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18 November 2003 @ 05:01 am
This isn't a new idea by any stretch of the imagination, and it's not a concept so much as a metaconcept. Still, I've been seeing enough stuff done to genre-tripe that I'd like to see some creative, realistic anti-genre pieces. Works where the beginning comes straight out of generic trope, but everything after that plays out according to the ways real, screwed up people interact instead of ideal playing pieces. Pratchett's good for this to some degree, as are many genre-inverting setups, but I still think it's an interesting exercise. (And in addition, if you know any other good sources for that kind of stuff, I'd be interested to see.)

Conversely to that, I'd also like to see nongeneric pieces where the end point is similar to a regular work, but the beginning and middle are a lot more mundane and the climax muted. Again, it won't do much, but I it would warm my heart to see such works as "I finally got my life into order once I took responsibility instead of begging god" and "How I managed to beat debt once I stopped following harebrained schemes" alongside antigenres like "The dumpy housewife who's swept off her feet by a handsome, dashing stranger, only to be dumped like last week's garbage once he's used her up".
18 October 2003 @ 03:33 am
Throwing out my first couple of ideas here...

First, a simple bit of fiction with a twist. I've been talking time travel stories, and many of the ideas people like involve Doing What's Right and Making Things Better despite "temporal momentum" or "paradox" or whatever term they like. Being the cynic that I am, I'd like to see a time travel story wherein the main character is a kid. Troubled home, yada yada, visited by followers from the future, when he becomes a great figure of peace and enlightenment. (Including the name Wyld Stallions anywhere in the name earn bonus reference points.) Watch the kid grow up in scenes and snippets. Watch him bypass the formative experiences that would've made him the great philosopher-scholar, complacent in his fate and lazy due to that. As part of a cause-and-effect chain, where his fate ends up befalling someone else while he keeps waiting for fate to hand him his due.

The second one is turning into a mini-crusade of mine. A great many people need perspective broadening, and this is an interesting exercise therein. Tell a personal story wherein you were an integral but easily overlooked part of the life of one or more people, due to outside events in your life that had absolutely nothing to do with the people mentioned in the story.

Two personal examples, one's long and whinyCollapse )
02 October 2003 @ 01:54 pm
Here we go... the very first story idea. I've been sitting on this one for a long time. It's too good to throw out, but I'm not particularly good at SF, and it deserves an author more capable in that genre.

It takes place in one of those galaxies with a good number of inhabited planets (a la Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.). The Board of Tourism is negotiating a deal with a race not very active in galactic politics - they're a bunch of homebodies, so to speak, and not very technologically advanced. However, they really like this tourism idea. And they hve the perfect selling point - sweet, delicious air, the best in the galaxy. Much better than that horrid, sterile, nasty air the negotiators brought with them on their spaceship.

The story focuses on the planet's representative, who goes up to visit the mothership to work out the contract detils while construction begins on the planet below. He brings his own air with him because he just can't stomach the sterile air. As time goes on, his personal air supply begins to sour, and it's determined that what makes it sweet and wonderful is the special bacteria, which have now begun to die. Meanwhile, there's some sort of 'bug' going around the ship, and workers on the planet have been mysteriously dying. It turns out that the air that's so sweet to the natives is poisonous to non-natives. The Board of Tourism is not amused and takes this 'deception' rather badly. I'm not sure how far relations degenerate, but ending the story on the brink of war is a possibility I've considered.
22 September 2003 @ 09:38 am
I'll probably remove this entry down the line, but for now, it'll do.

If you got a random letter inviting you, odds are you know me, and with that bit of info, you can guess why I invited you.

If you came here by accident (lucky me), feel free to add yourself. I haven't quite got the scaffolding set up yet, but if you have creativity to drop in, don't let me stop you.