Thursday Writing Prompt: Pick a Number

Thursday Writing Prompt: Pick a Number

Today’s writing promps come from Mandy Wallace’s Blog called Write or Die.  With our upcoming issue being science-fiction themed, I thought we could have some fun whipping up some sci-fi stories with some prompts to choose from. For this prompt, pick a number between 1 an 20 and use the prompt you chose as a jumping-off point for a story.

  1. You find out you’re a DNA experiment combining as many recessive genes into one person as possible. That’s why you’ve always felt so different from everyone else.
  2. A man takes a vacation to another dimension only to find that everything he was trying to get away from, he’s brought with him.
  3. Couchsurfing on another planet goes wrong.
  4. A marathon runner illegally trains on a planet with stronger-than-Earth gravity to gain an advantage over his competition in the inter-universe Olympics.
  5. “It’s not really a fly. If you swat it, they’ll just fine you and send two more.”
  6. You think you’re chasing the last vestige of a prehistoric Earth creature, but it turns out to be an alien.
  7. A woman disappears for three years and returns with psychic powers.
  8. “If I can’t save her from the creaux, then no one else matters.”
  9. The solar system is an ecologically closed spacecraft hurtling mankind toward its ultimate destiny.
  10. “We’re headed to Madam Maxime’s at the edge of the universe.”
  11. An existentially bored man who lives in a smart house—where everything is done for him—pines for the Wild West where men had to fend for themselves.
  12. A corporate analyst who investigates failed colonization projects encounters the strangest case of his career. It’s a ghost colony with no record of anything catastrophic or any indication of what went wrong. The people are simply gone. Just when he’s about to write off the project into bureaucratic oblivion, he notices something else that’s missing. Can he reconstruct the past from the hole it left deleting itself?
  13. “I learned to stop time traveling today. I was doing it just to hurt myself.”
  14. An orphan girl, desperate to make anything last, snaps pictures with a camera she found among ship wreckage. She finds she can enter the still-life photos without aging.
  15. “We were always on the same page, even when it came to splitting for separate planets.”
  16. A social worker in an impoverished planetary colony discovers a cheap way to manufacture housing for the homeless, but the housing material is on a corporate reserve.
  17. A hobo finds the secret to true love tonic.
  18. An old woman, fed up with the alien soldiers she’s forced to house, kills one who puts his muddy boots on her coffee table for the last time.
  19. Women on Calisto colony are legally permitted only two children each. One man decides that one wife and two children aren’t enough.
  20. Tired of stalled space exploration advancements, a scientist convinces the public that a meteor is on a collision course with Earth. In designing the fake “evidence,” it turns out the meteor isn’t a hoax. But now no one believes him.

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