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Questions tagged [society]

This tag is for the questions about works, usually Sci-Fi, that focus on how something would affect or change a society. This tag can also refer to questions the real societies we live in.

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Club footed man needs testosterone for sons, kills

Looking for a story Where anthropologists study a primitive society, (modeled on New Guinea?) They are befriended by a club footed native with two sons. The native then murders one of his new friends. ...
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Book about escaping dystopia

I am looking for a book for my mum that she can't remember the name of. Details: The people lived in pod like rooms. Fed by pills Escape by a shoot. They do that by working out the pods. Set in the ...
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In Star Trek why is warp speed the ultimate litmus test on “galactic acceptance” of a civilisation?

Why is warp speed and first contact seemingly the most important thing in the Star Trek universe for a civilisation to become "enlightened" and then utopic? For example, why couldn't the Prime ...
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Earth living standards in the light of the “Cascade”

In the 10th episode of the second season of The Expanse, "Cascade", Gunnery Sergeant Draper ("Gunny") escapes from the MCR embassy on Earth to see the ocean. On the way, she meets some poor Earthers. ...
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How does economy in City of Ember work?

The question popped in my head since I got to the part where shopkeepers wait in line before the store house to get goods for their store. Here is some background story: The city of Ember has a ...
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Teleportation short story 1950s-1960s effects on society

Sometime in the 1960s I read a short story about the effects of teleportation on society. Looking for title and author. Every home had a teleportation booth which could send someone to another booth ...
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Was ‘The Return of the Archons’ the first example of “regularly scheduled chaos”?

In the original series Star Trek, the episode "The Return of the Archons" (TOS, S01 E21) has a placid, peaceful society with a scheduled time of utter lawless chaos. Several SFF works since then (like ...
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What book series is this?

I read a book series a few years back about a dystopian type of society that was surrounded by some kind of barrier. The girl (the main character) is looking outside the barrier at night and sees a ...
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Short story where man rejected from learning program and identified as untrainable

I read a story when I was a child in the 70's that I cannot forget. It may have been from fiction written between 1950 - 1975. My older brother subscribed to several short fiction scifi magazines. ...
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Story about curing poverty by injecting the poor with nanotechnology?

This was probably an Analog short story. Plot involved infecting the dregs of society with nanotech that gave them motivation and valuable skills. There was an essential ethical component to this ...
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Did Jack London influence “We”?

Summary: Did Jack London's dystopian novel, The Iron Heel, published in 1908, influence Zamyatin's We? Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel, We, completed in 1921 and published in English in 1924, is one of the ...
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Searching for a scifi novel incl. Evolution, telepathy, own state/country/isle and bad ending

I think that this was a rather old novel, some children developing telepathic skills on different parts of the world, getting in contact with each other, maybe some disabled telepath, and then them ...
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How are Vulcans that don't strive for logic treated?

While in history, there were a number of Vulcans who rejected logic, and fought wars with the majority that did (one of which resulted in the Romulan Star Empire), what happens to modern-day Vulcans (...
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Looking for an old science fiction short story [duplicate]

I am searching for a science fiction short story I read in an anthology obtained from the public library in Riverside, California around 1964. It is written in the first person, and deals with a man ...
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Science Fiction short story about a town where people got cured by other people in the town

I'm looking for a short story about a town that had no doctors or pharmacies and sick people were taken to the town square. I believe there was a family passing through and the lady took sick. The ...
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Looking for the name and author of short story about sea creatures that need a third sex to procreate

May have been in a SF magazine about 25 years ago. I remember it having a complex society and it was punishable by law if one creature rams into two others causing a pregnancy.
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Which 70s/80s story/book has horses as protagonists? [duplicate]

This book is pretty unique. It's about a planet only populated with intelligent horses who have domesticated their humans, because they have hands (horses don't have them). The whole time reading you ...
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Scifi short story where all citizens are armed (golden age)?

Trying to identify a scifi short story, possibly from the golden age, where all citizens carry sidearm weapons. Everyone is super-polite because it is legal and accepted to challenge another citizen ...
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Dystopian future, an old novel where everyone only has a three day memory?

I'm trying to find the name and/or author of a story I read in the 1990s (I think) about a future where everyone takes 'memory loss' pills. It means you only remember three days of short term stuff, ...
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Do Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion pass the Bechdel test?

Motivation Let's face it, Tolkien wasn't much of a promoter of women's equality (to say the least). Thus there are no female characters in the Hobbit. the Lord of the Rings certainly has several (...
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Short story identification, everyone fixated on an increasingly addictive pattern

This story involved an artist creating a series of splodges that turned out to be incredibly addictive. The representation spread like wildfire, being reproduced on cushion covers, the floors of ...
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A kind of 1984 remake, in an Internet based society

I am looking for the title and author of a specific novel, a social dystopia that sort of takes after 1984, but takes place on the Internet where some Big Brother, controlled by corporations, watches ...
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Social dystopia requiring conformant behavior

I am trying to remember the name of a film I saw where people have to abandon their own personality and free will to adapt to the standard of a community, similar in theme to "The Stepford wives". The ...
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Book where overpopulation led to sterilization led to humanity dying out

My Mother is trying to remember a book she read in what she believes to be the late 90's and early 2000s. She claims it featured a story about astronauts who traveled out to space to find a new ...
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Do replicators ultimately lead to a money free state? [closed]

In all the two settings I've seen with some form or matter-matter or energy-matter converters (replicators) they both have either no money system (federation in star trek) or some other form of ...
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Who is the first minority superhero in mainstream US superhero comics?

This came up after talking with a friend recently. I commented that, with my relative lack of knowledge of comics, I didn't think I had seen any minority superheroes in comics until I saw the Justice ...
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The First SF or Fantasy Interracial Relationship

I know when William Shatner and Nichelle Nichols (as Captain Kirk and Lt. Uhura) kissed in Star Trek, in the episode Plato's Stepchildren, it was the first interracial kiss on American TV. But were ...
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Which short story involves intelligent people being put in an institution? [duplicate]

Basic Plot: a dystopian future wherein all the productive, intelligent people are committed to a "mental institution" where they more or less keep the world running. I read it in the early 1970's, in ...
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Is exponential population growth in The Amalgam addressed in Greg Egan's books?

The Amalgam is a galaxy-wide conglomerate of intelligent species that have the technology to scan their brains; it turns up in several of Greg Egan's short stories ("Glory" and "Riding the Crocodile")...
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Origin of “a flower marriage?”

In Kate Elliot's Cold Magic, set in an alternate-history Earth, there are two kinds of marriage; the long-term sort we think of when we hear the term, and a temporary marriage called a "Flower ...
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The fall of the Communist bloc as seen from the eastern side

It's commonly said that Anglo-Saxon SF writers failed to predict the collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellite states — quickly, with little violence, and without Western intervention. What was ...
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What changes in society led to “Brave New World” becoming accepted?

For many years (over 50?) Huxley's Brave New World was received poorly by critics, and in many cases banned from libraries and schools. In what way did society change so that the book is now ...