This is an excerpt (first 25ish pages) of a completed screenplay.

               "The Moonship" - screenplay by Derek Paterson.

               FADE IN:

               EXT. SURFACE OF PLANET VENUS - DAY

               Dense clouds blanket the sky. 
               Yellow ammonia lakes hiss and bubble.
               Hurricane winds howl at 500 mph.

               A futuristic FACTORY PLATFORM clings to a cliff.
               Drill shafts milk the planet of its most precious elements.

               SUPER:  "Venus Mining Refinery #37"


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Lined with doors on each side.  Prison cells.
               Each door has a viewscreen with an intercom.
               Unseen PRISONERS provide a chorus of complaints.

                                     PRISONER #1 (O.S.)
                         Let me out of this dump!

                                     PRISONER #2 (O.S.)
                         I need some food!

                                     PRISONER #3 (O.S.)
                         Open the door!  I got 
                         claustrophobia!  Open the door!

                                     PRISONER #4 (O.S.)
                         Hey, someone call a plumber, my 
                         john's backed up!

                                     PRISONER #5 (O.S.)
                         Screw you, Greenberg!  Keep the 
                         noise down!

                                     PRISONER #6 (O.S.)
                         Get me a doctor, I need a doctor!

               The door at the end of the corridor slides open.
               Revealing the blazing eyes of a psychopath.
               VAN HOOLIK, cuffed and ankle-chained.

               Prison officers ROBERTS and CHEN wrestle Van Hoolik to a 
               cell door.
               Chen hits a switch, the cell door slides open.

                                     ROBERTS
                         Here ya go.  Home sweet home.

               They throw Van Hoolik inside.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Van Hoolik sprawls on the floor, banging his face.
               The cell door slides shut. 


               INT. PRISON WING - CORRIDOR - DAY

               A viewscreen shows Van Hoolik inside his cell.
               Roberts presses the intercom button.

                                     ROBERTS
                         Judge let you off easy, Van Hoolik.  
                         Don't matter.  This time tomorrow 
                         you'll be on your way to the Moon.  
                         And good riddance.


               INT. SORDELL'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               A turbaned prince caresses a beautiful blonde girl.
               It's the cover of a dog-eared romance novel,
               "NEVER LOVE A SULTAN"

               The reader is MILES SORDELL, highly intelligent despite 
               his choice of fiction.

               Sordell puts the book down, stares at his cell door.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Van Hoolik pushes himself up.
               Awkward, with his hands and ankles secured.

               He strains against the cuffs...
               ...bones SNAP...
               ...and suddenly his hands are free.
               He throws the cuffs down.

               Van Hoolik inspects his bleeding hands.
               He grabs hold of his left hand with his right.
               Gives the left a sudden wrench.
               Broken bones CRACK into place.
               Does the same with his other hand.
               Shows no sign of feeling pain.

               BZZZZT.
               Red LEDs on the cuffs and ankle cuffs turn green.
               The cuffs snap open.  Electronically controlled.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts has been watching on the viewscreen.

                                     ROBERTS
                         That's right, Van Hoolik.  If you'd 
                         just waited, they would'a opened.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Van Hoolik glares up at the security camera.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts is spooked by that crazy look.
               He switches off the screen.

                                     ROBERTS
                         Dumb shit.  Rocks for brains.


               INT. SORDELL'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Sordell listens for a moment.
               Then goes back to reading his book.


               INT. FACTORY CANTEEN - DAY

               Food machines vomit mush onto metal trays.
               WORKERS carry the processed food to dining tables.

               MITCH DUNBAR and KARYN MAINE at a table.
               "Prison Transport Service" on their uniforms.
               Dunbar examines the slop on his spoon.  Eats it.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Doesn't taste too bad.  Doesn't 
                         taste too good, either.  You'd 
                         think they could shape it into 
                         something that looks like food.  
                         Cover it in breadcrumbs.  Serve it 
                         with a spicy sauce.

                                     KARYN
                         Maybe that's what they do upstairs 
                         on Executive Level.  We're eating 
                         with the lower classes, remember?

                                     DUNBAR
                         I suppose you think that's my fault.

                                     KARYN
                         We should have worn dress uniform, 
                         like I said.

                                     DUNBAR
                         And I said no.

                                     KARYN
                         What's the matter, can't you squeeze 
                         into yours any more?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Here's how it works.  I'm Senior 
                         Grade.  You're Junior Grade.  That 
                         means you give me respect at all 
                         times.  And we do as I say.

                                     KARYN
                         Sir yes sir.

               There's an undercurrent of easy amusement, they get on OK.

                                     DUNBAR
                         You looked at the prisoner list?

                                     KARYN
                         Haven't seen it yet.

               Dunbar takes a datapad from his breast pocket.
               Slides it across the table.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Thirteen scumbags waiting to ship 
                         out.  That's my lucky number.

                                     KARYN
                         How come everyone else thinks it's 
                         unlucky?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Everyone else is wrong.

               She reads the datapad...

                                     KARYN
                         Jesus, no.  Not him.  Not that 
                         guy.

                                     DUNBAR
                         I'm guessing you're looking at 
                         Clinton Van Hoolik.

               The datapad shows Van Hoolik's mug shot and history.
               VIOLENT and MURDER are repeated many times.

                                     KARYN
                         Is it true?  Did he really...?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Judge passed sentence this morning.  
                         Deportation to the Moon.

                                     KARYN
                         Why didn't they fry the bastard?  
                         Jesus, what he did to those women... 
                         Judge must be crazy.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Van Hoolik deserves to die, no 
                         argument there.  But being deported 
                         to the Moon is the next best thing.  
                         You've only seen the surface, the 
                         colony dome habitats.  Down in the 
                         ice tunnels... there are guys who 
                         make Van Hoolik look like a saint.  
                         You think he got the soft option?  
                         Nah.  They'll break him... pass 
                         him around like a wet rag doll.

                                     KARYN
                         You really think so?

                                     DUNBAR
                         I know so.  Justice comes in many 
                         forms.

                                     KARYN
                         What about this other guy?

                                     DUNBAR
                         This time, I'm guessing you mean 
                         Miles Sordell.

                                     KARYN
                         Yeah, I mean Sordell.

               The datapad shows Sordell's mug shot and history.
               DANGEROUS.  SPECIAL FORCES.

                                     DUNBAR
                         He used to be a soldier.  A good 
                         one, from what I heard.  Then he 
                         went bad.

                                     KARYN
                         "Went bad"?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Ignore the medals and commendations, 
                         and especially the good looks.  He 
                         hijacked an ore freighter, killed 
                         two goldshields who tried to stop 
                         him.  He's no different from Van 
                         Hoolik.

               Karyn ponders this news.

               An announcement booms over the intercom:

                                     BASE CONTROL (V.O.)
                         Moonship is prepped and ready for 
                         launch.  E.T.A. sixty minutes.  
                         Launch personnel, to your stations.  
                         E.T.A. for launch, sixty minutes.

               Dunbar ponders his slop.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Or maybe a mayo dip.


               INT. SORDELL'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Sordell lies on his bunk, staring up at the ceiling.
               Pondering the mistakes he's made in life.
               Like getting caught.
               He looks at the door, sensing movement outside.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts and Chen use a hostess trolley to serve packaged 
               meals to their prisoners.
               Roberts stops at the first cell.
               Activates the intercom.

                                     ROBERTS
                         Stand back, Greenberg.  Don't make 
                         me use the stun gas.  You'll be 
                         puking for a week.

               A viewscreen shows GREENBERG, a skinhead with tattoos.
               He retreats from the door and sits down on his bunk.

               Roberts slips a food package through the rectangular slot 
               at the base of the door.


               INT. GREENBERG'S CELL - DAY

               Greenberg sees the package drop through the slot.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts and Chen continue down the corridor, putting food 
               into other cells.

               Roberts reaches Sordell's door.
               A viewscreen shows Sordell lying on his bunk.

                                     ROBERTS (INTO INTERCOM)
                         That's right, Sordell, you're a 
                         model prisoner.  Let me go call 
                         the judge, tell him you never cause 
                         any trouble.  Maybe he'll let you 
                         stay on Venus.  That's what you're 
                         hoping, right?


               INT. SORDELL'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Sordell doesn't react to Roberts' baiting.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts nods to Chen.
               Chen pushes a food package through Sordell's slot.

               Roberts crosses to Van Hoolik's cell.
               He's going to have fun with this one.
               He bangs his fist on the door.

                                     ROBERTS
                         You awake in there, Van Hoolik?

               A viewscreen shows Van Hoolik sitting on his bunk.
               Legs crossed, eyes closed.
               Some kind of yoga trance.

               Chen carefully gives Roberts a food package.
               Something "special" about this package.
               Both men grin from ear to ear.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               The package comes through the door slot.
               Van Hoolik comes out of his trance.
               He picks the package up and returns to his bunk to eat.

               His hands tear open the silver foil, revealing the same 
               kind of slop we saw in the canteen...

               A VENUSIAN MAGGOT erupts out of the slop!
               An ugly purple worm-thing ten inches long.
               It has TWO MOUTHS, one at either end of its writhing body, 
               each filled with needle teeth.

               Van Hoolik throws the package across the cell.
               It hits the wall, slop splashes everywhere.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts and Chen laugh like a couple of schoolkids.

                                     ROBERTS (INTO INTERCOM)
                         Hey, better not waste your food.  
                         It's your last meal before the 
                         Moonship takes off.  Maybe they 
                         won't feed you as well as we do.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               The maggot writhes on the floor, its mouths snapping.
               Van Hoolik puts his boot over it.
               Starts to crush it...
               But then he thinks... and takes his boot away.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts and Chen watch Van Hoolik on the viewscreen.

                                     ROBERTS (INTO INTERCOM)
                         You better kill that thing before 
                         it kills you.  Venusian maggot 
                         gets hold of you, it doesn't let 
                         go.  Just eats its way inside, 
                         keeps eating till you're dead.  Or 
                         maybe you're looking for a new 
                         friend?  You two should get on 
                         real well.  Same species.  A pair 
                         of psycho killers.

               Roberts and Chen exit, laughing.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Van Hoolik squats down and stares at the maggot.
               Hard to tell what he's thinking... 
               But he sure does give the maggot due consideration.


               INT. LAUNCH BAY - DAY

               "PRISON TRANSPORT SERVICE" logo on a shining hull.
               The Moonship is a space shuttle clone.
               Control cabin is an eyebrow bridge above the nose.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Security cells to left and right.
               No viewscreens or intercoms.
               No way to see inside these cells if the doors are closed.

               A forward hatch leads to the Control Cabin.  
               Midway are Port and Starboard airlock hatches.
               At the rear, a hatch to the Cargo Hold.

               Karyn walks down the corridor, whistling.
               The lights suddenly go out.
               Emergency lights cast a greenish glow.

                                     KARYN
                         Not again!

               She goes to an electrical breaker junction box. 
               PUNCHES the panel cover.
               The lights flicker back on.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP  DAY

               Dunbar sits in his chair, running through pre-launch checks.
               The hatch behind him slides open, Karyn enters.

                                     KARYN
                         They're not here yet.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Plenty of time.

               Karyn shakes her head and exits.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Karyn retraces her steps, still whistling...

               ...And reacts as two MEN step into shot without warning.

               They're tall, bald, and wear loose-fitting robes.
               Surgical scars are visible on the sides of their heads.  
               Their names are MUSTAFA and ALI.
               They are Soul Brothers. 

                                     KARYN
                         Who the hell are you guys?

               Mustafa and Ali step aside to reveal a woman.
               She's bald and has scars, too.  Her name is NAYRAM.
               She's a Soul Sister.

                                     NAYRAM
                         They cannot speak.  They have taken 
                         a vow of silence.

                                     KARYN
                         You didn't?

                                     NAYRAM
                         I have special dispensation from 
                         our Chapter House.

                                     KARYN
                         That's nice, but you're trespassing 
                         aboard a Prison Transport Service 
                         vessel.  I'm afraid I'm going to 
                         have to ask you to leave.

                                     NAYRAM
                         And if we do not leave?

               SNAP!  Karyn deploys her zip-stick, a combination taser-
               club that CRACKLES with blue electricity.

                                     KARYN
                         I beat the crap out of you and 
                         throw you off the ship.

                                     DUNBAR (O.S.)
                         Don't do anything you might regret.

               He steps up beside Karyn.

                                     DUNBAR
                              (to Nayram)
                         I ask your blessing, Sister.

               Nayram closes her eyes and bows her head.

                                     NAYRAM
                         Freely given.

                                     KARYN
                         What's going on?

                                     DUNBAR
                              (to Nayram)
                         This is Officer Maine.
                              (to Karyn)
                         I'd like you to show our guests to 
                         Cabins One Cee and One Dee.  Show 
                         them which areas of the ship are 
                         out of bounds.  All right?

               Karyn retracts her zip-stick, gives Dunbar a frosty look.

                                     KARYN
                         Sir yes sir.
                              (to Nayram)
                         If you'll follow me, please?

                                     NAYRAM
                         Before we go, Officer Dunbar, I 
                         should like to inspect the cells 
                         where the prisoners will be kept.

                                     DUNBAR
                         If you insist.

                                     NAYRAM
                         I do insist.


               INT. EMPTY CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               The door opens.  Nayram peers inside.
               Mustafa and Ali crane their necks to get a good look.

               The "cell" is a cramped broom cupboard.
               There's a seat with a lid that doubles as a toilet.
               A tiny sink with a tap set into the wall.
               That's it.

                                     NAYRAM
                         They are all like this?

                                     DUNBAR
                         No, this one's the penthouse.

               Mayram stares at him.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Yeah they're all like this.

                                     NAYRAM
                         How long will the voyage take?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Thirty days or thereabouts.  We'll 
                         be under constant one gee 
                         acceleration.  Autopilot takes 
                         care of the equations, we take 
                         care of the prisoners.

                                     NAYRAM
                         You intend to keep them locked up 
                         in these cramped, tiny cells, for 
                         an entire month?

                                     DUNBAR
                         We don't really have much choice.

                                     NAYRAM
                         I assume you have your own cabins?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Yes, we do.

                                     NAYRAM
                         We shall vacate our cabins and 
                         occupy these cells instead.  The 
                         prisoners may use our cabins.  
                         Will you also surrender your cabins, 
                         as a gesture of good will and love?

               Dunbar is lost for words.

                                     KARYN
                         Yeah, sir, what about it?  You and 
                         me can give our cabins up to the 
                         prisoners, can't we?  It would be 
                         the right thing to do.

                                     NAYRAM
                         Your insincerity pains me.

                                     KARYN
                         You'll just have to live with that.  
                         Nobody's giving up their cabins.  
                         The prisoners are all going into 
                         these cells.  We'll allow them out 
                         once per day, one at a time, to 
                         stretch their legs.  At all other 
                         times they will be kept under lock 
                         and key.
                              (looks at Dunbar)
                         You okay with that?

               Dunbar nods.

                                     NAYRAM
                         If you treat them like animals, 
                         and expect them to behave like 
                         animals, then that is what they 
                         will become.

                                     KARYN
                         No offense, Sister, but I think 
                         you're too late.  These men are 
                         scum and if we let them loose, 
                         they will kill us.  After they 
                         have their fun.  Me, I'd rather 
                         step out the airlock without a 
                         helmet.  So you better get your 
                         head around this.  They are our 
                         prisoners.  We are their guards.  
                         You try to interfere, you're off 
                         my Christmas card list.  Do we 
                         understand each other?

                                     NAYRAM
                         I believe we do.


               INT. PRISON WING CORRIDOR - DAY

               Roberts and Chen carry out a headcount check.
               Glimpses of the prisoners on viewscreens.

               GREENBERG'S CELL:  Greenberg gives them the finger.

               SORDELL'S CELL:  Sordell, stripped to the waist, does 
               knuckle press-ups on the floor.

               VAN HOOLIK'S CELL:  Van Hoolik sits cross-legged on his 
               bunk, in a yoga trance.  Peaceful.

               Roberts and Chen exit, their check completed.
               All present and accounted for.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Van Hoolik holds the Venusian maggot up.
               It twists and tries to sink its teeth into his fingers.
               He marvels at its single-minded ferocity.
               A kindred spirit.

               Van Hoolik's eyes swivel so he's looking at the door.
               His lips curl into an evil smile.
               Something's brewing in that crazy mind of his.
               We don't know what.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Dunbar and Karyn run through the pre-launch checks.
               Karyn's mad as hell.

                                     KARYN
                         When were you going to tell me?

                                     DUNBAR
                         They arrived earlier than I thought 
                         they would.

                                     KARYN
                         They're Soul Brothers, dammit.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Look, their Order has political 
                         clout back on Earth.  With twenty-
                         five million voting members, you 
                         better believe they got clout.  
                         Whether you like it or not they're 
                         coming with us.  It's not my idea.  
                         Don't bite my head off.

                                     KARYN
                         "I ask your blessing, Sister."  
                         What the hell was that?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Doesn't hurt to be polite.  She's 
                         their high priestess or something.  
                         If we offend her in any way, we'll 
                         both end up pulling night watch on 
                         Mercury's darkside.  Is that what 
                         you want?

                                     KARYN
                         Big oops.  I was gonna whack her 
                         with my zip-stick.

                                     DUNBAR
                         I noticed.  You were ready to take 
                         all three of them on, no hesitation.  
                         Pretty ballsy.

                                     KARYN
                         I guess "Stupidity" is my middle 
                         name.

                                     DUNBAR
                         I didn't say you were stupid.  And 
                         I was going to tell you about them, 
                         but like I said...

                                     KARYN
                         They arrived earlier than you 
                         thought they would.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Yeah.  The woman is Nayram.  I 
                         dunno if the guys even have names.  
                         And I don't know how this weird 
                         power of theirs works.  What's it 
                         supposed to be, telepathy?

                                     KARYN
                         Empathic sharing.  What one feels, 
                         the other feels.  If I thought 
                         they could read minds, I'd be 
                         writing my letter of resignation 
                         right now.  No way I'd share a 
                         ship with telepaths.

                                     DUNBAR
                         You got something to hide?

                                     KARYN
                         Yeah, my lust for your body.  
                         Wouldn't want to give that secret 
                         away.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Funny.  You've gone from wimp to 
                         ballsy bitch in five short minutes.  
                         Next thing you know, we'll be having 
                         a pissing contest.

                                     KARYN
                         Find me some snow and I'll write 
                         my name.  Until then... just keep 
                         me away from those Soul Brothers.  
                         And that Soul Sister.  I swear, 
                         those eyes of hers bored holes in 
                         my head.


               INT. SORDELL'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Sordell paces up and down like a tiger in a cage.
               He stops.  Listens.
               He's heard something... but what?


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S PRISON CELL - DAY

               Van Hoolik writhes on the floor of his cell.
               Eyes wide, teeth bared.
               In agony.


               INT. LAUNCH BAY - DAY

               An umbilical is locked in place over the Moonship's airlock 
               hatch, like the boarding tunnel used on airplanes.


               INT. UMBILICAL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Exactly like a boarding tunnel.
               Dunbar and Karyn meet Roberts in the open airlock hatch.
               Paperwork is checked.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Van Hoolik behaving himself?

                                     ROBERTS
                         Didn't give him a chance not to.  
                         He could be the least of your 
                         problems.  Some real bad eggs coming 
                         your way.  Van Hoolik got most 
                         publicity because of the way he 
                         cut up those hookers...

               He glances at Karyn.  She doesn't react.

                                     ROBERTS
                         ...But that's not to say the rest 
                         are angels.  My top three would be 
                         Whistler, Squid, and Sordell.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Why Sordell?

                                     ROBERTS
                         He's got potential.  Served with 
                         Aerospace Rangers.  Killed two 
                         goldshields with his bare hands.  
                         You don't want to get into a fight 
                         with him.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Who's Whistler?

                                     ROBERTS
                         He did a number on his girlfriend 
                         and the three guys he found with 
                         her.  He just killed them, he didn't 
                         chop them up and swap the body 
                         parts around or anything.  That's 
                         Van Hoolik's sicko trademark.  
                         Problem is, Whistler's been boasting 
                         he wants to improve his score.  
                         Don't turn your back on him, is 
                         all I'm saying.

                                     KARYN
                         And Squid?

                                     ROBERTS
                         Strangled a female maintenance 
                         worker.  Turns out he did the same 
                         kind of thing on Mars before he 
                         moved here.  Squid sees a woman, 
                         he goes crazy.  Some kind of hormone 
                         imbalance.  Either that or he's 
                         friggin nuts.  Take your pick.

                                     KARYN
                         Great.  How did these guys get 
                         through psych. evaluation?

                                     ROBERTS
                         Are you kidding?  The Company's so 
                         desperate for off-planet workers 
                         it doesn't even run history checks 
                         any more.  We got half the criminal 
                         population of the Solar System 
                         hiding out here.  The other half's 
                         on Mars.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Well, these losers are heading for 
                         the Moon now.  That's a one-way 
                         ticket.

                                     ROBERTS
                         Amen to that.

               They look down the umbilical corridor.
               We hear a noise like a steam train...
               CHUG-CHUG-CHUG
               It gets louder as moments tick by.

               Chen leads the line of 13 PRISONERS.
               Cuffed and in ankle chains, hands behind their backs.
               Their short steps make the train sound.
               Two GUARDS bring up the rear, armed with zip-sticks.

               Chen stops.  The line of prisoners stops behind him.

               Chen looks significantly at Roberts.

                                     ROBERTS
                         'Scuse me.

               Roberts joins Chen.
               They keep their voices low and pretend to check paperwork.

                                     CHEN
                         Something's wrong with Van Hoolik.  
                         He's bleeding at the ass.  Says he 
                         doesn't need a medic.

               Sordell, behind Van Hoolik, looks at Van Hoolik's ass.
               A bloody stain.
               Van Hoolik looks over his shoulder, glares at Sordell.
               Sordell just smiles.

               Roberts walks down the line of prisoners.
               A last-moment head-count.
               He just wants a look at Van Hoolik's ass.
               He sees the blood.  Doesn't say anything.
               He rejoins Dunbar and Karyn, and smiles.

                                     ROBERTS
                         Thirteen of our best psychos.  
                         They're all yours.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               The line of prisoners is led aboard.

               One by one they're put into their cells.
               Many object to the tiny cells.
               Dunbar doesn't give them a choice, he pushes them inside.
               Karyn slams the door shut and points her COM-KEY.
               CLICK, the door locks.

               Van Hoolik doesn't object... neither does Sordell.
               They step in without protest.
               Next door to each other.

               Karyn finally has a chance to look at Sordell.
               He stares back.
               She shuts his door, locks it.

               WHISTLER, a big guy with a sour face, is next.
               He also climbs into his cell without protest.
               But not before he exchanges looks with--
               WILSON, further back in the queue.

               SQUID comes face to face with Karyn.
               His face twists with hatred.
               He hates women!
               Karyn WHACKS Squid in the nuts with her zip-stick!
               A CRACKLE of high voltage.
               Squid doubles over, mouth open in a silent scream.

               Dunbar throws Squid into his cell.
               Karyn slams the door shut and locks it.
               Perfect teamwork.

               Finally everyone's safely in their cells.
               Dunbar nods his approval.
               Then he sees Nayram with Mustafa and Ali at the end of the 
               corridor, watching.

                                     NAYRAM
                         Such barbaric cruelty earns its 
                         own reward.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Such barbaric cruelty is necessary, 
                         Sister.  These are not nice people.

                                     NAYRAM
                         No matter what they did, they have 
                         immortal souls.  It is our duty to 
                         ensure that their soul-flames are 
                         not extinguished before their time.  
                         They will rejoin the Cycle when 
                         they are summoned by the One, and 
                         not until then.

                                     KARYN
                         I don't think a month's solitary 
                         is going to affect their soul-flames 
                         one way or another.  In fact, it 
                         might do them good.  If they're 
                         locked up, they're not killing 
                         anyone.

               Nayram closes her eyes for a second.

                                     NAYRAM
                         You do not hear their cries of 
                         pain, their pleas for help, as I 
                         do.

                                     KARYN
                         Why don't you worry about the souls 
                         of the people they murdered?

                                     NAYRAM
                         I have already prayed for them.  
                         They have rejoined the Cycle.  Now 
                         I must pray for those souls that 
                         may still be saved.

               Nayram exits, Mustafa and Ali follow her.

                                     KARYN
                         I think she likes you.

               Dunbar draws her a look.
               He thumbs a code into his COM-KEY and points it at the 
               security cells.
               Presses a button...


               INT. SORDELL'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Sordell grunts as his cuffs and leg irons SNAP open.
               He rubs his wrists.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Dunbar unhooks a microphone from the wall control panel.

                                     DUNBAR (INTO MICROPHONE)
                         Good morning ladies and gentlemen, 
                         my name is Officer Dunbar, and 
                         together with Officer Maine I'd 
                         like to welcome you all aboard 
                         Prison Transport Service vessel 
                         Far Horizon, otherwise known as 
                         the Moonship, for reasons that 
                         must be obvious by now.  We will 
                         be departing Venus in just over an 
                         hour.  Those of you with a window 
                         seat will be able to appreciate 
                         the beautiful view during take-
                         off.


               INT. SORDELL'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

                                     DUNBAR (FILTERED)
                         Oh hell, I forgot.  None of you 
                         has a window seat.  Damn.

               Sordell smiles, he likes Dunbar's sense of humor.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

                                     KARYN
                         Are you for real?

                                     DUNBAR
                         One of the perks of the job.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Van Hoolik definitely isn't amused by Dunbar's crap.

                                     DUNBAR (FILTERED)
                         Our voyage to the Moon will take 
                         approximately 30 days.  During 
                         that time we will be under constant 
                         acceleration, which means you won't 
                         be weightless.

               Van Hoolik is suddenly racked by AGONIZING PAIN.
               He twists and claws at the cell walls.

                                     DUNBAR (FILTERED)
                         At mid-point we will turn the ship 
                         around, point our tail at the Moon, 
                         and begin deceleration.  You'll 
                         have plenty of warning before it 
                         happens.

               Blood erupts from his mouth, nostrils, ears...
               ...but he still doesn't make a sound.

                                     DUNBAR (FILTERED)
                         Upon reaching the Moon, you will 
                         be transferred to the Lunar 
                         Detention Facility, where you will 
                         repay society for your crimes by 
                         serving lengthy sentences in 
                         extremely unpleasant conditions.

               We witness Van Hoolik's final unpleasant moments...
               But through the pain...
               ...unbelievably...
               ...he smiles in triumph!
               Before he collapses like a rag doll, dead.


               INT. NAYRAM'S CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Nayram GASPS, her eyes widen in shock.
               She faints and collapses onto the floor.


               INT. GREENBERG'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Greenberg looks up at the ceiling vent.
               Faint CHIRPING sounds come from the grill.
               Greenberg frowns.
               He doesn't know what it is, but he sure as hell doesn't 
               like it.


               INT. SORDELL'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Sordell hears the same CHIRPING sounds.
               He stares at the overhead vent in disbelief.


               EXT. VENUS MINING REFINERY #37 - DAY

               Hurricane winds continue to lash the planet's surface.


               INT. LAUNCH BAY - DAY

               The umbilical has been withdrawn.
               The Moonship is ready to launch into the wild blue yonder.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Dunbar and Karyn check their control consoles.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Optimum launch window approaching.

                                     KARYN
                         Hadn't we better tell our guests?

                                     DUNBAR
                         If they're sensitive to emotions, 
                         they'll know already.

                                     KARYN
                         What does that mean?
                              (she gets it)
                         You're scared?  How many times 
                         have you done this?

                                     DUNBAR
                         I got over a hundred launches under 
                         my belt.  You'd think I'd get used 
                         to it, wouldn't you?


               INT. LAUNCH BAY - DAY

               The airlock doors slide open, exposing the Moonship to the 
               hurricane winds and yellow atmosphere.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

                                     DUNBAR
                         Main booster ignition.


               INT. LAUNCH BAY - DAY

               The Moonship fires her launch boosters!
               Flames lick the launch bay blast walls.

               BOOSTER ROAR and an unnerving WHINE as power builds up.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP  DAY

               Karyn has to shout above the noise.

                                     KARYN
                         Launch sequence counting down.


               INT. NAYRAM'S CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Mustafa and Ali belt unconscious Nayram onto her couch.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP  DAY

                                     KARYN
                         We have all lights green for launch.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Releasing docking clamps.

               He hits a switch.


               INT. SOUL BROTHERS' CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Mustafa and Ali belt themselves onto their couches.


               INT. SORDELL'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Sordell knows what's coming.  He braces himself.
               No restraining belts for the prisoners.


               INT. GREENBERG'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Greenberg braces himself too, looking nervous.


               INT. SQUID'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Squid pounds his door and yells, not liking this!
               We can't even hear him above the ENGINE ROAR.


               INT. WHISTLER'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Whistler bares his teeth and braces himself.


               EXT. VENUS MINING REFINERY #37 - DAY

               The Moonship emerges from the launch bay on a pillar of 
               flame, heading UP!


               EXT. MOONSHIP - DAY

               The Moonship slashes up through the Venusian storms.
               Mining Refinery #37 shrinks into the background.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP  DAY

               Karyn is enraptured by the thrill of it all!
               Dunbar looks like he's about ready to throw up.


               INT. SORDELL'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Sordell grits his teeth and takes the crushing gee force.


               INT. VAN HOOLIK'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               The gee force doesn't worry Van Hoolik.
               He's deader'n a catfish in a frying fan.


               EXT. MOONSHIP - DAY/NIGHT

               The planet shrinks...
               ...the atmosphere thins...
               ...the Moonship reaches outer space.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Looking out the forward windows.
               The view becomes black space specked with stars.


               EXT. MOONSHIP - SPACE

               Absolute silence.
               The booster flame reduces in size...


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Dunbar relaxes at last.

                                     KARYN
                         Better than sex, huh?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Oh, yeah.


               EXT. MOONSHIP - SPACE

               The booster flare reduces in size.
               The Moonship goes into "cruise mode".
               Heading away from Venus at one gee acceleration.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Dunbar flicks a switch.


               EXT. MOONSHIP - SPACE

               The Moonship against a gorgeous backdrop of stars.

               "BLUE DANUBE" by Strauss plays at maximum volume.  Echoes 
               of "2001: A Space Odyssey" -- Dunbar's little joke.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               The music blasts out over the Moonship's intercom system.
               CURSES and SHOUTS of protest from the prisoners.
               They don't appreciate Dunbar's choice of music.


               INT. CONTROL CABIN - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Dunbar grins.
               Karyn shakes her head in disbelief.
               But she's smiling.


               INT. GREENBERG'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Greenberg claps his hands over his ears.


               INT. SQUID'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Squid kicks his door repeatedly, to no avail.
               This man needs an anger management course.


               INT. SORDELL'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Sordell smiles, closes his eyes and relaxes.
               It could be a whole lot worse.


               EXT. MOONSHIP - SPACE

               The Moonship against a backdrop of stars.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Nayram, Mustafa and Ali push a hostess trolley.
               They slip food packages through door slots.
               Loud complaints come from inside the cells...

                                     PRISONER #1 (O.S.)
                         Hey, this is cold!

                                     PRISONER #2 (O.S.)
                         What the hell is this swill?

                                     PRISONER #3 (O.S.)
                         I ain't eating this crap!

               BANGING noises as the zoo animals go wild.
               Dunbar and Karyn watch impassively.

                                     KARYN
                         We should have locked that crazy 
                         bitch in her cabin.

                                     DUNBAR
                         The sooner she realizes the kind 
                         of lunatics we're dealing with, 
                         the better.

               Nayram reaches Squid's cell door.


               INT. SQUID'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Somehow Squid senses Nayram outside his cell door.
               He licks the inside of the door.
               As if he's licking Nayram's skin.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Nayram shudders and closes her eyes.
               She pops Squid's food parcel through his slot.

               Karen notices Dunbar can't take his eyes off Nayram.

                                     KARYN
                         I didn't think she was your type.

                                     DUNBAR
                         You remember that conversation we 
                         had about respect?

                                     KARYN
                         Does it turn you on, her being 
                         empathic?  The thought of feeling 
                         each other while you're... you 
                         know?

                                     DUNBAR
                         No, I don't know.

                                     KARYN
                         Those guys are probably her lovers.  
                         That's why they don't talk much.  
                         She bust their springs.  They don't 
                         have enough strength to speak.

                                     DUNBAR
                         You don't give up, do you?

                                     KARYN
                         You know what she's after.  She 
                         wants them all released.  Thinks 
                         we should give them a chance to 
                         behave like decent human beings.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Like that's gonna happen.

                                     KARYN
                         She could twist you round her little 
                         finger any time she wants.  And 
                         you know what?  You'd like it.  
                         Just warn me first, that's all I 
                         ask.  I want to launch the escape 
                         pod before you open the cells.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Suddenly you're an expert on people?

                                     KARYN
                         I got four ex-husbands living on 
                         three different planets.  I know 
                         absolutely nothing about people.

               Nayram stops and stares at Van Hoolik's cell door.
               The food package slips from her hand.
               Mustafa and Ali look at each other, puzzled.

                                     KARYN
                         I guess Van Hoolik gets special 
                         treatment.  Maybe she likes her 
                         'em big and ugly?  Lucky for you.

                                     DUNBAR
                         You do know your annual rise depends 
                         on what I write in your appraisal, 
                         don't you?

               Nayram looks directly at Dunbar.  A concerned look.

                                     KARYN
                         Better go see what she wants, huh?

               They join Nayram.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Something wrong, Sister?

                                     NAYRAM
                         Who occupies this cell?

                                     KARYN
                         Crazy guy, goes by the name of 
                         Clinton Van Hoolik.  Likes to cut 
                         women up and rearrange their body 
                         parts.

                                     NAYRAM
                         Open the door.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Not unless you return to your cabins 
                         and lock your doors first.  But 
                         you'll still have to give me good 
                         reason to let Van Hoolik out.

                                     NAYRAM
                         He has already escaped.

               Dunbar and Karyn look at each other.  She's nuts.

                                     NAYRAM
                         If you do not believe me, open it.

                                     KARYN
                         The man's a psychopath.  We open 
                         that door, he's going to jump out 
                         like it's Halloween.

                                     NAYRAM
                         I assure you, he will not.

                                     KARYN
                         What the hell, let's do it.

               Dunbar's surprised.

               Karyn marches to the security control panel.
               Presses her hand against a palm reader.
               The panel BEEPS.
               She punches in a code.

               A section of wall slides open revealing--
               A SHOTGUN, gleaming silver, state of the art.
               Karyn pulls it out of the locker.
               Pumps a shell into the chamber.  CLICK-CLACK!

               She moves to rejoin Dunbar.

                                     DUNBAR
                         You sure you can handle that puppy?

                                     KARYN
                         Let's see what Van Hoolik thinks.

               Dunbar waves Nayram, Mustafa and Ali back.
               They retreat taking the trolley with them.
               Dunbar points his Com-Key at the door.  CLICK.
               He grips the handle.
               Karyn nods, ready.
               Dunbar wrenches the door open--

               Van Hoolik sits slumped on his chair like a deflated balloon 
               version of himself.

                                     KARYN
                         What the hell?

                                     NAYRAM
                         His soul has returned to the Cycle.  
                         All that remains is an empty shell.

                                     DUNBAR
                              (to Karyn)
                         Shoot him.

                                     NAYRAM
                         Are you so frightened of a dead 
                         man?

                                     DUNBAR
                         I'm frightened he's faking it.

               Dunbar steps back and gestures to Karyn:  DO IT!
               She puts the shotgun to her shoulder, takes aim...
               BLAM!


               INT. SORDELL'S CELL - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Sordell leaps into a karate stance.
               Ready to fight if his door opens.


               INT. MAIN CORRIDOR - MOONSHIP - DAY

               Dunbar peers into Van Hoolik's cell.
               A huge hole in Van Hoolik's chest.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Lady wins a teddy bear.

                                     KARYN
                              (to Nayram)
                         You knew he was dead before we 
                         even opened the door.  How?

                                     NAYRAM
                         How did you not know?  You are 
                         blind and deaf to everything except 
                         your own hatreds and fears.

                                     KARYN
                         Just answer the damn question. 

                                     DUNBAR
                         I think some of us could maybe do 
                         with calming down.  Put the shotgun 
                         back.  Then fetch a body bag from 
                         stores.  And a mop and bucket.

                                     KARYN
                         I have to clean up too?

                                     DUNBAR
                         If I'd shot him, I'd clean up.

               Karyn returns the shotgun to its wall locker.

                                     DUNBAR
                              (to Nayram)
                         You ever think how much more popular 
                         you'd be if you didn't talk down 
                         to everyone?

                                     NAYRAM
                         Your sensibilities do not concern 
                         me.  Your lack of faith does.

                                     DUNBAR
                         I'd appreciate if you'd return to 
                         your cabins and leave us to deal 
                         with this.  We'll distribute the 
                         Ready To Eats.

               Nayram, Mustafa and Ali leave without argument.

               Dunbar stares at Van Hoolik's body.

                                     DUNBAR
                         Burn in Hell, you piece of crap.

               He looks up...
               Sees the torn ventilation grill in the cell's ceiling.  
               What the hell?
               That CHIRPING sound again.
               Dunbar slams the cell door shut.
               Karyn returns with the body bag, mop and bucket.
               Dunbar stares at her.

                                     KARYN
                         What?

                                     DUNBAR
                         Change of plan.


               End excerpt.
                                                            03/13
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