Here’s a little seed of a story idea that’s been living inside our Sci-Fi Story Idea Generator for a while. I thought it was high time I dragged it out into the light of day to face public scrutiny (if only as an excuse to share this excellent image of a futuristic DHL distribution centre) and to see if anybody has any ideas about how it might be developed.
The random generator is programmed with two variations of the idea:
When the technology to create stable artificial wormholes becomes available for the first time, world governments scramble to secure wormhole links with their major trading partners. When British Minister of Transport David Underhill travels to India to negotiate a new wormhole link between the two countries, he finds himself blocked at every turn…
When the technology to create stable artificial wormholes becomes available for the first time, world governments scramble to secure wormhole links with their major trading partners. When British Minister of Trade and Industry David Underhill travels to Italy to negotiate a new wormhole link between the two countries, he stumbles upon a shocking conspiracy.
OK, so the negotiation of international trade agreements may not be the most exciting topic for a science fiction story, I’ll grant you that, but a series of wormholes connecting various points around the globe – that’s pretty cool, right? This technology could be a political game changer (not to mention a cartographic one), and this is a great opportunity for some serious speculative fiction and even a little political satire if you’re so inclined.
If you could build your own stargate and link it to one other country, which country would you choose? Sunny Spain perhaps, or the Azores. Linking to the country from which you import or export the largest quantity of natural resources and trade goods would make more sense. But what if that country has already signed an exclusive deal with somebody else?
So, what about the story? What trouble does our British cabinet member find himself in? What conspiracy does he uncover?
Is somebody trying to resrict the development of wormhole technology to artificially inflate oil prices? (Saudi Arabia, I’m looking at you.) No, that’s boring! An alien infiltration of the wormhole network? No, that’s too cliché! Something else.
Let me know your thoughts on how this idea could be developed in the comments below.
Artwork by Simon Fetscher.
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