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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
Sci-Fi Scenes and Monster Dreams by Jan Peterson Ewen is a collection of science fiction plays. It begins with Dr Madd, who is an expert in transplanting any head to any body, when the present body becomes old or infirm. The inventor of a time machine who conducts tests by setting the machine to the year 1700 and the resulting brouhaha; the activities at Nuts and Bolts Charm School, where robots are taught small talk; the girl who possesses a mighty umbrella that can protect against meteor attacks are only a few of the wonderful compositions of this page turner. All 16 plays are entertaining to the core. With the specific suggestions included for highlighting humorous aspects of each scene, this book can bring many a house down with laughter.
Short plays (up to 10 minutes) constitute this collection of plays which truly, as the author says, inspire outrageous creativity! Sharp, witty exchanges make each and every dialog unforgettable, like “Why do humans think it’s such a big deal that dogs can talk? We’ve been listening to you all rattle on for centuries!” The helpful comments on dress, costume, scenes and settings added for each drama make it easy to perform these plays. This is a very good collection, highly entertaining, novel and imaginative. I could not put down the book till I finished reading it.