I’ve been asked to circulate this rather fab-sounding call for SF writers. So, without further ado:
A new departure in drama and interactive entertainment – an ambitious sci-fi show for an international audience which is first launching on the internet rather than linear television.
In the year 2020 a vast colony of human pioneers leaves a troubled and environmentally challenged planet Earth for Lumina, an uninhabited world. The journey will take 169 years. Exodus, the craft that carries this nascent society, is a microcosm of the world, entirely self-sufficient and entirely dependent on the cooperation of its inhabitants for its survival.
The ‘show’ is delivered in the form of an online community themed around a narrative which is told in the form of a graphic novel in Flash animation. Visitors to the site are invited to join the craft, are allocated a home of their own in this virtual world which they can personalise. In the first season, members of the community will elect a governing body with the power to propose laws. This experimental society will have a constitution, a legal code and embark on an experiment in virtual democracy and justice.
As the site becomes more sophisticated, the linear narrative increasingly impacts on the community. E.g., when a disease breaks out, it will actually affect a random sample of members. The online society then works out for itself what to do with them.
On board is an area of the ship known as the Science Park. Here we will operate a wiki of science and articles related to the issues thrown up by the socio-anthropological experiment that is Exodus169. Articles can be of any related topic, from the psychological effects of separation from Earth, to the effect of solar radiation on algal growth, or prospective methods of propulsion for a ship of this kind / the means of defending such a craft from the potentially deadly effects of space dust and rocks impacting at ultra high speeds. The possible avenues for discourse are enormous.
Those who are prepared to contribute articles prior to the launch of Exodus169 will receive a years free access to enhanced content as well as ‘Founder member status’, which will become significant as the site progresses, and the underlying architecture of the site evolves to allow ever increasing levels of interactivity.
There is no simple term to describe the Exodus169 experience, it is so much more than a game, so much more than a piece of entertainment, and at its heart will seek to harness the amazing potential of mass collaboration to evolve a truly revolutionary web experience. The Users will be at beating heart of this journey – they will simultaneously follow a story and feedback and evolve the entire experience. Jump on board at the beginning and you will cement your place in the history of Exodus169.
Cassian Hall (Producer Exodus169)
If you’re interested, drop me an email and I shall forward it on to Cassian.