So I've had an idea for a tale kicking around in my head for the past few days and wanted to run it by you lovely intelligent people. The background idea is that the Foundation has a small staff dedicated to the monitoring parallel universes, similar to Metafiction. Specifically, the job of the Parallel Development Research Program (or whatever) is to monitor worlds that have been or are in the process of being destroyed by extra-normal events. Their job is to identify the cause the of the event, where the Foundation equivalent in that universe fucked up, and how to avoid such events on this side. The most useful data comes from universes that are most similar to our own, where there is a competent Foundation that manages to drop the ball just once, leading to a _K scenario. This fact makes the job somewhat stressful, as you have to monitor a world almost if not entirely identical to our own being destroyed and try to detach yourself from the events.
The story isn't much. Researcher X is called into work at some ungodly hour because one of these near-identical worlds (let's call it Earth II) is suffering rapid reality decay and they want to figure out why/how to avoid it before the reality of Earth II totally tears itself apart. Most of it would be the researcher's groggy recollections of the earlier days of the program and general thoughts on the program/what it's like to be a dispassionate observer to the snuffing out of billions of lives on a fairly regular basis/how the researchers keep their sanity, etc.
In all honesty, while I like the general idea/setting the story itself seems pretty half-baked, but I can't really think of anything to add onto it. I have plenty of tales where a half-baked idea is explored and nothing really happens, and I'm afraid that this will turn out as more of the same. That and I really don't want this to turn into yet another "working at the foundation :(" tale. So yeah, thoughts about the core idea, the actual story, suggestions, questions, etc. are all welcome and appreciated.