoning due to having to use the element Palladium as the core for his ARC reactor. In order to combat the effects this has on his body he ...
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Does Douglas Adams use of 'Infinite Improbability' allude to P=NP?

Having just re-awakened the old P=NP post, I started to think: Is Douglas Adams's description of the discovery of the Infinite Improbability drive via use of the Finite Improbability device a ...
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Can Matt Murdoch feel radiation pressure?

I was singing in the shower holding a near empty bottle of shampoo when I felt the vibrations on the bottle. Having a dumb moment I thought to myself "If only Daredevil could see vibrations, then it ...
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What experiment were they running on the sand?

In spider-man three we see sandman transformed into sand and he then manages to reconstitute himself. This is all because some crazy scientists were running an experiment, that he got in the middle ...
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Is this retrovirus actually science fiction? [closed]

In the second book of Dean Koontz's unfinished Moonlight Bay trilogy, there is a retro virus that takes DNA from one creature alter itself accordingly and deposits itself into another cell, causing it ...
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Novel where “sub-standard” humans are sent to perform space exploration

When I was in my early teens, I read a science fiction novel I have since lost track of, and can remember neither the title nor the author. I can remember only a few details about the novel, but ...
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How do story-related dreams happen? [closed]

I am curious to know how dreams happen in our mind particularly when we sleep. I read many fictional stories and when I went to sleep after finishing the book, I used to get dreams in which I was the ...
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Is it possible to build an instrument which can travel faster than light? [closed]

I have heard about atomic rockets in novels which have the capablity to travel faster than light. I have also heard about fictional stories where objects capable to travel faster than light. My ...
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Does the computer-system on the Enterprise NCC-1701-D still follow the basic architecture of a Turing Machine?

Although the Turing Machine is a theoretical model to describe computing power, in its basic idea today's computers are still (quite sophisticated) implementations of this basic concept, although you ...
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What enables blood benders to levitate their victims?

In the episode Out of the Past, blood benders are seen being able to levitate their victims. I understand that a blood bender has power over his victim, but logically, shouldn't that power be ...
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What science fiction trilogy has the dead coming back to life

This has been driving me crazy. There is a science fiction trilogy where the dead start coming back to life. It wasn't zombie fiction though. In this trilogy, humanity has expanded to the stars, but ...
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Why can't metalbenders/earthbenders affect pure metallic platinum?

In the episode, The Aftermath the Metalbending Police Force has been investigating Future Industries factories for collusion and production of weapons by Hiroshi Sato with the Equalists. The ...
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Can you blow up a star? [closed]

Give a sci-fi writer long enough and eventually he'll want to destroy a star. It's been done in Star Wars (granted, EU), Star Trek (attempted and successful), and Stargate (both intentionally and ...
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Book about a brother and sister living in a futuristic world

It was 1981-1982 when I read it. My female English teacher told me to read it...not the class. Not sure when it was written? I remember it was written from the sister's perspective. There seemed ...
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Space Shuttle related quote referring to a bird on the back of a giant bird

As I look at this amazing picture of the last flight related to the space shuttle taken by Ben Cooper, I am trying to recollect a line from some book (Science or Science fiction) that I read a long ...
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Are the language elements in Snow Crash supported by science?

After reading Snow Crash, I have to wonder if any of the premise or main/supporting plot points are backed by any science, or even plausible based on our current understanding. For example: Little ...
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Does the ending of Tau Zero make sense?

Warning: I'm trying to obfuscate much of this question, and hiding the key elements in spoiler blocks..but some spoilers will probably be inevitable. At the ending of the book Tau Zero the ending ...
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Is Batman a scientist?

Batman clearly does a lot of research and development (apparently on his own in many timelines). The question has been posed before. Is Batman a scientist?
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Is the car from Army of Darkness even remotely plausible?

In the classic Sam Raimi epic Evil Dead: Army of Darkness, the hero Ash uses a high school chemistry book, a medieval alchemical lab, the contents of his trunk, and his trusty 1973 Oldsmobile Delta ...
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Escape into electrons after galactic explosion

I was once reading a book about a civilization that escaped into an electron after the galaxy had a core explosion. They did this again and again, many levels, sometimes into 4+ dimensional spaces. I ...
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What's the technical explanation for gravity to exist inside a spacecraft in science fiction?

Specifically, spacecraft that are not obviously using centrifugal force to simulate gravity the way that the space station from 2001 does.
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Link between Brian Aldiss's Heliconia books and Kepler 22b

There's an article in the Guardian with Brian Aldiss claiming "I was there first" about the discovery of Kepler 22b. I've read the books, however the article doesn't make clear on what grounds Aldiss ...
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Can the “mind” make injuries real like in the Matrix?

In the original Matrix movie, when Neo falls off a building he receives minor injuries in the simulation. When he "wakes up" in the real world, he feels pain and when he reaches for his mouth he sees ...
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Ejected into space — survival tactics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What would really happen if you were exposed to space? In several Sci-Fi adventures (e.g.: 2001: A space Oddessy and HHGTG) the protagonist survives a markedly brief ...
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Is the claim by Kim Stanley Robinson about Carbon Dioxide being poisonous true?

I've read all 3 books, and loved them except for one small claim that keeps bothering me. Specifically, is Carbon Dioxide as poisonous as we are lead to believe? I always thought that if we were in an ...
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Earliest story about civil nuclear power

Does anybody know which is the earliest SF story about the civil uses of nuclear power (possibly, power generation)? The best I can find is a 1940 short story by Robert A. Heinlein, “Blowups Happen” ...
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What would really happen if you were exposed to space?

It seems that every science fiction story has a different idea about what would happen if a human were exposed to the vacuum of space. At the end of Total Recall, Quaid and Melina are ejected to ...
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Trying to identify “I will measure the dust” story

I have a distant memory of a story which involves a person conversing with an intelligent space probe before it's launched on a long-term mission. As I recall it, their conversation goes something ...
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In “Spin” by Robert Charles Wilson, why was it called “the spin?”

I just finished this book, and I never understood why the phenomena/event was called "the spin."
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Are there subgenres for science fiction with accurate science vs. made up science?

Are there terms that describe a science fiction story that strictly adheres to, I guess, plausible science concepts and technology versus science fiction were the science is really just made up and is ...