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Competition
(Schroedinger's Litter)

near-future moral-comedy/science-fiction, PG/13

by Raymond Kenneth Petry, Strategic-Director
a
Wision--SesQuaTercet USA production


[screenwrite][prospectus][sketch]

[near-future science-fiction moral-comedy PG/13]... As a deepspaceship sinks in a black hole, the commander's last words almost form a profanity. The theological implications are discussed by everyone; news, family, teachers, salesclerks, children. The technical explanation of a black hole swallowing its own gravity, hiding it, lends insights and a flash of hope for a recovery. Careful language. PG/13
[Music specified in the following screenplay is the Strategic-Director's selection]
BACKGROUND: This was by general open request of a screenwriters service: a sponsored contest for a screenplay that had no profanity, all entries titled: "THE BOY WHO COULDN'T SAY, FAAAAARK." As mine are never profane, I walked over, the other way, to meet their request with a script that had, no profanity: ie. a lingua fracas, a comedy of errors ... I didn't finish (I did another feature instead), but I had fun starting a funny story: As always I do Sci-4-I,- so based I this story on a significant uncertainty in the theory of stellar black holes: whether a black hole also swallows its own gravity, -or its aether-ripple portion, as I'd already postulated my aether-ripple theory of, gravity being a finitesmal residual thereof (as it seemed quite the theoretic, proportionedly right-answer)- and on that tangent, played into this story: Presuming (my theory) all AC component gravity gets swallowed (AC is the entropic ripple moving on a slight off-center angle: it can't escape but falls back-- leaving only the DC, direct unchanging, component, no ripple, as the remnant evidencial aether density gradient; effecting much less gravity.... Therefor possibly, one might sneak-up on a black hole, and, there meeting the higher order tidal draw,-- slide in....
WORKING.TITLE: SCHROEDINGER'S LITTER

RELEASE.TITLE: SCHWARTSCHILD'S RADIOS

TAG LINE: At the threshold of any act, lies, its actuality.
TAG LINE: Gravity sucks harder than the vacuum of outer space.

ABSTRACT:

When the deepspaceship Dick Jackson sinks in a black hole, the Commander's last words almost form a profanity: But he could have been saying, "faaa-sten your seat belts: we're going in" - or could have found the only case where the particular profanity was proper and necessary - nobody knows for sure: The theological implications are discussed by everyone - news, family, teachers, salesclerks, children, passerbys; even the weird dog leaves its mark on conversations. The technical explanation of a black hole swallowing its own gravity, hiding it, lends insights and a flash of hope for a recovery. In fact the crew or some semblance of them seem to be returning in various ways: A last-effort thrust-maneuver had sent the Dick back to the edge of the event horizon, allowing NASA to later discover a second trace; A NASA forensics team reconstructs the event with letter-perfect precision even correcting overlaid speech and unseen actions; Acquaintances dream of them; A gigantic sunspot looks like them; Electrified sky clouds look like them; Their IRS tax returns are e-filed correctly and appear bonafied, before realized impossible; Store purchases are made by their credit cards, and on-line, in their ordinary places. Meanwhile far away in the middle east, ancient meteorite impacts exude vapor-ghosts rising from shallow guardens, and the entire realm of China becomes a think-tank! What could they be thinking?! PG/13 Careful language

Scene Script Sketch

FADE IN:

EXT. SPACE TOURIST SHUTTLES, KUYPER BELT DEEP SPACE - STARS

Space Tourist Shuttles Commander Dick Jackson and Commander Plege Garthen from Earth, lumber along 30 miles parallel at astronomical speed toward nowhere among the comets, having weeks ago zipped passed the last planet, Pluto-Charon:

Occasional COMET-ROCKS zip passed silently miles distant,--

LASER-SCANNED:

EXT. STS PLEGE IN PASSING - INNER GLOW

(PASSING) NAMEPLATE: COMMANDER PLEGE GARTHEN;...

7 CREW are busy inside the back-lit windows. One looks out right with space-lume binoculars to see the other shuttle:

EXT. STS DICK BY ANGLES - INNER GLOW

(PASSING) NAMEPLATE: COMMANDER DICK JACKSON;...

7 CREW are busy inside the back-lit windows. One looks out left with space-lume binoculars to see the other shuttle.

INT. DICK COMMAND DECK - RUNNING LIGHTS

7 CREW enjoying usual duties, snoozing, eating, watching the starry emptiness of deep-space beyond the solar system, days-old-TV, communicating home by video-linked distance-conferencing; COMM looks out left with space-lume binocular-headgear, communicating softly ad lib.

A MILES-AWAY COMET PASSES LIT-UP BY EXT-LASER SCANNER.
NAV
(nonchalant)
There's another close-call: Nearly 20-point-2-7 kilometers at tangent.

HELM
(equally)
Automation is funny: It takes care of every task: So we rehearse the digitally accurate details of near-distant-misses: to keep ourselves informed.

ENG
(equally)
Who'd of dreamt a job like this, even 30 years ago: Clod-watching.

COMM
(quietly in headgear)
I think I still see you now, but I'm not sure: You're so far away now!
(2 beats)
Yeah, sure - but you're leaning towards the astronomical distance.
(2 beats)
(giggles with communicant)
Flash your beacon again. Yeah: Go ahead.
Distant SHUTTLE BEACON FLASHES TWICE.

INT. TOURIST BAY - PARTY LIT

PARTY MUSIC.

(PAN) At 10 months of deep-space-partying, the rich TOURISTS are ooh-ahh'ed-out, faces dozing against the windows: STEWARDESSES mingle with foodstuffs:

SLOW FADE

CUT BACK TO:

INT. COMMAND - FLASHING RED

KLAXONS, SIRENS;

Navigation parameters deviating: The CREW scurries to determine the trouble:

(DVDCAM) CABIN-FIXED WIDE-ANGLE COPY FOR LATER TV-NEWS:
NAV
(reports anomaly)
Cartesian velocity, acceleration,- jerk: all increasing significantly!
(hot)
And now it's reading 1 part-per-billion second-order fluctuation in Tau-Vector: That's impossible!

CAPT
(equally)
Certainly more than any planet can do: And there are no planets out here!

SCOPER
Confirmed, Captain: No large planets, no large planetoids in-vicinity.

COMM
(overlaps sends)
S-O-S, Plege Garthen - Repeat: This is The Commander Dick Jackson: We have a Navigation Emergency: Tau-Vector: S-O-S! Do you copy, Plege?!

CAPT
Don't fret it COMM: It'll be a day before they can get-over to help.

NAV
(hotter)
5 parts-per-billion: climbing rapidly! But Tau-Vector, is a commercial cosmic constant!

HELM
(agitates)
Tell me where to go: Left: Right: Up: Down: Faster: Slower! Say it!

NAV
I don't know where it is:-- It doesn't recompute cosmic constants!

COMM
Captain! I've lost comm-sync-lock! Time-base is slewing: Reacquiring!

CAPT
(worried)
Hang in there, Comm: Try again - don't fret it.
(concludes wait)
Nav: What's your prognosis?

NAV
(breaking)
We're losing our stellar bearings, Captain: We're off 9 parts-per-billion second-order Tau-Vector -10 parts:- We're all but goners-- if we had any idea where we were!

CAPT
What is it?!

ENG
(solemn)
Captain: In my mathematical training, it required a gravity flux gradient of a solar mass within half a neutron-star radius, to produce a commensurately significant Tau-variance.

NAV
(breaks at controls)
We're go-ing in!
The visual appearance of the room changes like going under water but smoothly intensifying wavering to refractioning rippling, as they enter the black hole's gravity-well.
HELM (CONCURRENT)
(insanely crying)
Where?!...
Where?!...
(ad inf 10 sec.)

CAPT
(ad inf 7 sec.)
Fuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...!
Voice DOPPLER LOWERS-SLOWS 4x as IMAGE REDDENS-SLOWS 4x:...

5 sec. SAVE CUT TO:

INT. DEN HDTV, NEWS CLOSE-UP - LATE AFTERNOON REFLECTIONS

REPEAT OF END-OF-SHUTTLE CABIN INT-DVDCAM, TO HOLE-5 SEC.

EXT. HOUSE FRONT WALK, DRIVEWAY - LATE AFTERNOON

TV NEWS PLAYS inside; DOG poops near folded newspaper;

DAD turns the family-business car into driveway;- stops;- gets out;-- get things from the back seat;

CLAW-NAILS GRATING LOUDLY LIKE CHALK ON SMOOTH CONCRETE. [This will be used again for melding chalk grating sound]

Dog scratches futilely, frustrated; saunters over to Dad at the backseat door, and wipes its rear-end on his white-tan pants leg, leaving a brown smear.
DAD
(notices dog wiping)
Son of a bitch: What do you think you're doing, Doggy!
(closes door)
(NOTES SMEAR ON LEG)
Ooh!
(walks path, talking back)
The inventor of the poop-scooper should invent a dog-on-duty-dammer!
(picks-up newspaper, at dog)
You think you deserve this, don't you:-- Stupid Pavlovian doggy!
(enters)
INT. HOUSE ENTRANCE - OUTSIDE LIGHT

TV NEWS LOUD FROM SUNKEN DEN;

MOM, JOHNNY (boy 17), GAYLEE (girl 13), are watching details of the shuttle incident.
DAD
(SHUTS DOOR)
Hello!

MOM (OS)
(in den, loud)
Hi - hon!
Dad sets his papers on the table, unfolds the newspaper, drops it on his on the table, goes to den.

US-EVENING TABLOID headlines with close-up pictures of shuttle name:
    BLACK HOLE SWALLOWS THE DICK - ALL HANDS LOST
MOM
Hi, honey: How's work?

DAD
(steps down into den)
Okay - by the boss - at least as good by me:
(sits next-to)
He's really worried about this incident: It reflects badly on our high-tech line contract sales: They're already in review.

MOM
That was fast.

DAD
Internet-speed vid-link distance-conferencing, super-net-FAX'ing - it's all office-standard: Even the evening tabloid is up-to-hourte - nothing new there.

MOM
Yes, but the news has only a glimmer of what actually happened: They're just now breaking the forensics angle on T-V.

DAD
Yeah - but like the man said: There will be shuttles down, and rumors of shuttles down - then you'll know the end is near.

MOM
(giggles)
You should have taken the pastor's job.

DAD
(smiles)
Easier to read and study alone - anyway, income is still a necessity: Otherwise I might have taken Class Instruction and then taken the job.

MOM
You still can.

DAD
Okay - okay: Emerge gently from the materialisticalisms, the wise woman said.

JOHNNY
Dad; They're saying that the tourist shuttle pilots were sober men: Can that much really happen like that, to sober people?!

DAD
(religiously circumlocutious)
I, think the larger picture must be considered in any eschatological depictionation: They went together, alive - we don't know any more.

JOHNNY
But the Captain is on-record as starting a profanity as they entered: Did that defile them before they entered? Or, did he complete it?! I mean: If he's not defiled in this cosmos, then why send him out?!

MOM
Maybe it was the partiers in the back cabin: If the pilots knew they were carrying trouble....
(dark sours)

DAD
(puts arm around)
It's not by man's fault alone, dear one: Man lives because God lives.

SISTER
Maybe it was written in the stars!

DAD
I don't think that is conclusive: It's only magnanimous back-talk.
INT. CONTINUE

The HDTV has a NEWS:IDES piece consisting of the MODERATOR in-studio, and LATIMES, CSMONITOR, USTABLOID with copies of their TV-headlines by crisp video-wall-screens placed like seats around the table. [Images cross-vox so that as one voice moves, the others stall momentarily]

SUPERIMPOSE:

NEWS:IDES - JUN 27 2003 5:30 PM

LATIMES-TV-front-page image-headline:
    TOURIST SHUTTLE GOES DOWN IN JACKSON'S HOLE
CSMONITOR-TV-front-page image-headline:
    SPACE TOURISM GRAVITATES TO NEW COSMIC LOW
USTABLOID-TV-front-page image-headline: [same as above]
    BLACK HOLE SWALLOWS THE DICK - ALL HANDS LOST
MODERATOR
(to vid-persons)
Good Evening, and: Welcome to you all.

3 VID-SCREENERS
(vox-interlocked)
Thank you / Thanks, Mike / Good evening, to you out there.

MODERATOR
(begins)
I want to ask, why - then I'll show you an updated, what:
(big)
Why?!

LATIM
Well, Mike: I think we all agree that this public space program is running too fast for the prior generation of sub-exponential high school education indoctrinees:

CSMON
Mike: We see this as a moment of reflection in a fuller day of wholely spiritual progress.

USTAB
Well: Black holes suck: That's about all that needs be said for them.

MODERATOR
All right: Good answers around the table.
(half a beat)
Now: You've all seen the reruns of the last seconds in-cabin aboard the Commander Dick Jackson - it turns out we have a bonus from NASA, -came in just minutes ago,- which gives us more of those last seconds: Are you ready to see their fate, ladies and gentlemen?

USTAB
Play it again, Mike.

LATIM
Sure, Mike.

CSMON
(smiles big)
Show us your more extensive discovery.

MODERATOR
First an explanation, for all of us: As you know, the last moments of the Shuttle crew were transmitted live during the incident, until the transmission signal was lost due to radio synchronization lapse: That is normal for radio communications. NASA hours-later discovered among their other researchers, in particular the Arecibo team who happened to be pointing the same direction and doing multichannel SETI search, a full frequency range recording of the incident: Thus they were able to reconstruct several seconds more, until the shuttle penetrated the now-infamous Schwartschild radius, and was gone forever: Here is their extended recording:
REPEAT OF END-OF-SHUTTLE CABIN INT-DVDCAM, TO HOLE-4 SEC.

(BACKGROUND)
LATIM
Well, that's amazing, Mike.

CSMON
A sonorous reply, Mike.

USTAB
Takes practice, Mike.

MIKE
Thank you, all, gentlemen, for joing us on this edition of News:Ides.

LATIM
And, thank you, Mike.

CSMON
You're welcome, Mike.

USTAB
Later, Mike.
(FOREGROUND)
DAD
(half laughing)
Wow: That must be the world-record longest, fuhhhh...

MOM
(overlaps)
Don't say it, dear: We've done longer.

DAD
(a beat)
I mean, for saying it, not doing it.

GAYLEE
(to Johnny)
What kind of springy animal organs is NASA looking-for?

JOHNNY
(to Gaylee)
S-E-T-I, -not setae,- is a NASA acronym for, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.

GAYLEE
(blushes)
Oh!
INT. DINING ROOM - EVENING

...

INT. DEN HDTV, NEWS - LATE AFTERNOON REFLECTIONS

Mom, Johnny, Gaylee, are watching rehearsed details of the shuttle incident:

REPEAT OF END-OF-SHUTTLE CABIN INT-DVDCAM, TO HOLE-3 SEC.

The HDTV has a news-piece consisting of the MODERATOR in-studio, and NYTIMES, USATODAY, UPROF, with copies of their TV-headlines by crisp video-wall-screens placed like seats around the table. [same as above]

NYTIMES-TV-front-page image-headline:
    VETERAN COMET-DARER TURNS LAST RITE INTO HOLE
USATODAY-TV-front-page image-headline:
    TOURISM TAKES A PLUNGE IN DEEPER-SPACE SEANCES
UPROF-TV-chalkboard image-headline:
    DICK'S LAST QUANTUM EMISSION EXUDES FROM HOLE IN SPACE
MODERATOR
(giggling to vid-persons)
Good Evening, and: Welcome to you all.

NYTIM
Thank you.

USATO
Thanks, Mike.

UPROF
Good evening, Mike.

MODERATOR
(still giggling, begins)
Our university professor erudites a classic sense of the ribald.

(VID-SCREENERS CHUCKLE)
NYTIM
Yes, we see that, Mike.

USATO
We can hire him.

UPROF
Thanks, Mike: I needed that intro.

MODERATOR
(forcing calm)
O-kay: Serious business, gentlemen: What really happened out there? Guess!

NYTIM
Mike: The closer we look, the greater we risk falling into the same hole: It's akin to the more major results in the famed Journal of Irreproducible Results.

USATO
It's paradoxic, Mike: Everything we know about deep-space is by sending probes, but this hole out there just sucks it all in: It, blows us away!

UPROF
We have some theories that float around the Astrophysics Department, Mike: The first being from our Galilean Electro-Dynamicists - if I may exordiate.

MIKE
Okay - in just a moment, please, professor. Let me ask first: Where are they?

LATIM
I believe they are, gone, Mike: We're just hearing a post mortem belch.

USATO
It's hard to say, Mike: It's like they never existed: There's no evidence at all.

UPROF
Well, we don't know that they are, gone: It may be like a door to somewhere.

MIKE
You think they can come back, professor?

UPROF
That's the buzz on campus: Although Einstein said they should forever fall-in, there is the possibility that they can accelerate in some orbit slowing their fall.

MIKE
That would be until their fuel runs out?

UPROF
I'm afeared-so, Mike: But until that moment, there's potential recovery.

MIKE
Has the other Shuttle Commander approached their last point of rendezvous.

LATIM
Reports have it, the Plege Garthen is spiraling orbits around to detect the hole.

USATOD
Last word from the Garthen is they've located the spatio-temporal anomaly.

UPROF
I rely on the regular news-channels for that, Mike.

MIKE
Analysis, gentlemen - and, professor, you may give us some depth, here.

LATIM
Mike: Something is out there, that doesn't want us to know it is, out there: It's hiding, in the open,- in it's own hole: It may be an alien space-lion projecting invisibility.

USATO
Mankind has ever been fascinated to death, Mike: It's beyond our living horizon: Now we find it may not be death, but a transition of common dimensionalities.

UPROF
Our G-E-D-science guys at the U have formulated a theory about just what is out there, that grabbed the Commander Dick by surprise: I'll explain it in lay language: It's what we don't know about gravity: We all know gravity on Earth, like we know Newton's Apple: -figuratively speaking: Gravity is associated with matter mass, and presumably with anti-matter mass, but its strength is 10-to-the-42nd-power reduced from the electro-magnetic experiments familiar in high school physics. The G-E-D-guys postulate gravity is a left-over term in the e-m-temporality equations: -a kind of aether-chop: motions that cannot truly be reversed nor duplicated because of the subtlety of continuum-entropies rarely detected above the background low-temperature neutrino flux swamping the gravity term orders smaller;- and we know little as it is, about neutrinos.

MIKE
Professor: This is common enough physics discussion: What do you think is out there that is different from say, an ordinary black hole, probably not, out there.

UPROF
We think it is - we believe they may have found a black hole;- but one that has swallowed the preponderance of its own gravity.

MIKE
This is news: How does gravity swallow itself: Like a snake swallowing its tail?

UPROF
Analogously,-- yes: G-E-D figures that gravity is due to a zero-point flux in the e-m field around every particle - but when that field gets swallowed, only its D-C-component, it's non-wiggling component, can remain - and that's weak, like the zero-frequency component of black box radiation, except this hole is probably spherical - except that we don't really know how to make it, probe-ble.

MIKE
(a beat)
So the Dick bumped into a hole without detecting it for straight-gravity first?

UPROF
Very possibly: Outside the event-horizon of the hole it is reduced to asteroidal intensity, but at that boundary the residual memory of gravity warps harder;- and especially its tidal forces.

MIKE
I'm fascinated by this discussion, professor: Let me ask what keeps it there?

UPROF
That's a good question, Mike: We don't know yet: It could be orbiting so slowly that its weak gravity is sufficient: It could act like it's somewhere further away.

MIKE
Amazing! Okay, gentlemen: Conclusions and predictions?

NYTIM
I think we'll return to ordinary news, in a week: They're gone.

USATO
We will document the state of the art of paranormal dimensions, and close it.

UPROF
I think we may be in for some further surprises, and should watch closely.

MIKE
Thank you, all, gentlemen, for participating in this edition of News:Ides.

NYTIM
And, thank you, Mike.

USATO
You're welcome, Mike.

UPROF
Good day, Mike.
REPEAT OF END-OF-SHUTTLE CABIN INT-DVDCAM, TO HOLE-2 SEC.

INT. KITCHEN - EARLY MORNING

Mom cleans up after breakfast, except one plate remains:

Johnny rushes-in nearly dressed to eat.
JOHNNY
(sits directly)
Hi, good morning, mom; I'm not late yet, whatever it looks like.
(fast-eats)

MOM
Oh, yes: It does look late for school.

JOHNNY
(grins: erudites)
Man does not burn by looks alone.

MOM
(smiles a beat)
Practicing your malapropisms for after-school theater theory class, this early?

JOHNNY
(between bites)
Never stop ... but that's a spoonerism anomaly ... ideal for breakfast ... speaking of which it is, getting, late!

MOM
Are you all ready to walk out the door?

JOHNNY
Just a few more mouthfuls.
(AD LIB, runs for door)
Bye!
EXT. HOUSE FRONT WALK

Family DOG poops high on sidewalk near folded newspaper, scratches futilely:

CLAW-NAILS GRATING LOUDLY LIKE CHALK ON SMOOTH CONCRETE.
JOHNNY
(howls like a dog)
Awoo...oo!
Dog looks at him.

MELD GRATE AND HOWL TO:

INT. SCHOOL ROOM - LIT (CONTINUOUS SOUND)

MELD TEACHER'S CHALK SCRAPING AND STUDENTS HOWLING;...

Teacher is underlining an assignment on the chalkboard.

Students EXIT: including Johnny:

INT. SCHOOL HALL, CROWDED BETWEEN CLASSES
JOHNNY
(exits-in, checks watch)

BOY PASSING
Learning on schedule, today, Johnny?

STUD-CLOWN
(recognizes)
Johnny!

JOHNNY
Hello, Timothy.

STUD-CLOWN
(toys)
Johnny: You're really good at math - aren't you?!

JOHNNY
(modest)
Easy as pie.

STUD-CLOWN
(unfunny)
I know that one, already.- Anyway:- I have this really tough math problem where I might use a little guidance.

JOHNNY
(nonchalant)
Most students do: That's why we're here, and that's why there are counsellors.

STUD-CLOWN
O-kay: The question is this: What is, the number, one, capitalized?!
(inflates to grin)

JOHNNY
(thinks beat)
Uppercase-L.

STUD-CLOWN
(cracking)
Uppercase-L - I must share this with my Introductory Remedial Arithmetic 1-A.

JOHNNY
(explains)
Sure: On old typewriters, lowercase L was the number, one. So uppercase L or shift-L is, capital one - nothing remedial about that.
(walks on)

STUD-CLOWN
(slows and admits)
Uppercase-L - he must have graduated from that class, years ago.
NEAR Johnny:
STUD-NERD
(still watching Tim)
What'd you say to Timmy, Johnny: He's looks nearly dumbfounded, this time.

JOHNNY
I gave him, L.

STUD-NERD
(a beat)
Big-time - capital punishment?

JOHNNY
(grins)
Precisely.

STUD-NERD
(grins)
In significant figgers, too.

GIRL PASSING
(corrects his pronunciation)
Carl:- Fig-yours,- hungh!? Like we're an intelligent species here!
(smiles)

STUD-NERD
(sings song)
Sure, Barbi:- After the ball, is o-ver: After the, goosed, is gone!

GIRL PASSING
Oh, brother!
(walks on)

GIRL WITH
Leave his galaxy for someone else, Marcia.

STUD-NERD
(British)
Some dahys, I cahnt finger her out.

JOHNNY
(a beat)
Fing-yours.

BOTH
(laugh)

ADJACENT STUDENT
(to another)
Shiiiiiiiiiiiii-mers, Bob!
Notes; Later, when Johnny exits the restroom, the dog howls, and Jonnhy looks at it.
PS: The anomalous spoonerism was--
"Man does not burn by looks alone," derived from,
"Man does not learn by books alone."



Strategic Director: Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry
Producer-Director: Wision--SesQuaTercet USA
Screenwriter: Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry
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