"It seems the mysterious Mr. Stanley is hard at work trying to launch a script he wrote. Called In a Season of Soft Rains, it promises to be the ultimate Apocalyptic-English-Science-Fiction Thriller. The plot is set in a near-future England, which is mostly flooded due to Global Warming, and is now a fascist republic, where an assassin codenamed Archangel has been sent to assassinate the last surviving member of the royal family, who happens to be leading the underground resistence. The script is violent, crazy, and way cool. The kind that keeps throwing curveballs at you every ten pages, taking in cricket matches, mad drug trips, cynical politics and British mythology along the way, a combination of hard-core action and visionary transcendence.
The reason I'm telling you about it is, on October 22nd, there's going to be public reading of the screenplay at the October gallery in London, England, with tickets on sale to the public. The readers will be established actors, including the possibility of Jeremy Irons reading the stage directions. If that were the case, it would be awesome, because Stanley's directions are write in a style that feels like poetic prose. You might want to see if any of your spies might want to get to the reading and report back on the buzz on what promises to be one of the weirdest, coolest sci-fi scripts in years."
[Originally appeared in AICN, 10-09-1997]