So, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books. I have chosen to lean toward the future for this one.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #1: PEOPLE ARE EITHER NIGHT-DWELLERS OR DAY-DWELLERS
I actually had an idea for this a while back: the world is split into two different kinds of people: the dark, well built, muscular day dwellers who have great eyesight and are workers, and then the small, slight, pale night dwellers who rely mostly on hearing and are hunters. Each society is afraid of the other. The problem? I have no idea how to write this.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #2: THE WORLD HAS BEEN COVERED IN SNOW AND ICE
It seems like there’s a lot of futuristic books about how the world has gotten really hot and now is mostly desert, but what about the opposite? The world is covered in snow and ice, and people have to mostly live off of fish and seals and are hunted by giant polar bears.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #3: A WORLD WHERE TO LOOK HUMAN IS TO LOOK PLAIN
It always seems like it’s the opposite: like everyone considers NOT looking human to be the grosses and ugliest thing ever, but, honestly? We humans have some pretty weird fashion trends already. And as time goes on, people start getting surgeries to look as inhuman as possible. Eyes in crazy colors, fur and scales implanted into the skin, webbed fingers and toes, pointed ears, tails, stuff like that.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #4: A WORLD WHERE HUMANS ALMOST WENT EXTINCT, AND NOW LIVE IN THIS BUBBLE-LIKED DOMES
But it’s more than that. Humans (naturally) almost went extinct because basically they declared nuclear war on themselves and destroyed most liveable habit, and so they moved into these bubble-dome cities. But every six months you have to go and get this injection, which basically makes you so peaceful you can’t really do anything other than sleep or kind of amble around the city (also, pretty much everything is against the law). There are a few people born each generation that are immune to this injection, break the law, and then something happens to them. Don’t know what.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #5: PEOPLE ARE DEVELOPING SPECIAL ABILITIES, BUT EVERYONE WITH THOSE ABILITIES ARE INFERTILE
So, people start getting mild superpowers (ability to change one’s hair/eye color, the ability to read bits and pieces of people’s thoughts through physical-contact, stuff like that). Now, most of the world’s population has these powers, but everyone who has these powers is infertile, and so there’s this huge worry about the human race just dying out. So the small group of people that have no superpowers are used as breeders, basically, to try and keep the human race alive. But one of the breeders has this really, really strong superpower, but isn’t infertile.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #6: SCIENTISTS GENETICALLY ENGINEER DRAGONS
And, because you don’t want to genetically engineer animals that can kill you (COME ON, HAS JURASSIC PARK TAUGHT YOU NOTHING?), the dragons pretty much take over and the world now as knights again who’s sole job is killing the dragons. So you have these people walking around in jeans and hoodies and cellphones but also huge dragon-killing swords.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #7: THE RICH BUY THE EARTH. THE POOR MOVE TO SPACE
The rich people basically buy the entire earth and send all the poor people who can’t pay the extremely huge rents to these giant spaceships that are really not that great of places. And, naturally, the poor want to move back to earth.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #8: ALL THE MAJOR CITIES HAVE TURNED INTO GIANT BLACK MARKETS
They appear all nice and normal on the surface, but now everything is basically a black market. The people who work on wall street and the crazy famous artists and everyone else willingly buys stuff from this huge black market, and the police literally CANNOT FIGURE OUT WHERE IT IS. Hint: It’s on the top floor of every single building. Want a black market organ? Go to the top floor of the Empire Space Building. An illegal pet? Top floor of the apartment building across the street.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #9: ANIMALS ARE NOW MUTATED AND ARE AS SMART AS HUMANS
Humans don’t know what to do about it. Especially when their dogs start having conversations with them about politics.
FUTURISTIC SOCIETY #10: WEALTH IS NO LONGER MEASURED IN HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE, BUT RATHER IN HOW MANY CHILDREN YOU HAVE
So, basically, this is a horrible world to live in for the women, because their jobs are to have as many babies as possible, and they’re used as currency, pretty much. Need food? Oh, here, I have this girl who will have your baby and that will pay for all my food. It would be very grim and kind of stomach-turning.
Basically, these are all ideas I plan on trying to write someday.