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Looking to write a science fiction story about travel? These travel writing prompts cover time travel, other dimensions, and more.

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Time Travel Writing Prompts – This is the worst time period to visit: after pirates, but before space pirates.

  • A man constantly defends himself from attempts on his life. Time travelers, alternate versions of himself from parallel dimensions, would-be super heroes, and others try to kill him, insisting that he’s too evil to live. The man explains that he’s just an accountant, but no one listens.
  • As the sun is about to go nova, humans escape into Earth’s past, so they can live out their lives before the inevitable destruction of the planet. Past humans must deal with the vast number of immigrants from Earth’s dark future.
  • A man invents a time machine and travels back to kidnap his childhood self from his abusive parents. He promises to raise himself right, to give himself the childhood he deserved.
  • Richard Porter gets a ransom note from kidnappers claiming to be from the future. They say they have kidnapped the future version of him. The ransom note includes a photo of what appears to be Richard, but with graying hair and a beard. The kidnappers demand ten million dollars to release the future him. He hires a private security firm to help him rescue himself and steal the kidnappers’ time machine.
  • In the end, developing a time machine was easier than we thought. The mechanism was really quite simple. The only downside was the void worms. When you travel through time, you leave a hole in the spacetime continuum. It only lasts a few seconds, but that’s enough for a void worm to sneak through. These creatures eat the bonds that hold you in place in time. Being attacked by a void worm leaves you falling through time forever.
  • A young man uses a pair of augmented reality goggles to practice sword fighting against history’s greatest masters. When he beats the final swordsman, the goggles offer him the opportunity to travel back in time and try it for real.
  • A corporation uses time manipulation technology to accelerate the flow of time in their offices. Employees can get an entire day’s work completed while only minutes pass outside the office. The corporation is more productive than ever, but workers struggle with aging faster than their family and friends.
  • A man makes his living salvaging space junk. He discovers a derelict spacecraft identical to his own. When he goes on board, he finds what appears to be his own body, dead from some unknown cause. Investigating the ship’s computer, he finds that the craft is from one year in the future. How did he manage to travel through time? Did he die trying to save his own life? What should he do now, knowing he only has a year to live?
  • An engineer creates retroactive birth control. People download an app, enter the approximate date they got pregnant, and a robot travels back in time to stop you and your partner from being intimate. The app is intended to undo pregnancies, so it only allows dates up to nine months in the past. The engineer is horrified when he discovers a hacked version of his app on the market that allows parents to erase children of any age.
  • A group of scientists develops a portal through time. For their first experiment, they set the portal to a hundred years in the past. The other end of the portal opens up in 1922, when the laboratory was the site of a speakeasy. The gangsters running the speakeasy hold the scientists hostage and use the time portal for their own ends.
  • An archeologist uncovers an ancient Egyptian tomb. The hieroglyphics on the walls tell the story of a man who appeared in a flash of blue light, speaking a strange, unknown language and wearing clothing unlike anything anyone had ever seen before. In the tomb is a sarcophagus. In the sarcophagus is a mummy and what appears to be an advanced smart phone.
  • The countries of the world merge in increasingly larger unions and trade organizations until the entire planet is under one government. The global government has unlimited power, and there is nowhere to escape it. A young scientist develops a time machine and heads into the past to stop the treaty votes that lead to the global government, by any means necessary.
  • A prisoner discovers he has the ability to travel through time. However, when he goes to sleep, he wakes up back in his cell. He decides that he must feel guilty about his crimes, and his subconscious mind thinks he deserves the punishment. He decides to use his new ability to stop himself from ever becoming a criminal.
  • An inventor creates a time machine and travels back into the past to stop the car accident that killed his parents. The time machine breaks down, stranding him in the past. Strange clouds of smoke appear in the sky, clouds with hundreds of eyes. People aren’t supposed to exist in two places at once. These creatures pursue the inventor and his past self, seeking to correct the temporal duplication. The inventor must keep his past self alive until he can repair the time machine.
  • A museum curator uses a time machine to scoop up items from the past that would have been destroyed and bring them into the future for preservation. A hacker takes control of the time machine and uses it to bring carnivorous dinosaurs into the museum. Museum security searches for a way to stop the dinosaurs before someone gets killed.
  • Marco Lowery IV is at home for the holidays with his similarly named father and grandfather. Their holiday is interrupted by a trio of soldiers claiming to be from the future. Their fragmentary historical records show that a man named “Marco Lowery” from this time period was responsible for the industrial accident that led to the end of the world. The three Marco Lowerys debate which one of them is the most likely to start the apocalypse.
  • All over the world, portals open and strange-looking people walk through. They explain that they are refugees from the future, a future where mankind is ruled by alien despots. They have traveled to the past to escape the aliens’ rule. Now they have five hundred years to prepare humanity to fend off the alien invasion.
  • An inventor creates a time machine. He travels to the past to pass the technology along to his younger self, but finds just an empty house. He remembers growing up there, but finds nothing. Searching phone books and newspapers for information about his parents, he again finds nothing. His past doesn’t exist.
  • The United States, Russia, and several other nations debate a nuclear disarmament treaty. If the treaty is signed, they will have to destroy all of their nuclear weapons. A portal opens and a man in a lab coat and goggles appears. He insists that the treaty must not be signed. “We will need those weapons to fend off the alien invasion!”
  • The international rocket board competition. Two dozen of the world’s finest rocket board pilots race across the sky while fans scream for their favorites. A nearby physics laboratory is conducting time travel experiments. An error in an equation. A portal opens up, not in the laboratory, but directly in the path of the racers. A rocket board racer is sent back to 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, where the Wright Brothers are about to make their historic flight.
  • A time traveler takes a group of big game hunters back to the Late Cretaceous period to hunt a Spinosaurus. They camp overnight, sleeping in a well-protected cave. In the morning, the time traveler wakes up alone. He discovers that the hunters have smuggled a genetically engineered virus into the past, hoping to change the course of human evolution.
  • A man travels into the past to stop historical disasters before they happen,   reinforcing bridges before they collapse, disarming bombs before they go off, and evacuating villages before volcanoes erupt. He discovers historical fires that appear to have been set intentionally, and chases after a time traveling arsonist.
  • An art historian travels into the past to rescue works of art that otherwise would have been destroyed or left to decay. She brings them back to the present to display in a museum. When her own museum is robbed by time traveling thieves, she chases them into the future and fights to rescue the artworks.
  • A police officer has himself cryonically preserved to chase after a time traveling criminal who has escaped into the future. When he is thawed out, he discovers that the police are quite different in the future.
  • A group of criminals use time travel to rob banks. They travel back to before the bank was built, walk to where the vault will be, and return to the present. After a particularly big haul, their time machine malfunctions, stranding them in the past.
  • A man at a sportsbook is approached by a stranger claiming to be a time traveler. “I need you to place a bet for me. I can’t bet myself, because I always win and they’re beginning to suspect something’s up. If you place the bet for me, I’ll split the winnings with you and take you to any time period you want to visit.”
  • A man is targeted by assassins who want to kill him before he discovers time travel. Each time, he barely escapes with his life. He keeps trying to tell the assassins that he’s just an accountant, but no one seems to care.
  • An art thief invests in a time machine so he can be in two places at once, and always have the perfect alibi for his crimes. A museum curator discovers his plan and struggles to convince the police of the existence of time travel.
  • A graduate student finds an old math textbook with equations for time travel. He uses the equations to bring dinosaurs to the present where they attack his enemies: professors who gave him bad grades, bullies, cheating ex-girlfriends, everyone who has ever done him wrong.
  • During the Black Death, a plague doctor is visited by a time traveler who offers him a cure to the plague. A portal opens and other time travelers appear, killing the first and demanding the return of the cure. “The change in the timeline would be too great! It would only make things worse!” The plague doctor takes the cure and runs for his life.
  • In the distant future, the population has dwindled due to interplanetary war. Scientists invent a way to pull people from the past and draft them to fight in the war.
  • After a head injury, a man has an unusual problem: every time he falls asleep, he wakes up ten years in the past.
  • A child discovers a time machine and uses it to get revenge on her abusive stepfather.
  • A hypnotist discovers that time is only in the mind, causality just a matter of perspective.
  • A time traveler visits artists and musicians who died before their time, attempting to convince them to change their lives and avoid their tragic fates.
  • A man falls in love with a popular actress, and uses a time machine to visit her in the past. He tries to engineer major events in her past to bring the two of them together in the future.
  • An elderly scientist builds a time machine and accidentally ends up trapped sixty years in the past. He meets his teenage self, tells him what happened, and tries to convince him to not experiment with time travel.
  • Judges in the future send criminals to the present as punishment.
  • A dimwitted man uses a time machine for pointless things (watching old TV shows, returning to a night at the bar to get drunk again, etc).
  • A cult leader teaches his followers that, by obeying his teachings, they can be sent into the past and find salvation in the “beforelife.”
  • A Hollywood director attempts to use a time machine to change the films of the past.
  • A religious man tries to prove to the world that Jesus actually existed. He travels two thousand years in the past where encounters another time traveler, a woman trying to prevent the crucifixion.
  • Variation – A time traveler travels two thousand years in the past in an attempt to meet Jesus Christ. Villagers see him using futuristic gadgets and call him a miracle worker. Despite his protests, he draws a following, and soon he is the center of a competing religion.
  • In the future, genetic engineering creates the most beautiful humans ever born. One of them, an engineer with the body of a Greek god, invents a time machine. He visits the past and has romantic adventures with history’s most beautiful women, dramatically changing past events.
  • A wealthy, Southern businessman finances the development of a time machine. He travels back to the Civil War and gives the Confederacy modern weapons.
  • A woman is visited by a salesman offering a bizarre assortment of amazing technology. The salesman is from the distant future and does not realize that he has passed through a rip in time and traveled to the past.
  • An inventor builds a device that monitors the present for changes in the past due to time travelers.
  • A young boy obsessed with comic books meets the man who writes his favorite, Time Travel Adventures. The old man tells the boy a secret: all of the stories are true.
  • A time traveling hit man “erases” his victims by changing the past so that their parents never met.
  • A history professor discovers the means to travel through time. He projects himself into the past, taking part in major historical events and trying to earn his own place in the history books.
  • Terrorists build a device called a “time scoop.” It cannot be used to travel in time, only to bring things from the past to the present. They unleash a flood of pirates, Vikings, and dinosaurs on Washington, D.C.
  • A female college student gets a summer job assisting a scientist. Exploring the lab, she discovers a prototype time machine, accidentally sending herself to Victorian era England. With no way to return to the present, she tries to adjust to her new home. For her, the lack of technology isn’t nearly as big of a problem as Victorian ideas about “proper” female behavior.
  • When a time traveler jumps ten days into the future, he finds that no one remembers him. His house, his car, and any evidence that he ever lived is gone.
  • A suicidal time traveler visits his parents in the past and attempts to arrange things so they never meet. His father meets and marries a different woman, and they have a different child. When the time traveler returns to the present, he finds that he has become a very different man.
  • A scientist spends a decade in therapy, trying to overcome her troubled childhood. She develops a time machine and decides to visit the past. She kidnaps her infant self, vowing to be the loving mother that she never had.
  • Members of a popular musician’s fan club discover that he is a time traveler. Every time he needs a new hit, he steals it from the past. The musician travels into the past and kills the song’s original author before the song was written. He returns to the present and claims the song as his own. The fans find the original copies of the songs hidden away in his attic, written by musicians they never got a chance to hear: Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, John Lennon…

Time Warp Story Ideas

  • After his grandfather dies, a man inherits a most unusual pocket watch. The watch has a button that allows the user to repeat the last hour, experiencing it again. Any time there is a major event in his life, the man repeats it hundreds of times to get it just right.
  • As the Earth dies from pollution and war, a scientist invents a possible solution. A chrono-reversal field could rewind time over the entire planet, sending the world back to the pre-industrial age. But how could he ensure that humanity wouldn’t just repeat the same mistakes?
  • A time anomaly appears in a park. Anyone entering experiences time flowing rapidly in reverse, de-aging years in a few moments. People with terminal illnesses flock to the park to experience a few more years of life. Soon, the anomaly starts to spread, swallowing more and more of the surrounding town…

Weird History Writing Prompts

  • A group of peasants fights an army of knights invading their land. When the peasants try to strip a fallen knight of his armor, they discover that the armor is all a single piece of metal stuck together with screws and bolts. They unscrew a panel in the knight’s chest and are shocked when, rather than flesh, they uncover a mass of wires and gears.
  • Space explorers discover an ancient, derelict spacecraft with the skeletons of a long-dead crew. Amazingly, the craft has no computers or electronics of any kind on board. According to the captain’s log – written on paper – the ship is powered by something called “coal”.
  • Half a dozen ships full of Vikings land on an island, hoping to quickly pillage the wealthy locals and return home before winter. However, they discover the island is home to more than just wealthy villagers. The island is full of vicious dinosaurs.
  • At a scientific conference, a presenter puts forth a controversial theory: dinosaurs didn’t die out; they just left earth on their spaceships. The presenter is nearly laughed off the stage until he presents proof.
  • In 1964, a population tired of endless wars hands over control of the world’s governments to a supercomputer. The computer runs everything from communications satellites to healthcare to local traffic court cases. Anyone protesting the lack of human involvement in government is deemed a “Luddite” and mocked for their outdated views.  The computer starts reducing the human population, cutting off anyone too old or too ill to contribute to society. A team of jewel thieves grows sick of the oppressive machine. They plan the ultimate crime: breaking in to the underground vault housing the computer and blowing it to bits.
  • A famous monster hunter operates from the safety of an airship. Werewolves, zombies, and other monsters are terrified of the death that rains down from the sky. The monster hunter is called in to deal with a new threat: a group of manananggals, vampire-like creatures that separate from their lower bodies and sprout bat wings, flying off into the night in search of victims. For the first time in his long career, the monster hunter will have to fight a monster that can reach him in the air.
  • After all the knights in the kingdom were killed in battle with a dragon, an inventor creates an enormous, steam-powered suit of armor and goes off to fight the beast himself. While the inventor’s armor is immune to fire, the dragon is also an accomplished sorcerer with a horde of magical weapons at its disposal. The dragon summons a flying axe and attempts to pry the armor open like a tin can.
  • Seventeenth century England is invaded by insectoid aliens. Flintlocks aren’t powerful enough to penetrate their armor-like exoskeletons, but rapiers can be rammed in the spaces at the joints. An aging swordsmanship teacher finds himself leading the charge against the bugs.
  • In the seventeenth century United Kingdom, piracy is running rampant. The navy seems helpless to stop this constant threat. The one person who stands up against piracy is Captain Steelheart, swashbuckling robot extraordinaire.
  • A British knight learns the secret of making gunpowder and uses it to turn himself into a giant firework. He forges a suit of armor with a special chamber in the back to load with gunpowder. When he lights it, he is able to launch himself into the air. He can fly over any castle wall. He is Rocket Knight.
  • Vulture Valley is the most violent town in the western territories. Lawmen are offered outlandish salaries to become sheriff, but everyone refuses, believing wearing a badge in Vulture Valley is a death sentence. A local inventor decides if the town can’t hire a sheriff, he will build it one. He builds a bulletproof android and convinces the mayor to appoint it sheriff. After trying to kill the android and failing, the local bandits decide their guns simply aren’t big enough. They steal a cannon.
  • When all the knights fail to slay an ogre, the blacksmith comes up with a new invention to tackle the problem: a steam-powered robot. The robot is stronger than any human and nearly invulnerable. They just need to find someone foolhardy enough to follow it into battle and keep its furnace fed with coal.
  • In 1942, the United States government gets word that the Nazis are trying to land on the moon. The US is determined to be the first on the moon, but is unable to develop the technology in time. They turn to magic for help. A sorcerer promises he can get the US military to the moon, but the trip may just cost them their souls.
  • During the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, a man with the ability to control the weather charges towns vast sums of money to make it rain. When a small town is unable to afford his services, a farmer and his family decide to kidnap the rainmaker and hold him prisoner.
  • During World War II, the Nazis attack Europe with an army of giant robots. The Allies fight back with the help of a soldier who can grow to any size.
  • In the eighteenth century, an island nation gets word that they are about to be attacked by a fleet of heavily-armed sailing ships. An inventor creates an enormous, steam-powered robot to fight off the armada. The inhabitants of the island aren’t sure which is worse: being invaded by a foreign navy or the pollution from the giant robot.
  • A sheriff in the Old West refuses to shoot anyone. Instead, he uses a giant electromagnet to snatch away criminals’ guns, then fights them hand-to-hand. He runs into some trouble when a new gang comes to town armed with non-magnetic, titanium guns.
  • In 1969, a crew of brave astronauts boards a rocket and prepares for the second manned mission to the moon. As the countdown begins, the captain notices something odd. “Mission control, what are the rifles for?  …Hello? What are the rifles for? Somebody talk to me!” But it’s too late to back out. The rocket launches.
  • Shortly after cities began to be wired for electricity, the police began to receive weird reports of sparks coming from the wiring. These showers of sparks took on the appearance of a man, a man made of lightning. This strange creature started fires, but some people insisted it was an accident, that the lightning man was in need of help. A police detective investigates the strange case, hoping to put a stop to these stories before people abandon the new technology.
  • Aliens invade the Earth, their ships dropping an army of robot soldiers to the surface. It’s 1308. Spears and swords are far too weak to stop the onslaught of the machines. An ancient dragon resents the invasion from the stars and comes to humanity’s aid.
  • In the seventeenth century, a baker hires a delivery boy to take his goods to customers around the village. A few months later, the delivery boy is told he is being let go. He has been replaced by a strange, steam-powered contraption, a robot delivery boy. The human delivery boy challenges the robot to see who can make the most deliveries in a day, with the winner keeping the job. The boy and robot agree, both planning to cheat.
  • Aliens emerge from their homes under Earth’s oceans, ready to claim the surface for themselves. It’s 1862, during the Battle of Hampton Roads. The crews of the ironclad ships declare a temporary ceasefire and turn their guns on the undersea invaders.
  • In 1969, Astronomers spy something disturbing: an alien base being constructed on the moon. Worrying that the base is preparation for an invasion, NASA sends up the Space Shuttle carrying a deadly payload: a nuclear bomb.
  • In 1802, Bullfrog County was hit with a strange disease. It seemed to only affect the horses. Infected horses would die in a matter of hours, but then they would… come back. The dead horses would rise, rage in their eyes. It was as if they had finally grown sick of serving man and, in their anger, vowed to destroy him. Nothing could stop them, not even a bullet to the head. People cowered in their houses, trembling at the thunder of hooves pounding against their doors.
  • In 1885, a trio of thieves kidnaps an inventor and orders him to build them something that would make them the greatest crew in history. The inventor reluctantly creates a giant, steam-powered mech. The machine is bulletproof and strong enough to stop a train. It also has a hidden flaw designed to make the thieves easier to catch, if the inventor can just find a way to tell the authorities about it…
  • In 1885, sick of the constant robberies, banks and other corporations insist that their valuable cargo travel via airship instead of wagon or train. A new breed of robber is born. These bandits fly with mechanical wings, robbing airships tens of thousands of feet in the air.
  • During the Civil War, the Confederacy makes contact with aliens. Confederate astronomers convince the aliens to provide the south with weapons and flying saucer technology. In the north, Union scientists attempt to reverse engineer a captured flying saucer and build their own before the next Confederate attack.
  • After the Cuban Missile Crisis, millions of Americans look for a way to protect themselves and their families in the event of a nuclear war. A wealthy financial advisor purchases space for his family in an underground cryonics laboratory and pays to have them frozen for five hundred years, hoping humanity will evolve beyond the desire for war. They soon discover that humanity has not progressed in the way they expected.
  • In 1944, the Allies land on the Normandy coast. They find France is sealed off in an invisible bubble, a wall of force. The soldiers attempt to find a way to get past or destroy the force field and continue the invasion of Normandy. Whatever they do, they have to do it fast. The force field is expanding, swallowing more territory every hour.
  • During the Civil War, the South develops the jet pack
  • Gun powder was never invented, and World War II is fought with catapults and crossbows
  • While investigating the Roswell crash, a government agent is badly burned. He is taken back to Area 51, where the doctors realize he is in desperate need of skin grafts. Unfortunately, they do not have any skin available. That is, any human skin…
  • In the nineteenth century, a man discovers a way to combine the telegraph and punch card data storage into a kind of proto-internet. The technology rapidly progresses, leading to the rise of Victorian era hackers.
  • During the Civil War, a doctor and an engineer team up to create the world’s first cyborg, The Steam-Powered Man.
  • Variation – A failure of a gunfighter has been shot dozens of times. Each time he takes a bullet, he replaces part of his body with metal.
  • The Dark Ages become even darker when the earth is covered by the shadow of a floating city and giant birds made of steel.
  • A knight struggles to rescue his beloved maiden from a new type of wizard, an early mad scientist.
  • Stuck on Earth with no place to live, the surviving Roswell aliens attempt to get themselves declared a part of the Jicarilla Apache nation, so that they can move onto the reservation.
  • In 1901, President McKinley is shot. The first bullet is easily found and removed, but doctors are afraid that exploratory surgery to locate the second bullet might kill the president. Fortunately, they receive some assistance from an inventor with a strange machine…
  • Christopher Columbus gets caught in a hurricane and ends up discovering Antarctica.
  • In 19th century California, cowboys struggle with cattle thieves, stagecoach robbers, and the last of the dinosaurs.
  • Prohibition Era gangsters have a secret weapon on their side: a bootleg liquor-powered android.
  • In 1820, Russian explorers discover Antarctica. However, it is occupied. In order to claim the new continent for themselves, the Russian explorers decide to attack the Antarctic society with a top secret Russian weapon – the freeze ray.
  • A time traveler visits the Middle Ages and returns home, accidentally leaving behind a loaded revolver.
  • In 1945, the B-29 bomber Enola Gay heads for Japan. But before it reaches Hiroshima, the airplane encounters Japan’s latest weapon: a living dragon. Cloned from preserved eggs, the immense lizard guards the islands of Japan, burning anything in its path.
  • In 1945, the B-29 bomber Enola Gay heads for Japan. The airplane is loaded with America’s newest weapon: the time bomb, a device that can send entire cities 50 years into the future.
  • In 1945, the B-29 bomber Enola Gay heads for Japan. The airplane is loaded with America’s newest weapon: Steel Sam, a robot the size of the Chrysler building.
  • Martin Luther gets caught in a thunderstorm. Fearing for his life, he dedicates his life to god. However, he dies of pneumonia soon after and never sparks the Protestant Reformation.  Centuries later, the Catholic Church controls the world.
  • At a jousting meet, a knight sneaks into his competitor’s tent. He discovers that his opponent’s armor does not contain a man, but a strange, steam-powered machine.
  • A team of archeologists discovers that the pharaoh tombs in the pyramids are just a decoy, and that the pyramids were actually built to hide the real secret, far below the sands of Egypt…
  • During the war in Vietnam, a dozen American POWs are visited by Vietnam’s greatest hypnotist. They are hypnotized and released, and return to America. Thirty years later, they must carry out their instructions…
  • On November 22, 1963, a team of scientists and doctors struggles to save the president’s life. They find that they could keep his brain alive if they put it in another body. The Secret Service begins the search for the perfect “donor.”
  • In 1963, John F. Kennedy is shot, but survives. At first, the country is told that the shooter simply missed his target. However, one man’s home video shows the truth: the bullets strike the President in the head, but simply bounce off.
  • A medieval scientist is hired by the king to be his court wizard. After the scientist invents the jet pack, the castle’s knights hold the first airborne jousting tournament.
  • A librarian discovers a strange book, A Complete History of the United States. All of the events are there, but the details are wrong. Confused, she turns to the last page of the book, which describes something called “the Omega Memory Editing Satellite.”
  • In eighteenth century Scotland, James Watt realizes that his developments in hydraulics and steam power could be combined with another invention developed years earlier: Leonardo Di Vinci’s tank.

Alternate Reality Writing Prompts – It’s a Different World

  • A physicist offers an unusual service: for a reasonable fee, clients can view other timelines and see alternate versions of themselves and how their life would have turned out if they had made different decisions. A client offers the physicist a suitcase full of cash to take him to another world. He wants to do more than just watch his alternate self – he wants to take over his life.
  • An eccentric architect designs a house that is larger on the inside than it is on the outside. At first, the new homeowners are delighted with the extra space, until they discover just how enormous the house really is.
  • A man sees a woman walk into his apartment. He goes inside, ready to call the police, but there’s no one there. The next day, it happens again. He discovers that his apartment door is a portal to another dimension. He and the woman live in the same apartment, but in alternate worlds.
  • A chef discovers a source of unlimited free octopus. He opens a portal to another dimension that seems to consist entirely of a mysterious, tentacled horror. He waits for the creature to reach through, chops off the tentacles, and closes the portal. The otherworldly meat has a bizarre effect on his customers, turning them into black-eyed zombies. To make matters worse, the tentacled creature figures out how to reopen the portal and is out for revenge.
  • A man discovers a door to another dimension. While he is a misanthropic loner with a dead-end job, his alternate self is successful, popular, and in a great relationship. He attempts to befriend his alternate self and discover the secret of his success, but his alternate self refuses to believe in his crazy “you from an alternate world” story.
  • A college student who was orphaned at a young age discovers a portal to another dimension where his parents are still alive. He attempts to replace his alternate self to experience the love he’s been missing, but his alternate parents are not the kind and caring people he remembers.
  • A widowed physicist develops a machine that allows her to travel to parallel dimensions. She falls in love with an alternate version of her late husband and tries to convince him to come home with her, but she soon discovers he is less like her husband than she thought. He isn’t even human.
  • When I decided to experiment with interdimensional travel, I built my laboratory in South Dakota. When I saw that Mount Rushmore had been replaced by a swirling mass of tentacles, I knew I hadn’t made it home after all…
  • The worst thing about high school was my locker. I couldn’t keep anything inside, because my locker was a portal to another dimension. Anything I threw in there disappeared forever. Soon, I started charging other students to get rid of things for them – bad report cards, their ex’s jacket, contraband, anything you could think of, I made it disappear. And then one of the AV geeks asked me to make his bully disappear…
  • In the distant future, prison overcrowding is dealt with by exiling prisoners to an alternate dimension. The residents of the alternate dimension grow sick of dealing with an endless stream of criminals and start an inter-dimensional war.
  • A man is hired to manage a hotel at a dimensional nexus. Beings from thousands of alternate dimensions stop at this hotel to rest before journeying on to other worlds. After listening to their wild stories, the hotel manager begins to feel stuck in his comparatively dull job and looks for the perfect dimension to start a new life.
  • A physicist develops a machine that draws energy from a parallel dimension. The machine quickly replaces fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and other energy sources. After the machine is installed in billions of homes and businesses, the Earth is invaded by energy beings from the alternate dimension, furious that their kind are being siphoned off and killed.
  • A failed businessman discovers a portal to an alternate dimension. This new dimension is filled with stores and products, but all the people are missing. He makes trip after trip, emptying a shopping mall and selling the salvaged goods. After making a pile of cash, he discovers what happened to all the missing people.
  • After a bad breakup, a teenager finds a way to reach into other dimensions, summoning alternate versions of his ex-girlfriend. Many of them are still in love with him, but there’s always something wrong.
  • A farmer hears his young daughter scream and finds that she has fallen down an abandoned well. Soon he discovers that the well was built over a doorway to another world. He is too large to climb down to rescue her, and strange beings are approaching…
  • When a family goes on a camping trip, their three young children wander off into the woods. The children encounter a UFO and are accidentally pulled into an alternate dimension. The children wander through portal after portal, searching for the way home.
  • A comic book writer is visited by a real-life superhero from another dimension, who believes that the writer’s stories are based upon him. He angrily corrects the writer on the details he had “gotten wrong.”
  • A new pet store offers bizarre animals from alternate dimensions.
  • A scientist visits an alternate dimension and discovers that everything is the same except, in that world, he is a she. The female version of the scientist is a much happier, more successful person. When the scientist returns to his home dimension, he wonders if he should make a big change in his life.
  • When the walls between parallel dimensions begin to break down, it becomes possible to simply walk from one world to the next.
  • After breaking a window, a young boy is grounded and sent to his room. The boy decides to run away from home, but he ends up running a little farther than he had intended.
  • A physicist builds a portal to parallel worlds but is afraid to test the new technology on himself. Days later, he discovers that someone has used the machine: an alternate version of himself. This doppelganger has been sleeping with his wife and spending time with his kids. The physicist discovers that his family likes the “new him” a little bit better than the original.

Ways to Get There

Jet Packs – Rocket’s Red Glare

  • A team of jet pack-wearing thieves terrorize the sky, attacking airplanes and stealing their cargo. A truck driver attempts to stop the thieves with an enormous homemade catapult.
  • A team of space explorers crash lands on a strange, alien planet. The ground is highly acidic. The rocks, trees, hills, everything appears to be melting. Soon, their ship begins melting, too. There is one jet pack on board that could keep one of them alive for a few hours, but which one of them should get it?
  • A new computer virus targets jet packs, making them overheat and explode. A computer security expert meets with the promoters of the National Jet Pack Racing Championship and attempts to convince them to cancel the popular event before their racers are attacked, but they claim the virus is a hoax and he is just trying to promote his security consulting business. He has to figure out who is spreading the virus before the race, or dozens of people could be killed.
  • Late one night, a man is confused to see a neon sign floating in the sky. The sign appears to be advertising a bar. The man heads to the junkyard for engine parts and builds himself a jet pack. He flies up to investigate the mysterious bar in the sky.
  • A half-dozen prototype jet packs are stolen from an inventor’s laboratory and used in a series of daring, daylight bank robberies. How can the police catch these flying crooks?
  • A parent refuses to let her immature, teenage son get his driver’s license, so he goes to work for an inventor as a jet pack test pilot
  • In a world where jet packs are commonplace, a group of teenagers engages in a dangerous pastime – sky sex.
  • After years of jet pack use among adults, a company attempts to develop the first jet pack for children. The testing does not go as planned.
  • An obsessed scientist uses his newly-developed jet pack to follow his ex-wife wherever she goes.
  • In the Middle East, the invention of the jet pack adds a whole new level of terror to suicide bombings.
  • After the invention of the jet pack, a local superhero starts to look a lot less “super.”
  • Variation – In the early 1920’s, a scientist builds the world’s first jet pack, and becomes a superhero. After he comes down with a terminal illness, he volunteers to be cryonically frozen until science can develop a cure. When he is revived two hundred years later, his obsolete jet pack makes him seem more pathetic than super.
  • A gang of graffiti artists steals a crate filled with jet packs, and local skyscrapers begin to look a little more colorful.
  • A teenage boy builds a jet pack in his garage and, on his first trip out, he is grabbed by government agents demanding the secret to the technology.
  • An eccentric inventor walks door-to-door, trying to sell jet packs for dogs.
  • A solider is given a prototype jet pack and told to fly it across enemy lines to take some spy photographs. Halfway there, he discovers that the jet pack is filled with explosives, and he’s just become a human missile.
  • After stealing a jet pack, a sleazy photographer becomes the bane of celebrities everywhere. No one is safe from the flying paparazzo!

Flying cars – Watch Out for Pedestrians!

  • A team of hackers target flying cars, making them crash into buildings. A private detective goes on the hunt for the hacker, but soon finds his own vehicle a target.
  • A skydiver is jumping from low earth orbit when his parachute refuses to open. He is approached by a flying taxicab offering him a ride. Of course, he accepts. What else could he do? But the ride is expensive, and costs more than just money…
  • An engineer creates a prototype flying car. Zooming along a hundred feet above the ground, he hits a pedestrian. He lands the car next to the body. No one can ever find out about this. How could he ever hope to explain what happened? What was she doing in the air? Who would ever believe him? Loading her in his trunk, he takes her back to his laboratory.
  • A man invents a fuel-efficient, flying car. But before he can sell it, he has to solve a little problem: what happens when there is a car accident at ten thousand feet?
  • The invention of flying cars and the jet pack sparks a new crime: airborne carjacking.
  • The new flying car makes traveling long distances easier and more convenient. It also makes you much more likely to be abducted by aliens.
  • A ten-year-old boy reading comic books finds an ad for a “build your own flying car” kit. He mows lawns and sells lemonade, trying to save up enough money for the kit, and then he discovers that his comic book was the only one containing the ad.
  • New floating cities, flying cars, and jet packs result in the wealthiest segment of the population living entirely in the air. As resources and money travel skyward, the economy on the surface starts to crumble.
  • A garage mechanic discovers that the new flying cars have been developed from reverse engineered alien technology, but no one believes him.
  • A teenager on a field trip to a museum realizes that an ancient, priceless tapestry is actually a detailed diagram illustrating how to build a flying car. He breaks away from his tour group and plans a way to steal the tapestry, so he can build his own.
  • A young boy discovers that a government agency is stealing prototype flying cars and jet packs and keeping their existence a secret from the public.
  • An oil company executive hires a team of assassins to go after the inventor of a solar powered flying car.

Teleportation – Zap Me Upwards, Scooter!

  • The first teleportation platforms can reliably turn a human body into particles and reconstruct it on the other side of the planet. What they have trouble with is the mind. Frequent teleportation introduces errors into the reconstruction of the mind. A neurologist working for the transport company attempts to get them to shut down the business before the entire world is afflicted with teleportation madness.
  • Teleportation platforms are installed worldwide, replacing cars as the dominant method of transportation. However, some people refuse to use them, believing that teleportation can reconstruct the body and mind but could never reconstruct the soul. A group of radicals vows to destroy the teleportation industry and its soulless customers.
  • A physicist working on a teleportation platform tests the device on himself, intending to transport his body from one side of the room to the other. When he arrives on the other side, his assistant’s hair and beard have gone white. The assistant explains that he has been trying to make the machine work for the last forty years. At last, the molecular reconstruction process is complete. The physicist struggles to adapt to a world that has moved on without him.
  • A teleporter is approached by gangsters who want him to use his powers to dispose of bodies and other evidence of crimes. He decides to take down the organized crime family instead.
  • A teleportation accident causes a man’s mind to be separated from his body. While his body is in a coma, his consciousness wanders invisibly like a ghost. He searches for a way to reverse the accident before his body dies.
  • A nonprofit group fights against the proliferation of teleportation technology. Members believe that being teleported is the same as being disintegrated, and the person who emerges on the other side is not the person who entered. While they search for a way to prove that teleportation is deadly, most of the world considers them Luddites and paranoid conspiracy theorists.
  • Species all over the galaxy travel between planets via teleportation doorways. Due to a clerical error, the other end of a teleportation doorway appears in an Earth man’s bedroom closet.
  • To protect against teleportation, an engineer creates a building that rearranges its rooms every night. If a teleporter tried to jump inside the building, they would risk ending up dead inside a wall. When the building malfunctions, the engineer gets trapped inside the building, unable to find his way to the constantly moving door. He calls upon a team of teleporting thieves for help.
  • When a human enters a teleportation chamber, their mind and body are scanned, their body is disintegrated, and the data is sent to the new location. During a terrorist attack, the data is misrouted. Tens of thousands of people discover that their minds have been sent to the wrong bodies. How would a city deal with such a problem? Or an entire country?
  • The head of Teleportation International has to give a press conference to explain why his machines have been malfunctioning, teleporting travelers into active volcanoes.
  • The world’s greatest assassin is a teenage girl who can, with a thought, be anywhere in the world.
  • Evil aliens take control of earth’s network of teleportation chambers. Real humans go in one end, and shape-shifting aliens come out the other.
  • A woman is stalked by her ex-boyfriend, a telepath with the ability to appear anywhere he desires.
  • A madman’s computer virus takes control of a public teleportation chamber, sending unlucky travelers to the bottom of the ocean.
  • A thief with the ability to teleport anywhere in the world decides to pay a visit to the international gold depository.
  • Variation – A thief has the ability to teleport anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, he can only take something with him if it’s under his skin, or inside his body…
  • After the development of teleportation technology, brothels expand their business worldwide. Anyone can visit a brothel’s website, chose a sexual partner, and have them delivered to their home instantly.
  • A newlywed couple discovers that their toddler has escaped from the nursery and wandered into their teleportation chamber. With a shudder, they realize that their helpless child could be anywhere in the world.
  • After the invention of teleportation technology, thousands of truck drivers, cab drivers, airline pilots, and others are all out of work. Dr. Goldsmith, the inventor of teleportation, suddenly has thousands of enemies all looking to make his life miserable.
  • A man with the ability to teleport anywhere he desires kidnaps the children of the rich and powerful. The authorities realize it is almost pointless to search, as he could be anywhere on Earth, or even the colonies on Mars.
  • A company develops diapers that never need changing. Anything “deposited” in the diaper instantly vanishes. The CEO is shocked when he discovers where the waste goes…
  • Teleportation chambers work by scanning the exact arrangement of a person’s atoms, disintegrating them, and creating an exact copy of the person someplace else. But every once in a while, the machine malfunctions and doesn’t disintegrate the original. This results in two exact copies of one person at two different locations. One copy thinks the chamber worked, and the other thinks it failed.
  • Variation – A terrorist group rigs the most-used teleportation chambers in the world, the chambers at Times Square, to fail to disintegrate the original person. Thousands of tourists all over the country find that they have duplicates left over in New York. Chaos ensues.

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