As reported on slashdot:"The USPTO will issue the first storyline patent in history today, with two others following in the next few monts. Right to Create points out that this was anticipated several months ago in a story by Richard Stallman published in the The Guardian, UK. With the publication of this not-yet-granted patent, its author can begin requiring licensing fees for anyone whose activities might fall within its claims, including book authors, movie studies, television studios and broadcasters, etc. The claims appear to cover the literary elements of a story involving an ambitious high school student who applies for entrance to MIT and prays to remain sleeping until the acceptance letter comes, which doesn't happen for another 30 years."
It's a logical extension of the mess that is the US patent office.
It has to be a hoax.
However, if you can patent software and business methods, it's a logical extension that you should be able to patent a story.
If it's not a hoax this is probably a gift as any idiot can understand that a story should not be patentable. It's going to take something completely over the top to get the powers to be to understand just how bad software patents are.
Software is speech. What you are reading right now is software. It's called MOBIE
and I wrote it.
You can read the continuing fiasco over at slashdot.org