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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: Yesterday at 08:18:46 pm »
In a world where only postmenopausal childless women are allowed to be in positions of political power, scandals surround black market adoption fencing rings. A young lady journalist attempts to investigate but this is made difficult by the fact that corruption in this world is largely related to sexual favors between lesbians who prefer older women, and she must ally herself with an older would-be whistleblower with a dark past whose motivations are unclear but who is sixty-five and therefore more attractive.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 17, 2017, 12:14:57 am »
First contact with a sentient alien race is actually with fully-memetic entities (who have long sense outgrown tight coupling with their hosts & now expect to hop freely between hosts); because hosts on their home planet are physically much different from humans, this first contact manifests as a series of dancing plagues (because the ambassadors are trying to figure out how to control their new alien bodies). Eventually, they realize that we haven't fully uncoupled from our host bodies yet and find that they need to merge with human personalities in order to learn to communicate -- which, for them, is a little like moving from a city into the woods and living with a pack of wolves, because our human personalities are collectives of wild memeplexes instead of single dominant ideas.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 13, 2017, 09:53:35 pm »
An otaku is transported to a generic fantasy world, only to slowly discover that everyone else in the fantasy world is also an otaku who has been transported. Turns out they screwed up and failed to populate it, and so they're moving otaku over in the hope that maybe they'll mate.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 12, 2017, 01:12:56 am »
After a series of large-scale scandals that cross party lines, a controversial new set of laws is put in place: the "veil of ignorance" mandates, under which all politicians must be of the "political class" -- infants separated from their parents at birth, chosen by lottery, and put into a separate schooling system, living the rest of their lives separate from the non-political class and having their interactions limited to state-level legal operations like voting and signing laws. The idea is that if politicians have all their needs met, they have no reason to collude with other politicians, and if they aren't allowed to interact with non-politicians then they cannot collude with them either. At the end of their terms, the politicians are euthenized so that the possibility of quid pro quo is limited to a relatively short time period. Of course, the system backfires, because politicians will compete with each other for the hell of it, their laws becoming stranger and stranger as they reflect an increasingly alien logic.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 09, 2017, 01:08:04 pm »
People's names are living creatures -- memetic parasites that feed on recognition. This is why isolation can be fatal: the name, panicked and starving, eats holes in the brain of its host. The names have been getting smarter, and now they begin to scheme to maximize the sustenance they can get from their hosts.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 09, 2017, 02:53:23 am »
After the trucking industry transfers mostly to self-driving trucks, the NSA develops tech to make arbitrary trucks follow particular people -- a service they sell to other Three Letter Agencies for "counterterrorism". A contractor discovers this & prepares to blow the whistle but is discovered, and they decide to test the system out on him.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 06, 2017, 08:46:28 pm »
In a dystopian near future, the most popular TV show is a hyper-violent version of The Bachelor where 100 women are encouraged to murder each other in order to get a date with a millionaire.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 04, 2017, 02:54:45 pm »
A variation of the sin eater profession appears, whose purpose is to launder hell money by gambling with it. In other words, these sin eaters are given hell money and after gambling with it among themselves for some length of time their holdings are bought and burned as sacrifice. The idea is that if the hell money is bought using dirty money (from organized crime, or stolen) the sin will wipe off on the gamblers. However, since the function of hell money is to gain the aid of dead ancestors, some of that favor also rubs off on them. These sin eaters are forbidden from gambling with the general public, and a street urchin inducted into their ranks discovers why first-hand when he places a bet in a yakuza-owned casino: he has gained the favor of some very ruthless ghosts who will make sure he wins (and keeps his winnings) at any cost.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 28, 2017, 01:13:14 pm »
A parallel universe that had a very different history develops rat-holes to our world -- great doors that are only visible on one side -- in order to escape extreme political wars. Unfortunately, because of the way that patterns of erosion on the earth differs between these two worlds, most of these doors are deep underground, useless and forgotten. Two doors are found in the basements of nearby buildings, unbeknownst to each other -- one emits refugees who have escaped from a prison for heretics into the basement of a private home owned by a group of college students, and the other open up between a church basement (where their youth group sessions are held) and a secondary command center for the organization running that heretic prison. The youth group is manipulated into helping hunt down the refugees.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 28, 2017, 01:06:27 pm »
After a nuclear war wipes out all life on earth, only the vampires remain. Unable to die, they live out a kind of directionless mockery of human society under a state of extreme constant hunger for a material that no longer exists, until the sun expands enough to consume the earth.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 26, 2017, 07:46:16 pm »
A set of well-intentioned government tax incentives lead to a large city installing third party home automation security systems on all (public and private) buildings. The security system is a monoculture and is wiped out completely by a ransomware attack, resulting in literally everyone in a city becoming homeless (as their security systems don't let them into their own houses & won't accept their authentication, treating them as intruders).
Wait... Were you at the at the HOA meeting?
Nope. I was watching the new BLAME adaptation.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 24, 2017, 02:02:21 pm »
A set of well-intentioned government tax incentives lead to a large city installing third party home automation security systems on all (public and private) buildings. The security system is a monoculture and is wiped out completely by a ransomware attack, resulting in literally everyone in a city becoming homeless (as their security systems don't let them into their own houses & won't accept their authentication, treating them as intruders).

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 18, 2017, 12:16:22 am »
A group of strangers wake up in a locked cell. They discover that a failed novelist has kidnapped them in order to force them into awkward situations, so that he can study human nature and thereby improve his writing. Some of those situations involve certain people acting out particular stereotyped roles (under threat of death, if they fail to do so suitably well). It's like a cross between Saw and Whose Line Is It Anyway.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 04, 2017, 11:22:48 am »
Something similar to those alternate history novels like "Man in the High Castle" where  the Nazis won WW2, except instead of the nazis, the world has instead been taken over by the regime of some random minor tinpot dictator from history like Fidel Castro, Fulgencio Batisda, Kim Il Sung, Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, or Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier
Bruce Sterling wrote something *kind of* like this, if it's something you're interested in reading. Pirate Utopia is based on the premise that one of these post-WWI experimental anarchosyndicalist communes became effective & politically powerful (mostly because somebody competent was brought in to handle the manufacture of munitions), with knock-on effects leading to the second world war being circumvented. The result, culturally, is that fascism never got the stigma attached to it that it has, nor did utopian rhetoric of any stripe; the result, historically, is that Harry Houdini, Bob Howard, and H. P. Lovecraft end up working as undercover dipomats for the US government and organize an alliance with the anarchosyndicalist pirate state of Fiune whereby they provide Fiune with nukes.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 04, 2017, 02:23:16 am »
There is a planet where the dominant intelligent life form is a kind of mind-controlling parasitic tapeworm. These tapeworms have the only technological culture on their planet, and have selectively bred their hosts (furry, docile ungulates with very little capacity for thought) and formed a culture around degrading other forms of life on the basis of how similar they are to their hosts -- for instance, terms referring to non-ungulate mammals are common insults & religious taboos exist against eating (or allowing current or future hosts) to eat food touched by fish, amphibians, or insects. In addition to having mind control, these tapeworms also have control over hormone levels in their hosts -- they can increase adrenaline or testosterone in order to make their hosts temporarily stronger. These tapeworms find adrenochrome highly addictive, and so there's a drug trade involved in harvesting it from animals -- but most animals on their planet do not produce it, and there's fairly heavy regulation. Some enterprising drug traffikers have decided to go to other planets and harvest them -- and earth is on their list. While investigating a series of strange, grizzly murders, a detective finds his case taken over by an FBI agent who acts a little weird; he eventually discovers that the FBI agent is being parasitized by a worm who is from the space-worm equivalent of the DEA: the control is not complete (the host species were bred for docility specifically because the worms can't overcome conscious resistance) but the actual FBI agent and the space worm are cooperating because they have a shared goal. The policeman & this FBI-worm hybrid work together to track down the killer, knowing that it must be someone whose will is highly compromised, & eventually discover that the worm is inhabiting various alcoholic binge-drinkers, taking control while they are black-out drunk and maxing out their adrenaline and testosterone to make them physically stronger in order to more effectively kill their human victims -- which causes them to have a severely shortened lifespan. The worm then exits their bodies through the anus and finds a new host (jumping into their mouths). They finally track down and exterminate this worm, take out the refrigerated rental unit where it has been storing its stock of human pineal glands, and celebrate. Then, the policeman shakes hands with the FBI agent, the FBI agent takes off his pants, squats down on the ground, and shits out a six inch long worm, and the worm runs off, jumps into the mouth of a nearby stray dog, and the dog runs off in the direction of the worm's hidden space ship.

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