As I already said on a previous message board, quite some time ago actually, the first idea for a Sci-Fi novel came to me when I saw a Michigan license plate. The letters spelled out ‘Elu’. What could Elu mean? I came up with the following story.
It is the distant dystopian future. And everyone is obsessed (I’m summarizing here ) with a new simulated sexual partner, Elu. He/she/it can be whatever you want 'em to be. But s/he is TOO perfect. People want him to be real. The first man, obviously insane, goes to the server that created s/him in a futile attempt to find she/him. It ends disastrously with his death. Finally (long-story-short) a man tries to to clone Elu. Is he successful? The novel ends there.
I should tell you this story is partly inspired by Star Trek: the Next Generation and the holodeck character Minuet. So I don’t know if that’d be plagiarism. (But most of the story is my idea, you will note.)
Second story is based on quantum technology and specifically smartphones with quantum computers in them. What if people started using them, and they were connected to other quantum realities, specifically dead relatives? Yadda yadda yadda. You get the picture. Now I think this last one was all my idea.