V is for Virus

For the A to Z challenge this year, I’m sharing science fiction and fantasy story ideas…

I’ve been thinking about this since a story came through the Team Ambitious critique group about getting magic powers from a virus. (Written by the incomparable Wendy Lambert.) Since reading it, I’ve been starting to wonder what you could do with beneficial viruses and super-powers from a harder sci-fi angle.

Viruses are pretty much the whole mystery of DNA after all, wrapped up in a pretty little protein sheath. Could you have a virus that makes somebody change shape? Heal wounds quicker? A virus that could spread to other people and heal them? What other remarkable abilities could you get from a virus?

If you’re interested enough to pick this 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.

Thanks for visiting!

4 Responses to V is for Virus

  1. Trisha says:

    I would love there to be a virus for fighting all the major diseases. 🙂 Of course, that would mean the world became even more overcrowded than it already is, so … maybe not!


  2. Viruses are fascinating things. If we could harness their power…
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs


  3. Would a lethal virus which is able to elude esper detection count? (It causes a flu-like disease but is not lethal in humans, but is lethal to another species whose disease resistance is based on esper detection of viruses. And I’ve already used it: Kharfun syndrome, in Homecoming.)


  4. This is actually a nice idea, so you can use two genres at the same time! Very clever!


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