In Carella City, ageing can be postponed but not vanquished, until an exiled murderer helps a 157 year old woman evade her creator.

    Logliner Posted on December 13, 2018 in SciFi.
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      At what point does the reader know that the 157-year-old woman is the key to anti-aging?

      Singularity Answered on December 13, 2018.
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        I wouldn’t bother with the city name, it adds nothing to the logline. I would consider changing this for something that tells us where Carella City is. Is it Earth: 2178? Or a parallel universe? Another planet? A galaxy far, far away?

        Who’s the protagonist? The murderer or the old woman?

        What’s the inciting incident? Is it the moment they realise she’s evaded death? Or is when these two first meet?

        What’s the goal? To evade death? Or to protect this woman from the authorities so the secret doesn’t get out?

        Why do we care about an exiled murderer? What was he exiled for? Maybe if he was a bio-engineer who was researching methods of immortality and accidentally killed someone we would be more sympathetic to his plight?

        Other than death, who or what antagonistic forces are working against them? Why do we care if he doesn’t succeed in keeping her alive? (if that is his goal) She was going to die anyway right? We need to care about both of these characters and want them to achieve what they set out to do.

        I feel like there’s a lot of information missing for me to understand what’s actually happening in this story. There’s definitely a story in there somewhere though.

        After finding the woman he was exiled for murdering very much alive, a bio-engineer, tasked with finding the cure for death, must keep her alive long enough to uncover the conspiracy hiding the key to mankind’s immortality. 

        This is long and a bit vague but there’s a strong connection between the inciting incident and the goal, internal and external motivation, stakes, antagonistic forces. No idea whether this is remotely close to the story you’re trying to tell though.

        Hope this helps.

        Summitry Answered on December 13, 2018.
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          Yeah, I’ve been trying to condense it too much I feel.

          In a vain future world, Carella Corp offer a ‘Nanolife’ technology allowing ageing to be postponed. Karl’s job is to dispose of people when the Nanolife runs out. He meets a 157 year old woman, Penelope, who has escaped from Carella Corp, who claims she has advanced Nano technology. Karl falls for her and helps her escape from Carella Corp who are searching for her. When they eventually catch up to the pair, Penelope sacrifices herself to protect Karl. Karl later finds a society of humans living free from Nano technology, ageing naturally.  After learning that he was blackmailed into his previous job, for his daughter’s safety by Carella Corp, they help him break in to the City, to rescue her. Karl is captured by Carella Corp and told the truth, that he was setup by them and Penelope is actually AI, with false implanted memories designed to test out the latest version of Nano technology. They are broken free by helpers and set about releasing thousands of those enslaved by Carella Corp.

          Logliner Answered on December 14, 2018.
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            From what I am reading, what’s missing are the stakes.

            It isn’t coming across in your logline, nor in your brief synopsis why living longer and aging slower is a bad thing.

            What makes aging naturally the correct choice and worth fighting for? What makes a slower aging process bad enough it is worth fighting against?

            I only say this because aging naturally vs aging using nanotechnology seems to be the dramatic question of your story.

            Singularity Answered on December 14, 2018.

            Indeed it is.
            The technology has a shelf life, so it is the choice between living as an 18 year old for 60 years then dying, or doing it naturally and maybe living past 80 etc. But it’s not really a choice, as everyone within the City has it.
            It’s more about the price of it, such as the enforced slavery behind the scenes etc.

            on December 14, 2018.
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              It sounds like you’ve focused more on developing the special scifi elements than the hero himself.
              What is the meaning of your story? What’s the take away message that’s revealed in your hero’s actions?

              Singularity Answered on December 18, 2018.
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