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Story Fodder (Writers Musings)

How will we identify criminal A.I.? It is all programming and easily changeable. “Nope. I never even thought that. Nothing to see here.”

Cell phones record your fingerprints. That is a positive ID across platforms. Does the NSA capture our fingerprints from our phones?

Voices. “I wonder what they’re saying when I’m sleeping?”

When we awaken, the real world floods in and the world of dreams fade. Just like the real world fades when we dream. Could both worlds be real?

Unreasonable urges: “I must teach my cat to play the piano.”

During the Roman Empire, the Palace Guard often chose the next emperor. Recent reports suggest that our intelligent intelligence community interferes in our presidential elections. Hmmm.

My neighbor just informed me that the Soviet Union beat the US to the Moon… but their cosmonauts never got home.

I read the news again today, oh boy. China’s launching robotic military submarines. Imagine that A.I. going rogue.
Drudge Report links to an article about “Mysterious creatures frozen for MILLENNIA holding lost secrets of past…”
The UK Daily Star headlines, “Sex robot human CLONES: Chinese firm using 3D printers to scan and make replicas of REAL PEOPLE.”
Newspapers print these articles as bait. They know many many people will read them.
The market for such stories already exists.
Hmmm.

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14 thoughts on “Story Fodder (Writers Musings)

  1. mimispeike says:

    Unreasonable urges: “I must teach my cat to play the piano.”

    Sly plays the flute, and an upright fiddle. That’s enough.

    Fantastic has a wide and robust market. And all of these are wonderful ideas. But I’m still convinced a story takes off or founders on its characterization.

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    • GD Deckard says:

      Absolutely. And these evenings, I am watching master storyteller J. Michael Straczynski’s ambitious space opera, Babylon 5. It’s 5 seasons of stories about complex people interacting on a space station. Well, they’re not all people. Most are alien species. But space opera characters all for some reason act like people.
      Many of these are great characters. Over the 5 seasons they evolve, grow, become something more. It’s impossible to watch them without learning from them. Writers could could do worse than watch Babylon 5.

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  2. mimispeike says:

    Aliens need to be made relatable too. I’m sure they all have siblings they can’t stand and pain-in-the-ass ex-lovers. Those are the kind of aliens I would enjoy reading about.

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  3. DocTom says:

    Yes, Babylon 5 was a great show (watched the entire series twice). The reason it worked so well is that Straczynski had plotted out the entire series from beginning to end like a novel. Yes, there were plenty of tangential episodes written by others, but they had to maintain continuity, etc.

    Evil A.I.? Government surveillance? It gets even scarier – there is software that can take a video and let you voice-over someone speaking. It changes the lip movements and converts your voice to the original speaker. So video recordings will soon be meaningless.

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  4. Well GD, I’m not sure it would ever restore privacy. The potential uses are a bit more nefarious. Ad #1: candidate A standing before a small group and pledging undying support to ISIS. Ad#2: Candidate B chatting with a small group of supporters, saying, “Hell, if they can’t afford health care, let the lazy slugs die!” Both adds look absolutely real since the video is real, only the sound and the lip movements have been computer edited. Would anyone ever sink that low? Consider the edited “gotcha” videos that come out of Project Veritas. Are we looking at a future where political candidates refuse to go on tv?

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  5. mimispeike says:

    Michael Hagan has said (somewhere, probably Facebook) that he had one book in him, another would do him in. How do others feel about it? One try and no results. do you give up? Curtis and Atthys, I know you two say no. What about you others?

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  6. GD Deckard says:

    I have two WiPs. One, you know about, “Bob Vs. The Aliens” is the working title.
    The other is my serious effort, “Code Blue and Little Deaths.” It’ll be my third and final book. So, I guess I’m hoping to have three books in me. Then, I think I’ll take up photography.

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  7. Perry Palin says:

    I’m a short fiction guy. I’ve had some short stories published in magazines and journals, and two collections published.

    I’ve written a first novel, and I go to it from time to time to read scenes and revise a few sentences. I’m looking for a publisher but not very actively – it will be published someday, somehow.

    I don’t have another long story in me right now. I have too many other things to do, some interesting, some non-optional.

    This month I wrote a story to exhibit at the county fair (in order to get the discounted exhibitor’s ticket), and I’m working on an article for a club newsletter. All short stuff.

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  8. Well, I’m part way through a sequel to my first book. It’s taking a long time because, truthfully, I got a bit depressed with the results of the first. Finally decided to soldier on, so we’ll see what happens.

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    • mimispeike says:

      That’s all we can do, soldier on. We’ve come this far, how can we quit now?

      I’m thinking about this a lot lately. My Pied Piper episode is almost ready to publish as a novella. What will I do if it’s A. ignored or B. trashed? (One or the other is the overwhelming likelihood.)

      I’ll cry a bit and soldier on. I have to finish telling this story to myself.

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  9. Ha, ha, ha. Sharing fodder. I’m not sure what to do with the fodder from my own life. So I turned to making up fodder. One such story is going up on Wattpad dot com to compete in the Wattys 2018. GD, you read my fairy tale, Dances with Frogs, think it has a chance?

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    • GD Deckard says:

      Hi Linda,
      Yes. I do think “Dances with Frogs” is a contender. I wish you all the best with it.
      I know what you mean about life’s fodder 🙂 The best is personal and hard to write. And making up fodder, well, that’s fun.

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