Friday HYPERSHORTS… 1-page SciFi Stories launch exclusively here on the VlogBlog…

Ok, we’re trying something new here, people. Every Friday, we’ll be posting a 1-Page “SciFi Pitch” for your perusal. Read ’em up and let us know what you think.

“ALIEN”   by Anthony Lawrence (Fireball Pop)

“But where did you come from?” asked Professor Rigney, as he confronted the alien in the secured laboratory. He was still reeling from disbelief as he stared at the very humanoid creature that had emerged from the spaceship only hours ago.

She seemed to be a very attractive young black girl with flowers in her hair, wearing what appeared to be a pearl necklace and beaded anklet just below her flowing white robe.

The Professor of ancient languages had been astounded that she could speak English, but he had also been fascinated by the vertical ichthys on the anklet that had a special meaning in ancient religions. Ichthys is Greek for fish, known today as the Christian Fish symbol. 

“The Goldilocks Zone,” she replied with a charmingly wry grin, “not too hot, not too cold.  It’s 12 light years from here and its star is known to you as Tau Ceti.”

The Professor was astonished. “Yes, yes, it’s visible from here to the naked eye and perhaps six times the size of earth. I can’t believe this. You’ve come from Tau Ceti?”

The alien didn’t seem nearly as excited about her arrival.

“Oh, I’ve been here before,” she said simply.

The Professor regarded her narrowly, his words a slightly hoarse inquisitive whisper with a just a touch of sarcasm.

“You mean like ‘Ancient astronauts’?”

The alien grinned again, regarding the Professor as if he were a schoolchild who had asked an inane question.

“I’m afraid you’ve been reading too much paleocontact hypotheses. My earlier arrival just over two thousand years ago would have been a bit of future shock in a spaceship but in this time period it seemed quite appropriate. ‘Star Wars’ and all that.”

The Professor was stunned.

 “ This is incredible. But why are you here? What is your mission?”

“It’s quite simple, really,” she said patiently and gently, “our contact influences the development of human cultures, technologies, and religions.”

“Is that all?” asked the professor, with just a bit more of that cynicism creeping into his voice. “Do you have a name?”

“Of course,” said the alien. “Some of your people have known my name for centuries. It’s Jesus.”



IS THIS BUS FROM ROMANCING THE STONE? – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 754 – Fireball grabs his Pop (Screenwriting Legend Anthony Lawrence) and heads to 21st Century Fox in the 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 for a screening of the new film RED SPARROW. Plus, a Burrito and the Bus from ROMANCING THE STONE. (No Spoilers!)

My Dad’s Movie Premieres – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 126

Today’s Episode : Fireball heads into Downtown LA (DTLA) to the LA Short Film Fest to see the premiere of his Dad’s film “DREAMCATCHERS.” Then, Kathie lays the pasta smackdown.


Get Tony’s new book HYPERSHORTS, co-written by Ethan Lawrence on Amazon!


My Maniac Wife is Bosu Crazy – FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 123

Fireball & Kathie visit Fireball Pop, return a Bosu and then Kathie goes nuts on it.

Watch Fireball Pop’s trailer of his new film DREAMCATCHERS here! PLEASE SHARE TODAY’S FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 123!


FIREBALL MALIBU VLOG 62! Malibu Mermaid Rescue…

This episode… Fireball and Kathie head out to save Kathie’s Mermaid Sculpture from collapsing… but first have lunch, duh.


WATCH! Fireball Pop ANTHONY LAWRENCE featured on KABC-TV…

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Great piece on the MPTF’s Channel 22. A Mini-Movie Studio producing great content. Very proud of my Pop. Check it out here…

A Fireball Pop Classic… BEN CASEY #bencasey #classicTV #classictelevision


The other night I watched a couple of episodes of BEN CASEY that my Pop wrote back in the 60’s. It was amazing how they’d use “dramatic pauses” about every 3.5 minutes. If you did that nowadays, we’d assume you forgot your lines and then tweet like crazy what a lame actor you were, ending up on Mean Tweets with Jimmy Kimmel.

But, alas… this was BEN CASEY. Serious drama for a serious time. The story was pretty rock solid, though. Almost Twilight Zoney, but dad knew how to rip a script, boy.

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DANCES WITH FILMS Festival premieres “Entanglement”… @danceswithfilms #shortfilm


What an awesome evening in Hollywood @ the Chinese Theater as DANCES WITH FILMS premiered Doug Wood’s “Entanglement,” starring my Pop, Tony. We had a great time and the film was fantastic.

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ENTANGLEMENT… starring Anthony Lawrence #HollywoodPremiere #Hollywood #MoviePremiere


Tonight I’m heading into Hollywood to the Kodak Theater & the DANCES WITH FILMS Festival for the premiere of Pop’s film, ENTANGLEMENT. Directed by Doug Wood, Pop plays a real hard-edged a-hole… or does he? I’ve only seen half the film, so not sure what happens yet. Should be fun though. Afterwards, heading to The Writer’s Room for drinks near Musso & Franks. Cha.

EDEN… A New HyperShort by Anthony Lawrence #eden #spacetravel #interstellar #story @ScienceFiction #tale


Today’s HyperShort tips on saving the race, only to discover a small glitch. Read on…

EDEN by Anthony Lawrence

My slave ancestors were brought by force to a new world but I stand here now close to the end of the 21st century as a free black man who has come willingly to discover a new world to save all of humanity.  It is one of three planets around the star Gliese 667C, long considered a target potentially capable of supporting life as we know it. Our incredibly long journey was made possible through the theory of space pioneer Robert Goddard who early in the 20th century proposed that “it might be possible to reduce the protoplasm in the human body to the granular state, so that it could withstand the intense cold of interstellar space.” It took nearly two centuries to realize that process of freeze-drying and slow awakening as well as development of the spacecraft which could achieve near-light speeds that brought us so far through space and time.

Our instrumentation informed us upon awakening that we had passed through cosmic strings and a Kerr hole that was a black hole with a rotating ring of neutrons that produced sufficient centrifugal force and was safe to enter without being crushed by the infinite gravitational power at its center. We were not sure how that had affected us in the space-time continuum but we were happy to be alive and searching for the target planet. It had originally been discovered by the principal investigator and planet hunter for the Kepler mission at the Ames Research Center.  It was an ideal exoplanet possessing large expanses of shallow surface water, heated by tidal forces, plate tectonics essential for life, and an atmosphere very much like earth. Its star was an orange dwarf, a bit cooler and smaller than our sun, but providing a more favorable ultraviolet environment than a yellow dwarf. It had a longer time to develop life and provide seasonal variations that spur diversity of life and evolution.

When we landed safely on the planet’s largest continent we named this new world “Eden” because it reminded all of us of the biblical garden of earthly delights as described in the Book of Genesis. We were staggered with the exquisite beauty of this new promised land. It seemed to be “Paradise found”, a far better earth-like twin exoplanet than we had imagined or expected, the gentle meadows, lush forests, the seas graceful and magnificent, rich with natural resources, all teeming with biodiversity. The indigenous people whom we met and have been so gracious are peace-loving, intelligent, similarly humanoid both physically and mentally. They have welcomed all of us as if we were of the same family tree. But they do seem primitive and child-like, and apparently had little desire, like earth humans, to build sophisticated architecture and empires.

We discovered very quickly that this is because their lifespans are roughly equivalent to that of an American Cocker Spaniel, approximately 11 years. We have only been here a relatively short amount of time and my once coal-black hair is already turning white.