Neema and Sid is a collection of five teleplays that begins with the greatest of all catfish stories, about two Generation Z girls who discover they’ve been communicating from different planets. They meet up, become best friends, and ultimately resolve to lead the next generation into space.
The new book includes adaptations of Neema and Sid Go Totally Off Grid, the 2015 Back in the Box winner for Best Original Screenplay; its sequel Neema and Sid Remember to Be Awesome, a semifinalist in the 2016 New York Film and TV Festival; and “The Cosmos Club,” finalist for Best Teleplay in the 2016 L.A. Cinefest.
Note to Neema and Sid: I was hoping by now that you two might have your own TV series, whether live action or animated, but I think you will be pleased with this book. You are not only the main characters, but the dedicatees. That might sound odd to others, but it made perfect sense to me.
Neema’s Reply: Thank you, sir, for the dedication! Do not be discouraged by the lack of a series: although I have only lived on Earth one year, it is my understanding that there are many unproduced scripts that are good, and many produced scripts that aren’t good. You strike me as one of those authors who would care more for modest critical acclaim than for commercial success, and I feel certain that any reader wishing to know more about teleplay format could learn a lot from your book.
Sid, is there anything you wish to add? “Dittoes?” I am afraid that Sid is busy practicing to defend her Global Championship in PERSEID at the moment, but she says to say hi.