Re-Doing Older Material

My publisher is of the opinion that the older Lycron material originally written for a proposed television series should be published as the scripts they are.

I was hesitant to agree.

Reading them so absolutely dates the material and it will probably only be useful to anyone as an historical exercise. Whatever.

Meanwhile, I am updating the stories to be published in novel form. The characters – very progressive in the seventies – now seem a little stale, so they all have to be updated as well.

And though the stories are basically sound, there is a lot of changes that have to be made in them as well.

Science fiction has changed by large degrees since the days of “Star Trek”. The science fiction movies of the fifties (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “The Mysterians”, “Fifty Foot Bride of Candy Rock”) cannot be watched by anyone today without a few chuckles. The science fiction fanbase has gotten so broad with the “Star Wars” films, the “Alien” series, and the more recent “Avatar”, that the stories have got to be a little more sophisticated than would once stand.

And so it was with the material we created in the early days of television sci-fi. The stuff is dated and needs a generous shot in the arm to be palpable. Or salable.

The first episode “Check, Check, Checkmate!” was our attempt to introduce the primary characters and the political situation behind the series. There are obvious holes in the politics as written.

The second offering, “Someone Out There Hates Me” was a bit cheesy at the time… and seems so much more cheesy today. I have half a mind to skip this one entirely.

The third script, “My Angry Friends” was – I believe – the best story of the three as it deals with a hitherto unknown civilization and a completely different form of life. And it brings out the personality of one of the major characters quite nicely, which the previous offering failed to do for another of the major players.

Anyway, it will be fun to readdress the stories in a new light.

And then, perhaps there will be some need for the Lycron Federation Manuals and handbooks I have written over the years.

Yeah, I know… dream on…


Welcome to My World(s)

I have been reading and writing science fiction for about as long as I can remember.

And way back in 1972 – in a universe, now far, far away – I went with a friend, William Jonson II, to present our science fiction television series proposal to the lights in Hollywood. We had gotten the proposal and the three trial scripts registered with the Writers Guild of America – West before we took our little trip. We had heard that such was standard practice.

Gene Roddenberry was very pleasant, but he was busy with his new series “Planet Earth” (a re-do of his earlier “Genesis II”) and suggested another producer who would like the continuity of our stories, Earl Hamner.

I don’t know why Gene thought the producer of “the Waltons” might be interested in such a thing but we took it to him as well. But he was busy on his own next series and wished us luck.

And that was the end of the adventures in marketing our TV series.

Though Bill and I had discussed reworking the scripts as books, we could not seem to get back together to work on it. I continued working on the “background” material for the series – whether in print or televised – and wrote three of the ten proposed manuals.

We lost touch over the years and I am now preparing to get back to work on the novels.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of William Jonson II, I would love to get back in touch with him. Meanwhile, though, I will continue writing the tales.