The rewrite of my thriller Dangerous Vision is now complete. The copy edit is next, and then I’ll publish the new version. After this period of re-engaging with the main characters, a sequel seems inevitable. This does not mean I’m abandoning science fiction. The prequel and two sequels for Return of the Convict are alive and well, and they demand to be completed.
Dangerous Vision is set in 1999. Hopes are high for the new millennium; with the Cold War over, the constant menace of nuclear annihilation seems lifted from the world. However another threat arises: catastrophic global warming, caused by over-use of fossil fuels.
For KGB psychiatrist Sergei Prokov, rapprochement with the West means the funding for his psychic warfare program dries up. Head hunters approach him, and he’s hired by an oil multinational, Axi, to establish a remote viewing department in New York City.
Jim Craig, an aspiring actor and Cathy Alvarez, a math student, are hired as trainees. Jim has an inner game which he plays while riding the subway or walking down the street. Sometimes he becomes an elephant; at other times, a polar bear. Cathy sees what he’s doing. Under Sergei’s demanding tutelage, their development is rapid.
The department’s first assignment is to investigate a California biotech company, Proktec, which is trying to commercialize biological hydrogen production. Then Sergei uses Cathy to locate a downed aircraft: not to save the survivors, but to have them killed. Furious, she quits the program.
Thanks in part to Axi, Jim’s acting career is taking off. After witnessing murder though, he has to speak out.
The corporation’s power is overwhelming, but for Cathy and Jim, rebellion is the only choice. The struggle brings out their inner selves even more, and as they discover who they really are, the two fall deeply in love.