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I’m not rating/reviewing my own work—that’s up to you, the reader–but I do have some things to say. I was presented with the gigantic task of writing a cradle-to-grave biopic of the genius inventor Nikola Tesla. The logline is “A Beautiful Mind meets Gandhi.” I was astounded to learn about the man, his work, and his place in history. I’d never heard of Tesla before. After plowing through mountainous research, I discovered three visual/dramatic images that leapt out and could be employed as recurring themes. One–wheels spinning. From Tesla’s childhood water wheel (mentioned in one short sentence in his autobiography along with trying to fly with an umbrella) to his famous migraine-induced vision of the AC generator to the speedometer, spinning wheels characterize his work (in stark contrast to the straight-line, square thinking of most science). Even his laboratories were organized within a circle (recalling Dante’s Circles of Hell). Two–imaginary companions. In his autobiography, Tesla refers briefly to “my spirits.” In Margaret Cheney’s monumental biography, she mentions that Tesla’s devoted secretaries overheard him having arguments in voices while alone in his office. He was the quintessential mad scientist willing to experiment on himself, confront mortal danger, and labor endless hours alone through the night. So I didn’t think it too much of a speculative leap that he could have had imaginary companions. (Spoiler alert.) One is the devil out Goethe’s Faust, a poem which Tesla was obsessed with and quoted frequently, who offers him revelations in exchange for his soul. The other is the bullying older brother who died when Tesla was a boy. To me, this internalization accounts for Tesla’s self-destructive behavior, his propensity to challenge society’s bullies, like J.P. Morgan, against whom he just can’t win, and his lifelong bitter rivalry with a bullying Thomas Edison. And three—a courtroom. Tesla devoted countless hours to appearing as an expert witness, a plaintiff, and a defendant. The research makes clear the onerous impact of patent litigation on inventors. Some, like Edwin Armstrong, a Tesla admirer who invented television technology, committed suicide. I thought Tesla’s defense of himself in the Court of Life made an interesting framing image. So there you have it. I hope more readers will give the screenplay a try and write a review. Learning is my lifelong quest.

Tesla, A Worthy of His Time was read by the producer of “Aliens,” “The Abyss,” and “The Hulk.” A List of Sources follows the Screenplay.

Tesla is on Nook, Kindle, and UK Kindle.


From U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy


Great Expectations

Pasadena is a wood-burning oven, Josh a piece of meat, as he pulls his Volvo spattered with bumper stickers up to Happy Daze Family Clinic.

Nikki hops out and boogies over to the driver’s side, doing the trademarked bump-and-grind she used to do as the lead guitar of Chicks in Chains. Today she’s flower-child chic in skinny white jeans, a pink camisole, and suede ballet flats. Not rocker-chick sleek in black leather and sky-high boots like in the old days. But he can’t help but smile. Damn, she’s hot. He hasn’t seen his wife this stoked since they got married four years ago.

Now if only he could stifle the regret in his heart.

She leans in his window. “She’s gonna be your kid, too, babe.”

“Or he. She could be a he.”


“I hope I haven’t let you down, Nikki. You know I’m crazy in love with you.”

“I know, hubby of mine.” She kisses him sweetly on the lips, gazes deeply into his eyes. Then bumps-and-grinds around the Volvo, waves bye-bye, and dances through the front door of Happy Daze.

Josh sighs, watching her go. He wants this because she wants this. But that doesn’t mean he has to like what she wants. He’s pretty sure he’d be perfectly happy living the rest of his life, just him and Nikki.

He pulls out into frantic traffic, scanning the curbs for a parking space. Three grand for a freakin’ turkey baster, he mutters to himself, and the clinic hasn’t even got a parking lot.

From U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Mason.

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Knocked Up meets E.T

Nikki and Josh really want a child but have infertility issues. Gretchen and Mike have the same problem. When Nikki meets Gretchen at the Happy Daze Family Clinic in Pasadena, they discover that they share a love of music and have asked for a donor with musical talent.

Nine months later, they give birth to very unusual babies and, seeking an answer to why the kids are so special, they meet again at a pediatrician’s office.

And the search is on.

Who—and what—is Donor Number 333?

U F uh-O, A Sci Fi Comedy started out as a script for a producer looking for a science fiction comedy like Galaxy Quest or Men in Black and became a novella. Prose writing is so much more fun than scriptwriting!

The novella is free exclusively on Kindle!

From the author of The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series, on Nook and Kindle, Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle.

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