Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Request for ideas

It's the year 2019, Maryland. You're a high school senior.

Where would you hang out with your friends on a Friday night?

I've got the scene in a coffee bar, but I'm looking for something more interesting. It's the night before Prom, so they probably wouldn't be at a club, because they'd be saving their energy and money for the next day.

And no, it's not for Voice of Crow.



The pool hall. The cool places (i.e., where the old farts would never go) stopped using physical balls in favor of holographic projections around 2016. This allows, among other things, a three layer pool table on which if you sink the balls off the first layer, you play them on the middle, and then the bottom, calling up whichever holographic "table" you want to shoot on on every turn.

Plus you get to see girls lean over to shoot, just like always.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 8/09/2006 10:12 AM

Sweet, dude! Did you make that up just now, or is it in one of your stories? Either way, thanks!

Other ideas still welcome, of course.

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/09/2006 10:21 AM

Made it up on the fly. Started thinking about 3-D tic-tac-toe and pushed it around a bit.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 8/09/2006 11:03 AM

Awesome. Feel free to share my universe and use it in your own work somewhere.

Have authors ever done that, outside of an established media universe, I mean? Where two writers use the same rules and background situation but write different stories and settings? Seems like publishers might have issues with that, unless it was something they set up themselves (like Dorchester's 2176 series or the current Crimson City series from ??--too lazy to look up the house for that, but in the time it took me to write that I was too lazy to look it up, I could have just looked it up).

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/09/2006 11:09 AM

The two that come to mind are the Thieves' World books (a collaborative fantasy city fantasy) and George R. R. Martin's Wild Card novels (collaborative superhero SF). Also, of course, there's the after-the-fact sharing, such as Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Wicked, dozens of takes on Sherlock Holmes and your (and many others') take on the Bible and What Happened After. And, of course, the real world is one big collaborative soup for everyone to enjoy.

Actually, I really like that as a title: The Bible, and What Happened After.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 8/09/2006 5:05 PM

The basement. The basement has always been a popular place in nearly all eras. But there would be better technology. Maybe a huge holographic air hockey table that can convert to other game tables. The wall can be a television screen, or something.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 8/10/2006 8:50 PM

Ah, the basement. A classic. I was a lucky child, had my bedroom in the basement, with my own bathroom. It was like having my very own life.

Anyone else have a floor of their own?

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 8/14/2006 7:43 AM

From about 9th grade on, I was living in the attic like Greg Brady.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 8/14/2006 9:18 AM

Christian had a floor of his own, a suite, actually, complete with full bath.


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