Story and Screenplay by Marcelo Del Rio
After her father falls into a coma while experimenting with ancient drugs, Sophia, a young neuroscientist, devotes her life to find his conscience before he dies and discovers proof of what lies beyond death and the origin of evil.
Professor David Hoffmann, an atheist and social anthropologist, falls into a coma while experimenting first hand, the effects of drugs on primitive societies’ collective psyche. Sophia, his daughter, becomes a passionate neuroscientist and devotes her life to find his conscience… or what the common people call “Soul”, before unplugging him from the life support system.
Kenzo Kajihara, Sophia’s partner and a talented engineer, after failing to fund his project through traditional channels, opens a public raise funding on line to build a modified Cat-scan that will map and decode dreams, translating them into images with videogames technology. The response is astounding… Hackers all over the world take part in the project designing the software.
About to loose the race against the limited time before Hoffmann’s legal lifetime expires, Sophia uses Sammy (a drug addict) and Jack (a psicotic Gamer), two of her teenage patients, to test the new programs knowing that they may never wake up again.
The ilegal on line experiment is a success and goes viral when Sammy’s conscience accesses Hoffmann’s subconscious with the help of Jack’s intuitive talents, but when Hoffmann dies unexpectedly, they can not bring Sammy back. The images her mind sends into the program confirm the Near Death Experiences so many people have described… everyone all over the world, is full of joy… they believe they have proof of the portal to the afterlife. The millions of hits call attention from different governments’ authorities… Never has one site experienced such an overload and the web servers collapse.
Everyone tries to find where the problem is but there is no explanation. After a while, they start to realize… There is nothing else out there. Sammy’s signals fade to black… People still have faith and they wait… Everyone wants the proof one way or another… Hackers give advise, Religious leaders and scientific personalities try to explain… but no one can justify with a logical theory.
Jack and the hackers discover that- There is a signal, still… not from Hoffmann or Sammy’s brains but in the program’s software itself. Sammy’s conscience is trapped. Her body is in a deep coma now and the government officials try to unplug her, but for no humanitarian reasons.
Kenzo and Sophia discover a hidden agenda, they have suddenly become politically dangerous, scientific, religious and social outcasts, not only for having the incontroversial proof that there is no afterlife, but because they discovered the possibility to create one. Whoever controlls the new technology will have the power to create Heaven, to create Hell and to judge who’s souls go where, not to make us more moral or more human beings, but to sell it…
Screenplay by Ricardo Del Rio based on a Story by Marcelo, Arturo and Ricardo Del Rio
Mankind was never meant to survive.
Prospecting an asteroid in search of a forbidden mother lode, a small group of convicts makes a grim finding: They were all condemned to die in space… along with the rest of humanity.
EPSIODE I. CHAPTER II. THE SALOON IN THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
In space, having a good Engineer is as important as having a good Dentist.
17. No one likes the Engineer, but he doesn’t care; in any correction facility, it’s enough to be needed. He used to be a botanic engineer who got caught engineering hard drugs; back on Earth a serious offense but out in space, a gift. Every single convict would love to see him gone; he takes more than gives, but all depend on him: From growing spices and fresh vegetables and coffee for the Cook at the Mine’s Saloon, to fix personalized drugs, to raise Bonsai Trees, the status quo in space. If any small favor is a big deal in prison, out in space any big favor becomes a life’s debt. His talent to fix things also has come in handy for the convict prospectors, most of which owe him more than they can afford to pay, juggling when and how he collects, anyone who owes him is also his enemy.
18. Money don’t mean a big deal out in space, the Engineer has bartered enough to stockpile a collection of Earth’s junk stored back at his own asteroid; a now depleted mine he “inherited” from his former partner upon his death. Once every two weeks the Engineer visits the saloon over the Moon’s dark side colony, barters his products and gets laid with a local prostitute, then gets drunk, loses the cash he’s earned at the gaming tables and goes back to Dactyl until he forgets how bad a hangover in low gravity can be and how messy it can get, this takes just enough time for the engineered crops to grow back and his loneliness to overwhelm his survival instinct; also, every two weeks, the prison barge arrives to the Moon’s dark side hulk with fresh opportunities to try the new flesh and to con the fresh convicts at the Saloon.
19. The Engineer observes the new arrivals, half of them will be dead in a couple of years in a mining accident or at the hands of someone who will never be accused, what happens in space, stays in space; the other half will be sick in five to ten years, ten years out here is like dog years, you can grow old fast. Amongst the eclectic variety of new arrivals one in particular catches his eye: this man doesn’t belong there, like a fish out of the water Nathaniel Pope gets into the Saloon as a kid would enter his classroom on his first day at school. Nathaniel reaches the bar and asks for a drink, still carrying his duffel bag and a survival backpack. A prostitute approaches the Man and tries to hook him… The Engineer watches as Nathaniel probes the prostitute about the black market and the local drugs, Nathaniel shows her the amber.
20. The Engineer’s curiosity grows; the Prostitute tries to get Nathaniel into a low G sex booth but Nathaniel is not interested. The local Pimp approaches Nathaniel to try to collect a fine for wasting his working girl’s time, as the clients get hooked fast; Nathaniel doesn’t have enough to pay as he just signed up for labor in the mines. The Prostitute wants the amber as compensation, Nathaniel refuses and the ensuing fight breaks, Nathaniel is getting his ass kicked by the pimp and his enforcers. They’re about to finish him when the Engineer intervenes. The pimp seems to owe several favors to the Engineer so he’s happy to even the score and let Nathaniel go. The Engineer helps Nathaniel back into the Saloon and buys him a drink. Now, the Engineer questions Nathaniel. Reluctantly, Nathaniel ventures to show the Engineer the amber; the Engineer recognizes it, he’s seen one identical before, back at his asteroid’s mine station.
21. Nathaniel reveals he’s been looking for these ambers for over two years now and promises to share its secrets if the Engineer helps him find their origin. The Engineer agrees and pays the tab, then both leave the Saloon. The Engineer leads Nathaniel to his shuttle, his asteroid lies 60,000 km from the Moon at LaGrange so it will take twelve hours to reach it. The Engineer notifies his Zombie technician at the station to be prepared for them and takes off.
This is the last time anyone at the mine, or anywhere for that matter, ever saw Nathaniel Pope again.