I keep an eye on some aggregate news sources for the weird and wonderful coming out of the fields of science. It fan be a fantastic (heh) way to generate story ideas. For the truly absurd, check out the igNoble awards annually.
For story ideas, how about this one: imagine a world where Lydia the tattooed Lady was a finely attuned machine… wearable Electronics that can be drawn into the skin.
I mean, one of my teenagers draws on herself with a sharpie all the time. To very vivid embarrassment when she forgot that she had a PT appointment where she had to wear shorts… her therapist was quite impressed she’d managed to draw intricate designs on the soles of her own feet. Now, what if those were sigils, er, circuits? Technology sufficiently advanced, etc…
the possibilities abound for cyberpunk, far future tech, or even bleeding edge tech… who would be the first to adopt this sort of technology?
On a darker note, there’s the efforts currently ongoing to breed a better cow. Or rather, no cows at all. Less cows, at any rate… they are breeding bulls that could produce majority bull offspring.
there are kinks in that already. It seems there is still a roughly 50/50 split in M/F offspring. But many of the females possess ‘male characteristics’. They are working on refining the genetic engineering. Aside from the obvious hitches in producing largely sterile livestock, what about humans?
there are cultures that values boy babies over girls. To the point of infanticide. With this ability to edit out girls before they are even born, what do you think? What kind of a story comes after it’s adoption, illicit or government mandated? A generation or two later? Remember that sterility effect…
Shudders. Science is sometimes not ‘can we?’ But ‘should we?’
Check out The Violet Mouse, a short story I wrote inspired by similar science and conversations from my molecular biology labs.