I am getting fed up with writing fantasy and I wanted to free up my art a little. So I'm toying with mixing fantasy and science fiction in interesting ways. I have some ideas brewing for creating my fictional world. Thought I'd run them by people to see whether people think they are good, they suck or they've been done before or whatever... 1. Gateways that open up in places and at times of spiritual significance (such as Ancient Egypt, Mt Sinai, Stonehenge, the River Ganges). These points in space and time can be travelled between - allowing the possibility of time travel, and also interstellar travel (these gateways exist on other worlds too, naturally) 2. A bizarre variety of creatures can seep through these gateways from some other world, even though people from this universe can't seem to find a way to pass to that other world. These creatures are so bizarre as to be almost beyond human ken, and can't really be considered as good or evil (though ignorant humans have referred to them as angels or demons in the past). those who are truly wise about these things class the creatures in five sets - calling them red, yellow, green, blue or purple and claiming that these colours represent the true moral nature of these creatures if white and black are considered to be good and evil. 3. A race of androgynous aliens - they have no gender and hence no concept of gay or straight - but they are divided according to submissive or dominant traits in sexual activity, depending on personality and preferences (but these divisions play a similar role in their society as gender does in ours). These creatures are also very pacifist, don't believe in good and evil but rather in ignorance and learning, and view God in terms of an impersonal energy or consciousness.