Ten Directions

Samuel Winburn

Book Cover

GENRE

SCI-FI OTHER

    Core Theme

    DANGERS OF GREED

    TIME PERIOD

    Future

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    BRAVE NEW WORLD; ELYSIUM

    CHARACTER LIST

    • AUGUST BRIDGES: 40S/50S. LEAD. ELON MUSK TYPE TECH BILLIONAIRE WITH AN INSATIABLE THIRST TO BE REMEMBERED IN HISTORY.

    • AURORA: 30S. EX-LOVER OF AUGUST. BIOLOGIST WORKING ON THE SURFACE OF MARS.

    • KALSANG: 30S. MONK RECEIVING MESSAGES FROM ALIENS.

    • FRANCESCA: 30S. FAN OF AUGUST WHO GETS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR HIS COMPANY AND EVEN GO TO SPACE.

    • CALVIN30: 40S. A CLONE WORKING FOR AUGUST.

    Logline

    Global Warming halted on the edge of survivable – but we had to change everything to stop it. The CEO of the last great Corporation, exiled to the Moon by an Ecological Revolution, believes only He can liberate humanity by building a cataclysmic technology described in an alien warning.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

    Target Gender: Universal

    Setting

    Los Angeles, Chennai, The Moon, Mars, Triton, Havanna, Tibet, Western Australia

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Pleiades Australia Pty Ltd

    Year Published: 2017

    Starting Description

    d'Jang, an alien scientist, watching his planet destroyed by an unstable spaceflight technology, broadcasts a warning including instructions for building it. CEO August, from his lunar exile, launches a space telescope, manned by Tibetan monk Kalsang to listen for alien spaceflight tech.

    Ending Description

    Escaping to Earth following an Odyessy spanning the solar system August, Kalsang, Calvin30 (August's devious corporate clone), Aurora (an indigenous Australian scientist and August's love interest) and Francesca (renegade corporate hacker) are pursued by both corporate and revolutionary forces.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    No

    ISBN

    978-1-945604-19-5

    Mature Audience Themes

    Sexual Abuse,Nudity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

    Plot - Premise

    Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: August Bridges

    Age: mid 40s

    Gender: Male

    Role: Antagonist

    Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Desperate,Leader,Narcisstic,Sexy,Visionary,Manipulative,Power Hungry

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Aurora Davidson

    Age: late 30s

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Heroic,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf,Decisive

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Kalsang Jampa

    Age: Early 30s

    Gender: Male

    Role: logical

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Confident,Faithful,Gracious,Flexible,Heroic,Honorable,Naive,Modest,Religious,Selfless,Funny

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Calvin30

    Age: Early 40s

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Villainous,Skillful,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Unapologetic

    Development Pitch

    Our society worships billionaires such as Trump, Jobs, and Musk; in a complex and chaotic world only they seem to have the means to confront the intractable problems facing us. Why hasn’t a popular character-driven television drama been developed around such a character? Tony Soprano embodied the psychological depths of the gangster; Frank Underwood the shrewdness and intricacy of the modern politician. Similarly, August Bridges lays bare the fragility, and unlikely humanity, within the ego-driven world of a would-be savior tech tycoon. August, CEO of one the last Transnational Corporations, is banished to the Moon by a 22nd Century Ecological Revolution in ‘Ten Directions’, a critically acclaimed novel. The scene is set when August’s desperate bid to scan the heavens for affordable Alien spaceflight technology recovers a dire warning from Aliens not to use the very technology he seeks, while also including the instructions for building it. The stakes are high. August’s ambition and enormous ego threaten the existence of the Earth. In the end, his belief that only He can save our planet turns out to be true, but only if he can change one thing - himself. Tailor-made for the current political era, this entertaining social commentary with a heart provides a broadly marketable platform with a wide scope for development.

    Genre

    FANTASY, POLITICS, DRAMA

    Brief

    August, the exiled CEO of a large corporation, one of the last remnants of a government similar to our own, endeavors to find a way to cheap and sustainable space travel for humans. During his search, August and his crew members receive a foreboding transmission from an Alien that gives a solution to his problem at a great cost. August and his crew contend with his evil clone and the current ruling government on Earth to get the device built that was talked about in the message. The protagonist learns to change his outlook on life to deliver the promise of a better future amidst a suffering Earth.

    Overall Rating

    FAIR

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: FAIR

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: FAIR

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: FAIR

    Premise: FAIR

    Structure: FAIR

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile accurately reflects the book.

    Draw of Story

    Opening the story from the perspective of an Alien during the cataclysm of his world was a great way to draw the reader into the story.

    Possible Drawbacks

    The world is very dense and while the author seems to have a great grasp of the world, it can be difficult at times for the reader to understand what is going on.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY RELIES HEAVILY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    The hook is in the premise; an exiled CEO being humanity's unknown last bastion of hope in a world that is potentially the trajectory our world is heading in is interesting due to the stakes and relevance.

    Fanbase Potential

    I don't see this story having a large fanbase because of the inaccessibility of the world. This type of story would likely have a niche audience that will come to understand the author's vision over a period of time after getting familiar with the world and characters.

    Awards Potential

    This story has the potential for garnering awards/acclaim due to the relevant themes involving environmentalism and politics.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    SHOWS AND FILMS SUCH AS "THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL" , "THE EXPANSE", AND "SILENT RUNNING". THESE FILMS AND TV SHOWS USE SCI-FI AND TO HIGHLIGHT MODERN POLITICAL AND ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS LIKE THIS STORY.

    What’s New About the Story

    The range of characters and their backgrounds are unique and refreshing. From the Australian scientist to the protagonist's crew mate who is a monk, this story highlights characters from places not oft depicted in tv or film.

    Lead Characters

    Other than their unique backgrounds, nothing much stands out about the lead characters.

    Uniqueness of Story

    The only thing preventing this story from being a rare gem is the accessibility in terms of the writing and the "on-the-nose" message of the story. The writer too often relies on unfamiliar and invented jargon and their overall message comes across too strong.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    With some revisions this story can be marketable as a sweeping sci-fi epic with a unique cast and a profound message. Moving forward, the story should consider more subtlety when delivering said message and also making the world more accessible to readers. If the jargon is necessary, allow the reader to stay with a character long enough for them to learn what the jargon is through character actions and dialogue.

    Brief

    After an ecological revolution was waged worldwide in order for humanity to survive global warming, currency was replaced with Ecos, and the last CEO, August Bridges, is exiled to the moon. While there, he learns of a cataclysmic technology and believes that he must use it to liberate humanity. However, the dangers of the technology soon come back to haunt him, as do the counter-efforts of his employees and environmentalists.

    What We Liked

    - This story is in the style of the hard science fiction of the early 20th century updated with the context of the modern world: A world is reimagined after the devastating effects of climate change, and the poverty gap has been translated into a new standard of inequality based on that. The main character, a greedy and power hungry CEO, is as much a stand in for Elon Musk or Steve Jobs as he could be for even John Paul Getty or Donald Trump.
    - Film: As a film, this would be a blockbuster epic science fiction film that audiences would walk away from with a message and raised heart rate.
    - TV: As a television show this would fill the void left by classic science fiction shows like Star Trek or even LOST.
    - Key points: High concept; Timely; Big themes; Ensemble lead characters; Diverse main characters.

    Synopsis

    August Bridges is in exile on the moon after the environmental revolution and is desperately trying to hold onto his position as the last CEO of the last great corporation. He foresees a plot for his murder and almost dies in a mysterious accident. August starts to plan to check everyone and everything for attempts on his life. He learns through his clone employee, Calvin30, of a wormhole technology from an alien broadcast. August does not understand how cataclysmic it is due to Calvin30’s machinations. He sees none of the dangers present in it but sees it as his way to claim his place in history. Meanwhile, Aurora, an ex-lover of August, is working on Mars as a biologist searching for native microbial life. Aurora sends out a message to Kalsang, an old friend of hers, complaining that at this point the expedition out to Mars seems like a waste of money and resources as it seems like they really never will find that native microbial life on the planet's surface.

    At August's board meeting to raise funding for the wormhole, one of his opposers on the board, Gudanko, seeks to unseat him from power. He plays the message he intercepted from Aurora to Kalsang about the fruitlessness of the search for life on Mars. August has been funding this mission, and Gudanko uses it as an example that August is unfit to lead and making bad decisions with the money of the investors. August, however, turns it back on Gudanko and claims that he knew there would be no life on Mars, and he wanted to make sure of it before embarking on the next phase of his plans. The board meeting ends and August is satisfied until someone tries to kill him. August soon gets the wormhole up and running and shows his board that this is a new way to change space travel. He goes to test the wormhole on his own ship.

    Aurora is dismayed to learn that August has discredited her and the project, and even more upset once she receives word that the project will now be shut down. She is told to pack her things and get ready to go home, but she does not want to give up on the possibility of finding life on the surface, so she heads out across Mars on her own. It's a dangerous journey and she soon finds herself stranded and on the brink of death. When she reawakens after a bout of unconsciousness, she finds that her crew came to rescue her, but one of her closest friends died in the rescue mission, and now everyone in the crew resents her and she resents herself. Aurora slowly regains her abilities to move and joins Kalsang on a mission.

    Meanwhile, Francesca, a poor lowly worker, is finally offered a real job, and it's her dream job working for her hero, August Bridges, in his company. There, she meets Calvin30, but soon becomes suspicious and looks more into the music he plays, so he secretly arranges to have her transported to work in outer space. One day, Francesca's ship is hijacked by someone trying to destroy the wormhole. She saves the day and when she is about to save August as well, she chooses to save herself. She tricks him and goes through the wormhole herself, leaving him stranded. Soon, however, Aurora and Kalsang arrive and save him, and he and Aurora get together and August starts to see the need to change who he was for a better world.

    About The Author

    Samuel Winburn is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and educator who many years ago set out to write a tale set in a world where humanity manages to halt global warming at a survivable limit and to thrive in the process. He hails from Alaska but has spent the last 24 years in remote Western Australia.