Every now and then, I'll just run into a concept that's so interesting I want to build a story around it. For most of this week, I've been fiddling with the idea of space marines and vampire empires and how I can smash them together into a single world, when two thoughts collided unexpectedly in my brain.
Usually, collisions are definitely a Not Good thing, as they damage your car and sometimes your Self and they cost a lot of money and are rather stressful overall. In this case, however, the collision turned out to be a very Good or at least a very Distracting Thing, and nevermind that it came about when I wasn't directing thought-traffic as actively as I probably should have been. (Don't drink and think, kids.)
Earlier this week, I finished the second book in the How to Train Your Dragon series, which as you may know focuses on Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, who is a viking and not very good at it. (Prepping for going to the movies to see How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World and SO EXCITED, guys, you have no idea.)
So while thinking about space empires and vikings, the two thoughts smashed into one another and I thought to myself:
-Vikings don't bury their dead.
-Space empires need to rule multiple planets. Does the culture carry over, and how much?
-Vikings put their dead in ships, send them out to sea and set them on fire.
-Space empires could either let conquered/colonized planets keep their own culture or impress their "home culture" on them regardless.
Vikings in space wouldn't bury their dead.
Vikings in space would probably launch their dead into space.
Ooh, but what about their possessions and stuff?
What if possessions belonged to a single person even after death and had to go with the body?
What if the body/coffin/shuttle was looted by someone else? (INSULT!)
And it goes on from there. So... yeah. Space vikings.
Does this ever happen to any of you? Is this a thing that my brain is weird about, or do any of you have random thought collisions that turn out in interesting and unexpected ways? I'd love to hear about them.