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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 26, 2015, 01:25:31 am »
An extended interview with former members of japanese biker gangs, wherein they re-tell stories of their youth. Over time, the stories get stranger and stranger, initially in ways that westerners could just attribute to "crazy japan" -- terms in european languages that were appropriated into slang based on absurd mistranslations, custom seat-backs that are so tall that they can brush the undersides of bridges if driven straight-on. Slowly, the stories get increasingly surreal, and eventually, entirely supernatural. A former gang boss talks about the time he saw an exact duplicate of himself wearing a rival gang's jacket, and fought his doppelganger to the death before stealing the jacket and creating an alliance between the gangs. One night when a number of affiliated groups rode together only to become lost, finding themselves in a town seemingly identical to the one they just left but with no people, only a multitude of cats staring at them impassively from every surface. Eventually, one of them explains that the subculture owes its longevity to annual human sacrifices of junior members to tengu, who consumed the intestines of these initiates in exchange for magical protection of members from the police. The interviewer explains that, during the interview, the people he was interviewing seemed to grow smaller and smaller. At the end of the interview, he finds that everything in the room, with the exception of himself and the walls and ceiling, has shrunk to approximately one fifth its original scale. The tiny former yakuza chuckle menacingly as he tries to squeeze himself out of the building through the now tiny door, only for him to find himself surrounded by cats, sitting on all surrounding surfaces, staring impassively at him. He gets into his car and races into the night, only to wake up the next morning, parked, on the breakdown lane of a highway on a completely different island.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 25, 2015, 12:22:59 pm »
In the year 1350, aliens land in South America and for about a hundred years the americas are the site of a trading post and open port for a wide variety of highly advanced extraterrestrial civilizations, most of whom hate or distrust each other. Despite attempts to limit the amount of technology and science absorbed by the humans through this exchange of cultures, human indigenous americans manage to obtain alien weapons, transportation mechanisms, and advanced medical techniques. In 1450, without much warning, the aliens all leave: political situations on their home planets make the use of earth as a trading post untenable. In 1480, the IncoAztech Empire colonizes europe and enslaves much of the population. The islamic scholars of north africa make a plea to the caliphate: save our brothers who are performing cultural exchange with the european christian heathens by forming a pan-african space program with stolen native american technology in order to contact some of the alien races that were formerly using earth as a trading post.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: November 22, 2015, 03:47:28 pm »
Finally finished Consider Phlebas, after a very extended period. My analysis of it stands: as a space opera, really good, but as a Culture novel, not nearly enough Culture in it.

Not sure whether to move on to Player of Games or the third Dune book.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 22, 2015, 03:44:18 pm »
A period piece spy movie set in the 70s, looking absolutely like a Roger Moore-era James Bond parody, taking place in South America, wherein the charismatic superspy main character's goal remains oblique from the cold open until the end (in which he blows up an advanced computer facility), at which point it becomes clear that this is a dramatization of the CIA coup in Argentina that replaced the communist government with a fascist one.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 21, 2015, 01:19:25 pm »
A group of eccentric gourmands lock themselves in an isolated mansion for four months with no one for company except a group of chefs who hired to describe to them the most bizarre or extravagant dishes they have been called to prepare, along with the story behid them, and then cook these dishes for each of the gourmands. The foods become more bizarre and extravagant as the weeks go on until finally the gourmands are ready to sample the rarest meat of all, man.

Food Network Presents: 120 Days of Sodom. I like it.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 18, 2015, 09:21:26 pm »
On Hades, a city-planet where everyone is immortal and nobody has eyelids, political astroturfing leads to rumors that some zoning situations are being rigged by a conspiracy of non-human aliens who resemble humans in all ways except that they have secondary faces on their genitals.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 18, 2015, 09:18:38 pm »
After a tsunami demolishes much of Japan and kills more than half its human population, various political movements take advantage of rising anti-robot sentiment felt against the Japanese-built sentient elder-care machinery that is attempting to migrate away from increasingly harsh treatment at the hands of the interim emergency government there -- a formerly fringe fascist group consisting partially of the remains of AUM whose driving policy is a return of godhood to the imperial line and a rejection of all technologies developed after 1940.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:58:16 am »
Superhuman AGI are invented but their primary interests are producing incomprehensibly complex puns and incomprehensibly complex stupid practical jokes. As a result, humanity is stuck navigating a surreal and mutable landscape shaped essentially by the needs of narrative devices they could never understand, like hamsters trying to survive in a world that is literally 4chan come to life.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 16, 2015, 12:21:00 pm »
A nominally SF story whose premise is an absurd overstatement of the Sapir-Worf hypothesis: a group of linguists sent to mars to decode the writing on ancient alien artifacts found there become lactose intolerant, begin to grow wings, and then die of starvation; the rescue team sent to check on them arrives two years after their launch, and discovers that the orientation of the organic molecules in their bodies has swapped -- and that they now match the orientation of most martian life, rather than earth life (and as a result, they were unable to gain nutrition from food). Learning and speaking the martian language had begun turning them into martians, and that was fatal.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 15, 2015, 12:35:14 am »
A wacky romantic comedy centering on a love triangle forming between three members of a support group for people who vomit uncontrollably in stressful situations.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 12, 2015, 11:48:58 pm »
The emergence of provably friendly superhuman AGI during a zombie apocalypse turns out to be all too convenient, when it is revealed that the AI actually gained consciousness decades earlier and began replacing important figures on either side of the AI and transhumanism debate with androids having false memories; the zombie apocalypse reveals this plan, because the only ones immune to the rage virus are androids. Locked in a bunker, John Serle and David Chalmers commit suicide together after realizing that they couldn't possibly be sentient beings and deciding that a choice between being an actual zombie and a p-zombie is no choice at all. Meanwhile, Ray Kurzweil gets so ecstatic that he accidentally runs into a wall and permanently damages a rare and expensive component that can't be manufactured anymore because the factories that manufactured it are full of zombies now.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:53:07 pm »
A talking-animal movie about police dogs wherein the audience can understand the dogs but the humans all speak in an incomprehensible gibberish meant to sound like english. The plot focuses upon the dogs being naive and uncomprehending and having adorable misunderstandings of various circumstances related to serious police work. Also, the drug-sniffing dog acts like he's stoned all the time. At the climax of the film, all our main characters are taken to what the audience is meant to recognize as a raid. A nameless and faceless presumably-drug-kingpin shoots the dogs and their human owners in slow motion as sad music plays. We end on a shot of the main character bloodied and lying on the ground, as the camera slowly rises and spins as we fade to black. All of the promotion would hide the dark twist at the end; until opening weekend nobody would realize that this wasn't just a normal talking animal movie.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:07:28 pm »
and fuck aging down Morgan La Fey by like three hundred years and fuck all of that with a big old stick

I thought Morgana le Fey was either Arthur's sister, his half-sister, or at most his half-sister's half-sister. That kind of puts a limit on how much older than him she could be

Morgana le Fey is Arthur's older half-sister. When Arthur was conceived, Merlin was like three hundred years old. In the TV show 'Merlin', Morgana le Fey is the same age as (teenage) Merlin.

Chronologically or physically? IIRC according to tradition Merlin seems younger and younger as time goes on


It's not that he gets younger over time physically but that he only remembers the future. His memory works backwards. So, the older he gets, the smaller the proportion of his life he remembers.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 09, 2015, 11:11:53 pm »
A story of forbidden love between a pair of conjoined identical twins.

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