A few days ago I was looking through my old computer files for the stage play version of a screen play I wrote back in the 90s. I couldn’t find the play (seems it is lost on some 3.5” floppy disk), but I did come across something I had written in 1996 that seemed like it might be fun to post. (For those interested, the screenplay was Moonlight Serenade, and while it seems the stage version is lost for good, I have been thinking that I should re-write it as a novel some time soon.)
Apparently I wrote a Chronology of the Atomic Age – or as I put it in the subtitle: A Chronology of the Effects of Nuclear Physics on the Genre of Science Fiction Literature and Film.
I have only vague memories of researching and writing it. At the time I was living in a shoe-box with two of my friends on the Upper East side of Manhattan, subsisting on infrequent work as a production assistant or grip/electric for commercials and music videos, and writing as much as I could with the copious amounts of time off. I must have wedged this little chronology in between a couple screenplays.
It’s a fun piece. I haven’t done anything with it, other than proof it once. It ends in 1996, and I haven’t extended the chronology to encompass years since. It would be much more interesting, I’m sure, if I took the time to hyperlink all the references, but time spent doing that is time I could be spending writing the next Wizard of Time novel. Considering that many of the very nice reviews I’ve been getting at Amazon lately mention the desire for a sequel – I think it’s clear where my time is better spent.
I’ve created a new page for Odd & Ends and posted the Chronology of the Atomic Age there.