Victor E. Cummings

Victor was born in rural Baltimore County Maryland.  He attended Towson State College under a state senatorial scholarship studying theater arts.

A year later, Victor traveled to New York to attend the Circle in the Square Professional Workshop a graduate level training program for theater.  Victor who is a natural storyteller has been told for most of his life that he should write.  He took the hint, and now finds it difficult to stop writing.

Victor went to the Naval Science Institute in Newport, Rhode Island, and then graduated from the University of New Mexico Naval ROTC.  He served in the USS Iwo Jima, LPH2 at Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, and returned to officer’s training that year.  He served at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command as a systems analyst in Washington DC before returning to civilian life.

He completed a master in information systems management in 2003.   Victor has written two one act plays, a series of theater reviews for the Los Alamos Monitor and began screenwriting about six years ago.

Victor has written three screenplays.  High Lift was his second, and has begun writing a sequel to it with his co-author Dr. Bryan E. Laubscher.

Victor met Bryan when Bryan taught one of his astronomy labs in college and later attended Radio Astrophysics classes with him.   Victor is currently writing a dark comedy “That Damned Burrito.”

He has done software engineering at four Fortune 500 companies.  He now lives in Columbia, SC with his wife Lana, and divides his time between Java software engineering and screenwriting.

Dr. Bryan E. Laubscher

Dr. Bryan E. Laubscher was born in Mansfield, OH and grew up there.

Interested in science throughout childhood, he earned his BS in Physics from Ohio University in the Honors Tutorial College and his MS and PhD degrees in Physics, with a concentration in Astrophysics, from the University of New Mexico.

His dissertation topic was in the field of observational cosmology.   While still in graduate school, Bryan was hired into the Rocketdyne division of Rockwell International and spent three years working on lasers, optical experimentation and non-linear optics.

He designed his first space mission system during those years.

For 17 years Bryan worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), first as a contractor, then a staff member and culminating as a project leader.

At LANL, Bryan worked broadly in the field of developing fundamental concepts and technologies for remote sensing, especially space-based missions.  Bryan’s research and development included astronomy projects, space missions, satellite instrumentation, optics/photonics, novel electrodynamic detection techniques, high power lasers, and classified projects.   Bryan became interested in alternative access to space technologies because of his work and a lifelong passion for space exploration.

As a consequence of his studies, Dr. Laubscher became interested in the Space Elevator, beginning in the year 2000.  Eventually Space Elevator studies led him to a career change into the development of high strength carbon nanotubes (CNTs) – an enabling technology for a future Space Elevator.

He left Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2008 and now runs a small start-up company, named Odysseus Technologies, LLC, with the goal of developing the strongest materials in the world.   Bryan continues to develop high strength CNT materials and novel CNT growth concepts.  

Bryan’s current Space Elevator activities include being the General Chairman for the annual Space Elevator Conference currently held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA and a board member if the International Space Elevator Consortium, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development of the Space Elevator.  

The idea for a Space Elevator-based screenplay occurred to him and he presented a basic plot to his friend, Victor E. Cummings, who had written his first screenplay and was looking for a topic for a second. During early, intense meetings the pair hammered out the basic plot and its intimate relationship to the Space Elevator.

After almost 4 years of refinement, rewrites and critiques from laymen and professionals; the screenplay “High Lift” was written. Bryan now lives in Olympia, WA with his wife Carla Sabotta.