THE  CONVERSION  BUREAU

Group 22. The First. The Best. The One True and Original Conversion Bureau Group.

The very best and brightest stories from the Conversion Bureau mythos are gathered here. Good, solid, well written stories that show the true breadth and depth of what is easily one of the most original, vital, and intelligent creations on the whole of Fimfiction. Here you will find only the finest works, all collected in one place.

The Conversion Bureau Group exists to celebrate and promote the wonderful Conversion Bureau Genre!

What    IS  a

CONVERSION   BUREAU

Story?

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The Conversion Bureau is a fantastic, exciting, and marvelous genre, but what truly defines it? What really IS a Conversion Bureau story?

Conversion Bureau stories are transformation fiction. They are stories of ordinary humans offered the most extraordinary of experiences - that of becoming an entirely new species. Bureau stories examine the nature of identity and existence at a fundamental level.

Primary to any true Conversion Bureau story is a deep love of ponies, Equestria, Celestia and Luna, and all the most wonderful things about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The Bureau genre began as simple wish fulfillment, as the dream of a science fictional means to become ponies and live in their universe as one of them. But it has grown far beyond that humble and simple origin.

Conversion Bureau authors love and expand upon the joy and innocence that My Little Pony represents, and juxtapose the often harsh and cruel real world of Earth beside that of Equestria. Through some means the two realms are brought together, and humans are offered the gift of becoming Equestrian themselves.

In a Bureau story, humans may react to this opportunity in any number of ways. They may embrace it, or fear it, resign themselves to it or even oppose it - but the transformation is usually inevitable, and humankind is forced to confront the issue of what it means to become the Other.

This ancient literary technique - as old as man - offers the Bureau author a wonderful way to explore both what is good, and what is terrible, about humanity, while presenting human ideals in contrast, painted in pony form.

The most common Conversion Bureau story places humanity in a state of catastrophe, when suddenly the alien universe that is Equestria collides with our own cosmos. Time is limited, and the dying earth will be destroyed before its already inevitable end. Ponies, being generous, offer Man a lifeboat, an escape - but it is a salvation that comes with a price. The price is that to enter Equestria - a world of magic and utterly different physical laws - Homo sapiens must become Equus Sapiens.

With their back against the wall, and time running out, humanity must decide whether to live as ponies, or die as men. Complicating this decision is that Equestria is a paradisaical fairyland, and the change to pony body is not merely physical - the brain is changed too, so that only the best of a person remains, and their evil is lost.

What truly is the self? What defines a person? Is evil necessary, or a burden? Is an individual their thoughts and memories, or are they the meat, the substrate they are made of? Is the value of humankind in their thumbs... or in their hearts? These are the questions that the Conversion Bureau explores.

There are many Bureau universes, and many Bureau authors. Not all agree on how the two universes collide, or why, or how the process of ponification occurs. But all true Conversion Bureau authors agree on some basic principles: My Little Pony is a wonderful show, ponies themselves are awesome and good, and we all could learn to be better people, by emulating the ponies we love so much.

In the Conversion Bureau, we can see what it would be like to actually become the thing we love so much. But apart from the simple joy of that dream fulfilled, the Conversion Bureau also allows us to compare and contrast what our real lives are like when examined beside the magical wonderland of Equestria. While this basic concept is as old as humanity, the 'My Little Pony Meets Blade Runner' science fictional take on the transformation genre is like nothing else. It is unique, exciting, emotional and challenging.

Come along and become a pony too, and see the world through fresh and fascinating eyes!

Welcome to the Conversion Bureau!

What new desire are these?

I long to pace o'er flowery meadows

and to feed on grass!

Her stooping body on her hands is borne,

Her hands are turned to hoofs, and shod in horn.

Her yellow tresses ruffle in a mane,

And in a flowing tail she frisks her train.

The mare was finished in her voice and look,

and a new name from the new figure took.

- Ocyrhoe's Transformation, Ovid, 23 BC


The Three Rules Of The Conversion Bureau Genre

1. Conversion Bureau stories are transformation fiction. They are stories of ordinary humans offered the most extraordinary of experiences - that of becoming an entirely new species. Bureau stories examine the nature of identity and existence at a fundamental level.

2. Primary to any true Conversion Bureau story is a deep love of ponies, Equestria, Celestia and Luna, and all the most wonderful things about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Conversion Bureau stories expand upon the joy and innocence that My Little Pony represents, and juxtapose the often harsh and cruel real world of Earth beside that of Equestria. Through some means the two realms are brought together, and humans are offered the gift of becoming Equestrian themselves.

3. In a Conversion Bureau story, humans may react to this opportunity in any number of ways. They may embrace it, or fear it, resign themselves to it or even oppose it - but the transformation is usually inevitable, and humankind is forced to confront the issue of what it means to become the Other.

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#75 · 2w, 2d ago · 3 · ·

>>401665

What's the name of the very FIRST Conversion Bureau story?

It's called, simply 'The Conversion Bureau'. It was written by a very young man under the handle of 'Blaze' about four months after the first episode of Series One was shown. It does not exist on Fimfiction. It is not very good, and it was never finished. You can find what remains of it here, if you choose.

While the story was little more than Gary-Sue pony-human shipping, it had one fantastic, worthwhile and utterly brilliant element: the concept. A blend of Blade Runner and My Little Pony, as some have described it, Blaze put in words what every real fan of MLP quietly imagines at some point or another: 'If only it were possible, rationally possible, to become a real Equestrian pony'. He suggested technology as the answer. This was enough.

This little scrap of possibility was enough to ignite the imaginations of countless authors - and the fires of endless abuse and hatred. Stories both brilliant and awful followed, some enhancing and expanding on the genre, others childishly trying to destroy the genre.

But through it all, the heart of the Conversion Bureau still beats, despite being silenced and censored, despite harassment and death threats, despite the worst the Angry Little Boys of the internet could do to destroy it and erase it forever.

Blaze's initial creation lives on in two primary ways. One, the name. Two, the rough concept that some application of science could turn humans into Equestrians. Blaze was the match that started a great conflagration of creativity, fear of that creativity, and the drama that comes when children with the power of computers behind them throw tantrums to censor what they don't like.

Now you know.

#74 · 2w, 4d ago · · ·

What's the name of the very FIRST Conversion Bureau story?

#73 · 8w, 3d ago · 2 · ·

>>399824 No problem at all! :twilightsmile: It took me till Griseus's post to actually figure out how to poke around in it (and myself was wondering what it was all about at the time.)

#72 · 8w, 3d ago · · ·

>>399823

Ah okay thanks for telling me.  Sorry just got overly curious when the site wouldn't let me see what it was.

#71 · 8w, 3d ago · 1 · ·

>>399774 The threads thing is uh, well, not really sure how to put what it's about. It didn't quite really have a given purpose. But as Griseus said:

threads remove s

Do the above in the browser bar and that's how you reach it, apparently it's a little glitch. :twilightsheepish:

#70 · 8w, 4d ago · · ·

Does anyone know what that thread thread in the forum is about?  Cause I can't seem to access it.

#69 · 9w, 8h ago · · ·

>>399712 Appreciated

#68 · 9w, 8h ago · · ·

>>399710 If you haven't already tried, I think there's a "Submissions" Folder in the "Stories" tab; failing that then I'm not really sure *shrugs*, try asking one of the mods.

#67 · 9w, 9h ago · · ·

Why is there no option for me to add my story?

#66 · 9w, 20h ago · 3 · ·

Said i wanted to make  a BIG song about the concepts of the Conversion Bureau and finally completed this track and pmv. All the many credits are in the description and thanks to all those (musicians, artists, voice actors) who contributed and took part. Hopefully a good introduction to CB through a human (and somewhat paranoid) pov.

#65 · 9w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

threads remove s

#64 · 12w, 2d ago · 3 · 1 ·

Two chapters of 'Little Blue Cat' up, another coming after midnight PST.

#63 · 14w, 1d ago · · ·

>>397948 Well... neverland that.

I mean nevermind.

I got enough OCs now...

Unless I ask one OC from you that is an HLF offical.

#62 · 14w, 1d ago · 1 · ·

>>397210

I'm not exactly sure what you are asking me.

But, Chatoyance, request permission to get human characters for my mass-OC'd TCB?

Are you asking me if you can use characters from my stories? Or are you asking me to make up characters for you? I just don't understand. I am sorry.

#61 · 14w, 6d ago · · ·

I don't exactly remember why there were two comments of me deleted...

But, Chatoyance, request permission to get human characters for my mass-OC'd TCB?

Comment posted by Rowan Ex deleted at 5:30am on the 28th of April, 2015
Comment posted by tarkus9 deleted at 5:30am on the 28th of April, 2015
Comment posted by Rowan Ex deleted at 5:30am on the 28th of April, 2015
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#56 · 18w, 5d ago · 6 · 9 ·

>>394327

>>393452

You misunderstand.

In a true Bureau story, there is nothing like you mean. You are describing Anti-Bureau stories, a form of hate-literature written from a place of ignorance of the genre itself. In true Bureau stories, Humans win when they are saved from extinction by ponification. Please learn the genre rules:

The Three Rules Of The Conversion Bureau Genre

1. Conversion Bureau stories are transformation fiction. They are stories of ordinary humans offered the most extraordinary of experiences - that of becoming an entirely new species. Bureau stories examine the nature of identity and existence at a fundamental level.

2. Primary to any true Conversion Bureau story is a deep love of ponies, Equestria, Celestia and Luna, and all the most wonderful things about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. Conversion Bureau stories expand upon the joy and innocence that My Little Pony represents, and juxtapose the often harsh and cruel real world of Earth beside that of Equestria. Through some means the two realms are brought together, and humans are offered the gift of becoming Equestrian themselves.

3. In a Conversion Bureau story, humans may react to this opportunity in any number of ways. They may embrace it, or fear it, resign themselves to it or even oppose it - but the transformation is usually inevitable, and humankind is forced to confront the issue of what it means to become the Other.


If a story does not conform to these three rules, then it cannot be a Conversion Bureau story, and does not belong in this group.

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