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demann
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Finding Ideas -- Writing Exercise

My brother is often my sounding board and the source of some of my writing ideas. He can't write, as it doesn't fit his personality at all, so we discuss many things and I often get great ideas from our discussions. Everything from socio-political SF to fantastic worlds. This is not to say that I do not have ideas of my own, because most of my writings ARE my own ideas, but he does inspire me to create. This week we discussed ways to end the world in SF.

again...here goes...

"Pig Guys"

The 'Pig Guys' are massive alien creatures that are nearly indestructible. They cannot be shot, poisoned, burned or suffocated. Their bodies are so resilient and tough that they can even survive the vacuum of deep space for extended periods. In order to kill them, they must be blown up by massive explosions.

They were discovered by the 'Green Guys', who were explorers. They landed on the Pig Guys' planet and were immediately enslaved. The pigs were not a space-faring race until then. They used the tech from the Greens to begin conquering other planets.

Pig Guys can eat almost anything, including trees, some metals, animals, stone, etc. They are also huge creatures. Greens don't taste good, so the Pigs just use them to explore planets for food and resources. The Greens are relatively content, because they get to explore. Greens also collect and catalog samples of all creatures they come in contact with. The Greens help the Pigs discover Earth.

Humans don't taste great either, though Pigs won't hesitate to eat them if they misbehave.

Pigs live in massive mud hollows.

Earth is devastated and mankind enslaved as a labor force for the next exploration goal, digging through the great "Ice Wall" that seems to block all movement. Seems to be infinitely long, wide, and deep, and there are actually planets 'frozen' into it. The Pigs want through to the other side. One of the properties of the 'wall' is that it bends light around from 'behind' it so that it is practically invisible from further out than a couple of light-years.

This is the story of the remnants of mankind (and some other species, too) and their struggle to survive.

The damage from the Pigs cannot be reversed and Earth is, essentially, gone. The remnants of Man must get by without a homeworld, or any hope at all of escaping the Pig Guys.
"...Not All Who Wander are Lost..."
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marta_randall
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Re: Finding Ideas -- Writing Exercise

This background is so interesting that I am tempted to think that the story of the remnants of mankind would be lost in it. That's the thing about big-background stories: you need to think up a strong and enticing story line to match.

So that's your next step: focus down on individual characters and individual struggles. And keep this in mind: the people in your story don't necessarily have to be human. What if a Green decided that helping the pigs was wrong? What if a pig decided that?
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demann
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Re: Finding Ideas -- Writing Exercise

Hehehe...I have looked at the scale of the background, and found it a little daunting! The canvas is definitely big enough to do a LOT of stories based in this universe, but I am not sure I am big enough to fill it hehehe. This one is at the concept stage, but may see the pointy side of my virtual pen (or cursor, as the case may be).

I think that the possibility of losing the remnants of mankind in the background noise of the universe may be one of the concept's most appealing points. They ARE actually lost in the mass of other 'slave' species controlled by the Pigs...we'll only get to see their struggles against that background.

Humans, no matter how downtrodden, will still rebel, even if they're fairly small and ultimately ineffective rebellions.

Thanks, Marta! More feedback would be cool, when I get around to this one :smileyhappy:

DeMann
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