Travis's Big Idea Podcast

Travis Perry's thoughts on faith, fiction, science, and history.

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Wednesday Jun 17, 2020

This post draws from four blog posts to my personal blog (travissbigidea.blogspot.com) and proposes stories based on the idea of being able to save the brain in a type of black box, to bring people back, to copy them, to change out their bodies and to "live them" by integrating our thoughts into theirs.

Thursday Jun 11, 2020

This post looks at how magic can be inserted into worlds of technology, keeping the technical flair but with magical elements. The parody story "A Little Problem with the Dilithium Stone" I use as an example, which is read and voice-acted.

Thursday Jun 04, 2020

Stanley G. Weinbaum was a science fiction writer of the 1930s who wrote the first realistic aliens. His stories are fun and interesting and have an antique flair. Heather Elliot, Cindy Koepp, and I discuss the project of making Worlds of Weinbaum and how we adapted a public domain work to a story world we imagined.

Thursday May 28, 2020

Nanites are a staple of science fiction, but perhaps should be used even more. Because of their light weight, they can easily be accelerated up to near the speed of light, which means they would be useful for exploration and offensive war. They'd also have the potential to spy, aid communications, and medical applications, including defense from other nanites. They might become so ubiquitous that they could spread like a plague for anyone not carrying nanites themselves...

Saturday May 23, 2020

Cindy Koepp and Travis Perry have a conversation about GameLit, LitRPG, Animal Eye, and other projects she's got ongoing. Related to free original storyworld ideas in that the GameLit genre represents opportunities for aspiring writers--and Animal Eye itself has some very original notions behind it.

Thursday May 14, 2020

What if the future holds a dictatorship of Artificial Intelligences (AIs) but they prove to be relatively benevolent? What if they created different "breeds" of humans, then disappeared, leaving humans on their own? This sort of story would allow the author to show that no matter how different humans are from each other, we are still human--and our problem of sin isn't simply a product of a Darwinian struggle to survive.

Thursday May 07, 2020

What if angels infiltrated demonic hordes? This podcast examines an original story setting idea, while explain how this idea came from I Kings 22. And also imagines angels have technology!

Thursday Apr 30, 2020

If you're interested in making a near-future speculative story that features how the Coronavirus might affect our world, this podcast contains three suggested story settings.

Thursday Apr 23, 2020

This launches a series of podcasts in which I offer ideas on story worlds for other people to use. This one involves worlds close enough to one another to literally fly to and 4 types of magic linked both to the ancient Greek elements and the four fundamental forces known to modern science.

Thursday Apr 16, 2020

This post looks at 10 most original story worlds by Christian authors: Requiem 4, Lightbringer, Myst, Dark Trench, The Constant Tower, The Mote in God's Eye, Demon: A Memoir, Perelandra, The Screwtape Letters, Lord of the Rings.

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