C. S. McMullen

Mystery • Sci-Fi

In a society where sleep is optional, the rich work and play on a 24-hour cycle. But when a lawyer starts losing time, she realises this new technology comes at a steep price…


In a near-future New York, sleep is optional, thanks to implants – devices that cure the human body of its need to sleep. The rich stay awake 24/7; working, partying, fucking, living. One implant costs seven figures, but it’s a small price to pay for the efficiency of a 24-hour …

About C. S. McMullen

In 2016 Catherine Smyth-McMullen was chosen as the winner of the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, awarded by the International Emmys Foundation. She was recently included on the 2016 Inside Film List as one of the Australian screen industry’s ‘Rising Talents,’ and was one of the inaugural recipients of Scripted Ink. funding, for a placement in the script department on acclaimed television show Wentworth.

Catherine’s work has been shortlisted for many other national and international awards. Her sci-fi thriller feature Driven was a Semi-finalist in the 2016 Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, a Finalist in the 2016 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and was nominated for the Lorne Film Festival’s $10,000 Screenwriting Award.

Her sci-fi pilot Living Metal was a Finalist for the 2015 Monte Miller Award for “Best Unproduced Screenplay” from the Australian Writers’ Guild, as well as the AWG’s ‘What Happens Next’ and ‘Think Inside The Box’ competitions, a Finalist in Scriptapalooza’s TV Pilot competition, as well as others.

As a production freelancer, her professional credits include HBO’s The Leftovers, Syfy series Hunters and Childhood’s End, teen series Nowhere Boys, unscripted shows Real Housewives of Melbourne and Formal Wars, and feature films Cut Snake and Paper Planes. She also works as a note-taker and researcher for TV writers’ rooms, and writes analysis and coverage for both scripts and prose.

Her fiction work has been published in Nightmare Magazine, Aurealis Magazine, Interzone, Dark Tales, and has been reprinted in anthologies such as Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror and Focus 2013: Highlights of Australian Short Fiction.  Her short story ‘The Nest’ was nominated for an Australian Shadows Award from the Australian Horror Writers’ Association, and her short story ‘Monday-child’ was voted by Aurealis subscribers as ‘Best Story of 2013’.

Catherine graduated in 2011 with a double degree in Arts/Law from the University of Melbourne.

She is a life-long nerd and former MMO addict, and enjoys books, TV, movies and games, especially if they’re about robots or dragons (or possibly robotic dragons).

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