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