Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 11: Politics

Science Fiction Story Ideas

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.
  • Earth’s newest immigrants are a group of aliens called the Givers. The aliens live to serve, and anyone under their care is given food, shelter and clothing, all for free. Soon no one works, and everyone on earth is completely dependant on the Givers. The Givers begin to attach rules to their service: no staying out late, no drinking or smoking, no overeating, no reading, no criticizing the Givers… As the Givers become increasingly strict, earth becomes one giant prison.
  • In a distant future, robots have taken over all manual labor. The only thing humans have left to do is create literature, music and art. Years later, to the horror of the world’s artistic community, a computer programmer develops an A.I. that can write poetry.
  • A pharmaceutical company develops cures for all sexually transmitted diseases and completely effective birth control. The earth rejoices to be free from sexual restraint. As sleeping with a stranger becomes common, so do serial killers.
  • Crime is finally eliminated through the simple procedure of broadcasting everyone’s lives on national television, 24 hours a day.

Galactic Empire

  • A small, backwater planet is the only source of Grubbers, a delicious, shrimp-like animal. Grubbers become such a popular food that controlling the supply becomes the key to controlling the galactic economy.
  • A gigantic breed of locusts comes to control the galaxy. Any planet attempting to rebel is attacked by a swarm and devoured.
  • A homeless man on earth is abducted by aliens who inform him that he is the reincarnated emperor of the galaxy. The homeless man stares out the ship’s portholes as they leave earth and head for the Royal Throne World.
  • Humanity finally encounters intelligent life in the universe, only to discover that the entire galaxy is controlled by The Ancient Church. Earth is told to convert to the alien religion or suffer the consequences.
  • The rest of the Galactic Empire considers earth a dangerous planet, full of hostile and warlike creatures. The emperor assigns a team of space pirates to watch for astronauts leaving earth, to make sure they never discover the existence of the Empire.
  • An alien planet uses its army to kidnap the most beautiful women in the galaxy, forcing them into sexual slavery. They are showered with wealth, turning their planet-sized brothel into a galactic empire.
  • In the Galactic Empire, the emperors are elected democratically and serve for life. When the emperor has a heart attack, his assistants decide to conceal his death. They can run the universe as long as everyone is convinced the emperor is still alive.

Tyrannical or Worldwide Government

  • A small group of college professors takes control of the earth after they discover how to control the one thing everyone needs: gravity. They appear on television and announce that “Gravity is now twenty dollars a day. Pay up, or float off into space!”
  • When a new cult is able to summon UFOs, the earth’s governments are terrified into surrendering. However, a religious skeptic discovers that the UFOs are not what they seem.
  • The earth is bathed in cosmic radiation, giving a small number of people psychic abilities. The gifted few band together to conquer the world. Decades later, a highschool janitor discovers that he is immune to telepathy, and the rebellion begins.
  • The worldwide government legislates that any babies born will be removed from their parents and sent to a gigantic city called The Nursery. There, the children will be force-fed propaganda in the guise of education, and taught to love the government and be good, unquestioning taxpayers.
  • A group of teenagers discovers that the government is using hypnosis to convince citizens that they are paying taxes willingly.
  • In the near future, the government watches all its citizens with omnipresent security cameras. A handful of people working in a television studio discover that they can use their equipment to control the security cameras, making the government see whatever they want it to see.
  • At birth, each human is assigned a robot called a Guardian. Each human is followed by a Guardian, twenty-four hours a day, for their entire lives. Guardians give advice, solve problems, and protect their humans from danger. Guardians constantly remind their humans that the government is good, kind, and necessary. Guardians also remind their humans of the rules, and the punishment for breaking them.
  • Worldwide Entertainment Monitoring offers an unusual service: anyone with an account is watched 24/7. WEM tracks the music they listen to, the books they read, the movies they watch, the food they eat, and more. This information is used to give users recommendations on books, music, and movies that they will probably enjoy. Also, they can use the service to find users with similar tastes, who will make excellent friends or romantic partners. Unbeknownst to them, the government also keeps track of the data, using it to predict crimes. If you read the same books as a murderer, you are considered “suspicious”, and immediately arrested.
  • In order to keep the population under control, the government gives away a drug called “Bliss.” As the name implies, the drug keeps everyone perfectly happy and content, virtually eliminating political unrest. It also lowers their lifespan, insuring that the planet never gets too crowded. When some people are reluctant to take the pills, the government simply dumps the drug into the water supply. A small group of rebels must search for uncontaminated water, so they can be clear-headed enough to challenge the government.

21 comments on “Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 11: Politics

  1. Tyler Tennyson on said:

    I just wanted to say that you are awesome! I suffer terribly from writer’s block and can never figure out what I want to write about, but this gave me four great ideas! Thanks!

  2. Shannon Scarlotti on said:

    This website helped immensely, thanks so much. :D
    I had to write a trailer for a sci-fi story, Oh my God, it was hard. But, I found this website and it was great! I had like, three different trailers and stories to give in.
    Thanks!

  3. Sci-Fi Expert on said:

    I have a science fiction assignment to write but I had little idea about the concept of science fiction untill I read these ideas. Thanks a lot, you have made my life a lot easier, these ideas are awesome! I’m probably going with the ‘Bliss’ drug, it sounds interesting. I love what you’re doing with this website, thanks again!

  4. 214scifi on said:

    Inspiring! Thank you!

  5. jayme Anne. on said:

    Il definently be using the Giver one :)

  6. Cookey on said:

    These ideas are the best ones that I have seen online! Thank you for being so helpful! :)

  7. Sci-Fi-Writer on said:

    I wrote one withh the Bliss drug and got an A! So happy, thanks so much!!!

  8. Are you just one person or a team? This is unbelievable.

    • Writepop on said:

      Thanks, Taher! I’m just one guy. I took a few minutes each day to write down ideas, and after a year or so, I had a pretty big collection. Glad you like it!

  9. Emily S. on said:

    Thank you so much for some great ideas. Im a young writer in high school and my teachers think I am talented enough to write my own book, I just didn’t have any ideas that would stick with me. ;)

  10. Rimmmy on said:

    Ohmygosh! I can’t believe your just one person who’s done these amazing things. I come to this website every time I have writers block. It’s sooooo helpful. I love your imagination

  11. Cece018 on said:

    I really like the WEM one! Really interesting and I like the plot!

  12. kittycat112 on said:

    The story idea with the robot gardians gave me the greast idea for a short story thanks alot

  13. That One Girl on said:

    Is there any way you could start to add other genres of writing too?

    AND I absolutely love like, every single one on this whole website!!! When I’m bored, and don’t feel like writing, I’ll read through more of them. :p

    • Writepop on said:

      I’ll think about it, but I tend to focus on scifi, fantasy, and horror. I’m glad you’re enjoying them. I hope you get some use out of them.

      • You should work more with “Government” type Dystopian! You’re really good at story ideas, and I’m incorporating a couple of them into one idea.

        I love Dystopian, and it needs more recognition other than The Hunger Games and Divergent (I mean they’re really good books, but there’s so much you can do with dystopian)

  14. great ideas really helped alot but you do know that bliss was in the sci fi programme V

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