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I propose a fortnight-long topic challenge, which will begin today, August 10th, and finish on August 24th.

Most sci-fi stories feature humans in space. However, manned missions are currently in decline in the real world. Machines can often perform the same functions humans can, at a fraction of the cost. The various motivations for human space travel and colonization frequently put forward in science fiction are a fascinating topic.

I'm excited to see what kinds of questions this community can put forward in regards to !

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The topic challenge is now complete. Thank-you to all participants, and congratulations to Ash, whose question managed to get all three gold topic challenge badges.

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  • $\begingroup$ Are we to link our questions in here somehow? $\endgroup$ – dot_Sp0T Aug 11 '18 at 20:54
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    $\begingroup$ @dot_Sp0t feel free to do so, but there's no requirement to. When the topic challenge is finished, I'll collect all the space-colonization questions asked while the challenge was going on, and answer the question with a link to them. $\endgroup$ – Gryphon Aug 11 '18 at 23:09
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    $\begingroup$ well, I am lazy - So I won't do the work twice if you're gonna do it anyway. Were it my challenge I'd had the querents link it here for my own convenience ;) $\endgroup$ – dot_Sp0T Aug 12 '18 at 7:33
  • $\begingroup$ @dot_Sp0T it won't be that difficult to simply click on the tag, go to the "sort by newest" tab, and collect everything from this date on upwards. $\endgroup$ – Gryphon Aug 12 '18 at 10:59
  • $\begingroup$ here I try to understand why the decline mentioned above despite of much-discussed exponential developments worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/121607/… $\endgroup$ – J. Doe Aug 15 '18 at 7:57
  • $\begingroup$ here I try to understand why aliens and humans can get it on and have babies: worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/122130/… $\endgroup$ – tox123 Aug 19 '18 at 0:39
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, happy to contribute, I didn't realise the question had been quite that heavily engaged but there you go. $\endgroup$ – Ash Sep 2 '18 at 15:15
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This challenge generated 7 questions and 68 answers, for an average of 9.714 answers per question.

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