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Ruth Kald (psuedonym for Kurt Dahl)

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It is the year 2026. Duval Dixon, an enigmatic septuagenarian has spirited away eleven distinguished people to a hidden retreat in the remote Queen Charlotte islands in order to ask them an absurd and terrifying question: Is it now time to Reboot the human race.



Short Summary

A young man (30's), who is a math expert gets a call one morning from Duval Dixon, the world's richest person. He is instructed to go to Vancouver B.C. the next day. He arrives there (after some deceptive instructions from Dixon) to meet 10 other (famous) people summoned by Dixon. Twist abound ahead

The surviving members of Dixon's jury, along with 400 carefully chosen people (by Dixon) are gathered on a hillside above the Malabar Farm complex. They are all that are remaining from the 7.5 billion humans on Earth. In the book's last few sentences, one more twist emerges that sends them reeling.


Haida Gwaii, Vancouver Island, central Oregon, Wash. D.C., the CDC.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Quest,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Duval Dixon

Age: 70's

Gender: Male

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Visionary,Blunt,Secretive,Educated,Leader,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Many secondary characters. The eleven famous people that make up Dixon's jury

Age: 30's - 70's

Gender: Other

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Blunt,Religious,Engaging,Outspoken,Visionary,Secretive,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

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Development Pitch

Reboot is a science-based yet terrifying medical thriller in the manner of Michael Crichton that chronicles a pandemic flu event in the year 2026. With an ample dose of unexpected and horrifying twists, this can’t-put-it-down novel takes the reader on a thought-provoking and informative ride as an unexplainable flu epidemic explodes across the world. In Reboot, what the world (and the CDC) doesn’t know, and cannot discover until it is too late, is that this virus is a “Trojan horse” deliberately released in order to implant the deadliest pathogen known to man, the PrPSc prion (a real thing), into its victims. The entire event is portrayed so realistically that every health care professional who has read this book has expressed a fear that this could really happen. It may well be, as one reviewer called it: “An autopsy of the inevitable”. Who did this - and why - provides the chilling backdrop to this very disturbing story. I believe that the current worldwide focus on pandemics represents an exceptional opportunity for a major media company to successfully create a four-to-eight-episode mini-series for mass market streaming. Please read the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads (under the former title “The Eden Proposition”) to understand how the public views this story. See how often the reviews say that they cannot wait for the movie. If you read the book, you will see for yourself.

About The Author

Mr. Dahl's writing career began with a weekly column in the Sunday Seattle Times newspaper (500k circ.) called 2020world. The column (and its associated on-line component) could legitimately claim to be one of the world's first blogs. Steve Case, Bill Gates, and other technology luminaries were among the over ten thousand online readers and participants (this was in 1993, before the World Wide Web had emerged). He moved on to study and write about our looming sustainability crisis. Many of his essays have been published on respected internet sites that focus on sustainability, overpopulation, and the potential for a dangerous outcome to our unabated growth. He has written two novels. The Eden Proposition, completed in 2009, received solid acclaim, excellent reviews, and several self-published awards. His second novel, a speculative fiction thriller titled "An American Famine" is also available on Amazon. Mr. Dahl currently resides in the-middle-of-nowhere, Southwest Washington State with a Golden Retriever that is known locally as a stable genius.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon

Year Published: 2009

Hard Copy Available







Toby is a statistics genius selected by Dixon for a panel on a retreat that decides the fate of humanity. Dixon secretly goes ahead and decides to implement mad cow disease to reboot the human race with only 400 hand selected survivors. Toby and his new girlfriend Dr. Sundagren try to survive and figure out whats causing the endemic before it's too late.

Overall Rating


Point of View


Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: GOOD

Commerciality: EXCELLENT

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD


Structure: GOOD

Theme: GOOD

Accuracy of Book Profile

The profile does implement much of the book's qualities although the main character in the narrative seems to be Toby rather than an equal distribution of all of the side character. Duval is treated like a protagonist and while he drive the conflict is more of the antagonist and not a mentor role. The development pitch does a nice job explaining what is unique to the story and why it is marketable.

Draw of Story

The playful antics of Duval in getting the mysterious panel together on a remote island seems gives him a distrustful air from the get-go. There is tension immediately in the confusion of the guests, the remoteness and the recent outbreak of deaths in the world.

Possible Drawbacks

The sheer amount of characters who are not as influential to the plot can be hard to keep track of at times. Laura is a doctor suggesting she is smart in her own right but always seems to be a sidekick to Toby and largely an emotional support or sex object rather than an esteemed academic regularly influencing the plot.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that a panel of the greatest minds in the world are put together on a retreat to decide the fate of humanity, but they end up having to react in how to save it as the organizer already released the pathogen into the population.

Fanbase Potential

This could have a large fanbase based on the worldwide collective experience of a medical pandemic and the freshness that this does not involve zombies or quarantine but how pathogens spread.

Awards Potential

Due to its action sci-fi genre it is unlikely win prestige awards but could appeal to the popular awards circuit. With more moments of reflection of the pandemic events it may enhance the range of emotions and thus gain more notice for awards.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

The originality stems from the motive behind the pandemic and how it is spread through unassuming means such as morning coffee. In focusing either on the panel reacting to the news or the world trying to cope, the scope will be easier to follow.

Lead Characters

Toby is practical and resilient. Laura is calculative and resourceful but kind. Duval is altruistic and nihilistic without much empathy.

Uniqueness of Story

This is a cool take on the pandemic trope in focusing on pathogens and discovering the cause and the morals of starting a new age of humanity. The lack of zombies or medical setting focus is refreshing.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, Film - Studio

Analyst Recommendation



Although the structure of the character focus could be adjusted for better emotional investment, this has a lot of potential in its themes, relevance and concept regarding pandemics in a refreshing format.