Inspiration for Science Fiction for week ending August 30, 2015

These are some trending science articles I thought make good world building details.

I found the health related stories the most inspiring so I’m listing them first.

3-D printing is revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry

Tiny 3D-Printed Microbots Could Be Used As A Drug Delivery System

Not only humans benefit from new medical technology…Mutilated toucan gets 3D-printed beak prosthesis

I was almost too timid to add an article about a man who had bionic reconstructive surgery to his genitals to the list. After some thought I decided I have no moral objections to anyone accessing this type of reconstructive surgery if they need it so thought I should add it after all. I’m not sure I’ll ever use it in a story though. Note: I have altered the title of this article to phrasing I’m more comfortable with using on this blog if you want to refer to this in the future use the actual title of the article on its webpage.

And this will do for simple worldbuilding

This new ‘green’ antenna could double solar panel efficiency

Revealed: the first hydrogen-powered battery that will charge your Apple iPhone for a week

Here’s why DNA could eventually replace hard drives

Scientists unveil world’s first 3D printer that can print 10 materials at once

Ethiopia has launched the first space program in East Africa

Your brain is still 30 times more powerful than the best supercomputers

Science Fiction is inspired by science but sometimes science is inspired by science fiction in turn.

Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, says Stephen Hawking

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

‘The Martian’ Shows 9 Ways NASA Tech Is Headed to Mars

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of stories writers like me come up with given these news stories as prompts.

Inspiration for Science Fiction

I’ve started to use trending stories as a means to gather worldbuilding materials for science fiction stories I wish to write. It’s easier to see the stories as inspiration instead of research, but the effect should be new stories from me either way.

Some of my findings are the basis of worldbuilding details I want to add to future stories. Others are acting in my mind for story prompts I’d like to develop in the future.

World building Details

Researchers have designed a simple fusion reactor that could be running in 10 years.

3D-printed graphene ink could lead to longer-lasting, more-efficient batteries

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

Warp speed travel is theoretically possible, says astrophysicist

Inflatable Habitats: From the Space Station to the Moon and Mars?

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data

How Traveling to Deep Space In Cryogenic Sleep Could Actually Work

Inside Stephen Hawking’s Voice Software, Now Available For Free

Story Prompts

Artificial Intelligence, Legal Responsibility And Civil Rights

Darknet: The web’s black market for goods and ideas

I’m not interested in writing hard science fiction, but I want my soft science fiction stories to be well thought out and plausible. I will see what I produce with the information from these articles.

August 2015 Flash Fiction: A Girl Named “Chastity Kick”

Johnny Cash’s song “A Boy Named Sue” could’ve been Chastity Kick’s personal theme song. Chastity Kick hated her name even before she became aware of all the connotations inherent in it so she had everyone call her “Chazz”.
When she was little adults used to break out in laughter when they heard her name, and their children would ask them what the joke was. The day inevitably came when a kid looked up “chastity” online to figure out why their mother was laughing, and Chastity never got a moment’s rest at that school.
She wondered if Mom was aware of what the word “Chastity” meant when she gave her the name, or if someone had suggested it to her as a joke? Chastity would’ve been bad enough by itself, but pairing it with their surname made it even worse!
Gram always said, “I told her she should give you better name but she said she wanted something that people could remember.”

“I wish she’d listened to you!” Chazz said.

Yet Chazz there were certain situations where Chazz loved her birth name. When she found suggestive texts on her first boyfriend’s smart-phone from another girl she wouldn’t even listen to his excuses, “C’mon, Chazz!”
“From now on you will call me ‘Chastity Kick’ if you ever want to speak to me at all!” Chazz said.

He never bothered her again, and she used that trick whenever she broke up with a guy or some creepy guy asked her for her name from then on. They never bothered her again either once they heard what her full name was.

Notes on “A Girl Named Chastity Kick”

My people often come up with evocative names for their children. Most times in our original languages but sometimes in English. I imagined “Chastity Kick” as having a mother who choose an unwise name. There’s no one I know unfortunate enough to have the name “Chastity Kick”. She’s the star of a ghost story I’m trying to place in an anthology. I will know if it placed early in the coming New Year, and report on it then.

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living, or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Edit: I found out that I can set up a Google Group I moderate that acts like a mailing list. There is a widget that links to it at the side or else you can click the illustration to be linked to the Google Group. This first issue’s flash fiction will be posted publicly. I will post the illustrations each month on the blog and include a call to join the Google Group. You are free to subscribe and unsubscribe at any time.

Update on mailing list

I was thinking of having a mailing list, but found out that I must include a physical address in a footer to comply with anti-spam laws. I don’t intend to spam but am not brave enough to do this.

I still like the idea of sending out one flash fiction a month so I will try putting a piece of flash fiction up on this blog once a month.

Edit: I found out that I can set up a Google group that has the same function of a mailing list without having to reveal my physical address. I have set up a widget that connects to to it on the side. The first flash fiction will be available as a public post, but the rest of the flash fiction will be posted to the newsgroup though I will post its illustration on the blog publicly. You are free to subscribe and unsubscribe from a Google Group at any time. I may have to tweak the system as I go along but I think this can work.

Thinking of starting a monthly newsletter with flash fiction.

I’ve been wanting to start a monthly newsletter for some time now but didn’t know what I should put in it until I came across Joel Friedlander’s blog post about fiction writers putting flash fiction out on their newsletters. I’ve also been wanting to start indie publishing too and the flash fiction I write will also be a way to do market research for some projects I have in mind.