Hollywood Product

By J. H. Malone

sfgenre"The greatest invention in history and you want me to keep it a secret?"

"You said it's easy to make. What if you let it out and everybody makes one? What if the government outlaws it and then weaponises it somehow?"

"Never mind all that. We need money. You're not making enough and I'm not making any."

"Quit working on the thing and go back to work and we'll be fine."

"I don't need to work on it. It's done. What am I supposed to do? Let it sit in the basement gathering dust?"

"Either go back to work or come up with a way to make money out of the thing. Do not let it loose in the world. I forbid it. It'll change everything and I don't want that, for myself or the children."

***

"You're not back to work and you haven't made any money with that thing. What's going on?"

"I can see the future with it but there are infinite futures. A big infinite, not a small one. I've tried checking race results at Santa Anita, but with all that branching from moment to moment, the outcomes for a race are about the same as those predicted by the betting line. Turns out there are a lot of variables in a horse race."

"What about baseball games?"

"Until the laws get changed, I'd need a bookie, but I don't want to do anything illegal and call attention to myself. Also, if I kept winning, the bookie would want to know why."

"How about becoming a high-priced fortune teller of some kind? Over in Hollywood or Santa Monica. Fortune teller to the stars."

"I can view all the futures, but I can't know which one we'll end up in, even one day ahead. Everything that can happen, will happen."

***

"No luck with the money angle?"

"No, and all the tech jobs have moved to Silicon Valley or Phoenix or Austin. The good old techie days in L.A. are long gone."

"I've been thinking. You can scan past, present, and future with your invention, right? And record what you see?"

"Yes."

"Suppose you scan something interesting in the past and record it and I peddle the video in the Valley. I've got friends at several production companies. We can say it's computer-generated or CGI or whatever. I'll say a friend in China made it but he wants to sell it and bank the money over here."

"Hmm. Let me look into that."

***

"They loved it. I got more than a year's salary for it. You're a genius."

"Wow."

"They loved the concept of one battle, four points of view. Following a kid from the North through Bull Run, then General McDowell, then a kid from Dixie and General Beauregard. They could not believe the realism. The roaming camera. The carnage of war they called it."

"The truth is, it was hard to watch. Bloody. The soldiers were inexperienced, frantic, scared when the shooting started. It was brutal. I'm not over it yet."

"I'm sorry, Babe. I hope the money helps. They'll pay double if you'll do the same thing for Mount Vesuvius."

"No, I don't want to do that. Whole towns were lost. Men, women, children."

"I've got a bottle of fentanyl tabs to keep you calm while you're on the project."

"No."

"Your daughter's tuition is due. The mortgage payment is due."

"Don't make me do it. People get caught in lava."

"Use the pills and you won't care what you're watching. Think of it as a movie."

"It's not a movie."

"Stop feeling sorry for yourself. You've always been a whiner."

***

"Well done. The eruption was perfect. We're set to make our fortune. They want a real epic this time. Four times as long, please. An asteroid destroying the Earth. Can do?"

"Watching lava and ash overtake whole families, whole crowds... I... I can't..."

"If you can't do it, please return my fentanyl. If you can, I'll give you plenty more."

"Please... You're asking me to watch the death of billions and… I can't stop the pills cold turkey."

"Your decision. Our daughter is old enough to drive now. She needs a nice car. I've been charging new outfits for my meetings with the producers. Not cheap."

***

"Gentlemen, I'm glad you liked our footage of the meteor destroying all life on the planet. I’m sorry I can't promise you an exact delivery date for our next production. Our creative talent is in a cl… is taking a break… a vacation, over there in China. We can’t wait to get him back."

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About The Author

J. H. Malone

Just back to the USA after three years in Dar Es Salaam writing copy for refugee-aid NGOs.

A life of high-tech and desperate humanity.

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