A free novel concept, just for youAs a writer, I'm good at coming up with ideas, but no so good at seeing those ideas through to a completed story or book. It's something I'm working to rectify, but at the same time I'm aware of my limitations, and know that some of my ideas will absolutely, positively never come to fruition and aren't worth my pursuing.
Case in point is this story from this week's Chicago Reader. Essentially, this entrepreneur is working on perfecting the process of cold fusion, with the intent of creating energy reactors for individual homes which, it's hoped, will drastically reduce a home's gas and electrical usage and mostly remove consumers from the energy grid. Although the science is far from perfected - no one is quite sure just how the original experiments in cold fusion created energy - the entrpreneur seems somewhat paranoid, worrying that highly vested interests (big oil companies, oil-producing nations) in the fossil fuel industry are gunning for him, seeing him as a threat to their business. In other words, he seems to think he might be an assassination target. Probably far-fetched, of course - but also great fodder for a thriller novel. It has so many great elements - the lone, little-guy hero, the big bad oil companies, shadowy assassins (whether real or imaginary), an elusive technology and the big overriding themes of global warming and the future of the planet and the human race.
That said, it's a novel that won't be written by me. Thrillers aren't my thing, and I could never do justice to the complicated science of cold fusion. Which is why I'm handing the concept over to you, fellow writers. Free of charge. All I ask is a tiny mention of me on your acknowledgments page.
Thrillers aren't my thing, either. I like reading a well-done thriller, but I could never write one. I think you should do the story. Who knows, you may teach yourself a thing or two. :)
Posted by: Brandon at Jul 30, 2010 10:32:20 PM
The thriller aspect doesn't intimidate me as much as the science. I'll let this idea pass - I already have enough unfinished writing projects as it is.
Posted by: Pete at Aug 1, 2010 12:31:00 PM