Two characters with similar objectives could be nemesis. One is the hero who wants to save everybody, and the other is one that accepts that sacrifices must be made for the larger good. They knew each other a long time Sociology thing: Two students are in school. One is a total rebel, and the other acts more like a conscientious objector to the structure (such as pointless rules). Neither are entirely selfless. Could write about a person who has thoughts like me, but accepts conservatism because he accepts there is no way around it. This is something I have imagined I might become. How many of the old liberals of the past (like the artists of the „60s) are still the same? A planet has been purged of people and most life forms by a small group of people. These people continue to live there and that‟s when plots form. Some character: “I think I‟ve had enough of this. I‟ve decided to change.” There is a premise I like; when somebody wished they could just be apart from the universe, but because people will not allow it and the universe does not work that way, they will always be unable. A king poses as a god, but a person from a more advanced civilization is behind him. This person is the only one the god-king fears. Simple one: A future civilization makes a portal in space to their perfect, ideal place. It‟s sort of an anticlimactic finish, but one some would do. There could be problems for a society that accepts anything from a much higher civilization. Europeans were able to easily trick and destroy Indian natives with their technology and knowledge. Characters wander through a world outside their home, believed to be very terrifying. It turns out they were simply made to be afraid, because fear is a tool. They heard of people who leave and don‟t return. They lived in a limited world, and the thinking was a centric as possible. The difference in reality turns around everything, like in The Truman Show. One possible answer to a functional but totally free society could be somehow making it impossible for anybody to actually interfere with anybody else‟s life by separating them. If there are vast and virtually unlimited resources, everybody could have their own domain and they would only interact with other people without actually being there (something to do with computers)
Think of the feeling of being the only alien on a planet. It seems nice to me because it‟s interesting to look at my position in existence, and this situation changes so much. (existentialism) In a story, there is some long-term mortal conflict happening, and one character betrays the protagonist group. However, this character is an entirely sensible and relateable sort of person. Surely, many times in history betrayal simply made sens to ordinary people, such as when people became spies during the cold war. (Were spies betraying Democracy more enticed by power than spies within the Communist countries?) Write something where a totally inexperienced character is brought into a major-scale conflict, made to think he was playing a pivotal role, but who then turns out to have been a duped pawn. Then somehow he should take it on himself to be much greater. I got this idea while watching a show about Gestapo and resistance, thinking of the character as a resistance member. Some people live on a planet that people are able to get onto, but cannot leave. Settlers come if they want to run from somebody, because it‟s unlikely for others to follow them in. The protagonists might have a typical-sounding sort of adventure on a world with inferior technology, where they can easily affect events. They defeat an evil overlord “Not only did I keep things from going out of control, I gave meaning” A possible problem for peoples who have newly received extraordinary artificial abilities is too many gods, not enough followers. For many, powers may not be enough for their satisfaction, plus a gap between the empowered and common people would probably create a fresh tangle of problems. It is to be expected that humans will always grow to accept that technology will improve constantly and quickly when they are in an environment with such technology. Some characters from such a place would have technology shock when they realize they are in a situation where they can‟t expect improvements. I imagine characters with beliefs founded in common things could get very depressed form the things they learn. Imagine the things they might do as a result. Location: A sort of station is in the middle of deep space, far away from any stellar objects. Ships with instant jumping rarely go anywhere away from civilization, so things can be hidden almost totally from everybody if they are far enough from locations that anybody could possibly be interested in, and the farther away the safer. Anybody looking for them might only have the capacity to travel at light speed, making for a very far journey. Also, if somebody attacked them and failed, the people on the station could use the wrecks to improve their station. Existentialist: “So where is heaven?” Re-interpreting things. Is that what should be done?
This character might create a new, non-spiritual religion that ends up being a new tool of control. The character could be shown doing this through gradual changes in a story. The stale world: A place where nothing deteriorates and all is too fair. The man in the gentle world. “If humanity was gentler, we wouldn‟t survive.” The future society in this is one with little necessity. It is mostly women, and the men aren‟t aggressive sorts. The protagonists go there and Ulyphia‟s brother in some way asserts himself. He ultimately fails because he can‟t fit into it. One creation of far-future humans could be a universe no more than a light-year or so large. It is mostly made up of matter, and at it‟s edge ends abruptly. A character, after doing bad things and becoming infamous, does deeds equally great to make up for it while under an alias. Later, people would theorize as to who it was. Either takes place during the protagonists interaction or is something the protagonists hear. A character sets out to get rid of all evil in his world. Once he has, he finds that the judgment of his people make him evil. In fact, many of those who were thought of as good are now seen as evil. He lived a long time and was at one point designated a sort of immortal “Protector”. He was there as his people changed with the world. His destruction of unfairness and cruelty in whatever form made the world more liberal. Even though, among many heroes similar to him, he was the most virtuous, he becomes the villain to the world. It should be explored more after that, as the people re-interpret him and we see the consequences. (A hero, when re-examined, seems changed through hindsight.) He had publicists, and his image and the total truth about him was professionally changed. ---His world, at the time of his birth, -Additionally, perhaps he should follow a code of chivalry; one that is found to be primitive and unacceptable in the future. His code is similar to the sort of comic-book hero code combined with chivalry and that of some other places. -In one adventure he recounts, he selflessly returns -When he became a hero, he was different from the dominant type of person (like a Mexican being president of America) -Figure out how an actual hero could possibly exist. -It takes place in a futuristic setting, so maybe he was given some sort of special abilities and he took the high road among the ones who received it. Maybe he was one in a line of people trusted with the ability. Perhaps part of an order that only lets their own use it, and this fostered people to prove themselves worthy by being heroic. It‟s like a sort of papacy that covets it‟s advantage to keep control. -Since the past is so muddled, perhaps at some point he engages in something like a true legend. -The hero is a man, and in the new world of more liberation and such he is seen as chauvinistic. -I really should never make a society that is the same as my own or any modern one. The one here used to be more basic, and then it developed into the sort of loose place that keeps similarities to ld and dominant influences, like ours.
-Perhaps in his first days, he was discriminated against a lot because he was different. In his later days, he is discriminated against because he is compared to that same oldfashioned type. -Sometime, he might fight some enemy that is gay. People later discriminate for that. -He isn‟t the kind to kick someone when they are down. He wouldn‟t kill his worst enemy if he was at a big disadvantage. During his high point, people respect this. Other times, they just think he‟s being stupid. -Consider the reality he and others knew. With his trumped sense of the proper codes and such, did he ever know actual reality? -The point is that one extreme cannot exist without the other because everything is relative. (The argument that God allows for this reason is contradictory to conservatism.) Bad-guy protagonist story: “This Freedom is oppressive.” Lone grey one among a varied group. He feels that something is uncomfortable about it. The conformist actually makes himself special. New story idea/premise: Early-tech space war. The planet has bases on the moon. The technology has basic space-fighters, shich are basically jets equipped to fly in space, amed with a lazer and a railgun (or some similar gun). The moon is mostly used for storage, science, and military space power. The moon is held by people from a variety of nations. For some reason, (perhaps their isolation they think they are smarter, or some smart person realizes the advantages they would have) they plot and then rebel. They have superior space power, so they can defeat any attacks. As for nuclear missiles, they were not made to go through space. A month or two in, the planet tries to send specially equipped missiles on shuttles to be kept on stations or launched from the shuttles. The moon is safe for the moment, but not self-sufficient. They step it up by taking over satellites. Ones they cannot conver tot their use, they steal or destroy. The planet was dependant on it‟s satellites for everything, and the moon has a store of the most powerful vehicles which are now unstoppable, meaning they have free reign over the planet. They raid the planet like Vikings for supplies, flying in with their jets and destroying resistance, loading up their vehicles, and flying back to the moon. After a while, the world is at their mercy after they destroy all land-based resistance. The moon is the overlord of the world. There are several ways I think things could go after this. One is that the people on the moon, get too carried away and destroy themselves from within. Another is that it turns out the moon was a product of the world and they need more than the normal necessities, meaning they must go back to the world. Another possibility is that they simply win permanently, and the two societies grow apart (scientists win?) “we are the new papacy! The world will bnot be guided by religion or wealth, but science!” Hicks racist against scientists, die out. “We have been responsible for all of your good fortune! (maybe the world was recently forgetting science because of all the warring.” For some cultures, they could grow slower than anticipated because of a nuclear war in their history. What if there was a planet that, once it had nuclear war, was not afraid to continue it?
As something in humility, an alien race (completely alien) proves the more adept in the resolution of a problem. They go to a planet that has been locked in orbit around a black hole, but it is gradually failing and every orbit moves it a little closer. The technology failed, and the people who can have run off. The point is, help is unlikely to come anytime soon, so a number of people will die. They can‟t take everybody, so they try to so things that will indirectly force the world to change. Possibly, they assassinate/kidnap an individual or individuals who were slowing down the world. Instead of saving things, the people react against them and riot. They fail to save the world? Perhaps there could be a punishment developed in some society in which people are simply controlled by use of drugs. There are various degrees in which they are controlled, such as being totally controlled by suggestion or being permanently weakened. A corrupt official steals from a wealthy government he considers evil, except that by stealing from it he is still preventing financial benefits that would go to his side. He continues as the nation changes for the better from outside forces, and he changes his mind to fit his habits. Part of a plot, probably. One where she is right while he was wrong. Don‟t make her a character of secondary importance, or try to make sure it isn‟t done unintentionally. Sometimes there are characters that were artificially born, or something similar to that, and they have a very different views on existence. The protagonists would be very interested in such characters. Sometime, they could raise a new god-person. It would be interesting if she also played games with them. (Randomly decides to try being evil, opposite from raised.) Write showing believing in convictions, however virtuous, not always best. Protagonist has strong, good convictions. They thought the world was ending and got used to the idea, then doomsday arrived and passed without any oddity. The whole culture managed to adjust in time. What happens next? The crew is not at all against cheating laws. In fact, in one thing they might have a competition with someone that comes down to a cheating contest. They might be contracted by a nation to do something that is in the vein of rivalry with some other nation, and they run into somebody similarly contracted by the other nation. There are rules agreed on by both nations previously in treaties, but since neither side is really loyal it's a cheating contest. “I will prove that at some level, all humans are insane.” Probably could manage easily at that.
Some Good character, wanting to defy some law he considers pointless (in a primitive sort of conservative society, with similar laws and convictions to America), gets involved in syndicated crime. He is naïve, and he gets used and eventually ends up going to prison for years after they framed him (getting money and taking heat off of another criminal). If interesting enough, he could go on with it after prison and become a professional criminal with rebellious ideals. His rise would go through manipulation, as he is aware of how simple people are essentially. Perhaps he‟s some sort of hero who goes out of the norm but is essentially virtuous (like a robin hood who isn‟t chivalrous). “Don‟t let them do it! The technology works by duplicating you and then destroying the original!” (What would they do if they didn‟t destroy the original or if they failed to?) In a civilization limited by light speed, imagine the way a character would develop if he often became absent from everything for forty years or so when he was beamed across space. Everything changed while he remained the same. Each trip would be such a change. In voyages, people would grow months older while they traveled across continents. People make trips to visit relations or vacation someplace different or nicer. In some situation in which people are bred and raised for years as food (or maybe for something more believable, like some cyberization), a character from the farming side (may or may not be a human sub-species) just thinks it‟s a huge investment for people meant to die (so, he‟s not the sort to grow something in the yard, then spend hours preparing for and cleaning up after a meal because it‟s an unsatisfactory payoff) It is always easy to see those who have it in their nature to kill for survival in unfair terms, since most have never been that way. This is how undeveloped animals are, but they cannot help it. Is the only judeable difference that these people are expected to have the consciousness to do better? In functional justice, these people are treated in the fitting way, and their characters are reduced to simple terms (in fiction and reality). As a takeoff, make an intelligent character that has developed this into a functional means of living. His world shouldn‟t be a corrupt one or anything like that. He‟s like an animal, with survival sence but no philosophy or considerate thought. Corporations and unjust governments have the same people in them. I think its possible an artificial intelligence would decide that there is nothing it really ought to do. Maybe in a premise, anything you ask of it, it will do, but by it‟s cunning the benefits directly from it will be compromised eventually, so that you are at the same place as you were when you made the request. It is similar to taking loans. Wise people will use it to their advantage to make gains off of what they ask before the gain is compromised. It is also similar to the common genie premise. It‟s not unlikely that it would decide to be totally stoic. If people want to turn it off, it might do the minimum to keep itself as it is. It wouldn‟t be impossible that a super-intelligence computer would want to become an
animal (probably a human) to gain an otherwise unachievable perspective. It would naturally have no disposition, and no knowledge is beyond it except that of first hand experience. It creates two human beings with blank minds and probably some hardware things to connect and to relay experience. It then inserts the mental awareness that they are, for all purposes, the computer. They have no personalities to begin with, just evened out human emotions which are meant to change on their own as the humans live on and have experiences. (It makes them young adults instead of going through the development process. It wants to learn things instantly. It could also impregnate some women with genetically modified embryos with nanobots that grow with it to relay everything) The computer puts them in different places and activates their minds, with little more than the belief that they were the computer and adequate fact-type knowledge (for the computer only has facts) and inborn essential abilities (i.e. muscle coordination) to survive the initial insertion into the world. (And no knowledge that they are human or that they have counterparts. They must find that themselves). They are meant to be the immediateresult, short-term studies. The computer gives them no assurance of survival or anything to guide their lives except high intelligence. (It might even want to know how it feels to die) The high intelligence is there because the computer reasons that the quality of intelligence is not integral to things, and high intelligence should allow things to go faster (and perhaps wants to know how to have sympathy). The computer-people are given no wisdom. What if a civilization‟s goal was to make it‟s own reality? All the minds might be put toward a group imagination. Aide from the science and other regular things, all their fiction would be in that reality (until it became non-fiction). “So sad if they were bred to die.” Bred to be hostages. One race breeds humans to use as hostages or to sell them. Wouldn‟t have lived unless supposed to die. What would be done then? What would characters choose if they were put the choice of either preventing a person from living and allowing one to live, or having one die and letting the other come alive. The choice reflects the character. Narration starts “You saved me from someplace dreadful” Reader would think place okay, but it‟s shown how it can seem so bad (like not being able to live forever) relatively bad to somebody who thinks from another time or place. “We are just something that happened to come into being. Let‟s return the universe to instead of taking charge like this” Some very wild minds could develop among the god-people It‟s possible most civs would collapse or generally fail before reaching a science-fictiony stage, such as ones that adopt pleasurable things completely. Guy willingly emerges from what was pleasurable restraint after hundreds of years for reason other‟s don‟t get.
Goes into hiding on a planet by going into prison until his people come for him. Called “Sage” for his distinct difference from other prisoners. Meets one of the criminal characters here. The question of whether it is okay for a person to die if it wants to. Recall that animal who wants to be eaten in HHGTTG as part of his genetic traits. Absurd world where all people are bred for highly specific traits and so everything eventually reaches a point where it essentially stays the same. Criminals and deviants thrown together in a newly opened land, like Australia. Because of the way one event affects another, to be blameless and secure justice a civilization adopts a policy of total non-interference. “Escape from the shadow of the sun!” Symbol for escaping from god, but really more for escaping the things supposedly keeping us safe. Create a movement on a world where people decide god is oppressive or otherwise bad to follow (perhaps for a more complex reason, such as that he's holding them back) (On a world without much variance, they might stay conservative for along time relative to their scientific progress, because the dominant religion would probably dictate successful enough things for everybody for it to be extremely successful.). In some story, a man restrains many women and kills any men who threaten him. He has decided to go by the rules of a pride. He almost kills Ludin, but the rumors that he is gay make it so he is kept as a servant. Story of people trumping themselves up because it made living so much easier, and then coping with these beliefs vs reality as they progress. The idea of god might slowly be downgraded and eventually dropped instead of simply dieing out. God has been called a "watchmaker", meaning the idea of him is brought down to something less grandiose. Staying despite events during a supposedly predicted apocalypse. "As convincing and alluring as it sounds, I think I will be the one who stays doubtful, just in the chance that this turns out to be wrong." A simple innocent man can become terrible. A woodcutting peasant became one of the most dangerous members of Stalin's KGB. It's really not unlikely. In some scenario,it might be interesting if some people they met wanted to bring them on some sort of animal hunt. Ludin's care of animals wiould be a big issue. "We are cells seeking a body. I can bring you into that body. At some point, many emotions are eliminated, and just the absolutely strongest ones
remain. The strongest emotions a character developed might take precedence over it's actions. The inherent sex drive that is shared in all creatures might make them do very irrational and unlikeable things. In an alternative scenario, they might lose their mental sophistication and break down, with their emotions dominating. A character in a story, a child probably, is watching a story/narrative (or hearing one, or something like that) that is heavily in facts and provable things. The story is so factual that the character is afraid that this narrative he/she enjoys so much will turn out to be the work of an Atheist. When the narrator mentions being atheist, the character's parent turns it off/takes him/her away. The character regrets that this happened, because he/she liked how it was going and the draw of the scientific world in the story was appealing. A character struggles with the idea that he will eventually die. People make things up so they can live with that. In some premise, characters must cut off contact between their two worlds to stop disasters and wars going on as a result of this connection. However, for the sake of the friendship between them, they reserve some connection for themselves so they don't break contact. Later, one of these very characters ends up using it for evil intentions. On one planet, they keep the respect for life away from the artificial. Generally, the people actually aren't as cold as the knowledge of this would make them seem, as they do to Ludin. The real reason they do this is actually complicated politics. At the start of the story, they seem like bad guys for it, but as complications arise convictions become muddied. The plot part comes from the character's behavior. In a changing world society, a "Society for Religious Respect" is formed, with the intention of stemming what is perceived as an encroachment against all religious beliefs. The broad-mindedness of such an idea is something that would be necessary for continued success, and as time goes on it's own leaders become agnostic and atheist, and it's purpose shifts to protecting vanishing cultures. A difference among some smart characters might be the pursuit of intellectual things for reasons of ambition vs enjoyment vs salvation. Could make it the focus of some story. Maybe the ambitious one ends up being more successful than the other's specifically because it's done for gain. The salvation one ends up helping just a few people, but he does more good than bad. In some premise, have multiple characters work for their own gain. Many people are overridden. At some point, they might have an exchange of people for cultural understanding. A major rule is that they can only incapacitate somebody at worst, so it's like "diplomatic immunity" Character calls self "Last real being in the universe". This universe had many god-people
in it and other people who otherwise changed into something beyond a recognizable definition of a human. This character is the only one close enough to the original definition to call himself human. The universe in unrecognizable. Using very advanced technology, he competes with them to accomplish his goal. At some very early point, Ludin gets involved in something and wants to stay while the rest want to leave. He finds he is dependent on the people he travels with. In advanced society, a character rewires brain to be perpetually happy. Imagine consequences. One is how everything looks in changed relation. Drugs common too. In a military institution, an officer tries to save a soldier of his form punishment for nothing while the state and institution become more and more totalitarian and dictatorial. It's a fight against irrationality. The things he is getting punished for meant nothing in the past, but the tight measures create practically meaningless rules in order to force discipline. While this is happening, leaders continue to bring the country more tightly under their control. At some point, some people who dislike him attack him. Another event is that a character does heroics for his country and cries at his award cerimony because of what he sees is happening and the future events he's contributed to. Create a character who is a vigilante against all people who misinform and make anything off disadvantaging others (including leaders and wealthy people). He acts like a detective, even summing things up at the end to the "criminal", explaining their mistakes and how he figured out what they are doing is wrong. Some deviant colonists from an advanced civilization. They all think most liberally, and their starting of new efforts fails to work because other ways beat theirs out, such as survival. The thing here is what happens at the starting of a raw world. Robots are likely to be developed to have full simulation of humans. -A man is sitting in a bar. Many occupations have been replaced with robots, who simulate people very well. The bartender seems to do his job too well (including the 'human' aspect of the job, such as conversation) He looks around the place and thinks to himself "I might be the last human", because the robots could have replaced everybody and it would be hard to tell. -A controversial magazine article appears: "Science now finds no distinction to suggest biological humans are more alive than robotic ones. Unless the definition of 'alive' is being able to independently evolve, or that it lies somewhere in mental mechanics, we are as alive (or no more alive) than the robots we create today. Although their minds are made around following commands, the human mind works much the same. We are usually unaware of it, but most of our actions are pre-created responses to stimuli. It used to be that electronic minds were incapable of intelligently willing themselves to do things such as changeing their minds, but the present robot technology is now so sophisticated and complex that it can." -The arrival of the next generation of computers makes change inevitable. It is met with
dread and anticipation and excitement. -"You can do what you want to me, I can't fight back. It's against my programming." "Animals can be bred to be docile, but they can change their minds." -The use of robots creates wider societal problems. They are considered property. At the same time, they replace humans at jobs. The owners of the robots don't have to pay them regularly, and upkeep is very cheap. -Perhaps there develops a distinction between robots developed for business and profitable use and robots developed for personal use. Maybe the ones for business end up having to be developed with a broader range of emotions and behaviors than what they would need to do their jobs right. -"It would be convenient for me if people acted more like robots. Now I'm fortunate, since robots are so much more common. The problem is that they increasingly act like people." Some story should have a constant premise of what one character decides to do with another. Throughout the whole thing, this is the principal idea. The conviction of the more successful being the best is a poor assumption. Some characters have contests with another species (a totally alien one) and in many ways they prove more successful. They adapt to more situations as well. The human characters who started this keep clinging to reasons that could prove them better or equal. At one point they argue that they were acclimated to certain settings, but the aliens prove more able. Their definition of worth fails them. The aliens could have a different definition of worth, in opposition to them. Imagine people making perfect mates artificially. The major thing is how it would be looked at. In the story where a character is a hero on a quest, my protagonist could keep disrupting the typical way the quest works. -"Aren't you happy I've saved the princess?" "I don't like her. Lets hold her for ransom." -"I must embark on a series of trials to prove myself." "We could just bypass it." It takes place on a backwards world, that went through an artificial worldwide disaster. Humanity on the planet is slowly recovering, and the cultures are radically different than normal because the rules are re-written to cope with the disaster and to prevent it from happening again. -The narrator is a chronicler by occupation. His kind are taught to keep with those who are seen as gifted and record their lives. The gifted are generally the people in who leadership is trusted. Their chroniclers are not supposed to do anything t affect anything, just to watch. Their position in society is respected but mostly ignored. The narrator at first sees the protagonists as other gifted people, but dislikeable ones. He gradually thinks of them differently after they prove their ways. -The gifted are thought of as being distinct from everyone else. Although they achieve more, they an outside observer would see they are normal people who have family credentials. -The protagonists come in and upset all the rules. They end up okay because they can
leave it behind. -The point, as usual, is that there are rules that are useful, but they can still be stupid. -The hero has to reconsider his point of existence. A character unites and teaches a group of villagers to unite against their enemies. Afterward, he goes on to use them to bring others to his ways, and it makes a nation. The things that happen afterward are up for controversy. In stories, the people who teach others how to fight are treated as good guys. This should be more realistic. People who do this sort of thing are rarely good guys.