GOING SILVER — Sci-Fi Thriller
People disappearing into alternate universes is a hard problem to solve. Best not to admit it’s even happening.
At first, it’s suspected that perhaps these young adults “have just run away.” Until it’s revealed that one mother actually saw her daughter vanish, the haptic VR suit crumpling to the floor as her body is no longer there to support it. The authorities don’t find this out right away, as the stunned mother is catatonic in a mental hospital for a week before she can even vocalize what happened. A physicist theorizes how the disappearances could have happened, but has no idea how to get them back, or even figure out where they are. After all, as the company’s ads say: “The possibilities are limitless.”
Status: I’ve brainstormed with an executive at a think-tank, and consulted with renowned physicist and author Thomas Campbell (formerly with NASA, the DOD, and The Monroe Institute) about the technical and scientific aspects. I have invented all the key characters, written some key scenes, and finished a treatment—with a rather brilliant ending, if I may say so.