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Literate Chaotic / Re: Strange Comics for Strange People
« on: Today at 05:04:17 am »
Fortuna: The Greek and Roman pantheons as snarky robots, in space!

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: Yesterday at 07:23:48 am »
An Artificial Intelligence is developed and it becomes malevolent and eeeeeevil. Unfortunately for the AI it's an android application so all it can really do is mess with it's user's settings and make crank calls. The call is coming from onside the phone...

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 27, 2015, 12:24:48 am »
One of those go-back-in-time-and-kill-hitler stories, but instead of killing Hitler they're going to go back and save Archduke Ferdinand and thus prevent the events which created the environment which turned Hitler into a monster.

Alternately they go back and make sure that Hitler succeeds as an artist, thus preventing him from going into politics.


Related idea:

Time travelers prevent World War 2/Naziism/The Holocaust. They return to find that everyone is now really antisemitic because the holocaust never caused it to fall out of favor.

Alternately they come back and everything is a bit backward technologically because all the tech advances that happened because of the war happened much later (or fewer happened if the Pacific campaign still took place)

Related: or they come back and now the Pacific Campaign had a much much higher body count and lasted much longer because Einstein never fled to the USA and thus the Atom Bomb was not developed in time (it was still developed later)

Alternately they come back and the USA is still extremely isolationist, to a point that's even more inappropriate than their meddlesomeness is now.

Alternately they come back and the world is now under Soviet control. The Soviets are no less corrupt for having dominated the world.

Also, it should go without saying that no one from the original timeline who was born after the 1940's still exists in the new timeline.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 26, 2015, 09:18:33 pm »
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.

I'd watch/read the hell out of that.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 26, 2015, 08:41:28 pm »
A totalitarian government's brainwashing techniques are a little too effective at turning people into mindless zombies, resulting in a zombie apocalypse.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 26, 2015, 07:56:59 am »
A scientist developing an AI robot isn't worried about the possibility of his creation turning on him or going on a rampage. To the contrary he's counting on it. The core emotional drive of this artificial intelligence is designed to be a desire to serve and obey and it's meant to stay that way no matter what other development the intelligence experiences. The final test of this is, after a period of training, socilization, and testing, to order the android to explosively self destruct and destroy itself, it's creator/master, and several bystanders.

The Chrome Gunman, a superhero whose power is that his body is made entirely out of guns. His origin story is kind of a mix of the Tin Man and the chick from Grindhouse, where the guns have been added after accidents in lieu of prostetic limbs until eventually his entire body is replaced.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 25, 2015, 11:01:08 am »
Don't have a story to go with this, but what if people's souls were depicted in story appearing as books dealing with translation between chinese and english, in a parody of the Chinese Room thought experiment.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Paris attacks thread
« on: November 25, 2015, 10:57:34 am »
I just want to know how 30,000 ISIS freaks haven't been wiped out by the Russians by now.  They have a very Roman approach to this sort of thing.

UN and america. "no you can't bomb that place, they might have civilians. No you can't respond to a terrorist attack that's just what they want. No you can't take down the spooky terrorists, we're the worlds white knight."  To sum it up, but also internal political reasons.

If I wanted to hear your shit, I'd just turn on Rush Limbaugh.

You have to admit, this would all be a lot easier to deal with if we were evil

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 22, 2015, 04:02:32 pm »
A man wishing to get intouch with his heritage finds his behavior regressing, first culturally and then evolutionarily.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 22, 2015, 03:29:30 pm »
The excessive regard and undue place of importance given to New York City by American culture finally goes too far and coalesces into a mass psychosis by the city's inhabitants that nothing outside the city exists; that either outside of NYC is a barren uninhabitable wasteland or, as the delusion progresses, that New York City constitutes the entire universe (as per the superstition about the spaceship in Heinlein's "Orphans of the Sky") and anything outside of it's limits is merely an illusion (although by this point most of the inhabitants have become psychologically incapable of preceiving things located beyond the city's limits at all anyway)

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 21, 2015, 06:37:36 am »
Clark Ashton Smith once wrote a story where God and the Devil were both a single being with multiple personalities. What if we extended this into a single being who unwittingly is simultaneously God, and the Devil, and Richard Dawkins.

Another idea:

A sensationalistic and historically questionable biopic about J Edgar Hoover which repeatedly degenerates into over the top graphically pornographic gay orgy scenes. The film depicts also depicts the mafia bribing him into claiming that there is no mafia by plying him with gay prostitutes.

Another idea:

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.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 19, 2015, 05:53:03 am »
Ok. Short story. The characters are posters on a story ideas thread similar to this one except explicitly horror and weird-fiction themed. A weird pattern starts to emerge where several of them will independently have the exact same idea. It turns out that they all have cryptomnesia and are all unconsciously regurgitating entries from the same online list of story ideas that H.P.Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and other early Cthulhu Mythos authors had but never got around to writing.

(this idea was inspired by the combination of the many fragments and undeveloped synopses in this archive: combined with the fact that I had stumbled across the concept of cryptomnesia while surfing wikipedia a few weeks back)

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 18, 2015, 07:27:30 am »
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.

That's an interesting idea. It's got a Clark Ashton Smith vibe.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 17, 2015, 07:20:16 am »
The story follows some group of terrorists or cultists or other fanatics or members of some kind of crazt authoritarian regime with an obtuse philosophical point it's trying to make. As the story progresses it becomes clear that though they don't let on, not a single person in the entire organization actually believes in what they're doing but are simply intimidated by the others and by the group/organization itself. Perhaps it ends with the group imploding and all of them killing each other; perhaps it doesn't.

Similar idea:
A doomsday cult that turns out to be composed entirely of psychological/anthropological researchers infiltrating it for research purposes.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 16, 2015, 07:54:12 am »
Onr of those Animes like Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh where the entire culture is built around a single game, but in this one the game is Cards Against Humanity.

(the same idea would also work with Spin the Bottle, 1000 Blank White Cards, Truth or Dare, or Beer Pong)


Speaking of games, here's another thought.
I recent saw an old rerun of Are You Afraid of the Dark about a haunted boardgame whose loser was magically bound to remain the the haunted location that the game was tied to until they could defeat a challenger, who would then take their place. One thing that kind of got glossed over was the fact that that apparently the game apparently prevented its current prisoner from aging, and presumably from dying. This got me thinking, what if the person was fine with this arrangement? What if they made a point to always lose so that they could live forever?

A setting concept
A fantasy magitech setting in which the main utility that powers everything is blood pumped in from some kind of central sacrificial power plant type thing that's sort of like a combination of a slauhterhouse, a waterworks, and an ancient temple

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