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  1. Venusian Broon

    Venusian Broon Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity

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    Okay I'm in - I'm a virgin to this SSX thing so I'm sure it will be fun.

    I would like a story in a MR James style, but involving a modern urban setting. The 'theme' I'd like is Trickster and I want a proper twist ending. NO NEGOTIATION OR SKIMPING ON THE LAST POINT. :)
     
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  2. Kerrybuchanan

    Kerrybuchanan Delusions of Grammar

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    Soo many tempting story suggestions.

    Okay. I know I'll regret this, but count me in. I'd like a story, set in the near-future, about an elderly and/or dying human who is being cared for by an AI/robot. Then the AI gets a little carried away....
     
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  3. Dan Jones

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    Not guilty, m’lady; I’d not heard of Happy Death Day before, but it sounds like a cracking story!
     
  4. sinister42

    sinister42 The sinister resister.

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    I have no idea what a MR James is or what Trickster is.
     
  5. Venusian Broon

    Venusian Broon Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity

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    MR James is a writer. Trickster you can look up on google by writing 'definition of trickster'. But I'll reproduce what Merriam-Webster gives you:

    Definition of trickster
    :one who tricks: such as
    a :a dishonest person who defrauds others by trickery
    b :a person (such as a stage magician) skilled in the use of tricks and illusion
    c :a cunning or deceptive character appearing in various forms in the folklore of many cultures
     
  6. sinister42

    sinister42 The sinister resister.

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    oh ok I didn't know if you were referring to something more specific with trickster since you capitalized it. :)
     
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  7. Victoria Silverwolf

    Victoria Silverwolf Vegetarian Werewolf

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    M. R. James is best known for "antiquarian ghost stories." Although set in (his) modern times , they generally follow a pattern I'l quote from Wikipedia:

    Lots more information here:

    M. R. James - Wikipedia
     
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  8. Venusian Broon

    Venusian Broon Defending the SF genre with terminal intensity

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    I always think of tricksters in the supernatural sense - like Loki in Norse myth - sort of very powerful beings with very askew motivations when interacting with humans. However for the purposes of SSX it should really mean anything that fits with the definition...or thereabouts :rolleyes:
     
  9. Phyrebrat

    Phyrebrat ba-Ba-ba-brat

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    Yes, the most 'famous' trickster is the devil, co-opted by religions as Mr Super Bad

    pH
     
  10. Dan Jones

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    Barrel. Lok.
     
  11. dannymcg

    dannymcg Well-Known Member

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    Like this one?

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01A57TMEC/?tag=brite-21
     
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  12. Starbeast

    Starbeast Benevolent Galaxy Being

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    Howdy-hey-there everyone (that's here)........... My SSX request tale..........



    You're in a cabin, in a secluded wooded area (with or without friends).


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    Intelligent, but demented squirrels want to infiltrate the cabin.



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    Because, you have a can of mixed nuts.



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    Ok, chosen one. Crack your knuckles and get typing, when it's time.



    I haven't even read the other tales yet. Maybe I should wait, until I'm selected. Hmmm....
     
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  13. Dan Jones

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    Yes, join us, you cannot resist, join us! Wooooooooo (ghost noises)!
     
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  14. Phyrebrat

    Phyrebrat ba-Ba-ba-brat

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    This reminds me of that Stephen King tale about the demented cat. I think it was in Night Shift? I’d never thought a story about a nasty cat would be scary but...

    It was. :eek:

    pH
     
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  15. Dan Jones

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    Pet Cemetary?
     
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  16. Starbeast

    Starbeast Benevolent Galaxy Being

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    @HareBrain

    Definitely an awesome poster. It's like..........PHYREBRAT: the Movie. You"ll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss hours of computer surfing goodbye. No one over 17 admitted without a next of kin to give them a ride home. Those under 20, are still teenagers, unless wearing diapers. Those that are not mentioned, will remain nameless, unless said persons can provide a photo ID.




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    @Phyrebrat - I thought that was a Lovecraft story about rats in the walls. Or was it an Outer Limits episode, where William Shatner portrayed an astronaut who couldn't fit into his suit because he was too chunky and rode the wing of an airplane, yelling, "THERE'S PEOPLE IN THAT PLANE!!!"
     
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  17. Phyrebrat

    Phyrebrat ba-Ba-ba-brat

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    That cat was called Church (short for Churchill) but he also wrote a short where a hitman was hired by a mysterious man to kill his pet cat. It's played for laughes at first but...

    Oh yes, the rats in the wall was a good read! But see above my answer to Dan. I'll Google it in a bit.

    And now I think you've made me want to do a poster of your story when it's written :D

    pH
     
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  18. johnnyjet

    johnnyjet Western PA High Tech Country Boy

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    Fearfully (after reading the requests so far), I've decided to enter. Because I love a challenge. Or I'm crazy. One or the other. Or both?

    I would like a story about identical twins who somehow end up very far apart in space and time.
     
  19. Joshua Jones

    Joshua Jones Well-Known Member

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    This may not end well for any party involved, but I am in.

    My request is Space Pirates vs. War Kitties, Military SF, and it has to have a forbidden romance subplot somewhere in there, though this need not be a core part of the plot.

    Because I am evil. Why do I have a feeling that I will become intimately acquainted with a tennis playing meerkat?
     
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  20. Abernovo

    Abernovo Well-Known Member

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    I might want to write that, even if I don't join in. Just gave me ideas.
     
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