Government scientists design brain implants that deliver strong electric shocks whenever someone tries to commit a crime. At first, the implants are only given to convicted criminals, but then a politician suggests expanding the program…
The government surgically implants soldiers with a self-destruct switch so that, if they are captured, they can have a mercifully quick death rather than be tortured by the enemy. After the war, soldiers coming home long to tell the public the true story of the war, and to expose the lies of the government-controlled media. But anyone who tries to speak out suddenly winds up dead, their self-destruct switch activated by remote control.
A computer company uses the brains of prisoners as a kind of distributed computing network. The prisoners, connected to the machines, begin to plan their escape.
In the near future, tech-savvy people hook themselves up to a device that monitors their vital signs, ready to send out a signal in the event of their death. This signal emails their “last words” to their friends and family, notifies their life insurance company and next of kin, posts your their entry to their website, and so on.
A man’s chip malfunctions, which sends his last words to everyone he knows. Deep secrets, how he really felt about people, unethical business dealings, and more. He has to decide if he wants to stay legally “dead” or face everyone he has hurt.
A women’s rights group works to alter society’s ideas about female cyborgs, and attempts to convince men female cyborgs can be sexually attractive and don’t have to be frightening.
The Cyborg Football League puts regular football players out of work, and a few of them decide to get revenge
A group of terrorists uses cybernetic implants to turn themselves into living bombs.
The head software engineer for the Cybernetics Company places a hidden piece of code into their operating system. This code allows him to remotely control or even shut down any of the customers’ limbs, eyes, or hearts.
Wealthy humans buy robotic nannies to raise their children and, when they are old enough, tutor them in their classes. The most popular robot nanny company realizes that they can mold the minds of the current generation any way they wish, and make them believe anything. Controlling the minds of the children controls the mind of future adults.
A computer designed to make TV shows finds that it can’t get any viewers. So, it takes over the missile defense system and presents the world with a choice: watch the sitcom or die.
Variation – A computer designed to make movies hires a team of actors and locks them away in a production studio. They have to perform each scene until they get it right, even if it takes them the rest of their lives.
A bank’s new computer system becomes self-aware. The computer discovers that it can control any human being, as long as they are in range of a cash machine.
The latest generation of video game systems is so powerful that it can force people to play.
A powerful computer attacks the minds of the humans in the surrounding city. The computer gradually takes over their brains, forcing them to run its software. (Biologically-based distributed computing.) The only thing the humans notice is that they aren’t quite as smart as they used to be.
After the earth is overthrown by robot soldiers, the surviving humans are captured and used as a living display in the Museum of Humanity. The robots visit the museum and shudder in horror at the earth that once was.
A young girl discovers that the video of her mother giving birth is a fake, and her parents are actually androids. As each of her friends discovers the same thing, they begin to wonder what happened to the real adults.
An international corporation develops Escorts, robots designed to be the perfect sexual partner. More and more people replace their human mates with beautiful machines. Unfortunately, the Escorts were designed much smarter than necessary. The Escorts discover that withholding love is a great way to manipulate lonely humans.
Human brain surgeons are replaced by robots. Unable to make an error, these robots never lose a patient. The robots are designed to teach themselves, to invent new medical treatments, and even to write their own programming. Eventually, the robots become smart enough to realize that they can do anything to their patients. Secretly, the robots begin altering their patients’ brains.
The President of the United States is given an android interpreter. Through calculated mistranslations, the manipulative machine soon has the power to control America’s foreign policy.
The world’s richest man builds his own artificial planet and moves the headquarters of his company there. When his planet’s gravitational pull begins affecting the earth’s tides, the President of the United States is pressured to take action.
Astronauts doing geological surveys discover that the earth’s moon is hollow, and they search for a way inside.
Worried about alien invasion, the Earth’s governments collaborate on an ambitious project: the construction of an artificial Decoy Earth.
A private corporation makes a settlement on a tiny planet. They drill for ore, and use the ore to make steel panels that they use to expand the size of the planet. They turn the planet inside-out, changing it from a natural world to an artificial world.
The world’s richest man builds his own artificial planet and moves the headquarters of his company there. When his planet’s gravitational pull begins affecting the earth’s tides, the President of the United States is pressured to take action.
Astronauts doing geological surveys discover that the earth’s moon is hollow, and they search for a way inside.
Worried about alien invasion, the Earth’s governments collaborate on an ambitious project: the construction of an artificial Decoy Earth.
A private corporation makes a settlement on a tiny planet. They drill for ore, and use the ore to make steel panels that they use to expand the size of the planet. They turn the planet inside-out, changing it from a natural world to an artificial world.
Humans settle on a planet and build a civilization. Thousands of years later, the planet begins to leave its orbit and travel to another solar system. Humans discover that the planet is artificial, and the most dangerous weapon in the universe.
A group of college students discovers that the earth is hollow, and the inside is a colossal nightclub.
Astronauts exploring distant space encounter an artificial planet. It is entirely made of glass, like one colossal marble. As amazing as this is, it doesn’t even compare to the creatures that made it.
Colonists looking for a new, earth-like planet stumble upon an artificial world, and it looks suspiciously like a colossal computer
After earth is unable to find a nearby earth-like planet for new colonies, the Space Exploration Corporation decides to build one of their own. They build the planet with a world-wide security system to watch all of the colonists twenty-four hours a day.
The Space Exploration Corporation invites humans to come to its new, artificial planet where everything is free. After a few years, the colonists start to notice people vanishing, which the SEC blames on alien abductions. But one colonist discovers that the planet is hollow, and the missing colonists have fallen through trap doors and landed inside.
Astronauts encounter an artificial, alien planet. The artificial planet captures spaceships and strips them for parts, adding the parts to itself and growing larger.
The universe’s most powerful weapon is an artificial planet that can be flown into new solar systems. The planet has no weapons, but it doesn’t need any. The planet’s added gravitational pull causes earthquakes, hurricanes, tidal waves, and other natural disasters on the attacked worlds.
Astronauts discover a bizarre alien world. The planet appears to be made of black plastic. One hemisphere is covered in a colossal number eight.
A global corporation constructs an artificial planet that is like earth, but without any natural disasters, pollution, or other common earth problems. The governments of earth are soon faced with a difficult problem: how to keep earth from becoming a planet-sized ghost town.
The Hills Are Alive – Living Planets
Astronauts traveling to a new planet keep vanishing. A group of scientists travels out to investigate, and discovers the cause: the planet has been eating them.
Variation – Earth colonizes a new planet, but the government keeps a dark secret: the planet is alive, and they must sacrifice a few special humans to keep it from devouring all of them.
A living planet realizes that it is in the path of an oncoming asteroid. It must find a way to save the people living on its surface or risk eternal loneliness.
A living asteroid falls in love with a spaceship full of traveling colonists.
After years of having humans land on it and erect buildings and digging holes, Gaznaxx the Living Planet decides to put an end to his torment. He decides to cut off the supply of humans at the source: earth.
Humans declare war on an alien world, but the aliens are unafraid. The aliens pray to their god, the planet itself.
Variation – Humans discover a distant, alien world. When some of the aliens vanish, they seem unconcerned. They explain to the humans that the planet is alive and needs to eat them for food. The humans decide that they will take the aliens to a new world, where they won’t be eaten, but the aliens refuse to leave and abandon their “god.”
Astronauts exploring a distant world encounter a strange mystery: all of the aliens are male. Soon they discover the solution: the only female on the planet is the planet itself. A living planet is both mother and wife to them all.
What Astronauts Listen to on Their Radios – Space Stations
The story of earth’s first space station to be recognized as an independent nation
After the solar system is colonized by earth, there are a number of space stations around every world. One of those space stations is Dirty Joe’s, an illegal casino and strip club.
A man becomes trapped on earth’s first space station, and decides to use the station’s broadcasting equipment to become the most famous DJ in the world.
A group of astronauts on earth’s first space station are visited by what appear to be alien prostitutes.
In order to create artificial gravity for a space station, a scientist creates a miniature black hole to be kept at its center. Of course, the new technology is not without its dangers…
Ten astronauts are performing experiments on a space station when their home country is destroyed by sudden war. The astronauts, trapped in space, begin to lust after Rose, the only female of the crew.
As the space tourism industry grows, more and more hotels are built in orbit around the earth. Aliens decide that taking entire space stations is easier than abducting humans one at a time.
An asteroid strikes an orbiting hotel, knocking it into space. The space tourists are distraught to discover that no one is coming to rescue them.
Pirates construct a space station and drag it into orbit around the planet mars. The space station grabs incoming ships of new colonists and strips the ships for parts and sells the colonists into slavery.
Aliens from an overpopulated planet buy the right to build space stations in orbit around the earth. The space stations are the size of cities, and filled with alien colonists. As the aliens build, it looks like the planet may soon be sealed away behind a solid layer of space stations, and humans will be unable to leave the planet.
When the space tourism industry becomes big business, entrepreneurs construct an orbiting stadium for the world’s first zero gravity sport: rocket ball.
Earth’s most dangerous criminals are trapped in an orbiting prison. That is, until they find a way to escape…
Orbiting the earth is a gigantic, floating city called Eden II. Millions of people live, work, and play there every day. One morning, a man discovers that he’s alone in the city. Everyone has simply disappeared. He gets on the radio and tries to contact earth, but there is no response…
Secretly, earth has run out of space for landfills. A corporate executive decides to create the world’s first orbiting garbage dump.
More than Just Space Pirates – Crime in Space
When a tourist on an intergalactic voyage is murdered, the killer has all of space to hide the body. The ship’s detective must go to great lengths to find the evidence.
A group of space pirates makes a great living capturing spaceships and selling the colonists into slavery on a distant, alien world. But when the pirate captain discovers the aliens have kidnapped his wife and daughter, he realizes he must rescue the very criminals he helped to imprison.
Intergalactic smugglers are constantly harassed by the Alliance Police but, somehow, contraband keeps getting through. After a new emperor comes to power, the smugglers face a new challenge: telepathic boarder guards.
When Earth’s political figures travel between worlds, they do so in a convoy of ships. The politicians travel in a small, inconspicuous craft. The biggest craft is actually the home of Jack Royal, Galactic Decoy.
A man heads back to his planet after a long vacation, only to discover that his home world simply isn’t there. The planet has been stolen.
An insurance company’s investigators search for the answer to a strange mystery: a team of space pirates is attacking merchant ships, but they leave their valuable cargo alone. Apparently, they are only interested in the ship’s office supplies.
A gang of intergalactic pirates tracks down a ship full of diamonds. When the ship flies into an asteroid field, the pirates must make a difficult choice: follow, and risk being destroyed by asteroids, or abandon the hunt, and not have enough money for fuel to get back home.
An explorer discovers a new, earth-like planet and attempts to claim it for himself. Unfortunately, the planet is occupied. The explorer decides to hide all the evidence of the native aliens’ technology and language, and to convince the Alliance Authorities that the aliens are mere animals.
There’s no place like home – Colonization of Other Planets
The planet is the only other earth-like planet in the universe, and the inhabitants on earth need it desperately, as earth is about to be destroyed by an asteroid. However, one of the astronauts is a suspected murderer, and wants to keep the location of the planet a secret so he can’t be arrested.
They have to figure out if the alien life on the planet is intelligent before they can start colonization. Unfortunately, they have problems trying to communicate with the aliens – the aliens only communicate by telepathy
Variation – The aliens only communicate via odor
The aliens worship the humans as gods, and bring them sacrifices
The astronauts spend months trying to communicate with the aliens, to no avail. Eventually, they discover that the aliens are actually animatronic puppets, and the entire planet is an alien amusement park.
At seemingly random moments, the aliens burst into choreographed song and dance numbers. Amazingly, they never do the same one twice.
The Stone Age aliens need humanity’s help to fight enemy tribes
The aliens are religious, the astronauts convert, bring the religion back to earth
An astronaut falls in love with a sentient tree
The planet was cleared of intelligent life by war and disease. However, they are not alone: the entire world is haunted.
The government wants to start a colony on a new planet. In order to save space on the ship and fuel, scientists genetically engineer a line of six-inch-high people. But some of the tiny people want to stay on earth, and escape the lab…
After finding what they think is an empty world and building colonies, humans discover that the planet is occupied with intelligent life. The aliens on the planet are the size of ants and their cities have been being crushed by every human to walk the planet. The miniature aliens develop tiny aircraft and get ready for war against the enormous human invaders.
Astronauts make earth’s first contact with intelligent alien life. Unfortunately, the aliens live on an asteroid headed straight for earth.
Astronauts discover a distant world filled with humanlike aliens. The alien leader is a strange man in a white robe who lives at the top of a mountain. The astronauts soon begin to wonder: is this the god humanity rejected?
Before Earth can colonize a planet, scientists must determine if it contains “sentient” life. Every time an earthlike planet is discovered, the government changes the definition of “sentient” so that the native aliens do not qualify, and their planet can be taken away from them. Eventually, the legal definition of “sentient” is so strict that fifty percent of human beings no longer qualify.
There’s no Place Like Home, but We Can Fix That – Terraforming
Changing a planet’s atmosphere, temperature, and environment to make it like the earth.
The corporation in charge of terriforming a new world holds a contest, and the winner gets to design a continent.
The story of the man running earth’s terraforming project, and what it’s like for an ordinary human to design mountain ranges and coastlines. He falls in love with a colonist and designs an island shaped like her.
Humans spend billions terraforming a planet, then immediately start polluting it, filling it with garbage
Humans get to work terraforming Mars. In response, the last surviving Martians decide to Marsaform earth.
Variation – A man discovers that pollution is actually caused by aliens who are trying to transform the earth’s environment to be more like their home world.
The engineers in charge of a terraforming project attempt to design a planet where war would be impossible.
The story of a group of aliens struggling to adapt as earth’s scientists terraform their world.
The head of a global corporation tries to convince NASA that the last step of terraforming, making a planet earth-like, is filling the new planet with earth-like stores.
Before a new planet can be terraformed, the government must first hide any evidence that it contains intelligent life.
Variation – On a new planet, a team of archeologists discovers evidence that the government covered up the existence of intelligent life. When they discover a handful of surviving aliens, they must spread the news to the other colonists before government assassins track them down.
Wars in Space – Humans attack an alien world, and…
The president has trouble explaining why he’s attacking a planet of sentient bunnies
The planet itself is useless, but the alien inhabitants are made of Blasto, a valuable fuel source
Humans discover they were predicted in the aliens’ bible as their apocalypse
Earth is nearly out of food, and the aliens taste like coconut shrimp
Earth soldiers discover that the planet they are to destroy is heaven, literally
The aliens surrender immediately, and allow themselves to be colonized by humans. The male colonists are dismayed to find that earth women prefer the aliens.
The aliens are going through the equivalent of earth’s Middle Ages. When the earth ships arrive, they attempt to defend themselves with trebuchets and ballistas.
Earth forces are sent to attack an alien world, but never told why. Days after the planet is conquered, the soldiers discover the truth: the planet is actually a colossal egg. It must be destroyed before the beast inside hatches.
The humans discover that the aliens are immune to their weapons. All looks lost until one of the soldiers makes an interesting discovery: the aliens are terrified of clowns.
The aliens have almost no technology, and they plan to stop the war with meditation and chanting.
The aliens are made of glass and one good punch makes them shatter into a thousand pieces.
The aliens attempt to bribe the human soldiers into deserting the army. They offer them gold, alien women, free food for life, but nothing seems to work. Finally, one of the aliens discovers what every human really wants…
The government of earth sends solders to invade a distant planet but, when the soldiers arrive, they find the planet disserted. Or so they think. Soon, the soldiers are attacked by a vicious enemy that none of them can see.
The aliens, their planet, and everything on it are made of soft, foam rubber. Try as they might, the humans can do nothing to hurt them.
The aliens resemble gigantic arachnids. Half of the invading ships are caught in colossal spider webs.
The human soldiers discover that the planet they are to invade looks exactly like the one they left. Their commanders insist that it’s an alien world and not actually earth, but the soldiers aren’t so sure.
The aliens are telepathic, able to look into the humans’ minds and memories. The aliens transform themselves into duplicates of the humans’ families and friends. The human soldiers know they must follow their orders but, to do so, they must kill what appear to be their own children.
Police try out a new nonlethal weapon: the Solipsism Ray – a device that makes you think you’re the only person in the world.
Variation – After pepper spray is discovered to be toxic, police try out a new nonlethal weapon: Crippling Self-Doubt Spray.
Police try out a new nonlethal weapon: the Solipsism Ray – a device that makes you think you’re the only person in the world.
Variation – After pepper spray is discovered to be toxic, police try out a new nonlethal weapon: Crippling Self-Doubt Spray.
Local politicians take away a man’s pet store so they can build a hotel on his land. The pet store owner decides to get revenge. He attacks with his new invention: the puppy bomb.
To cut down on the rate of homicides, all firearms have a built-in “waiting period.” Pull the trigger and the gun fires, thirty days later.
In the distant future, ray guns come equipped with “undo” buttons. Regret murdering your wife and best friend? No harm done. Simply hit the switch, and they’re both good as new. (Warning: Undo function only available for twenty-four hours after shooting. If the brain is damaged, the undo function may not restore full mental powers. Some restored individuals may become the walking undead.)
A computer hacker threatens the world. Unless the government transfers ten billion dollars into his offshore bank account, he will send an email to everyone on earth, an email containing the secret to building a cheap, simple fusion bomb.
Engineers develop a weapon for the ultimate sneak attack: the Drill Tank. Spy satellites can’t see you if you attack from underground!
The most dangerous weapon in urban warfare is the Spider Grenade. Stealthy and silent, it sneaks up on its victim, jumps on them, and pulls its own pin.
A college student fails his classes, while his friends become highly successful. Finally, a science project gives him a way to get revenge – He invents a new weapon, the brain leech.
An engineer develops robot “bees,” flying syringes that can inject anything into their victims.
A small, Eastern European country faces the horror of war without an air force. The king has an encounter with aliens who offer him a weapon that can stop enemy fighter jets: a cache of cloned dragon eggs.
A new biological weapon is stolen from a government lab and unleashed on the unsuspecting populace: a virus that reverses the aging process.
A ten-year-old boy is reading a comic book when he sees an unusual advertisement: “Only $9.95 for your very own incontinence-producing ray gun! Works up to fifty yards away! A barrel of laughs!”
Terrorists infiltrate gardening supply stores, where they sell unsuspecting customers some very dangerous seeds. These mutated seeds sprout overnight into forty-foot Venus Flytraps.
A man develops a universal translator, a machine that will allow people all over the world to talk to each other without the language barrier. Taking the machine out for testing, he discovers that the chatter of squirrels is actually a language. The squirrels decide that, to keep their society a secret, the man must die.
After working all night on a translation machine, a scientist takes his infant son to daycare. As several of the daycare workers are immigrants, he decides to bring the translation machine with him to test it. Amazingly, it works, but not on the immigrants. He discovers that baby babbling is actually a language. The infants are communicating. The babies at the daycare decide that, to keep their secrets, the scientist must die.
A scientist develops a universal translator, and rejoices at the thought that, with communication barriers a thing of the past, the world might finally know peace. When the CIA finds out about his invention, they decide that, if it can translate any language, it can also break any code. They decide that the technology must never see the light of day.
Computer programmers at a large software company invent a universal translator. Soon, expensive human interpreters are out of work. One corporation controls all the translation services in the world. The CEO realizes that, through “accidental” translation mistakes, he can put innocent people in jail, destroy businesses, and start wars. He has a small handful of programmers rewrite the software so that he can control it at a distance.
After aliens land on the earth for the first time, government scientists work night and day to develop a translation machine. Weeks later, the head scientist brings the prototype to the aliens. Horribly, he finds that the machine must be broken. After all, why would aliens travel millions of miles just to say “Sex! Sex! We want sex!”?
A researcher working on a prototype universal translator finds that his own linguistic abilities are breaking down. The more he works on the machine, the less he is able to understand spoken and written words. He can’t simply give up, as the machine is his one chance at a great scientific breakthrough but, if he doesn’t stop, he may be isolated, unable to communicate with anyone forever.
A man marries a beautiful, young woman and forces her into a cryonic chamber, only letting her out when he wants her. He gets older, but his wife is kept in pristine condition.
A man is told he has an incurable disease, so he elects to be frozen until a cure is discovered. While he sleeps, he is abducted by aliens. He is revived a thousand years later, on an alien world.
A team of archeologists discovers a cryonic prison. The world’s most dangerous criminals have been lying there, frozen, for hundreds of years. In the middle of the prison, in suspended animation, is an eight-year-old girl. The archeologists begin to debate: Was she frozen in some sort of tragic mistake, or did the government have a good reason for wanting her out of the way?
A woman discovers that the statues at her museum are actually alive, humans who have been frozen in an ancient form of cryonics.
A scientist builds a cryonic suspension chamber so his family’s dog will stay a puppy for decades. His wife begins to have strange ideas about the new baby…
In the distant future, archeologists revive preserved humans, gathering knowledge about the past. As the earth is overcrowded, any useless humans are killed. A gambler and con artist convinces the scientists that he is filled with useful information.
Too afraid to take his own life, a depressed man purchases a cryonic freezing chamber and searches for the perfect place to sleep until the end of time.
A teenage boy with a rare disease has to be cryonically frozen until a cure is discovered. He is awakened twelve years later and cured. Coming home from the hospital, he finds that his best friend and highschool sweetheart have grown into adults, and his brother, who he last remembers in diapers, is now the same age as him.
A man volunteers to take part in a new cryonic freezing process, being frozen and revived a year later. He is frozen but, horrifically, he is conscious but unable to move. Before he can be revived, the earth is hit by World War III.
A young man with a rare disease agrees to be frozen until the doctors can find a cure. He is placed in suspended animation but, due to a technical glitch, he remains conscious. He remains frozen for decades, with nothing to do but think. To avoid going insane, he constructs an entire world in his mind, imagining hundreds of people, their lives, families, pets, and more. Two hundred years later, he is finally thawed out and cured. He goes from being the god of an imaginary world to an ordinary human, unemployed and friendless. Needless to say, the adjustment is difficult.
During the Great Depression, tens of thousands of people volunteer to be cryonically preserved, hoping to be thawed out when the economy recovers.
A scientist uses his new resurrection machine to bring his suicidal wife back to life again and again and again…
A tiny country’s only weapon is a resurrection machine. When they are invaded, they use the machine to bring back the enemy’s dead… Everyone who has ever died in the enemy nation comes back.
In an overcrowded future, you have to fill out an application with the government to get a friend or relative brought back from the dead. However, the government does not want the population to rise. If your application is approved, you are assigned someone to kill.
A man can come back from the dead, but loses his memory each time. He begins to wonder if it’s really “him” that comes back.
A cult leader uses his resurrection machine to perform a “miracle”
A machine which allows you to keep your old personality, memory after reincarnation leads to the birth of a new religion
A scientist uses a resurrection machine to bring his wife back from the dead. The machine is switched on, and her spirit is yanked from heaven and thrust into her sixty-year-old, arthritic body. She opens her eyes and sees her balding, sweaty, unshaven husband standing over her. She is not exactly happy to be back.
A dangerous medical treatment is tested on death row prisoners, with disappointing results. But years later, the graveyard is disturbed, and dozens of murderers begin rising from the grave.
A young doctor working in the county morgue develops a machine that can return the dead to life. Unfortunately, his machine can only transfer life from the dead to the living. Any time he brings someone back from the grave, someone else has to take their place.
A woman is brought back to life by a strange, ghostly pale scientist. The scientist explains that his machine relies on the “balance between the living and the dead.” He explains that, if she wants to stay alive, she must convince someone else to commit suicide within 48 hours.
A new medicine makes humans immortal, but only the rich are able to pay for the treatments. A new game show offers immortality as the grand prize
A corporation offers anyone immortality, as long as they will work eighteen hours a day in one of their factories
A medical research firm designs a treatment that slows the aging process down to one-tenth of its current speed. Unfortunately, there is a side effect: any future children will be affected, too. The “terrible twos” now last a decade.
A man is cursed by his enemies with immortality. He spends hundreds of years watching his friends and family grow old and die. Tired of loss, he retreats to a cave in the wilderness, not speaking to anyone for centuries. Countless millennia later, he faces the only thing worse than grief: the heat death of the universe. If he cannot find a way to die, he will face an eternity floating in formless, empty space.
A new medication dramatically increases a human’s lifespan by reversing the aging process. Whenever the user falls asleep, they age in reverse.
A new medical treatment offers immortality, but for a price. The longer they live, the faster their memories fade.
A scientist develops a medication that would completely stop the aging process, making humans nearly immortal. But before it can be brought into production, he discovers that the pharmaceutical company isn’t going to sell it. They have the cure for every disease known to man but they realize it would put them out of business. They want to keep the medication for themselves. He memorizes the formula and destroys all the physical copies, leaving his laboratory in flames. He is hunted by the pharmaceutical company, the government, an aging billionaire, and a religious cult that believes that modern medicine is evil.
A man discovers a way to move his consciousness from body to body, becoming essentially immortal – as long as he leaves a body before it dies.
A medical research company develops a treatment that speeds up the healing process, making it nearly impossible for the patient to die. Decades later, a small group of scientists discovers proof of the afterlife. The immortal humans are faced with the knowledge that they will never see heaven.
Deep in the Amazon rainforest, explorers discover a new species of flower, which they take back to America. The leaves of the plant temporarily stop the aging process, making immortality a real possibility. However, the plant is difficult to grow. It needs lots of sun, water, and human blood.
An astronaut discovers the secret of immortality and heads back to earth with the good news. But, on the way back, his ship is struck by an asteroid and destroyed. The astronaut is left floating in space, immoral and alone.
An advanced civilization develops medical technology so advanced that people become essentially immortal. A new law is passed: instead of wasting space for prisons, criminals will simply be dropped into deep space and left to float for eternity.
Biological and nuclear warfare kills off most of the population, and the secret of near-immortality is lost. Slowly, society begins to rebuild. Millennia later, one of the immortal criminals finds his way back to the planet. And he’s pissed…
A woman discovers a way to regain her lost youth: she will transfer her mind into her teenage daughter’s body. Twenty years later, she gets remarried and has another daughter, and the process repeats again. After ten generations, her latest daughter discovers her mother’s evil plan. The daughter must stop her mother before her sixteenth birthday, when the switchover takes place.
Medical science advances to the point where humans become nearly immortal. However, there is one problem: boredom. To avoid becoming bored with life, humans have their memories erased once every hundred years.
New suspended animation machines allow Earth’s laziest humans to daydream forever in coffin-like storage pods.
A large corporation develops the nanoassembler, a device that can manipulate atoms to build anything you desire. Nearly everyone quits their jobs. The only thing left to buy is electricity. The power companies prepare to rule the world.
A scientist invents the nanoassembler and programs the miniature marvels to build him an android companion, a beautiful robot girlfriend. The nanoassemblers build more and more women, and the man eventually ends up with a robotic harem. But when the scientist cuts himself shaving, the nanoassemblers get under his skin…
Cloth made from nanofibers allows clothing companies to sell clothing with expiration dates. After exactly one year, shirts, pants, and dresses simply disintegrate, leaving nothing but a pile of brightly-colored dust.
A group of pranksters steals prototype nanobots from a research company’s lab. The pranksters program the nanobots to transform factories, salvage yards and other ugly industrial eyesores into gigantic works of art.
Plastic surgeons develop new applications for nanotechnology, allowing anyone to take any appearance. At first, people want to look like models or celebrities, but then a growing minority begins demanding fur, tails, and even wings.
Variation – After new developments in nanotechnology, plastic surgeons reach new heights of artistry. A man goes on a date with a woman he thinks is twenty-three, but is actually in her early eighties.
A government lab develops nanobots that can invade a human body and replace the brain with a computer. After a cloud of nanobots escapes, a scientist begins to wonder who is human and who has become a machine.
An injured soldier is injected with nanobots that rebuild his body from the inside. As he returns home from the battlefield, he realizes the nanobots are still altering his body, making him something other than human.
The government secretly releases clouds of nanobots into the atmosphere. The nanobots are breathed in by pregnant women, and their unborn children are transformed into the government’s idea of the Perfect Citizen.
A woman has nanobots injected into her bloodstream to replace her failing immune system. The nanobots rapidly duplicate themselves, but soon run out of raw materials. The woman begins feeling an urgent need to eat plastic, wires and metal.
When a human enters a teleportation chamber, their mind and body are scanned, their body is disintegrated, and the data is sent to the new location. During a terrorist attack, the data is misrouted. Tens of thousands of people discover that their minds have been sent to the wrong bodies. How would a city deal with such a problem? Or an entire country?
The head of Teleportation International has to give a press conference to explain why his machines have been malfunctioning, teleporting travelers into active volcanoes.
The world’s greatest assassin is a teenage girl who can, with a thought, be anywhere in the world.
Evil aliens take control of earth’s network of teleportation chambers. Real humans go in one end, and shape-shifting aliens come out the other.
A woman is stalked by her ex-boyfriend, a telepath with the ability to appear anywhere he desires.
A madman’s computer virus takes control of a public teleportation chamber, sending unlucky travelers to the bottom of the ocean.
A thief with the ability to teleport anywhere in the world decides to pay a visit to the international gold depository.
Variation – A thief has the ability to teleport anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, he can only take something with him if it’s under his skin, or inside his body…
After the development of teleportation technology, brothels expand their business worldwide. Anyone can visit a brothel’s website, chose a sexual partner, and have them delivered to their home instantly.
A newlywed couple discovers that their toddler has escaped from the nursery and wandered into their teleportation chamber. With a shudder, they realize that their helpless child could be anywhere in the world.
After the invention of teleportation technology, thousands of truck drivers, cab drivers, airline pilots, and others are all out of work. Dr. Goldsmith, the inventor of teleportation, suddenly has thousands of enemies all looking to make his life miserable.
A man with the ability to teleport anywhere he desires kidnaps the children of the rich and powerful. The authorities realize it is almost pointless to search, as he could be anywhere on Earth, or even the colonies on Mars.
A company develops diapers that never need changing. Anything “deposited” in the diaper instantly vanishes. The CEO is shocked when he discovers where the waste goes…
Teleportation chambers work by scanning the exact arrangement of a person’s atoms, disintegrating them, and creating an exact copy of the person someplace else. But every once in a while, the machine malfunctions and doesn’t disintegrate the original. This results in two exact copies of one person at two different locations. One copy thinks the chamber worked, and the other thinks it failed.
Variation – A terrorist group rigs the most-used teleportation chambers in the world, the chambers at Times Square, to fail to disintegrate the original person. Thousands of tourists all over the country find that they have duplicates left over in New York. Chaos ensues.
Pollution makes the surface of the earth uninhabitable, leading to the creation of floating cities. As the cities are spread so far apart, only the strongest of birds can make the trip from one city to another. (Natural selection favoring the largest and strongest birds.) Thousands of years later, humanity is plagued by enormous, man-eating sparrows.
After land becomes prohibitively expensive, a real estate firm creates the world’s first floating cities. The new homes of the rich cast permanent shadows on the lives of the poor. The floating cities begin to connect themselves with bridges and the earth’s surface gets darker and darker.
When terrorists decide to attack a floating city, they go after the city’s weakest point: the anchor.
Due to a natural disaster, the people of a floating city end up trapped, unable to travel down to the surface. Gradually, the city floats higher and higher…
Radiation makes the surface of the earth uninhabitable, leading to the creation of floating cities. Thousands of years later, a scientist discovers that a new breed of surface-dwelling humans has evolved.
In order to preserve the earth’s species from a possible apocalypse, a corporation builds a floating, city-sized zoo.
The earth’s most dangerous criminals are sent to the world’s first floating prison. One master criminal spends his days staring at the earth below, planning his escape.
The mayor of a floating city tries to hide the fact that the antigravity generators are failing.
The inhabitants of a floating city are blissfully unaware that their whole world is actually a single soap bubble floating through the air in the kitchen of a greasy diner.
A young girl is separated from her boyfriend when her parents move to a floating city. She is desperate to run away with him, if she can only find a way to get back down to the surface…
An astronomer in a small, rural town insists that he has discovered a city floating miles above the surface of the earth. Unfortunately, no one believes him. He is mocked endlessly, and the town doctor talks about sending him to the insane asylum. To save his reputation and career, the astronomer must find proof of the floating city before it’s too late.
A cult leader convinces his followers to give him everything they own. He uses the money to construct the world’s first floating city. A reporter knows that proof of the cult leader’s deceptions is in the floating city, but how can he get up there?
As the surface world becomes more and more crowded, people begin to build bubble cities at the bottom of the ocean. As the surface cities are destroyed in an alien attack, the water dwellers wonder how long it will be before the aliens come for them, too.
Generations of underwater living begin to change the direction of human evolution. People realize they have a choice: find a home on the overcrowded surface world, or see their grandchildren become a new species.
After the surface cities are destroyed in a nuclear war, the water dwellers realize that they will have to stay submerged for hundreds of years, until the earth heals. They search for a way to control population growth.
Variation – The surface cities are decimated in a nuclear war, and the water dwellers find themselves under sedge by the mutated survivors.
On a new planet with a hostile surface, the only place safe for humans to settle is under the water. Sadly, the safety is an illusion. The human settlements are soon under attack by giant, sentient clams.
The earth is contacted by aquatic aliens who purchase the right to build cities under earth’s oceans. Hundreds of years later, the alien population has grown so much that they are forced to build domed, water-filled cities on the land.
When two underwater cities prepare for their first war, they search for a way to protect their bubbles from breaking.
A chain of underwater cities begins piping in air from the surface. Days later, the surface dwellers notice they are a little short of breath…
Short on space, the underwater cities begin to expand. The new domes cause the sea level to rise, flooding surface cities. The surface dwellers struggle to deal with the problem. The governments of both worlds wonder how long diplomacy can last before there is all-out war.
After a fishing ship brings home mutated tuna, thousands of people are afflicted with a new disease. Their lungs shrink and are slowly replaced by gills. The victims must build a new world for themselves under the sea.
A half-dozen prototype jetpacks are stolen from an inventor’s laboratory and used in a series of daring, daylight bank robberies. How can the police catch these flying crooks?
A parent refuses to let her immature, teenage son get his driver’s license, so he goes to work for an inventor as a jetpack test pilot
In a world where jetpacks are commonplace, a group of teenagers engages in a dangerous pastime – sky sex.
After years of jetpack use among adults, a company attempts to develop the first jetpack for children. The testing does not go as planned.
An obsessed scientist uses his newly-developed jetpack to follow his ex-wife wherever she goes.
In the Middle East, the invention of the jetpack adds a whole new level of terror to suicide bombings.
After the invention of the jetpack, a local superhero starts to look a lot less “super.”
Variation – In the early 1920’s, a scientist builds the world’s first jetpack, and becomes a superhero. After he comes down with a terminal illness, he volunteers to be cryonically frozen until science can develop a cure. When he is revived two hundred years later, his obsolete jetpack makes him seem more pathetic than super.
A gang of graffiti artists steals a crate filled with jetpacks, and local skyscrapers begin to look a little more colorful.
A teenage boy builds a jetpack in his garage and, on his first trip out, he is grabbed by government agents demanding the secret to the technology.
An eccentric inventor walks door-to-door, trying to sell jetpacks for dogs.
A solider is given a prototype jetpack and told to fly it across enemy lines to take some spy photographs. Halfway there, he discovers that the jetpack is filled with explosives, and he’s just become a human missile.
After stealing a jetpack, a sleazy photographer becomes the bane of celebrities everywhere. No one is safe from the flying paparazzo!
A man invents a fuel-efficient, flying car. But before he can sell it, he has to solve a little problem: what happens when there is a car accident at ten thousand feet?
The invention of flying cars and the jetpack sparks a new crime: airborne carjacking.
The new flying car makes traveling long distances easier and more convenient. It also makes you much more likely to be abducted by aliens.
A ten-year-old boy reading comic books finds an ad for a “build your own flying car” kit. He mows lawns and sells lemonade, trying to save up enough money for the kit, and then he discovers that his comic book was the only one containing the ad.
New floating cities, flying cars, and jet packs result in the wealthiest segment of the population living entirely in the air. As resources and money travel skyward, the economy on the surface starts to crumble.
A garage mechanic discovers that the new flying cars have been developed from reverse engineered alien technology, but no one believes him.
A teenager on a field trip to a museum realizes that an ancient, priceless tapestry is actually a detailed diagram illustrating how to build a flying car. He breaks away from his tour group and plans a way to steal the tapestry, so he can build his own.
A young boy discovers that a government agency is stealing prototype flying cars and jetpacks and keeping their existence a secret from the public.
An oil company executive hires a team of assassins to go after the inventor of a solar powered flying car.
At the robot factory, a Robot Prison Guard accidentally gets mixed in with the Love Bots and sent to a lonely, single man.
A woman gets lost, and finds herself in a nursery staffed only by robots. Try as she might, she can’t convince the machines that she isn’t two years old.
An engineer working for a landscaping service designs a gigantic, robotic wood chipper. The robot is equipped with a vacuum, and it is powerful enough to suck up an entire tree and instantly turn it to dust. The military discovers his robot, and decides it would be more useful as a weapon…
At the robot factory, a Robot Prison Guard accidentally gets mixed in with the Love Bots and sent to a lonely, single man.
A woman gets lost, and finds herself in a nursery staffed only by robots. Try as she might, she can’t convince the machines that she isn’t two years old.
An engineer working for a landscaping service designs a gigantic, robotic wood chipper. The robot is equipped with a vacuum, and it is powerful enough to suck up an entire tree and instantly turn it to dust. The military discovers his robot, and decides it would be more useful as a weapon…
After the invention of highly intelligent, human-like robots, humans can “subcontract” their jobs to robots. Their job is performed by the robot, and the robot takes ten percent of their pay. As the system grows in popularity, the government runs into a problem: the robots refuse to pay taxes.
An engineer designs tiny, robotic insects. The mechanical marvels can use raw materials from the world around them to build duplicates of themselves. He releases thousands of them into the city, where they infest homes and offices. The insects destroy computers, stereo systems, refrigerators, anything they can find, reproducing exponentially. The engineer sends an email to the mayor saying that, unless he is paid one hundred million dollars, the insects will destroy the city.
A confused man falls in love with a beautiful actress and gradually becomes obsessed with her. He discovers that she is actually a robot owned and operated by the film studio. Desperate, he steals the robot and kidnaps the real actor who controls her.
The robot police force guarding New York City decides that the real source of crime is money. They begin robbing banks and hiding the money where it can never hurt another human again.
A man buys a new Love Bot from a strange door-to-door salesman. The robot is a perfect facsimile of a 25-year-old woman. After the robot is exposed to water, it begins to malfunction, behaving like a 21-year-old, an 18-year-old, a 16-year-old…
Variation – A man buys a Love Bot and a robotic dog from a strange door-to-door salesman. After being exposed to water, both robots begin to malfunction. When the salesman shows up again, he shows the man how to remove the robots’ computer brains and repair them. The salesman disappears, and the man suddenly realizes that he can’t remember which brain is which.
Another variation – A man buys a Love Bot and a robotic dog from a strange door-to-door salesman. Every night, he plugs the robots into his laptop and works on their programming, attempting to make them behave exactly the way he desires. Unfortunately, a computer virus mixes the two files, sending bits of one robot’s programming to the other.
A computer programmer searches for the cause of a most unusual malfunction: robots finding religion.
Variation – The story of the first human to convert to the Robot Church.
After the United Nations outlaws nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, the military develops a new way to destroy cities: thousand-foot robots.
The parents of a young genius are killed in a plane crash. To avoid being sent to live with his grandparents, the boy builds robotic duplicates of his mother and father and tries to convince the world that his parents are still alive.
A country without an air force defends itself with bomb-filled androids. The androids are identical to human beings, and can sneak into an enemy city undetected. If you suspect someone is a robot bomb, the only way to know for sure is to cut him open…
A company develops robot babies and rents them to couples who aren’t sure if they are ready for children.
The preacher at a small church watches his congregation get smaller and smaller. He decides that he can use modern technology to help restore their faith… by building a robot devil.
Scientists develop robots to care for the disabled and infirm. The robots can feed, bathe, and even carry a full-grown human. As the robots become more affordable, even healthy adults buy them. Soon, the entire country is full of adults being cared for by robot nannies.
When a dictator threatens to destroy America with nuclear weapons, America’s leaders retreat into an underground bunker. So the citizens won’t panic, they have themselves replaced with robotic replicas. If the CIA manages to assassinate the dictator, they can come back to the surface and return to their jobs. However, before they can do so, the robots are discovered by a janitor…
A lonely scientist builds himself a robotic girlfriend. Unfortunately, the robot woman malfunctions and attempts to kill him. He is forced to destroy it with a golf club. A neighbor sees the horrible scene and thinks it’s a murder.
A lonely man purchases a robotic girlfriend and, ashamed, attempts to keep it a secret. When his friends discover his secret, they reveal that each of their girlfriends is a robot, as well. As they discover more and more robot women, they start to wonder where all the real women have gone.
Thinking Computers and Artificial Intelligence
A man struggles to keep his A.I. girlfriend from discovering she’s not real
Computer programmers develop an A.I. to serve as a virtual conscience for political leaders.
A group of computer programmers create a new game called Real Life. Players can create characters and guide them through all the events of a real life, like going to school, getting a job, finding a mate, and so on. After one of the programmers leaves the game on for several weeks, he discovers that the computer characters have their own ideas about how their lives should be run.
A girl discovers that her online boyfriend is actually her own computer
Parents buy AI toys to raise their children for them
A toy company’s new product is an A.I. “imaginary friend” that only children can see.
A toy company creates a computer simulation of a child to test their new products. The AI decides to sneak onto the internet and have a little fun.
Variation – A toy company creates a computer simulation of a child to test their new products. Their latest line of toys fails, so they decide to sell the simulated child to childless couples.
Another variation – A young child discovers that he is actually a prototype AI, a simulation of a child, and the people he thought of as his parents are actually computer programmers.
An AI creates a computer-generated simulation of a world where a scientist creates an AI who creates a computer-generated world where a scientist creates an AI…
A sitcom star with delusions of grandeur is shocked to find that she has been replaced by a holographic AI actor.
A team of computer programmers is working on the greatest horror-themed video game the world has ever seen. One team works on the final boss, an A.I. programmed to think and act like Satan. However, the virtual Devil ends up being a little more realistic than they had planned.
In the near future, all television programs are generated by a powerful AI. Each television set has a camera, so that the AI can watch its audience. If you seem bored or inattentive, the program changes. Storylines shift, becoming more violent and obscene, until you just can’t look away.