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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 17: The Universe (This is the end!)

Science Fiction Story Ideas

The Universe (This Is The End!)

In the Beginning… – Creation (or Recreation) of the Universe

  • A depressed office secretary begins having strange dreams where she is floating over the surface of a planet. She waves oceans into existence, and creates mountains with a thought. She spends her days trapped behind a desk, and at night, she is a goddess.
  • A writer discovers an ancient quill pen alleged to have been used by a cult of devil worshippers to write their unholy scriptures. When he begins to write with the pen, he discovers that the pen has the ability to reshape creation.
  • A powerful, ancient alien falls in love with a human and, in an attempt to win her affections, creates a new universe, just for her.
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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 16: Time Travel & Alternate Worlds

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Time Travel and Alternate Worlds

Time Travel

  • After a head injury, a man has an unusual problem: every time he falls asleep, he wakes up ten years in the past.
  • A child discovers a time machine and uses it to get revenge on her abusive stepfather.
  • A hypnotist discovers that time is only in the mind, causality just a matter of perspective.
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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 15: Super Powers

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Superpowers

Flight

  • A non-religious woman sprouts wings like an angel.
  • A small child develops the ability to fly and his parents struggle to deal with it.
  • A man starts a cult, promises his followers will be able to fly, and it actually works.
  • A man jumps from the top of a skyscraper, attempting to kill himself. On the way down, he changes his mind, and discovers the ability to fly.
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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 14: Slower Than Light

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Space Exploration – Slower than light

A thousand lifetimes in space – Living on a generation ship

1,000 human beings are selected to board a spaceship headed for the stars. The trip is so long that they will die in space, but their descendants will reach a new planet.

  • To save room on the generation ship, the original population of the ship is all women, with children to be produced by artificial insemination. The first “in-space” generation grows up in a society controlled by women.
  • Variation – To save space on the generation ship, all the original passengers are female. All the children are produced by artificial insemination, all from female embryos. After one hundred generations of only females, the ship arrives on the new planet, and the first males can be born.
  • The passengers on a generation ship begin to doubt the new planet will ever be reached, and decide bringing new children into the situation would be cruel. The soldiers running the ship decide that, if the passengers won’t reproduce by choice, they will have to be forced.
  • An elderly man on a generation ship is convinced that the pilot computer is lying, and that the ship was not actually built, but created by God. He preaches his new religion and, slowly, he gathers followers.
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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 13: SEX

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SEX

Gender roles

  • In a society where women are in charge, the men are taught from infancy that having opinions or trying to make your own decisions is “effeminate” and “girly”
  • In the future, humans are born neuter but pick their gender in college, like a major.
  • A medical research company genetically engineers a group of children who are both sexes. How will they behave? How will the children dress? How will they interact with “one-sex” people?
  • After the invention of the artificial womb, newlywed couples begin to have arguments about which one of them will carry the baby.

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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 12: Psychic Abilities

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Psychic Abilities

Precognition

  • A bachelor who can predict the future knows how his relationships will end before they even start
  • A psychic detective that can only see what DIDN’T happen
  • A psychic predicts the winning lottery numbers three times in a row. The FBI decides he must be tampering with the lottery and arrests him.
  • A psychic writes a best seller that predicts each reader’s future.
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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 11: Politics

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Politics

Utopia/ Dystopia

  • Robotic technology becomes cheap enough that, worldwide, everyone can quit their jobs. Robotic valets take over the mundane chores of life, like cooking, cleaning, even basic hygiene. Generations later, a change in the earth’s magnetic field renders all of humanity’s technology useless. People have to relearn how to do the most basic things for themselves.
  • As robotic technology develops, more and more humans drop out of the workforce, having no need to work. The politicians watching these developments realize that, if people don’t have to spend most of their time and energy working, they will begin to question the need for a government. A government hoax creates millions of new jobs, jobs that only humans can fill.
  • A powerful advertising company announces that it is building its own city. Fifty thousand people move in and are given free food and housing, as long as they watch commercials on television. However, the advertising quickly moves from television to the real world, and become more and more intrusive, gradually increasing to the level of psychological torture.
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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 10: Monsters

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Monsters

Zombies

  • Corporations capture zombies and force them to work retail
  • Every time they eat a human, they get smarter
  • As the zombie menace grows, the government begs the scientific community for solutions. One scientist has an unusual plan: bring back the dinosaurs. One tyrannosaurus rex versus an army of the undead.
  • The members of a cult are rather disappointed by the afterlife: eternity as a flesh-eating zombie
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Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 9: Man & Machine

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Man and Machine

Memory removal/editing

  • A medical research company develops a way to help adults troubled by a traumatic childhood: they can have their distressing memories replaced with memories of a happy, loving childhood. A woman wakes up in a Happiness Clinic and discovers that her past is a computer-generated lie. She must decide if she wants to stay happy or rediscover her real life.
  • Variation – A man visits a Happiness Clinic and pays to have his memories rewritten. He had been unpopular and bullied in highschool, so he decides he wants to remember being the Big Man on Campus and a talented athlete. Due to a clerical error, he wakes up remembering being the head cheerleader and prom queen.
  • A neurologist offers an unusual service. Anyone who feels their life has been dull or uneventful can come to him and buy exciting and unique memories. After the business becomes phenomenally popular, a patient makes a startling discovery: his new memories were stolen from other patients.
  • An artist creates a painting so fantastically beautiful that the human mind is unable to cope with it. Anyone seeing the painting immediately forgets what it looks like.
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