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Teaching monster anatomy

Best online resources for teaching speculative anatomy, 8th grade to high school age? [more inside]
posted by puckish on Dec 29, 2016 - 4 answers

high-concept low-spectacle speculative realistic fiction

What are some good novels that have a high-concept speculative element in the background, but aren't quite about that? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 28, 2014 - 34 answers

Specfic writing workshops in the Midwest

Are there any speculative fiction writing workshops in the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Naturalistic Post-Apocalypse Worldbuilding

What elements are needed to write a frighteningly plausible post-apocalyptic story? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jan 7, 2013 - 24 answers

Sometimes I run the tap while i'm brushing my teeth and think about how when I'm old I'm going to look back on this and feel like an idiot.

Assume I will live for another 50 years and that I live in North America. Will we "run out" of drinkable water in my lifetime? If not, how bad will the upcoming decades get as far as availability and pricing?
posted by radiosilents on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading?

Weird fiction writers other than Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft whose works are worth reading? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Feb 24, 2012 - 30 answers

A world in perpetual twilight?

If an exoplanet had a light side and a dark side (like Earth's moon, slowly spinning in orbit to keep one face towards earth), might life evolve around the penumbra? [more inside]
posted by rdc on May 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Young Adult dystopia?

[YA book filter] I would like to find some YA or easy-to-read adult sci-fi, speculative fiction, or dystopian fiction. Preferably, about the United States or other earthly country, not deep-space intergalactic stuff. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch on Mar 29, 2011 - 37 answers

Help me build up a Jack Vance book collection.

Help me build up a Jack Vance book collection. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Feb 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Who're good speculative fiction writers who write fine prose?

Who're good speculative fiction writers who write fine prose? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Like Cory Doctorow But Not Quite

Very soft science fiction/speculative fiction recommendations (with a few restrictions) [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna on Dec 30, 2009 - 42 answers

Cut while skydiving will a person bleed faster?

So my buddy and I watched that old Keanu Reeves film Point Break the other night, and we got to talking. We're thinking that more air pressure causes you to bleed at a more furious pace. So if someone's in a knife fight in a plane, is cut, say across the arm, then jumps out of the airplane to parachute to the ground - will they bleed to death before they hit the ground because the air pressure is causing them to bleed so quickly? It doesn't have to be skydiving, it could be on like, Everest. Will you bleed crazy fast higher up? I know that there are a lot of variables here, but I'm just curious if the thinking is sound.
posted by Sully on Jun 7, 2009 - 22 answers

Why Did Mary And Joseph Have To Go To Bethlehem?

What technology would have been available to Biblical census-takers? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on May 3, 2009 - 10 answers

Future of immigration?

Looking for sci-fi/speculative fiction that deals with the issue of colonization, immigration, and refugees. The more details the better! Specifically looking for stories that deal (at least partly) with the stories of the immigrants themselves, and not just the abstract idea. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Apr 4, 2009 - 40 answers

All the men are dead. Bang.

After reading Y: The Last Man I'm finding myself haunted by the questions posed by the series. Where might one go (preferably online) to find statistics or evidence of how many women currently excel in various industries? [more inside]
posted by ZachsMind on Jan 7, 2008 - 39 answers

I'm bleeding from my hands. So why can't I hear?

Hypotension/hypovolemia as a low-pass filter: I got cut, I went into shock, and then everything started sounding funny. I'd guess it was a 40 dB (±10) rolloff, which began near 200 Hz (±50) and left me with nothing above 1kHz. How in the world? Story, discussion of numeric estimates, off-the-cuff physiological speculations, etc... [more inside]
posted by eritain on May 12, 2007 - 24 answers

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