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.

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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#50 · 10w, 9h ago · 3 · 1 ·

>>371691 Wow, what a nice discussion

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No. :ajbemused:

Comment posted by Safhell deleted at 4:08pm on the 22nd of August, 2014
#48 · 28w, 5h ago · 1 · 2 ·

Goddammit, an entirely uninvited character just invaded the story I'm writing.  Not even a background character I could write out if I wanted to do that.  A character who terrifies even Celestia.  

I guess I'm going to have to deal with it.  At least this character isn't interested in doing anything other than sitting around looking scary.  I still have to write around this Monstrous Presence.

#47 · 28w, 3d ago · · 2 ·

I have an idea for a conversion bureau story, but how should I go about it? The basic idea is that an alien creature has come to Equestria, and is preparing for a full-scale invasion. He eats ponies, and converts them into more aliens too.

Here the first chapter:http://www.fimfiction.net/story/182887/conversion-bureau-purple-rain

The password is Armok.

Comment posted by Sp00kySl0v3n3theMLGs3al deleted at 2:36am on the 9th of March, 2014
#45 · 38w, 1h ago · 5 · 3 ·

I never thought I would ever write FiM Fiction. Then I read these stories.

Now I have an account. Soon there will be stories. One particular aspect I haven't seen treated at much length are the very early days, before Equestria appeared and soon after. How did it come about, really? These questions soon to be answered, assuming I'm capable of producing work of sufficient quality that it ends up here one day.

(musical transition, fade to black)

Comment posted by Leeroy Gabekins deleted at 7:01am on the 6th of February, 2014
#43 · 39w, 1d ago · 5 · 5 ·

>>347102

You really need to actually read some of the quality stories here. The proper, true TCB universe has both Celestia and Luna making sure the best of humanity is preserved, while the worst is left behind. There are massive programs to transcribe literature, film, music, and art into Equestrian matter for preservation. The best of humanity becomes exciting and fashionable in Equestria - human cuisine, human styles, human everything is exotic and interesting to the Equestrians.

Seriously... try reading. If you are in this group... be familiar with what we do here.

#42 · 39w, 1d ago · 3 · ·

>>347101 What i am trying to say is that  I would want to preserve humanity for what we have done. Both good and bad are worthy to be preserved. I just hope that ponies could look past all the bad in humanity and see the good. The civil rights movement, protests against violence, saving innocent children!

Humans would eventually be left as a myth if we don't get preserved. Or even forgotten about entirely!

#41 · 39w, 1d ago · 2 · 2 ·

>>347098

It is for your mindset that the dramatic addition of groups like the Human Liberation Front, God's People's Army and others have become staples of the TCB genre. It is much more fun to have antagonists in any drama, and if they can be painted as complex individuals with honest beliefs all the better.

In my own stories I have portrayed many such 'refuseniks' who would prefer to go down with the Titanic, and I have given them valid, worthy reasons for their beliefs. Reasons based in culture, in religion, in Humanism. We have stories in our archives entirely dedicated to such people.

What we do not have is 'Anti-Bureau' stories which mindlessly depict killing ponies as arbitrarily good, and believing humans superior to all other life forms as inherently, unquestionably right. True Bureau stories offer compelling reasons and values for those that refuse survival, reasons and values that make sense and allow deep characterization.

In proper Bureau stories, nobody is 'evil', nobody is 'wrong'. Every character acts on what they think is right, and every character believes they are doing what is good... for themselves, or for others. We may not agree, or we may agree, but never are we presented with arbitrary and unquestioned events or characters.

#40 · 39w, 1d ago · 2 · ·

>>347096 I'm too good (bad evil psychopathic nerd) for fairyland. Seems a little like heaven in the bible. Now that i think about it. The second coming of raptor jesus could be celestia... Coming to save those who are worthy, and those who are unworthy are the HLF... While the PER could be those weird, christian, freaks who try to force you into religion...

Essentialy TCB is the rapture. Like you said, however...

It will still be viewed as genocide on plenty of other people's part, and i do not think that people IRL would take it as well as those in TCB. Contradicting my own theory though... ALl of the people i have talked to said that they would love to become something that is naturally smarter, can live longer, is cuter, good looking, with nearly no flaws, and can do magic. So everyone i have talked to basically states that yes, they would become ponies if the opportunity was handed to them.

I stand alone to preserve humanity if TCB ever happened. Even if everyone else became a pony. I would stay human until the day i died. Or if i were to be forced? Pray to raptor jesus that my mind would stay the same so i could keep my thoughts and ideas. Because ponification cures all diseases. Then it cures humans of their humanity. A quote from Men In Black. Human thought is viewed as a disease by the other alien races - Agent K

#39 · 39w, 1d ago · 4 · 5 ·

>>347020

No it isn't 'genocide', not using that loaded term. In Bureau stories, the earth is dying already, and Equestria arrives providing a lifeboat for escape and survival to a humanity already doomed.

You don't call the ship that saves you from a shipwreck the 'USS Genocide'. That is just wrong, and mean.

The price of survival is change. It always is, but in the Bureau stories that change is extreme, and therefore interesting. It is transformation, and transformation is... interesting.

The result is a disaster epic with a happy ending. That is blockbuster material.

True, REAL Bureau stories (which is the only kind you will find in these archives) are not about Ponies killing mankind off. They are about a second chance for mankind, and a new life in a better world. If anything, Bureau stories are a Rapture Of The Nerds, an emigration to fairyland when earth has become too shabby to support life any more.

You should read one or two. How about starting with my own 27 Ounces?

#38 · 39w, 2d ago · 2 · ·

Uhhhhh... Isn't this genocide on the pony's part? I like the trope itself, but i would have to be taken away kicking and screaming if i had to lose my body. I'd honestly shoot up anypony who would try to forcibly take me.

#37 · 39w, 6d ago · · ·

200th member!

#36 · 41w, 5d ago · 5 · ·

That user is a member of both the Humans aren't Bastards and the Anti-TCB groups. Having membership in either of those ”hate groups“
Can I ask why Humans aren't Bastards is considered a hate group?

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#34 · 46w, 6d ago · 4 · ·

So, the conversion bureau is implying that ponies will take over the world and only way to survive for humans is to become ponies?

#33 · 63w, 6d ago · · ·

Wonder if my story qualifies.

We Are Not Alone

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