Steel Stonehenge

Book Cover

SCI-FI

1980s & '90s

Eric P. Nichols

Logline

Synopsis of Steel Stonehenge It is the year 1987. A vast and bizarre circular array of steel towers sprouts rudely from the midst of the Interior Alaska wilderness in stark defiance of all that’s holy. Only a select few in the world scientific community have any idea what the abomination is for. Alice-Margrette “A.M.” Leander is one of those select few...to the best of her knowledge. Against her initial visceral response upon coming on board the project, A.M. is finally able to overlook the array’s disturbing resemblance to ancient Stonehenge...but with a scary space-age twist...and get on with the research at hand. She learns that the intent of the array is actually quite benign; it is used to direct powerful radio waves skyward to explore the Aurora Borealis and related phenomena. Some new developments, however, threaten to renew her uneasy truce with the apparatus. Dr. Leroy Wu, the enigmatic project manager, has proposed a disturbing modification to the array. Two of A.M.’s more down-to-earth colleagues, William Tell St. John and Al Webb, are able to piece together the scant morsels of information Dr. Wu has released, and come to a frightening conclusion. Dr. Wu intends to redirect the immensely powerful radio signals downward, so as to convert the Earth into a giant particle detector. The subject of the experiment is to “trap” the elusive Magnetic Monopole, referred in hushed tones throughout the physics community as the God Particle. A.M., by this time, has acquired the status of the moral compass of the Probe. As long as she was around, nobody worried too much about the technology being used for some nefarious purpose, if such a thing were possible, which in itself was highly unlikely. However, with the latest development, A.M. has something entirely new to worry about. It isn’t about doom and destruction, or espionage, or terrorism...at least in the normal sense. The question is about whether the knowledge of the God Particle itself is the moral equivalent of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Could it be that they are about to cross over a line that will bring the Wrath of God? How would they know before the fact? A.M. is somewhat morbidly gratified that some of her colleagues are beginning to ask the same questions. She proceeds cautiously, fully expecting a lightning bolt to emerge from the sky at any time and fry them all. Ironically, A.M. acquires numerous insights which happen to be the precise solutions to some of the insurmountable technical obstacles the staff scientists have encountered. She begins to question whether she, herself, is the embodiment of all evil. After nearly three years of preparation, the experiment is ready. Everyone present realizes the immensity of the moment. If the experiment succeeds, they could all acquire instant fame and fortune. Or they could all burn in Hell.

Genre

Sci-Fi

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Interior Alaska (HAARP experimental radio facility)

Based on a True Story

No

Publishing Details

Status: No

Starting Description

Synopsis of Steel Stonehenge It is the year 1987. A vast and bizarre circular array of steel towers sprouts rudely from the midst of the Interior Alaska wilderness in stark defiance of all that’s holy. Only a select few in the world scientific community have any idea what the abomination is

Ending Description

Alice-Margrette and company find the elusive God Particle, and discover that most of their worries had been unfounded. They discover that God has a great sense of humor, and has been willing all along to let them in on the cosmic pun

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Mature Audience Themes

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Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions

Plot - Premise

Quest

Main Character Details

Name: Alice-Margrette Leander

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Badass, Beautiful, Blunt

Additional Character Details

Name: Lisa Tang

Age: 29

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Educated, Modest, Naive

Additional Character Details

Name: Al Webb

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive, Confident, Crazy, Masculine, Uneducated, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Dr. Leroy Wu

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Leader

Logline

Synopsis of Steel Stonehenge It is the year 1987. A vast and bizarre circular array of steel towers sprouts rudely from the midst of the Interior Alaska wilderness in stark defiance of all that’s holy. Only a select few in the world scientific community have any idea what the abomination is for. Alice-Margrette “A.M.” Leander is one of those select few...to the best of her knowledge. Against her initial visceral response upon coming on board the project, A.M. is finally able to overlook the array’s disturbing resemblance to ancient Stonehenge...but with a scary space-age twist...and get on with the research at hand. She learns that the intent of the array is actually quite benign; it is used to direct powerful radio waves skyward to explore the Aurora Borealis and related phenomena. Some new developments, however, threaten to renew her uneasy truce with the apparatus. Dr. Leroy Wu, the enigmatic project manager, has proposed a disturbing modification to the array. Two of A.M.’s more down-to-earth colleagues, William Tell St. John and Al Webb, are able to piece together the scant morsels of information Dr. Wu has released, and come to a frightening conclusion. Dr. Wu intends to redirect the immensely powerful radio signals downward, so as to convert the Earth into a giant particle detector. The subject of the experiment is to “trap” the elusive Magnetic Monopole, referred in hushed tones throughout the physics community as the God Particle. A.M., by this time, has acquired the status of the moral compass of the Probe. As long as she was around, nobody worried too much about the technology being used for some nefarious purpose, if such a thing were possible, which in itself was highly unlikely. However, with the latest development, A.M. has something entirely new to worry about. It isn’t about doom and destruction, or espionage, or terrorism...at least in the normal sense. The question is about whether the knowledge of the God Particle itself is the moral equivalent of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Could it be that they are about to cross over a line that will bring the Wrath of God? How would they know before the fact? A.M. is somewhat morbidly gratified that some of her colleagues are beginning to ask the same questions. She proceeds cautiously, fully expecting a lightning bolt to emerge from the sky at any time and fry them all. Ironically, A.M. acquires numerous insights which happen to be the precise solutions to some of the insurmountable technical obstacles the staff scientists have encountered. She begins to question whether she, herself, is the embodiment of all evil. After nearly three years of preparation, the experiment is ready. Everyone present realizes the immensity of the moment. If the experiment succeeds, they could all acquire instant fame and fortune. Or they could all burn in Hell.

Short Summary

Synopsis of Steel Stonehenge It is the year 1987. A vast and bizarre circular array of steel towers sprouts rudely from the midst of the Interior Alaska wilderness in stark defiance of all that’s holy. Only a select few in the world scientific community have any idea what the abomination is


Alice-Margrette and company find the elusive God Particle, and discover that most of their worries had been unfounded. They discover that God has a great sense of humor, and has been willing all along to let them in on the cosmic pun

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About The Author

Core Theme

Quest,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Alice-Margrette Leander

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous, Badass, Beautiful, Blunt

Character 1

Name: Lisa Tang

Age: 29

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Educated, Modest, Naive

Character 2

Name: Al Webb

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive, Confident, Crazy, Masculine, Uneducated, Unapologetic

Character 3

Name: Dr. Leroy Wu

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Leader

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