Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Scorpion

Welcome to a time in the near future when brains become perhaps even more powerful after death, a time when the post-mortem mind can be hooked up to a computer and granted the ability to think like a human with the speed and accuracy of a machine. Based on the theme of good versus evil, "The Scorpion" analyzes absolute power's ability to corrupt as it entertains readers with an adventure-filled, action-packed storyline.

The USS starship Scorpion has returned to Earth to obtain a new brain to control the vessel, as its old one has gone senile. This task must be completed quickly, however, as the Scorpion is needed for a rescue mission to save two scientists and their families who have been stranded during their studies of the sun's collapse into a black hole. The Scorpion is the only ship close enough to have any hope of rescuing them and, fortunately, finds and installs a brainjust in time.

But there is a slight problem: the brain is drunk. It is so drunk, in fact, that the program to obey orders does not hold. Although everything seems normal at first - the Scorpion successfully rescues the survivors of the enemy Kobon flattop and the captain falls in love with a new recruit - things are about to take a turn for the worse.

"Unbeknownst to the captain and the crew, the Scorpion has a new master," Goodson writes:

One that holds grudges. One that plots and schemes, working to fulfill an agenda of its own. Using a disgruntled officer who felt that he should be in command, along with the rescued crew members of the Kobon flattop and the ship's own onboard robots, hell is about to break loose on board the USS Scorpion.

An independent writer, producer and filmmaker, Orlo J. Goodson is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Davis Applied Technology Center.

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