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 Hack

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


Picture by Timothy Merks

My Daughter and I have recently been binge watching the original series of Star Trek, and we’re loving it. This is born from that, a recent bout of writer’s block, and my own fear that I’m a hack.

It’s part of a longer story that I might write one day and the character is definitely someone I’d like to do more with.

Hope you like it.

The Hack

Tattle Tale

A hard boiled tale of double crosses, subterfuge, and marbles.

This one was fun to write. Knowing that I had up to five pages to play with really opened the story up a lot. and I wanted to write something that is for children that can be enjoyed by adults.

The story is based loosely on something that happened at my school when I was a kid and I’d love to expand it into a feature one day.

Hope you like it.

Tattle Tale