THE REJUVENATION PROJECT
by Sharon Starr
The news that Professor Marcus Deighton has developed a technique to bring the
dead back to life – a process known as rejuvenation – is immediately met by hysteria within the media and a polarisation in society
between the overwhelming majority who welcome it and a negligible minority who
One of the opponents is Deighton’s daughter Helen, and another the Reverend Mouland, both of whom join forces
with a small protest group ironically called Man Against Doctors (MAD) which is
led by unhinged fanatic Mary Fields.
Reverend Mouland’s despair at the total secularisation of society is deepened when his church is
sold for the storage of bodies awaiting rejuvenation, whilst Professor Deighton
is unable to see anything but benefit for mankind and becomes egotistical about
the great plaudits his discovery brings him.
Following on from the failure of MAD to have any influence over people ever more
devoid of meaningful concern because life can last forever, an attack on
Deighton’s now estranged daughter finally alters the course of the whole rejuvenation
project in a way that no one could ever have imagined.
Having had a range of employment from taxi-driver to teacher, Sharon Starr
currently works in administration. She has a BA(Hons) degree in Combined Arts
(English, History and Politics) and is also a qualified radiographer. At
present she is studying Russian history, culture and language.
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