An original science fiction screenplay based on short story with the same title. Written by Rogue Saint.
The twenty-third century. Advanced technology has become an integral part of our lives and bodies. Just like our hearts. Just like our eyes. People use self-guiding personal transport drones (PTDs) instead of cars. They use skin circuits to monitor all body functions. The skin circuits connect to wide nets with cognitive functions. The Cognitive Nets address your concerns. They solve your problems. They make your life easier.
Then there are the lights. So many of them. They make you a better person. Make you feel good. But all of them are products. You pay for them. You pay for the sunlight. You pay for the air, the water and the land that you walk on. If you don't have enough to pay or if you're phased out of society, you live in darkness. You live underground.
FADE IN –
The year 2278. Heliopolis, a super city of the twenty-third century; the center of the world. Heliopolis is also home to the most powerful institution in the world—the Department of Energy. The Department has a monopoly on sunlight and oversees a holding of companies that produce water, air and light for mass consumption. It uses satellites to block the sun and releases the more than thirty sun-based products through legally issued sun cards.
As the citizens of the Earth know well, the biggest crime in the twenty-third century is not murder; it is sun theft. To prevent it, the Department has formed a special squadron officially named the Department of Energy's Elite Task Force but known and feared under their folksy nickname the Solar Men.
The Solar Men operate under strict commands from the Department and are exempt from all laws. They don't report to courts, lawyers, lawmakers or the media. Their captives have no bail set and no human rights. The Solar Men are more than judge and jury. They're gods to both the citizens and the other law-enforcement agencies.
Baxter Samuel, commander of Team Nine of the Solar Men and the Department's force in Heliopolis. Baxter is more than just a respected commander; he's the top law enforcer in the entire world.
But Baxter has a problem. For six months, a hacker called Hannibal has been distributing illegal sun cards to the citizens free of charge. Nobody knows where Hannibal is. Nobody knows what he looks like. But the streets are abuzz with his powerful message: "The sun is a common good, not a commodity. Sunlight must not have a price."
Title: The Solar Men
Type of work: Screenplay
Genre: Dystopia, Science fiction, Action
Word count: slightly more than 26000 (136 pages)
Based on pulp fiction, short story with the same title - The Solar Men. You can read story at
VillanLabs preview of the screenplay is available in our virtual library - The Solar Men
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