In the throne room of a mad, power-hungry emperor, a scientist reports that he's found a way to rebuild a mutilated soldier into an unstoppable killing machine.
The emperor summons the cyborg to his chamber, but what follows isn't a strategy session about future conquest. It's a conversation about the costs of war.
"It's about science run amok and how in a time of war we justify just about everything," said David Dean Bottrell, cofounder and coproducer of Sci-Fest L.A., a festival of one-act science-fiction plays opening Thursday in Hollywood.
Walter Koenig, who needs no introduction to sci-fi fans as Chekov in the original "Star Trek," will star as...