I suddenly went on a Science Fiction kick this month, so a lot of my ideas are circling the SF drain to oblivion … I’m not sure if implementing any of these ideas can cause harm. Feel free to try. Just don’t run crying to me in case you spontaneously amputate a leg (or worse … ) as a result. Although I would like to hear the story of how such an unlikely event would occur. That’s my morbid curiosity, again.
- Create a SF book podcast with my 12 year-old. He has already read David Brin’s “Uplift War” series and “The Postman”, so we have a lot to talk about. We could expand this to SF shows, movies, etc. I could post this on my AnimeHeadQuarters.com site and expand it to talking with my 8 year-old about “One-Piece”, “Attack on Titan”, and “Negima”;
- What do you need to make a podcast? What is some decent equipment and software to make the recording? What do you use for editing? What is involved in posting audio to a WordPress site?
- oh boy, this one could get me in trouble … SF novel plot: Jesus and Judas are stranded time-travellers, trying to get home … they figure out that their only way back hinges on staging their own deaths, but the disciple Paul, a Roman spy, complicates matters and messes things up. Part of the research for this would involve reading the gospel according to Judas;
- SF novel plot: Ralph, a high-schooler who chafes at doing household chores, dreams of a far-off land beyond. As he is working the field one day, a hermit comes down from the hills warning of impending doom. But he’s crazy, so no one listens. Soon after, an earthquake destroys Ralph’s home, kills his mother and makes his dream come true. Now Ralph must seek out the hermit and go on a quest to avert the world’s destruction. [premise/background – the world is actually a Dyson Sphere where communication between devolved territories is limited and command and control has been lost. The hermit’s tenuous knowledge and connection to the controls allows him to guide Ralph to reset the world’s controls. Ralph must negotiate his way through many countries in order to do so ]
- SF novel plot: Solar scientist see the inevitable fate of the solar system and must convince the powers that be to do something permanent about it. The plan is audacious … build a Dyson sphere around a nearby brown dwarf. One problem — there is not enough matter around the brown dwarf to construct the sphere. Ok, my original solution was to station a mass-driver on Mars, but that wouldn’t be enough matter for the sphere. So, maybe creating self-sustaining nuclear reactions on the gas-giants to propel them into the brown dwarf’s orbit would work. Of course, Jupiter might ignite and become a small star in and of itself …
- SF novel plot: Piloting a Rogue Planet? Hero figures out that his planet is headed for an unstable star and will be captured. Searches for another rogue with a different course but discovers strange artifacts in the process … It turns out that the artifacts are actually part of a gravity-warping machine in his planet’s core. And the system can be used to slingshot the rogue planet around the star;
- Are there pre-built crypto-currency mining computers? Is there a market for such a thing?
- Can a linux server be used to mine crypto-currency?
- Space Goth sounds like an interesting genre; it turns out I have actually read a bit of it, too. Try to come up with some Space Goth plot-ideas.
- SF novel plot: Laborers on a giant space station seek relief from their drudgery through illicit drugs; the latest drug X, makes everything “bright” until an alien arrives and offers the workers an even better, more permanent high. (If this sounds like the storyline for “The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch,” it is … ).
Ok. If you’re interested in using any of these ideas for yourself, don’t let me stop you. If someone actually proceeded to write a novel based on any of the plot-ideas I come up with, I would be the first in line to read at least the first chapter. I might write the novel myself but don’t worry — I won’t scream and yell that I had the idea first. Ideas are a dime a dozen.
By the way, try not to get yourself killed or your legs spontaneously amputated. Thanks. 🙂