The story wasn’t really about the devastation of burn wounds or a miraculous healing bandage, it was about how a traumatic event changes people’s lives, revealing hidden strengths and hidden weaknesses. The story wasn’t really about aliens, either, but about alienation. The alienation between a father and a teenage daughter, how families change when a young person takes those first tentative steps into adulthood.

Some scholars suggest that aliens—and the widely popular vampires—are metaphors for alienation. Alienation from families, from lovers and friends, from society. Perhaps even from oneself.

For this story, I had in mind my favorite poem from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which goes something like this–

A woman said, Speak to us of Children.
And the Prophet said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you, but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

I decided to call the story, “In the House of Tomorrow,” and showed the first draft to Tom. He loved it but he had a suggestion. Something I would never have thought of. Something that enriched the theme of alienation and parents and teenagers so well, I immediately sat down and wrote a second draft. Tomorrow, The Model Airplane (only a slight and cryptic spoiler, I hope!).

Please start at The Story Behind The Story That Sold To The Movies for the entire genesis.

I’m proud to present the ebook adaptation of “Tomorrow’s Child” for the first time on Nook and Kindle.

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