PL Prologue Draft 1

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A long time ago, the world was at war. Nations sought newer and better weapons to surpass their enemies; they developed what they could, and stole what they could not.

Some began to experiment with psychic spies. These spies found enemy targets, tracked down hostages, and acquired information from the enemy.

Time passed, some wars ended and others began, old alliances broken and new alliances forged. Those in charge declared that the research was mere superstition. These "psychic spies" were not accurate enough, they'd said, to justify the resources to continue, and these projects were shut down.

Or so the world believed.

For a time, the projects continued in secret, above top secret, that even the host nations did not know of them. Those who knew were participants, or were accused of conspiracy theory by those who lacked that knowledge.

As these things go, this research was eventually exposed to the public. But not as a military application.

The research found its way into the public eye as a resource for medicine, business, and even entertainment. It had become yet another thing that the world took for granted.

And like all things we take for granted, we do not truly know as much as we think we know; we are not as safe as we would like to believe.

For knowledge had become a commodity. Thoughts and ideas were products that could literally be bought and sold; they left nothing of themselves behind with the original owner.

And what can be sold can also be stolen....
If you've seen me over on NaNoWriMo--early...2010?--you may have already read this draft.
Or another draft of the same story.

So far, the "story" is nothing more than a collection of ideas...and the prologue that makes the first draft.
That being the case, I haven't made up my mind yet whether I should get rid of the prologue.
If I write it sans prologue, I will need to work out how to include the information, as well as various other details, within the actual story without making it a data dump.
(Personally, I think a good prologue is one that provides useful or interesting information to those who choose to read it, but which can safely be skipped without detracting from the rest of the story. That theory would tell me to keep the prologue. Fix it, but still keep it. Or one like it. :shrug: But that's just my opinion.)

Now, then, about the "story" I have in mind:
I came up with the idea in late 2009, when, during one of my classes, we were discussing information as a commodity.
One of the students made some mention about information and knowledge being the only thing you can't steal--meaning, short of brain damage, the knowledge is still retained by the original owner.
Unfortunately, I can't seem to find that original post....

Anyway, I started thinking "what if?"
So this "story" is all about a world of psychic spies who literally steal information from the minds of their victims, leaving nothing of the knowledge behind.

These spies prefer information that is not documented, because there is less to show who had the information before.

For the moment, I call these spies...Plagiarists.
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