A CIA executive comes clean regarding a dubious top-secret project.
Science. An intrusive exploration into the unknown. A continual penetration – prodding, probing, and peeling back of Nature’s layers. To some, science could be viewed as espionage into God’s greatest works. For thousands of years – beginning with ancient astronomers and alchemists – scientists have sought the answer to the universe’s mysteries. We plant our spying tools deep into space, under the oceans, and even journey into the microcosm of creation. Continually, and passionately trying to discover… just what exactly?
The perfect crossroads of Science Fiction, Religious Faith and Political Rhetoric, Erich Von Heeder’s gem, Crash Evolution, centers around CERN’s Hadron Collider – and the CIA’s covert, all seeing eyes. As the story opens, CIA Director Danilo Gregory presents himself to a panel of Senators, in a clandestine boardroom. Awkward tension fills the air – thick and palpable from page one. Danilo faces his silent, judgmental “jury”, opens a file and starts to read. What follows is so phenomenally written that to spoil the details would be a crime!
I’m dead serious. For that reason, my summary of the plot stops right here. You can (and should) read on, to uncover what exactly is revealed.
This much I can say: for all the future Neill Blomkamp’s out there, Crash Evolution is a must read, must option and must shoot. Period. It’s hard SF at its best; immersing the reader in scientific data so deeply that there’s no need for suspension of disbelief. Because that left town on page one. On a level with “Andromedia Strain,” Crash is like reading short-form Crichton at his best. By the time I read Fade Out, I was convinced. Erich Von Heeder’s story crafting ability could be a science of its own.*
“Screen Ready” is the greatest compliment a screenwriter can receive. You don’t need a microscope to see that Crash Evolution is that – and more!
* Bonus Reviewer Note: If you have a copy of Clint Mansell’s “The Fountain” score laying around, I highly recommend playing track four, “Stay with Me” as you read.
About the writer: Residing in Seattle, Washington, Erich Von Heeder can be reached at erich_vonheeder “AT” yahoo
Budget: Reasonable – low. All that’s needed is one room for the committee – another generic space for the lab. As with most good SF, the heart of the story is drama and ideas… not specifically visuals. To the extent that it is needed, the minimal FX can be done in post.
About the Reviewer: Rod Thompson currently serves on Active Duty in the United States Navy, with fifteen years of honorable service. In the past ten years he has written numerous award-winning short scripts, with five (or so) having been produced. He recently won Best Drama in 2014’s “Table Read My Screenplay” feature length contest. Rod can be reached at rodthompson1980 “AT” gmail.com
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