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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 15, 2017, 08:30:31 pm »
The language of mages cannot be spoken by those with no magic in their blood. All known words of the language of mages have been discovered by non-magic folk via a phenomenon similar to the Scunthorpe Problem
I love this.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 13, 2017, 10:49:17 pm »
A swashbuckling garbagologist (i.e., an anthropologist who studies modern society by studying its waste) uses a form of divination based on garbage to track down a powerful artifact accidentally discarded by a chaos magic group, before a neo-nazi skinhead street gang can get hold of it and use it for their own destructive ends.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:06:10 am »
A chef working for a mafia-owned restaurant is laid off, and his family is taken as collateral on debts he owes. He goes on a cooking-themed rampage through the criminal underworld.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 11, 2017, 04:11:15 pm »
A marketing agency is hired to fix an election by dropping machines into swing states that repeatedly google search for non-existent scandals with queries that begin the same way as the most common queries in that area. At first there are no results for these searches, but it works anyway: conspiracy theorists provide results by free-associating on the evocative names created by the marketing team. Wracked with guilt, the person who came up with the plan commits suicide, and becomes a campaign martyr as the new president suggests he was killed for refusing to aid in the cover-up of the (wholly imaginary) scandals surrounding his opponent.

Russ Meyers: Apple Talk / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: September 11, 2017, 12:05:59 am »

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 09, 2017, 03:57:27 am »
Scientists figure out how to do teleportation, instantaneously swapping two equal volumes, but the limitation is that they don't have any control  over where one of the samples is from. Because most volumes in the universe are total vacuum, this is essentially an incredible kinetic weapon. It becomes more and more common, replacing TNT, since (by lowering the volume) you can finely tune the amount of force. However, one day, an implosion goes wrong during a controlled demolition and it's discovered that we have accidentally teleported half of a large living alien being. This is our first contact.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 08, 2017, 01:36:32 am »
After a global-scale disaster, a former renegade cop quickly adjusts to life in the wasteland, caring only for himself and becoming a killing-and-survival machine (Mad Max style). However, after only a few years, society begins to really rebuild. He's roped into some of the early attempts at recreating stable social structures only to become suspicious and sabotage everyone based on extremely weak evidence. People around him try to encourage him to learn to trust again, but he pushes them away: he has a psychological need to see the world as doomed and people as untrustworthy, because otherwise the betrayals in his life are specific events rather than part of some grand dismal mechanism of the universe. For the ending, we cut to a busy, happy walled city that's clearly beginning to regain steam and electric power to some degree -- a bustling marketplace, smiling children running in the street, and abundant food. We zoom out to the outside of the wall, where we see the protagonist, much aged, slowly starving to death leaning against the wall in a big gap between groups of other homeless people who are mostly huddled together in front of small fires.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 04, 2017, 10:47:56 pm »
Unexpectedly, the resurrection of cryopreserved heads takes significantly longer than the resurrection of cryopreserved full bodies. The heads were mostly put on ice by one facility (Alcor in California) and mostly during the short period between 1960 and 2050, after which advances in cryopreservation tech and tax breaks for facilities (along with new legislation related to euthanasia) made full-body preservation both cheaper and less legally risky. Unexpected difficulties related to head transplants, however, meant that cryopreserved heads couldn't be resurrected for another 200 years after full bodies were taken from the facility. When it finally happened, the sudden introduction of a monoculture of a few hundred west coast elite ex-hippie types into the community had a huge cultural and political impact, related to the romanticization of the 20th century as a golden era of simple life. These people were raised up into celebrity born of exoticization, but remained mostly unaware that they were considered noble savages, so when they tried to exercise power the way they did during their first lives they were crushed to find themselves laughed off -- or worse yet, made unwitting figureheads of conservative movements that would like to return to an imaginary 20th century by removing the significant technical and social improvements of the past 500 years.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 01, 2017, 04:20:59 pm »
After AIs intended to provide business advice are trained on a large corpus of fiction, they become obsessed with tropes. As a result, they remake much of the world by subtly manipulating events so they more closely fit narrative logic.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: September 01, 2017, 11:56:11 am »
Animal rights lobbies push for greater restrictions on factory farming practices, leading to lower profits. Perdue responds by taking advantage of tax breaks on Lagrange colonies & raising chickens in rotating cylindrical cages -- with a 'downward' acceleration of about 2.5G, resulting in extremely muscular chickens without the use of hormones. The chicken shit, flung by the rotation of the cage, is gathered via vacuum mechanism and used to fertilize orbital pot farms. On one such farm in the chicken cluster, a motor controller malfunctions in such a way that acceleration slowly but steadily increases, until it reaches about 5G  and the cages break. Super-powered chickens are sucked through shit-vacuums into super-efficient orbital hydroponic pot farms (with an extremely high THC to CBD ratio for economic reasons related to the proliferation of inexpensive synthetic CBD esters on earth), now on fire due to centrifuge motors driven far beyond their operating limits exploding. Perdue's space farmers must escape from giant stoned chickens on a rapidly exploding space station in: Escape From Lagrange Five.

Russ Meyers: Apple Talk / Re: PICS VIII: 10% LARGER THAN PICS VII
« on: August 31, 2017, 05:48:53 pm »

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:35:48 pm »
Rather than inventing the cotton gin, Eli Witney accidentally summons a cotton djinn -- a demon offering to produce enormous amounts of seedless cotton through magical means in exchange for Witney's soul. Witney agrees, and enough cotton is released all at once to drive the market price down to almost nothing. Witney guarantees himself a comfortable life and then pulls a Carnegie, going around North America founding technical / seminary hybrid schools in his name. A hundred years later, the government is heavily influenced by a lobby of protestant engineer-monks & is working to supress wave after wave of dangerous spiritualist cults coming out of the burnt over district, fuelled (they think) by the cultivation and chemical extraction of certain ergot derivatives. These cults are dangerous because they propose that direct contact with god is possible via ecstatic drug-induced visions, rather than by years of devoted study of mechanics and meditation upon Maxwell's equations.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 10, 2017, 10:37:09 pm »
A farce about a green journalist sent into a war zone to cover a revolution, embedded with a seasoned mercenary who is basically calm and unflappable (to an absurd degree). Over time, it is revealed that the revolutionary force is run by an incompetent and unimaginative jobsworth, interpreting (as literally as possible) the ravings of a complete madman. The jobsworth doesn't realize the madman is mad, and it's unclear whether or not the madman knows that he is leading a revolution. The mercenary has no opinion of this situation. The journalist barely makes it out alive -- you see, the revolutionary vanguard bombed themselves because of some offhand remark the lunatic leader made months before, and the journalist and merc were in the vicinity eavesdropping while it happened -- and his story was rejected (and he was fired) because "none of this could have possibly happened".

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:04:59 pm »
Elon Musk's first martian colonization ship contains two Raelians amid the rest of its ~100 crew. These Raelians end up hooking up with each other, but are also slightly more charismatic than average. The harsh martian conditions kill many of the first batch before the second batch arrives, and by the time that happens, the nascent martian culture has taken on a distinctly Raelian tinge. Over time, mars becomes a Raelian theocracy, albeit one with very little political power, but a rare mineral is found in great quantity in martian mines which causes mars to quickly become more powerful than earth (and indeed the political center of the solar system's colonized bodies, in part because martian spaceports and docking stations in martian orbit form an important travel hub between lagrange stations around earth and settlements on jovian moons).

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 10, 2017, 12:27:13 am »
After being passed up for sous-chef, a line cook (in a drunken stupor) accidentally stumbles through a portal to the middle ages, where, trapped, he survives by finding an inn to make food at in exchange for room and board. (Luckily, this is a port town, so travelers come through at a high enough rate to make working at an inn sustainable.) However, because his knowledge of cooking comes from the future (at this point, of course, recipes are rare and inefficient, the importance of time is unclear, and  dishes that benefit from an understanding of chemistry not easily found by trial and error in a dirty kitchen are basically nonexistent), he is able to create dishes unlike any previously seen. While he is limited by the absence of certain technologies (precise clocks, electric stoves, teflon, refrigeration, blow torches) and resources (salt and spices are rare, ice is seasonal), his knowledge puts him in a unique position. Being a port town, travelers from foreign lands occasionally come through, and his introduction of modern styles of cooking changes demand for various resources in a way that he -- essentially not speaking the language, and disoriented from tobacco withdrawl and low-level persistent diseases to which he has no immunity -- is totally unaware of: the introduction of one line cook from the future changes history by putting new pressures on trade routes, causing wars.
There's an amine that's somewhat like this, without the bits with wars. It's called Restaurant to another world, and it's about a restaurant manned by a modern Japanese chef, and the doors to this restaurant open into various places in a fantasy type world at various places and times, causing him to have a clientele of orcs lizardmen, wizards, and the like, who just lose their shot at the taste of modern spaghetti and meatballs. I highly recommend it.
I've seen it. I came up with this because I was thinking about this & the standard iisekai formula (along with precursors to iisekai like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court).

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