Genre Focus: Science Fiction

In the last year or so I have been getting a lot of emails asking for scripts of specific genres, to which I usually reply with a list of recommendations. So for the next few weeks, instead of emailing the usual cut-and-paste reply, I will group the two pagers into different genres here, starting with Science Fiction.

In the following scripts you will find spacecraft, time-travel, apocalyptic human extinction, and a giant holographic head.

Memory and the Mountain – A memory broker tries to convince an ageing mountain climber to sell his memories.

The Hack – The story of Rupert Winward, hack science fiction writer in the 1960s.

Diaspora – A world leader prepares to make the most important speech of his life.

L’Esprit De l’Escalier – A mad, old, obsessive scientist has unlocked the mystery of time travel.

I Remember a Lot of Octobers – After breakfast, Mara decides how to spend the rest of her day.

The Last Librarian – At the dawn of the war which destroyed humanity a massive library was sent into space in an effort to preserve the world’s books.

Europa – Researchers on an ice station get the call one of them has been dreading.

Chronology and the Captain – A strange encounter in a cafe between a bored waitress and a time-traveler.

If you like these then check out my personal top five, or browse all 72 scripts in the script index.




The complete beginner’s guide to escaping from the boot of a car.

The first thing you’ll notice about this script (especially if, like most of my readers, you are American) is the use of the Anglocentric “boot” to describe what would otherwise be called the “trunk” of a car. I debated whether to use the Americanised version or not. Ultimately I went with the one I personally use knowing, obviously, that it doesn’t actually matter all that much. If the film is made in America feel free to just transplant the word “trunk” in there wherever “boot” is used.

The second thing you might notice, particularly if you’ve read a lot of the other scripts, is that this one is a little darker than I usually go for. I do find it difficult writing dark stuff but I’m not wholly opposed to it. I’ve written stuff darker still and probably will again at some point, it just doesn’t come to me as easily as some lighter stuff.

Hope you enjoy it.


I Remember a Lot of Octobers

After breakfast, Mara decides how to spend the rest of her day.

One of the things I like about two page scripts (and shorts in general) is that there is no set structure. There can be two broad acts (set up, pay off), three traditional acts, open with a question and explore the answer, a tiny moment with a character or, as in this case, it could end with a question.

Hope you enjoy it.

I Remember a Lot of Octobers