My best-known work is the novella "Bronte's Egg," a story that takes place in a kind of rescue mission for genetically engineered toys that look like small versions of dinosaurs, called "saurs." The central character is a little bundle of energy named Axel, who wakes up one morning wanting to send a message to "Space Guys," and to build a robot he's calling Rotomotoman. At the same time, an apatosaur named Bronte has produced an egg – something that bioengineered saurs are not supposed to be capable of doing. Bronte and the other saurs hope to hatch this egg, but keep it secret from "the humans." Axel's and Bronte's efforts ultimately converge. That's the story of mine that moviemakers might be most interested in, with an assist from my other saur stories "The Measure of All Things" and "In Tibor's Cardboard Castle." A book-length collection of saur stories will be coming out eventually."Bronte's Egg" won a Nebula Award and was nominated for a Hugo and a Sturgeon Award as well.
I think you can read the whole "Bronte's Egg" by going here, or to the e-book of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2002.
I see a film of "Bronte’s Egg" done in live action, with the saurs brought to life by computer animation. Short of that, the kind of wonderful animation done by Studio Ghibli. It would need actors with great voices, and actors who can pack a lot into very few lines.
Movies were my first love. My brother and I used to play this sort of casting game all through our childhoods and adolescence. Not long ago, I had the chance to do a little "speculative casting" with the late, brilliant, John M. Ford, who was far better at it than I could ever dream to be.
But this was tough -- much tougher than I thought it would be. I can hear my characters’ voices when I write, but as I pondered which actors could do the job, a dozen possibilities came to me that would do just as well, if not better. We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great performers and great voices. So take this list as a fanciful musing that touches upon the possibilities of interpretation. Next week, I’ll come up with a different list and not repeat one name.
The SaursAxel -- I DON'T KNOW!!! A number of wonderful voices came to mind but I couldn't decide which one would be best. Read the novella and make your own suggestions.
Doc -- Jeremy Irons
Agnes -- Glenn Close
Preston -- Laurence Fishburne
Sluggo -- Philip Seymour Hoffman
Bronte -- Parminder Nagra [from "Bend It Like Beckham"]
Kara -- Gail Petersen [lead singer/songwriter for The Catholic Girls, a kick-ass New Jersey rock band]
Hetman -- Morgan Freeman
Jean-Claude -- Graham Greene
Pierrot -- French Stewart
Charlie -- John Goodman
Rosie -- Joan Cusack
Geraldine -- Megan Mullally
Tibor -- Lenny Henry
Ross -- Gilbert Gottfried
Diogenes -- Edward James Olmos
Tom Groverton (the human who takes care of the saurs) -- Tobey Maguire
Dr. Margaret Pagliotti (the human who looks after the saurs' health) – Fairuza Balk
Susan Leahy (head of the Atherton Foundation) -- Patricia Arquette
The Visitor (from "The Measure of All Things") – Michael Chiklis
The inspectors from the government's Bioengineering Office
Mr. Chase – Stacy Keach
Dr. Yoon – Gong Li
Dr. Phillips -- Denzel Washington
Not saur – Not human
Reggie (voice of the Reggiesystem computer) – Gary Oldman
Can I pick a director while I’m at it? I can think of no one better than Brad Bird, unless it's Joe Dante. Either one can change my cast list and probably do a better job.
Chwedyk's poem, "Rich and Pam Go to Fermilab and Later See a Dead Man" was nominated for a Rhysling Award, and if you didn't catch it on the Strange Horizons website you can read it in The 2004 Rhysling Anthology, available from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
Read about some of Chwedyk's other publications.