There Is No Antimemetics Division

An antimeme is an idea with self-censoring properties; an idea which, by its intrinsic nature, discourages or prevents people from spreading it.

Antimemes are real. Think of any piece of information which you wouldn't share with anybody, like passwords, taboos and dirty secrets. Or any piece of information which would be difficult to share even if you tried: complex equations, very boring passages of text, large blocks of random numbers, and dreams...

But anomalous antimemes are another matter entirely. How do you contain something you can't record or remember? How do you fight a war against an enemy with effortless, perfect camouflage, when you can never even know that you're at war?

Welcome to the Antimemetics Division.

No, this is not your first day.

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There Is No Antimemetics Division was originally created for the SCP Foundation wiki. Read it in its original format here:

That hub page also has links to background material created by me, stories by other authors set in the same continuity, and much, much further reading.

I've been writing for the SCP Foundation wiki on-and-off for the past several years. Check my author page for more Foundation work by me.


Deleted scenes

Here is some bonus material which for various reasons never made it into the actual Antimemetics Division stories or onto the wiki.

Crossover fan fiction

Marion Wheeler meets Jesse Faden from the game Control, and they join forces against a devastating combination of anomalies from both their realities. Wall-to-wall action.

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Discussion (66)

2018-11-24 15:17:17 by Quite Likely:

Oh that's you? I love the anti-memetics series.

2018-11-24 16:17:11 by qntm:

Yep, that's me. And thank you!

2018-11-24 20:20:23 by Giraffe:

I worked this out a couple of months ago. Seconding the antimemetics division series, it is my very favorite~

2018-11-25 06:55:09 by David S:

Is "CASE HATE RED" a broken link by accident, or is the implication that it is missing in-universe?

2018-11-25 17:12:14 by Omegatron:

It just hasn't been written yet

2018-11-25 23:53:16 by corasaur:

that dang CASE HATE RED tease on the timeline. or have i already read it and forgot. oh god i said that as a joke but a chapter legitimately missing from the story because 3125 would be amazing and infuriating

2018-11-26 00:05:52 by corasaur:

also I understand why Immemorial worked better without the silly conversation with the totem-thing but it was still amusing.

2018-11-26 00:49:12 by qntm:

Yes, "CASE HATE RED" is the planned title of the next part. As a general rule I will not lie directly to you readers about what's going on in the story. There isn't, like, a kayfabe thing going on here. It's disappointing about the conversation with SCP-8473, but you wouldn't believe how much material I throw out for most of these chapters. Actually, what's most disappointing is that that segment was intended more as sad than silly, highlighting that Wheeler doesn't really have a personal life, or any friends or loved ones. They are all gone, and she's retroactively been a total loner for years and years, and she doesn't even realise how much she's lost. Anyway, what with the rest of the chapter, that prologue was irrelevant and distracting. Sometimes you have to get brutal and cut perfectly good content because it isn't appropriate to the tone of everything else. Film editors make equally tough calls all the time. It may come back in some form. I'm working on it.

2018-11-26 06:48:23 by v5-zm:

I too quite enjoyed reading the antimemetics series a few months ago without realizing who had written it (or even that they were all by the same person). Is there a way to get an RSS feed of updates?

2018-11-28 00:26:40 by qntm:

The SCP Foundation wiki has an RSS feed of most recently-created pages here: But it's high-volume feed and statistically very few of those new entries will be Antimemetics stuff or by me. You can also follow me on Twitter: But again I tweet about a lot of things which aren't new Antimemetics Division stuff. If you have an SCP Foundation Wiki account, you could try "watching" this page for changes: This will send you emails, not put anything into an RSS feed. But recently I've found that watching pages doesn't seem to work...? Sorry I can't be of more help.

2018-11-28 20:29:05 by corasaur:

oh yeah i definitely got that the 8473 conversation was supposed to be tragic. i just found it darkly humorous because i'm a bad person. and I understand needing to be brutal in editing. All this month, for nanowrimo, i've been realizing which fun things will probably not survive a revsion shortly after i've churned them out.

2018-12-09 23:23:19 by Lemma:

I guess this means it's time I started reading SCP Foundation stuff~ Well. I'm *tempted* to, anyway. There's a *lot* of stuff there, right? I don't really have time to be reading something as big as Homestuck. But, if the antimemetics stories are self contained then I may read those on their own.

2018-12-12 15:35:47 by Revan:

Lemma, I would read at least a few SCP entries just to get a feel for the grimdarkness of the world, then dive into the Antimemetics Division Hub. The main arc following Marion Wheeler is great. There's another antimemetics story arc that isn't written by Sam, and it's pretty good as well.

2018-12-15 01:08:57 by Mark:

I've been following your antimemetics work pretty much since SCP-055's first inception. Fell in love with the idea of an antimeme from the start. I was thrilled when the antimemetics division stories were released (YEARS later).

2018-12-17 02:17:25 by Thallori:

I've always thought that everything outside of the anti-memetics tales was made by different people. That even you were inspired by SCP-055 to make it. Learning that you were behind every awesome antimeme is, erm, woah... It's kinda amazing.

2018-12-27 12:31:39 by tahrey:

Well, there's the better part of 4500 main-list "objects" by now, and a huge scad of various canon and not-quite-canon add-on tales, all of which can vary from about one printed page of text to the equivalent of a short novel... not to mention all the joke, explained and decomissioned articles, the logs of extranormal items/events/places, personnel files, everything to do with the non-foundation Groups Of Interest, all the international divisions, etc. And of course the List Of Things Dr Bright Is No Longer Allowed To Do At The Foundation. It can be pretty daunting even for a longtime fan trying to keep up with it, let alone a newbie. There is a "top rated" list on the site, however, IIRC, as well as a curated page dedicated to "the classics" which are largely those items which kicked off the whole idea when they started appearing on 4chan's /x/ board. Some of them are grimdark, others come under just plain weird, or even kinda funny, as well as some that are pretty deep psych horror and really shouldn't be read late at night when you're alone in a dark house unless you have a strong mental constitution. Though thankfully the one which had a flavour image which did something bizarre and primal to my hindbrain and induced instant inhuman terror has long since been consigned to the bin because the attached article was actually a bit shit. I might have a little troll through later on and pull out some of the lighter or easier to grok favourites... but, honestly, if your intent IS to read the entire thing, that WILL be a Homestuck level mission because of the sheer amount of material. I'm nowhere near close to that and don't intend to ever get there. The sheer amount of stuff being written and added to the site on a weekly basis would take up most if not all of a typical person's free reading time.

2018-12-27 12:32:39 by tahrey:

correction: the curated page is the "Heritage Collection". Definitely worth a visit if you're new to it all.

2019-01-12 23:19:23 by JustAnotherLurker:

+tahrey Challenge accepted

2019-01-29 17:08:42 by AbraxasGadoliniumMacGuile:

Nice one! Still, where's the anticognitohazards?

2019-03-31 00:21:43 by Fnorfensuld:

Great stories. I await CASE HATE RED. Also I notice something. 55 is the first antimemetic by publication date, and 3125 is 5^5. Did you plan this?

2019-03-31 04:21:11 by qntm:

SCP-055 was written in 2008. I didn't start work on the Antimemetics Division concept until 2015, so the connection with Fifthism, the number 5 and the number 3125 must not have happened until some time after then. So it's just a happy coincidence. It was just the earliest unassigned number which was available at the time. It could very easily have been SCP-067 or whatever (and that wouldn't have affected anything).

2019-04-13 09:32:44 by axolotl:

I was amused by the surname of Bart *Hughes*. But that name is from 055, so it has to be a coincidence. Right? Do you even recall ever having met the author who picked out that name? On an unrelated note, there's only one Bart Hughes famous enough for Wikipedia, and he's famous for self-trepanation.

2019-04-13 10:09:27 by Zim the Vixen:

I appreciate this post getting bumped whenever you post an update. That way, it's a little easier to check whether a new antimemetics story was posted. Also, absolutely loved case hate red!

2019-04-16 01:47:25 by e:

Just tell me one thing. I won't ask if this story is going to have a happy end, but will it at least have a, a *non-eldritch* end?

2019-04-16 01:51:55 by qntm:

This story will definitely have an end.

2019-05-14 16:39:45 by John:

My feeling is that Adam Wheeler is going to have his "People in this division are as competent on day one as they'll ever be" moment coming up shortly. I'm wondering if the Samsara cavalry are going to be coming for him.

2019-05-14 21:55:58 by John:

Just hacked into the SCP-3125 containment (that's a lovely bit of set decoration, I must say), and read the final note. I am even more eager to read the next chapter, when it comes out.

2019-06-14 21:55:36 by John:

Having now read Ara Orun, looks like I was pretty close. Welcome to the Foundation, Mister Wheeler. This is your first day.

2019-07-16 17:28:03 by Abraxas Gadolinium MacGuile:

I'm back, QNTM. Just call me AGM or The Apocalyptic. I have a K-class scenario idea. RK-class 682 Invulnerability Events happen when the aforementioned SCP survives one of the following: a nuclear blast, a gravitational singularity, direct contact with antimatter, or another sufficiently dangerous K-class scenario, such as GK-class Hostile Greenhouse or QK-class Quantum Degeneracy. By definition, an Omega-K-class End of Death scenario would be the ideal situation in which an RK-class occurs, since the former causes the latter to be more easily resolved.

2019-08-07 03:57:44 by Ciber:

I think this site might have some anti-mimetic properties. I remember enjoying reading its contents, but a day later I cannot recall anything about them...

2019-08-27 03:24:01 by Abraxas Gadolinium MacGuile:

Finally managed to join the Foundation! Look for stuff by The Apocalyptic!

2019-09-01 19:37:44 by Xander:

Every so often I re-discover the fact that you authored SCP-055 and proceed to re-forget that fact. I think this is irony of some sort.

2019-09-07 17:00:39 by cdonnelly:

Wonderful as always, and always worth the wait.

2019-09-12 17:00:09 by The Apocalyptic:

LOL Ciber & Xander. You two may be right, tiough. I almosu forgot about the skip when looking at this page, but an editorial anomaly of unknown orign made the skip in question #0048, not #0055 (or #0048-J).

2019-11-28 16:52:30 by The Apocalyptic:

*though *almost

2019-12-14 18:48:57 by John F:

Hates the thought of being uploaded, check. Put a Do Not Upload instruction into his will, check. Got uploaded into a germ... check. Just another day at the Foundation for The Germ Formerly Known As Bart Hughes.

2019-12-16 22:15:10 by Fnorfensuld:

2256 is a good SCP. I’m happy that you mentioned it. ...I reread the page for 2256 and there are blacked out parts that I don’t remember. Did you add the black bars later?

2020-02-16 03:38:09 by The Apocalyptic:

4766 mentions a *quote* QNTM-type memetic analysis engine *unquote*. Your doing?

2020-02-26 18:47:30 by John F:

I lurk past your sandbox periodically out of interest in your writing process. An alternate interpretation of one of the lines in your current work under revision gave me a very vivid impression that there are now a number of other uploaded Foundation germs working alongside Hughes by now.

2020-03-01 22:23:36 by Luna:

Do you have any plans for what you'll write for the Foundation after 55555 is done? Or do you even plan to at all, for that matter? Whatever the case, I'm excited to see where you go next.

2020-04-14 08:29:35 by Orrbulous:

Hey, I love your works. Thanks for the read, and I hope to continue the story of the antimemetics division in the future.

2020-04-20 21:54:50 by Yerps:

Hiya, just re-read the whole series for the nth time. Much love, I hope you keep going with it. Ironically, I don't even remember how long ago it was that I first started reading your content. Still, as ever, hyped to see it's conclusion. I'm sure it'll be memorable.

2020-06-09 18:40:55 by John F:

It was once believed that ideas were bulletproof, but the SCP Foundation's done some pretty impressive ballistics research since then.

2020-06-10 18:31:26 by John F:

Having reread Tombstone, I see that my prior comment about other Foundation researchers was generally correct in spirit, but not so much "alongside Hughes" as "inside Hughes".

2020-06-13 16:58:44 by itaibn:

Broken link: "Champions of Nothing" leads to the page for "Tombstone".

2020-06-14 01:37:38 by Klisz:

Is just reread SCP-2256, and I'm curious: are the Maikitian words given in the article ("Maikiti" itself, "teùkoka", and "polo'ongakau") based on actual Polynesian roots?

2020-06-14 09:36:55 by eyqs:

Wow, I remember reading up to Your Last First Day three or four years ago when I first discovered SCP. After I read Ra and Fine Structure, I had no idea the author was the same. Glad I'm here to read it all the way to the end.

2020-06-17 16:04:27 by Rob:

I have to know, is C. gigantes referring to themselves as "They Who Walk Very Slowly" a Guardians of the Galaxy Drax reference?

2020-06-17 17:07:39 by qntm:

No, I don't understand that reference, sorry. Also, "The Ones Who Walk Very Slowly" is not C. gigantes' name for themselves, it is the name given to them by Polynesian natives who first observed them in the wild.

2020-06-17 22:19:21 by MadcapPomposity:

Glorious. I've read pretty much everything on, and obviously all of There Is No Antimemetics Division and Five Five Five Five Five. Between Fine Structure, Ra, and what I can only think to call the Wheeler Tales, I see a whole lot of interrelated themes and elements reconfigured in different contexts; and I think this is the best iteration yet.

2020-06-19 14:51:38 by theTrueMikeBrown:

As much as I am not usually into the SCP universe, I have to admit - that was a very satisfying story. Keep writing! I will buy whatever you publish, and I would support you on Patreon if you ever get around to making one.

2020-07-19 05:03:13 by Macdrown:

Just bought the ePub. I have been browsing the SCP wiki for nine years and this is probably the best thing I’ve ever read on there. I can’t remember the last time I saw a writer introduce and juggle so many fresh, new sci fi concepts so effortlessly. What a beautiful ending as well. Thank you qntm.

2020-09-07 07:32:20 by Dot:

Just curious, do you plan on also adding the (scrapped) content you made for the SCP describing that one blocked-away-due-to-memetic-threat universe to this page at some point? Or if it's still floating around somewhere, where would I find it?

2020-09-30 06:00:10 by Felipe:

I just binged through the whole thing in one sitting. It is, without an iota of exaggeration, the best thing on that site. I was hooked from the moment Wheeler first explains what an antimeme is to the moment that she becomes the nuke. How you managed to make compelling a story where half the chapters end with the characters forgetting the chapter is beyond me, but you did it The ending in particular, with the "Kill an idea with a better idea" thing, is absolutely brilliant. the SCP Foundation can be a bleak, cynical place, but this story is a reminder that it is ultimately hopeful. It's right there in the Secure, Contain, Protect. It is a noble mission, a good idea, an idea that can beat 3125. An idea that Marion believes so powerfully that she can be the seed of the meme nuke. And in the end, it is Adam's belief in Marion, and her ideas, that make the meme nuke real. The one problem I had with it were the ghosts. The ghosts were a pretty brilliant addition that initially made me go "Really? Meme ghosts?" but eventually I got sold on. Soon my mind was soon racing to "Ghost Marion! Ghost Marion!" and seeing her get to Heaven while brain-damaged was gut-wrenching". Sadly in the end they were left kinda inconsequential, shunted out of the story when Sam took the reins back, serving only to relay some instructions to Adam. I suppose that is par for the course for the antimemetics division, but still, I feel the story ultimately suffered slightly for their inclusion. I understand this is a side effect of the multiple authorship, but as a unified work it leaves some aspects of the whole thing lacking. Let me sandwich that criticism with more praise. I loved the meta aspects, from the way that Adam goes on an extended Wiki Walk that will mirror most readers' introduction to the Foundation to the way that the only way to defeat this ultimate embodiment of hopelessness and defeat is with the very idea of the Foundation itself. You are clearly a man who understands the appeal of the Foundation. Thank you for the good words.

2020-11-01 18:42:17 by matt:

What worries me, is that I've just bought this for my kindle. I make a point of buying qntm rather than reading it on the website... but I'm sure I've already read it. And it isn't on my amazon account.

2020-11-04 19:09:29 by Chris:

small issue, but is the description for the first part of the Antimemetics playlist cut off? as of now it reads "This playlist provides a soundtrack for the entire Antimemetics Division saga, starting with SCP-055 and finishing with the epilogue, Champions Of Nothing. Each" each what?

2020-11-04 20:20:34 by qntm:

Each what what? Your Spotify client might be truncating the description.

2020-11-04 21:44:18 by Chris:

I don't know - the last word in the description (as I see it through the Android app) is just "Each" without anything after it. is the description more complete on your end?

2020-12-25 20:23:53 by minchel:

You are an incredible writer. Definitely got me hooked. beautiful story.

2021-03-13 23:55:45 by Whoami?:

Great book. Just bought it on Amazon. Waiting for the next. Who are you people? Why am I typing here?

2021-04-05 00:44:48 by hadi:

I just finished your antimemetics division entries and enjoyed every single one of it. Thank you for sharing this well-written story with us!

2021-06-13 20:28:47 by Alejandro N:

Damn this is amazing, i just had an idea of making an Antimemetic Division story where you as you read something and scroll down there are excerpts of the story that disappear and you cant see if you go back.

2021-06-13 20:29:41 by Alejandro N:

I just hope I dont forget about it

2021-07-26 16:54:24 by sithel:

Just wanted to say I've no prior SCP familiarity but read "There Is No Antimemetics Division" on recommendation from a friend and absolutely loved it. Thank you for Marion Wheeler. Am enjoying the playlist right now, looking forward to checking out more of your work.

2021-09-09 18:16:34 by kaliedo:

Just somehow stumbled upon the story on SCP wiki- wow, what a read! Amusingly, I've only now just realized that I've been a long-time accidental fan of yours. Every year or two I find some excellent fiction and eventually find out that it came from here! Anyway, thanks for writing such a wild story. Reading it I feel a bit like some of the characters in the story, trying to grok ideas that are too big to fit in my skull. It's a neat feeling.

2021-09-11 23:14:50 by kaliedo:

Another thing: I was wondering about something specific, the origin of your usage of 'wild light'. It seemed like a cool phrase, it's kinda evocative of... something. So I looked it up, and filtering by date to go back in time I eventually found this: It's a poem, in particular it has these two passages: " That seem to shine at me through a lattice toward you. If the wild light of this January day is true I pledge me to be truthful unto you Whom I cannot ever stop remembering. Remembering to forgive. Remember to pass beyond you into the day On the wings of the secret you will never know. Taking me from myself, in the path Which the past girth of the day has assigned to me." This really reminds me of that final scene where Wheeler becomes WILD LIGHT. Coincidence or intentional?

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