INTRODUCTION. Sometime in 1992, my best friend, David, moved to New Jersey to get married. As one way for us to stay in touch, I conceived a Star Trek story called “Beyond the Warp Barrier” – I’d write one chapter, he’d write the next, and so on.
An excerpt from one of my earliest stories, “The Abucs Scenario.” (1986) So if John Matthews really was, as he claimed, a member of an advanced extraterrestrial race bent on conquering Earth, what would he do? Well, go on “Nightline,” of course!
The unsinkable Lauren Bitar
Captain Robert J. Gillis
Lauren Bitar and are I close friends and are very involved in certain community service group, and their number one fund-raiser is a spectacular haunted house, at which Lauren and I run a haunted room each year.
So Lauren and I got to thinking (never a good thing) and decided that as obsessive fans of the movie “Titanic,” we would commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking by co-chairing the 2012 haunted house as “Haunted Titanic.”
So from early 2001 to 2003, Lauren and I collaborated on this preposterous “history” of our trials and tribulations to create our dream of “Haunted Titanic” in 2012.
More excerpts from Abucs Scenario, as Tripp tries to unravel the mystery that is JB — and unravels in the process. Note that these are excerpts from a larger story taking place at our high school in the early 1980s. And to anyone who asks, “What’s JB really like?
Another vignette from “The Abucs Scenario.” Dr. Robert Gillis has a meeting with an old, omnipotent friend. Any resemblance to the same scene in “2010: Odyssey Two” is entirely deliberate.
Doctor Robert Gillis paused for a moment to view the spender of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. He was forever thankful that the frenzied wave of progress of the late eighties and early nineties had somehow missed this beautiful village.
Another vignette from “the Abucs Scenario.”
Tripp encounters JB’s robot, and David gets a new toy. (1985)
by Robert Gillis
As he headed for the lab, Tripp was, for a brief moment, very happy. With the exception of yesterday afternoon when JB used the computer to open, shut and lock the computer room door, nothing unusual had happened to him.