Post of Weird Real Fact Creative Writing Prompts

Truth is stranger than fiction. Over the past couple of weeks, I have collected a few very weird and very real facts that tickled my muse.

Weird Real Fact No. 1:

There’s this guy. His name’s Dennis Hope. And he says he owns the moon. I know, I know, the U.N.’s Outer Space Treaty clearly states no nation can own the moon. But, as Mr. Hope has pointed out, this only applies to nations. Not sure how Mr. Hope acquired ownership of the moon, but he’s been rolling in the moolah from selling it away, acre by acre. More information here. Read a few articles. You’ll either get bit by the story bug or laugh, and neither is a bad thing.

So. . . doesn’t this tempt your muse? Is he right? With so many people “investing” in Lunar territory, will this actually cause a problem when the nations start colonizing? Or will private space craft get there first and actually set something up?

Weird Real Fact No. 2:

There are these bugs. They’re commonly called either Water Bears or Moss Piglets, but are formally known as Tardigrades. They’re tough microscopic things, found everywhere: in hot springs, on top of the Himalayas, under layers of solid ice and in ocean sediments, as well as more normal, mild places. And while they may not be found in outer space naturally, they can survive out there for ten days. They’ve done the experiments. They just slow their metabolism down to near nothing, bear everything the sun throws at them unshielded, and don’t mind the pressure of a vacuum. More information in this Wikipedia article.

What if these creatures were larger, and, well, sentient?

Weird Real Fact No. 3:

Well, this isn’t so much as a fact as a story. But it’s great muse fodder.

Can’t you just imagine. . . a secret society in a waterfall?  Smugglers?  Rebels?  Or maybe a dragon that’s been buried underneath the city for centuries?

I hope you’ve enjoyed these weird, and certainly creative writing prompts as much as I have.  Personally, my muse has been spinning.

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About Kathrine Roid

I'm an science fiction and fantasy author living in Texas with an undead parakeet and teleporting cat. Think about that for a moment.

Posted on March 5, 2011, in Creative Writing Prompts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Wow. Those are very weird! Mesa like them!

  2. Wait a sec, Kat – someone owns the moon???? Weird…

    • No, not really. He just says he does and a lot of people are willing to risk his charge to own a lunar acre. While the U.N. hasn’t responded to his loophole claim, no nation has acknowledged his ownership or the validity of his business. But that doesn’t mean science fiction writers can not play with the whole idea. . . 🙂

  3. I think Dennis is on the right track 🙂 You literally CAN rule the world through legal loopholes.

    Definitely gets the muse moving 😄

    • Well. . . no law stops one nation from ruling the world. If we made a law against that, then how would we ever get to world peace? (<– last sentence was said dripping with sarcasm) At any rate, legal loopholes are fun. Or annoying. At least they always make good story inspiration. 🙂

  4. Huge tardigrades would be quite interesting. 😀

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