Time To Live Time To Die

Grant McNeill

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GENRE

SCI-FI EPIC APOCALYPTIC ACTION

    Core Theme

    CLIMATE CHANGE

    TIME PERIOD

    Across Centuries,Future,1980s & '90s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    INTERSTELLAR, THE 100, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

    CHARACTER LIST

    • JOSHUA 4: ADULT. GENETICALLY MODIFIED HUMAN FROM THE FUTURE.

    • COLONEL DAN POTAKA: ADULT. MAORI COLONEL IN THE NEW ZEALAND ARMY THAT ASSISTS JOSH.

    • SAMANTHA HILL: ADULT. ALLY TO JOSH. COLONEL

    • JACK REEDY: ADULT. NEW ZEALAND ARMY. TRYING TO DISPATCH JOSH.

    • MAJOR TED MACKENZIE: ADULT. NEW ZEALAND ARMY. TRYING TO DISPATCH JOSH.

    • CAPTAIN STEVE PICKFORD: ADULT. NEW ZEALAND ARMY. TRYING TO DISPATCH JOSH.

    Logline

    Joshua 4 and his three man crew travel back in time in their scout and recon space ship Citaria, only to crash in the year 1998 where Josh the only survivor must evade capture with the help of his a.i computer called SISSY. An colonel and a girl befriend him as he reveals his genetic life.

    Genre

    Sci-fi,Epic,Apocalyptic,Action

    Target Audiences

    Age: 35-54

    Target Gender: Male Leaning

    Setting

    Starts in the distant future and ends up in 1998 New Zealand

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Starting Description

    ELCOM short for Earth Lunar Center Organized Missions send a squadron of ELCOM spaceships to take over Time Shift space station, which is a time machine in space. It sends the fist spaceship to the past. The ship crashes in 1998 New Zealand. Only its genetic captain Joshua 4 lives.

    Ending Description

    Joshua 4 must evade capture with some help. But his bio disintegrator module implant activates, giving him only two days to live, then he's vaporized. He gets to a returning extraction spaceship, only to find himself and his old crew have been genetically duplicated perfectly. His time runs out.

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    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Twist

    Plot - Premise

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    Main Character Details

    Name: Joshua Four is a semi synthetic genetic

    Age: being a genetic he is older than he looks, about 40

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Complex,Confident,Masculine,Engaging,Gracious,Heroic,Leader,Educated,Selfless,Strong Moral Code

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Samantha Hill

    Age: 25 to 30

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Faithful,Sexy,Flexible,Honorable

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dan Portaka

    Age: 35 to 45

    Gender: Male

    Role: skeptic

    Key Traits: Masculine,Badass,Aggressive,Funny,Sarcastic,Heroic,Leader,Faithful,Engaging,Confident,Honorable,Blunt

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Colonel Jack Reedy

    Age: 45 to 50

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Confident,Decisive,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Skillful

    Brief

    A genetically modified man from the future travels back in time to try to save Earth from climate change.

    What We Liked

    - It is intriguing that the narrative deals with the effects of climate change from the perspective of it having already ravaged the Earth;
    - This has plenty of futuristic technology throughout that sci-fi fans would enjoy;
    - There’s some skill shown in understanding how to build conflict as the narrative unfolds;
    - There are also a lot of fast-paced, exciting action sequences;
    - Potential for a message about climate change.

    Synopsis


    The Earth is a wasteland. Time Shift, s space station, orbits the Earth. Six Elcom Cruisers head for Time Shift. Time Shift tries to get them to turn around, but the cruisers attack Time Shift. Four weeks later, on Time Shift, ALAN JENSEN (adult) and JOSHUA (adult) time travel back to the year 1998 in the Citaria craft, guided by LEE TANG (adult) and MATT SIMS (adult). They experience a malfunction. They land in Rangipo Desert in New Zealand. The DIRECTOR (adult) of Ohakea Radar Station in the area puts everyone on alert as he’s notified of an incoming unauthorized flight path, saying there’s a security breach. Meanwhile, COLONEL DAN POTAKA (adult) has breakfast with his family. The crew on the Citaria roughly crash land, and the co-pilot is killed. A New Zealand military Skyhawk jet watches the Citaria crash. In auto defense mode, the Citaria shoots down the jet, killing the pilot. Dan, COLONEL JACK REEDY (adult), GENERAL BEN ARMSTRONG (adult), and CAPTAIN STEVE PICKFORD (adult) address soldiers at Waiouru Military Base. They move to investigate the UFO that killed one of their pilots. Joshua shuts down his craft’s defense mode after regaining consciousness. He learns he’s the only survivor and his craft shot down a jet. Dan and his team approach the Citaria, armed. Dan can’t find the door to the craft. The Citaria starts firing at the military men. Dan tries hitting the craft, but he’s thrown back and goes unconscious. The military retreats. Joshua meets Dan and tells him the craft only knocked out the military men. Forced by Joshua, Dan drives them. Joshua makes him stop when he senses military tracking them. He knocks out Dan and dispatches the military members shooting at him.

    Joshua explains he’s a genetically engineered human that’s there from the future to help prevent the Earth being destroyed by climate change. Dan understands. Josh lets him go, but Dan stays to help him. Josh discovers he has time distortion sickness that’s destabilizing his body’s cell structures. Meanwhile, SAMANTHA HILL (adult) stops her car when she encounters a road closure manned by two GUARDS (adult). Josh and Dan monitor the road black from afar. Josh dispatches the Guards, then he tries forcing Samantha to drive he and Dan. Her car won’t start and more military SOLDIERS (adult) arrive. Josh goes covert in his protective suit. The Soldiers try to arrest Dan and Samantha. Josh knocks out the Soldiers. Dan grapples with a LIEUTENANT (adult) as Josh pursues the vehicle the Soldiers drove up in. Josh knocks out the DRIVER (adult), and Dan knocks out the Lieutenant. Samantha sees they’re good guys and agrees to drive them. Meanwhile, a probe from Time Shift arrives and searches for Josh. Josh, Samantha, and Dan watch Josh’s crash site from afar. Military swarm the area. The military men that were knocked out become conscious. Jack, Steve, and MAJOR TED MACKENZIE (adult) determine to find Josh. Josh tells Samantha and Dan he wants to stay in 1998. Jack discovers the military men Josh knocked out are all fine but don’t remember what happened. Dan’s nose begins bleeding. He tells Samantha to stop driving when he sees a GYPSY FAMILY barbecuing at a rest stop. Josh tries real meat for the first time. Josh throws up and says the pilot’s death could have affected the future he comes from.

    Josh takes meds to try to help with the worsening sickness from time travel. Jack, Ted, Steve, and the military continue to pursue Josh. The Gypsy Family leaves the rest stop. Josh is alerted to military coming for him in a helicopter. Dan takes over driving. The military fires at the car. Steve confronts Josh. He says he know he’s not there to harm them and wants to ask Josh questions. Josh is in a terrible state from his sickness. He hands over his weapons to Steve. Steve orders the rest of his men to stand down. Josh, Dan, Samantha, and Steve get in a helicopter, but Josh knocks Steve unconscious. He does the same to the rest of the hostile military men. Josh orders the PILOT (adult) to fly to a parking lot. Ted and Jack continue pursuing Josh. The helicopter lands in a parking lot. Josh tells the pilot to leave. They find shelter in a nearby empty ski lodge. Dan decides to turn himself in to find out what the military is up to. Josh and Samantha grow closer. In the morning, Dan returns, saying he told the military Josh has an injury and wants to surrender. He says the military is going to ambush them soon since they know Josh won’t kill anyone. Josh drives the truck Dan came in with Samantha in the cab and Dan in the truck bed. At the same time, in space, a new spacecraft appears to save Josh.

    Josh rams through a military roadblock with the truck. Jack orders Steve to follow Josh. Dan warns them someone is following. He uses Josh’s weapon to fire at Steve’s vehicle. It stops Steve’s car. Dan warns Samantha that part of their truck is on fire. She says goodbye to Josh. Dan and Samantha jump off the truck. Dan sees a Citaria spacecraft in the air, headed for Josh. Josh jumps out of the truck and runs. Josh’s weapon that Dan left behind melts and causes the truck to explode.

    Josh falls and is severely injured. The spacecraft lands in front of him. He makes his way to it. A CLONE (adult) that looks like Josh operates the craft. The Clone tells him that when he killed the jet’s pilot, engine technology died off with the pilot’s lineage being destroyed. Josh is shocked that the Clone is a copy of himself. He’s also shocked to discover clones of Lee, Matt, and Jensen onboard. They were trying to find the anomaly in time that caused issues, which Josh caused. Josh reluctantly transfers his flight information to the spacecraft. Matt kills Josh. The Joshua Clone and clone crew head back to their time.

    About The Author

    Author Grant McNeill lives in New Zealand.