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Old March 2nd, 2017, 05:44 PM   #1
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"Bihumanity"


This story is actually going to be a science fiction/historical/fantasy novel.

(you'll find throughout my time here that I have a LOT of ideas)

In fact, I'm considering calling my novel Bihumanity.

All I currently have created for the novel is the following:

The premise of the story is that a high school teenager named Josh, who lives in the 1970s (1974-1977), lives two different lives. He is a socially awkward teenager who belongs to a small gang of similarly nerdy teens, while this small group gets bullied by a larger gang of "popular kids". However, every night, very ironically, when he goes to sleep at night, he wakes up in a completely different life. In his second life, he is an adult, and a general of the British Army in the Colonies (that's right, a GENERAL) in 1774-1777. In this second life, he is very popular and socially active, admired by many of those around him (including women), and has an extremely high amount of power and authority over not only the soldiers he leads, but to the colonists who he can basically trample on in whatever way he or the British Parliament pleases.

So, the irony in this is that in one life, Josh is bullied, while in the other life, he IS the bully. The evil goes both ways.

How it works is that for each day in 1974 for example, he has to live that same day in the other body from exactly years ago. At exactly 12:00 AM every night, time in the 1970s stops completely, while the 1770s restarts at 12:00 AM.

So, basically, in March 2, 1974, he would live the whole day there from 12:00 AM, March 2, 1974 to 12:00 AM March 3, 1974. Immediately afterwards, he would be transported to his 1774 adult body at 12:00 AM, March 2, 1774 and be there until 12:00 AM, March 3, 1774. The cycle repeats itself.

Now, for some specific elements I want to throw into this story, but I don't know where I'd throw them.

* In 1774, I want his general body to have his troops occupy the Boston Harbor. He and his soldiers will quarter in several Patriots' houses throughout the novel against their will, sometimes forcing them in horrid ways.
* It will be a common thing for the bullies to piss Josh off in his teenager 1974 body, and for him to become angry and be more cruel in his British General body. At one instance, I want him to have his soldiers beat up an innocent, weak civilian Boston man who looked similar to one of the main bullies in his 1974 life on a false accusation.
* At some point in the story, as Josh is in a social studies class, he realizes that he can just use his 1970s knowledge of the American Revolution's outcome to try to plan alternative strategies to have a British outcome for the war. He will be seen drawing diagrams of the battlefields and such during class, and the teacher or the bullies will get on to him for this. However, even as the British are winning more of the Revolutionary battles than they were historically supposed to because of Josh's 1970s knowledge, Josh realizes that the 1770s life is not effecting the 1970s life at all, since the history book still says that the British lost fights that they didn't in his experience. So, assumingly, both lives are in different universes.
* Josh keeps his separate lives a secret, but sometimes is bad at it. Since the 1770s and 1970s had completely different dialects, and since he knows both, he'll use the 1970s dialect in the 1770s, or the British 1770s dialect in the 1970s by mistake, and people wonder what kind of gibberish he's saying.
* Sometime near the end of the story, the two 1970s gangs will pick a dirty fight with one another that Josh's gang could never win, that is to happen on a grass field in the country the next week. Sometime at that night, there will be a mysterious female character that appears to Josh in the 1970s and tells him that she knows his secret. She leads him to the reason why he lives different lives (and I'm still trying to think of a good science-fictiony reason why this is the way it is, but anyway she'll tell him that reason). She (somehow) tells him a way that he can actually make the two universes sync together (i.e. let him visit the 1770s or 1970s universes whenever he wants AND let others into such universes). She is from the year 2026 and she calls Josh's experience "bihumanity". So Josh has a plan.
* His plan is to just get his redcoat soldiers to come to his 1970s universe. First, of course, he'd have to admit his secret to the soldiers (right?). He tells the soldiers the plan. So, in the 1970s universe, Josh, who appears there in his nerdy teenager body, leads his troops to the grass plain on the minute the fight is supposed to happen. The bully gang looks in shock as they see redcoats marching in a line towards them, as the General (and a few others?) are riding horses.

I can't decide the ending. Seeing how the redcoats will have guns and horses and obviously the bully gang won't, it'd be kind of an unfair advantage, plus the whole murdering people part that would result from the guns. Perhaps Josh should just use the soldiers to scare the bullies off as they march up?

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Old March 2nd, 2017, 06:00 PM   #2

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This story is actually going to be a science fiction/historical/fantasy novel.

(you'll find throughout my time here that I have a LOT of ideas)

In fact, I'm considering calling my novel Bihumanity.

All I currently have created for the novel is the following:

The premise of the story is that a high school teenager named Josh, who lives in the 1970s (1974-1977), lives two different lives. He is a socially awkward teenager who belongs to a small gang of similarly nerdy teens, while this small group gets bullied by a larger gang of "popular kids". However, every night, very ironically, when he goes to sleep at night, he wakes up in a completely different life. In his second life, he is an adult, and a general of the British Army in the Colonies (that's right, a GENERAL) in 1774-1777. In this second life, he is very popular and socially active, admired by many of those around him (including women), and has an extremely high amount of power and authority over not only the soldiers he leads, but to the colonists who he can basically trample on in whatever way he or the British Parliament pleases.

So, the irony in this is that in one life, Josh is bullied, while in the other life, he IS the bully. The evil goes both ways.

How it works is that for each day in 1974 for example, he has to live that same day in the other body from exactly years ago. At exactly 12:00 AM every night, time in the 1970s stops completely, while the 1770s restarts at 12:00 AM.

So, basically, in March 2, 1974, he would live the whole day there from 12:00 AM, March 2, 1974 to 12:00 AM March 3, 1974. Immediately afterwards, he would be transported to his 1774 adult body at 12:00 AM, March 2, 1774 and be there until 12:00 AM, March 3, 1774. The cycle repeats itself.

Now, for some specific elements I want to throw into this story, but I don't know where I'd throw them.

* In 1774, I want his general body to have his troops occupy the Boston Harbor. He and his soldiers will quarter in several Patriots' houses throughout the novel against their will, sometimes forcing them in horrid ways.
* It will be a common thing for the bullies to piss Josh off in his teenager 1974 body, and for him to become angry and be more cruel in his British General body. At one instance, I want him to have his soldiers beat up an innocent, weak civilian Boston man who looked similar to one of the main bullies in his 1974 life on a false accusation.
* At some point in the story, as Josh is in a social studies class, he realizes that he can just use his 1970s knowledge of the American Revolution's outcome to try to plan alternative strategies to have a British outcome for the war. He will be seen drawing diagrams of the battlefields and such during class, and the teacher or the bullies will get on to him for this. However, even as the British are winning more of the Revolutionary battles than they were historically supposed to because of Josh's 1970s knowledge, Josh realizes that the 1770s life is not effecting the 1970s life at all, since the history book still says that the British lost fights that they didn't in his experience. So, assumingly, both lives are in different universes.
* Josh keeps his separate lives a secret, but sometimes is bad at it. Since the 1770s and 1970s had completely different dialects, and since he knows both, he'll use the 1970s dialect in the 1770s, or the British 1770s dialect in the 1970s by mistake, and people wonder what kind of gibberish he's saying.
* Sometime near the end of the story, the two 1970s gangs will pick a dirty fight with one another that Josh's gang could never win, that is to happen on a grass field in the country the next week. Sometime at that night, there will be a mysterious female character that appears to Josh in the 1970s and tells him that he knows his secret. She leads him to the reason why he lives different lives (and I'm still trying to think of a good science-fictiony reason why this is the way it is, but anyway she'll tell him that reason). She (somehow) tells him a way that he can actually make the two universes sync together (i.e. let him visit the 1770s or 1970s universes whenever he wants AND let others into such universes). She is from the year 2026 and she calls Josh's experience "bihumanity". So Josh has a plan.
* His plan is to just get his redcoat soldiers to come to his 1970s universe. First, of course, he'd have to admit his secret to the soldiers (right?). He tells the soldiers the plan. So, in the 1970s universe, Josh, who appears there in his nerdy teenager body, leads his troops to the grass plain on the minute the fight is supposed to happen. The bully gang looks in shock as they see redcoats marching in a line towards them, as the General (and a few others?) are riding horses.

I can't decide the ending. Seeing how the redcoats will have guns and horses and obviously the bully gang won't, it'd be kind of an unfair advantage, plus the whole murdering people part that would result from the guns. Perhaps Josh should just use the soldiers to scare the bullies off as they march up?
wow that is quite literally brilliant

perhaps you could bring his 16 best soldiers with muskets against the bully/gang all armed with modern firearms???
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 07:02 PM   #3

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Isaac Asimov once said he typed fast because he wanted to know how the story was going to end.

His advice: sit down and write. See where the story leads leads you.
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Old March 2nd, 2017, 07:13 PM   #4
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Here is your plot twist to reveal at end of book

He was never a wimpy American kid from the 1970s, he's only ever been a tough Brit from the 1700s, the future stuff was the actual dream sequence.

You're welcome for your Hugo award.
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