Writings by Nils
The Hungry Time
my short story anthology
“The Hungry Time deals with traditional science fiction themes, but on a personal level. So aliens land, or the human race mutates, or the sun goes nova. What does that mean to an abandoned child struggling to survive in a world without human company, a woman on a space station orbiting a doomed earth, or a religious fundamentalist bitterly resentful of the intrusion of extraterrestrials into her life?”
I learned screenwriting by doing it –– then trying to film the short screenplays I’d written –– then realizing I didn’t know what I was doing –– then studying the work of other writers, and learning the validity of the hero’s journey –– then trying again until I figured out how it really worked. After that, I appreciated movies and the scripts behind them in a new way. I love the medium and the fusion of images and words, the way character is revealed in life and movies that’s so different from in other forms of writing. I hope there’s a world where the people I write about actually exist…
My first (short) play, ‘The Ghost and Ms. Demure’ was produced at a New City Theater directors festival back in the 1980s. My full length stage play, ‘Demea’, was produced several times during the 1990s in the Seattle Fringe Festival, which as a major international festival in those days. It was amazing seeing the characters and their world brought to life by some wonderful actors…
Sing to the waves now, and we’re gone.
It’s never an Earth we’ll see.
Ancient the voice, ever new the song:
Sailors we are and the stars our sea…
The world’s changing.
We’re all along for the ride…