I wrote a piece of flash fiction last week called “Reshaping the Landscape” that I’ve published here at irrsinn.net tonight:
“Flat landscapes for better visibility,” they claimed. “Safer all around,” they claimed. Bullshit.
“It’s my landscape!” she shouted down behind her. “You can’t have it!”
Writing this has spawned a whole set of ideas in this same ‘verse. A lot of the ideas concern what a “person” is, what essential rights people have, how subjugated people make their own culture and identity, etc. especially as pertains to artificial intelligence. I also want to use this to experiment with letting a universe emerge from a set of short/flash stories (as opposed to the careful planning that goes into, say, a novel).
I’ve got a second story half-way done and a list of ideas as long as my arm.