Talk:The Muse Files

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"Genetically enginnered, non-human. Treated as slaves in high tech religiusocracy US"

Why is it a religiusocracy? How would that even add to the story? And reading that on a random page on shifti, felt like me taking a stroll through the park, and having a stranger jump out in front of me, and slash me in the eye with a knife and causally walk away. I seriously doubt this is what you intended, but that is the emotional impression and mental image I got from reading it.

-- Alex Warlorn 2008 Nov 06

Note that he was talking about a US where the religious groups - and industrial groups - had gained their own, independent representation in the government. That is what Heinlein's "Interregnum" was and what that idea is about. -- ShadowWolf 07:54, 6 November 2008 (EST)

It just feels like another 'religion is bad' 'religion is the enemy of reason' 'religion is an oversized game' 'religion is a mass delusion' message piggy backed on a story to me. I doubt that was the intention but it is the feeling I got. A mass corporation, in control of the media, has shown the ability to warp and control public opinion all on their own. And devotion to the all might dollar is the most dreaded of religions. -- Alex Warlorn 2008 Nov 06

That's what I get for jotting ideas down whilst reading other stories. Terms carry over. You can use any dictatorship in any high tech large powerful country. If you want the depressing ending, you have to have one of the superpowers; if gengineering is cheap and easy, you can do it with any state. Of course, if you can only gengineer in the womb -- once you're born you're stuck -- then you can go either way.
P.S. The Heinlein story in question:
Michael Bard 13:22, 6 November 2008 (EST)

"man into merman transformation via brain transplant - NO - biological"merman" suit taken on expedition to Europa in addition to biological space suits and others"

This was actually done, though it wasn't Europa, it was Neptune. Gordon Eklund's "A Thunder on Neptune" explored some of those ideas. --Jetfire 09:51, 6 November 2008 (EST)
I did it with suits you put on too. Ideas are cheap, the implementation is the challenge. It's why I don't mind posting all my notes -- if we both use the same one as a starting point, we'll still have completely different stories -- Michael Bard 13:24, 6 November 2008 (EST)

"Modified human with some vacuum adaptions, and with arms and hands replacing feet"

I take it someone recently read Falling Free.
Actually no. There was a short story in Analog in the late '70s about space adapted humans finding a frozen corpse with LEGS and modifying themselves with these odd items... --Michael Bard 08:47, 13 May 2009 (EST)

I'm new here (as in, less than half-an-hour ago), so... are these ideas up for grabs? --Kenani 05:01, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

I believe so. That's why they're up here, because they're supposed to be used as inspiration for other authors. --Drake 05:03, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

I would have to agree. The note on the page makes it sound like they are up for the taking. --Concerned Reader 05:13, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Yes, Kenani, The Muse Files are ideas that people have put here so that others might find inspiration in them. -- ShadowWolf 06:15, 29 June 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for the advice, with it I've written a story using the last idea on the list ("Boy gets turned into a puppy and ends up being the pet of the girl at school that he likes"). --Kenani 19:30, 29 June 2009 (UTC)