So Many Ideas, So Little Time…
(I have too short a lifespan to produce a full story from every idea I get, so will occasionally throw
up out a plot sketch so you can see what you are missing…)
Plot Sketch #4635
Earth is the only planet in the galaxy where chocolate and coffee grow, due to yellow sunlight and… (some handwavery).
Two rival galactic empires discover Earth; the population of one becomes chocolate-addicted, the other coffee-addicted, determined by their differing bio-chemistry.
Much of the Earth’s fertile land surface is turned over to chocolate and coffee production. Fairtrade peasants become multi-millionaire “Fartraders”.
The coffee-addicted aliens’ government decide the addiction is – in the manner of heroin – damaging their population’s health. They dispatch a fleet to destroy the coffee plantations.
The chocolate-addicted race fears this will damage the chocolate plantations AND that humans will turn to hot chocolate consumption to replace coffee, thus reducing the supply to the galaxy. They dispatch a fleet to defend Earth.
Two vast fleets face off above the planet…
(NOTE : This can be presented an analogy of the current US/Russian approaches to Syria, or of the “War on drugs”, or a spoof on Dune, depending on the publication being submitted to.)
Possible Alternate Resolutions:-
- clever Earth scientist discovers how to grow the two crops off-Earth and saves the planet, but is shunned as an economic traitor (although s/he redeems him/herself in the sequel)
- during pre-combat negotiations, the Earth Ambassador offers a glass of scotch to the rival factions’ representatives; “much hilarity ensues”, ending in a muddled peace and Scottish independence (paving the way for a Scotland-dominated galaxy facing rebellious Irish whiskey producers in the sequel)
- at the negotiations, both species find the scent of the hyacinths on the conference table to be an irresistible aphrodisiac; the cross-fertilization leads to a hybrid race that unites the galaxy in peace, love and harmony – and vast hyacinth plantations
As I said, so many (wonderful) ideas and so little time…
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