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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1290 on: February 08, 2018, 04:44:23 am »
humanity spends 1,000 years colonizing space with gigantic cryo-sleeper ships and trade routes that take 100 years to cross, and people can upload their conscious minds to computers to overcome the vast time scales everything takes now, and everything in human culture revolves around waiting 50 years for the Amazon package to arrive. Then, some asshole finally invents dependable faster-than-light engines, and everything will fall apart if the technology isn't immediately suppressed.

Here's one:  A generation ship arrives to find their target planet fully colonized by people who left Earth 50 years after they did, because that's when FTL travel was invented.  And it turns out that the skills needed to colonize a near-Earth planet aren't really all THAT useful on a fully urbanized planet, so they all wind up working in the equivalent of McDonalds/WalMarts, and die in abject poverty some years later.

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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1291 on: February 08, 2018, 05:15:03 pm »
humanity spends 1,000 years colonizing space with gigantic cryo-sleeper ships and trade routes that take 100 years to cross, and people can upload their conscious minds to computers to overcome the vast time scales everything takes now, and everything in human culture revolves around waiting 50 years for the Amazon package to arrive. Then, some asshole finally invents dependable faster-than-light engines, and everything will fall apart if the technology isn't immediately suppressed.

Here's one:  A generation ship arrives to find their target planet fully colonized by people who left Earth 50 years after they did, because that's when FTL travel was invented.  And it turns out that the skills needed to colonize a near-Earth planet aren't really all THAT useful on a fully urbanized planet, so they all wind up working in the equivalent of McDonalds/WalMarts, and die in abject poverty some years later.

No no no, thet're relieved. They were only doing this because that's what their parents wanted. It is a generation ship after all.
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1292 on: February 08, 2018, 05:21:53 pm »
Something similar to the "Who's on First" skit by abbot and costello, but in place of strange nicknames instead revolving around ambiguous use of the phrase "foot fetish" in a store that sells both pornography and lucky rabbit's foot talismans

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*The trademark dispute between the World Wildlife Fund and the World Wrestlig Federation is depicted as having been settled by having Hulk Hogam wrestle a bear

*The inner circle of the Republican Party consists of a cult of followers of the religion of the ancient Aztecs. This is why the Republican Party believes that war brings prosperity
« Last Edit: February 09, 2018, 01:55:31 am by Prelate Diogenes Shandor »
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1293 on: February 09, 2018, 09:44:28 pm »
humanity spends 1,000 years colonizing space with gigantic cryo-sleeper ships and trade routes that take 100 years to cross, and people can upload their conscious minds to computers to overcome the vast time scales everything takes now, and everything in human culture revolves around waiting 50 years for the Amazon package to arrive. Then, some asshole finally invents dependable faster-than-light engines, and everything will fall apart if the technology isn't immediately suppressed.

Here's one:  A generation ship arrives to find their target planet fully colonized by people who left Earth 50 years after they did, because that's when FTL travel was invented.  And it turns out that the skills needed to colonize a near-Earth planet aren't really all THAT useful on a fully urbanized planet, so they all wind up working in the equivalent of McDonalds/WalMarts, and die in abject poverty some years later.

No no no, thet're relieved. They were only doing this because that's what their parents wanted. It is a generation ship after all.

Subtitle: /Overcoming Technology/
Cover illustration: Tesla Roadster in space with mannequin "driver"

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[addendum, 2/10]

We open on protagonist entering a travel agency reminiscent of the original Total Recall film.
Glossy brochures of different travel options are presented by a campy future-retro mannequin service android.
Flipping through them one last time, "I see the free consciousness upload is included with all packages,"
the protagonist remarks in a casual way. A fake bead of sweat forms on the android's forehead as
it responds, "B-because we figured that way there would be less reasons for complaint," after a long
beat, "Consider it like a nescesary backup, something required for our peace of mind, like destination insurance."
"I'm not sure I follow."
"Well, since you're actually the last client I'll ever have, suppose I told you, would you still buy the ticket?"
"What's it to you?"
"Heh," the robot seems to smile, "I suppose it's probably not news to you that otherwise you won't make it?"

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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1294 on: February 15, 2018, 09:19:10 pm »
A shock rocker, under studio pressure to produce a follow up to his extremely successful second album, moves into a murder house associated with occult experiments in order to inspire him, at the same time as trying to kick a drug habit he doesn't quite admit he has. However, the house is haunted (or possibly he just has delirium tremens). He finishes the album & his friends are surprised by how stable he's acting, & it's hinted that he is possessed by the killer magus.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1295 on: February 17, 2018, 12:25:13 am »
A priest decides that the world's sorry state is because the communion is not literally human flesh and blood, and starts a movement that becomes unexpectedly popular, in part because this ritual causes the memories & vitality of the deceased to be spread among the congregation, who now share a weak psychic link strengthened weekly.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1296 on: February 18, 2018, 12:19:34 am »
One of those insufferable end of innocence stories where some snot-nosed little puke has to come to terms with the untimely death of a friend, except that it gradually transmutes into a knockoff of The Final Destination and as the main character starts to come to grips with the fact that death comes for everybody that's when Death comes for everybody
« Last Edit: February 18, 2018, 12:36:20 am by Prelate Diogenes Shandor »
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1297 on: February 18, 2018, 05:04:43 pm »
Ok I just reread my last suggestion and it's kind of stupid as is. Here's how I decided it should go:

The protagonist's friend or dog or father figure almost dies and forces them to comr=e to grips with death. But though they don't die Death is now after them in a Final Destination-esque fashion

alternately

Someone poignantly dies but then they come back from the dead as a ghost or vampire or something and it turns into a supernatural teen romance

alternately

dog/friend/father figure dies and protagonist spends most of the story on a quest for for a magical artifact capable of restoring life, such as the elixir of life, the necronomicon, or the holy grail. The quest succeeds. Alternately they might spend their life developing a Re-Animator-esque serum

EDIT:
A fake bead of sweat forms on the android's forehead

I like this. I've got the image in my head here of a cut to a closeup on a nozzle specifically designed to extrude fake beads of sweat.
« Last Edit: February 18, 2018, 05:09:12 pm by Prelate Diogenes Shandor »
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1298 on: February 19, 2018, 01:02:04 pm »
A fake bead of sweat forms on the android's forehead

I like this. I've got the image in my head here of a cut to a closeup on a nozzle specifically designed to extrude fake beads of sweat.
As a matter of fact, Ouestionable Content's alternate universe has specifically addressed this issue. They have a little nozzle, and a "thick whitish fluid" comes out.
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1299 on: February 20, 2018, 02:12:33 am »
A fake bead of sweat forms on the android's forehead

I like this. I've got the image in my head here of a cut to a closeup on a nozzle specifically designed to extrude fake beads of sweat.
As a matter of fact, Ouestionable Content's alternate universe has specifically addressed this issue. They have a little nozzle, and a "thick whitish fluid" comes out.
Yeah, I have this actuator / potentiometer to simulate parasympathetic SLUDGE response with a dedented rotary, but it doesn't do anything kinky.
just this

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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #1300 on: Yesterday at 06:45:59 pm »
An overweight demon tries several fad diets to try and lose weight including eating only people's souls and eating only pain and sorrow
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