Questions tagged [science]

For questions about the fictitious in-universe science found in works of speculative fiction. DO NOT USE for questions purely concerning real-world science as they are off-topic.

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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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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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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 there a scientific basis for the healing properties of chocolate?

A loud snap made them all jump. Professor Lupin was breaking an enormous slab of chocolate into pieces. ‘Here,’ he said to Harry, handing him a particularly large piece. ‘Eat it. It’ll help.’ ...
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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 88 ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 stint in ...
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Is the claim by Kim Stanley Robinson about Carbon Dioxide being poisonous true? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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What FTL drives in science-fiction are the most scientifically plausible? [closed]

Science-fiction has used wormhole travel, hyperdrive, teleportation, even sub-FTL flight combined with time travel o get characters there and back again. Even hard science-fiction writer Larry Niven ...
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How fast should mutations be for hard science fiction? [closed]

I was disturbed by the rate of human evolution in Waterworld- maybe 500 years to evolve humans with gills*, and about a 1000 years to evolve into (back into?) something that is stronger than a ...