Monday, October 01, 2007
Guess the Plot
The Wreck of the Nebula Dream
1. On its maiden voyage, the most luxurious spaceliner ever built is involved in a titanic wreck. With insufficient escape pods, the survivors are doomed, unless one passenger--disgraced black-ops mission commander Nick Jameson--can get them out before the ship explodes, and before aliens capture them for their inhuman experiments.
2. Sure, 'Black Hole Nine" wasn't the most original novel out there, but did that bastard editor have to rip it to shreds? Now Larry will never win that award!
3. Big Johnson was an unpublished Sci-Fi writer, just as his parents said he would be. However, he had a plan. He scoured Evil Editor's blog and purloined queries, broadcasting them to every editor alive, and many who weren't, hoping one would give him a thumbs up. Little did he know that Evil Editor posted only the crappy queries, holding back the ones he wanted to shop.
4. Tristy Donovan, single, Brown educated, creative writing MFA from Iowa fresh on her wall, has written a how-to book to help women gain the trust fund men they want. When another author threatens to reveal that 'Tristy' is really Chauncy from Sheboygan, will someone have to choke a bitch?
5. The tale of an unpublished manuscript penned by Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan and how it came to be . . . unpublished.
6. Harold Jackman's development of the Nebula, an affordable hydrogen-powered car will revolutionize transportation, end our dependence on oil . . . and make him rich, rich, rich. But not if the auto-makers and oil companies have their way. Can Harold stay alive long enough to prove his car works?
Dear Benevolent Editor,
After commanding a disastrous black-ops mission where his best friend was killed Captain Nicholas Jameson, distraught and disgraced, knows his military career is over. As a parting gift his commanding officer gets Nick a ticket for his ride home on the maiden voyage of the most luxurious space-liner ever built - The Nebula Dream. [Hey Nick, man, I noticed you've been a little down ever since you blew our cover, got three of our best men killed, screwed up the mission, and destroyed your career. So I got you a little something.]
Reminiscent of the works of Andre Norton, “The Wreck of the Nebula Dream” is a classic SciFi novel, of 100,000 words in length. [Maybe it's just that I'm old-school, but I feel a book should at least be in print before it's labeled a classic.]
Nick, haunted by his failure and ill at ease among the splendors of the ship is unprepared when the spaceship is involved in a massive wreck comparable to the Titanic disaster [I don't think it's necessary to point out that a passenger on public transportation is unprepared for a massive wreck.] on Earth so many centuries before. [It was inexcusable that the captain failed to avoid that iceberg in the Kuiper Belt.] Insufficient escape pods and malfunctioning machinery all over the ship leave Nick and many of the other passengers stranded on the wreck without hope of escape or rescue. Nick does the best he can to help in the crisis and manages to save a few others from the steadily worsening conditions of the ship. With a group of 6 other survivors the Special Forces captain navigates the wreck, leading them to a potential escape route he has discovered. [Considering that two sentences ago they were "without hope of escape or rescue," they got to this escape route pretty fast.]
On their journey through the ship’s bowels Nick and his friends [encounter noxious gases and waste material, and ultimately] face off against violent looters, crumbling wreckage and a raid of the ship’s contents by the Mawreg, some of the nastiest aliens to ever pollute the universe. [If the Mawreg want what's in the ship's bowels, I say let 'em have it.] Nick fights to get himself and as many other survivors as he can safely off the wreck [To where?] before The Nebula Dream blows up or the Mawreg capture them all for use in their unspeakable experiments with humankind. [Hey! That's the best part, and it's unspeakable?]
A synopsis, first 50 pages, and SASE for your reply are included. I look forward to sending you the complete manuscript. Thank you for taking the time to consider my work.
I wonder if comedians in the 23rd century will be doing jokes about the lousy food on space liners. How would you like to catch the 4.3 billion km. flight to Neptune and have a crying baby sitting next to you the whole way? Flying on the Nebula Dream isn't bad, except for having to spend a six-hour layover on Uranus.
If you're going to send 50 pages, you may as well send the whole book.
No need to mention the Titanic. We're all thinking that anyway, when you say maiden voyage, luxurious liner, massive wreck.
The first paragraph is basically just explaining what Nick is doing on the ship. You might start with him on the ship. We don't care if he got his ticket as a gift after being disgraced, or if he's heading for shore leave on Uranus. We just care that a black ops guy is aboard when the ship hits the iceberg and when the Mawreg show up.