FUTURISTIC MARTIAL ARTS

Martial arts have served as both self-defense and a form of philosophy for thousands of years. Like various manga authors, I often wonder how martial arts would evolve in the distant future. What new offshoots of modern martial arts would develop in the centuries to come? In particular, I am interested in martial arts that combine swordsmanship and hand-to-hand techniques. In my futuristic superhuman series, I am thinking of including a character who has been training in this martial art since they were five. I even thought of a name for this martial art in Japanese.

REAL-LIFE SUPERHUMAN DURABILITY

Superhuman durability has always been one of the most common superpowers in fiction. Superman can shrug off bullets and Aquaman can withstand the crushing depths of the deep ocean. In Stan Lee’s Superhumans, I saw two insane and extreme examples of real-life superhuman durability. In one case, a professional wrestler has a skull that is thick enough to withstand a blow of a sledgehammer and hammering a large nail through a sheet of steel. The other case is about a Shaolin monk who could withstand over 200 hundred pounds of force from a power drill in his stomach, throat, and head. In both of these cases, both men took an insane amount of punishment and walked away with only minor scratches, bruises, and scrapes. I am going to analyze the science behind real-life superhuman durability and contemplate on how such a power can be pushed to the fullest on a believable level as I brainstorm for my superhuman series.

FUTURISTIC BIOTERRORISM/SUPERHUMAN EUGENICS

When we think of bioterrorism, we think of terrorists using biological weapons to cause death and destruction. Three thousand years from now, I can imagine bioterrorism taking on a new form. In one of my earlier quotes, I mentioned the possibility of humans becoming infertile as a species and that they would solve the problem by collecting samples from at least ten thousand donors and reproduce artificially through a combination of cloning and eugenics. However, what if the samples were contaminated by bioterrorists and cause an entire generation to die out before they are even born? On the other hand, what if this terrorist attack had an unexpected side effect that turns a percentage of the supposedly doomed generation into superhumans and their powers won’t manifest until they reach fifteen years of age? That pretty much sums up the origin story of the superhuman race in my future series. What do you think?

REAL-LIFE TELEKINESIS

I saw this documentary from Stan Lee’s Superhumans where a guy has telekinesis for real! He could move spoons, bend keys, and drop a marker into a wine glass. It has been scientifically proven that this guy did not use trickery or illusions. They did brain scans on him and his brain produced a massive spike in gamma wave activity when an object moved on its own. The gamma wave spike was twice as big as one when someone has a seizure. This gives me a unique view of the science behind telekinesis and I will look for more documentaries like this that discuss the science behind superhuman powers.

A RING-SHAPED SPACE HABITAT

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In my earlier posts, I mentioned that in my superhuman series the future Earth would be a dead planet and the survivors would live in the only habitable place on the planet in a dome city like Logan’s Run. Now, however, I am thinking of including a colossal space habitat that encircles Earth like Saturn’s rings. I have seen a documentary about how a space habitat can theoretically be constructed in three-quarters of a century. I will be reexamining this documentary and other documentaries for further inspiration and information.

HIGH-TECH EXOSKELETONS

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There are new innovations in development known as powered exoskeletons. These suits can be used for either medicinal or military purposes. With the medicinal applications, exoskeletons can be used to help patients who are physically impaired and have difficulty moving on their own. For military applications, exoskeletons can be used to augment a soldier’s durability and strength to the point in which they can lift about 700 pounds. There are rumors that machine guns, grenade launchers, or retractable blades can be fastened to them as well as body armor. With these factors, this kind of exoskeleton can turn one soldier into a one-man-army. Still, the current exoskeletons can only be controlled through the wearer’s muscle power, but if there was a neural interface that connects the suit to the wearer’s nervous system. That way the wearer’s movements would be so easy and seamless that it would be like the suit was a part of them. I will toy with this idea for my superhuman series. There will be a powered exoskeleton that will be homemade and created from salvaged or stolen technology.

LIMITED TIME TRAVEL

When we think of time manipulation, we think of being able to control the time flow through all eras, creating alternate timelines and changing history however you want. However, I think that form of time manipulation is way too powerful, almost borderline godlike. Therefore, I am thinking of including a character with a more limited and believable form of time manipulation. They would be able to freeze, fast-forward, or rewind any event as long as it is limited to just one hour. They could freeze time for only one hour, fast-forward an hour into the future, or rewind one hour into the past. If they try to do it any longer than an hour, the strain will either leave them severely debilitated or kill them.

MY CRAZIEST SUPERVILLAIN

As I continue brainstorming for my superhuman series, I came to realize that I am in the process of creating the craziest supervillain I ever designed. Even though this individual will only appear in the first volume, I intend for him to leave a significant impression on my audience. I created supervillains such as Cyber Shadow, Fanoxean, and Vogan and they all had their complex flaws and forms of insanity and evil. However, this new villain is going to have a form of evil that is more human, which I think will make him more frightening than my previous creations. One could argue that this guy is going to be my personal Joker.

MEGALODON MOMENT

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When I saw the shark in The Meg trailer, I had a Percy Shelley moment. Percy Shelley famously wrote, “I am Ozymandias, king of kings! Look upon my works ye mighty and despair!” With Megalodon, I went, “I am Megalodon, shark of sharks! Look upon my works ye mighty and despair!” Megalodon was truly the shark of sharks and I think this remade quote from Percy Shelley fits it like a slipper.