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And Another Seed for a Story

Every writer gets asked the Where-Do-You-Get-Your-Ideas-From-Question.

Well, here’s another story seed, sort of following up on the TB-escapees that I linked to a while back.

I mean, really…can’t you just see this going horribly, horribly wrong? Or is that just that I live in a very dark place where people bleed freely from their eyes?

8 Responses to And Another Seed for a Story

  1. kali921

    I attempted for a few minutes to type an articulate response to that link, but honestly? All I can do is sit here and scream AUUUUUUUUUUGH OH GOD STOPPIT. Because, as usual, our level of technology outstrips our ability, as a collective civilization, to adequately put in place bioethics safeguards to regulate it.

    Because anyone that thinks phosphorescent cats aren’t coming back to haunt them is living in a dreamworld.

    Also, this reminds me uncomfortably of the Cracked.com article citing five reasons why a zombie invasion could really happen.

    (This is why I read . Preparedenss is next to godliness.)

  2. kali921

    PS

    PS – if you do write a story about crazed and woefully-out-of-touch-with-reality scientists working with supposedly safe strains of a gleefully homicidal virus, just promise me that there will be burninating of researchers at the end. I consider that the comic book equivalent of the two-fisted money shot-and-righteous-vengeance combo.

  3. dewline

    You, us and Tom Clancy. This is certainly one of those things that horror movie writers use for plot-building ammo.

  4. dewline

    Re: PS

    We also need a story where the researchers are completely in touch with reality and still doing the work…because they’re in touch with reality. And manage to save the day thereby.

    Why?

    Because the traditional Mad Scientist trope is just too damned tempting.

    Wait. I forgot ReGenesis, didn’t I?

  5. hdefined

    As my college genetics professor told us, there is nothing scientists won’t joyfully experiment with if allowed to do so. It’s not that they’re devoid of morals so much as the lab is their playground and they want to smash and rebuild every toy they can find.

  6. parakkum

    I have to shrug at Ebola. Disintegrating into a bloody mass is horrifying, but you really do have to handle the heck out of someone who died from Ebola (and similar viruses) to catch it, and it’s so often lethal that it doesn’t propagate well.

    What really makes me sad about Ebola is that it’s wiping out gorilla populations.

    Influenza, on the other hand, is utterly frightening.

  7. alasdair

    >>>I mean, really…can’t you just see this going horribly, horribly wrong? Or is that just that I live in a very dark place where people bleed freely from their eyes?< <<

    A little from column A…

  8. mercuryeric

    I have to shrug at Ebola. Disintegrating into a bloody mass is horrifying, but you really do have to handle the heck out of someone who died from Ebola (and similar viruses) to catch it, and it’s so often lethal that it doesn’t propagate well.

    Right. Unless it’s weaponized through Mad Science Chicanery.

    As a maguffin, it’s pretty damn compelling, I says.

    -E

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