Questions tagged [nuclear-weapons]

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What book is this? Pre 80s book about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship and takes school kids hostage?

I got this from my middle school library back in the 80s but the book seemed to be from the late 50s to mid 70s. This was a young adult targeted novel about a captain who hijacks a military spaceship ...
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Nuclear explosion in lunar city [duplicate]

I utterly forget the plot of this tale, but it includes a vivid description of a nuclear bomb going off deep inside a large, underground lunar city of many levels. The explosion, set off in secret, is ...
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Old Sci Fi Mag Short Story: Nukes/Heavy Artillery Introduced to and Used by Norse Gods for Ragnarok Battle

SF short story I read as a kid in Galaxy or similar mag, I read it in late 60s/early 70s but story may have been older. A guy is transported, via some means which I don't recall, into Asgard at the ...
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Movie: Scientists travel to the future to avoid nuclear war, last surviving one is used as fuel by future humans

My family used to rent a lot of VHS tapes over the school holidays when I was young, and this movie was amongst them, which would make it pre-mid 90's, (possibly 70's or 80's from what I remember of ...
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Why do science fiction movie writers love to use nukes to solve Earth crises? [closed]

I've noticed that there is a reoccurring theme of sci-fi movies that solve problems by using nukes: In Sunshine (2007), the solution to our dying Sun was to send the entire Earth's payload of nukes ...
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How did the Galactica survive an atomic weapons hit?

During the opening salvos of the second Cylon war, the Battlestar Galatica was engaged by several Cylon basestars. During the engagement the Cylons launched an atomic weapon which struck the Galatica ...
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Movie identification: A lady who could stop time

This movie or possibly TV episode (I saw it on TV) was set during the Cold War. The main character was a lady who could stop time for about 15 minutes or so. There are a bunch of relatively mundane ...
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How did the nuclear reactor in Aliens (1986) explode like a nuclear bomb? [closed]

According to various supplementary sources, the atmosphere processor on Acheron was powered by a fusion reactor. As far as I know, it is not physically possible for a fusion reactor to explode like a ...
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Story with time-traveling vampires

Lately I've been trying to remember a book I read a while ago, about a group of time-traveling vampires and (possibly) including the one and only Count Dracula himself. The book was written in ...
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ID: Duck-shaped aliens accidentally cause nuclear war and winter, wiping out humanity

Short story or novella from a few decades ago: A Russian woman, the last surviving human as far as she can tell, has been so far surviving an extreme nuclear winter by traveling in a heavily ...
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How could people survive the nuclear attack in the Terminator movies?

In the Terminator movies, Skynet attacked mankind and its first step was the nuclear strike. In T-3 we see the blasts too. But a few people survived the attack, so because of this, Skynet started to ...
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Trying to identify 50s/60s story about nuclear weapons delivered to US cities by truck

This is a short story I remember reading in some anthology many years ago. The basic plot is that a nuclear adversary of the USA (it might have been China), lacking the necessary missile technology, ...
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Which Sci-Fi work first showed Nuclear Weapons?

We see the use or mention of nuclear weapons in sci-fi world all the time. Examples can be Terminator, Star Trek, X-Men etc. There are two related questions here: Which Sci-Fi work first mentioned ...
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Why could starfleet officiers not beam (ancient) nukes aboard a borg ship? [duplicate]

We have seen several times starfleet officers beaming aboard Borg vessels and do their thing. As long as they are not a threat. The Borg only assimilate things that are worthy of assimilating. To my ...
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Book about post-nuclear war in America

I read this book about 25 years ago and I can't remember the name. I remember a couple of "scenes", but that's about it. The main character was traveling around the US and interviewing people. One ...
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Is there a spell that would protect against nuclear radiation?

Say that a wizard had to walk through nuclear fallout for whatever reason. Is there any sort of spell that would protect against nuclear radiation? It seems that most of the protection spells (e.g. ...
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Why didn't The Ark scientists know about the season 3 finale before the big reveal?

Why didn't the sensors/scientists on the Ark station (when it was still in orbit) pick up the nuclear radiation storms brewing all over the world? Or did they only form after arkfall? Surely the ...
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Can't remember short story, post-apocalyptic retaliation

In the story, there has been a war, and 'the other side' has won it decisively. There's some kind of long-term consequence for the losing side, disease or nuclear fallout, and it's implied that the ...
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Did “The World Set Free” inspire the creation of nuclear weapons?

I recently discovered that the term "atomic bomb" was from the H. G. Wells novel The World Set Free. Although not the intention of the novel, did it inadvertently inspire the creation of such weapons?...
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Effects of nuclear explosions in space? [closed]

In the Honor Harrington universe, ship-to-ship combat takes two forms: missiles and direct energy weapons. Missiles come in two forms - bomb-pumped lasers and contact nukes. Both use multi-megaton ...
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SF Short Story: alien apes invade during nuclear war

Trying to identify a science fiction short story from an anthology likely published before 1991. Aliens invade during a nuclear war (which would be World War III, WWIII, WW3). The warring nations ...
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Post nuclear war comic

There was a comic that told the story of a society based in Iceland. The one story line featured an oil tanker stranded in a desert that a military force was extracting oil from. The militay force was ...
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Can a nuclear reactor be used as a space-based weapon? [closed]

Imagine you have a ship, running on nuclear reactor. We will assume this ship uses some kind of advanced technology that allows nuclear reactors to function in gravity-less environment. This ship is ...
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Why Did They Take Eight Nukes?

I was watching Deep Impact the other night and I was struck by the fact that the Messiah mission takes eight nukes to the comet, but only has the manpower to plant four of them. Not only that, they ...