Survival Instinct

Timothy Dwyer 3714053243034



Timothy Dwyer

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Upon escaping the collapse of the building where he works Bill discovers the entire city is destroyed. He encounters a severely wounded woman and a damaged robot, and together they search for the cause of the damage and a means of survival.



Short Summary

Bill encounters a rough biker gang that claims he is trespassing on their 'hunting grounds.' Their sadistic leader decides that the trial will include hearing Bill's tale of how he survived the catastrophe before deciding on the punishment. The heart of the story is Bill's telling.

Bill finishes his tale but is convinced he will be executed as entertainment for the gang. He secretly enlists the robot to distract the gang, and then stabs the leader in the neck with a tent peg, killing him. With the robot's help, Bill makes his play to take over the leadership of the gang.


A suburban part of an unnamed city and the rural outskirts.

Based on a True Story


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Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Other

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Bill Sweeney

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Desperate,Heroic,Honorable,Educated,Funny,Selfless,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jennie

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Selfless,Skillful,Modest,Desperate,Empathetic,Honorable,Educated,Decisive,Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: Robbie (robot)

Age: Unknown

Gender: Other

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Funny,Skillful,Selfless,Naive,Faithful,Obedient,Educated

Additional Character Details

Name: The Judge

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Criminal,Leader,Masculine,Villainous,Unapologetic

Development Pitch

The characters are forced into survival mode in a world that has suffered a catastrophic meteor shower that leaves the surface world-wide nearly completely destroyed. Bill rescues Jennie from beneath a pile of debris, but she has sustained a serious injury to her leg. He also helps Robbie, a medical diagnostic robot, to pull himself from the rubble. Although the circumstances are dire, Bill and Robbie develop a rapport, with Bill teaching Robbie about the human sense of humor, of which Robbie is completely ignorant but able to learn fast. Bill and Robbie become a partnership that brings out the best in each of them. Bill and Jennie also develop a relationship that, for them both, is leading to romance. But Jennie's injury worsens, and she cannot go on. The death evident everywhere they look, the overall destruction, and finally the death of Jennie changes the straight-laced engineer Bill into a man capable of dealing with the inevitable confrontation with Judge, the leader of an outlaw cycle gang. This story explores mankind's relationship with AI, and how the survival scenario lays bare the principal characteristics of man and machine. Production of a movie could employ a lot of CGI and require only a small cast, and very little location-shooting.

About The Author

Timothy Dwyer is an American writer living in New Zealand. He has written a novel (The Emergence) and a number of short stories. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Instrumentation and Controls. Before his engineering career he was a professional musician—and he remembers most of it. He loves cats.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Male Leaning,Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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