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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #630 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.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #631 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.

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A doomsday cult that turns out to be composed entirely of psychological/anthropological researchers infiltrating it for research purposes.
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #632 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.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #633 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.
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #634 on: November 18, 2015, 08:14:27 am »
Aetheric pre-linguistic blobs the size of melons ride the cosmic tides in their version of a trans-galactic, amatorial, mecha-symbiotic icosatholon.  Making a pit-stop of earth, their deceleration causes rifts in continuity buffers concatenating local permutations of scalar space-time functions.  Resultant effects on human race are most catastrophic, as they are unable to distinguish objects from amalgamated stream of all memories pertaining to said thing.  All features or properties actively compete for position of greatest accuracy in bounded limit, eroding the capacity/ability to perceive object persistence or definition over time.  Things turn into gradients, positions become velocities, becoming scalar accelerations.  Change changes into change itself and everything becomes a perpetual orgasm. 
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #635 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.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #636 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.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #637 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: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/ combined with the fact that I had stumbled across the concept of cryptomnesia while surfing wikipedia a few weeks back)
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #638 on: November 19, 2015, 08:36:32 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: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/ combined with the fact that I had stumbled across the concept of cryptomnesia while surfing wikipedia a few weeks back)
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #639 on: November 20, 2015, 06:36:57 am »
Dresden Files meets Psychonauts. A psychic psychologist must project himself into his subjects minds in order to solve their unique issues. He has to learn who their psyches major players are and guard against mental  constructs from the collective unconscious. His Astral form happens to look like a classic gumshoe  detective, and must unravel the traumatic psychic "crimes of his patients ts past.
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #640 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.

EDIT:
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.

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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.

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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #641 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.

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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #642 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)
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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #643 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.


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Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Reply #644 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.
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