There is a boy in China who can read in complete darkness. Mutant, hoax, or otherwise, it's certainly worthy of a very good story. See if you can write yours including some aspect of the commentary on the websites (and there are many) where this article can be found. Make it about more than the eyes. Speculative fiction may start with an out there concept, but it has to say something about the struggles of being human. Make it contemporary. Make it relevant.
Detroit is dying. It's a startling and tragic thing to watch a storied American city meet its end in our lifetime. But, life does go on, even when we've stopped paying attention. In this case, canine life. 50,000 abandoned dogs roam the streets of Detroit in packs, hunting...well, that's a good question isn't it? You tell us, what's left in the Motor City? From tragedy great stories can be found. "Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus." We hope for better things, it shall rise from the ashes."
According to this article, the FBI can turn on your cell phone and listen to your conversation. Besides being all kinds of WTF, it's a good jumping off point for a story on the constant conflict between the individual and society. (Also, imagine the power of the computer necessary to do this? Singularity anyone?)
So, this is not near future, but come on, Richard Branson, get on board! Basically, they're trying to hot-wire the brain to have it act like a Bluetooth. The only problem is figuring out how to upgrade the hardware without performing brain surgery. This is the coolest thing I've heard since it was reported that warp drive is theoretically possible.
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