Thursday, September 4, 2014

Ideabird 9/4/14

After time, place names lose all their meaning, and just become sounds. There were probably some historians who knew the Milktown district was named after the historical civil rights leader Martin Luther King. They would probably be the only ones who would recognize the irony of setting up the largest slave market in that section of the city.

(I ran this idea past my wonderful wife, who thought it was too grim. Then upon reflection she realized there is probably human trafficking going on somewhere on our MLK Way right now. The fight for freedom never ends.)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ideabird 5/11/12

On a distant planet, two human armies are at war, and total destruction is imminent. A group of young aliens are observing, and want to stop them. Their teachers says it isn’t possible. They want to rescue at least a breeding sample and relocate them on another world. The teacher explains this IS the breeding sample, relocated from the original human world.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Ideabird 5/9/12

Some aliens bring humans and their pets aboard a living starship. The aliens draw their nutrients from the ship and set up colonies in different parts of the body. The starship changes course at one point heading towards an enormous structure. At the same time trouble breaks out in the human colony when one of the people realizes the dogs brought aboard fleas, which are getting out of control.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ideabird 1/27/12

You’ve had a terrible cold, and for the last week you start the day by coughing up ugly lumps of goo. One morning you cough up a small fist, like a spidermonkey’s, but hairless. The fist clutches a tiny golden amulet.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ideabird 1/25/12

Your spaceship approaches the asteroid. You know it’s composition is a bunch of grayish minerals, and in the dim sunlight it’s dull.  When you turn on the ultra-bright landing spotlights the surface is a riot of fluorescent reds, greens and blues.
Monday, January 23, 2012

Ideabird 1/23/12

An alien civilization lands. They are extremely powerful, though not bloodthirsty. Using the history of Japan as a model, do you go with radical conservatism or radical acceptance? If you go with the latter, can you avoid the mistake they made of WWII fascism?

Ideabird 1/20/12 (late due to illness)

You’re in a public garden in Asia, having arranged a meeting with a terrorist leader. His friend is wearing an explosive vest under his jacket, you are covered by snipers. I say the fight is over, as we’ve both already succeeded. Humans have conquered the planet so completely, and live so thickly, that even if his friend had an atomic bomb it wouldn’t stop our ignorant advance. Nature’s the only thing that can take us out now. It gets his attention.

Idea bird 1/18/12 Dark to Protest SOPA (late)

I went dark wednesday to protest SOPA and Internet censorship, so no story idea that day However, 75 years from now, if someone is reviewing the archives and looks up the controversy, they might chuckle. By that time you will be required by law to continuously upload your personality matrix to the interwebs.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ideabird 1/16/12

You’ve lost another job. Walking across a field towards home you see a zeppelin approaching. It is small, you’d have to duck to enter. Down the gang plank walk dolls from every human era. The lead doll, Carved from rough wood says, “you won’t remember, but we’re here to take you home.