is the creation of fourteen writers who wanted to create a science
fiction based story universe. From an initial concept by Prue
Walker, it has grown into a full-fledged technology-based universe.
Stories already published and in the works range from light romance
to heavy SF, with everything in between.
We welcome anyone
with a desire to write in the HB universe to go right ahead.
The rules here are designed to set up a common framework without
unduly limiting anyone's creativity. Have fun!
Suggestions for clarifications,
revisions, and additions will be gratefully received. Please send
them to [email protected]
are the nickname (taken from the company name) for a revolutionary
development in technology. The HuggleBugs are nanites, microscopic
machines that are networked, self-reproducing body modification
tools. They could, in theory, be programmed for many different
functions, but the only ones being currently marketed are designed
to modify a person's physical appearance to match a pre-selected
physiotype. This may affect a person's apparent age, weight,
height, race, gender, or any other visible physical attribute.
make physical changes only. No memories, skills, or personality
traits are either added to or subtracted from the person undergoing
modification. The only mental changes which may occur are
changes in brain chemistry caused by the revised physiology.
could potentially be administered in a number of different methods,
but the only two delivery methods being currently marketed is through
topical application or aerosol spray. With topical application,
upon application to the skin, the nanites (suspended in distilled
water) are activated and enter the body through pores, thence making
their way throughout the body to begin their functioning.
Mucous membranes are particularly effective sites for application.
Alternately, the HuggleBugs suspension may be applied through use
of a spray, either in a pump bottle or pressurized can. Use
of the pressurized can, however, could result in the unintentional
application of the nanites to a third party. The use of a
topical application as a transport mechanism was felt by the management
of HuggleBugs, LTD to be the safest and most error-free possibility,
as well as the most cost-effective.
there are two varieties of HuggleBugs. The first alters the
body to match a pre-determined physiotype. The second alters
the form to match whatever clothing is worn by the user. This
second variety is much more expensive, due to the greater programming
complexity of the nanites used. Users are STRONGLY discouraged
from mixing use of the two nanites, lest unintended transformation
family of nanites, there are two varieties. The first is intended
for temporary use. If the physical change is intended to be temporary,
It is incumbent on the person changed (herein referred as the changeling)to
follow the instructions from the company precisely. If the changelings
transformation becomes permanent due to non-adherence to the instructions,
the company will not be held liable. In plain English, read
the instructions carefully and follow them exactly, or Bad Things
variety of HuggleBugs will last between two and three days, depending
on the metabolism of the person changed and the amount of 'stress'
the change places on their nanites. A smaller change will
tend to allow the nanites to function longer, a radical change will
shorten their life-span. The programmed end to the change
is deliberate, to prevent any 'runaway' changes. All temporary
nanites are set to expire 60 hours after activation, but this is
variable by plus or minus twelve hours, except in extraordinary
circumstances. For an additional cost, the company will provide
temporary nanites with longer lifespans, to be determined by the
user. Under no circumstances will temporary nanites be sold
with lifespans exceeding ten days, due to safety concerns which
the company has not publicized.
7) At times circumstances
may dictate the need for an immediate reversion to the original
form. This is achieved by use of a second application of HuggleBugs,
programmed to 'kill' the original set of nanites, thus allowing
the reversion to proceed unimpeded. Use of the 'reversal'
nanites causes an almost immediate reversion to the original form.
However, their use is officially discourages except in emergency
situations, as there is a small but finite chance of an unfortunate
interaction with the original nanites.
8) The other
variety of HuggleBugs is designed to cause a permanent transformation.
The nanites perform their function, and then leave a genetic marker
that blocks any future nanites from affecting the individual.
These nanites 'self-destruct' following their programmed function,
leaving no trace of their presence, aside from the genetic marker.
HuggleBugs cost substantially more than the temporary variety, mainly
caused by the fact that repeat business is impossible. The
company will NOT admit this publicly, however.
10) Use of nanites
for a second form while the first is in use is STRONGLY discouraged.
Results may be unpredictable. While the company is unable
to assume responsibility for unintended effects, they will assist
those so affected to the best of their ability, so long as such
assistance will not adversely impact the company's profitability.
11) Overuse of
the nanites is likewise discouraged. Use of more than one
treatment in any 96-hour period may cause genetic damage, which
could result in severe side effects, up to and including death.
12) Of course,
in the course of stories, mistakes do occur, both in the programming
of the nanites (extremely infrequently) and in their application
(somewhat more often).
13) The listed
products are the only HuggleBugs nanites currently on the market,
although the company is testing additional products that will reach
market in the indefinite future. Tests may be shown in stories,
but no new product releases should be established without the consent
of the HuggleBugs partners.
LTD should never be shown to be villainous. The company is
not as good at quality control as it wishes to believe, and is more-than-healthily
cost-conscious, but they are NOT causing malicious or nonconsensual
15)By the same
token, the company does not use fraud or coercion to transform any
person or persons. All the warnings and caveats are contained
in the fine print of the HuggleBugs TOS, hard to read, perhaps,
but present for those who care to read.
transformations are allowed. No inter-species transformations
are to be done, nor any transformations to or from inanimate objects.
HB nanites will likewise not affect the deceased.
non-human transformations will fail. The company will not
supply any nanites for this purpose, and any attempts to accomplish
this will go outside the programmed parameters of the nanites and
is accomplished as follows. Before beginning a transformation,
special nanites contained within the mix take a sample of the user's
DNA, and store the data. This is passed on to the other nanites
prior to reversion. Although problems in this area have not
been reported as yet, it is theoretically possible for errors to
occur. For instance, sampling could fail to initiate until
the transfomation is already underway. Also, persons who have
had transplants might be at risk, if samples from the transplanted
organ(s) are used. This is an open field for creativity, just
remember that errors in reversion are rare.
19) In a male-to-female
transformation, unless specifically requested in the order, menses
begin approximately 20 days following transformation. It has
been noted that a fairly high percentage of orders do request an
emediate onset. Immediate onset serves to give the hormone
levels a 'kick-start', which may be desired by some users.
may occur to a transformed person. In that event, any reversions
or effects of other nanites are blocked until 72 hours following
the end of pregnancy. This is to protect the life and health
of both mother and baby. Self-insemination is not possible,
blocked by a programmed limitation in the nanites.
stories may be written by any person who so desires, provided that
these rules are adhered to.
2) All HuggleBugs
stories may be submitted by the author to any site which does not
require payment in exchange for access to the story. If payment
is required, then the story may not be posted.
stories must be submitted to [email protected]
for posting on the HuggleBugs site.
Ltd. Reserves the right to enforce compliance to the rules as set
forth above. This is not intended as a restrictive measure,
but we wish to avoid the kind of problems that led to the premature
demise of the 'Bikini Beach' story universe.
stories remain the property of their author. The HuggleBugs
Characters, technology, and all descriptions thereof are and remain
property of HuggleBugs, Ltd. License is granted to authors
to use these characters and technologies in their writings, in exchange
for unlimited distribution rights to such stories and articles,
granted to HuggleBugs, Ltd.
6) All posted
HuggleBugs stories must contain a link to the site HTTP://www.hugglebugs.net
THE HISTORY OF
is being provided as an aid to the background of the HB product.
Prior periods in the HBO development are not open for story submissions.)
Prior to 1995, Prue Walker was performing the initial experiments
on sheep and cattle. The purpose of these experiments
were to increase the herd's production by raising all animals in
a herd to 'champion' levels of physical development.
Using a solely DNA-based approach, there was some promise of success,
but no immediate breakthrough.
Then on a fateful day in 1995, a freak accident caused the complete,
irreversible transformation of a friend and assistant who from then
on took the name of Rose.
Following this fateful accident, the emphasis shifted from a purely
DNA-based transformation (irreversible) to a highly controllable
and reversible transformation.
Enter Kim, as Nanite designer and, eventually, General Manager.
After preliminary tests of her designs, Piper was brought in as
Then, in early 2000, HuggleBugs, LTD was formed. The corporate
partners were brought in, and the HuggleBugs (tm) nanites are now
available to the world.
partners may be references in stories, in the roles outlined here.
Please refrain from using last names.)
Chief Financial Officer
Managing Director (and Nanite Designer)
Marketing and Sales Director
UK Marketing and Sales Manager
Corporate Legal Officer
Vice President (Eastern Hemisphere); Director of Corporate Communications
Executive Secretary to the President
Vice President (Western Hemisphere); Chief Nanite Programmer
Shipping and Receiving Officer
Production Supervisor and Facilities Manager
Quality Assurance Supervisor