concept arose out of the question: What would happen if someone with multiple
personality disorder (MPD) were to be kidnapped by one of their alternate
Two possibilities sprang
to mind: a tragi-drama, and a comedy. The tragi-drama was worked
on first, since certain aspects came more easily.
The comedy might (nothing's
fixed yet) arise when both kidnap victim AND rescuing cop suffer from the
same problem (MPD) and they switch between alternate personalities unpredictably.
This is MUCH harder to put together, so it's on the back burner for now.
I chose an arid, out-of-the-way
location (which doesn't exist to the best of my knowledge - Reality, Nevada
is not listed anywhere as a town), with a derelict, abandoned feel to add
to the isolation. I've not been to Nevada yet but I can see the location
in my mind's eye...
I also wanted to bring
in some examples of developing technology - if you read the treatment (the
link's in the next column) you'll see that I specifically mention the Moller
Skycar and the SoloTrek.
In a way this is product
placement, but not of the worst kind. The intention is to raise awareness
of the potential future - if we can make the leap to easier air travel,
we can colonise more of the land on the planet and reduce a number of our
most pressing problems.
The less concentrated
we are geographically, the better it is for everyone, and there is a lot
of land out there that is underutilized.
At the same time I also
wanted to look at aspects of human DNA - what would happen if a specific
mutation was possible in all nucleated cells, perhaps orchestrated by something
akin to a biological clock?
If Gene Therapy is going
to succeed in its promise, we may be looking at that process before very
Finally, I wanted to
experiment with a little role reversal. "In the Heat of the Night"
has always been a favorite movie of mine and I wondered what would happen
if I changed Mr Tibbs to Ms Tibbs.
All in all it's a very
complex mix of situations and characters and I'm really interested to see
how it turns out.