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Dr Fidelius
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« on: December 23, 2014, 01:46:23 pm »

“Becoming your mother” as you get older has a very different meaning for girls in time-travel stories.
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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2014, 12:52:16 am »

Nice idea, and nice idea for a thread.
How about


The homely story of a paddle wing engineer connecting the small agricultural and mining outposts on the frontier of the solar system.
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2014, 04:43:56 am »

The world ends in 1892 after a superweapon malfunctions. Everyone now finds themselves in front of giant floating text saying 'Level 2'
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« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2014, 12:23:09 pm »

The Martian invasion took place around 100 years earlier and in the country that represented the largest martial power of the time.

As a result of this and the Martians subsequent biological defeat Napoleonic France now has access to some rather advanced new technologies.
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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2014, 02:51:03 pm »

The Lone Ranger uses silver bullets because of werewolves.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2014, 05:22:29 am »

Mary Saint Antonius wakes up in a salvage yard wearing fine clothing, except for the empty bandoleer slung over her shoulder, and a letter in her hand inviting her to a board meeting in Constantinople.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2014, 03:11:36 pm »

The Earthling invasion of Mars, as told by a Martian journalist.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2014, 05:40:01 pm »

Random temporal loops, described by Parisiene Mime Artiste!
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2014, 06:52:46 pm »

The Earthling invasion of Mars, as told by a Martian journalist. - something very close to this was written back during the golden age of Sci-Fi (more a revenge of the Earthmen scenario)...I don't remember the name of it, I want to say Edison Conquers the Martians, but it's about the same era as same.
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2014, 11:09:38 pm »

The Earthling invasion of Mars, as told by a Martian journalist. - something very close to this was written back during the golden age of Sci-Fi (more a revenge of the Earthmen scenario)...I don't remember the name of it, I want to say Edison Conquers the Martians, but it's about the same era as same.


Yes, this has been a rich vein of inspiration probably since H.G. put his pen down. I am modelling just such a scenario as a narrow gauge railway diorama but it is fraught with delays because I am also a fully paid up member of the Guild of Procrastinators (or will be when I can find the application form under all the railway bits...)

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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 05:47:07 pm »

Somebody goes back in time and presents the blueprint for steampunk weaponry to Archimedes.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2015, 05:24:26 am »

Arnold T. Posilthwhaite a studious young man from Stoke Poges, retreats from the world because of the other children bullying him and turns to reading as solace. Becoming obsessed with learning he builds up huge powers of concentration and sets himself the task of understanding the workings of the Tesla coil. While working on a particularly complex winding when passing currents at specific combinations of frequencies through it Arnold experiences bouts of 'Déjà vu'.
While eating a jam sandwich and working on the coil Arnold realises it is not Déjà vu, but he is able to leap back in time and alter it even if he can only move back a few seconds at most.
Arnold makes a small device which he can use and hide on his person.
Arnold sits in his mansion alone he has massed a fortune first from the turn of a card and then eventually from most of the casinos in Europe. He has money, more money than anybody could accurately count, but still he feels like the small bullied child who turned away from the world. What he realises is that he craves adoration.
Arnold sets about learning Tennis, he learns a good serve, but with his device he can be a truly strong player. Arnold T. Posilthwhaite determines to be the first English tennis player to win Wimbledon in ninety years those boys will have to look up to him then as a great sportsman.
Arnold manages just to get into Wimbeldon on a wild card and steadily works his way through the championship and makes it without much incident to the final.
The match is brutal over and over Arnold presses his device, each time his opponent responds to the way Arnold hits the ball, it is only because of Arnolds huge powers of concentration that he can eventually make such an accurate shot that it can get passed the other player, and even so it can take many returns before he can get his opponent into the position to do that and make even a point. This is like no other match Arnold has played. Every point he scores makes him feel weaker more lethargic, wearied, if it was not for his powers of concentrating just on the objective to the exclusion of all else the match would have been lost.
The crowd is silent it is the last match point, Arnold feels the ball in his hand hardly even able now to dent its shape with his finger. He serves, the ball flies from his bat and Arnold collapses to the ground all is silent he closes his eyes, and hears 'Game set match'.
'I've won', but Arnold hears no clapping, no cheering, no adoration. As Arnold dies there on the grass all is silent. He dies yearning to be loved. The crowd sit in horror, they have seen a young man age before their eyes, his skin wrinkle in the sun, his hair turn grey and fall in clumps, muscles wither and even his bones seemed to shrink, nobody wished to experience that moment ever again.  

 
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2015, 08:19:11 am »

Don't know if anyone has tackled it...but supposedly (IIRC) that after the Apocalypse of Revalations, Jesus is supposed to come down and rule for a thousand years...what would that be like? And who would be left to govern?

Topic's just too explosive for me...Wink but I think there's a book in there...
Let there be steam...

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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2015, 10:54:01 am »

Nice idea, and nice idea for a thread.
How about


The homely story of a paddle wing engineer connecting the small agricultural and mining outposts on the frontier of the solar system.


Great image jonb and an interesting idea.
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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2015, 02:03:35 am »

A young farm boy buys some old equipment from some tinkers but finds a message inside. With the help of his uncle, he finds the origin of the equipment and a family link to the occult that he had never heard of. Aided by the machinery he gains the occult powers and in the process removes the stain on his family's name caused by his long-lost father.

Except of course, that isn't an original plot idea. Just a reinterpretation of a popular one.

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« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2015, 06:43:32 pm »

After a night on the town, Thomas Edison wakes up in bed next to himself
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« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2015, 09:55:51 pm »

Now this one is going to be a bit far fetched...Steampunk Dinosuars anyone?. Come to think of it, it is a bit silly so just ignore it.
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« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2015, 10:35:04 pm »



The only part of the Crystal Palace still standing- the Dinosaur park.

lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

It's not silly, its central to what steampunk is
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2015, 05:41:05 pm »

I'm actually using this one,but the concept is broad enough for others - "In a world where magic is common, and science is forbidden...a brave few labor underground to bring a new way of thinking..."

I'm sure someone's done it, but hey, why not?
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« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2015, 02:11:38 am »

It could just be the biographies of Darwin and Wallace, but yes its a nice theme.
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« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2015, 08:38:34 pm »

King Arthur is the dimly remembered story of the man who first refined iron from ore, and who conquered the land with the swords he drew out of the stones.
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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2015, 11:40:57 pm »

Oh boy, if only i doesn't thought this thread was dead, is i would have posted this:
http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,44699.0.html
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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2015, 12:58:33 am »

In their quest to find the northwest passage in 1762, the crew of the Octavius happen upon the Fortress of Solitude
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« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2015, 07:29:41 am »

...a time traveller from the Victorian Age appears in modern-day (pick your locatin), and tries to bring back modesty and manners...Wink Think Pygmalion, crossed with Gilbert and Sullivan's The Executioner's Song...Wink
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« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2015, 07:45:32 pm »

In their quest to find the northwest passage in 1762, the crew of the Octavius happen upon the Fortress of Solitude

I like that. I've been working on a treatment for the fate of the Tartarus, the third ship (along with the Erebus and the Terror) of the ill-fated Franklin expedition. In short, they fell through a Symmes passage and are now in Pellucidar.

Working title is "Fort Tartarus."
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