I’ve been wanting to do a brain transplant story ever since reading “The Soul in the Bell Jar”, so two and a half months now. That story had soul transplants but mostly used them as a way of generating zombies, which seemed like a bit of a waste. My idea is to have the brain transplant novum as this hugely illegal assault, but something that exists on the fringes of society because it’s a route to immortality and the perfect way to steal everything you covet from your neighbor; just transplant yourself into his body and step into his life.
My best lead on a protagonist is a woman who’s been working for years as a professional ‘body-snatcher’; a trained kidnapper who observes her targets, comes up with a plan, and whisks them away to the transplant facility so that the rich client can get his or her brain in the victim. But when she gets a hint that there’s a client that wants HER body, she has to go on the run and stay one step ahead of the brain transplant mob, trying to find some way to disappear well enough that they’ll never find her. And who can she trust if the people looking for can insert their own brains into the bodies of her friends?
For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas that I might write. If you’re interested enough to pick them up and write your own version, feel free; ideas are cheap. And let me know! I’ll be keeping the notions vague enough that lots of different stories might be written from them.
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