Posted by: bunyip
I've just read Compton Mackenzie's 'Water on the Brain' and apart from a weak ending it is a brilliant saqtire, sorry, satire on the spy industry.
I think it would make a brilliant screenplay as it has sections that predate the script of Fawlty Towers and some other now cliched items. Much better than James Bond.
If someone does decide to use it as a base for a screenplay, apart from giving me credit for mentioning it, a new modified ending will be required.
I've also just finished 'Ossian's Ride' written in 1959 by Fred Hoyle [he of the 'steady state theory' and 'The black Cloud'] which is an alternate future story. It moves along quite well but I can't make the jump in concept that the hero makes. Anyone else read it and any comments?