Soylent Green, 2022It’s the year 2022.Soylent Green, 202211 months ago in Settings More Like This
World population exceeds ten billion. It would be more, save for the massive famines and plagues striking malnutrition-weakened populations. Overall, however, population continues to grow, if more slowly than before.
Global warming is advanced. Agriculture production has dwindled in many areas ravaged by drought, and in others (such as the interior of East Africa) devastated by floods. And then there are the industrial chemicals, the radioactivity, the acid rain, the ozone hole, the mutated insects…
Two major cultural trends of OTL were not duplicated. Environmentalism never really gained momentum until too late: the oil embargo never took place, and in an environment in which it was assumed “continued growth” was the solution to all ills, what was a bit more pollution or a bit more CO2 in the air? Feminism also failed to get much traction in a world where there was less need for a second income bringer and the pill and other forms of birth
District 9 and AfterOk: hope this isn't too boring. Tried to make some sense of the District 9 setting...District 9 and After2 years ago in Settings More Like This
The ship’s computer did its best, really. The sub-space storm that badly damaged a number of essentially systems had also destroyed the control interface, making communications with the overseers impossible. In a relatively sensible maneuver, it proceeded to the nearest habitable planet and parked itself in an area where climatic conditions were most suitable for the Well-Ordered People. Unfortunately, it was too damaged for any sophisticated analysis, and basal programming did not cover what to do in case of contact with a previously unknown and potentially dangerous alien civilization.
1982. Access to the alien ship which had parked itself roughly 200 meters above the outskirts of Johannesburg was of course demanded by all major world governments. It was not like the South African government could conceal the fact, with almost every foreign pr
Operation CHRISTMAS pt. 4Chapter 4: Converting the CommanderOperation CHRISTMAS pt. 44 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We're ba-a-ack!" Emile sang, after kicking in the door. He marched in, with Jun following, still wiping his red eyes and muttering about a newly developed fear of shopping malls. Jorge, of course, was stuck carrying all the trappings, which consisted of many boxes, bags and random packages.
"What the "
The place was clean. Sparkling. Scary clean. It even smelled like Pine Sol, which was odd, because Pine Sol had ceased production in the 23rd century. At any rate, it was slightly eerie, also because no one was bumming around like usual. The place had been wiped clean and squared away
and decked with holly?
"Ooh! It's like that old song! Deck the halls with boughs ofOW!" Jun screeched as Emile twisted his ear. "Don't interrupt my festive song! And let go of my ear!"
"Ah, you're back," Kat said, stepping out to greet them. Emile's jaw nearly detached itself from his face and fell to the ground. She was wearing a red velvet turtl
Cookie Dough“And what is that?”Cookie Dough3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chell glanced down at the foil rectangle in her hand. “It’s a valentine.” She held it up so GLaDOS could see. “It came with a lollipop attached, but I know you can’t eat, so I took it out.”
“And proceeded to eat it yourself, no doubt,” the AI sniffed. “I know what it is. I just fail to see why you have brought it here. My databases indicate that valentines such as these are typically exchanged by human children. Now, I realize you are not a child, but if you have received this…thing…from a human male of your species and are attempting to show it off, then let me assure you that I am not impressed.”
Chell sighed. “No, GLaDOS. I brought it for – never mind.” She shoved it back into her pocket. “It was a stupid idea anyway.”
“I hope you weren’t about to say that you brought it for
StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 4They finished the journey to the top of the shaft in silence, temporarily blinded by the light. The guard that they had bribed was nowhere around where he said he'd meet them, much to Apophis' chagrin. Then both prisoners noticed something that almost didn't register simply because of how unheard of it was: there were no guards outside at all.StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I've got a bad feeling about this..." Chimney shrank back.
"It is... unsettling." Apophis admitted, looking around.
A group of guards came from around the side of a mountain in a mad frenzy, only half of them properly armed. Apophis and Chimney ducked behind their mining cart but were completely disregarded by the preoccupied guards who were hollering orders to retreat. Apophis saw a series of bullets rake the dirt and strike one of the fleeing guards to the ground. He tried to look away, but there was something to a dead body that filled him with a siezing dread. However the guar
StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 3"Apophis!" a scream sounded. The twin-tailed Mobian opened his eyes and was momentarily pleased that he wasn't deafened or blinded by the blasts, though his vision was swimming with the after-image burned through his eyelids and his ears rang.StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Apophis!" his name was repeated and he turned towards the source. He gasped in pain at the sight of his beloved Elune stumbling blindly on the hilltop, her eyes wide open but blank of expression or guidance. She had not closed her eyes in time.
"Elune, my darling!" Apophis shouted, quickly standing at her side to support her. The squirrel patted his face and mane and smiled at its familiarity.
"What happened?" she asked, "All I saw was a bright light and then I was on my back and everything went pitch black." Apophis' eyes began to water as he looked towards the city. It was not pitch black; what was left of the city burned with fire and the rubble glowed red hot. It wa
Pride Comes Before the Fall“As a Thalmor Commander, it is your duty to set an example for your troops in a time of need,” The Grand Justiciar had told his student as the two made their way into a lavish temple, “Despite what you may believe, this principle surpasses all other aspects of your position.”Pride Comes Before the Fall1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
“I don’t understand,” The new Commander turned his head to look up at the towering mer, “As a Justiciar, it was my duty, it always had been my duty, to track down those who commit heresy. I had never needed an example - you just need to get your information, and make your kill. Why is it that I must set an example now? It seems rather unnecessary, sir.”
The taller elf extended a hand, gesturing for the younger man to follow him down the corridor. Their footsteps echoed on the marble floor, and their forms cast shadows upon the sun-kissed stone. Attendants of the temple stepped out of their path as they passed, respectfully bowing their heads. As they approached
Operation CHRISTMAS pt. 8Chapter Eight: Angst and an SOSOperation CHRISTMAS pt. 84 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Dude, we should so totally annoy Dare into letting us do this next year," Romeo whispered loudly, elbowing Mickey, who had his eyes shut and was breathing deeply. It would have looked like an ordinary calming exercise to any passerby, but Mickey's squadmates knew exactly what he was doing: inhaling the smell of food that hadn't been freeze-dried at some point in time.
"I heard that, Lance Corporal. And it's Captain Dare," the woman in question sneered, pushing past the grinning ODST. She was taking everything in with a look that was part disbelief, part amusement.
"I thought Spartans and ODSTs have a relationship that's, well er, touchy, if I may say so," Six said quietly, standing by Kat, who was watching as Dare's squad made themselves at home.
"That's true, but there is an old saying that says 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.' I think that applies to ODSTs as well," Kat replied, and Six smiled slightly.
The Rookie stood
Bionicle Meets Earth Ch. 1Chapter 1Bionicle Meets Earth Ch. 15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The toa were tracking a squad of rahi through the jungle of Le-Wahi one day. They had been terrorizing Le-Koro, and Turaga Matau had asked them to keep them under control.
"Did we huntfind them yet?" asked Lewa. He was tired. He wasn't used to walking. "Why must we groundwalk, when I can windfly?"
"Because," Tahu interrupted, "We don't want you running into the rahkshi alone." As normal, he had a short fuse.
"But it will be much hurryfaster," Lewa answered.
"Calm brother," replied Gali. "Tahu is right. Isn't he Kopaka?" The Toa of Ice merely gave her a cold glare.
"You know," Pohatu interjected, "You could answer your sister once in a while Kopaka. It helps us know that you're still alive in there." He and Onua pounded fists at his joke. Kopaka flicked his wrist, causing a patch of ground to ice over, which led to Pohatu falling face-first into a pile of mud.
Kopaka started chuckling. "Now, that is funny," he said in his icy tone. Takanuva started snickering too.
Halo Reach: Death of KatHalo ReachHalo Reach: Death of Kat3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Death of Kat
I leaned back against the wall.
My mind throbbed over these past hours.
These missions are starting to take a massive toll on me.
I breathed in and out...
I looked around the room that the rest of Noble Team have been holding out in.
I can see Carter, Noble's leader, staring out at the almost-completely ruins of New Alexandria...
I can see Kat, Noble's co-leader and intelligence specialist, working her way on fixing with a comm unit...
I can see Jun, Noble's best sniper, watching for movement with a pair of binoculars within the ruins...
I can see Emile, Noble's assault specialist, sharpening his kukri against his shoulder armor at the other side of us...
There is one more Noble that should have been here.
And that's Jorge, Noble's heavy weapon specialist...
Ever since Operation: UPPERCUT, my heart was hurting me.
Ever since his loss, I just wanted revenge to those who sent us on that suicide mission!
But a mission is a mission... and we must carry them o
Wash Me Wash MeWash Me3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
A Transformers Prime Fanfic
A plasma shot ripped through the peaceful, temperate rainforest night, catching a Douglas Fir full in its bore. The pure white light seared a hole into the half-millennia old tree. Steam billowed up from the injury, the water of the sap preventing the wood from igniting. The tree would live. It had survived lightening strikes, fires, and floods. The hole bored by the weapon was of little long term consequence and would one day house a nest of owls.
Not that the warrior who had fired the shot was really thinking about all that. Arcee ran through the dark woods never taking her eyes off of her quarry. The cold fury that drove her after the fleeing Decpticon rarely left any room for much compassion. Keeping other sentients alive was the best she could manage. The plants would have to fend for themselves.
Bird Kids in the NEST ch. 2Bird Kids in the NEST ch. 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Okay, Max. Inhale, exhale. Analyze the situation calmly
We have been attacked by an F-22 with funky tattoos that's not really an F-22 with funky tattoos, it's omigosh freaking ALIVE and folds out like giant evil metal origami monster.
Said giant evil origami monster is a robot with glaring red eyes. And it's holding Angel like it's gonna crush her into little squishy bits. Need I say more?
"EVASIVE ACTION!" I yelled, tucking my wings in and dropping straight down like a feathery dead weight. The Flock scattered. I barely avoided colliding with the thing's giant metal leg or maybe it was an arm. I was kind of too preoccupied with its blazing red eyes to notice. They locked onto me and never left.
"Hold still!" the monster hissed. Its voice was a metallic, gravelly, deep sound that made my neck hair stand on end. It swiped at us, trying to snag us with its free clawlike metal hand. We swooped around frantically, trying to avoid capture.
"AWESOME!" the Gasman crowed. I rolled
Huger Games Gale's POVGot it! A smile of pride crawls onto my lips as I see the deer I have just shot with my bow and arrow. A buck this big should be able to feed my family for a good week or maybe even more if it's kept fresh properly. I also caught a few rabbits for Katniss's family as I promised I wouldn't let Prim go hungry.Huger Games Gale's POV5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Hunting without Katniss is weird though. For as long as I can remember, we've hunted together at the same time every Sunday, bringing tea to sip on when it's cold and picking berries to suck the juice out of when it's hot. It's always a routine that never got boring for us, but with Katniss in the games, it's turned into more of a chore. As I reach the fence, I notice the sun is setting and that I better hurry. The recap of the games is about to start in the square and I still need to get these rabbits and my buck home. I will give the meat I got for Prim tomorrow when I walk her to school.
After I get myself and the game under the fence, I take the back way home, so I w
M.I.A. Ch 5M.I.A. Ch 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 5
*Over 17,000 years ago*
“Hey, you’re on time for once,” scoffed the Toa of fire.
Xipher gave him a dirty look.
“Ease off,” snapped Naromia. “At least he’s here.”
The Toa assembled in a secluded place not to far from their village. Evidence of their past training exercises lay in the piles of crushed rock, split and fallen trees, and the occasional scorch marks that littered the area.
“You ready, rock head?” the Toa of water smirked.
Xipher took his stance on the other side and cracked a smile. “Yep.” A hand of stone suddenly erupted from the ground.
She jumped out of the way before it could grab her. “Too slow,” she mocked, and then drew out her water swords. They glowed and shot a powerful jet of water. A slab of stone came out of the ground and blocked the attack. He was p
Transformers: TTTBTransformers Prime: The Ties That Bind- Part OneTransformers: TTTB4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The energy blast, a searing, roiling stream of super-heated gas and plasma, tore a deep furrow in the road ahead as Arcee, currently in her mobile form, slipped sides-way, undercutting the shot in a maneuver which would have been deemed impossible by even the most skilled driver on the planet. Tires spinning, the Autobot's second in command peeled forward, doubling her land speed in an attempt to not only outpace the three Eradicons hot on her cybernetic heels but to better safeguard the young human presently straddling the rider's seat.
"I told you we shouldn't have made that pit stop. We weren't that far from HQ!" Arcee shouted over the com-channel built into the rider's helmet. "You humans and your needs." She finished as though speaking through gritted teeth.
"Oh save it," Jack responded in kind. "Look, humans can't exactly not go to the bathroom. Trust me, the alternative isn't ve
M.I.A. Ch 1M.I.A. Ch 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 1
"Mayday! Mayday! Can anybody read me?" yelled the pilot as the damaged Osprey descended. The squadron of troops were tense as the pilot got no response and sent out another call.
"What’s going on?!" Scott yelled over the sound of the damaged propellers.
"Does it look like I know?!" replied Sergeant Turner. He stood at the tail end of the Osprey and looked out side the opening. Where he just saw the sun and dessert, he now saw rain and darkness. Suddenly the plane began to experience turbulence and shook violently. The sergeant flailed his arms as he tried to regain balance. Scott reached out to grab him, but he leaned too far and fell out.
“No!” he cried. If the fact that they were going to crash didn’t scare the men on board, the lost of their leader did. Some of the marines were beginning to be overwhelmed by fear, while others latched themselves to whatever secure object they could find.
Official Wizard101 Text MemeWelcome to the Wizard101 OC meme! This is where you can fully inform people of your Wizard character!Official Wizard101 Text Meme5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
1. All you must do is answer the following questions about your wizard. Believe me, it's much easier than fighting a Dragon.
2. Some questions are simple, straight-answer questions. But most require a lot of thinking by you. Take your time, though!
3. If you can't answer something for some wacky reason, type in your reason and skip the question.
4. The creator of the meme will NOT add any more questions, or take any out. If I did, how much time would that take up?
5. This meme is namely directed towards wizards of the Spiral, but can be used for just about any wizard OC/
6. This meme is entirely for the sake of getting to know your OC better. No copyright infringement is intended by the creator or any of the users.
And so, you may begin!
1. Hello unsuspecting mortal, what is the full name of your Wizard? (Ex. Cassa
An Ode to the Nice GuysAn Ode to the Nice Guys6 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
This is a tribute to the nice guys. The nice guys that finish last, that never become more than friends, that endure hours of whining and bitching about what assholes guys are, while disproving the very point. This is dedicated to those guys who always provide a shoulder to lean on but restrain themselves to tentative hugs, those guys who hold open doors and give reassuring pats on the back and sit patiently outside the changing room at department stores. This is in honor of the guys that obligingly reiterate how cute/beautiful/smart/funny/sexy their female friends are at the appropriate moment, because they know most girls need that litany of support. This is in honor of the guys with open minds, with laid-back attitudes, with honest concern. This is in honor of the guys who respect a girls every facet, from her privacy to her theology to her clothing style.
This is for the guys who escort their drunk, bewildered female friends back from parties and never take advantage once the
Writing Tutorial: CharactersCharacterizationWriting Tutorial: Characters6 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
Imagine an item, for this demonstration I will be using a knife. A common tool, now, picture that knife.
When you think of it, think of all of its details, every last one. How old is it? Who has used it? Why was it purchased? What has it been through?
Is the blade smooth and pristine, or well used? Is the handle wood, plastic or metal? Is it rusty and old, well taken care of, old and unused or new and fancy? Think of everything, its past, its job, its holder, everything and more. That is what every character should have, and if you so desire, relate them to an item.
Even within that simple category of item, knives, you could create so many different characters.
A rugged knife, old, well used and well kept. The blade, slowly, growing smaller and smaller from years of cutting and sharpening on an equally well used whetstone.
A clean kitchen knife; sharpened hourly to keep a pristine edge, slicing quickly through vegetables and meats to prepa
I Was Always The Quiet OnePeople fly pastI Was Always The Quiet One5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Quickly, like light,
My heart beats fast
In my throat, my mouth,
Beating faster than the music in my ears,
Egging me on as I ran and ran and ran.
Because I don't want this to be over,
I don't want to let this slip by me,
I don't want to end up missing another chance.
So I run, I run, I run,
I won't watch you walk away from me again,
Because you make me too happy,
You fill me so much,
You make me smile with one look,
So of course I'll run to you.
I don't care if we said goodbye 5 minutes ago,
I'm going to run after you,
My feet soaring off the pavement,
People look but I don't care anymore,
I won't imagine this scene one more time,
I'm going to do it, I have to tell you.
I don't care if words won't come when I get there,
If I can't think of how to tell you
Just how much you mean to me,
I'll keep running after you,
Adrenaline shoots through me like lightning,
Even if I don't know where to start,
How to tell you everything, everything,
You are everything,
Happiness fills m
BraveryWhat is Bravery?Bravery8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Is it doing something that you normally wouldn't do?
Is it doing something that you don't want to do but must?
What is Bravery?
Is it having no fear at all?
Is it looking like you have no fears?
What is Bravery?
Is it fighting for your country?
Is it fighting against your country?
What is Bravery?
Is it standing up in Church?
Is it going into a confessional?
Is doing something that must be done
No matter how much it hurts
Is looking around
And admitting to your fears
Is not fighting blindly for you country
But knowing when the fighting must stop
Admitting your sins
In a crowd of believers
Everyone can be strong
Everyone can be scared
Everyone can be brave
Loner...blah. I don't want your pity, and I don't want your smileLoner...blah.11 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
I want you to turn away, ignore me for a while…
I hear them talking about me, I know what they say
That I haven't a heart, that I drove them and her away
So maybe I'm lost, and I've no clue s'what to do
One thing I do know, I won't ever need you…
I don't have time for lectures; I need to pay my dues
There's things I must be doing, and I don't have time for you
So step out of my way, learn to let me pass
In the end it's all the same, you'll be one of my past
It's not like I'm lonely, or bored, or confused
I'm just sick of her games, of feeling so used
I don't quite know how, and I'm not quite sure when
I'll lower my shields, and learn to trust again…
I know I'm missing something, that I'm somehow incomplete
As I wander down the middle of the empty, barren street
But I will not ask directions, for I need to find my way
Back to where I'm welcomed, back to someplace I can stay…
Writing Tutorial - Story StructureNow that you have a general idea of what your story is about (I say general because, while you do have specific points worked out for the story, it’s not a good idea to plan every single occurrence within the story because, chances are, you’ll end up changing it around while actually writing it. Very rarely does a story turn out the way you had originally planned!), you can start writing! But you don’t want to just jump right in!Writing Tutorial - Story Structure3 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Before you can begin to write, you need a basic understanding of what makes a story a story. What does a story need in order for it to have a well-written plot? A lot of people—philosophers mostly—have analyzed story structure to find that very answer and, while it is mostly left to interpretation, the best answer comes from a nineteenth century German writer named Gustav Freytag. He calls it the seven points of Dramatic Structure. Now, keep in mind that he created these with plays in mind, but it’s oftentimes used for