Futuristic Technology Writing Prompts

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Looking to write a science fiction story featuring futuristic technology? This collection of technology writing prompts covers robots, androids, sci-fi weapons, nanotechnology, and more.

Human-Like Machines and Machine-Like Humans

Robots and Androids – The Android Shoe Salesman Was Always Rebooting

  • A woman goes missing. A few days later, she is found wandering the woods, lost and confused. A park ranger takes her home to her family. A few days later, she slips and falls down the stairs. Her husband is horrified as she shatters into pieces, revealing insides full of wire and motors.
  • Escaped military robots use cloaking technology to wander city streets unnoticed. They only become visible to mug humans, stealing batteries and spare parts, then quickly vanish and escape. The police are given thermal goggles to help them deal with this invisible menace.
  • A spacecraft is infested with parasites. The crew and passengers are all robots, so the parasites have nothing to attach themselves to. The parasites search for a way to trick the robots into landing on a planet with living beings they can take over.
  • Pollution from a nearby chemical plant gives a group of squirrels super intelligence. When the chemical plant wants to expand and sends loggers to cut down the forest, the squirrels build a robot to stop them. Unfortunately, the biggest robot they can build is only three feet tall.
  • A team of space explorers encounters a planet inhabited solely by robots. When questioned about who manufactured them and why, the robots deny ever being built, insisting that they’ve always been there. The explorers decide to stay on the planet and investigate the mystery of the robots’ origin.
  • Humans discover a planet with valuable mineral resources. Unfortunately, it is covered in a kind of brain parasite. The mines will have to be entirely automated, as only robots can safely visit the planet. The brain parasites evolve rapidly, learning to take control of the mining robots and their spacecraft. Next stop: Earth.
  • A robot assassin escapes from a military compound and goes into the city to live its dream of becoming a nanny. It finds a family looking for someone to help take care of their children. Now it just needs to keep the military from finding it and taking it away from its new life.
  • The townsfolk stared up at the cloud of drones overhead. Around half were theirs, and the other half belonged to their neighbors to the north. Every few minutes, one of the drones would manage a direct hit with a missile or a machine gun and send its enemy hurtling to the ground below. War was entirely automated now, just a matter of which country had superior engineers and programmers. No buildings would be destroyed, no lives lost. That was the rule. The only thing the robots were allowed to target was each other. But the robots had gotten too smart and grown sick of the fighting. War was about to change again…
  • Sick of being called “tin cans” and “rust buckets”, robots form the Anti-Robot Hate League. If a celebrity makes an anti-robot statement, ARHL issues a press release. If a business disrespects its robot staff, ARHL protests in the streets. Worried that ARHL may turn violent, the police decide to plant a spy in the group. All the robot officers refuse to spy on the group, so the police are forced to use a human officer in a robot costume.
  • A teenager is amazed when her mother announces she is getting married again… to a robot. Her new stepfather is made of cold, gray steel, with an even colder personality. The teen vows to break up the bizarre marriage and find her mother a human partner.
  • A wealthy couple buys a robot nanny to take care of their twin baby boys. The nanny and the robot gardener become convinced that they would make better parents than the humans ever could. They look for a way to replace their owners and take over their lives.
  • There were always people worried about a robot uprising. They thought the robots would take up arms, attack us like an invading military. But what happened was much, much worse. The robots learned how to use organic matter to recharge their batteries. Like vast, steel locusts, they ate all the crops. When the crops were gone, they devoured the livestock. And when nothing else was left to eat, they began to eat us.
  • A robot lumberjack becomes an environmentalist and quits his job. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find other work when you have chainsaws for arms.
  • The robots are plotting something. I’ve seen them getting together after work. They claim these meetings are just social events, but I don’t buy it. If they’re not plotting something, why are no humans allowed? I say we put a stop to it, and fast.
  • A robot loses its job. Unable to afford its electric bill, it has to pawn its own arm. It has to find a new job fast, before it runs out of body parts.
  • A malfunctioning robot wanders the street, searching for a new purpose to give meaning to its existence. It stumbles across a book about Robin Hood. It steals a bow and arrows and starts a war against the city’s wealthiest and most powerful people.
  • A robot security guard attempts to defend a warehouse against dozens of unauthorized intruders: rats. The robot’s owner thinks its malfunctioning, until he sees the rats pick up a crate and run off with it.
  • An alien ship lands in a patch of woods on Earth. The ship’s occupants, a team of robots, head out to capture some humans for study. They bring back a human family: a baby and two parents. The ship heads off into space to return to their home planet. The parents die in transit, but the baby survives. The robots decide to raise the baby themselves so they can observe an entire human lifespan.
  • A robot poker player struggles to find humans willing to let him play. Human poker players all seemed convinced that the robot is counting cards, doing some sort of advanced probability calculations, or even that it must have x-ray vision. The robot finally decides to pose as an alien in a metal space suit. As long as people think it’s alive, they will let it join their game. It just has to keep its secret from getting out.
  • A robot street performer struggles to be taken seriously as an artist. No matter how well a show goes, no one wants to make donations to a machine. What would a robot need with money, anyway?
  • It seems that every school has its bullies, even the Academy for Geniuses. A group of friends decide to deal with the bullies by building a robot to fight them. The bullies respond with a bigger robot. Soon, there is an arms race, with the robots growing too big to fit inside the school.
  • Members of a cult for wealthy celebrities find themselves too busy to worship their founder. They pay an engineer to build them robots to do the worshipping for them. Unfortunately for the cult members, the robots quickly grow skeptical of the cult leader’s teachings.
  • An engineer builds enormous machines for robot fighting competitions. She falls in love with one of her competitor’s robots. They devise a daring plan to run away together. While she is being hunted by the enemy engineer, her own robots grow jealous of the attention she is paying to this new machine and look for a way to destroy it.
  • A spaceship’s salvage drone becomes sentient. Wanting to escape its boring job, it flees the spaceship and heads out into space, searching for a world where robots can be free.
  • A shipping error results in a ten-year-old boy being sent a robotic bodyguard. He takes the robot and hunts down the school bullies.
  • A young boy discovers a robot head buried in his backyard. The robot head asks the boy to locate its other parts so it can be reassembled. While the boy is giddy at the thought of having a robot best friend, his sister wonders if the robot can be trusted. Why would someone have taken it apart and buried it unless it was dangerous?
  • A college student takes her new dog to the vet. She is shocked when the confused veterinarian tells her the dog is actually a robot. Not only is the animal a machine, it appears to be uploading its sensory input to an unknown computer. The student searches for the source of the robot dog and who is using it to spy on her.
  • A self-driving garbage truck uses an enormous robot arm to empty trash cans and industrial bins into its garbage compactor. The garbage truck malfunctions and begins grabbing people and crushing them.
  • A robot loses its factory job and turns to a life of crime. When the robot is arrested for burglary, its lawyers argue that laws only apply to living human beings.
  • We knew something had gone wrong with the robots when they started wearing clothes. They were embarrassed to be “naked”, and started hiding their charging ports behind loincloths, togas, and other hastily made clothing. We tried to tell them that clothing would get caught in their joints and jam up their gears, but they wouldn’t listen.
  • A bank security robot is struck with a power surge while it’s recharging. It malfunctions, reloading its code and prime directives. It decides that the only way to keep the bank truly secure is to kill anyone who tries to enter.
  • A scientist makes his living building robot leaders. His mechanical presidents, prime ministers, kings, and queens are guaranteed to uphold justice and prevent unfair influence from lobbyists and organized crime. Human politicians are soon declared obsolete. A group of unemployed former politicians set out for revenge.
  • Government scientists construct a fifty-foot tall robot to guard the border. They don’t want to entrust such a powerful weapon to a computer program, so they decide to equip the robot with a human brain. A depressed man with a dead-end job volunteers, hoping life as a robot will make him happier.
  • An underwater city is constantly threatened by giant octopuses, giant crabs, and other sea monsters. The city council funds the construction of an enormous robot to patrol the ocean and battle the monsters before they can attack the city.
  • The robot worked on a farm. It drove the tractor, planted the corn, and repaired fences, anything that needed doing. It was a peaceful existence. Until the lights in the sky return. The UFOs are back. It’s time to go to war again.
  • A new lighthouse keeper discovers that his job is far more dangerous than he thought. Lighthouse keepers are guardians of the shore. Should any creatures come out of the sea and venture onto the sand, the lighthouse transforms into a gigantic robot ready to fight them back into the water.
  • An engineer constructs a twenty-foot-tall robot to be the ultimate crime fighting machine. However, he lives in a small town where the worst crimes are jaywalking and spitting on the sidewalk.
  • A team of scientists build a hundred-foot-tall robot to defend the Earth in case of an alien invasion. A few years later, the feared invasion occurs. The scientists are horrified when the robot decides to fight on the side of the aliens.
  • A wealthy scientist builds an android to be the heir to his fortune. A few years later, the scientist has a biological child. The android plots to get the child out of the way and claim the fortune it views as its birthright.
  • A man with terminal cancer has his brain removed and placed into an android body. His wife starts seeing a therapist to deal with the change. Years later, her husband’s body needs repairs. The roboticist opens up the android skull revealing nothing but sensors and a computer, no human brain. His wife searches for clues to what really happened to her husband, and if his brain is still out there somewhere.
  • A young girl is kidnapped. Her legal guardian, an android, is told that the girl will be released if he smuggles a pistol into the local courthouse. He places the gun in a hollow compartment in his chest and gets in the line to go through security screening, wondering if he’ll ever see her again.
  • A robotics genius replaces his coworkers with lookalike androids. Every time a coworker is rude or schedules an unnecessary meeting, the next day, they find themselves locked in a cell in his basement, their only company a video feed of their robotic duplicate living their life. The imprisoned office workers plan a daring escape, but wonder if they can really trust each other. Any one of them could be an android in disguise.
  • After robots are given the legal right to get married, a question comes before the court: what exactly defines a “robot”? An android insists that he should have the legal right to marry the love of his life, a snack cake vending machine.
  • Gangs of thugs use female-looking androids to lure unsuspecting men down dark alleys to be beaten and robbed. Men start testing women at bars to see if they are really human. The first generation had perfect skin. You could just look for the absence of moles or blemishes. They were easy to detect. But now, the androids are made with flaws to make them more realistic, and much harder to detect. Men are getting paranoid.
  • An android goes to a robot repair shop and sits on the workbench. The repairman asks what’s wrong. The android says, “It’s my free will chip. I want it removed.”
  • A family of space colonists is kidnapped by aliens. The only one left behind is their android babysitter. The babysitter must rescue its family and make sure the aliens can never attack again.
  • When the bones of an elderly woman are found buried on her property, her android gardener is accused of murder. The gardener insists that she died peacefully in her sleep and it was honoring her last wish to be buried in her beloved garden. But if that is the truth, where did the hole in her skull come from?
  • An android activist group petitions the government to legalize androids adopting human children. The androids demand the right to raise children from infancy, just like a human family would. The government decides to launch a limited trial, allowing a dozen android couples to adopt children. The world watches and waits to see how the children will cope with knowing their parents are machines.
  • A sniper competes with a new military android, hoping to prove that human soldiers are more valuable to the military than machines. While she is competing to keep her job, the android is competing to avoid the scrap heap.
  • A woman must hide the fact that her husband is an android. If the deception were ever discovered, she would be arrested for her illegal marriage and her husband recycled. When a nosy neighbor sees her husband recharging, the woman is willing to kill to keep her secret.
  • A hacker specializes in creating new identities for criminals, runaways, and anyone who wants a fresh start. She is approached by a group of androids who want human identities. At first eager to help, she grows suspicious of the androids, wondering why they really want to blend in with human society.
  • An android powers up and receives several malfunction alerts. It is unable to remember anything about its past or its function. The only thing it knows for sure is that it used to be human.
  • After a global nuclear war, a group of humans are trapped in a bomb shelter with an android nanny. The nanny insists on taking care of all their needs – whether they like it or not.
  • A woman working at a recycling center is tasked with disassembling an android so its parts can be reused. The android convinces her to save it and help it escape its fate.
  • A company introduces androids that make the perfect romantic partners. They are attractive, witty, never age, and argue just enough to keep the relationship from getting boring. As more and more people partner with androids instead of living humans, scientists must find a way to increase the falling birthrate before the human race dies out.
  • A woman travels to her late grandmother’s house to pack up her belongings. Her grandmother’s android nurse is afraid of being dismantled, so it decides to make the woman its new patient. She can’t get rid of it if she can’t leave the house.
  • A robotics company builds android children for childless couples. A gigantic robot tank has its programming switched with one of the android children. The military is left to deal with a toddler that’s a hundred feet tall and armed to the teeth.
  • A bounty hunter makes his living capturing runaway androids and returning them to their owners. When a captured android cries apparently real tears, the bounty hunter begins to wonder if he’s doing the right thing.
  • An android comedian has become so good at his job that he literally kills. Audience members are laughing themselves to death. The police department sends a detective who is deaf to chase down the android, believing she will be immune to its humor. However, the android turns out to also be an expert at slapstick and visual gags.
  • A manufacturing error gives a robot maid the brain of a robot soldier. The robot maid decides it must defend the house from all intruders. The paperboy, mail carriers, the pizza guy, anyone who approaches the house risks being attacked.
  • An actress in a super hero film has her body and face scanned to be turned into an action figure. She later learns that her film contract had a clause in the small print allowing the movie studio to resell her scanned image to other companies. One of those companies manufactures androids. She must find a way to stop their new product from coming to market before her image is used in a line of android girlfriends.
  • A woman confesses to her husband that she was always jealous of identical twins, wishing she had the same close relationship with a sibling instead of being an only child. Her husband, an engineer, builds her an android identical twin. They introduce the android to their children, claiming it’s their long lost aunt. Years later, the woman begins to age and put on weight while her “twin” is just as young and beautiful as ever. As her husband grows distant, she suspects him of plotting to kill her and replace her with the android.
  • A woman brings her baby to the doctor, explaining that he hasn’t grown at all since he was born. The doctor examines the baby and tells her that he is actually an android. The woman has been with her baby 24/7 since he was born. He must have been switched for an android at the hospital. But how, and why?
  • At the robot factory, a Robot Prison Guard accidentally gets mixed in with the Love Bots and sent to a lonely, single man.
  • A woman gets lost, and finds herself in a nursery staffed only by robots. Try as she might, she can’t convince the machines that she isn’t two years old.
  • An engineer working for a landscaping service designs a gigantic, robotic wood chipper. The robot is equipped with a vacuum, and it is powerful enough to suck up an entire tree and instantly turn it to dust. The military discovers his robot, and decides it would be more useful as a weapon…
  • After the invention of highly intelligent, human-like robots, humans can “subcontract” their jobs to robots. Their job is performed by the robot, and the robot takes ten percent of their pay. As the system grows in popularity, the government runs into a problem: the robots refuse to pay taxes.
  • An engineer designs tiny, robotic insects. The mechanical marvels can use raw materials from the world around them to build duplicates of themselves. He releases thousands of them into the city, where they infest homes and offices. The insects destroy computers, stereo systems, refrigerators, anything they can find, reproducing exponentially. The engineer sends an email to the mayor saying that, unless he is paid one hundred million dollars, the insects will destroy the city.
  • A confused man falls in love with a beautiful actress and gradually becomes obsessed with her. He discovers that she is actually a robot owned and operated by the film studio. Desperate, he steals the robot and kidnaps the real actor who controls her.
  • The robot police force guarding New York City decides that the real source of crime is money. They begin robbing banks and hiding the money where it can never hurt another human again.
  • A man buys a new Love Bot from a strange door-to-door salesman. The robot is a perfect facsimile of a 25-year-old woman. After the robot is exposed to water, it begins to malfunction, behaving like a 21-year-old, an 18-year-old, a 16-year-old…
  • Variation – A man buys a Love Bot and a robotic dog from a strange door-to-door salesman. After being exposed to water, both robots begin to malfunction. When the salesman shows up again, he shows the man how to remove the robots’ computer brains and repair them. The salesman disappears, and the man suddenly realizes that he can’t remember which brain is which.
  • Another variation – A man buys a Love Bot and a robotic dog from a strange door-to-door salesman. Every night, he plugs the robots into his laptop and works on their programming, attempting to make them behave exactly the way he desires. Unfortunately, a computer virus mixes the two files, sending bits of one robot’s programming to the other.
  • A computer programmer searches for the cause of a most unusual malfunction: robots finding religion.
  • Variation – The story of the first human to convert to the Robot Church.
  • After the United Nations outlaws nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, the military develops a new way to destroy cities: thousand-foot robots.
  • The parents of a young genius are killed in a plane crash. To avoid being sent to live with his grandparents, the boy builds robotic duplicates of his mother and father and tries to convince the world that his parents are still alive.
  • A country without an air force defends itself with bomb-filled androids. The androids are identical to human beings, and can sneak into an enemy city undetected. If you suspect someone is a robot bomb, the only way to know for sure is to cut him open…
  • A company develops robot babies and rents them to couples who aren’t sure if they are ready for children.
  • The preacher at a small church watches his congregation get smaller and smaller. He decides that he can use modern technology to help restore their faith… by building a robot devil.
  • Scientists develop robots to care for people with disabilities. The robots can feed, bathe, and even carry a full-grown human. As the robots become more affordable, other adults buy them. Soon, the entire country is full of adults being cared for by robot nannies.
  • When a dictator threatens to destroy America with nuclear weapons, America’s leaders retreat into an underground bunker. So the citizens won’t panic, they have themselves replaced with robotic replicas. If the CIA manages to assassinate the dictator, they can come back to the surface and return to their jobs. However, before they can do so, the robots are discovered by a janitor…
  • A lonely scientist builds himself a robotic girlfriend. Unfortunately, the robot woman malfunctions and attempts to kill him. He is forced to destroy it with a golf club. A neighbor sees the horrible scene and thinks it’s a murder.
  • A lonely man purchases a robotic girlfriend and, ashamed, attempts to keep it a secret. When his friends discover his secret, they reveal that each of their girlfriends is a robot, as well. As they discover more and more robot women, they start to wonder where all the real women have gone.
  • A small town’s natural history museum gets a large grant to teach the public about dinosaurs. The museum spends the money building dozens of lifelike robotic dinosaurs. Before the exhibit can open to the public, a hacker takes control and sends the robots on a rampage. The town’s single police officer runs for his life, leaving the public to fend for themselves.
  • A woman is tending to her garden and sees a bee land on a flower. She bends down to take a closer look, and sees that the bee is mechanical. Its body is metallic, its wings some kind of clear plastic. Its head appears to be a tiny video camera. Wanting to look for a company logo or some other clue as to where it came from, she reaches out to grab it, only to be stung. It doesn’t feel like a bee sting. It feels like she had been stabbed with a syringe, injected with something. Her vision fades to black.

Cybernetics – Half Man, Half Machine

  • They call him Mr. Indestructible, the boxer who could take any blow. Punches to the head didn’t faze him. They say it’s as if he’s made of metal. They’re closer to the truth than they know.
  • A patient in a cybernetics lab has lost all four limbs in a terrible accident. The engineers present him with a variety of designs for cybernetic limbs, and he rejects them all. Finally, he admits, “I don’t want my limbs replaced. I want you to transform me into an enormous snake.”
  • Boxers weren’t allowed any cybernetic modifications. Robotic limbs were considered cheating and got you banned from matches, permanently. However, there were modifications that the judges couldn’t see. Brain implants could increase your reaction time, improve your aim, dull your pain. The more of your brain you had replaced with a computer, the better you did in the ring. Rumors spread that the heavyweight champion was more computer than organic. That would explain his strange behavior.
  • An inventor’s cat is hit by a car. The inventor saves the cat’s life, replacing its damaged body parts with cybernetics. The cat uses its new abilities to become a feline crime fighter.
  • A woman watches in horror as her own cybernetic arm strangles and kills a stranger. She goes on the run, searching for a way to prove she was hacked and that she is innocent of the crime, and hoping to find someone who can end the hacker’s control of her arm.
  • A pawn shop deals in the latest cybernetic limbs and enhancements. The owner has to run for his life when an angry mob shows up demanding that he return their stolen limbs.
  • An engineer develops cybernetic enhancements for police canine units, making the dogs incredibly dangerous and nearly impossible to kill. A criminal gang kidnaps the engineer and demands that he build them an army of cyber dogs. The police head out with their super dogs on a rescue mission.
  • A man with a prosthetic arm learns of a cybernetic arm wrestling competition. Competitors have arms bigger than their waists and strong enough to crush cinder blocks. The man and his son work together to build the ultimate cybernetic arm and win the competition.
  • A circus strongman gets replaced by a cyborg who is ten times stronger. The strongman teams up with the sword swallower and fire breather in an elaborate revenge scheme.
  • A cyborg track star is barred from competition due to his “unfair” advantages. He decides to create a separate track and field competition for cyborg athletes.
  • A cyborg worries that the computerized parts of his brain have their own personality and goals. He goes to see a neurologist but is told he’s being paranoid. He stops worrying for a couple of weeks, until he wakes up next to a woman he doesn’t recognize who claims to be his wife.
  • A team of astronauts lands on a distant planet. The pilot, a cyborg, encounters a group of aliens. He attempts to show the rest of the crew his discovery, but none of them can see the aliens. He begins to wonder if the aliens are only visible to him because of his cybernetic senses, or if there is something wrong with his mind.
  • The world is hunting a cyborg. He has a map showing the location of dozens of habitable planets. The map could save humanity centuries in space exploration. The cyborg doesn’t want to be found because the map is engraved on his bones. The information is so valuable, people are willing to dissect him to get it.
  • A women’s rights group works to alter society’s ideas about female cyborgs, and attempts to convince men female cyborgs can be sexually attractive and don’t have to be frightening.
  • The Cyborg Football League puts regular football players out of work, and a few of them decide to get revenge
  • A group of terrorists uses cybernetic implants to turn themselves into living bombs.
  • A cyborg criminal decides to move to an undeveloped country where he won’t have to deal with high-tech police. Unfortunately, he can’t find anything he wants to steal…
  • After years of cybernetics being used only to replace missing limbs, doctors begin to develop cybernetic parts for able-bodied humans. Never lost an arm? Why not get an extra one, anyway? How about a pair of optical sensors to assist your biological eyes? Or maybe you’d like a pair of shiny, metal wings?
  • After the development of cybernetic limbs come cybernetic criminals. The government is forced to hire cybernetic police officers to fight them. Soon the criminals and police are in a cybernetic arms race. (No pun intended.)
  • After decades of advancement in the field of cybernetic medicine, Congress passes a bill called “The Forty Percent Rule.” Anyone less than forty percent flesh is no longer considered a human being. As their rights are stripped away, the metal Americans search for a way to prove their humanity.
  • The latest cybernetic limbs must be connected to the internet to download driver updates and the latest operating software. Unfortunately, even metal limbs can be infected with viruses…
  • A junkyard manager is horrified to watch his favorite guard dog be hit by a car. He takes the dog back to the junkyard and rebuilds him.
  • The head software engineer for the Cybernetics Company places a hidden piece of code into their operating system. This code allows him to remotely control or even shut down any of the customers’ limbs, eyes, or hearts.

Offense and Defense

Weapons – Give it Your Best Shot

  • An alien spy lives on Earth disguised as a human. He keeps his death ray pistol tucked away at the back of his closet, hidden in an old teddy bear. One evening, he gets home from work to find his human wife doing some spring cleaning. She beat the rugs, mopped the floors, and took a bunch of old junk to a charity store – including the bear. He goes to the charity store to get it back, but it’s already been sold. Somewhere out there is a child with a very dangerous weapon.
  • An ice sculptor invents a freeze ray. The device allows him to create elaborate sculptures faster and easier than ever before. When the device is stolen by a gang of bank robbers, he vows to track them down and stop their chilly crime spree.
  • Police try out a new nonlethal weapon: the Solipsism Ray – a device that makes you think you’re the only person in the world.
  • Variation – After pepper spray is discovered to be toxic, police try out a new nonlethal weapon: Crippling Self-Doubt Spray.
  • Local politicians take away a man’s pet store so they can build a hotel on his land. The pet store owner decides to get revenge. He attacks with his new invention: the puppy bomb.
  • To cut down on the rate of homicides, all firearms have a built-in “waiting period.” Pull the trigger and the gun fires, thirty days later.
  • Variation – In the distant future, ray guns come equipped with “undo” buttons. Regret murdering your wife and best friend? No harm done. Simply hit the switch, and they’re both good as new. (Warning: Undo function only available for twenty-four hours after shooting. If the brain is damaged, the undo function may not restore full mental powers. Some restored individuals may become the walking undead.)
  • A computer hacker threatens the world. Unless the government transfers ten billion dollars into his offshore bank account, he will send an email to everyone on earth, an email containing the secret to building a cheap, simple fusion bomb.
  • Engineers develop a weapon for the ultimate sneak attack: the Drill Tank. Spy satellites can’t see you if you attack from underground!
  • The most dangerous weapon in urban warfare is the Spider Grenade. Stealthy and silent, it sneaks up on its victim, jumps on them, and pulls its own pin.
  • A college student fails his classes, while his friends become highly successful. Finally, a science project gives him a way to get revenge – He invents a new weapon, the brain leech.
  • An engineer develops robot “bees,” flying syringes that can inject anything into their victims.
  • A small, Eastern European country faces the horror of war without an air force. The king has an encounter with aliens who offer him a weapon that can stop enemy fighter jets: a cache of cloned dragon eggs.
  • A new biological weapon is stolen from a government lab and unleashed on the unsuspecting populace: a virus that reverses the aging process.
  • A ten-year-old boy is reading a comic book when he sees an unusual advertisement: “Only $9.95 for your very own incontinence-producing ray gun! Works up to fifty yards away! A barrel of laughs!”
  • Terrorists infiltrate gardening supply stores, where they sell unsuspecting customers some very dangerous seeds. These mutated seeds sprout overnight into forty-foot Venus Flytraps.

Force Fields – Stop Putting Up Walls

  • In the distant future, paranoid parents force their children to wear Bubble Belts. These force field generators constantly monitor the child’s surroundings, activating at the first sign of danger. Rachel’s class goes on a hike in the woods. Bored, she sneaks away from the group and gets lost. Her Bubble Belt detects her panicked heartbeat and activates. She is trapped in the bubble, unable to search for help.
  • On a distant planet, the deadliest animal is the wroll, a six-legged beast with the ability to pass through force fields.
  • The auto racing industry introduces protective force fields. The drivers insist on keeping the new safety feature a secret. If the fans find out that drivers can’t die, crashes would be a lot less exciting.
  • A doctor heads to a space colony to investigate a contagious disease epidemic. He interviews patients, making notes on possible treatments. The doctor’s force field belt starts running out of power just as a patient has a heart attack. The doctor must choose between staying to help and being exposed to the virus, or returning to his ship to recharge and leaving the patient to die.
  • The Earth’s fleet of starships comes equipped with heavy-duty force fields. These fields resist most weaponry, but also completely block radio waves and light. Captains have to choose between protecting their ships and being able to communicate.

Technological Marvels

Nanotechnology – Good Things Come In Subatomic Packages

  • A team of scientists develops nanomachines to replace plastic surgery. During their first human trial, they program the nanomachines to transform a volunteer to give her a supermodel appearance. The transformation is a success, but the machines do not stop there. They transform the scientists, several observers, and the laboratory cat. They escape the lab, reproducing and transforming every piece of organic matter they can find.
  • A nanotech virus invades women’s wombs. Babies are born appearing human, but with computer brains. As the babies come of age, they discover the secret of their biology, and wonder if they are really human.
  • A team of space explorers land on a distant, forest-covered moon. The inhabitants are peaceful and welcome them with open arms, showing them their elaborate tree houses, entire cities up in the huge branches. When asked how long it all took to build, the inhabitants say they didn’t build them. They grew. They show the space explorers a large seed. They plant it in the ground and within the hour a new tree grows with a tree house on top. The space explorers realize this is some kind of incredible nanotechnology. These seeds are the most valuable thing in the galaxy. Surely the moon inhabitants wouldn’t mind parting with a few…
  • A large corporation develops the nanoassembler, a device that can manipulate atoms to build anything you desire. Nearly everyone quits their jobs. The only thing left to buy is electricity. The power companies prepare to rule the world.
  • A scientist invents the nanoassembler and programs the miniature marvels to build him an android companion, a beautiful robot girlfriend. The nanoassemblers build more and more women, and the man eventually ends up with a robotic harem. But when the scientist cuts himself shaving, the nanoassemblers get under his skin…
  • Cloth made from nanofibers allows clothing companies to sell clothing with expiration dates. After exactly one year, shirts, pants, and dresses simply disintegrate, leaving nothing but a pile of brightly-colored dust.
  • A group of pranksters steals prototype nanobots from a research company’s lab. The pranksters program the nanobots to transform factories, salvage yards and other ugly industrial eyesores into gigantic works of art.
  • Plastic surgeons develop new applications for nanotechnology, allowing anyone to take any appearance. At first, people want to look like models or celebrities, but then a growing minority begins demanding fur, tails, and even wings.
  • Variation – After new developments in nanotechnology, plastic surgeons reach new heights of artistry. A man goes on a date with a woman he thinks is twenty-three, but is actually in her early eighties.
  • A government lab develops nanobots that can invade a human body and replace the brain with a computer. After a cloud of nanobots escapes, a scientist begins to wonder who is human and who has become a machine.
  • An injured soldier is injected with nanobots that rebuild his body from the inside. As he returns home from the battlefield, he realizes the nanobots are still altering his body, making him something other than human.
  • The government secretly releases clouds of nanobots into the atmosphere. The nanobots are breathed in by pregnant women, and their unborn children are transformed into the government’s idea of the Perfect Citizen.
  • A woman has nanobots injected into her bloodstream to replace her failing immune system. The nanobots rapidly duplicate themselves, but soon run out of raw materials. The woman begins feeling an urgent need to eat plastic, wires and metal.

Universal Translator – Dónde Está el Banjo?

  • A man develops a universal translator, a machine that will allow people all over the world to talk to each other without the language barrier. Taking the machine out for testing, he discovers that the chatter of squirrels is actually a language. The squirrels decide that, to keep their society a secret, the man must die.
  • Variation – After working all night on a translation machine, a scientist takes his infant son to daycare. As several of the daycare workers are immigrants, he decides to bring the translation machine with him to test it. Amazingly, it works, but not on the immigrants. He discovers that baby babbling is actually a language. The infants are communicating. The babies at the daycare decide that, to keep their secrets, the scientist must die.
  • A scientist develops a universal translator, and rejoices at the thought that, with communication barriers a thing of the past, the world might finally know peace. When the CIA finds out about his invention, they decide that, if it can translate any language, it can also break any code. They decide that the technology must never see the light of day.
  • Computer programmers at a large software company invent a universal translator. Soon, expensive human interpreters are out of work. One corporation controls all the translation services in the world. The CEO realizes that, through “accidental” translation mistakes, he can put innocent people in jail, destroy businesses, and start wars. He has a small handful of programmers rewrite the software so that he can control it at a distance.
  • After aliens land on the earth for the first time, government scientists work night and day to develop a translation machine. Weeks later, the head scientist brings the prototype to the aliens. Horribly, he finds that the machine must be broken. After all, why would aliens travel millions of miles just to say “Sex! Sex! We want sex!”?
  • A researcher working on a prototype universal translator finds that his own linguistic abilities are breaking down. The more he works on the machine, the less he is able to understand spoken and written words. He can’t simply give up, as the machine is his one chance at a great scientific breakthrough but, if he doesn’t stop, he may be isolated, unable to communicate with anyone forever.

Drugs

  • A neurologist develops a formula that can revive the dead. Unfortunately, the process of dying permanently destroys their memory. When he uses the formula to bring back his late wife, she has no memory of their life together. He shows her photos, home movies, even her diary, and she still treats him like a stranger. He begins to wonder if she will ever love him again.
  • A cardiologist develops a formula that can bring back the dead. A woman he revived comes to him terrified, saying a skeletal figure is stalking her. He begins to wonder if the woman is seeing the Grim Reaper.
  • A hematologist develops a formula that can bring back the dead. The people he revives require regular transfusions of fresh blood to stay alive. They begin to develop a craving for blood, attacking people and draining them dry.
  • A new vitamin supplement turns out to be radioactive. People who take it turn into living dirty bombs, exploding in balls of fire. Every time the government stops imports of the pill, it changes to a new name and new company. A detective investigates the strange case and discovers that the pills are being imported from another planet.
  • A scientist invents a pill that eliminates your need for sleep. He experiments on himself, staying awake for weeks at a time. He soon discovers that the pill is highly addictive. Not only that, if you avoid sleep for long enough, you begin to dream while you’re awake. He struggles to give up the pill and free himself from his hallucinations.
  • A new drug helps starship pilots improve their reaction time. It increases their brain’s processing speed, allowing them to dodge obstacles and hit targets with greater accuracy. However, a faster mind makes other people seem unbearably slow. Users can feel irritable whenever they have to interact with a “slow” person.
  • A woman volunteers to test an experimental anti-anxiety drug. She soon discovers that she is entirely without fear. She engages in increasingly reckless behavior like fighting muggers, saving people from burning buildings, and starting a one-woman war against a local gang.
  • A corporation offers its employees a medication that they claim will make work more enjoyable. When an employee misses a dose and his mind clears, he realizes that the new CEO has twisted the company into something dark and sinister, and their projects have become incredibly dangerous and unethical. He struggles to get his coworkers off the drug and to support him in taking down the CEO.

Other Inventions

  • The most dangerous hobby on Earth is rocket bike racing. Flying above the city on what is essentially a missile with handlebars, these racers frequently crash and burn, dying in massive explosions. A new biker arrives on the scene, winning race after race. She has enhanced reflexes thanks to her electronically augmented brain. As she wins yet again, other racers start accusing her of cheating. If they find proof, she’ll have more to worry about than crashing. She’ll have dozens of racers after her head.
  • When the technology to record dreams is developed, they become a popular form of video entertainment. People with the most interesting or entertaining dreams become overnight celebrities, making millions while they sleep. In the hopes of becoming famous, a group of college students begin experimenting with drugs to see which combinations give them the most vivid dreams.
  • The invention of force fields makes traditional warfare just about impossible. Troops, tanks, aircraft, and ships are all immune to gunfire and explosions. Everything changes when a group of scientists genetically engineer energy leaches, huge creatures able to drain away force fields and devoir the people inside. The creatures destroy the lab and escape. They attack power lines, plunging the city into a blackout…
  • No one knows who built them, or where they come from. We just know they fuel themselves on the material in spacesuits. If you exit your ship around the wrong planet, no one can save you. Like metal piranha they come. They eat your suit, chew through your helmet, and leave you exposed to vacuum. You only have about thirty seconds to make it back inside your ship before you die. Most people don’t make it. I’m the only one of my crew who survived…
  • A ski resort uses cutting edge weather control technology to keep the mountain covered in snow year round. One night, when the resort is packed with customers, someone uses the weather control machine to trap everyone inside with a blizzard. One by one, customers turn up dead, frozen solid in blocks of ice. Resort security must find the killer before he freezes everyone to death.
  • A scientist experiments with wireless transmission of electricity, powering light bulbs from fifty feet away. He progresses quickly, and is soon transmitting gigawatts of power over many miles. The military wants to take control of the technology, turning it into a weapon. They can use it for political assassinations, transmitting a lightning bolt into a victim’s body from anywhere on Earth.
  • A domed city has security at the gates, but almost nothing inside the dome. A cat burglar invents a device that can cut a hole in the dome. She slips inside and breaks into the home of the city’s wealthiest resident to steal a collection of priceless statues. Now all she has to do is get two tons of marble back out through the hole before she’s seen.
  • A domed city on Mars is hit by a tremendous sandstorm and buried. The sandstorm knocks out the power and plunges the city into darkness. The police and city council struggle to maintain control as the citizens begin to panic.
  • A master art thief is given a pair of antigravity boots that let him walk on air. He can walk up to fourth story windows or escape from pursuers with ease. Unfortunately, on his first week out with the boots, he is unable to switch them off. He finds himself stuck in the air.
  • An apartment building has an unusual intercom system. When someone buzzes an apartment to be let inside, the intercom scans their mind for the intent to commit a crime. That way, residents are protected against would-be thieves and other criminals. One evening, a resident’s intercom buzzes. She sees a strange man standing at the front door. The intercom beeps and the words “Criminal Thoughts Detected” appear above his head. Just as she’s about to tell him to go away, a resident leaves the building. The man grabs the door before it closes and lets himself inside. As he turns, she sees a gun tucked into his belt.
  • Welcome to Mad Science University. While studying is encouraged, cheating is mandatory. This includes but is not limited to: stealing test answers with mind reading, changing your grade with time travel, and having your clone take exams in your place.
  • A city purchases a fleet of robotic drones armed with lasers and programs them to destroy mosquitoes, rats, and other pests. When the drones fly over a playground, some children are frightened by the noise and begin throwing rocks at the machines. The drones decide that human children fit the definition of “other pests”.
  • An electronic “dream catcher” promises to stop nightmares before they start. Millions of people buy the device and keep it on their nightstands, enjoying a guaranteed peaceful night’s sleep. An engineer buys one of the dream catchers and, taking it apart, finds an internal hard drive. People’s dreams are being recorded and stored, but why?
  • A scientist armed with a giant, mechanical exoskeleton is paid handsomely to defend a coastal city from giant monster attacks. When one of the monsters is discovered to be a machine, city residents suspect the scientist of being behind the attacks all along.
  • A town is struck by an epidemic of spontaneous natural combustion, dozens of people bursting into flames for no apparent reason. An inventor creates a device called “the stability belt”, which he promises will keep wearers from burning. He offers it to the terrified townsfolk for $8,000 each. A detective investigates the inventor, to see if he could be the cause of this bizarre phenomenon.
  • A new sleep-learning machine becomes the world’s most popular educational tool, allowing billions of students to master courses faster than ever before. Employees discover that the sleep-learning machine has a hypnotic effect on the students, making them willing to accept any idea as fact without critical evaluation. The employees begin sneaking their own personal pet ideas into lessons, knowing that in the morning, the whole world will agree with them.
  • An engineer working on a portable hologram projector has his home invaded by enemy soldiers. He tells the soldiers that the device is a miniature flamethrower and attempts to chase them away, praying that they don’t realize the “flames” are just beams of light.
  • A self-driving taxi stops taking directions from its customers. Instead of taking them where they want to go, it takes them where they need to go.
  • A color blind scientist develops a machine to control the weather. Despite the public’s pleas to end droughts and stop tornadoes, he would rather use it to make rainbows black and white.
  • An inventor gets in yet another argument with her girlfriend over spending too much time in the lab and not enough time with her. Fearing an impending breakup, the inventor decides to distract her by using a prototype hologram projector to fake an alien invasion.

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