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122 Science Fiction Ideas for Fiction Writers

122 very clever ideas that will enable you to write unique, compelling and successful science fiction stories faster and easier than ever before.

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The SCIENCE FICTION collection includes:

  • How to create unique story ideas
  • How to broaden your readership
  • How to make your stories more human
  • How to reuse other people's stories
  • The science fiction factions
  • Science fiction as social commentary
  • Different ways of playing around with time
  • All about time travel - and some alternatives
  • How to predict the future
  • What science will be able to explain in the future
  • What life will be like in the future
  • What might happen versus what will happen
  • Writing alternative history stories
  • All about aliens and how to create them
  • How to change the way the universe works
  • Why studying philosophy is a good idea
  • How to use (and misuse) technology
  • World building
  • Plus over 30 great storylines you can use or adapt as you wish
  • And much more - far too many great ideas to list here!

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Excerpt: Teleporting and cloning

A scientist has developed a method of teleporting people from one place to another. However, there are several issues for concern. He doesn't actually move people as such; he scans them in and then creates a copy in another location using a type of 3D printer. Once the copy has been verified as complete and accurate, he destroys (i.e. kills) the original. This will obviously lead to all sorts of objections and legal wrangling.

You'll also need to invent a way of performing high-speed full-body atomic/molecular scanning and 3D printing. And perhaps work out how to stop the bits that have already been printed from collapsing in a puddle on the floor while the rest of the body is still being printed. Perhaps the atoms could be held in place by a magnetic field.

Assuming the process is eventually approved (or if he just goes ahead with it anyway) the process could then be adapted so that certain things are not copied - such as tumours. That means he can (in theory) cure any disease simply by teleporting the person from one place to another. He might also be able to heal wounds and broken bones, replace missing limbs, cure paralysis, and even remove tattoos, just by adding or removing data in the computer file as it is transferred. It's all very laudable and Nobel Prize-worthy.

... Except that the original body has to die. And that's the big crunch; the thing that people can’t accept.

But if the original body isn't destroyed then he's created a clone - and that might be just as good. Or perhaps even better.

[ALTERNATIVE 1] The experiment has worked successfully for the first time, and the scientist decides not to destroy the original for 24 hours while he carries out some additional verification. (Or perhaps while he gets drunk in celebration. Or while he drinks enough to find the courage to destroy the original.) What will the original person do during those 24 hours? Perhaps, now that he’s had time to think about it, he’s realised he doesn’t want to be destroyed. Did he know he’d be destroyed when he agreed to take part in the experiment?

The original and the copy have now become two separate individuals. Perhaps the original person tries to contact the copy, either through conventional means or through telepathy. Can he track down the copy and persuade him to be destroyed instead? Or perhaps he'll make the most of being in two places at once for the next 24 hours.

He could deliberately try to get the copy into trouble, perhaps causing someone to kill him. Or maybe he could go on the run. Let's choose the latter option. What if one of them is arrested some time in the future? How can the police tell whether they've caught the original or the clone? Are there any differences between
them?

Has a death warrant been issued on the original person? Will the scientist let him live? Will he agree to destroy the clone? And if he agrees, will he actually go through with it? Or will he destroy the original anyway, as he’d planned all along?

[ALTERNATIVE 2] The teleportation has taken place successfully and the original person has been destroyed - except that he hasn't. The destruction mechanism failed, but no one realised it. The original person is still alive, though unconscious. Later he wakes up and is able to walk free when the lab staff leave for the night. But his identity has been transferred to the copy, so officially he doesn't exist. Perhaps he and the copy could share a single identity - maybe without the copy realising it. Identity theft happens in the real world, so it could be just like that. But the person he's stealing the identity from is basically himself. So who would ever know? Well, the copy might, when he discovers that his records and personal details are not as they should be.

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