Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Fiction Generator

We can’t all be Cherie Priest on the first try. But if the storyline of your latest dystopian/retro-futuristic tour-de-force has got you stumped, insert one thrupenny bit into the Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Genre-Fiction Generator 2000, and watch inspiration emerge from the æther. Three early attempts the got me the following tales:

Your title is: “The Blackpunks”
In a leather-clad set from Road Warrior, a young brooding loner stumbles across an exiled angel which spurs him into conflict with computer viruses made real, with the help of a sarcastic female techno-geek and her closet full of assault rifles, culminating in a heroic sacrifice that no one will ever remember.

Your title is: “The Chronotrons”
In a VR-simulated Victorian Britain, a young student of metaphysics stumbles across a magic diadem which spurs him into conflict with a profit-obsessed corporation, with the help of a tomboyish female mechanic and her welding gear, culminating in a philosophical argument punctuated by violence.

Your title is: “The Cybermancers”
In a neo-noir one-way spaceflight, a young farm boy with dreams stumbles across an encrypted data feed which spurs him into conflict with murderous robots, with the help of a shape-shifting female assassin and her wacky pet, culminating in authorial preaching through the mouths of the characters.

If you wish to see the guts of the machine, there’s an attractive diagram – the Wondermark Fiction Generator – on which the above engine is based. Written/designed by the super-talented David Malki, and coded by Liam Cooke.

Gorgeous design (reminds me of the Dollar Dreadful), and a fun way to get the gears turning when it comes to new fiction, despite (or because of?) the obvious critique that’s going on here.  [Via Milly, thanks!]

3 Responses to “Electro-Plasmic Hydrocephalic Fiction Generator”

  1. foxtongue Says:

    Well there’s a painful truth and a half, right there, as “The Blackpunks” sharply summarizes Hal Duncan’s sequel to his stellar novel Vellum: The Book of All Hours.

  2. Inarticulate Dullard Says:

    Holy crap. This thing just wrote a description of my real life:

    In a dystopian America, a young author self-insert stumbles across a crazy old man which spurs him into conflict with his own insecurity vis-a-vis girls, with the help of a female who inexplicably becomes attracted to the damaged protagonist for unstated reasons and her wacky pet, culminating in a philosophical argument punctuated by violence.

    This accurately describes my relationships with my father and my girlfriend. And my girlfriend’s dog. I’m a little frightened.

  3. David Niall Wilson Says:

    That it so….cool.

    Oddly, the last novel I wrote involved an exiled angel, and the next – an America with Dragons (albeit Dragons who, for the most part, are a gang). My title was “The Technomechs”…